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Illinois REALTORS® donates $50,000 to help with Florida hurricane recovery efforts

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 09/25/2017 - 9:08am
Illinois REALTORS® is contributing $50,000 to victims who sustained property damage during Hurricane Irma. The money will go to the association’s sister organization, Florida REALTORS®, which will be in charge of distributing the funds.   This is the second sizeable … Continue reading →

Illinois REALTORS® help economic development effort for the state

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 09/25/2017 - 6:30am
Illinois REALTORS® President Doug Carpenter, CEO Gary Clayton and Liaison to Japanese Consulate Ayumi Deloney were invited by Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner to participate and represent the real estate industry in Japan earlier this month. The trip, the governor’s first international … Continue reading →

REALTORS® travel to Texas to help hurricane victims in Houston area

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 09/22/2017 - 1:00pm
“You walked inside a home and the smell of mold just hit you,” said Illinois REALTOR® Tommy Choi as he described his volunteer work near Houston last week. A co-owner of Keller Williams Chicago — Lincoln Park, Choi joined thousands … Continue reading →

October issue of Illinois REALTOR® is on the way

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 09/22/2017 - 12:08pm
Watch your mailbox in the coming days for the October 2017 issue of Illinois REALTOR® magazine. Stories include: 8 Ways REALTORS® Can Overcome Obstacles to Homeownership in Illinois, Connecting with Gen X Clients: Giving Attention to the ‘Middle Child,’ Champaign … Continue reading →

Enjoy these photos of Oak Park Area Association of REALTORS®’ installation ceremony

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 09/22/2017 - 10:24am
On Sept. 12, the Oak Park Area Association of REALTORS® celebrated its 100th anniversary at its annual installation ceremony at the 100th Century Club in Oak Park. The Oak Park Real Estate Board was established on July 24, 1917. The … Continue reading →

Order tickets by Oct. 6 for NAR Inaugural Gala, unique tours and attractions

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 09/21/2017 - 9:28am
If you’re planning to attend the REALTOR® Conference & Expo in Chicago Nov. 3-6 and plan to attend the Inaugural Gala, participate in a guided tour or visit a special attraction, you’ll want to order tickets online by Oct. 6. … Continue reading →

4 more ways for REALTORS® to stay safe and protect their customers

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 09/20/2017 - 4:07pm
The National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) designates September as REALTOR® Safety Month and offers the following safety tips for your customers, colleagues and you: Tell your sellers: DON’T leave personal information like mail out in the open during showings and … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Consumer Financial Protection Bureau offers guidance on credit following Equifax data breach

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 09/20/2017 - 10:10am
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau advises Americans to take steps to protect their credit in: “Top 10 ways to protect yourself in the wake of the Equifax data breach.” Freezing your credit, reviewing your credit report at least annually and … Continue reading →

August brings higher Illinois home prices, lower sales amid tight inventory

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 09/20/2017 - 7:22am
The summer’s competitive housing market extended through August with lower seasonal inventory driving home prices higher, but tempering total home sales, according to Illinois REALTORS®. Statewide home sales (including single-family homes and condominiums) in August 2017 totaled 16,196 homes sold, … Continue reading →

Magazine article highlights friendship started at REALTOR® Conference & Expo

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 5:06pm
Staying open to meeting new people helped Illinois REALTOR® Dan Wagner at the 2012 REALTOR® Conference & Expo in Orlando, and it continues to help him today. Register now. The September-October edition of REALTOR® magazine quotes Wagner, “When you go to … Continue reading →

Oct. 1 deadline coming for three REEF scholarships

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 3:30pm
  REALTORS® applying for the Past President’s Scholarship, the Roxanne Malo Scholarship and the Margery D. Shinners Scholarship should submit their applications, letters of recommendation and any other materials so they arrive in by Oct. 1. Send your scholarship materials … Continue reading →

Joliet REALTORS® and affiliates partner to promote homeownership

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 2:23pm
  Nearly 50 housing-oriented organizations came together on Saturday, Sept. 9 to laud the benefits of homeownership at the Second Annual Joliet Housing Expo in Joliet. Real estate professionals, mortgage lenders, attorneys, title company representatives, insurance company representatives and home inspectors … Continue reading →

August brings higher Illinois home prices, lower sales amid tight inventory

IAR News - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 11:11am
Date:  September 20, 2017 Intro: 

The summer’s competitive housing market extended through August with lower seasonal inventory driving home prices higher, but tempering total home sales.

FOR RELEASE: Sept. 20, 2017

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

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Watch for Illinois REALTORS® August housing report tomorrow

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 9:33am
Wednesday morning, Illinois REALTORS® will release its August 2017 housing report, with data breakdowns for the state of Illinois, city of Chicago and the nine-county Chicago Primary Metropolitan Statistical Area (PMSA). Also included will be a housing market forecast by … Continue reading →

REALTOR® siblings organized their own supply drive for Texas flood victims

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 09/18/2017 - 12:16pm
Homer Glen REALTOR® Joyce Zelazik admits she’s still in awe of the community response to the Hurricane Harvey relief efforts she helped organize a few weeks ago. “It was just a beautiful community effort,” says Zelazik, who works for Coldwell … Continue reading →

Inaugural festivities honoring 101st President Matt Difanis will have a fun new format

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 09/18/2017 - 9:35am
Join us for a lively experience at the Illinois REALTORS® 101st Inaugural Gala, October 12, 2017 in the Grand Ballroom of the Chicago Marriott Naperville! This year’s Gala will be something special, and you will be delighted by its new … Continue reading →

Just when you thought your credit score was improving . . .

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 09/18/2017 - 8:50am
  This last week and a half has been full of headlines regarding the most recent cybersecurity incident. As a real estate practitioner or consumer, your credit score and access to credit is integral to your ability to participate in … Continue reading →

Illinois REALTORS® support Legacy Awards in Springfield

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 09/15/2017 - 8:43am
Illinois REALTORS® sponsored this year’s Legacy Awards, presented by the Springfield Business Journal. The awards honor local businesses and individual business leaders for their commitment to the Springfield community and historic preservation. Congratulations to all recipients including Ace Sign Co. in … Continue reading →

Supreme Court decision one of 6 case studies in latest DR Legal News

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 09/14/2017 - 3:55pm
In the September issue of Designated REALTOR® Legal News, Lisa Harms Hartzler of Sorling Northrup Attorneys provides analysis of six legal case studies, including a 5-3 Supreme Court decision regarding the Takings Clause in the Fifth Amendment to the U.S. … Continue reading →

Register now for free NAR safety webinars Sept. 20 and 27

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 09/14/2017 - 11:15am
The National Association of REALTORS® is hosting two safety webinars in September designed to help members minimize risk and avoid danger on the job. At 1 p.m. Sept. 20, join Andrea “Andy” Tolbert for “Safety: Do This Now,” an hour-long … Continue reading →