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Prepare for REALTOR® Lobby Day with can’t-miss advice from Greg and Julie

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 1:54pm
Listen to IAR lobbyists Greg St. Aubin and Julie Sullivan as they provide a great overview of next Tuesday’s activities at the IAR Capitol Conference and Lobby Day. If anyone can help you maximize your time in Springfield, it’s the … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Owning a home cheaper than renting in many communities

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 11:51am
Something to consider this spring if you’ve been debating whether you should make the move to buy a home: house payments on a median-priced home are more affordable than paying fair market rent on a three-bedroom property in 76 percent … Continue reading →

REALTORS® and property owners score wins against Home Rule and transfer taxes

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 11:18am
Illinois REALTORS® and private property owners were winners at the polls on Tuesday when voters defeated a number of local referenda initiatives that would have raised the cost of buying or selling a home and opened the door to increased … Continue reading →

REALTOR® support matters: More than 70 percent of backed candidates elected

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 7:42am
On April 7, 2015, Illinois REALTORS® went to the polls to elect candidates for local offices who understand and appreciate private property rights. IAR, through RPAC donations and independent expenditures, was involved in races throughout the state. As of April … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Freddie Mac on four factors that affect your ability to qualify for a mortgage

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 10:17am
The spring housing season is in full swing and potential homebuyers can be better prepared for their home search — and navigating the mortgage process — if they know the criteria mortgage lenders will be using to determine whether they … Continue reading →

Check back soon for election results

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 9:35am
We’re tallying results from all the Opportunity Races, Illinois Association of REALTORS® Fund-supported candidates, local referenda questions and RPAC-supported local candidates. Check here for an update soon.  

Register for Capitol Conference by Wednesday and make a difference

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 04/07/2015 - 4:15pm
Reserve your place now for the event that’s sure to make a difference for property owners and REALTORS® in Illinois: IAR’s Capitol Conference and Lobby Day. You have until the end of end of business tomorrow (April 8) to register … Continue reading →

Watch the video and celebrate Fair Housing Month in April

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 04/07/2015 - 3:58pm
Illinois REALTORS® can commemorate Fair Housing Month in April by sharing a link to the video “Seven Days” with their clients and potential customers. The YouTube video, produced by Nationwide Insurance and the National Fair Housing Alliance, tells the story … Continue reading →

Illinois REALTOR® and Harvard data can improve your approach

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 04/07/2015 - 1:25pm
Look at the digital version of April’s Illinois REALTOR® for information that will help you better serve aging clients and potentially gain referrals for your expertise. After reading the article “Harvard research identifies looming senior housing issues,” you may conclude … Continue reading →

Vote today, Illinois REALTORS®!

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 04/07/2015 - 5:30am
Today Illinois REALTORS® can make their voices heard in the Illinois Consolidated Elections, with polls opening at 6 a.m. and closing at 7 p.m. Make sure you vote for the REALTOR®-supported candidates in your area. Keep up the REALTOR® tradition … Continue reading →

Only one IAR webinar left for BMCE before deadline

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 04/06/2015 - 4:22pm
The sellout of this week’s IAR webinar leaves managing brokers one similar option for continuing education credits before the April 30 license renewal deadline: April 20-21 IAR webinar. The webinar starts at 9 a.m. each day and provides a total … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: U.S. vacation homes sales jumped to record high in 2014

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 04/06/2015 - 10:32am
The market for vacation homes was strong in 2014, with sales of vacation properties climbing to 1.13 million last year, a 57.4 percent jump compared to 2013 and the highest level since the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) began tracking … Continue reading →

Take advantage of your last chances to vote

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 04/06/2015 - 9:14am
Make your voice heard in the April 7 Illinois Consolidated Election by either voting today through absentee ballot or visiting your local polling place between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. tomorrow. To find out more about elections, you can visit … Continue reading →

Opportunity Race: RPAC supports Weaver re-election bid

IARbuzz.com Blog - Sun, 04/05/2015 - 8:00am
Peoria residents received IAR RPAC postcards urging them to vote for Chuck Weaver in the April 7 consolidated election so he is re-elected to the Peoria City Council. The mailing lets Peoria voters know Weaver is a councilman who favors: … Continue reading →

Opportunity Race: RPAC urges Turner re-election

IARbuzz.com Blog - Sat, 04/04/2015 - 8:00am
Peoria residents received IAR RPAC postcards urging them to re-elect Eric Turner to the Peoria City Council in the April 7 consolidated election. The mailing lets Peoria voters know Turner is a councilman who favors: Reducing barriers to homeownership; Keeping … Continue reading →

Opportunity Race: RPAC urges support for Spain

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 04/03/2015 - 4:00pm
Peoria residents received IAR RPAC postcards urging them to vote for Ryan Spain for city councilman in the April 7 consolidated election. The mailing lets Peoria voters know Spain will be a councilman who favors: Reducing barriers to homeownership; Keeping … Continue reading →

IAR offices closed April 3 for Good Friday

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 04/02/2015 - 4:33pm
The Illinois Association of REALTORS®’ offices in Springfield will be closed Friday, April 3, in observance of Good Friday. IAR offices will reopen at 8:30 a.m., Monday, April 6.

IAR participates in the 2015 Illinois Governor’s Conference on Affordable Housing

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 04/02/2015 - 4:30pm
This week, IAR Housing Opportunity Working Group Chair Dana Hybl and IAR Housing Policy Advisor Sharon Gorrell represented Illinois REALTORS® at the annual Illinois Governor’s Conference on Affordable Housing, hosted by the Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA) and the Illinois … Continue reading →

CAR-WCIAR merger gets national kudos

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 04/02/2015 - 4:30pm
National Association of REALTORS® President Chris Polychron praised the leaders of the Capital Area REALTORS® (CAR) and the West Central Illinois Association of REALTORS® (WCIAR) for the way they worked together during the merger of the two organizations. Effective April … Continue reading →

Cook County ‘Bed & Breakfasts’ reclassified for 2015 assessments

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 04/02/2015 - 4:11pm
The IAR Government Affairs team is working with the Cook County Assessor’s Office to find out what a policy change means for the property tax assessment classification for current and future “Bed & Breakfast” owners. Although previously considered commercial properties … Continue reading →