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Early start for Illinois delegation attending Republican convention

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 07/18/2016 - 11:44am
  Members of Illinois REALTORS® delegation to the Republican National Convention in Cleveland started their day with a breakfast attended by state policymakers. The breakfast is a tradition at the event, and kicks off a week of festivities for those attending the … Continue reading →

Member Monday: Tips for pricing your home right the first time

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 07/18/2016 - 9:41am
Setting your home’s listing price too high can deter potential buyers and leave your home lingering on the market longer than it should. Read the HouseLogic article, “Not Sure How to Price Your Home? Expert Strategies Help You Hit the … Continue reading →

Dogs get to the heart of Hoffman’s impact

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 07/18/2016 - 8:00am
Allyson Hoffman’s love for animals shows in the ways she connects with potential real estate customers, the ways she assists the Heartland Animal Shelter and especially in the way she’s cared for family pets. “I’ve always had a soft spot … Continue reading →

It all begins today: Illinois REALTORS® taking part in the GOP convention

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 07/18/2016 - 7:00am
Illinois REALTORS®’ delegation began arriving in Cleveland on Sunday, kicking off what will be two weeks beginning today of a high-profile presence at party nominating conventions. The association sends delegations to the Democratic and Republican conventions, and members will attend … Continue reading →

Dialogue, bi-partisanship just two reasons why Illinois REALTORS will go to both national political conventions

IARbuzz.com Blog - Sat, 07/16/2016 - 1:06pm
Monday kicks off a two-week period of national political conventions and Illinois REALTORS® will go to the Democratic and Republican events to: get unique dialogue with party leaders, particularly Illinois leaders; continue the relationship-building process with those leaders; demonstrate the bi-partisan nature … Continue reading →

Three Rivers sponsors conference for Joliet-area landlords

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 07/15/2016 - 2:01pm
The Three Rivers Association of REALTORS® (TRAR) helped facilitate an area landlord conference for the City of Joliet and McHenry REALTOR® Sue Miller gave an encouraging keynote message July 11 and 12. About 400 Joliet-area landlords attended the event, which … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Many consider now a good time to buy a home, but student debt an issue for some

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 07/15/2016 - 10:39am
The latest National Association of REALTORS® Housing Opportunities and Market Experience (HOME) Survey finds that while three-quarters of those surveyed believe now is a good time to buy a home, renters are less confident than homeowners, in part because low … Continue reading →

PAAR CEO Hancock receives Rhino Award for association leadership

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 07/15/2016 - 9:02am
Peoria Area Association of REALTORS® CEO Dallas Hancock was named the recipient of the 2016 Rhino Award at a breakfast July 15, 2016. Hancock, longtime association executive of the Peoria association, was honored for her longstanding leadership and service to … Continue reading →

Why do Illinois REALTORS® need a presence at the national political conventions?

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 07/15/2016 - 8:01am
Illinois REALTORS® will take part in the national political process beginning Monday as they travel to Philadelphia and Cleveland for party nominating conventions. Illinois REALTORS® is a non-partisan organization, so going to both conventions shows the association’s ability to work … Continue reading →

Illinois REALTOR® advocacy helps push Senate to approve HR 3700

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 07/15/2016 - 7:59am
Last night the U.S. Senate unanimously approved HR 3700, the Housing Opportunity through Modernization Act, legislation which was the subject of a Call for Action by the National Association of REALTORS®. The bill prompted more than 20 percent of Illinois REALTORS® … Continue reading →

July magazine article reveals secrets to Legal Services’ growth

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 07/14/2016 - 2:00pm
While Legal Hotline Attorney Betsy Urbance has been the most visible face of Illinois REALTORS®’ Legal Services for almost 22 years, she says teamwork has been a key part of helping association members during that time. Among those playing key … Continue reading →

State association executives meet for two days of learning

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 07/14/2016 - 1:09pm
  Association executives from throughout Illinois are meeting this week to share knowledge and learn as part of the AE Workshop being held in Normal, Ill., July 14 and 15, 2016. The event is an annual one, and this year … Continue reading →

Dealing with Illinois REALTORS®’ Pokémon infestation

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 07/13/2016 - 3:49pm
  Pokémon Go is a thing. The new Nintendo game melds virtual reality with location-based gaming, and has people worldwide searching for the elusive imaginary cartoon monsters. Which led me to wonder: Are there any Pokémon lurking near the Illinois REALTOR® … Continue reading →

Clinton calls for racial tolerance at site of famed Lincoln speech

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 07/13/2016 - 2:36pm
Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton used the Old State Capitol in Springfield as a backdrop for a speech calling on Americans to come together to end what she called “systemic racism.” Clinton spoke in the building where Abraham Lincoln gave his … Continue reading →

Learn about new IHDA refinance program for underwater mortgage assistance

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 07/13/2016 - 11:41am
Illinois REALTORS® who want to help “underwater” borrowers can share information about the Illinois Housing Development Authority’s (IHDA) new I-Refi program that starts Aug. 1. The program aims to help borrowers current on their mortgage payments for at least 12 … Continue reading →

Important dates for Illinois REALTORS® as November elections approach

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 07/13/2016 - 10:56am
From now through mid-November, Illinois REALTORS® need to remember these dates so they can fully participate in local, state and federal elections. July 18-21 – Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio. July 25-28 – Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pa. … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: What today’s low mortgage rates mean for homebuyers

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 07/13/2016 - 9:24am
Wondering how global events are impacting mortgage rates and, in turn, the housing market? In a recent blog post, National Association of REALTORS® Director of Housing Statistics Danielle Hale lays out the pros and cons of mortgage interest rates that … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Global turbulence driving down U.S. mortgage rates, Freddie Mac says

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 07/12/2016 - 9:20am
Turmoil in some international markets is keeping mortgage rates near historic lows here in in the U.S., according to Freddie Mac’s outlook for July. Global developments in China and the United Kingdom have prompted Freddie Mac to revise its mortgage … Continue reading →

Signing up for REALTOR® Party text alerts has never been easier

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 07/11/2016 - 2:46pm
Illinois REALTORS® and the National Association of REALTORS® encourage you to sign up for text alerts on your mobile device. It’s easy to sign up and once you’re enrolled, the text messages quickly let you know when you need to … Continue reading →

New GRI courses launch Aug. 1, 2016

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 07/11/2016 - 1:13pm
On August 1, 2016. new online Graduate, REALTOR® Institute designation courses will be available for enrollment!  GRI is well known for taking careers to the next level. GRI advanced-level courses prepare REALTORS® for the challenges of the real estate industry today and … Continue reading →