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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 →

Member Call for Action issued; Stop Senate Bill 1380

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 05/26/2015 - 4:16pm
The Illinois Association of REALTORS® has issued a Call for Action to help stop a bill in the General Assembly which could hurt property owners. The Call for Action aims to stop Senate Bill 1380, which would allow municipalities to … Continue reading →

Build Your Confidence to Serve the Global Market

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 05/26/2015 - 1:47pm
Jump Start Your CIPS Designation! The Illinois Association of REALTORS® is partnering with Mainstreet Organization of REALTORS® to offer the first course of the Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS) Designation series – Global Real Estate: Local Markets (6 hours CE … Continue reading →

Spaces still available for next week’s NAR Tech Edge conference in Arlington Heights

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 11:41am
REALTORS® can still register for next Thursday’s NAR Tech Edge conference at the Metropolis Ballroom in Arlington Heights. For $59, IAR members can learn how web-based and mobile technologies can benefit their business and their clients. Topics include: content strategy, … Continue reading →

IAR offices closed Monday for Memorial Day

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 9:47am
In celebration of the Memorial Day holiday, the Illinois Association of REALTORS® offices will be closed on Monday, May 25. The offices will reopen at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, May 26. Have a safe and happy holiday.  

IAR joins effort to stop advertising tax for businesses

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 4:21pm
The Illinois Association of REALTORS® has joined a coalition of groups worried about a proposal to tax business advertising. According to information from the No Ad Tax Coalition, the proposal listed in Gov. Rauner’s “Bring Back Blueprint” will impose a … Continue reading →

What will the climb in one-person households mean for our future?

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 10:15am
The better your market is at supplying affordable housing for older Americans who want to continue living alone, the better your chances of helping them keep their independence. That’s one conclusion you could draw after reading a blog titled “The … Continue reading →

Illinois sees higher home sales, prices in April #IARMarketStats

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 9:39am
The strong start to Illinois’ spring housing market continued in April with gains in year-over-year home sales and median home prices, according to the Illinois Association of REALTORS®. Statewide home sales totaled 12,822 homes sold, up 6.6 percent from last … Continue reading →

Illinois housing market swings into spring with higher home sales, prices in April

IAR News - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 12:22pm
Date:  May 21, 2015 Intro: 

The strong start to Illinois’ spring housing market continued in April with gains in year-over-year home sales and median home prices.

FOR RELEASE: May 21, 2015

For Further Information Contact: Stephanie Sievers, 217-529-2600

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IAR’s Kinney tells House committee real estate market ‘rebounding’

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 10:45am
IAR President Jim Kinney told members of the House Committee on Economic Development and Housing that Illinois’ housing market has dramatically improved since the recession. But he warned Wednesday, May 20, 2015, that there are still many obstacles to making … Continue reading →

IAR fights for change in unincorporated Will County pre-inspections

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 4:16pm
Protests by the Illinois Association of REALTORS® – on behalf of home owners in unincorporated Will County – have resulted in a moratorium on the county’s use of pre-inspections until the issue can be reviewed and resolved, the Chicago Tribune … Continue reading →

Dan Wagner Recognized as Commercial Liaison to NAR

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 2:37pm
Congratulations to Illinois REALTOR® Dan Wagner, who was recognized as the 2016 Commercial Liaison to the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) during the NAR Board of Directors meeting last week in Washington, D.C. Wagner, senior vice president for government relations … Continue reading →

Did your senator vote ‘yes’ for Senate Bill 1380 (municipal lien bill)?

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 10:19am
On a second roll call vote, Illinois senators voted 30-19 last Tuesday to approve Senate Bill 1380, according to the May 15 State Capitol Report. The bill was originally defeated in the Senate on April 23, but the sponsor of … Continue reading →

Deadline Wednesday for honoring deceased veterans at Memorial Day Remembrance Wall in Springfield

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 05/18/2015 - 9:05pm
Help your community honor loved ones or friends who served in the military and have passed away by sharing information about the Memorial Day Remembrance Wall in the Illinois State Capitol Rotunda. The deadline for participation is Wednesday, May 20. … Continue reading →

Jacksonville board set to merge with Capital Area REALTORS® June 1

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 05/18/2015 - 9:20am
The Jacksonville Area Association of REALTORS® announced Monday, May 18, 2015, that it would merge with Capital Area REALTORS®. It’s the second such merger in as many months involving Capital Area. The Springfield-based organization announced in March that the West … Continue reading →

See what you missed: Top things from NAR’s Midyear Meetings

IARbuzz.com Blog - Sun, 05/17/2015 - 7:48pm
Illinois REALTORS® were out in force in the nation’s capital last week, attending policy meetings and lobbying for private property rights. Hera are a few of the highlights from the week: Crosby receives top service award: Illinois REALTOR® Jean Crosby … Continue reading →

Crosby receives 2015 NAR Distinguished Service Award

IARbuzz.com Blog - Sat, 05/16/2015 - 10:07pm
Longtime Illinois REALTOR® Jean Crosby was honored with the 2015 Distinguished Service Award from the National Association of REALTORS® on Saturday, May 16, 2015. She was one of two recipients of the award this year. Cynthia Shelton of Orlando, Fla., was … Continue reading →

IAR members wrap up week of meetings in D.C. with caucuses

IARbuzz.com Blog - Sat, 05/16/2015 - 7:19am
The Illinois REALTORS® who attended a week of policy meetings in Washington, D.C., wrapped up their work with caucuses on Friday, May 15, 2015. The Illinois Caucus gave IAR members, many of whom serve on NAR committees, a chance to … Continue reading →