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SRES Designation spotlights senior market

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 12:06pm
The Illinois REALTORS® and the Three Rivers Association of REALTORS® are offering an SRES® Designation course May 3 & 4 in Joliet, Illinois. The SRES® (Senior Real Estate Specialist Designation) course provides specialized training and support for REALTORS® to serve the … Continue reading →

Webinars designed to make TRID easier to understand

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 9:41am
Illinois REALTORS® should take advantage of webinars offered by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) because they will make the TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure process (TRID) easier to use and to understand. According to the Inman Select article, “5 things you need … Continue reading →

Don’t wait until April 30 to renew broker licenses

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 2:48pm
The time to renew broker licenses is now. Although the online renewal process is expedient, it is always a good practice to plan for unexpected obstacles. Illinois REALTORS® should allow enough time to work around any issues that may occur. Here are … Continue reading →

Understanding why people buy their homes

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 10:34am
The most popular reasons for buying homes include a number of emotional and financial factors but still revolve around the American Dream of owning your own home, according to the blog Keeping Current Matters.com. In the blog post, “The top … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Homebuyers drive uptick in mortgage applications

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 10:18am
Mortgage applications jumped 10 percent last week, due in part to homebuyers wanting to take advantage of low mortgage rates, CNBC reports in “Homebuyers finally fuel mortgage volume, applications up 10%.” For the first time in weeks, purchase applications by … Continue reading →

Wagner on panel about protecting Like-Kind Exchanges

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 8:16am
Illinois REALTORS® Dan Wagner, treasurer nominee for the association, was on a panel on Tuesday of the Institute of Real Estate Management which explored the necessity of the 1031 Like Kind Exchange. Wagner, who was named Illinois REALTORS® treasurer nominee … Continue reading →

Parking permits available to Chicagoland REALTORS® starting April 18

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 04/11/2016 - 5:07pm
Beginning next Monday, Chicago-area REALTORS® can purchase Professional Service Parking Permits from the city of Chicago so they can park in residential zoned parking areas and show properties, conduct open houses and perform listing presentations from 9 a.m. to 9 … Continue reading →

Illinois REALTORS® get updates on 29 relevant bills in latest State Capitol Report

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 04/11/2016 - 4:34pm
The April 8 issue of the Illinois State Capitol Report provides an update on issues discussed at the April 5 Capitol Conference in Springfield. The updates are provided on 29 bills that could affect Illinois REALTORS® and property owners, including … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Mortgage rates hit 2016 low

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 04/11/2016 - 9:56am
Consumers buying a home right now can benefit from mortgage interest rates falling to the lowest levels so far this year. A 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage averaged 3.59 percent while a 15-year, fixed-rate averaged 2.88 last week, according to Freddie Mac. … Continue reading →

How’s the Chicagoland real estate market? Illinois REALTORS® provide update

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 04/11/2016 - 9:17am
  Illinois REALTORS® Nykea Pippion-McGriff and Matt Silver got a chance to discuss the Chicago area housing market on ABC Channel 7 in a segment that aired over the weekend. The duo told viewers that the market was looking good so … Continue reading →

Laricy finds inspiration helping children through Make-A-Wish foundation

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 04/11/2016 - 7:30am
For Illinois REALTOR® Matt Laricy, it isn’t enough that his business, the Matt Laricy Group, is ranked in the top 1 percent of real estate sales in Chicago. His website urges clients to “think big, choose small,” just as he … Continue reading →

One week left to shop and get RPAC credit!

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 04/08/2016 - 3:55pm
Day passes to Disney World in Orlando, tickets to Cubs, Cardinals and White Sox games, electronics and 100th anniversary apparel are just a few of the items available to Illinois REALTORS® through the RPAC Online Auction until April 15! Visit … Continue reading →

Lobby Day bus challenge raises more than $7,000 for RPAC

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 04/08/2016 - 3:03pm
Seven local REALTOR® associations secured 100 percent participation for the Get on Board with RPAC Bus Challenge at the Illinois REALTORS® Capitol Conference (Lobby Day) Tuesday, as more than $7,000 was raised for the REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC). Members … Continue reading →

Try these 5 ideas for improving landscaping

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 04/08/2016 - 11:05am
Replacing fences, installing fountains, staining a deck, planting a tree and fertilizing a lawn are five suggestions for improving the landscaping around a home that can be done relatively inexpensively, according to this week’s edition of the NAR blog, Styled, … Continue reading →

Illinois REALTORS® participate in the Illinois Governor’s Conference on Affordable Housing

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 04/07/2016 - 9:30am
Housing Opportunity Working Group Chair Sarah Ware, Housing Policy Advisor Sharon Gorrell and Assistant Director of Government Affairs Mike Scobey represented the Illinois REALTORS® at the 2016 Illinois Governor’s Conference on Affordable Housing last week in Chicago. The three attended … Continue reading →

April issue: 5 share winning marketing strategies

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 04/06/2016 - 3:10pm
Agents, brokers and experts share the marketing strategies that have worked best for them in the April 2016 issue of Illinois REALTOR®. Find out what Ben Scandlen, Chase Michels, Max Cron, Kevin Kwit and Matt Hernacki recommend in the story, … Continue reading →

Wagner named treasurer-nominee for Illinois REALTORS®

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 04/06/2016 - 1:38pm
Illinois REALTORS® board member and Chicago Association of REALTORS® president Dan Wagner was named 2017 treasurer-nominee for the state association. An Illinois REALTORS® Board of Directors vote is expected to formally place Wagner on the leadership ladder later this year. Wagner’s selection by … Continue reading →

Gov. Bruce Rauner honors Illinois REALTORS® for century of service

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 04/06/2016 - 12:15pm
  Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner presented Illinois REALTORS® leadership with a proclamation honoring the association’s century of service. The document also declares April 25, 2016 as Illinois REALTORS® Day in the state. In remarks at the meeting, Rauner praised the … Continue reading →

Illinois REALTORS® advocate for real estate at 2016 Capitol Conference

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 04/05/2016 - 7:13pm
More than 500 REALTORS® from throughout Illinois showed the #PowerofR in Springfield on Tuesday for the annual Illinois REALTORS® Capitol Conference. The REALTORS®, who represent Illinois homeowners and commercial real estate, are powerful advocates for property rights and the annual … Continue reading →