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Morning Minute: U.S. pending home sales pick up in July, NAR reports

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 09/01/2016 - 7:00am
U.S. pending home sales picked up in July, led by strong gains in the West, the National Association of Realtors® (NAR) reported this week. NAR’s Pending Home Sales Index was 1.3 percent higher than last month and 1.4 percent higher … Continue reading →

REALTORS®’ Working Group, Board sanctions update to association’s Housing Policy

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 08/31/2016 - 1:00pm
Members of the Illinois Housing Opportunity Working Group and the Illinois REALTORS® Board of Directors have approved updates to the association’s housing policy which better address senior and veteran housing issues and to eliminate out-of-date information. Sarah Ware, chair of the working … Continue reading →

Watch CAR tribute to real estate trailblazer, Marion Maner

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 08/31/2016 - 12:25pm
The Chicago Association of REALTORS® has produced a video celebrating the life of one of the association’s trailblazing presidents. CAR dedicated a park bench Friday in the memory of Marion Maner, the association’s first African-American president. The memorial bench is … Continue reading →

President Mike Drews leads discussion with U.S. Rep. Hultgren

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 08/30/2016 - 4:28pm
Our 2016 Illinois REALTOR® President Mike Drews wears another hat in his service to the industry.  As Federal Political Coordinator (FPC) for U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren, he conveys the REALTOR® position on our NAR priority issues. During the month of … Continue reading →

McComb helps Mahomet schools via elected office

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 08/30/2016 - 1:00pm
In 2005, Max McComb volunteered for his first parent committee for Mahomet-Seymour Community Schools. Little did the Champaign-area REALTOR® know that 11 years later, he’d be the school board president with a long list of accomplishments and plans to run … Continue reading →

2016 RPAC Sterling Open draws more than 70 Major Investors to Springfield

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 08/29/2016 - 3:20pm
The first round of the RPAC Sterling Open Golf Challenge got underway Monday afternoon with many Major Investors unleashing their skills on the Illini Country Club course in sunny Springfield. More than 70 Major Investors participated in the challenge, with … Continue reading →

Request your ‘Vote by Mail’ ballot now for Nov. 8 general election

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 08/29/2016 - 1:00pm
Illinois voters living in the United States can apply for a Vote by Mail ballot for the Nov. 8 general election, according to the Illinois State Board of Elections (ISBE). Requests can be made in person at the office of … Continue reading →

Still time to register for Conservation Foundation’s Sept. 8 event at Inland

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 08/29/2016 - 10:56am
Illinois REALTORS® with an interest in land conservation will have a chance to meet members of the Conservation Foundation at a free breakfast event hosted at The Inland Real Estate Group of Companies headquarters in Oak Brook. Join foundation trustee Dan … Continue reading →

Illinois REALTORS® invited to free TRID panel discussion Sept. 9

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 08/29/2016 - 10:50am
Mark your calendar for Friday, Sept. 9, as the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) hosts an informational panel discussion at the Capital City Training Center in Springfield involving the Illinois REALTORS® and numerous other trade associations. REALTORS® … Continue reading →

Heart moves Stailey-Lander to help Bloomington-Normal community

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 08/29/2016 - 6:00am
After 30 years in the real estate business in the Bloomington-Normal area, Karen Stailey-Lander says she enjoys helping others more than ever. Of course, that means helping people buy and sell their homes but it also means training new REALTORS® … Continue reading →

Using international experience to help Illinois REALTORS®

IARbuzz.com Blog - Sun, 08/28/2016 - 12:15pm
Illinois REALTORS® Immediate Past President Jim Kinney is using his experience working with clients from the United Kingdom to help fellow REALTORS® through the Consulate General Liaison Program, and he’s inviting others with similar international experiences to join the effort. … Continue reading →

CAR dedicates memorial to Maner, the association’s first African-American president

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 08/26/2016 - 2:15pm
The Chicago Association of REALTORS® (CAR) and the Chicago Association of REALTORS® Foundation honored former CAR president Marion Maner by dedicating a park bench in his name this morning. The memorial bench is located in Avalon Park, a Chicago Park … Continue reading →

QCARA members brush up on their painting skills at Habitat for Humanity project

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 08/26/2016 - 1:03pm
Members of the Quad City Area REALTOR® Association showed their community spirit last week when they helped paint the interior of a three-bedroom Habitat for Humanity home in Davenport, Iowa. The exploits of 15 REALTORS® were captured in a video … Continue reading →

Illinois REALTORS® named to key NAR committee posts

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 08/26/2016 - 8:08am
Congratulations to Illinois REALTORS® who were named to NAR committee chair and vice chair positions for the 2016-2017 year. Among those playing key leadership roles on committees are: Jim Haisler, Chair of the AEC-RCE Certification Advisory Board. Haisler is the … Continue reading →

CAR Global Council panel discussion encourages understanding of different cultures

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 08/25/2016 - 1:36pm
Earlier this month, the Chicago Association of REALTORS® presented a panel discussion on the topic “How to Monetize Global Real Estate” at the East Bank Club. Mabél Guzmán served as moderator for three panelists: Sonia Anaya, Jim Kinney and Susanna … Continue reading →

NAR offers video about Aug. 29 drone rule changes

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 08/24/2016 - 4:01pm
Did you know that on Monday, when new Federal Aviation Administration rules take effect, it will be cheaper for real estate professionals to operate a drone for commercial purposes? According to a video produced by the National Association of REALTORS® … Continue reading →

NAR foundation will donate up to $350K in Louisiana flood assistance

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 08/24/2016 - 3:25pm
The devastating flooding that’s hit southern Louisiana this month has prompted NAR’s REALTORS® Relief Foundation to announce that up to $350,000 will be donated to help flood victims. If you would like to make a donation, you can go to … Continue reading →

Video explains what you need to know about Chicago property tax increases

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 08/24/2016 - 2:10pm
If you’ve seen your property tax bill in Chicago, no doubt you were not happy to see an average increase of 12 percent in what you have to pay. Real Property Alliance, an Illinois REALTORS® foundation with a mission of … Continue reading →

At a glance: Poll shows seniors worried about property taxes

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 08/24/2016 - 9:35am
Illinois reportedly has the highest property taxes in the nation, and the state’s seniors are understandably worried about the squeeze that puts on their ability to maintain a good quality of quality of life, a poll commissioned by Illinois REALTORS® found. … Continue reading →

Illinois home prices increase in July; Sales lower amid tight inventory

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 08/24/2016 - 9:04am
Homes sold faster and prices were stronger in July, but lower inventory continues to act as a drag on the market, according to Illinois REALTORS®. Statewide home sales (including single-family homes and condominiums) in July 2016 totaled 16,108 homes sold, … Continue reading →