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IAR members get Professional Standards updates in Oakbrook Terrace

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 01/08/2014 - 12:53pm
REALTORS® from throughout the state took part in Professional Standards training sponsored by the Illinois Association of REALTORS® on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014, in Oakbrook Terrace. The annual event provides updates and training on the guidelines used by REALTORS® to … Continue reading →

Weather no deterrent to advocating for property rights in Skokie

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 01/07/2014 - 2:51pm
IAR Government Affairs Director Howard Handler battled a minus 42 degree wind chill to advocate for REALTORS. The Village of Skokie, nearly two years after it was first proposed, adopted a very comprehensive rental regulation and crime-free ordinance. The IAR … Continue reading →

Oakbrook Terrace Professional Standards sessions take place Wednesday

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 01/07/2014 - 11:53am
The Professional Standards course hosted by the Illinois Association of REALTORS® will be held in Oakbrook Terrace on Wednesday. For information, go here. The Tuesday Professional Standards training session in Springfield was cancelled due to the weather. IAR is working … Continue reading →

Pro standards workshop in Springfield cancelled; Oakbrook Terrace session Wednesday still planned

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 01/06/2014 - 9:52am
Due to the weather, the Professional Standards Workshop scheduled for Tuesday in Springfield has been cancelled. The Springfield session will be rescheduled, although a  date has not been selected. The Pro Standards workshop in Oakbrook Terrace on Wednesday is still … Continue reading →

IAR closed Monday due to snow, cold weather

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 01/06/2014 - 9:17am
The polar vortex that hit the Midwest has made travel tricky and even dangerous. The Illinois Association of REALTORS® is closed today as a result. We will reopen Tuesday morning on a regular schedule. Stay warm and safe.

2014 color trend is Radiant Orchid

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 01/03/2014 - 1:41pm
Chase away the winter blahs with Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2014: Radiant Orchid. Every year Pantone, a global authority on color and provider of professional color standards for the design industries, chooses the color of the year that … Continue reading →

WSJ: Some luxury homes are going to the dogs

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 01/03/2014 - 1:10pm
A built-in dog washing station? Check. Heated window seats? Check. Dog-feeding areas with sinks that supply filtered water? Check. Those are just some of the pet-friendly features some homeowners are including in their luxury house designs to make sure their … Continue reading →

Freddie Mac: Mortgage rates edge higher on stronger economy

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 01/03/2014 - 11:12am
With improved November pending home sales, an increase in consumer confidence in December and higher home prices, “mortgage rates edged up to begin the year on signs of a stronger economic recovery,” said Freddie Mac Vice President and Chief Economist Frank … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: What’s on the horizon for housing in 2014

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 01/02/2014 - 11:41am
The Illinois housing picture grew brighter in 2013 as home prices and sales steadily improved, distressed properties worked their way through the system and a sustained real estate market rebound seemed to be underway. Will these trends continue as we … Continue reading →

Building the Power of R – Illinois REALTOR® January Issue

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 12/30/2013 - 4:04pm
Use some of your holiday downtime to check out the new January issue of Illinois REALTOR®. In this issue you’ll learn more about IAR President Phil Chiles and his goal of putting the #PowerofR to work in 2014, including a … Continue reading →