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Morning Minute: Four reasons Freddie Mac is optimistic about this year’s housing market

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 10:52am
Spring is nearly here and Freddie Mac anticipates a strong homebuying season. In fact, Freddie Mac’s March U.S. Economic and Housing Market Outlook predicts that 2015 could be the “best  year for home sales and new home construction since 2007 when … Continue reading →

FPC Callan discusses real estate issues with Congressman Roskam

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 10:47am
On Tuesday, U.S. Congressman Peter Roskam (R-IL) met with Illinois REALTORS® from his district at the Barrington Village Hall to discuss the implications of tax issues, patent trolling and government sponsored enterprises for real estate. Roskam, who represents Illinoisans in … Continue reading →

Spread the word: Make sure the video sewer inspection bill doesn’t pass

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 7:23am
Most members of the Illinois Association of REALTORS® should have received an email Call for Action on Wednesday alerting them to a bill that would add $500 or more to the cost of selling a home. (You can click here … Continue reading →

Call for Action: 8 reasons to hate the Video Sewer Inspection Bill

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 03/11/2015 - 3:04pm
The state House could call a bill this week that would hit homeowners right in the wallet by requiring all of those in Illinois seeking to sell a home to first get a video inspection of their sewer system by … Continue reading →

IAR eyes Midlothian real estate transfer tax referendum

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 03/11/2015 - 12:07pm
The Illinois Association of REALTORS® and the Mainstreet Organization of REALTORS® oppose a referendum on the April 7 ballot in the village of Midlothian, where residents will decide whether or not to impose a real estate transfer tax on property … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Millennials make up largest share of today’s homebuyers

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 03/11/2015 - 11:18am
Millennial consumers — those aged 34 and younger — continue to be a force in today’s housing market, accounting for the largest share of recent homebuyers for the second year in a row, according to the 2015 National Association of … Continue reading →

Register by April 8 for IAR Capitol Conference and Lobby Day

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 03/10/2015 - 12:20pm
Check another item off your to-do list if you register today for the 39th annual Illinois Association of REALTORS®’ Capitol Conference and Lobby Day in Springfield April 14. The registration deadline is April 8. The $40 fee gets you in … Continue reading →

IAR Members: First effort to divert dedicated funds to aid budget deficit

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 03/10/2015 - 11:20am
The Governmental Affairs Team for the Illinois Association of REALTORS® expressed its opposition against an amendment to Senate Bill 274 that would move a total of about $500 million from numerous dedicated funds – including three real estate related funds … Continue reading →

Credit-reporting agencies make important changes that can affect those seeking financing

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 03/09/2015 - 3:10pm
The three largest credit-reporting agencies in the U.S. have agreed to change how they handle credit information as part of an agreement with New York’s attorney general, according to this Reuters report. The changes could have an impact for REALTORS®’ … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Job growth and consumer confidence head higher

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 03/09/2015 - 11:02am
Lower oil prices, an improving job market and soaring consumer confidence all bode well for housing construction and the overall economy, according to the latest economic outlook from CoreLogic, a data and analytics company. Job growth is surging among the … Continue reading →

IAR offers 2 BMCE webinar choices before deadline

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 03/09/2015 - 10:00am
Illinois’ Managing Brokers can choose from two IAR Broker Management Continuing Education webinars to get the credits needed for April 30 license renewal deadline. On April 9 and 10, Lynn Madison instructs and the cost is $159. On April 20 … Continue reading →

See if new IHDA mortgage program can help your clients

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 6:01pm
With the debut of the @HomeIllinois mortgage to the market this week by the Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA), Illinois REALTORS® may be able to help more creditworthy homebuyers this Spring and help local economies at the same time. That’s … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Get your home ready for spring with these quick cleaning tips

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 12:47pm
The first day of spring, March 20, is right around the corner. REALTOR® Magazine offers a cleaning checklist to help you clear out the winter clutter and get your home ready for the sunny days of spring. A few tips: … Continue reading →

Gustafson will push you forward at IAR Spring Conference

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 11:28am
Register today for the Gateway to Success IAR Spring Conference and Expo (May 6 and 7) and experience Ashton Gustafson’s unique presentation abilities in person. So in addition to the networking, the continuing education and legal advice you can typically … Continue reading →

IAR opposes 4 Home Rule measures in April 7 elections

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 4:45pm
The Illinois Association of REALTORS® is lobbying against Home Rule initiatives in the municipalities of Shiloh (St. Clair County), New Baden (Clinton and St. Clair counties), Broadview (Cook County) and McLean (McLean County) for the April 7 consolidated elections. The … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Federal Reserve finds improving economic growth in early 2015

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 11:04am
There was continuing moderate economic growth in January and February as consumer spending, manufacturing production and business spending improved, according to the latest Federal Reserve Beige Book. The Seventh District in Chicago, reported modest gains in construction and real estate … Continue reading →

Make sure you register to vote by March 10

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 1:29pm
REALTORS® planning to vote in the Illinois consolidated elections on April 7 must register by Tuesday, March 10. The Illinois State Board of Elections (ISBE) offers online registration. Applicants must provide: Their Illinois driver’s license number or Illinois state ID … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: REALTORS® optimistic about this year’s spring market

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 12:17pm
U.S. REALTORS® are feeling more confident about the upcoming spring real estate market, according to the latest REALTORS® Confidence Index from the National Association of REALTORS®. Lower inventory continues to be an issue in many markets, but many REALTORS® are … Continue reading →

Get your ticket now for March 12 Springfield mayoral debate

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 3:45pm
  Springfield’s mayoral candidates will face off in a March 12 debate at the association’s headquarters. The debate, which will be 6-7:30 p.m., Thursday, March 12, will be between candidates Jim Langfelder and Paul Palazzolo. Both advanced to the April 7 election after becoming the … Continue reading →

Illinois Housing Development Authority wants REALTORS®’ opinions

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 12:00pm
Illinois REALTORS® can make their feedback count by participating in an online survey regarding the functionality of the Illinois Housing Development Authority’s (IHDA) website. Take the survey at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/JCFTZ9D The IHDA is interested in how its customers and partners use … Continue reading →