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Fillable Illinois REALTORS® forms now available through MRED

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 11/18/2016 - 11:36am
It’s getting easier to get access to Illinois REALTORS® forms. Midwest Real Estate Data (MRED), LLC, now has all Illinois REALTORS® forms available online for members to access. Just go to the MRED website, and you’ll find a list of … Continue reading →

Village repeals ordinance requiring resale inspections

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 11/17/2016 - 2:52pm
Illinois REALTORS® celebrated a victory for residential property owners in the village of Indian Head Park in southwestern Cook County when the village board approved the elimination of resale property inspections last week. Effective Nov. 11, the vote reinstates the … Continue reading →

Illinois REALTORS® meet with Ecuadorian Consulate General

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 11/16/2016 - 12:56pm
Another successful meeting made possible by the Illinois REALTORS® Consulate General Liaison program! The meeting with Carlos Lenin Housse Dávalos, Consulate General of the Republic of Ecuador was led by the Illinois REALTORS® liaison, Betty Milam, broker with Berkshire Hathaway Home Services/Koenig … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: NAR looks at the impact of higher mortgage rates and affordability

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 11/16/2016 - 10:48am
Mortgage rates have moved higher following the election and if the trend continues, what will it mean for potential homebuyers and housing affordability? Buyers in areas of the country with higher home prices or those puting down smaller down payments … Continue reading →

They’re back, and so are we: Lawmakers return for veto session

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 11/15/2016 - 10:37am
Illinois REALTORS® lobbyists are closely monitoring the veto session in Springfield this week, looking for any action by the General Assembly that could hurt our members or their clients. The legislative session begins today as the state grapples with growing … Continue reading →

Train to Lead – Leadership Development accepting applications

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 11/14/2016 - 11:17am
Are you and active participant in your local association? Are you interested in developing your leadership skills and motivated to learn? Apply to participate in the Illinois REALTORS® Leadership Development program by December 2, 2016. The Illinois REALTORS® Leadership Development … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: NAR’s Yun outlines 10 ways Trump could impact the real estate market

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 11/14/2016 - 11:00am
In his most recent Forbes column, “How Trump’s Presidency Could Impact Real Estate,” National Association of REALTORS® Chief Economist Lawrence Yun breaks down how the Trump presidential administration could shape regulations, taxes, mortgage underwriting and other issues that will affect … Continue reading →

GRI Grad registration ends Nov. 23

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 11/14/2016 - 9:55am
GRI Graduates have until November 23 to register for the Grad course in East Peoria November 30-December 1. Only GRI Grads have access to this exclusive course content and networking. The program includes the opportunity to earn 3 hours of … Continue reading →

Parents, priest, friend start Stowe on 40-year journey with Marillac

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 11/14/2016 - 7:30am
In 1976, Judy Stowe responded when a local priest asked parishioners to help residents in a poor Chicago area neighborhood through a charity called Marillac House (now called Marillac St. Vincent Family Services). She kept helping residents of that neighborhood … Continue reading →

Illinois REALTORS® offices closed Friday for Veterans Day

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 11/10/2016 - 2:00pm
Illinois REALTORS® wishes you a safe and happy Veterans Day holiday. The association office, the Legal Hotline and Transaction Helpline will be closed on Friday, Nov. 11, in observance of the holiday. All will reopen Monday, Nov. 14. Get more … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Mortgage rates see a bump, Freddie Mac reports

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 11/10/2016 - 12:00pm
Fixed mortgage rates climbed slightly higher this week with the 30-year, fixed rate mortgage averaging 3.57 percent, up from 3.54 percent last week, Freddie Mac reports. At the same time, the 15-year, fixed rate mortgage averaged 2.88 percent compared to … Continue reading →

Majority of Opportunity Race and Independent Expenditure REALTOR®-backed candidates win General Assembly races

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 11/09/2016 - 5:23pm
Thirteen of 16 Opportunity Race candidates and nine of 12 Independent Expenditure candidates running for the Illinois House of Representatives and the State Senate captured victories Tuesday. Get a summary of election results by Julie Sullivan, Assistant Director Legislative and … Continue reading →

REALTORS® play role in 3 Home Rule defeats in General Election

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 11/09/2016 - 12:14pm
Illinois REALTORS® and its education foundation, Real Property Alliance, were involved educating voters about the dangers of three Home Rule ballot initiatives in the state. In each one, the organizations pointed out the potential danger of allowing smaller communities nearly unfettered control over … Continue reading →

Champaign mayor, city council include REALTORS®

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 11/09/2016 - 7:30am
In the city of Champaign, Mayor Deborah Frank Feinen could be one of the most visible examples of Illinois REALTORS® who give back to their communities through public service. In 1993, Feinen began a 14-year stint as a member of … Continue reading →

Vote today Illinois REALTORS®!

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 11/08/2016 - 6:00am
Polling places open at 6 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. for Illinois voters in the general election. To check whether you are registered to vote, find out the location of your polling place and more, visit the Illinois State … Continue reading →

At least 73 Illinois REALTORS® to help lead at national level, Carpenter says

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 11/07/2016 - 3:39pm
Illinois REALTORS® always has a healthy roster of members who are appointed to help lead the National Association of REALTORS® through work on committees or through other appointments. Just how involved members are became apparent on Sunday when Illinois REALTORS® … Continue reading →

15-hour Broker Post-License Webinar Dec 14 & 15

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 11/07/2016 - 2:48pm
Brokers licensed after February 1, 2016 will have an opportunity to complete 15 hours of required post-license interactive training by registering for the Broker Post-License Applied Real Estate Practices Webinar, December 14 & 15, 2016. The 2-day session led by veteran instructor Lynn … Continue reading →

Illinois REALTORS®: Make your vote count Tuesday!

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 11/07/2016 - 2:15pm
Support local, state and federal candidates who back private property rights, business, economic growth and lower taxes when you go to the polls tomorrow for the Illinois general election. Here’s a recap of 22 candidates in Opportunity Races who deserve … Continue reading →

Today is the last day for some voting circumstances

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 11/07/2016 - 11:16am
Remember, Illinois REALTORS® today is the last day for several voting-related situations regarding the Illinois general election. For example, it is the last day registered voters can request a vote by mail ballot in person at their office of election … Continue reading →

Illinois REALTORS® take national posts with Womens Council of REALTORS®

IARbuzz.com Blog - Sun, 11/06/2016 - 3:53pm
Several Illinois REALTORS® were named to national posts for the Womens Council of REALTORS® at the National Association of REALTORS® Conference & Expo in Orlando. Chicago REALTOR® Rebecca Thomson was named regional vice president for the national organization. Thomson, who is … Continue reading →