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IAR closed Monday due to snow, cold weather

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 01/06/2014 - 9:17am
The polar vortex that hit the Midwest has made travel tricky and even dangerous. The Illinois Association of REALTORS® is closed today as a result. We will reopen Tuesday morning on a regular schedule. Stay warm and safe.

2014 color trend is Radiant Orchid

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 01/03/2014 - 1:41pm
Chase away the winter blahs with Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2014: Radiant Orchid. Every year Pantone, a global authority on color and provider of professional color standards for the design industries, chooses the color of the year that … Continue reading →

WSJ: Some luxury homes are going to the dogs

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 01/03/2014 - 1:10pm
A built-in dog washing station? Check. Heated window seats? Check. Dog-feeding areas with sinks that supply filtered water? Check. Those are just some of the pet-friendly features some homeowners are including in their luxury house designs to make sure their … Continue reading →

Freddie Mac: Mortgage rates edge higher on stronger economy

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 01/03/2014 - 11:12am
With improved November pending home sales, an increase in consumer confidence in December and higher home prices, “mortgage rates edged up to begin the year on signs of a stronger economic recovery,” said Freddie Mac Vice President and Chief Economist Frank … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: What’s on the horizon for housing in 2014

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 01/02/2014 - 11:41am
The Illinois housing picture grew brighter in 2013 as home prices and sales steadily improved, distressed properties worked their way through the system and a sustained real estate market rebound seemed to be underway. Will these trends continue as we … Continue reading →

Building the Power of R – Illinois REALTOR® January Issue

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 12/30/2013 - 4:04pm
Use some of your holiday downtime to check out the new January issue of Illinois REALTOR®. In this issue you’ll learn more about IAR President Phil Chiles and his goal of putting the #PowerofR to work in 2014, including a … Continue reading →