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Chicago REALTOR® among those named to 2016 NAHREP Board

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 01/12/2016 - 5:30pm
Joe Nery of Chicago was among the 15 people named to the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals® (NAHREP) 2016 Board of Directors today. Nery, an affiliate member of the Chicago Association of REALTORS®, will be sworn in as … Continue reading →

Get details of IAR history through January’s Illinois REALTOR®

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 01/11/2016 - 3:41pm
Read the January edition of Illinois REALTOR®, and you’ll discover the three local real estate boards that helped establish the Illinois Association of REALTORS® (IAR) in 1916 and defined its mission for the next 100 years. In the article, “The … Continue reading →

Drews, Rotary make illuminating combination

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 01/11/2016 - 7:00am
The Aurora Noon Rotary turned out to be the perfect match for REALTOR® Mike Drews when he sought a community organization that would continue to energize and support his hometown 10 years ago. “I knew many of the members from … Continue reading →

Plan ahead for Illinois brokers’ license renewal on April 30

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 01/08/2016 - 1:03pm
By April 30, 2016 Illinois Broker licensees must have completed their renewal requirements and apply to renew their license through the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR).  Check out IAR Licensing & Training Center’s renewal Q & A, … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: U.S. sees job growth in December

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 01/08/2016 - 10:12am
The U.S. economy added 292,000 more jobs in December, ending the year on a stronger note than many had forecasted, the Washington Post reports. The unemployment rate remains at 5 percent. Read more. In other headlines: Economists React to the … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Mortgage rates dip below 4 percent

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 01/07/2016 - 10:28am
Freddie Mac reports this morning that fixed mortgage rates fell back under 4 percent in the first week of 2016. The 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage averaged 3.97 percent this week, down from 4.01 percent the week before. The 15-year, fixed-rate mortgage … Continue reading →

Register for free online training from RPR® and enhance your business

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 01/06/2016 - 2:55pm
(Sponsored Content) Illinois REALTORS® can take free online training this month from the Realtors Property Resource® (RPR), a resource developed by NAR exclusively for its members. Whether you’re an agent, broker, an appraiser, an association officer or executive, a commercial … Continue reading →

See hundreds of colleagues in the digital version of January Illinois REALTOR®

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 01/06/2016 - 10:30am
Read the digital version of the January Illinois REALTOR® now if you want a head start on your colleagues. More than 600 IAR members graced the cover of the printed publication, and the printed versions will arrive in mailboxes this … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Tips for de-cluttering your house this year

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 01/06/2016 - 9:43am
Want to clear out your clutter this year, but aren’t sure how to get started? Houzz, an online home design website, offers a month-by-month guide to tackling your clutter in the article, “Your Clutter-Clearing for the New Year.” In January, … Continue reading →

Illinois REALTORS® continue charity work

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 01/05/2016 - 11:29am
REALTORS® in Champaign, Livingston and Rockford counties, as well as Peoria, made their presence felt in their communities in December with multiple projects that helped the less fortunate. IAR staff also adopted two Springfield-area families for Christmas. Champaign Area REALTORS® … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Home is Where Mom Is?

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 01/05/2016 - 10:21am
Here’s an interesting fact that you probably didn’t know. The typical American adult lives only 18 miles away from his or her mother, according to a New York Times analysis of a University of Michigan Health and Retirement Study. And … Continue reading →

Help IRRF raise money for holiday flood victims

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 01/04/2016 - 5:30pm
The Illinois REALTORS® Relief Foundation has set up a campaign to raise $5,000 for the victims of the flooding that hit southern and central Illinois. IRRF, the charitable arm of the Illinois Association of REALTORS®, is accepting donations through a … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Chicago among top markets for smart homes

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 01/04/2016 - 9:55am
Homes with “smart home” features such as automated lighting, electronic locks, security systems and smart thermostats are becoming more popular with today’s homebuyers and Chicago ranks No. 7 in real estate markets when it comes to smart homes, according to … Continue reading →

Celebrate 100 years with IAR; resources available to help you mark milestone

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 01/04/2016 - 8:55am
This is a big year for IAR. The association celebrates 100 years of service to the state’s property owners. Such a momentous occasion calls for a show of pride, and IAR has a resource page which has everything you need to know … Continue reading →

How many Illinois REALTORS® serve on NAR committees?

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 01/01/2016 - 11:10am
A total of 75 Illinois REALTORS® will serve on about 50 NAR committees, councils and forums in 2016, and about half of those IAR members devote time and energy to multiple groups. REALTOR® Dan Wagner (Senior Vice President of Government … Continue reading →

IAR offices close for New Year’s holiday

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 12/31/2015 - 12:00pm
The Illinois Association of REALTOR® offices in Springfield close at noon today and will be closed all day Friday, Jan. 1 in observance of New Year’s Day. IAR offices will reopen at 9 a.m. Monday, Jan. 4.  

Celebrating Illinois REALTORS® who made a difference in 2015: Crosby

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 12/31/2015 - 10:55am
On Dec. 18, we started a recap of the noteworthy recognition Illinois REALTORS® received during the year because of the significant ways they impacted their colleagues, their communities and the marketplace. On a daily basis, we’ve provided links to some … Continue reading →

Celebrating Illinois REALTORS® who made a difference in 2015: Alonzo-Deubel

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 12/31/2015 - 8:00am
Let’s recap the recognition some Illinois REALTORS® received during the year because of the significant ways they impacted their colleagues, their communities and the marketplace. And because we couldn’t fit everyone in one blog post, let’s continue the conversation today … Continue reading →

Celebrating Illinois REALTORS® who made a difference in 2015: Tenggren

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 12/30/2015 - 2:00pm
Let’s recap the recognition some Illinois REALTORS® received during the year because of the significant ways they impacted their colleagues, their communities and the marketplace. And because we couldn’t fit everyone in one blog post, let’s continue the conversation today … Continue reading →

NSBAR Volunteer Days help township food pantry

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 12/30/2015 - 12:00pm
Six members of North Shore-Barrington Association of REALTORS® (NSBAR) helped organize food donations and created holiday bags of food at the Cuba Township Food Pantry in Barrington, IL on Dec. 10. The activities were part of NSBAR’s Volunteer Days. Each … Continue reading →