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REALTORS® celebrate day of successfully lobbying at Illinois Capitol with reception

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 10:20am
The 400-plus REALTORS® who attended the Illinois Association of REALTORS® attended a reception at the Hilton Springfield on April 1, 2014. The reception, part of the annual Capitol Conference & Lobby Day, came after a day of lobbying on industry … Continue reading →

See images from IAR’s Lobby Day at the Illinois Capitol

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 10:01am
Hundreds of Illinois REALTORS® headed to the Illinois Capitol. See images from a day of legislative visits.

Hundreds of IAR members meet with state lawmakers in Springfield

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 04/01/2014 - 6:43pm
More than 450 Illinois REALTORS® trekked to the state Capitol to advocate for private property rights on Tuesday, April 1, 2014. This was the 38th annual Capitol Conference & Lobby Day, and members of the Illinois Association of REALTORS® flooded … Continue reading →

Scenes from Illinois REALTORS® Lobby Day in Springfield #PowerofR

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 04/01/2014 - 5:18pm
There is power in numbers and on Tuesday, 400 Illinois REALTORS® and members of the Illinois Association of REALTORS® from around the state visited with their legislators at the State Capitol to talk about the bills and issues important to … Continue reading →

See who was at the Capitol Conference & Lobby Day Luncheon #PowerofR

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 04/01/2014 - 12:49pm
IAR President Phil Chiles kicked off the Capitol Conference & Lobby Day which will send more than 400 REALTORS® streaming into the state Capitol on April 1, 2014, to lobby for private property rights. See who was there in this … Continue reading →

Images from the meeting with Gov. Quinn and IAR’s leadership

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 04/01/2014 - 12:40pm
Gov. Pat Quinn discussed the creation of a Division of Real Estate and the importance of homeownership. He met with REALTORS® at the IAR headquarters in Springfield on Tuesday, April 1, 2014.

Carpenter will join IAR leadership team for 2015

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 04/01/2014 - 12:24pm
Doug Carpenter has been selected to join the leadership team of the Illinois Association of REALTORS®.  Carpenter, Managing Broker at Coldwell Banker Honig-Bell in Orland Hills, will become treasurer in 2015. The decision was announced at the Capitol Conference & Lobby … Continue reading →

Gov. Quinn meets with Illinois REALTORS®, announces Welcome Home Illinois mortgage program

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 04/01/2014 - 11:42am
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn met with Illinois REALTORS® Tuesday to announce a new state mortgage program, Welcome Home Illinois. The program, administered by the Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA), aims to help around 3,000 qualifying first-time homebuyers during this year’s … Continue reading →

Seven honored for induction into RPAC Hall of Fame

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 04/01/2014 - 9:15am
Seven members of the Illinois Association of REALTORS® were honored last night for their achievement of $25,000 in lifetime contributions to the REALTORS® Political Action Committee and induction into the RPAC Hall of Fame. Their names were added to the … Continue reading →

Breaking news: Gov. Quinn reorganizes IDFPR, creates Division of Real Estate

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 04/01/2014 - 7:20am
In a move that recognizes the important role the real estate industry plays in the state’s economy, Gov. Pat Quinn on Monday signed an executive order that created the Division of Real Estate within the Illinois Department of Financial and … Continue reading →

Photo highlights from IAR Housing Conference Reception

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 03/31/2014 - 8:09pm
Scenes from the 2014 IAR Housing Conference Reception at the Governor’s Mansion in Springfield.

IAR pays off headquarters, holds ceremony to “burn mortgage”

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 03/31/2014 - 6:04pm
The Illinois Association of REALTORS® held a ceremonial “burning of the mortgage” on March 31 at the IAR headquarters building located just steps from the State Capitol at 522 S. Fifth Street in Springfield. The association first broke ground on … Continue reading →

Photo highlights from the Illinois Housing Leaders Conference

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 03/31/2014 - 5:04pm
The Third Annual Illinois Housing Leaders Conference was held Monday, March 31, in Springfield. The focus of the event was “Helping Boomerang Buyers Get Back in the Market.” See a Flickr slideshow.

Shari Olefson: REALTORS® need to tap into emerging boomerang homebuyer sector

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 03/31/2014 - 3:00pm
Boomerang buyers who are finally venturing back into the world of homeownership after losing their homes during the recession to foreclosure or short sale will be an integral part of the future housing economy and REALTORS® need to know how … Continue reading →

Congratulations to Illinois REALTORS® who made NAR’s 30 under 30

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 03/31/2014 - 1:49pm
Two Illinois REALTORS® made the list of 30 top real estate professionals under 30 years old. They are: Casselyn Feinstein, ERA Team Feinstein LLC, Hinsdale Rebecca Thomson, Jameson Sotheby’s International Realty, Chicago There was a week-long voting process to help … Continue reading →

Housing Leaders Conference focuses on Boomerang Buyers and how to help them

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 03/31/2014 - 1:23pm
Many Americans want to get back into homeownership. The problem is that the way back to sharing in a part of the American Dream can be difficult as those who found themselves in distressed sale situations during the Great Recession … Continue reading →

Town Hall kicks off week of events for IAR’s members in Springfield

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 03/31/2014 - 11:47am
Phil Chiles, president of the Illinois Association of REALTORS®, kicks off a week of events with a Town Hall Meeting on Monday, March 31, 2014. (Watch the video here.) The Town Hall presents an overview of an upcoming board meeting on … Continue reading →