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Eight quick tips to improve communication with your real estate clients

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 05/28/2014 - 1:26pm
Don’t let communication breakdowns get in the way of successfully interacting with your home buyers and sellers. The Illinois REALTOR® magazine article, “Keeping Your Clients in the Loop,” offers strategies for keeping the lines of communication open, but here are … Continue reading →

Freddie Mac’s pick for most affordable U.S. metro? Decatur, Illinois

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 05/27/2014 - 3:12pm
Decatur, Illinois is the most affordable metro area in the entire country, according to Freddie Mac’s latest quarterly analysis of housing affordability. To make that determination, Freddie Mac compares median home prices, required monthly payments and the income available to … Continue reading →

In Case You Missed It: Top IARbuzz blog posts from last week

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 05/27/2014 - 9:13am
In case you missed it, here are three of the top IARbuzz blog posts from last week: Condo foreclosure bill passes in House; vote was 64-47-5 – Thank you Illinois REALTORS®! More than 2,000 IAR members contacted their lawmakers last … Continue reading →

Illinois Association of REALTORS® honors those who served and sacrificed this Memorial Day

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 05/23/2014 - 12:22pm
In remembrance of those who have served and sacrificed for their country, the Illinois Association of REALTORS® will be closed Monday, May 26 in observance of Memorial Day.

Interested in becoming more involved in the Illinois Association of REALTORS®?

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 05/23/2014 - 12:08pm
Today is the deadline to apply for a 2015 at-large position on the IAR Board of Directors. Click here to learn more about submitting your application form, resume and Statement of Real Estate Licensure or call 217-529-2600. Want to serve on an … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Kids becoming a key factor in parent’s decision to buy or sell a home

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 05/23/2014 - 11:08am
More of today’s parents are balancing their home-buying decisions on how it will affect their children, their activities and their overall well-being. A survey by Coldwell Banker Real Estate found that Millennial and Gen X parents place greater weight on … Continue reading →

One week in, Habitat house in Springfield is taking shape

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 05/23/2014 - 11:04am
Volunteers are finishing up a busy week at the Springfield Habitat for Humanity home on East Enterprise Street. This week Illinois REALTORS®, with help from partners at Wells Fargo, have put up the walls, installed the roof trusses, roof deck … Continue reading →

Family to get REALTOR®-built Habitat home featured by Springfield TV station

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 05/22/2014 - 12:55pm
The soon-to-be owner of a Habitat for Humanity home that is being built by the Illinois Association of REALTORS® was featured in a WICS Channel 20 Springfield segment on Wednesday, May 21, 2014. Rachel Creighton and her four children will … Continue reading →

Condo foreclosure bill passes in House; vote was 64-47-5

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 05/22/2014 - 12:30pm
A condo foreclosure bill that had been the subject of a series of IAR member calls to action passed the Illinois House Thursday, May 22, 2014, and will now go to Gov. Pat Quinn. In all, more than 2,000 IAR … Continue reading →

Infographic: Illinois median home prices rose in April #IARMarketStats

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 05/22/2014 - 9:29am
Illinois home prices continued an upward trend with April marking 20 consecutive months of year-over-year gains. Tighter inventory continued to affect home sales, which decreased 7.8 percent annually, according to the latest report from the Illinois Association of REALTORS®. IAR … Continue reading →

Video: April 2014 Illinois Housing Report #IARMarketStats

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 05/22/2014 - 9:13am
The Illinois Association of REALTORS® reports housing inventories continued to be tight and median prices increased. Watch the latest IAR video on the Illinois housing market.

Illinois median home prices increase 7.6 percent in April, home sales decrease 7.8 percent amid tight inventories

IAR News - Wed, 05/21/2014 - 2:34pm
Date:  May 21, 2014 Intro: 

Illinois home sales decreased 7.8 percent over previous-year levels in April while median prices increased 7.6 percent, according to the Illinois Association of REALTORS®. 

FOR RELEASE: May 22, 2014

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

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Morning Minute: Commercial real estate market continues to rebound

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 05/21/2014 - 12:03pm
U.S. commercial real estate continues to improve with steady gains in prices and transaction activity so far in 2014, according to an analysis from CoStar Commercial Repeat Sale Indices. Sales volume rose 33 percent annually in the first quarter of … Continue reading →

Walls go up on Springfield Habitat project; see the results in new video

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 05/20/2014 - 12:54pm
Illinois REALTORS® and its partners from Wells Fargo Bank put up the walls of a new Habitat for Humanity home in Springfield. The house on East Enterprise Street, is one of three the association is building this year in Illinois. … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Freddie Mac’s take on lower housing inventory

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 05/20/2014 - 11:31am
One factor that is shaping the 2014 housing market is the low inventory of available existing homes for sale. In fact, Freddie Mac experts say U.S. housing inventory, when compared to the number of households, is at a 30-year low, … Continue reading →

Sheryl Grider Whitehurst elected to regional NAR post

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 05/20/2014 - 11:15am
Congratulations to Illinois REALTOR® Sheryl Grider Whitehurst on being elected Vice President of Region 7 for the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR). Region 7 includes Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin. Whitehurst, Managing Broker and Development & Operations Coordinator with Traders Realty … Continue reading →

Will County code change vote doesn’t include costly fire sprinkler mandate

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 05/20/2014 - 8:58am
A multi-year effort to make sure that a fire sprinkler mandate was not part of changes to the building code used in Will County proved successful. The Will County Board voted 25-0 on May 15 to adopt the new codes, … Continue reading →

Act now on IAR’s Call for Action on SB 2664 and HB 4609!

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 05/19/2014 - 3:00pm
Illinois REALTORS®, we need your help urging state lawmakers to vote ‘YES’ on important legislation protecting buyers of foreclosed condos and consumers from the establishment of fire sprinkler mandates by administrative rule. If you haven’t yet, participate in IAR’s Call … Continue reading →

Springfield Habitat build launches; volunteers still needed

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 05/19/2014 - 1:40pm
Illinois REALTORS® began building a house for Habitat for Humanity in Springfield Monday, May 19, 2014, as part of a plan to build three houses for the charity this year. IAR President Phil Chiles, who came up with the idea … Continue reading →

In Case You Missed It: Top IARbuzz blog posts from last week

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 05/19/2014 - 11:30am
In case you missed it, here are four of the top IARbuzz blog posts from last week: NAR shines spotlight on IAR’s Let’s Talk Real Estate program –  The Illinois Association of REALTORS® meeting series that brings REALTORS® together with … Continue reading →