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Morning Minute: Extension of Mortgage Debt Forgiveness Act passes House, now heads to Senate

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 10:41am
The Chicago Tribune reports today that the U.S. House voted Wednesday to extend the Mortgage Debt Forgiveness Act for one year. Now the measure, which is strongly supported by REALTORS® and provides an income tax break to homeowners for mortgage … Continue reading →

Three tax updates that affect REALTORS®’ business

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 9:19am
From rules applying to the use of heavy SUVs and pickup trucks to mortgage debt forgiveness, Chris Bird outlines the latest breaking news on the tax front. Bird, a certified financial planner and former IRS agent, spoke at the Illinois … Continue reading →

Band, awards mark GRI’s 50th year at Peoria bash

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 8:41am
Illinois GRI has been in existence for 50 years, and the Illinois Association of REALTORS® honored the program and those who have made it so strong over the years at a celebration on Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014, at the Hotel … Continue reading →

What Illinois REALTOR® Party leaders learned in Fort Worth

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 4:55pm
REALTOR® Party leaders from Illinois converged on Fort Worth, TX this week to learn how to use National Association of REALTORS® tools for building creditability and creating political leverage for pro-real estate and pro-property rights issues. These REALTOR® leaders received … Continue reading →

Champaign REALTORS® blanket needy 324 ways

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 3:39pm
During November, the Champaign County Association of REALTORS® (CCAR) collected enough money and blankets through its Bundles of Warmth program, that members could give four times more blankets to community agencies than they did last year. In fact, 324 blankets … Continue reading →

See who is at GRI in Peoria; updated gallery

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 3:06pm
See the updated gallery from the 50th anniversary of GRI in Peoria! Illinois REALTORS® gathered for Course II, III and the Wayne Edwards Graduate Course this week, and those attending will attend a special celebration tonight to mark the milestone.

Morning Minute: U.S. construction spending climbs higher

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 10:38am
Construction spending rose 1.1 percent in October, marking a bigger gain than economists were expecting, Reuters reports. October’s gain was the largest since May 2014. At the same time, the U.S. economy grew 3.9 percent in the third quarter of … Continue reading →

Make your voice heard on Mortgage Debt Forgiveness

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 12/02/2014 - 1:28pm
Sure, you’re still working at digesting the Thanksgiving turkey leftovers. And you’ve got holiday shopping to do, parties to go to and eggs to nog. But before you descend into the holiday madness, take an important step to tell federal … Continue reading →

QCARA finds four ways to help the Quad Cities

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 12/02/2014 - 1:24pm
Quad City Area REALTOR® Association (QCARA) is throwing its energy into several charitable projects this holiday season to help those who are less fortunate. Among the projects they’re supporting are: Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign; Festival of Trees Parade; U.S. … Continue reading →

Thank you, GRI sponsors!

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 12/01/2014 - 5:03pm
The Illinois Association of REALTORS® wants to extend its thanks to the sponsors of the 50th Graduate, REALTOR® Institute (GRI) taking place at the Peoria Marriott Pere Marquette today through Thursday. Our sponsors include: American Home Shield Cutco Closing Gifts … Continue reading →

GRI kicks off 50th year in Peoria

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 12/01/2014 - 4:41pm
IAR’s GRI program began at the Hotel Pere Marquette in Peoria. Fifty years later, one of the state’s premiere training programs for REALTORS® kicks off in the same hotel. The event which began today (Dec. 1, 2014) attracts REALTORS® from … Continue reading →

IAR offices close early today and reopen Dec. 1

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 11/26/2014 - 1:30pm
In celebration of Thanksgiving, the Illinois Association of REALTORS® offices, the IAR Legal Hotline and IAR Transaction Helpline will close at 2 p.m. today and remain closed Thursday (Nov. 27) and Friday (Nov. 28). IAR offices, the hotline and helpline … Continue reading →

RAFV members spread their charity around

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 11/26/2014 - 12:04pm
Although the REALTOR® Association of the Fox Valley (RAFV) has completed one holiday initiative and is still working on another, several individual offices have spearheaded campaigns, too. In the first project, about 20 RAFV volunteers helped pack food and personal … Continue reading →

Ruling OK’s release of fracking rules

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 11/26/2014 - 10:55am
A preliminary injunction to stop the publication of rules for horizontal hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” in Illinois was denied by a judge in Madison County Monday, the Chicago Tribune reported. A group of southern Illinois residents had filed a lawsuit … Continue reading →

CAR gives 49 reasons to help homeless children and moms

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 3:24pm
The Chicago Association of REALTORS® (CAR) is supporting the fourth annual coat and toy drive for the nonprofit organization, Advocates for Adolescent Mothers. The charity gathers outerwear and toys to help 49 young mothers and their children during the holiday … Continue reading →

Video: Illinois housing market trends #IARmarketStats

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 11:54am
Sales for the state increased slightly and median prices remained robust in October, according to the Illinois Association of REALTORS®. In a new video, Dr. Geoffrey J.D. Hewings talks about what is driving consumers and the housing market.

Heartland collects ‘Toys for Tots’ in McHenry County

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 9:20am
On Dec. 4, from 5 to 7 p.m., the Heartland REALTOR® Organization will conduct its Toys for Tots drive at Sideouts Bar & Eatery in Island Lake, Ill., to benefit less fortunate children in McHenry County. Retired local Marines will … Continue reading →

You won’t believe what PAAR is driving to do

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 2:00pm
For the past 26 years, the Peoria Area Association of REALTORS® (PAAR) has helped raise significant money for the food pantries in Peoria, Tazewell, Woodford and Fulton counties with the PAAR Turkey Drive, and the 27th year is no exception. … Continue reading →

What can be done to solve important housing issues?

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 1:21pm
This week, Sharon Gorrell, Housing Policy Advisor for IAR is attending the Solutions 2014 Conference that is being put on by the National Housing Conference which is a research and housing advocacy organization.  She has attended several sessions on a variety of … Continue reading →

Register for GRI in Peoria by midnight tonight! #ILGRIturns50

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 12:07pm
Register today for the Graduate, REALTOR® Institute (GRI) program at the Peoria Marriott Pere Marquette on Dec. 1-4. Registration ends at midnight tonight, Nov. 21. A limited number of walk ins will be accepted for Courses II and III but not … Continue reading →