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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 →

Congratulations to 2014 REALTORS® of the Year!

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 03/31/2014 - 8:30am
The Illinois Association of REALTORS® wishes to congratulate the 2014 Illinois REALTOR® of the Year Pat Callan and all the local talented and dedicated REALTORS® of the Year from around the state. The REALTORS® will be honored at the annual … Continue reading →

Illinois REALTORS®, see you next week in Springfield!

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 2:40pm
The Illinois Housing Leaders Conference and the Illinois Association of REALTORS® Capitol Conference are next week in Springfield. REALTORS® from around Illinois will be heading to the state’s capital to lobby Illinois lawmakers on issues important to the real estate … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Illinois to use $30 million in federal funds to demolish blighted properties

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 11:14am
The Chicago Tribune reports today that the Treasury Department has given Illinois the go-ahead to use $30 million in federal hardest-hit funds to tear down vacant and blighted properties. The idea is to target communities with high vacancy rates that … Continue reading →

Bill to force fire sprinklers to full legislature gets committee sanction

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 3:49pm
By a vote of 17 to 2, House Bill 4609 passed the House State Government Administration Committee on Wednesday. The bill, which was backed by the Illinois Association of REALTORS®, would make the state Fire Marshal’s Office go through the full … Continue reading →

Quinn proposes $500 property tax rebate during budget address

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 3:48pm
Gov. Pat Quinn told Illinois lawmakers on Wednesday that he wanted to target tax breaks for homeowners. The governor made the comments in his annual budget address, during which he urged lawmakers to make a tax increase adopted in 2011 … Continue reading →

Illinois REALTORS® to build a Habitat for Humanity home in Murphysboro. Register now!

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 11:56am
The Illinois Association of REALTORS® (IAR) and its members are committed to promoting homeownership and on Friday, April 4, work will begin on a Habitat for Humanity home in Murphysboro, Ill., one of three IAR Habitat builds planned for 2014. … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Trend toward lower FICO score requirements could help potential homebuyers

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 11:08am
In an effort to reach underserved borrowers seeking a mortgage, more banks are beginning to lower the minimum credit scores required for lending approval, REALTOR® Magazine reports (via HousingWire). In other headlines: Housing Comes Roaring Back to Life – Time … Continue reading →