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Illinois REALTOR®: 5 ways to help senior homebuyers and sellers

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 03/30/2015 - 7:24am
Give yourself an edge when it comes to helping mature homeowners buy or sell their homes, and read the cover story of April Illinois REALTOR® magazine. It’s titled “5 Senior Homebuyer & Seller Issues Solved,” and it tackles a topic … Continue reading →

Opportunity Race: RPAC postcards back Hale

IARbuzz.com Blog - Sun, 03/29/2015 - 12:02pm
East Alton residents received IAR RPAC postcards asking them to vote for REALTOR® Allen Hale as a village trustee in the April 7 consolidated election. The postcard lets voters know Hale will provide East Alton with a village trustee who … Continue reading →

Opportunity Race: RPAC postcards support Giarrante re-election

IARbuzz.com Blog - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 12:00pm
Joliet residents received IAR RPAC postcards urging re-election of Mayor Tom Giarrante in the April 7 consolidated election. The postcard lets voters know Giarrante will provide Joliet with a mayor who favors: Reducing barriers to homeownership; Keeping taxes low on … Continue reading →

Opportunity Race: RPAC mailers back three for Godfrey trustee

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 2:30pm
Godfrey residents received IAR RPAC postcards urging their support for Eldon Williams, Terry Seymour and Kevin Botterbush for village trustees in the April 7 consolidated election. The postcards let voters know Botterbush, Seymour and Williams are trustees who favor: Reducing … Continue reading →

IAR advocates for Scott as Chicago alderman

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 1:39pm
Chicago voters in Ward 24 received IAR postcards urging their support for Michael Scott, Jr., as alderman in the April 7 consolidated election. The postcards are titled “We need new energy to jumpstart Chicago – as alderman, Michael Scott, Jr., … Continue reading →

IAR offices closed April 3 for Good Friday

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 11:00am
The Illinois Association of REALTORS®’ offices in Springfield will be closed Friday, April 3, in observance of Good Friday. IAR offices will reopen at 8:30 a.m., Monday, April 6.  

Morning Minute: The green home features home buyers want today

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 9:58am
A National Association of REALTORS® infographic for you to download and share highlights some of the most popular green and energy efficient features home buyers are looking for in a new home.

Wagner named committee liaison for NAR Commercial Group

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 2:47pm
IAR board member Dan Wagner has been named as 2016 Committee liaison to the Commercial Group of the National Association of REALTORS®. Wagner, president elect for the Chicago Association of REALTORS®, is senior vice president for government relations at the … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Housing markets warm up for spring home buying season

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 11:34am
An improving jobs market and affordable mortgage interest rates still point to a strong spring housing market, despite recent winter weather, according to Freddie Mac’s latest Multi-Indicator Market Index. Illinois is among five states showing the most year-over-year housing market … Continue reading →

Read about 5 legal case studies in March ‘D.R. Legal News’

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 11:00am
The Illinois Association of REALTORS® provides the results of five case studies for Managing Brokers to consider in the March issue of D.R. Legal News. The case studies are: Big penalties assessed for involvement in a “mortgage referral scheme” between … Continue reading →

Opportunity Race: RPAC postcards support Bartelsen for alderman

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 10:00am
Lockport residents in Ward 4 received IAR RPAC postcards urging their support for Joanne Bartelsen in the April 7 consolidated election. The postcard lets voters know Bartelsen will provide Lockport with an alderman who favors: Reducing barriers to homeownership; Keeping … Continue reading →

Senate bill enhances notice requirements for local governments

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 9:19am
As noted in last week’s State Capitol Report, IAR supports Senate Bill 26 (as amended) which moves language currently in the Local Records Act to the more appropriate Open Meetings Act. The bill requires public bodies outside Cook County to … Continue reading →

Vote daily to help Jirak get REALTOR® Magazine award

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 4:59pm
You can vote once a day – through Friday at noon – for Chicago REALTOR® Clayton Jirak to receive REALTOR® Magazine’s Web Choice Award. Jirak is one of 50 finalists selected for NAR magazine’s “30 Under 30” honor, and judges … Continue reading →

Illinois REALTORS® meet with elected officials in Washington, D.C.

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 1:42pm
Illinois REALTORS® joined their counterparts in several other states to lobby for private property rights on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., this week. The visit was part of an effort by the REALTOR® Great Lakes Caucus, which encompasses Illinois, Indiana, … Continue reading →

Effort to raid RELAF funds could hurt Illinois property owners

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 1:06pm
The fund all Illinois real estate licensees pay into for industry regulation has been targeted by state lawmakers seeking a short-term fix to the state’s budget crisis. The Illinois House voted 69-48 on Tuesday to pass a broad measure that … Continue reading →

REALTORS® can take advantage of early voting for April 7 consolidated elections

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 10:47am
Make your voice heard, Illinois REALTORS®, and vote for REALTOR® champions during the upcoming consolidated elections, even if you can’t stop by your precinct on Election Day, April 7. That’s what the early voting process in Illinois is all about. … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Sales of new U.S. homes hit seven year high in February

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 10:32am
Sales of newly constructed, single-family homes rose 7.8 percent in February, rising to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 539,000, according to new data from the Commerce Department. The last time the annual rate was this high was in February … Continue reading →

Don’t be Intimidated

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 6:30am
If you have been to an IAR Capitol Conference before, you know what an energizing day it can be. If you have never attended, we hope you’ll take this opportunity to increase your comfort level dealing with policy makers and … Continue reading →

Managing Broker License Renewals: Are You On Schedule?

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 11:18am
Have you checked your educational credits lately? Managing Broker license renewals are due April 30th. If you are unsure about the requirements, use this checklist as a guide: Managing brokers who were first licensed prior to Feb. 1, 2013 need … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Illinois home prices see gains in February

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 11:08am
The spring real estate season is around the corner and Illinois homeowners may decide now is the time to list their homes for sale. The lower inventory of homes for sale and increasing buyer demand are driving home prices higher. … Continue reading →