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Breakfast with a congressman: Illinois REALTORS® start day with LaHood meeting

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 05/12/2016 - 7:25am
Illinois REALTORS® met with U.S. Rep. Darin LaHood on Thursday, May 12, 2016, kicking off a second day of meetings in Washington, D.C. LaHood, who was sworn into office after a special election last year, is one of the newest … Continue reading →

Two Illinois REALTOR® associations honored for RPAC efforts

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 05/12/2016 - 5:14am
A pair of Illinois REALTOR® associations took two of the top three categories in their class at an RPAC awards ceremony held Wednesday. The REALTOR® Association of Southwestern Illinois and Capitol Area REALTORS® were honored in the medium association category … Continue reading →

Another real estate tax provision potentially up for discussion

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 05/11/2016 - 4:29pm
Many in Congress are talking tax reform (which is not likely until after this year’s election).  Illinois REALTORS® are on Capitol Hill this week discussing the importance of the Mortgage Interest Deduction, the deduction for property taxes, as well as … Continue reading →

Commercial leaders meet with NAR VP; discuss building relationships

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 05/11/2016 - 4:25pm
On Wednesday, the Institute of Real Estate Management Leadership and CCIM Leadership had one-on-one meetings with First Vice President Elizabeth Mendenhall. The discussions explored how NAR can build even stronger relationships with institute societies and councils.

Illinois REALTORS® spread word about property rights on Capitol Hill

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 05/11/2016 - 4:15pm
Wednesday marked the first of two days of meetings with Illinois’ congressional delegation. Illinois REALTORS®’ Federal Political Coordinators and their teams met with nearly a dozen of the state’s delegation, including U.S. Reps. Tammy Duckworth, Mike Quigley, Danny Davis, and … Continue reading →

Anaya, Doyle honored as RPAC Hall of Fame members

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 05/11/2016 - 6:52am
Two Illinois REALTORS® joined the ranks of top investors in RPAC on Tuesday as they were honored in Washington, D.C., with induction into the political action committee’s Hall of Fame. Sonia Anaya of Chicago and Judy Doyle of Swansea have both … Continue reading →

Drews shares success of Illinois REALTORS® Consul General Liaison program

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 05/10/2016 - 1:40pm
If global is the new local, it stands to reason a state REALTOR® association should be at the forefront of making sure members are prepared to conduct cross-border and cross-cultural transactions. Illinois REALTORS® President Mike Drews told those attending the … Continue reading →

FPCs, armed with information, get ready for visits to Capitol Hill

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 05/10/2016 - 12:34pm
Illinois REALTORS®’ army of members tasked with helping policymakers understand the need to protect private property rights got ready to go to Capitol Hill on Tuesday. The Federal Political Coordinators, or FPCs as they are called, met to get updates … Continue reading →

Note temporary hours for REALTORS® Legal Hotline and Transaction Helpline

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 05/10/2016 - 11:37am
The Illinois REALTORS® Legal Hotline and Transaction Helpline will operate with shorter hours from May 16 through May 27. The hotline and helpline will be open from 8:45 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday during those two weeks. Transaction Helpline … Continue reading →

Illinois REALTORS® providing live updates as part of NAR blogging outreach

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 05/10/2016 - 11:34am
NAR has recruited a number of Illinois REALTORS® to serve as guest bloggers for the 2016 Midyear Legislative Meetings and Trade Expo in Washington, D.C., this week. Called Conference Live, the effort provides insight on the multitude of things that … Continue reading →

State Capitol Report: One constitutional amendment can be on ballot

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 05/09/2016 - 10:54am
Illinois voters will have the chance to decide whether transportation funds can be used for other purposes after the Illinois Senate and House of Representatives approved a proposed constitutional amendment last week. The proposal, known as HJRCA36, needed to be … Continue reading →

Wear blue. Show your REALTOR® pride in Washington, D.C.

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 05/09/2016 - 8:49am
As you prepare to head out the door to catch a flight to Washington, D.C., this week to attend the National Association of REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Expo, remember to pack your REALTOR® apparel. NAR is asking those attending NAR … Continue reading →

Loss inspires Ortega to help veterans and music students

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 05/09/2016 - 7:01am
Six years ago, O’Fallon REALTOR® Beth Ortega began a meaningful endeavor when she became president of the John Wilt Foundation, and it has led to so much more. The foundation was created to honor the life of Marine 1st Lt. … Continue reading →

Woodward to speak Wednesday at NAR Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo

IARbuzz.com Blog - Sun, 05/08/2016 - 6:00pm
Washington Post journalist Bob Woodward will provide insights on the current presidential race, the inner workings of Washington, D.C., and a variety other presidential subjects when he speaks at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington on Wednesday morning. Woodward, … Continue reading →

Reminder for brokers who missed the April 30 license renewal deadline

IARbuzz.com Blog - Sat, 05/07/2016 - 9:02am
Illinois brokers who failed to renew their real estate licenses, complete their renewal applications and pay their fees to the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) by April 30 must contact IDFPR for direction. They cannot practice selling … Continue reading →

Illinois REALTORS® to meet with lawmakers in D.C. next week

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 05/06/2016 - 1:35pm
Illinois REALTORS® will lobby members of Congress next week to protect private property rights during the NAR REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo, May 9-14. Meetings have already been scheduled with most of Illinois’ 20 elected officials (two U.S. senators … Continue reading →

Anaya and Doyle to enter RPAC Hall of Fame

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 05/06/2016 - 10:50am
A pair of Illinois REALTORS®, Sonia Anaya of Chicago and Judy Doyle of Swansea, will be inducted into the RPAC Hall of Fame next Tuesday at the NAR REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo in Washington, D.C. Anaya (Chicago Association … Continue reading →

Illinois REALTORS® launch ‘Homes for Heroes’ with Crest Hill support

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 4:56pm
REALTORS® from Village Realty Shoppe celebrated the launch of the “Homes for Heroes” program in Crest Hill with a media and veterans outreach event last Tuesday. The program offers discounted real estate services to active military, veterans, teachers and first … Continue reading →

FHFA offers last chance webinar on how HARP can save homeowners money

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 12:38pm
Mark your calendars and be sure to register for a May 24 webinar from the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) on the Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP). The two-hour webinar will help homeowners learn more about how the program can … Continue reading →