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Do you understand drone registrations and laws regarding security deposits?

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 12/21/2015 - 5:45pm
Among the issues discussed during the Dec. 17 IAR Legal Webinar, “Out With (Review) the Old and In With the New,” were federal requirements for drone registrations as well as an amendment to the Illinois Security Deposit Interest Act that … Continue reading →

Mainstreet YPN raises money for two charities

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 12/21/2015 - 5:14pm
The Young Professionals Network of Mainstreet Organization of REALTORS (MORe) raised $540 at its Second Annual Ugly Sweater Holiday Party on Dec. 2, with 84 agents and affiliate members in attendance. The proceeds will be used for the network’s Habitat … Continue reading →

Illinois home prices see uptick in November; Sales dial back

IAR News - Mon, 12/21/2015 - 1:30pm
Date:  December 22, 2015 Intro: 

Illinois home prices posted continued gains with November marking 39 consecutive months of year-over-year increases while sales slowed slightly amid tighter inventory.

FOR RELEASE: Dec. 22, 2015

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

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Morning Minute: REALTORS® upbeat about future home price growth

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 12/21/2015 - 10:45am
Over the next 12 months, U.S. REALTORS® are expecting home prices to experience continued moderate growth, according to the latest REALTORS® Confidence Index Survey from the National Association of REALTORS®. In Illinois, surveyed REALTORS® are expecting median price increases of … Continue reading →

Celebrating REALTORS® who made a difference in 2015: Krieter

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 12/21/2015 - 9:00am
Let’s recap the recognition some Illinois REALTORS® received during the year because of the significant ways they impacted their colleagues, their communities and the marketplace. And because we couldn’t fit everyone in one blog post, let’s continue the conversation today … Continue reading →

Celebrating REALTORS® who made a difference in 2015: Difanis

IARbuzz.com Blog - Sun, 12/20/2015 - 9:00am
Let’s recap the recognition some Illinois REALTORS® received during the year because of the significant ways they impacted their colleagues, their communities and the marketplace. And because we couldn’t fit everyone in one blog post, let’s continue the conversation today … Continue reading →

Celebrating REALTORS® who made a difference: Wiercinski

IARbuzz.com Blog - Sat, 12/19/2015 - 9:00am
Let’s recap the recognition some Illinois REALTORS® received during the year because of the significant ways they impacted their colleagues, their communities and the marketplace. And because we couldn’t fit everyone in one blog post, let’s continue the conversation today … Continue reading →

Celebrating REALTORS® who made a difference in 2015: Madison

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 12/18/2015 - 3:23pm
Let’s recap the recognition some Illinois REALTORS® received during the year because of the significant ways they impacted their colleagues, their communities and the marketplace. And because we couldn’t fit everyone in one blog post, let’s start the conversation today … Continue reading →

REALTORS® show support for Champaign’s Willard Airport

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 12/18/2015 - 2:06pm
Representatives of the Champaign County Association of REALTORS® (CCAR) and the Illinois Association of REALTORS® (IAR) presented a $5,000 check to Craig Rost, executive director of the Champaign County Economic Development Corporation during a ceremony at University of Illinois Willard … Continue reading →

Logan County REALTORS® help local food pantry

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 12/18/2015 - 8:00am
The Logan County Board of REALTORS (LCBR) showed its community spirit with a monetary donation to the Lincoln/Logan County Food Pantry last week. LCBR President Diane Schriber and Brenda Short, chair of the LCBR Legislation and Public Relations Committee presented … Continue reading →

City Council says no to Joliet property transfer tax increase

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 12/17/2015 - 5:18pm
Joliet/Will County REALTORS® accomplished a victory for the local economy Tuesday night as the Joliet City Council unanimously voted down an effort to increase the city’s real estate transfer tax by 66 percent. A real estate transfer tax increase from … Continue reading →

2016 Forecast: What’s ahead for the Illinois housing market

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 12/17/2015 - 4:36pm
Illinois continues to move into a more “normal” real estate market and as it does, home prices and sales are expected to experience positive gains in 2016. But these gains will be at a more moderate pace than last year, … Continue reading →

What will Fed’s decision mean to REALTORS®, homeowners and the housing market?

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 12/17/2015 - 12:35pm
The Federal Reserve announced Wednesday that it is raising interest rates for the first time since 2006, causing speculation about what that will do to the real estate market, lenders, REALTORS®, lenders, homeowners and others working in affiliated industries. Housing … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: NAR survey finds goal of homeownership still strong

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 12/17/2015 - 10:18am
The desire to buy a home remains strong, particularly among younger renters. An overwhelming majority (94 percent) of renters who are under 34 years old aspire to eventually become a homeowner, according to the new HOME (Housing Opportunities and Market … Continue reading →

Rockford REALTORS® get charged up for area kids

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 12/17/2015 - 8:55am
The Rockford Area REALTORS® is putting its collective community spirit toward helping two local charities that benefit children this month, the Walter Lawson Children’s Home and Rock House Kids. Members gathered for a Holiday Open House and Candy Cane Ball … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: U.S. housing starts surge higher

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 12/16/2015 - 9:34am
Home construction hit a high note in November as U.S. housing starts climbed 10.5 percent higher, signaling a strengthening home construction market, according to data released today by the Commerce Department. The gains beat expected forecasts and single-family construction was … Continue reading →

Still looking for more ‘REALTORS® Give Back’ stories

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 12/15/2015 - 10:22am
Through today, the seven local associations and one private office have submitted photos and information about the charitable endeavors of their REALTORS® during the holiday season. Don’t let the efforts of your colleagues go unrecognized! Share your photos and stories … Continue reading →

Dogs and cats will be adopted in December thanks to CAR volunteers

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 12/14/2015 - 12:58pm
Before the New Year arrives, REALTORS® to the Rescue will make donations that will aid in the adoption of numerous homeless animals in Chicago, says veteran REALTOR® Debbie Maue, president of the organization. Last December, REALTORS® to the Rescue donated … Continue reading →

Learn how you can help IAR market the state internationally at MIPIM 2016

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 12/11/2015 - 2:32pm
As conferences go, MIPIM is one of the biggest real estate events in the world that you’ve probably never heard of. The conference, held in Cannes, France, draws more than 21,000 people annually who are heavy-hitters in real estate investment. … Continue reading →

Chicago YPN gives back to local Boys and Girls Club

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 12/11/2015 - 1:49pm
On Dec. 8, the Chicago Association of REALTORS® Young Professionals Network (YPN) provided pizza, chips, drinks, games and activities for 60 children at the Union League Boys and Girls Club on West 19th St. in Chicago. CAR’s YPN Give Back Day … Continue reading →