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Morning Minute: Save money by making cold weather fixes to your home

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 01/09/2017 - 10:01am
Take a few steps to winterize your home and you could end up saving more of your hard-earned cash. In the article, “7 Mistakes That Cost Homeowners Big Money During Cold Weather,” HouseLogic outlines some home improvement jobs that could … Continue reading →

Pro Standards Workshops coming Tuesday and Wednesday

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 01/06/2017 - 3:07pm
Select Illinois REALTORS® will attend either the 2017 Professional Standards Workshops next Tuesday at the Crowne Plaza in Springfield or Wednesday at Drury Lane in Oakbrook Terrace. The day-long sessions begin with continental breakfast, a welcome presentation and then “Changes … Continue reading →

RANWIL members help needy children

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 01/06/2017 - 1:19pm
For the 17th consecutive year, the REALTOR® Association of Northwestern Illinois (RANWIL) raised money to purchase coats, hats, boots, snow pants and blankets for two students from each class at six elementary schools in Freeport. Students received their gifts in … Continue reading →

Should Illinois real estate brokers ‘freak out’ about California case?

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 01/06/2017 - 11:00am
A recent California Supreme Court decision involving square footage discrepancies of a luxury home includes both disclosure and dual agency issues, according to Illinois REALTORS® Legal Hotline Attorney Betsy Urbance in the January edition of Designated REALTOR® Legal News. While … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: U.S. economy adds 156,000 jobs in December

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 01/06/2017 - 10:20am
The U.S. economy added 156,000 jobs in December and wages increased 2.9 percent compared to last year, according to a report today from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The New York Times reported on the trend in the article, … Continue reading →

Jensen named an Inman Influencer for 2017

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 01/05/2017 - 4:48pm
Midwest Real Estate Data (MRED) President/Chief Executive Officer Rebecca Jensen is one of 150 individuals named to Inman’s Real Estate Influencers of 2017. Jensen joined MRED as its president and CEO in March 2015. MRED provides multiple listing services to … Continue reading →

Get a mentor and advance your career: business builder #8

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 01/05/2017 - 2:45pm
The professional advice and encouragement of a mentor can help a REALTOR® who’s new to the business succeed, says Heather Oyler, a broker with Keller Williams Premier Realty in Peoria. Oyler, who is also a graduate of the 2016 Illinois … Continue reading →

Heartland members ring bells and collect Toys for Tots

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 01/05/2017 - 2:03pm
The Heartland REALTOR® Organization (HRO) staffed two Salvation Army bell-ringing stations and supported a U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Foundation drive in December. Bell Ringing The Heartland Cares Task Force used 32 members, affiliate members and staff to keep … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Mortgage rates move lower, Freddie Mac reports

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 01/05/2017 - 9:29am
Fixed mortgage rates moved lower this week for the first time in 10 weeks, Freddie Mac reports this morning. The 30-year, fixed rate averaged 4.20 percent, down from 4.32 percent last week. The 15-year, fixed rate averaged 3.44 percent, down … Continue reading →

Illinois REALTORS®: Members chose 5 online favorites in 2016

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 01/04/2017 - 2:46pm
Illinois REALTORS® members showed their online preferences by the way they used the association’s website, blog and social media in 2016. According to annual data, members most often viewed: the schedule for continuing education webinars, the most downloaded file; forms … Continue reading →

Avoid these 4 social media mistakes: business builder #7

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 01/04/2017 - 12:24pm
REALTORS® can use social media to connect with buyers and sellers, but they need to avoid common mistakes that can turn off potential customers says Katie Lance, social media strategist and CEO of Katie Lance Consulting. In the Illinois REALTOR® … Continue reading →

RAFV helps Salvation Army in Aurora and Elgin

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 01/03/2017 - 2:35pm
Members of the REALTOR® Association of the Fox Valley (RAFV) volunteered to help the Salvation Army for several projects in Elgin and Aurora during November and December. RAFV members helped the Salvation Army distribute food to Elgin and Aurora families … Continue reading →

Become a ‘trusted resource’ for home buyers and sellers: business builder #6

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 01/03/2017 - 12:05pm
Help consumers become potential clients by providing valuable information for them about maintaining or upgrading their homes, and about home buying and selling, says Steve Harvey, founder and chief content creator for Keeping Current Matters. This is the sixth business … Continue reading →

Pippion-McGriff appointed to state real estate board by Gov. Rauner

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 01/03/2017 - 10:11am
Illinois REALTOR® Nykea Pippion-McGriff, of Dream Town Realty in Chicago, was named to the Illinois Real Estate Administration and Disciplinary Board last week, effective Dec. 22. Pippion-McGriff, GRI, ABR, ADPR, BPOR, SFR, is a licensed managing broker. She is a … Continue reading →

Make your mobile office more efficient: business builder tip #5

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 01/02/2017 - 2:30pm
Since REALTORS® spend so much time in their vehicles, they can take steps to make the day more productive, such as using the right technology for their lifestyle, says Sam Powell of Dream Town Realty in Chicago. In the cover … Continue reading →

Illinois REALTORS® office closed Monday

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 12/30/2016 - 2:45pm
The Illinois REALTORS® office in Springfield will be closed Monday, Jan. 2 in observance of New Year’s Day. The office will reopen at 9 a.m. Tuesday. See you next year!

Try ‘cross-industry networking’ for business builder tip #4

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 12/30/2016 - 9:00am
The personal connections of REALTORS® can have a great impact on their success, and so Deena Zimmerman of SVN/Chicago Commercial suggests “cross-industry” networking in the Illinois REALTOR® magazine story “Work Smart! Business hacks to help you kick-start 2017.” “I focus … Continue reading →

NSBAR members help homeless dogs and cats

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 12/29/2016 - 2:00pm
North Shore-Barrington Association of REALTORS® (NSBAR) collected 518 pounds of dog and cat food, as well as more than $2,300 of pet toys, blankets and other items during a holiday food drive for two area animal shelters. All donations were … Continue reading →

Four 12-hour Broker Management CE webinars are available for license renewal

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 12/29/2016 - 11:20am
The 2017 license renewal deadline for Managing Brokers is April 30. If you were licensed prior to February 1, 2015, you will need 24 hours of CE, including a mandatory 12-hour Broker Management CE interactive course. Illinois REALTORS® Licensing & … Continue reading →

Lay groundwork for successful negotiations: business builder tip #3

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 12/29/2016 - 9:00am
To improve how you negotiate with fellow real estate professionals, boost your confidence before you start negotiating. One strategy is to make your negotiating target optimistic but justifiable, says Karel Murray, a real estate trainer, in the story “Work Smart! … Continue reading →