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Try ‘cross-industry networking’ for business builder tip #4

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 12/30/2016 - 10:00am
The personal connections of REALTORS® can have a great impact on their success, and so Deena Zimmerman of SVN/Chicago Commercial suggests “cross-industry” networking in the Illinois REALTOR® magazine story “Work Smart! Business hacks to help you kick-start 2017.” “I focus … Continue reading →

NSBAR members help homeless dogs and cats

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 12/29/2016 - 3:00pm
North Shore-Barrington Association of REALTORS® (NSBAR) collected 518 pounds of dog and cat food, as well as more than $2,300 of pet toys, blankets and other items during a holiday food drive for two area animal shelters. All donations were … Continue reading →

Four 12-hour Broker Management CE webinars are available for license renewal

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 12/29/2016 - 12:20pm
The 2017 license renewal deadline for Managing Brokers is April 30. If you were licensed prior to February 1, 2015, you will need 24 hours of CE, including a mandatory 12-hour Broker Management CE interactive course. Illinois REALTORS® Licensing & … Continue reading →

Lay groundwork for successful negotiations: business builder tip #3

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 12/29/2016 - 10:00am
To improve how you negotiate with fellow real estate professionals, boost your confidence before you start negotiating. One strategy is to make your negotiating target optimistic but justifiable, says Karel Murray, a real estate trainer, in the story “Work Smart! … Continue reading →

Key tax code fight may be brewing for real estate industry

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 12/28/2016 - 12:10pm
The fight to maintain key tax code provisions under a new presidential administration is expected to heat up in 2017, according to a Wall Street Journal article. A plan floated in June by GOP members of the U.S. House may … Continue reading →

PAAR raises $25K for 28 area food pantries

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 12/28/2016 - 11:51am
The Peoria Area Association of REALTORS® (PAAR) sponsored its 30th Annual Turkey Drive this holiday season, raising $25,000 to help individuals and families in the Peoria area to enjoy a meal this holiday season. Monetary donations collected were used to … Continue reading →

Use ‘Facebook Live’: business builder tip #2

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 12/28/2016 - 10:30am
“Make this the year you try Facebook Live,” says Marki Lemons Ryhal, REALTOR® and social media trainer in the cover story of January Illinois REALTOR® magazine. Lemons Ryhal is one of nine individuals who share their ideas for REALTORS® to … Continue reading →

Shaffer shares tips for crafting a successful business plan: business builder tip #1

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 12/27/2016 - 3:10pm
Kickoff the New Year with a bang by following the advice offered by industry experts and fellow REALTORS® in the cover story of the January issue of Illinois REALTOR®.  The paper edition is due to hit mailboxes this week, but … Continue reading →

Stories celebrate 52 Illinois REALTORS® and the unique ways they give back

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 12/26/2016 - 4:02pm
Whether they schedule a series of boxing matches, build houses, lead a scout troop or volunteer at a soup kitchen, the 52 REALTORS® listed on the Member Monday page of the Illinois REALTORS® website are committed to the growth of … Continue reading →

Illinois REALTORS® office closed Monday

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 12/23/2016 - 3:30pm
The Illinois REALTORS® office in Springfield will be closed Monday, Dec. 26 in observance of Christmas. The office will reopen at 9 a.m. Tuesday. Illinois REALTORS® wishes you a safe and happy holiday!      

Lamoine Valley REALTORS®, PAAR help Macomb students and local Salvation Army

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 12/23/2016 - 2:38pm
The Lamoine Valley REALTORS® donated $1,500 to help disadvantaged students in the Macomb area in December, and helped the Salvation Army raise more than $8,000 in donations in late November. On Dec. 9, Lamoine Valley, a chapter of the Peoria … Continue reading →

RPAC Hall of Famer, longtime REALTOR® leader Mac Boyd dies

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 12/22/2016 - 4:50pm
Illinois REALTORS® mourns the death of Mac Boyd, 73, a state and national RPAC Hall of Fame member who served in numerous leadership capacities in his decades in the real estate industry. Boyd, of Arcola, died Tuesday. Funeral arrangements are incomplete, … Continue reading →

Livingston County Board of REALTORS® helps local Salvation Army for Christmas

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 12/22/2016 - 3:00pm
The Livingston County Board of REALTORS® (LCBR) showed its support for the Salvation Army in December by donating toys and other gifts for five needy families and by volunteering at a Salvation Army Red Kettle in Pontiac. A total of … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Mortgage interest rates climb to two-year high, Freddie Mac reports

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 12/22/2016 - 11:20am
Home buyers looking to lock in lower mortgage rates may want to make a move now. Freddie Mac reports today that fixed mortgage rates climbed to 4.30 percent for a 30-year-fixed rate and averaged 3.52 percent for a 15 year. … Continue reading →

KIFAR raises more than $5K for charities

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 12/22/2016 - 11:00am
Five charities received donations totaling $5,025 from the Kankakee Iroquois Ford Association of REALTORS® (KIFAR) following the local organization’s Christmas party and charity auction at the Kankakee Country Club this month. About 125 REALTORS®, affiliates and guests attended the event, … Continue reading →

12 reasons why Illinois REALTORS® can love their association

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 12/21/2016 - 12:00pm
For each of the last dozen work days, the Illinois REALTORS® Facebook page has supplied at least one tip, download or resource for use in your business and with your clients. We refer to the series of posts as the … Continue reading →

Greater Gateway helps 2 Boys & Girls Clubs, 8 food pantries

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 12/21/2016 - 10:50am
In December, the Greater Gateway Association of REALTORS® (GGAR) made donations to eight area food pantries and the Boys & Girls Clubs in Bethalto and Alton. At their Christmas Charity Celebration, GGAR members collected toys for families served by the: … Continue reading →

Illinois home sales, prices gain traction in November

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 12/21/2016 - 10:43am
Illinois homes sales regained momentum in November with double-digit increases in annual home sales and continued strong gains in median prices, according to the latest housing report from Illinois REALTORS®. Statewide home sales (including single-family homes and condominiums) in November … Continue reading →

Illinois home sales, prices gain traction in November

IAR News - Tue, 12/20/2016 - 7:36pm
Date:  December 21, 2016 Intro: 

Illinois homes sales regained momentum in November with double-digit increases in annual home sales and continued strong gains in median prices.

FOR RELEASE: Dec. 21, 2016

For Further Information Contact: Stephanie Sievers, 217-529-2600

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Capital Area REALTORS® gives to several charities

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 12/20/2016 - 3:50pm
The Capital Area REALTORS® collected more than $4,000 in money and toys for donations to the Springfield Art Association’s Edwards Place and the Central Illinois Foodbank’s Kids Café, while providing Christmas gifts to a number of area foster children at … Continue reading →