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Check 3 Saturday deadlines for Illinois primaries

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 11:24am
Saturday (Feb. 21) is the last day for grace period registration, grace period voting and early voting in the Feb. 24 Illinois consolidated primary elections. According to the Illinois State Board of Elections, grace period registration, grace period voting and … Continue reading →

7 ways to make sure your phone etiquette doesn’t hang up clients

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 12:43pm
Can a better grasp of modern phone etiquette help you save time, communicate better and demonstrate your respect for others? The answer for REALTORS® – professionals who live by their own Code of Ethics – is a resounding “yes!” Consider … Continue reading →

Want to view Gov. Rauner’s Budget Address?

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 6:28pm
If you missed the Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner’s 2015 Budget Address today, and you’d like to read, listen or view it without interruption, the state has provided a transcript, as well as audio and video recordings online. Titled the “Illinois … Continue reading →

Remember to tune in to IAR Legal Webinar Thursday morning

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 5:31pm
IAR members can get the latest update on real estate related issues and get their questions answered during IAR’s Legal Webinar at 9:30 a.m. Thursday. This webinar will be hosted by IAR Legal Hotline Attorney Betsy Urbance and IAR Legal … Continue reading →

IAR Leadership Development Program meets in Springfield

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 12:20pm
The 2015 IAR Leadership Development Program kicked off Tuesday with lessons from IAR Chief Executive Officer Gary Clayton about structure, philosophy and management. During the afternoon, the attendees learned about the role of IAR Board Members, parliamentary procedures, professional standards … Continue reading →

Kinney encourages global investors to look at Illinois real estate

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 10:01am
Illinois real estate is generally a stable, safe investment Illinois Association of REALTORS® President Jim Kinney told the media at a press conference late last week for the Chicago chapter of the Asian Real Estate Association of America (AREAA). With … Continue reading →

Get real-time tweets about Governor’s Budget Address here

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 02/17/2015 - 6:41pm
IAR Assistant Director Legislative and Political Affairs Julie Sullivan will use Twitter to report on Gov. Bruce Rauner’s State Budget Address tomorrow, and we’ll relay those messages to you in the box below. You’ll also be able to follow @ILREALTOR. … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Proposed rule could allow use of drones in commercial real estate

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 02/17/2015 - 11:36am
A proposed rule from the Federal Aviation Administration that could allow for unmanned aircraft systems, or drones, to be used to market commercial real estate properties is getting support from REALTORS®. In a statement, National Association of REALTORS® President Chris … Continue reading →

Meet the candidates for IAR treasurer

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 02/17/2015 - 9:44am
Two candidates have declared their interest in becoming treasurer of the Illinois Association of REALTORS. REALTORS Matt Difanis and Jeff Gregory will be reviewed by the Nominating Committee, and IAR members can find out all about the candidates and submit … Continue reading →

IAR offices closed Monday for Presidents’ Day

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 02/13/2015 - 5:00pm
The Illinois Association of REALTORS®’ offices in Springfield will be closed Monday, Feb.16, in observance of Presidents’ Day. IAR offices will reopen at 8:30 a.m., Tuesday, Feb. 17.  

CAR Leadership Academy meets in Springfield

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 02/13/2015 - 1:22pm
Members of the Capital Area REALTORS® visited the IAR offices in downtown Springfield Friday to conduct Leadership Academy training. IAR Government Affairs Director Neil Malone, who serves members in Logan County, Jacksonville, Decatur, Danville, Champaign County, Central Illinois and the … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Today’s seniors facing higher debt levels

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 02/13/2015 - 11:00am
More older Americans are struggling with higher levels of debt and that could put them at greater risk of foreclosure, according to a new report from the Employee Benefit Research Institute. Read more from NAR’s Daily Real Estate News. In … Continue reading →

New Wisconsin law could affect IAR members?

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 1:41pm
Illinois REALTORS® – On Jan. 1, a new provision in Wisconsin’s real estate licensing law clarified the need for a Wisconsin license to list Wisconsin properties. However, the provision does allow for out-of-state licensees to cooperate with Wisconsin licensees under … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Incomes rise and so do consumer sentiments about the housing market

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 10:56am
Consumer confidence is climbing higher as more people are seeing improved household incomes and that, in turn, is generating more optimism about home prices and the overall market, according to Fannie Mae’s January 2015 National Housing Survey. Twenty-nine percent of … Continue reading →

Sreenan joins IAR Board of Directors

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 9:00am
Rockford-area REALTOR® Virginia “Ginger” Sreenan has been selected to the Illinois Association of REALTORS® Board of Directors to finish the term of the late Chuck Wiercinski. Sreenan, of Pioneer Real Estate Services of Rockford, will serve until the 2017 elections. … Continue reading →

IAR donates $53K to Kidzeum Green Home Exhibit in Springfield

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 4:31pm
The Illinois Association of REALTORS® is donating $53,000 to the Springfield Kidzeum of Health and Science to fund the Green Home Construction Exhibit within its Healthy Community gallery. “The Illinois Association of REALTORS® is excited to play a role in … Continue reading →

Wagner recognized by Illinois Parks and Recreation Association

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 3:04pm
Dan Wagner, a REALTOR® and member of the Illinois Association of REALTORS® Board of Directors, received the Illinois Park and Recreation Association (IPRA) Advocacy Award during the IPRA’s annual conference in late January. The recognition was one of three awards … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: HUD Secretary says 2015 a year of housing opportunity

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 11:40am
Greater credit availability, low mortgage rates and lower FHA mortgage insurance premiums all point to 2015 as being a year of great opportunity in the housing market, says Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Julian Castro. Watch Castro’s interview on … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: New NAR ad highlights the benefits of working with a REALTOR®

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 10:58am
Watch a new ad from the National Association of REALTORS® featuring homebuyers sharing how their search for a home of their own was made easier by working with a REALTOR® and the online real estate portal, Realtor.com.

Managing Brokers – Watch for your license renewal postcard from IDFPR

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 02/09/2015 - 2:17pm
Check your mailbox this week for a white postcard this week from the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) that will remind you about key steps in your license renewal. You will need to submit information electronically or … Continue reading →