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Watch for Illinois REALTOR® story about Kinney scholarships

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 09/30/2015 - 9:00am
Every year, the number of college students who have benefited from a James M. Kinney Scholarship goes up.  In the October issue of Illinois REALTOR®, find out how many and why the scholarship’s namesake – our 2015 IAR president – … Continue reading →

6 things you need to remember about TRID before Oct. 3

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 09/30/2015 - 7:00am
By Jeffrey T. Baker The new Integrated Disclosure rule, or TRID, as the industry refers to it, will change the process of borrowing to buy a home and thus will directly impact how Illinois brokers get from contract to closing. … Continue reading →

Chicago chapter of NAREB collaborates to serve consumers

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 09/29/2015 - 2:30pm
The Dearborn Realtist Board (DREB), which is a chapter of the National Association of Real Estate Brokers, a sister organization has come together with other industry partners to host a consumer event this week. Tracey Taylor, DREB President is excited … Continue reading →

Next 10 general admission registrants for Vertex 15 Conference get extras

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 09/29/2015 - 2:03pm
Register today for the Vertex 15 Conference, a day-long event Oct. 22 at the Westin Chicago North Shore in Wheeling, put together by the North Shore-Barrington Association of REALTORS®. The next 10 registrations before Oct. 5 will include access to … Continue reading →

You’re Invited – Illinois REbarcamp Powered by YPN!

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 09/29/2015 - 12:43pm
Over 120 members are registered for Illinois REbarcamp 2015! Are you one of them? Register today to learn the latest digital trends, business and marketing tips and what’s happening now and next in the industry. An After Party Networking Reception is to … Continue reading →

REALTORS® get discount on commercial real estate courses

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 09/29/2015 - 10:11am
Interested in commercial real estate? REALTORS® receive a special discounted registration rate on most courses from the Certified Commercial Investment Member Institute.   CCIM Institute courses are taught by established practitioners who provide insight into financial analysis, market analysis and … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Looking to buy a house? Don’t make these money mistakes

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 09/29/2015 - 8:54am
Buying a new home is a big step. A Realtor.com blog post, “6 Things New Homeowners Waste Money On,” highlights some of the spending mistakes you should avoid once you do find the right home. For example, don’t feel like … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: U.S. pending home sales dip from last month, but remain stronger than a year ago, NAR reports

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 09/28/2015 - 8:49am
U.S. pending home sales slowed slightly in August compared to July, but still remained 6.1 percent higher than a year ago, the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) reported this morning. Despite month-to-month fluctuations, the NAR Pending Home Sales Index has … Continue reading →

Vertex 15 will help REALTORS® take their business to the next level

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 09/25/2015 - 1:13pm
For REALTORS® looking to acquire new knowledge and skills – Vertex15 is Oct. 22 in Wheeling! Vertex15 is a one-day, engaging event hosted by the North Shore-Barrington Association of REALTORS® (NSBAR). The event is designed to give top producers and … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: U.S. sales of newly built homes climbs in August

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 09/25/2015 - 9:22am
The latest Commerce Department data shows sales of new construction homes jumped 5.7 percent in August, marking the highest levels since 2008, the Wall Street Journal reports. The August growth was higher than many economists were expecting. Read more from … Continue reading →

Give yourself two minutes to take the REALTOR® Safety Quiz

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 09/25/2015 - 7:54am
Brush up on common sense steps you can take to protect yourself, your clients and your clients’ valuables – take the REALTOR® Safety Quiz today! In eight questions, NAR’s online REALTOR® Safety Quiz gives you a quick review of basic … Continue reading →

Chicago REALTORS® step closer to getting parking permits

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 09/24/2015 - 6:15pm
A step toward making it easier for REALTORS® to do business in the city of Chicago gained traction in the Chicago City Council. Chicago City Clerk Susana Mendoza introduced legislation which would allow REALTORS® to buy a city-wide parking permit. The … Continue reading →

Last chance to vote for Goodwin

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 09/24/2015 - 10:56am
Friday, Sept. 25 is the last day you can vote for Illinois REALTOR® and NAR RPAC Investors Hall of Fame member Daniel L. Goodwin for the 2015 NAR Web Choice Award. If he gets the most votes, Goodwin’s charity will … Continue reading →

REALTORS® show strength in numbers at Taste of Frankfort

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 09/24/2015 - 10:31am
Several members of the Three Rivers Association of REALTORS® leadership team attended the Taste of Frankfort event Tuesday night, which featured a sampling of more than 20 Frankfort eateries. Mayor Jim Holland, a long-time supporter of real estate issues, announced … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Mortgage rates dip lower this week, Freddie Mac says

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 09/24/2015 - 8:32am
Fixed mortgage rates fell slightly lower this week following the Federal Reserve’s decision not to raise interest rates, Freddie Mac reports today. The 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage averaged 3.86 percent this week, down 0.7 percent compared to last week. The 15-year, … Continue reading →

IDFPR addressing processing times, technology, director says

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 09/23/2015 - 12:11pm
  The state official overseeing the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation told members of the IAR Strategic Planning Committee that updating the agency’s technology is a top priority. And IDFPR Director Bryan Schneider said while some elements of this … Continue reading →

Mapping the future: IAR leaders discuss opportunities ahead for the industry, association

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 09/23/2015 - 11:00am
Leaders with the Illinois Association of REALTORS® met on Wednesday in Chicago to discuss the organization’s strategic plan. IAR’s current strategic plan was launched in 2015, and each year members of the Strategic Planning Committee review the plan to make … Continue reading →

Slides released on recent FHA Handbook webinar

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 09/22/2015 - 12:10pm
A PowerPoint presentation on the NAR FHA Handbook Webinar, “How Will Policy Changes Affect Your Clients,” has been released. The objectives of the webinar, conducted by Brian Chappelle of Potomac Partners, are: To provide background for the new handbook, To … Continue reading →

Get the digital version of October Illinois REALTOR® and look ahead

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 09/22/2015 - 11:04am
Read the digital version of the October Illinois REALTOR® now if you want a head start on your colleagues. Print versions will be arriving in IAR-member mailboxes this week. For example, “Gearing Up For Winding Down: Putting the Pieces in Place … Continue reading →

Womack shows how technology can step up your game

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 09/22/2015 - 10:39am
Sign up today for the Nov. 4 Xplode Conference in Hoffman Estates and you’ll learn how Bryson Womack teaches real estate pros to use technology to improve their businesses. Womack oversees sales for two tech companies, IDX Broker and Agent … Continue reading →