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Four things REALTORS® should know before they unbox that new drone

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 07/11/2016 - 10:16am
  So, you’ve bought a drone and are ready to wow clients with your marketing expertise. But do you know the Federal Aviation Administration’s new rules? Before you start revving the rotors, make sure you are aware of these important … Continue reading →

Salisbury finds volunteer niche in local museum

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 07/11/2016 - 7:00am
About 15 years ago, Evanston REALTOR® Susan Salisbury took a leap of faith that brought her great satisfaction and helped others, too. She began volunteering at the Mitchell Museum of the American Indian. A friend, Reed Hagee, who was also … Continue reading →

Global-minded REALTORS® wanted for CGLP

IARbuzz.com Blog - Sat, 07/09/2016 - 10:04am
REALTORS® who have an interest in building programming, trade missions and outreach with Consulates General can contact Sharon Gorrell, Global staff liaison, about participating in the Illinois REALTORS® Consulate General Liaison Program. Gorrell and Consulate General Liaison to Poland Don … Continue reading →

Illinois REALTORS® Legal Services releases drone guide to members

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 07/08/2016 - 5:32pm
Get the latest information about commercial drone use from the Illinois REALTORS® Legal Services Team. Read a special report by Jeffrey T. Baker, Illinois REALTORS® Transaction Helpline Attorney. Baker’s three-page report is based on the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) 624-page … Continue reading →

NAR wants to hear how you help your community – by July 15

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 07/08/2016 - 2:16pm
The National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) is offering a prize to the first 500 members who share their stories of community involvement through the “Celebrate 100 years of the REALTOR® brand” promotion and the Member Value Plus (MVP) program. Go … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Illinois REALTOR® to appear on HGTV show

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 07/08/2016 - 9:37am
REALTOR® David Shallow of RE/MAX Professionals Select in Naperville is scheduled to appear Saturday and Sunday on the HGTV show “House Hunters Renovation,” according to the Chicago Tribune. The episode, titled “Reno From Floor to Ceiling,” follows a couple moving … Continue reading →

Greater Gateway uses grant to help Collinsville housing project

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 07/07/2016 - 1:33pm
The Greater Gateway Association of REALTORS® (GGAR) presented a $1,500 check to the Collinsville Community Collaboration June 29 to help host their first Housing Opportunity and Community Spotlight Seminar. GGAR Chief Executive Officer Rob Wigton, GGAR President and RE/MAX Alliance … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: NAR report shows more residential properties sold to international buyers

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 07/07/2016 - 11:20am
Foreign buyers purchased 3 percent more residential properties from April 2015 to March 2016 than they did during the previous 12 months, according to a report released yesterday by the National Association of REALTORS® Research Department. During that 12-month period, … Continue reading →

July cover story reflects history of Illinois REALTORS®’ professional development

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 07/07/2016 - 8:00am
Did you realize the Illinois REALTORS® have a long history of advocating for real estate professionalism? Learn more in the cover story of the July issue of Illinois REALTOR®. “Advances in professional development” recounts the history of the Licensing and Training … Continue reading →

DR Legal News: HUD criminal background checks and legal case studies

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 07/06/2016 - 5:03pm
The July edition of DR Legal News is out, and this edition has a legal review of HUD guidelines for using criminal background checks for tenants; five legal case studies; and successes by the local GAD team in fighting proposed … Continue reading →

Illinois REALTORS® bring discussion to Polish representative

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 07/06/2016 - 2:32pm
The Illinois REALTOR® Consulate General Liaison to Poland, Don Pasek, and Global staff liaison Sharon Gorrell met with Robert Rusiecki, Consul to the Republic of Poland last week to discuss the new Consulate General Liaison Program (CGLP). The CGLP was introduced … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Twitter and arbitration affect REALTOR® Code of Ethics

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 07/06/2016 - 12:38pm
Illinois REALTORS® should be aware of the way arbitration and social media have influenced changes in the REALTORS® Code of Ethics. The article “Three ethics changes you need to know about,” Realtor.com (via REALTOR® Magazine’s Daily Real Estate News) explains … Continue reading →

Boy Scout volunteer one of many important roles for Krettler

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 07/04/2016 - 7:30am
As a successful Illinois REALTOR®, a longtime Boy Scout volunteer, part-time television actor, former Barrington school board member and member of the Hoffman Estates Planning and Zoning Commission, Tom Krettler could be considered a modern-day Renaissance man. Add in the … Continue reading →

REALTORS, remember positives of Illinois in face of fiscal hurdles

IARbuzz.com Blog - Sat, 07/02/2016 - 1:43pm
When investors look at our state, they may not like the government’s fiscal situation, but they will like its status as a desgnated trade zone, so make sure you remind them. That’s the message that was conveyed to the Commercial … Continue reading →

Illinois REALTORS® offices closed Monday, July 4

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 07/01/2016 - 4:30pm
The Illinois REALTORS® wishes you a safe and happy Independence Day holiday. The Illinois REALTORS® office, Legal Hotline and Transaction Helpline will be closed Monday, July 4, in observance of the holiday. All will reopen on Tuesday, July 5.  

Illinois REALTORS®, make sure you read today’s State Capitol Report

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 07/01/2016 - 2:28pm
The General Assembly was in session Wednesday and Thursday this week, concluding with passage of an agreed budget package which will provide a stopgap budget to the end of the calendar year. The General Assembly also approved SB 2562, an … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Six big housing challenges in 2016

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 07/01/2016 - 9:54am
To keep U.S. housing moving in a positive direction during the second half of 2016 and beyond, Chicago Agent Magazine cites six obstacles to overcome. Citing a U.S. housing report by the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University, those … Continue reading →

July magazine: Since 1970, REEF helped 900+ Illinois REALTORS® learn

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 06/30/2016 - 2:00pm
The Illinois Real Estate Educational Foundation (REEF) has facilitated more than 900 scholarships or grants in the last 45 years to Illinois REALTORS® and family members. The total value of those awards, according to an article in the July issue … Continue reading →

Leasing Agent License Renewal period ends July 31, 2016

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 06/30/2016 - 9:43am
Leasing Agents must renew their licenses by July 31, 2016. The requirements for renewal include: completion of 6 hours of CE (relevant to leasing residential real property and covering recent changes in the Real Estate Licensing Act) payment of the $100 … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Mortgage rates hit new lows for the year, Freddie Mac reports

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 06/30/2016 - 9:26am
After the Brexit vote, fixed mortgage rates in the U.S. dropped to the lowest levels so far this year, according to Freddie Mac. The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 3.48 percent this week while the 15-year, fixed-rate averaged 2.78 percent. Read … Continue reading →