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Joy, respect, dedication key parts of Miller ROTY success story

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 06/07/2017 - 12:51am
As Sue Miller accepted the 2017 Illinois REALTOR® of the Year award Tuesday night in Springfield, she thanked every colleague in the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum for their support and their shared passion for helping others through real estate. “As I stand before … Continue reading →

Illinois REALTORS® inducts eight into its RPAC Hall of Fame; 7 others honored too

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 06/05/2017 - 7:25pm
The Illinois REALTORS® inducted eight new members into its REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC) Hall of Fame Monday and celebrated new milestone levels reached by seven previously inducted Hall of Fame members. The eight inductees are: Philip Chiles of Springfield … Continue reading →

REALTORS® should protect their businesses when signing copyright agreements

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 06/02/2017 - 4:38pm
Take great care to review any agreements that you might be asked to sign when outsourcing services that assist you in your real estate brokerage business. It is especially important to be cautious when hiring someone else to provide work … Continue reading →

Scenes from today’s groundbreaking ceremony for the Illinois Governor’s Mansion Restoration Project

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 06/02/2017 - 3:51pm
Illinois First Lady Diana Rauner is board chair of the Illinois Executive Mansion Association, a private charitable corporation created to preserve and restore the “People’s House.” The fully private fundraising campaign will cover the estimated $15 million project, which is … Continue reading →

How far can REALTORS® go with criminal background checks?

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 06/02/2017 - 1:18pm
Tyler Craddock of the National Association of Residential Property Managers warned REALTOR® attendees at last week’s NAR Property Management Forum that if their leasing policies disallow tenants who have committed a felony, it could have a “disparate impact” on a … Continue reading →

KIFAR members share flood insurance concerns with U.S. Rep. Kinzinger in Watseka

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 06/02/2017 - 10:30am
U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger (16th Congressional District) provided updates on legislative issues like flood insurance, tax reform and housing and answered questions from 15 members of the Kankakee-Iroquois-Ford-Association of REALTORS® (KIFAR) Wednesday in Watseka. Federal Political Coordinator Ed Neaves led … Continue reading →

See you in Springfield at June Business Meetings

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 06/02/2017 - 9:51am
Illinois REALTORS® headed for the June Business Meetings next week at the President Abraham Lincoln Springfield DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel can review the online schedule. Tuesday’s sessions include the: Board Leadership Forum, Commercial-Industrial-Investment Committee, Professional Standards Committee, Bicentennial Task Force, … Continue reading →

4 questions: REALTOR® Silvano to be sounding board for NAR global efforts

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 06/01/2017 - 1:00pm
During the Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo in Washington, D.C., REALTOR® Vicky Silvano was presented as the 2018 NAR Global Business Alliances Liaison. Silvano, a broker associate for Century 21 SGR in Chicago, is one of 16 NAR committee liaisons who … Continue reading →

On June 6, ROTYs from Peotone, Rockford and Oak Park areas will be recognized

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 06/01/2017 - 8:30am
Among the 24 local REALTORS® who’ll be honored at the 36th Annual REALTOR® of the Year Banquet will be Jim Sim, Brad Shields and Alice McMahon. The event will attract members from all over the state to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum … Continue reading →

18 ways REALTORS® can deliver more effective, memorable messages

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 05/31/2017 - 11:15am
Since audiences generally remember about 20 percent of a speaker’s message, Anthony Huey says it’s critical to hone your message through preparation. And with 50 percent of the audience distracted at any given point of a presentation, the way your … Continue reading →

ROTYs from St. Charles, Freeport and O’Fallon areas to be honored June 6

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 05/30/2017 - 9:54am
Among the 24 local REALTORS® who’ll be honored at the 36th Annual REALTOR® of the Year Banquet will be Mark Coleman, Anne Sadler and Julie Heltne. The event will attract members from all over the state to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum in Springfield … Continue reading →

Governmental Affairs team watching out for REALTORS® during holiday weekend

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 05/26/2017 - 4:49pm
While REALTORS® try to squeeze in a picnic, a barbecue or a sporting event sometime during the Memorial Day weekend, the Illinois REALTORS® statehouse lobbyists are monitoring activity at the State Capitol. The General Assembly is scheduled to adjourn on … Continue reading →

Illinois REALTORS® headquarters closed Monday for Memorial Day

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 05/26/2017 - 4:44pm
On Monday, in observance of Memorial Day, the Illinois REALTORS® offices in Springfield will be closed. The offices will reopen with regular hours on Tuesday. History Did you know the seeds of this holiday were planted in 1868 with the … Continue reading →

Budget crisis, license law changes and more in today’s Illinois REALTORS® State Capitol Report

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 05/26/2017 - 3:43pm
A bill (House Bill 3528) designed to make several changes to Illinois real estate license law, an initiative of Illinois REALTORS® and supported by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, will be considered by Gov. Bruce Rauner following unanimous … Continue reading →

State Capitol Report - May 26, 2017

Capitol Report - Fri, 05/26/2017 - 3:17pm

The House adjourned mid-morning on Friday but as of publication of this week’s report, the Senate was still in session. 

Date:  May 26, 2017

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State Capitol Report - May 26, 2017

Capitol Report - Fri, 05/26/2017 - 3:16pm

The House adjourned mid-morning on Friday but as of publication of this week’s report, the Senate was still in session. 

Date:  May 26, 2017

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Capital Area REALTORS® get third consecutive annual RPAC award

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 05/26/2017 - 10:03am
On the strength of its participation rate and number of major investors, the Capital Area REALTORS® finished second in RPAC fundraising for medium-sized local associations during 2016, according to an announcement last week at the NAR RPAC Awards Ceremony in … Continue reading →

ROTYs from Skokie, Peoria and Quad City areas honored at June 6 banquet, too

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 05/26/2017 - 7:00am
Among the 24 local REALTORS® who’ll be honored at the 36th Annual REALTOR® of the Year Banquet will be Rebekah Carlson, Michelle Largent and Regen Johnson. The event will attract members from all over the state to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential … Continue reading →

Mainstreet offers RPAC headshot incentive to REALTORS® in June

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 11:39am
It’s a recurring source of humor in real estate circles: the outdated headshot photo. At some point in your career you’ve done a double take when an agent hands you a business card with a headshot that is a decade … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Mortgage rates hit 2017 low, Freddie Mac reports

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 10:13am
Mortgage interest rates fell below 4 percent this week and marked the lowest levels so far this year, Freddie Mac reported today. A 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage averaged 3.95 percent while the 15-year, fixed-rate mortgage dropped to 3.19 percent. Read more … Continue reading →