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Special ‘thank you’ to these six board members

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 10/04/2017 - 2:57pm
The October Business Meetings will mark the end of terms for five members of the Illinois REALTORS® Board of Directors: Ron Abrams, Andrew Cook, Sue Miller, Michael Onorato and Michael Parent. Also, Mike Drews, 2016 president, completed his four years … Continue reading →

DR Legal News links to recent real estate disciplines on IDFPR website

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 10/03/2017 - 11:20am
In the September issue of Designated REALTOR® Legal News, two disciplinary actions are cited from 2017 Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation files. The disciplines typically involve license revocations, suspensions or probation, though some involve fines. The two examples … Continue reading →

How to (really) help a friend get into real estate

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 10/03/2017 - 10:30am
Do you know someone interested in becoming a real estate agent? Send them our Pre-License Handbook, Start Your Career in Real Estate!  This 10-page guide will help people who are interested in a career in real estate understand pre-license process. … Continue reading →

Revolution Chicago conference could prepare you for the future of real estate

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 10/02/2017 - 1:19pm
The Illinois REALTORS® and Illinois REALTORS® Global Business Council are sponsoring a first of it’s kind technology conference that is being put together as a joint effort of the Northern Illinois Commercial Association of REALTORS® (NICAR), the Illinois Chapters of … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Trump tax reform proposal offers mixed bag for real estate

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 10/02/2017 - 10:04am
According to an Inman Select article, the Trump Administration’s tax proposal offers some good and some bad news for property owners and the real estate profession, although information so far seems vague and lacks details. On the good news side, … Continue reading →

Last day to submit applications for 3 REEF scholarships

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 09/29/2017 - 12:30pm
REALTORS® applying for the Past President’s Scholarship, the Roxanne Malo Scholarship and the Margery D. Shinners Scholarship should submit their applications, letters of recommendation and any other materials so they arrive in by Oct. 1. Send your scholarship materials to: … Continue reading →

Illinois REALTOR®: Overcoming obstacles to homeownership

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 09/29/2017 - 11:13am
In the cover story of October Illinois REALTOR®, six REALTORS® share strategies they’ve used to help clients overcome obstacles like credit rating problems, unfavorable debt ratios and the discouragement of losing multiple offer situations. Kevin Kwit, Erica Villegas, Tracey B. … Continue reading →

Happy Association Executive Appreciation Day!

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 09/29/2017 - 9:35am
Illinois REALTORS® thanks CEO Gary Clayton, CAE, RCE, for his tireless service and leadership on AE Appreciation Day, and encourages REALTORS® throughout the state to recognize their local association association executives, too. In this photo, Clayton is accepting congratulations from President … Continue reading →

How will tax reforms affect homeowners and real estate industry?

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 09/28/2017 - 8:35pm
REALTORS® trying to understand how the Republicans’ proposal for comprehensive tax reform will affect the real estate industry should consider some of the comments made by National Association of REALTORS® President William Brown. “We have always said that tax reform—a … Continue reading →

Illinois REALTORS® partnered with Three Rivers last week in Joliet to offer PSA designation course, ‘Pricing Strategies: Mastering the CMA’

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 09/28/2017 - 2:56pm
Illinois REALTORS® partnered with Three Rivers Association of REALTORS® in Joliet last week to offer the PSA designation course, “Pricing Strategies: Mastering the CMA.” Lynn Madison taught a class of 46 how to become proficient at comparative market analyses (CMAs), … Continue reading →

NAR Facebook Live video offers REALTORS® tips to prevent cyber crime

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 09/28/2017 - 12:31pm
Small to mid-size companies can be devastated by damage to their business from wire fraud, data breaches, ransomware and other cyber crime, and that’s why National Association of REALTORS® is providing members with a recorded version of the Facebook Live … Continue reading →

Barricades go up; visible sign of progress on Bicentennial Plaza

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 09/28/2017 - 11:56am
One of the first visible public signs that work was beginning on a plaza adjoining Illinois REALTORS® Springfield headquarters took place Thursday with the installation of construction barricades. The fencing is hardly the first step in the process to build Bicentennial … Continue reading →

Attention Chicago-area REALTORS®: October luncheon offers financing information that could help your clients!

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 09/28/2017 - 11:26am
Space is limited so make your reservation now for the free Oct. 11 lunch program titled, “Increase Your Business: How to create opportunities out of potential challenges facing the real estate industry today.” Special guests will include Cook County Commissioner … Continue reading →

Illinois combines heart and history at REALTORS® Conference & Expo

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 09/27/2017 - 9:55am
Illinois REALTORS® planning to attend the REALTOR® Conference & Expo in Chicago can get a free pass to the Expo and take a selfie with Abraham Lincoln at the McCormick Place Convention Center, West Building on Nov. 4. To get … Continue reading →

Hurricane update: ‘Everyone in Puerto Rico has been affected in some way’

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 09/26/2017 - 3:42pm
The Puerto Rican real estate community will help deliver emergency supplies to victims of Hurricane Maria after most of the 3 million inhabitants have lost access to electricity, clean water and adequate shelter, the executive director of the Puerto Rico … Continue reading →

Still time to register for Wednesday’s NAR Safety Webinar

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 09/26/2017 - 12:21pm
Sign up now for “Stay safe by building better business relationships,” the hour-long National Association of REALTORS® Safety Webinar scheduled to begin 1 p.m. Central Daylight Saving Time Wednesday. Register here. Join Tamara Suminski, Broker-Owner, Beach Real Estate Group and NAR … Continue reading →

DR Legal News provides 5 reasons to like changes to the Real Estate License Act

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 09/25/2017 - 2:59pm
Illinois REALTORS® advocated and achieved five changes to the Illinois Real Estate License Act during the 2017 Legislative Session. Read about this and more in the September DR Legal News. The statutory changes take effect Jan. 1, 2018. Stay tuned … Continue reading →

Saturday last day for students to enter bicentennial video contest and win Hamilton tickets

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 09/25/2017 - 12:30pm
Illinois college and high school students (ages 14 and older) can win one of 100 pairs of Hamilton tickets by entering the Illinois Bicentennial “Something to Learn About Illinois History” video contest by Sept. 30. Entrants must create and submit … Continue reading →

Illinois REALTORS® donates $50,000 to help with Florida hurricane recovery efforts

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 09/25/2017 - 10:08am
Illinois REALTORS® is contributing $50,000 to victims who sustained property damage during Hurricane Irma. The money will go to the association’s sister organization, Florida REALTORS®, which will be in charge of distributing the funds.   This is the second sizeable … Continue reading →

Illinois REALTORS® help economic development effort for the state

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 09/25/2017 - 7:30am
Illinois REALTORS® President Doug Carpenter, CEO Gary Clayton and Liaison to Japanese Consulate Ayumi Deloney were invited by Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner to participate and represent the real estate industry in Japan earlier this month. The trip, the governor’s first international … Continue reading →