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Morning Minute: Consumer confidence climbs in August

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 11:12am
Consumers are feeling a renewed sense of optimism about the economy, according to the latest consumer confidence index. Economists for the National Association of REALTORS® take a closer look at what the trend means for the housing market in the … Continue reading →

Like Dozier, REALTORS® choose to make a difference

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 4:15pm
At IAR’s Fall Conference & Expo, keynote speaker and Fenger Academy High School Principal Elizabeth Dozier talked about making a difference in communities. Which led to IAR posing a question to those in attendance through its smartphone app: What do … Continue reading →

Campbell named CRS of Year in Illinois

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 11:27am
REALTOR® Deb Campbell of Columbia, Ill., was named 2014 Certified Residential Specialist of the Year by the Illinois Chapter of the Council of Residential Specialists. Campbell, of Concept Real Estate, Inc., in Columbia, and Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Select Properties in … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Mortgage rates see slight gain but remain historically low for borrowers

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 9:53am
Freddie Mac reports that fixed mortgage rates saw some slight upward movement this week, but remained generally low averaging 4.12 percent for a 30-year, fixed and 3.26 percent for a 15-year fixed rate mortgage. Read more. “Mortgage rates were up … Continue reading →

Finding it all from the IAR Fall Conference & Expo

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 10:35am
The Illinois Association of REALTORS® (IAR) has pulled together the photos, session highlights, presentations, handouts and more from last week’s “Game On: Our Time is Now” IAR Fall Conference & Expo in Chicago. Click here to find complete coverage. It … Continue reading →

Seven facts REALTORS® should know about Illinois’ medical marijuana law

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 10:16am
Do you know how the state’s pilot medical marijuana law will affect you and other members of your community? You can get plenty of useful information from a September article in the D.R. Legal News, written by Lisa Harms Hartzler … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Cash sales of homes slow in June

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 9:59am
The number of buyers purchasing a home with cash in June fell to the lowest level since September 2008, according to the latest report from CoreLogic. Cash sales accounted for 33 percent of all U.S. homes sold in June, far … Continue reading →

IAR thanks sponsors for 2014 Fall Conference & Expo

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 4:33pm
The Illinois Association of REALTORS® would like to thank 21 sponsors for their support of the 2014 Fall Conference & Expo, Sept. 4-6 at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place in Chicago. Diamond Sponsors included: Century 21, the Chicago Association of … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Safety tips to share with your home sellers

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 11:25am
September is REALTOR® Safety Month and while agents are reviewing ways to stay safe in the office and at showings, it is also important to share safety tips with sellers who will have people in their homes while it is … Continue reading →

Introducing IAR’s Leadership Team for 2015

IARbuzz.com Blog - Sun, 09/07/2014 - 8:31am
The Illinois Association of REALTORS® celebrated the transition of its leadership for the new year as REALTOR® Jim Kinney, ABR, CRB, CRS, GRI, of Chicago, was installed as the 2015 president of the association on Saturday. Kinney is the vice … Continue reading →

Laurie Moore-Moore with tips for tapping into the luxury housing market #GameOnIAR

IARbuzz.com Blog - Sat, 09/06/2014 - 3:17pm
Every agent can tap into the luxury housing market in his or her community, says Laurie Moore-Moore, founder and CEO of the Institute for Luxury Home Marketing and closing session speaker at the IAR Fall Conference on Saturday in Chicago. … Continue reading →

Tenney: Find success by living to serve #GameOnIAR

IARbuzz.com Blog - Sat, 09/06/2014 - 12:32pm
While it might seem counterintuitive, being selfless and committed to helping others can be the surest way to find personal success, says Matt Tenney, a former prisoner and monk turned social entreupener who spoke to Illinois REALTORS® Saturday during the … Continue reading →

Elizabeth Dozier: Make a difference in your community #GameOnIAR

IARbuzz.com Blog - Sat, 09/06/2014 - 12:24pm
The difference between success and failure and bringing change to your community can start with small steps and changes. Elizabeth Dozier, principal of Chicago’s Fenger High School, shared her story of success and encouraged others to do the same at … Continue reading →

IAR thanks Inaugural Gala sponsors

IARbuzz.com Blog - Sat, 09/06/2014 - 12:05pm
  The Illinois Association of REALTORS® would like to thank all 10 sponsors of the 98th Annual Inaugural Gala at the 2014 IAR Fall Conference & Expo Saturday night in Chicago. The sponsors included (with Expo booth numbers in parentheses): … Continue reading →

Thank you, Century 21

IARbuzz.com Blog - Sat, 09/06/2014 - 10:33am
The Illinois Association of REALTORS® would like to thank Century 21 Real Estate LLC for Matt Tenney’s presentation at the 2014 IAR Fall Conference & Expo today in Chicago. Century 21, located in booths 302 and 304 in the Expo, … Continue reading →

Rauner talks economy and real estate with Illinois REALTORS®

IARbuzz.com Blog - Sat, 09/06/2014 - 10:22am
Illinois needs to do more to help Illinois businesses, which in turn will strengthen the Illinois economy, said Bruce Rauner, the Republican candidate for Illinois governor who spoke to Illinois REALTORS® at the IAR Fall Conference Saturday. One element of … Continue reading →

Bruce Rauner meets with Illinois REALTORS® in Chicago

IARbuzz.com Blog - Sat, 09/06/2014 - 10:00am
GOP candidate for governor Bruce Rauner met with Illinois REALTORS® on Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014, at McCormick Place in Chicago. Rauner’s appearance came after a Friday visit with REALTORS® by Gov. Pat Quinn.

IAR appreciates PNC Mortgage

IARbuzz.com Blog - Sat, 09/06/2014 - 9:05am
The Illinois Association of REALTORS® would like to thank PNC Mortgage for Elizabeth Dozier’s presentation at the 2014 IAR Fall Conference & Expo today at McCormick Place in Chicago. PNC Mortgage, in booths 110 and 209 of the Expo, provides … Continue reading →