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Illinois REALTORS® adds to Consulate General Liaison team

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 08/08/2017 - 11:19am
The Illinois REALTORS® Global Business Council is excited to add Claire Sylvestre, broker with @Properties in Lincoln Park to the Consulate General Liaison team! While going over the details of the program we decided to dive into a bit of French culture by … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Foreign investment in U.S. real estate at record high

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 08/08/2017 - 10:12am
International interest in U.S. residential real estate has jumped with foreign buyers and recent immigrants buying $153 billion in property between April 2016 and March 2017, marking a 49 percent increase, according the National Association of REALTORS® 2017 Profile of … Continue reading →

Lemons-Ryhal to lead Facebook Live session at Conference & Expo Nov. 4

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 08/07/2017 - 1:00pm
Marki Lemons-Ryhal will present “Effectively Getting Started with Facebook Live,” at the REALTOR® Conference & Expo at 11 a.m. Nov. 4, in the West Building of McCormick Place Convention Center. Register now! REALTORS® who attend will learn how to use … Continue reading →

Veterans can start real estate career through GI Bill®

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 08/07/2017 - 9:17am
Military veterans who want to start a real estate career can use their GI Bill® benefits to attend the Illinois REALTORS® Licensing & Training Center. It is the only real estate school in the state that can provide training under the … Continue reading →

New event launched for ABR® and SRS designees

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 08/07/2017 - 8:23am
ABR® and SRS designees are invited to an exclusive conference and networking event September 17-19 in Charleston, South Carolina. RE:up is a new conference launched by The Real Estate Buyer’s Agent Council (REBAC) and the Real Estate Business Institute (REBI) … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: As summer market continues, mortgage rates holding steady

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 08/04/2017 - 9:57am
Fixed, mortgage interest rates hovered below 4 percent this week, with averages holding steady from last week, Freddie Mac reports. The 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage averaged 3.93 percent this week, up slightly from 3.92 percent last week. The 15-year, fixed-rate mortgage … Continue reading →

IRRF continues to offer help to northern Illinois flood victims

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 08/04/2017 - 8:49am
The Illinois REALTORS® Relief Foundation (IRRF) is accepting applications from northern Illinois property owners who were flood victims in early July. This outreach is for those who were affected by the storms which swept through the Chicago area. Several counties were declared … Continue reading →

Little to talk content marketing at Conference & Expo

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 08/03/2017 - 8:00am
Carrie Little of CarMarc Realty Group, LLC in Chicago is scheduled to present “Big Data! The Next Big Thing in Content Marketing” at the REALTOR® Conference & Expo on Nov. 4. Register to see her now. Little’s hour-long presentation begins … Continue reading →

Wagner to speak about 1031 like-kind exchanges at REALTOR® Conference & Expo in November

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 08/02/2017 - 3:50pm
Illinois REALTORS® Treasurer Dan Wagner is scheduled to present “1031 Exchange: Another Tool for Your Toolbox,” at the REALTOR® Conference and Expo on Nov. 5. Wagner, senior vice president of government relations for the Oak Brook-based Inland Real Estate Group … Continue reading →

Almost a decade later, REALTOR® effort has lasting effect

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 08/02/2017 - 2:16pm
In 2013, local Government Affairs Director Howard Handler described the domino effect of REALTOR® advocacy. Handler recounted how a successful REALTOR® effort from 2008, to beat back an illegal real estate transfer stamp program adopted by the city of Highwood, led … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Don’t make these mistakes when pricing a home to sell

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 08/02/2017 - 9:41am
Setting the right listing price is a crucial step in selling a home and Realtor.com offers some tips in the article, “How the Canniest Sellers Price Their Homes.” It offers a few tips to consider: Don’t confuse sentimental value with … Continue reading →

New Realtor.com ad campaign features wives of MLB players you may know

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 08/02/2017 - 9:09am
Have you seen the new #HomeRunHome commercials for Realtor.com featuring the wives of Major League Baseball (MLB) stars? Baseball fans in Illinois may be familiar with at least two of the families involved because one star plays for the Chicago Cubs and … Continue reading →

Seniker, ‘REALTOR® community’ help stranded NC colleague and son get to St. Louis

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 08/01/2017 - 1:58pm
(Story updated 6:45 p.m. Aug. 2) North Carolina REALTOR® Leigh Brown used social media to find help and to express her gratitude to the “REALTOR® community” that helped ease the stress of a long train delay last Friday in south … Continue reading →

Illinois REALTORS® meets mobile alert goal

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 08/01/2017 - 8:10am
(Figures updated at 2 p.m. Aug. 1) Thanks to more than 450 recent registrants for REALTOR® Party mobile text alerts, the total number of Illinois REALTORS® who receive them has reached 6,863, according to the NAR. Subscribers to the mobile … Continue reading →

Fall event for GRI Grad suspended

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 07/31/2017 - 9:25am
Illinois REALTORS® values its GRI Grad members and appreciates their participation in Association events. As members know, Illinois REALTORS® is constantly evaluating its programs to ensure they provide the best use of of resources for its members. While the GRI … Continue reading →

Today’s the last day to enter Conference & Expo’s Chicago cuisine trivia contest

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 07/31/2017 - 9:12am
If you’re planning to go to the REALTOR® Conference and Expo in November, today’s the last day to enter the “How Well Do You Know Chicago Cuisine?” contest and possibly win a $100 Lettuce Entertain You gift card. Just go … Continue reading →

PSA certification course offered September 28

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 07/31/2017 - 8:53am
Illinois REALTORS® will offer Pricing Strategies: Mastering the CMA, a core requirement for the Pricing Strategy Advisor (PSA) certification (one of NAR’s newest approved certifications) on September 28 at Three Rivers Association of REALTORS® in Joliet. This course will be taught by … Continue reading →

VIDEO: June Housing Report

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 07/31/2017 - 8:23am
In case you missed it, the Illinois Housing Market Report for June was issued last week. Watch this video for a quick glance at some of the numbers, then visit http://www.illinoisrealtor.org/marketstats for the full report.