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Broker Management webinars provide CE for 2017 license renewal from home

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 01/23/2017 - 10:57am
Without leaving home, Managing Brokers can earn CE for the 2017 license renewal! Illinois REALTORS® Licensing & Training Center offers the 12-hour Broker Management CE course in two-day webinars to be held in February, March and April. The next webinar … Continue reading →

Hewings, Smoke to present at Business Issues and License Law Forum

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 01/20/2017 - 12:46pm
One economist well-known for his analysis of Illinois housing and another with a flair for making complex issues more understandable will highlight the Business Issues and License Law Forum next Wednesday at the Illinois REALTORS®’ Public Policy Meetings in East … Continue reading →

Housing Opportunity Working Group to feature global fair housing advocate

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 01/19/2017 - 3:00pm
Next Tuesday afternoon at the Public Policy Meetings in East Peoria, Judith Hermanson will be the featured speaker during the Housing Opportunity Working Group session. Hermanson, the president and CEO of the nonprofit organization, IHC Global, advocates for equitable international … Continue reading →

Can you guess the top 10 categories of 2016 Legal Hotline questions?

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 01/19/2017 - 1:37pm
Of the 2,504 questions submitted to the Illinois REALTORS® Legal Hotline in 2016 by members, three of the top 10 categories were related to license law in 2016. “License law – scope,” or the “Do I need a license for … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Mortgage rates fall for third week

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 01/19/2017 - 10:55am
Reversing a previous trend, fixed mortgage rates headed lower for the third consecutive week, Freddie Mac reports today. The 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage averaged 4.09 percent this week, down from 4.12 percent a week ago. The 15-year, fixed-rate mortgage was also … Continue reading →

NAR’s Facemire to share proven ideas during RPAC Strategic Planning meeting

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 01/18/2017 - 3:00pm
REALTORS® who attend the afternoon RPAC Strategic Planning Session during the Public Policy Meetings in East Peoria next Tuesday will hear about successful fundraising ideas used by fellow REALTORS® across the country. That’s just one of the topics on the … Continue reading →

Marketing tips from Inman Connect in NYC

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 01/18/2017 - 10:43am
Members of Illinois REALTORS® leadership are in New York City this week taking part in Inman Connect, a massive real estate gathering held each year in January. Illinois REALTORS® Immediate Past President Mike Drews sat in on the sessions, and … Continue reading →

Lawmakers Unes and Weaver to appear at Public Policy Meetings

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 01/18/2017 - 10:08am
State Rep. Mike Unes and State Sen. Chuck Weaver will appear at the Illinois REALTORS® Public Policy Meetings next week in East Peoria. Unes will greet REALTORS® at the beginning of the REALTORS® Political Involvement Committee session on Tuesday morning. … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: NAR calls for quick confirmation of Carson as HUD Secretary

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 01/17/2017 - 11:00am
In a letter to the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) President William E. Brown outlined the association’s support for Dr. Ben Carson’s nomination to lead the U.S. Department of Housing and … Continue reading →

Illinois REALTORS® offices closed Monday for MLK Jr Day

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 01/13/2017 - 5:06pm
The Illinois REALTORS®’ offices in Springfield will be closed Monday, Jan. 16, in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Illinois REALTORS® offices will reopen Tuesday, Jan. 17. King was born on Jan. 15, 1929 in Atlanta, Ga., and he … Continue reading →

Success strategies for REALTORS® on Facebook LIVE

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 01/13/2017 - 4:54pm
Keynote, a video-based education community that supports Illinois REALTORS®, is inviting Illinois REALTORS® members to tune into a Facebook LIVE event on Monday, January 16 from 1:00-2:00 p.m., CST.  Get Underwhelmed! Step-by-Step Strategies for a Successful Day is a free … Continue reading →

State Capitol Report covers first days of 100th General Assembly

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 01/13/2017 - 4:26pm
Illinois REALTORS® can login and read this week’s State Capitol Report for a quick recap of the final days of Illinois’ 99th General Assembly and the opening days of the 100th General Assembly, including the return of four incumbent REALTORS® … Continue reading →

RPAC fundraising kicks off at Professional Standards Workshops

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 01/13/2017 - 2:46pm
RPAC raffles at the Illinois REALTORS® Professional Standards Workshops raised nearly $11,000. Last year, our REALTOR® PAC helped elect pro-REALTOR®, pro-business candidates to public office, stopped efforts to expand sales tax to professional services and advertising as well as efforts … Continue reading →

Amendment to the Illinois Lead Poisoning Prevention Act

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 01/13/2017 - 12:03pm
You may have heard or read something recently about changes to the Illinois Lead Poisoning Prevention Act, and wondered what this is all about. But first, let’s discuss what it is not about. This amendment to existing Illinois statute, does … Continue reading →

Capital Area REALTORS® chooses Edwards Place as bicentennial charity

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 01/12/2017 - 3:30pm
The Capital Area REALTORS® became the first local association to announce a charity for the state’s bicentennial when it announced the Springfield Art Association’s Edwards Place as its 2017 Charity of Choice. During the holiday season, Capital Area REALTORS® raised … Continue reading →

Illinois REALTOR® shows caring spirit

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 01/12/2017 - 1:39pm
REALTOR® Marsha Collins-Mroz of Homesmart Connect LLC in Arlington Heights took it upon herself to collect unused apples, brownies and unopened bags of potato chips from boxed lunches at the Illinois REALTORS® Professional Standards Workshop in Oakbrook Terrace Wednesday. She … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: See how different mortgage rates affect your monthly payment

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 01/12/2017 - 11:31am
Higher mortgage rates mean a higher monthly payment, right? But how do those numbers break down and how does your county compare to others? If you are shopping around for a new home and are wondering how different mortgage rates … Continue reading →

Bernardoni explains value of RPR data to REALTORS®, politicians and communities

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 01/12/2017 - 10:08am
Illinois REALTORS® can provide valuable local demographic and economic information through the REALTORS® Property Resource (RPR) and their local government affairs director, says Brian Bernardoni, local government affairs director for the Chicago Association of REALTORS®. Bernardoni explains how he’s used … Continue reading →

Illinois REALTORS® sworn in as state representatives

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 01/11/2017 - 4:45pm
The winners of November elections for the Illinois House of Representatives were sworn in today in a ceremony at the University of Illinois-Springfield, including newcomer Rep. Tony McCombie (71st District) and incumbents Rep. Sam Yingling (62nd District) and Rep. Mark … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Which home remodeling projects bring you the best return?

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 01/11/2017 - 10:45am
If you are thinking about tackling some home improvement projects this year, the latest Cost vs. Value report from Remodeling Magazine breaks down which projects could bring the greatest return on your investment. The report offers national data, but also … Continue reading →