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Help guide clients to IHDA assistance with underwater mortgages

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 02/03/2017 - 10:29am
Show your value to homeowners by sharing information about the Illinois Housing Development Authority’s I-Refi program. I-Refi is designed to help borrowers who’ve kept up with their mortgage payments for at least 12 months but owe more than their home … Continue reading →

CAR Leadership Academy tackles messaging, interviewing, social media

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 02/02/2017 - 5:07pm
On Thursday, 17 members of the Capital Area REALTORS® (CAR) visited the Illinois REALTORS® building in Springfield for Leadership Academy training. The afternoon training session helped REALTORS® understand the power of branding and appropriate messaging through social media and mass … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Mortgage rates hold steady, Freddie Mac reports

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 02/02/2017 - 9:44am
Freddie Mac reports today that the average 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage remained unchanged this week averaging 4.19 percent. The 15-year rate rose slightly from 3.40 percent last week to 3.41 percent this week. Read more from Freddie Mac. In other headlines: … Continue reading →

What REALTORS® need to know about homes with well water

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 02/02/2017 - 9:15am
Do you sell rural properties? Get the facts about well water from The Private Well Class.  It is a FREE webinar for REALTORS® and real estate agents. What REALTORS® Need to Know about Homes with Well Water FREE webinar Monday, … Continue reading →

Position allows Collins-Mroz to blend passions of travel and real estate

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 02/02/2017 - 9:00am
A slight language barrier didn’t stop Marsha Collins-Mroz from helping a Chinese-speaking family find a home in the Chicago area six years ago, and the skillful way she handled the process paved the way for other successes, including her appointment … Continue reading →

Punxsutawney Phil and the housing market?

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 02/02/2017 - 6:34am
If Groundhog Day can be a predictor of an early or late spring, can Punxsutawney Phil also predict trends in the housing market? Check out this infographic and chart from the National Association of REALTORS® that looks at the last 20 … Continue reading →

Best ‘two-minute drill’ you won’t see during the Super Bowl

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 02/01/2017 - 4:14pm
How do you summarize nearly four days of Illinois REALTORS® Public Policy Meetings? As Super Bowl Sunday draws near, the answer is quite simple: a two-minute video highlight reel featuring many of our stars in action! Watch for the images … Continue reading →

Grace period registration and voting begins for Illinois primaries

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 02/01/2017 - 2:00pm
Today is the first day for grace period registration and voting at the office of the election authority in jurisdictions where consolidated primaries will be held on Feb. 28, according to the Illinois State Board of Elections. The same is … Continue reading →

Illinois REALTORS® recording Springfield building demolition

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 02/01/2017 - 10:57am
Wednesday morning demolition crews began tearing down the former Springfield YWCA building, just west of the Illinois REALTORS® building and north of the Illinois Executive Mansion. Workers used a water cannon to control dust and debris as the building was … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: New NAR report looks at perceptions and expectations of aspiring home buyers

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 02/01/2017 - 10:31am
Many non-homeowners believe in home ownership, but questions about affordability, student debt loads and down payments are keeping many on the sidelines, according to a new report, “Aspiring Home Buyers Profile,” from the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR). The NAR … Continue reading →

Apply for NAR’s Volunteering Works mentoring program before Feb. 28

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 01/31/2017 - 3:00pm
REALTORS® who want to increase the impact of their community service should apply for the National Association of REALTORS®’ (NAR) Volunteering Works program before the Feb. 28 deadline. Five applicants will be chosen to receive a year of one-on-one mentoring … Continue reading →

Alert: About 1,400 corporate real estate licenses fall into non-renewed status.

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 01/31/2017 - 12:26pm
Is your corporate real estate license current? If you aren’t sure, now is a good time to check. That’s because Illinois REALTORS® has learned that as many as 1,400 corporate real estate licenses have fallen into non-renewed status with the Illinois … Continue reading →

Download presentations from Illinois REALTORS® Public Policy Meetings

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 01/30/2017 - 4:59pm
If you attended last week’s Illinois REALTORS® Public Policy Meetings in East Peoria, you can now download presentations from some of the session speakers. 2016 Election Recap from Gene Ulm, a partner with Public Opinion Strategies Housing and the Economy: … Continue reading →

REALTORS® can help fight hunger in their communities

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 01/30/2017 - 10:43am
REALTORS® can play an important role in fighting hunger in their communities by informing sellers about Move for Hunger. Move for Hunger is a nationwide non-profit organization that provides local food pantries with unopened, non-perishable food through cooperation of local real estate … Continue reading →

JCHS projects 4 challenges facing seniors in 20 years

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 01/27/2017 - 12:41pm
Preparations made during the next 20 years could be critical to the ability of older Americans to live independently in the year 2035 and beyond, when a fifth of the American population will be age 65 or older, says Jennifer … Continue reading →

Illinois REALTOR® board meets for first meeting of 2017

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 01/26/2017 - 12:16pm
Members of the 2017 Illinois REALTORS® Board of Directors met for the first meeting of the year in East Peoria on Monday. The 28-member board directs the 44,000-plus member organizations efforts, and meets several times a year. Members of the … Continue reading →

REEF holds fundraiser to benefit scholarship efforts

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 01/26/2017 - 12:03pm
The Illinois Real Estate Educational Foundation held a fundraiser Wednesday night in East Peoria to benefit the organization’s scholarship programs. The event raised nearly $11,000. For the last several years, REEF has held a “Fun-raiser” which lets Illinois REALTORS® try their … Continue reading →

More photos from Public Policy Meetings

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 01/26/2017 - 12:02pm
The first few days of the Illinois REALTORS® Public Policy Meetings included more than 10 sessions, and two fundraising events. Action will conclude today in the early afternoon with the Board of Directors meeting. Please check the gallery below for … Continue reading →

Get information about 2017 elections through ISBE

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 01/26/2017 - 10:00am
In Illinois, consolidated primary elections will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 28, and they will be followed by consolidated elections on Tuesday, April 4, according to the Illinois State Board of Elections (ISBE). For more information about elections where you … Continue reading →

Register by midnight January 30 for Managing Broker Pre-License webinar

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 01/26/2017 - 9:58am
Interested in becoming a managing broker? Don’t miss the opportunity to register for the Managing Broker Pre-License Applied Management & Supervision webinar on January 31 & February 1. Registration closes at midnight on Monday, January 30.  This 15-hour course is a required … Continue reading →