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Eight days left to buy Illinois REALTOR® of the Year banquet tickets

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 06/07/2016 - 8:32am
June 15 is the last day you can buy tickets to attend the 35th Annual REALTOR® of the Year (ROTY) Banquet June 21 at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum in Springfield. The event will honor the 2016 Illinois REALTOR® of … Continue reading →

Freeport REALTOR® gains support for local Big Brothers Big Sisters chapter

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 06/06/2016 - 6:00am
Freeport REALTOR® Tim Davenport and his friends stepped up production for a local charity this year and enjoyed themselves in the process. After several years of making donations to Big Brothers Big sisters of Northwestern Illinois, the REALTOR® Association of … Continue reading →

REALTORS® get value through advocacy, ombudsmen, license law changes; Bell joins team

IARbuzz.com Blog - Sat, 06/04/2016 - 10:00am
During the last week, Illinois REALTORS® successfully advocated for changes to the state’s Real Estate License Act of 2000, discussed improvements to the volunteer ombudsman program and welcomed Executive Vice President Luke Bell to the association staff. Read about these … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Best improvement tips for boosting your home’s value

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 06/03/2016 - 9:53am
Planning on doing some home improvements this summer? Then make the most of your money by tackling projects that will give you a better return on your remodeling investment. HouseLogic offers, “The 8 Most Financially Savvy Home Improvements.”  Read the … Continue reading →

Ombudsman meet to discuss how to best meet needs of members, public

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 06/03/2016 - 9:40am
Illinois REALTORS® operates a program which seeks to resolve disputes between association members or members of the public and association members. Called ombudsmen, these REALTOR® volunteers handle calls for help which come in by phone and email. The program was … Continue reading →

Historic preservation incentives for property owners

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 06/03/2016 - 7:30am
If your municipality has a historic home preservation program, keep in mind that existing programs — mainly through the State of Illinois and the federal government — are beneficial to the property owner. The Property Tax Assessment Freeze for Historic … Continue reading →

Only 13 days left to buy ROTY banquet tickets

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 06/03/2016 - 6:00am
Order tickets now for the 35th Annual REALTOR® of the Year (ROTY) Banquet, scheduled for June 21 at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum in Springfield. The deadline for ordering is June 15. The event will honor the accomplishments of the … Continue reading →

Sponsored post: RPR reports can build social presence

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 06/02/2016 - 1:53pm
  Before social media sites like Facebook became commonplace, real estate agents had to be pretty creative when it came to engaging with their sphere of influence. Direct mail, events, door knocking and even phone calls were expensive and time … Continue reading →

GGAR Golf outing raises money for Wieger scholarship

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 06/02/2016 - 12:04pm
Members of the Greater Gateway Association of REALTORS® are golfing for a good cause today, as they tee off to raise money for a scholarship which honors a longtime developer. The Richard “Dick” Wiegers scholarship was established to help worthy candidates … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Federal Reserve reports modest economic growth this spring

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 06/02/2016 - 10:32am
The Federal Reserve’s latest “Beige Book” released Wednesday, shows that the U.S. economy experienced modest gains in April and May, buoyed in part by a stronger housing market, USA Today reports. Read the USA Today article, “Fed: Economy grew modestly in … Continue reading →

Bell begins with Illinois REALTORS®

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 06/01/2016 - 5:07pm
Luke Bell began his career with Illinois REALTORS® today as its executive vice president, about two months after the association announced his hiring. Bell is second in line to Illinois REALTORS® Chief Executive Officer Gary L. Clayton. Bell earned a … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Positive momentum continues for U.S. home prices

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 06/01/2016 - 10:18am
According to the latest S&P/Case-Shiller Index, U.S. home prices continue to recover, climbing to near-record highs, the Wall Street Journal reports in, “U.S. Home Prices Jump as Supply Pinch Plays Out.” The latest national price index shows prices have risen … Continue reading →

Only 15 days left to buy ROTY banquet tickets

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 06/01/2016 - 6:00am
Order tickets now for the 35th Annual REALTOR® of the Year Banquet, scheduled for June 21 at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum in Springfield. The event will honor the accomplishments of 25 local association REALTORS® of the Year (ROTY)  and … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Consumer spending marks biggest jump in six years

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 05/31/2016 - 10:14am
U.S. consumer spending surged higher in April as more households purchased automobiles and other good and services, according to Commerce Department data. Reuters reports on the uptick in the article, “U.S. consumer spending surges; inflation creeping up.” In other headlines: … Continue reading →

Veterans can start real estate career through GI Bill®

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 05/30/2016 - 12:15pm
Military veterans who want to start a real estate career can use their GI Bill® benefits to attend the Illinois REALTORS® Licensing & Training Center. It is the only real estate school in the state that can provide training under the … Continue reading →

Veteran Chiles finds ways to build up Springfield

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 05/30/2016 - 7:00am
Springfield REALTOR® Phil Chiles has made a positive impact on many people throughout his 16-year real estate career, including some of his volunteer work through the Habitat for Humanity and Downtown Springfield, Inc. (DSI). The former Marine Corps veteran has … Continue reading →

License law cleanup bill passes with unanimous Senate vote Sunday

IARbuzz.com Blog - Sun, 05/29/2016 - 7:03pm
While many of us are settling into the zenith of the holiday weekend, Illinois REALTORS® Springfield lobbying team is on alert watching the final days of the Illinois General Assembly’s spring session. Sunday afternoon, HB6245 passed the Senate on a … Continue reading →

In Case You Missed It: Local distinguished REALTORS®, Inman Connect and more

IARbuzz.com Blog - Sat, 05/28/2016 - 7:00am
Here are the top headlines from the past week: Celebrate our ROTYs June 21 at the 35th annual banquet in Springfield Order tickets now for the 35th Annual REALTOR® of the Year Banquet, scheduled for June 21 at the Abraham … Continue reading →

State Capitol Report: Illinois REALTORS® watching bills and actions by General Assembly

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 05/27/2016 - 5:13pm
As the General Assembly nears its May 31 scheduled adjournment, budget and school funding issues dominate the big picture issues. As of late Friday afternoon, the House had adjourned until Sunday but the Senate was continuing to debate and vote … Continue reading →