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June 25 IAR legal webinar prepares REALTORS® for TRID

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 06/08/2015 - 6:18am
Enhance your credibility and help manage customer expectations during closings by watching the next IAR legal webinar, 9:30 a.m. Thursday, June 25. IAR Legal Helpline Attorney Jeffrey T. Baker and IAR Legal Hotline Attorney Betsy Urbance will lead the presentation … Continue reading →

Hotline closed for week, but messages will be monitored

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 06/05/2015 - 9:16am
Please allow extra time for a response from the IAR Legal Hotline if you submit a question via email or telephone from June 8-12. Messages and emails will be monitored, but due to scheduling there may be a delay in … Continue reading →

REALTORS® should consider this 7-hour appraiser CE

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 06/05/2015 - 7:00am
The Illinois Coalition of Appraisal Professionals (ICAP) is offering a one-day seminar which has been approved for 7 hours of Appraiser CE in Illinois and Missouri and is also relevant for REALTORS®. Sessions are being held in southern, central and … Continue reading →

RPAC Hall of Famers to be honored at June Meetings

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 06/04/2015 - 4:30pm
REALTORS® who attend the June Business Meetings in Springfield can share ideas with and celebrate the accomplishments of five colleagues recently inducted into the RPAC Hall of Fame: Michael D. Oldenettel, Doug Hartmann Sr., Hugh Rider, Loretta Alonzo and Joe … Continue reading →

General Assembly in overtime

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 06/04/2015 - 11:25am
With members of the Illinois House of Representatives due to return to Springfield today and the Senate due back next Tuesday, IAR is keeping a close eye on SB1380 since the deadline for final consideration on this bill was extended … Continue reading →

Four things brokers need to know about new TILA-RESPA clarifications

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 06/04/2015 - 10:17am
News on Wednesday showed that REALTORS®’ efforts to get clarification into new truth in lending rules and some consideration for worries about the delays these changes might cause appear to have been heeded, at least partially. While the Consumer Financial … Continue reading →

Six days left to buy ROTY Banquet tickets

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 06/04/2015 - 8:15am
Order tickets to attend the 34th Annual REALTOR® of the Year Banquet before the June 10 deadline arrives! The banquet, which will celebrate the contributions of IAR ROTY Loretta Alonzo and 26 local association ROTYs, begins at 6:30 p.m. June … Continue reading →

Plan to spend June 23 at MREDpalooza in Rosemont

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 06/03/2015 - 5:08pm
Get valuable training, exchange ideas and find products that will make you more productive at MREDpalooza, Tuesday, June 23 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont. Registration is free, and IAR is one of the sponsors. Parking is … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Homebuyer interest up this spring

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 06/03/2015 - 10:24am
More consumers seem to be searching for homes this spring, according to substantial increases in site visits and searches to the website realtor.com. Visits are up 50 percent and searches are up 35 percent compared to a year ago, realtor.com … Continue reading →

RPAC Cash Raffle will net $500 for one IAR member

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 06/02/2015 - 11:17am
Illinois REALTORS® who invest $20 with the REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC) in June will have their names placed in a drawing for $500 cash. Invest today in RPAC! In commercial and residential real estate, during the last year, RPAC … Continue reading →

‘Accelerator’ could help REALTORS® help more home buyers

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 06/02/2015 - 10:00am
Make yourself more valuable to clients during the sales process by sharing resources for energy saving in homes, such as a new project led by the U.S. Department of Energy, “Better Buildings Home Energy Information Accelerator.” The Department of Energy … Continue reading →

Property lien bill still alive; deadline for consideration extended with session

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 06/01/2015 - 12:27pm
  News came Sunday that SB1380, the property lien bill, will live on as a threat to private property rights at least through June 30. The bill has been the subject of two Calls for Action, and originally the bill … Continue reading →

Nine days left to buy ROTY Banquet tickets

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 06/01/2015 - 10:23am
Order tickets to attend the 34th Annual REALTOR® of the Year Banquet before the June 10 deadline arrives! The banquet, which will feature 26 local association ROTYs and IAR ROTY Loretta Alonzo, will begin with a reception at 6:30 p.m. … Continue reading →

Evanston loosens reins on drone use

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 05/29/2015 - 2:21pm
The Evanston City Council agreed to let a two-year moratorium on the use of drones expire May 31. Local Government Affairs Director Howard Handler, representing NSBAR, had provided written testimony to the city of Evanston. Handler wrote: “Until the Federal … Continue reading →

SB 1380 Update: Bill not on committee agenda, for now

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 05/28/2015 - 4:48pm
  Senate Bill 1380 was supposed to have been reviewed by a House committee on Thursday morning. Under the bill, a municipality would have the ability to attach liens for code violations not just to the offending property, but also … Continue reading →

Resource guide for TILA-RESPA changes now on IAR website

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 05/28/2015 - 1:14pm
IAR has put together a collection of online resources to help REALTORS® better understand the scheduled changes to mortgage disclosure documents which go into effect in August. An IAR Web page has been created which covers the TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: U.S. pending home sales hit nine-year high, NAR reports

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 05/28/2015 - 11:11am
Homebuyer demand is growing stronger as evidenced by the latest Pending Home Sales Index, which in April climbed to its highest level since May 2006, according to the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR). April also marked the eighth consecutive month … Continue reading →

PAAR, Lamoine Valley announce merger effective June 1

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 05/27/2015 - 5:12pm
Members of the Peoria Area Association of REALTORS® and the Lamoine Valley Board of REALTORS® have voted to approve a merger effective June 1, 2015. The two local associations become the Peoria Area Association of REALTORS® (PAAR) on June 1, … Continue reading →

Come celebrate our ROTYs on June 16

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 05/27/2015 - 1:50pm
Order tickets now to attend the REALTOR® of the Year Banquet that will feature 26 local association ROTYs and IAR ROTY Loretta Alonzo. The festivities will begin Tuesday, June 16 with a 6:30 p.m. reception and 7:15 p.m. dinner at … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: U.S. new home sales jump higher in April

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 05/27/2015 - 10:17am
There was good news this week on the new home front — sales of new construction homes climbed 6.8 percent in April compared to March and are 26 percent higher than a year ago, according to data from the U.S. … Continue reading →