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Deadline Tuesday for 2018 NAR director applications

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 08/14/2017 - 9:45am
Illinois REALTORS® who want to be considered for a 2018 NAR At-Large Director’s position, please complete the application and return the completed form to Kathy Franke at kfranke@illinoisrealtors.org by the end of business, Tuesday, Aug. 15.    

Local REALTOR® leaders to receive national, state leadership training

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 08/11/2017 - 1:52pm
  Local presidents-elect and local chief staff executives will join their Illinois REALTORS® counterparts for the Leadership Summit in Chicago beginning Sunday so they can better represent your interests during the next year. Illinois REALTORS® begins its training Sunday afternoon … Continue reading →

Springfield REALTOR® wins NAR vice chair challenge

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 08/11/2017 - 11:54am
Kyle Killebrew, CRS, GRI, of the Real Estate Group in Springfield, is the 2018 Vice Chair of the Emerging Business & Technology Forum after gaining the most votes in a competition with 16 other REALTORS®. Killebrew is a broker/partner and … Continue reading →

Consulate liaisions work together on strategy

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 08/10/2017 - 3:10pm
Wednesday evening in Chicago the Illinois REALTORS® consulate liaisons got together for an after-hours session to network, share information and to strategize on ways to collaborate and an improve methods to convey the REALTOR® message to foreign representatives. With the … Continue reading →

Legal Minutes: Mold Disclosure

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 08/10/2017 - 9:03am
In the newest episode of Legal Minutes, Betsy Urbance, Director of Legal Services at Illinois REALTORS®, sits down with VP of Communications Jon Broadbooks to discuss what the legal requirements are regarding mold disclosure, and why Illinois REALTORS® no longer … Continue reading →

Learn about global real estate either internationally or domestically through CIPS courses

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 08/10/2017 - 8:00am
Two options to obtain your Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS) designation are being offered in the coming weeks. Want to stay local? The full course is offered by the Chicago Association of REALTORS® during the week of Aug. 28. Expand … Continue reading →

State, local tax deduction loss would hit Illinois property owners hard

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 08/10/2017 - 7:42am
Illinois homeowners would face a double hit if two key tax provisions are eliminated through a rewrite of the federal tax code, according to Illinois’ REALTORS®‘ Local Government Affairs Director Brian Bernardoni. Already a point of discussion is the Mortgage … Continue reading →

Register in advance for Thursday’s 1 pm webinar about National Flood Insurance

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 08/09/2017 - 3:15pm
At 1 p.m. CDT Thursday, the National Association of REALTORS® will provide members with important information about the renewal of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) through the webinar titled, “National Flood Insurance Program Update.” Register now. REALTORS® want Congress … Continue reading →

Illinois REALTORS® format change to seller disclosure report will help sellers

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 08/09/2017 - 12:52pm
A format change to the Illinois REALTORS® version of the Residential Real Property Disclosure Report will help seller clients and their REALTORS® better document when disclosures are presented to buyers. The change follows the regular forms review process by the … Continue reading →

Get preliminary schedule for 2017 Fall Business Meetings & Inaugural Gala

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 08/09/2017 - 10:35am
The Illinois REALTORS® Business Meetings & 101st Inaugural Gala 2017 will be held at the Chicago Marriott Naperville on Oct. 11 and 12. See the preliminary schedule and hotel information. This set of meetings will conclude with the 101st Annual Inaugural Gala honoring Incoming-President Matt … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Boost your home’s curb appeal with one of these trees

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 08/09/2017 - 10:01am
A tree can make your front yard shine, but how do find one that not only looks good, but is also low maintenance? In the article, “Best Trees to Grow Curb Appeal,” HouseLogic.com offers nine trees that are worth considering. … Continue reading →

NAR offers help to northern Illinois flood victims, too

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 08/08/2017 - 1:15pm
In addition to the flood assistance provided by the Illinois REALTORS® Relief Foundation (IRRF), the National Association of REALTORS® is offering assistance to July flood victims in northwest Chicagoland through the REALTORS® Relief Foundation (RRF). The RRF can provide up … Continue reading →

Illinois REALTORS® adds to Consulate General Liaison team

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 08/08/2017 - 11:19am
The Illinois REALTORS® Global Business Council is excited to add Claire Sylvestre, broker with @Properties in Lincoln Park to the Consulate General Liaison team! While going over the details of the program we decided to dive into a bit of French culture by … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Foreign investment in U.S. real estate at record high

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 08/08/2017 - 10:12am
International interest in U.S. residential real estate has jumped with foreign buyers and recent immigrants buying $153 billion in property between April 2016 and March 2017, marking a 49 percent increase, according the National Association of REALTORS® 2017 Profile of … Continue reading →

Lemons-Ryhal to lead Facebook Live session at Conference & Expo Nov. 4

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 08/07/2017 - 1:00pm
Marki Lemons-Ryhal will present “Effectively Getting Started with Facebook Live,” at the REALTOR® Conference & Expo at 11 a.m. Nov. 4, in the West Building of McCormick Place Convention Center. Register now! REALTORS® who attend will learn how to use … Continue reading →

Veterans can start real estate career through GI Bill®

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 08/07/2017 - 9:17am
Military veterans who want to start a real estate career can use their GI Bill® benefits to attend the Illinois REALTORS® Licensing & Training Center. It is the only real estate school in the state that can provide training under the … Continue reading →

New event launched for ABR® and SRS designees

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 08/07/2017 - 8:23am
ABR® and SRS designees are invited to an exclusive conference and networking event September 17-19 in Charleston, South Carolina. RE:up is a new conference launched by The Real Estate Buyer’s Agent Council (REBAC) and the Real Estate Business Institute (REBI) … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: As summer market continues, mortgage rates holding steady

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 08/04/2017 - 9:57am
Fixed, mortgage interest rates hovered below 4 percent this week, with averages holding steady from last week, Freddie Mac reports. The 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage averaged 3.93 percent this week, up slightly from 3.92 percent last week. The 15-year, fixed-rate mortgage … Continue reading →

IRRF continues to offer help to northern Illinois flood victims

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 08/04/2017 - 8:49am
The Illinois REALTORS® Relief Foundation (IRRF) is accepting applications from northern Illinois property owners who were flood victims in early July. This outreach is for those who were affected by the storms which swept through the Chicago area. Several counties were declared … Continue reading →

Little to talk content marketing at Conference & Expo

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 08/03/2017 - 8:00am
Carrie Little of CarMarc Realty Group, LLC in Chicago is scheduled to present “Big Data! The Next Big Thing in Content Marketing” at the REALTOR® Conference & Expo on Nov. 4. Register to see her now. Little’s hour-long presentation begins … Continue reading →