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Get Fall Conference & Expo mobile app on Tuesday

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 2:18pm
Go paperless! Be the first to get a preview of the 2014 IAR Fall Conference & Expo, Sept. 4-6 in Chicago when you download the mobile app for your smartphone next Tuesday. With this mobile app, you’ll: receive announcements and … Continue reading →

Keefe: Learning from others a great benefit to fall conference

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 9:27am
Whether you’re a newcomer, an experienced pro or anything in between, you can benefit greatly from the people you meet at the 2014 IAR Fall Conference & Expo in Chicago says REALTOR® Kim Keefe of RE/Max Plaza in Woodstock. Keefe, … Continue reading →

Reduced rate for Hyatt hotel rooms for Fall Conference ends

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 7:43am
The reduced rate for those attending the IAR Fall Conference & Expo at the McCormick Hyatt has closed. But there’s still time to sign up for the conference and get in on an exciting program. To learn more about the … Continue reading →

Illinois median home prices increase 7.2 percent in July; Home sales down, but homes selling faster

IAR News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 3:21pm
Date:  August 21, 2014 Intro: 

Illinois home prices rose again in July, marking nearly two years of annual gains. Home sales dipped as tight credit standards and lower, but improving inventory levels continue to affect the market. 

FOR RELEASE: August 21, 2014

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

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Get a sneak preview of Laurie Moore-Moore’s presentation at Fall Conference

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 11:44am
  Laurie Moore-Moore knows how to sell and market luxury homes. She’s trained thousands of agents to market upper-tier properties and she’s founder and CEO of the Institute for Luxury Home Marketing. On Sept. 6, she will be bringing her … Continue reading →

IAR Legal Webinar: Your Questions Answered

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 11:22am
Tuesday’s IAR Legal Webinar “What’s Up in Your Backyard?” covered local issues affecting the business of real estate including licensing of landlords, fair housing and local crime free ordinances. The webinar featured special guest Mike Scobey, assistant director of the … Continue reading →

Gov. Quinn issues amendatory veto on SB 2664

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 4:12pm
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn’s office issued an amendatory veto on SB 2664, the Condo Foreclosure Bill, which in effect would scuttle months of work on the reform measure. According to IAR Governmental Affairs Director Greg St. Aubin, the amended bill … Continue reading →

Get your .REALTOR domain address beginning this fall

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 1:48pm
Looking to get the nifty new .realtor domain to use for your email address? Signups for the top-level domain will be this fall. RIS Media has a story on the planned rollout to some 80,000 REALTORS®. NAR has a page … Continue reading →

Kolbus says fall conference helps him grow

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 12:58pm
You can grow personally and professionally by attending the 2014 IAR Fall Conference & Expo, says Jeff Kolbus of Traders Realty Corporation in Peoria. Kolbus has attended several fall conferences in the past, and because of his positive experiences, he’s … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Homebuilders more optimistic about market

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 9:07am
Homebuilder sentiment rose in August for the third consecutive month and to the highest level since the beginning of the year, the National Association of Home Builders reports. The factors that are contributing to this improved outlook — job growth, … Continue reading →

Pre-register for Fall Conference & Expo and save $20

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 1:19pm
IAR members can save $20 by pre-registering for the IAR Fall Conference & Expo before the end of the day Thursday. Thursday is the final day for pre-registration for the full conference Sept. 4-6 at McCormick Place in Chicago.  For … Continue reading →

Remember to join us tomorrow for Legal Webinar

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 11:23am
If you’re available to listen, please join IAR Assistant Director Government Affairs Mike Scobey and Legal Hotline Attorney Betsy Urbance at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday for the Legal Webinar titled “What’s up in your backyard?” Discussion will revolve around local government … Continue reading →

In Case You Missed It: Top IARbuzz blog posts for the week

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 8:26am
In case you missed it, here are three of the top IARbuzz blog posts from the past week: U.S. Rep. Schock discusses issues with Illinois REALTORS® – Schock, a Republican first elected to the U.S. House in 2008, spoke at IAR in … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Foreclosure activity down in Chicago area

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 8:50am
Some good news on the distressed property front: foreclosure activity in Chicago, and the U.S., dipped in July, the Chicago Tribune reports. While Illinois still ranks high when it comes to foreclosure rates, there has been downward movement with activity … Continue reading →

U.S. Rep. Schock discusses issues with Illinois REALTORS®

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 11:45am
U.S. Rep Aaron Schock met with Illinois REALTORS® to discuss federal real estate and taxation policies, and to hear updates on the market in central Illinois. Schock, a Republican first elected to the U.S. House in 2008, spoke at the Illinois Association … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Latest HUD housing scorecard shows progress in many key areas

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 10:01am
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released its July Housing Scorecard and it shows a national housing market that is experiencing stronger sales of existing homes and a decline in foreclosures. Rising prices, job growth and improving … Continue reading →

Key player in television industry will speak at Multicultural Summit

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 3:20pm
Register for the IAR Multicultural Summit on Sept. 4 and you’ll hear from a leader in the growth of Spanish language television in the United States, Univision’s Larry Sands. With more than 25 years in the broadcast industry, Sands will … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Housing market moving to healthier, sustainable levels, NAR reports

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 10:32am
Nationally, home price growth slowed in the second quarter of this year, but the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) says the pace is a healthy one. Homeowners can continue to build equity while prices are still within reach of potential … Continue reading →

Game On Giveaway winner selected

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 3:40pm
REALTOR® Marisha J. Spero of the Keller Williams Premier Realty agency in Lincolnshire, IL is the winner of IAR’s Game On Giveaway. Spero was one of 295 IAR members entered in the promotion, and her name was selected by an … Continue reading →