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REALTORS® help Romeoville home owners avoid fire sprinkler mandate

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 03/03/2017 - 1:05pm
Before the Romeoville village board voted to update its building and fire codes on March 1 and exclude single family residences from a fire sprinkler mandate, Illinois REALTORS® made sure decision makers knew about the negative impacts of such a … Continue reading →

TRAR helps Peotone plan for future growth and development

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 03/02/2017 - 5:45pm
The Three Rivers Association of REALTORS® (TRAR) presented the village of Peotone with $16,500 to conduct a Tax Increment Financing (TIF) study at the February village board meeting. “The ability to implement a TIF District for the village of Peotone’s … Continue reading →

CFPB’s future questioned in midst of recent RESPA enforcements

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 03/02/2017 - 5:15pm
Even as the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) continues to fine and penalize companies that violate the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA), Illinois REALTORS® is monitoring the actions of the CFPB’s critics, which include some congressional leaders and the … Continue reading →

Oyler advances in at-large Peoria aldermanic race

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 03/01/2017 - 1:05pm
In Peoria, REALTOR® Zach Oyler gathered the most votes in a six-way primary race for two unexpired at-large positions on the Peoria City Council, according to figures from the Peoria County Election Commission. Oyler and three other aldermanic candidates advanced … Continue reading →

REALTOR® Goodman wins four-way battle for Lincoln mayor’s job

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 03/01/2017 - 8:58am
Illinois REALTOR® Seth Goodman was cleared to become mayor of Lincoln on Tuesday, beating out four opponents for the city’s top job. According to the Lincoln Courier, Goodman won won with 40 percent of the votes cast. His nearest competitor … Continue reading →

REALTORS® rein in Zion’s nuisance property ordinance

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 02/28/2017 - 12:32pm
The Illinois REALTORS® does not just advocate against transfer taxes and government pre-sale home inspections — we took the lead in reining in the city of Zion’s chronic nuisance property abatement ordinance that was, among other things, targeting sexual assault … Continue reading →

Illinois REALTORS® Conference & Expo in Collinsville returns to May! Registration now open

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 02/28/2017 - 11:24am
Illinois REALTORS® Conference & Expo has returned to May at the Gateway Center in Collinsville, IL, and now includes lunch on both days – May 10 & 11, 2017. Conference presenters include sales rock star Leigh Brown, success guru Mark … Continue reading →

Illinois REALTORS® can make their voices heard today

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 02/28/2017 - 6:30am
The polls are open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. today for the Illinois Consolidated Primary, so keep up the time-honored Illinois REALTOR® tradition of participating in local elections. Candidates who advance from the primary will be on the April … Continue reading →

Bigger brokerages share their take on state’s real estate economy in survey

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 02/27/2017 - 5:23pm
A survey of brokers with the state’s larger real estate firms found 85 percent thought the single-family housing market would be very good or good in the next six months. Illinois REALTORS® launched the short survey, Illinois Top 200 Monthly Market Pulse, … Continue reading →

March 1 & 2 Broker Management CE webinar registration closes at midnight Tues., Feb. 28

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 02/27/2017 - 5:22pm
Managing brokers who need the 12-hour Broker Management Continuing Education course for license renewal have an opportunity to complete this requirement without leaving home by attending the March 1 & 2 BMCE Webinar. Registration ends at midnight Tuesday, Feb. 28.  … Continue reading →

REALTORS® – Vote Tuesday in Illinois Consolidated Primary

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 02/27/2017 - 9:01am
In municipalities throughout the state of Illinois Tuesday, registered voters will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite local candidates during the Consolidated Primary elections. Polls will open at 6 a.m. and close at 7 p.m., according to the … Continue reading →

Video: Liddiard warns tax reforms could negatively affect property owners

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 02/24/2017 - 1:32pm
Potential changes to tax reforms could weaken the opportunity for home owners to use the mortgage interest deduction and eliminate 1031 like-kind exchanges for commercial property owners, says NAR Senior Policy Representative Evan Liddiard in an Illinois REALTORS® video. “When … Continue reading →

Dedicated Dozen begin Leadership Development training in Springfield

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 02/23/2017 - 5:02pm
The 2017 Leadership Development Program began Wednesday in Springfield at the Illinois REALTORS® headquarters and continued Thursday for 12 individual REALTORS®. Training included: association philosophy, structure and governance; management; committee structures and responsibilities; fiduciary duties, parliamentary procedures, professional standards, member … Continue reading →

Independent expenditures from Illinois REALTORS® backs Oyler in Peoria

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 02/23/2017 - 2:00pm
Registered voters in Peoria have received postcards asking them to vote for REALTOR® Zach Oyler for at-large alderman in the consolidated primary on Feb. 28. The mailings were sent as part of an independent expenditure campaign. Independent expenditure activities take … Continue reading →

Illinois REALTORS® supports Gambino with independent expenditures

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 02/22/2017 - 5:10pm
Registered voters in the city of Rockford’s 1st Ward have received postcards asking them to vote for REALTOR® Frank Gambino for alderman in the consolidated primary on Feb. 28. The mailings were sent as part of an independent expenditure campaign. … Continue reading →

See, share the January Housing Market Report video

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 02/22/2017 - 12:26pm
Illinois REALTORS® provides you with statewide monthly market analysis and breakdowns for Chicago and the Chicago PMSA, including a quick-hitting video with three REALTORS® who provide explanations of the January numbers and what they might mean for February and beyond. … Continue reading →

Illinois home sales, prices head higher in January

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 02/22/2017 - 9:26am
The start of a new year brought renewed interest from homebuyers who drove home sales and the statewide median price higher in January, according to Illinois REALTORS®. Statewide home sales (including single-family homes and condominiums) in January 2017 totaled 8,502 … Continue reading →

CAR opens new offices; Illinois REALTORS® shares space

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 11:20pm
Illinois REALTORS® celebrated the addition of office space in Chicago on Tuesday as part of a reception honoring the Chicago Association of REALTORS®’ move to a new headquarters. CAR recently moved from its old offices on South Michigan Avenue to … Continue reading →

January brings uptick in Illinois home sales and prices

IAR News - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 7:36pm
Date:  February 21, 2017 Intro: 

The start of a new year brought renewed interest from homebuyers who drove home sales and the statewide median price higher in January.

FOR RELEASE: Feb. 22, 2017

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

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Vote next Tuesday in Illinois Consolidated Primary

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 2:30pm
To vote in next Tuesday’s Illinois Consolidated Primary across the state, make sure you know where your election authority is located and whether you’re registered to vote. Check the Illinois State Board of Elections website for your election authority location, … Continue reading →