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April issue: History defined by a commitment to advocacy

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 03/28/2016 - 5:53pm
In the cover story for April’s issue of Illinois REALTOR®, the history of our association’s advocacy for private property rights and for the industry is told. Director of Governmental Affairs Greg St. Aubin, Assistant Director of Legislative and Political Affairs … Continue reading →

Hurricane brings best out of New Lenox REALTOR® #MemberMonday

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 03/28/2016 - 8:00am
About 10 years ago, the worst of circumstances for some Hurricane Katrina victims allowed New Lenox REALTOR® Dale Taylor to put his best foot forward, as he prepared an empty building for their temporary shelter. Residents of Louisiana, Mississippi and … Continue reading →

IAR offices closed Friday for holiday

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 03/24/2016 - 4:00pm
The Illinois Association of REALTORS® offices in Springfield will be closed March 25 for Good Friday. The offices will reopen at 9 a.m. Monday, March 28.      

Once, twice, three times rental licensing killed in Evanston

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 03/24/2016 - 2:45pm
For at least the third time in recent history, the Evanston City Council rejected a rental licensing scheme that would empower city staff to revoke the ability to rent property. The most recent proposal, in mid-March, in addition to licensing … Continue reading →

Last chance to vote for Web Choice Award finalists

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 03/24/2016 - 11:52am
The deadline to vote for REALTOR® Magazine’s “30 Under 30” Web Choice Award is noon, Friday, March 25, and three IAR members from Chicago are eligible to win. Members of the public will be allowed to vote online for their … Continue reading →

Get a sneak peek of April Illinois REALTOR®

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 03/23/2016 - 10:13am
Read the digital version of the April Illinois REALTOR® now if you don’t want to wait for the printed version to arrive in the mail. In this issue, the focus is on advocacy and how it has evolved during our … Continue reading →

Here are eight take-aways from MIPIM 2016

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 03/21/2016 - 10:39am
CANNES, FRANCE — The Illinois REALTORS® sent a delegation of members to the annual MIPIM conference in Cannes, France, last week. For those not familiar with the event, it’s billed as one of the largest real estate investment conferences in … Continue reading →

IDFPR offers REALTORS® free access to digital, printable licenses

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 03/21/2016 - 10:33am
Illinois REALTORS® can access a digital, printable copy of their licenses through the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation’s (IDFPR) website free of charge. As part of its paperless licensing and renewal initiative, the IDFPR announced last week that … Continue reading →

Knockout idea gives duo unique volunteer opportunities #MemberMonday

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 03/21/2016 - 9:27am
Tickets for the 2016 Chicago Real Estate Rumble are almost sold out, but the benefits for charities like Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Chicago will continue for some time thanks to REALTORS® Greg Pekarsky and fellow founder Ryan Cotter. … Continue reading →

Strong Illinois home sales and prices continue into February #IARMarketStats

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 03/21/2016 - 8:38am
Positive housing market momentum carried into February with home sales and median prices experiencing solid year-over-year gains, even amid lower inventory levels, according to the Illinois Association of REALTORS®. Read today’s news release.

Six Senate bills highlighted in today’s IAR State Capitol Report

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 03/18/2016 - 5:23pm
An IAR initiative was advanced to the full Senate this week, according to IAR’s State Capitol Report. Senate Bill 2893 ensures that Illinois real estate licensees can continue to take CE exams for more than 6 hours of CE in … Continue reading →

Strong Illinois home sales and prices continue into February

IAR News - Fri, 03/18/2016 - 4:33pm
Date:  March 21, 2016 Intro: 

Positive housing market momentum carried into February with home sales and median prices experiencing solid year-over-year gains, even amid lower inventory levels.

FOR RELEASE: March 21, 2016

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

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Online convenience helps brokers with license renewal courses

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 03/18/2016 - 3:26pm
Taking online continuing education courses during flexible times is critical for brokers, especially those who need to renew their licenses before April 30. The IAR Licensing & Training Center offers two online packages that could fit the needs of busy … Continue reading →

Vote daily for 3 Illinois REALTORS® in NAR competition

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 03/18/2016 - 1:05pm
From noon (Central time) today through noon on March 25, REALTORS®, friends, family members and acquaintances can place daily online votes for finalists in REALTOR® Magazine’s 2016 “30 Under 30” Web Choice Award. Of the 50 finalists named just a week … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Mortgage rates head higher

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 03/18/2016 - 10:36am
Mortgage rates headed higher for the third straight week, according to Freddie Mac. The 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage climbed to 3.73 percent and the 15-year rate averaged 2.99 percent. In a release, Freddie Mac Chief Economist Sean Becketti said interest rates … Continue reading →

It takes a (REALTOR®) village to get the message out about members’ property expertise

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 03/17/2016 - 3:58am
The Illinois® Association of REALTORS® booth at the MIPIM conference in Cannes, France, is one of many contained in the U.S. Pavilion. That’s because the National Association of REALTORS® came up with the idea several years ago to get partner … Continue reading →

REALTORS® make impact in Illinois primaries

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 03/16/2016 - 5:26pm
The following is an update of the results on those candidates and local referenda that we have highlighted.  A complete breakdown of the results in the Illinois House and Senate will be available soon. PLEASE NOTE that the results are … Continue reading →

Presidential primaries just a part of NAHREP conference discussion

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 03/16/2016 - 4:43pm
  With the official results of Tuesday’s primaries in Illinois, Ohio, Florida, Missouri and North Carolina still being tabulated, discussion of the 2016 presidential race became a pertinent topic at the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals’ (NAHREP) Housing … Continue reading →

Illinois REALTORS® make valuable connections at MIPIM 2016

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 03/16/2016 - 11:55am
CANNES, France — One of the things you learn at MIPIM is that you never know who will stop by your booth in the Palais des Festivals  in Cannes, France. Illinois’ REALTOR® delegation takes turns working at the booth on … Continue reading →

What’s MIPIM like: Over-the-top exhibits, opportunity to connect with investors

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 03/16/2016 - 3:12am
Want to see a scale model of London’s Thames River district? How about a presentation on Dubai’s effort to build entire islands for developments? That’s just a portion of what you see at MIPIM, billed as one of the world’s largest … Continue reading →