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Nominations sought for NAR 2017 Good Neighbor Awards

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 03/10/2017 - 9:00am
If you know a REALTOR® who helps his or her community through volunteer work, nominate that person for a National Association of REALTORS® 2017 Good Neighbor Award by the May 12 deadline. Nominees are considered for the award based on … Continue reading →

TRAR, Illini Valley lend help to nearby tornado victims

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 03/09/2017 - 4:30pm
The Three Rivers Association of REALTORS® (TRAR) and the Illini Valley Association of REALTORS® are working together to supplement assistance given by the American Red Cross and other relief organizations to victims of last week’s tornadoes in LaSalle County. TRAR … Continue reading →

Pro Standards Toolkit video explains difference between arbitration and mediation

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 03/09/2017 - 2:45pm
When it comes to resolving disputes between REALTORS®, would you rather use arbitration or mediation? In the first members-only Professional Standards Toolkit video, “Arbitration vs. Mediation,” REALTOR® and trainer Diane Disbrow, GRI, CRS, ABR, compares the two options, explaining who … Continue reading →

Join 3,800 Illinois REALTORS® and voice your concerns about Rent Control bill

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 03/09/2017 - 1:14pm
Approximately 3,800 Illinois REALTORS® have asked their state representatives to reject House Bill 2430 since Monday afternoon because it will repeal the Rent Control Preemption Act of 1997. The intent of the law is to create rent control in Chicago … Continue reading →

Sign up to learn about changes to Guaranteed Rural Housing Program

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 03/08/2017 - 4:56pm
REALTORS®, lenders and mortgage bankers can register now to learn about modifications to the Illinois Guaranteed Rural Housing Program, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Free 90-minute sessions will be held at 12 different sites across the state, and … Continue reading →

Williams to receive NHS honor March 16

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 03/08/2017 - 2:44pm
REALTOR® Frank J. Williams will receive the Gale Cincotta Community Visionary Award from the Neighborhood Housing Services (NHS) of Chicago, Inc., on Thursday, March 16 at the Sheraton Grand Chicago. The NHS gives the Cincotta Community Visionary Award to leaders … Continue reading →

REALTORS® join US Rep. Kelly at 4th Annual Housing Expo

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 03/08/2017 - 1:27pm
Illinois REALTORS® joined lenders, social service agencies, utilities, Cook County government officials and a variety of other organizations at U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly’s 4th Annual Housing Expo last week in Lansing. Local Government Affairs Director Tom Joseph, Jim Sim and … Continue reading →

1,800 REALTORS® sound off against HB2430 in less than one day

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 03/07/2017 - 5:47pm
Nearly 1,800 Illinois REALTORS® contacted their state representatives by early Tuesday afternoon to voice their displeasure with House Bill 2430. The news came less than 24 hours after the association asked members to speak out against legislation that would repeal … Continue reading →

Activities help consulate liaison program keep growing

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 03/07/2017 - 12:40pm
Earlier this month, members of the Illinois REALTORS® Consulate General Liaison Program met with their consulates and with each other for training and networking in Chicago. For example, REALTOR® Mikus Kins, Consulate General Liaison to Lithuania, and Global Policy Advisor … Continue reading →

Illinois REALTORS® urges members to tell House members to oppose rent control bill

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 03/06/2017 - 6:34pm
Illinois REALTORS® is encouraging members to contact their state representatives and voice opposition to House Bill 2430 which would repeal the Rent Control Preemption Act. The intent of the law is bad enough: Create rent control in Chicago. But by … Continue reading →

Double dip on commercial CE with these courses

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 03/06/2017 - 5:17pm
Get CE credit for license renewal in Missouri AND Illinois in one class! If you hold a license in Missouri and Illinois, you can earn CE credit in BOTH states with these commercial real estate courses offered by St. Louis REALTORS® … Continue reading →

DR Legal News features insights on 7 legal case studies

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 03/06/2017 - 1:37pm
Illinois REALTORS® can learn from 7 different legal case studies in the March edition of DR Legal News. Benefit from the research and analysis provided by Lisa Harms Hartzler of Sorling Northrup Attorneys regarding seven real estate situations, including: Real … Continue reading →

Today’s State Capitol Report notes key deadlines approaching

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 03/03/2017 - 6:35pm
In today’s issue of the State Capitol Report (for members only), you’ll read about: two very critical deadlines as the thousands of introduced bills must be heard in the appropriate substantive committees. The Senate Committee hearing deadline is March 17 and the … Continue reading →

Video explains why ‘No Other’ campaign so important to Asian Americans

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 03/03/2017 - 4:01pm
During 2016, REALTOR® Vicky Silvano helped play an important role in having the U.S. Census Bureau create a separate category for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. She served as the national chair for the Asian Real Estate Association of American … Continue reading →

IRRF accepting applications to help Tuesday’s tornado victims

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 03/03/2017 - 1:35pm
As a result of the violent storms that ripped across several areas of Illinois Tuesday night, the Illinois REALTORS® Relief Foundation (IRRF) has sprung into action. The IRRF is accepting applications to assist victims whose property was damaged by tornadoes, high … Continue reading →

REALTORS® help Romeoville home owners avoid fire sprinkler mandate

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 03/03/2017 - 1:05pm
Before the Romeoville village board voted to update its building and fire codes on March 1 and exclude single family residences from a fire sprinkler mandate, Illinois REALTORS® made sure decision makers knew about the negative impacts of such a … Continue reading →

TRAR helps Peotone plan for future growth and development

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 03/02/2017 - 5:45pm
The Three Rivers Association of REALTORS® (TRAR) presented the village of Peotone with $16,500 to conduct a Tax Increment Financing (TIF) study at the February village board meeting. “The ability to implement a TIF District for the village of Peotone’s … Continue reading →

CFPB’s future questioned in midst of recent RESPA enforcements

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 03/02/2017 - 5:15pm
Even as the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) continues to fine and penalize companies that violate the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA), Illinois REALTORS® is monitoring the actions of the CFPB’s critics, which include some congressional leaders and the … Continue reading →

Oyler advances in at-large Peoria aldermanic race

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 03/01/2017 - 1:05pm
In Peoria, REALTOR® Zach Oyler gathered the most votes in a six-way primary race for two unexpired at-large positions on the Peoria City Council, according to figures from the Peoria County Election Commission. Oyler and three other aldermanic candidates advanced … Continue reading →

REALTOR® Goodman wins four-way battle for Lincoln mayor’s job

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 03/01/2017 - 8:58am
Illinois REALTOR® Seth Goodman was cleared to become mayor of Lincoln on Tuesday, beating out four opponents for the city’s top job. According to the Lincoln Courier, Goodman won won with 40 percent of the votes cast. His nearest competitor … Continue reading →