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Save $20 now on IAR-sponsored Chicago-area Xplode Conference

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 09/11/2015 - 7:00am
Illinois REALTORS® who want to learn about the latest trends in real estate technology and marketing can save $20 if they purchase their tickets for the Nov. 4 Chicago-area Xplode Conference now. An event pass for the day-long conference – … Continue reading →

Deadline for several REEF educational scholarships is Oct. 1

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 09/10/2015 - 10:30am
Since 2000, the Illinois Real Estate Educational Foundation (REEF) has awarded scholarships totaling $450,000 to students of real estate and related fields of study. Oct. 1, 2015 is the application deadline for three scholarships: the Rich Port Scholarship, the Past … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Mortgage rates hold steady this week

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 09/10/2015 - 8:42am
Mortgage interest rates were largely unchanged this week, Freddie Mac reported today. The 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage averaged 3.90 percent, up slightly from 3.89 percent last week. The 15-year, fixed-rate mortgage averaged 3.10 percent, up from 3.09 percent the week before. … Continue reading →

Check today’s email for last Inman invitation

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 09/09/2015 - 3:40pm
Sign up today for free real estate news from Inman. If you are an Illinois REALTOR® who hasn’t signed up yet, you will receive an email invitation today from IAR. Please respond if you’re interested. This association benefit is jointly … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Is your home in a high risk area for natural disasters?

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 09/09/2015 - 9:23am
RealtyTrac’s 2015 U.S. Natural Disaster Housing Risk Report highlights areas of the country where homeowners are at greater risk of experiencing natural hazards, such as tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes, wildfires, etc. The report estimates that 43 percent of U.S. homes are … Continue reading →

Crosby to run for Winnebago County Board

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 09/08/2015 - 11:30am
Illinois REALTOR® Jean Crosby, a partner and owner of Berkshire Hathaway HomeService Crosby Starck Real Estate in Rockford, announced she’s running for a seat on the Winnebago County Board. According to an article posted on the WIFR.com website, Crosby is … Continue reading →

Vote for the official hashtag for IAR’s 100 Year Anniversary

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 09/08/2015 - 10:31am
In 2016 we begin a yearlong celebration of the Illinois Association of REALTORS® centennial milestone. Many events are planned including the April 26 Lobby Day & Anniversary Reception. Mark your calendar! And please vote for our “official” anniversary year hashtag. … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Things to do now so you will be ready to sell your home later

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 09/08/2015 - 9:19am
If you’re not quite ready to sell your home, use this fall to tackle some of the home improvement projects that need to be done so that when the time is right, you can list quickly. HouseLogic covers five projects … Continue reading →

IAR office closed Monday for Labor Day holiday

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 09/04/2015 - 3:31pm
The Illinois Association of REALTORS® wishes you a safe and happy Labor Day holiday. The IAR office, IAR Legal Hotline and IAR Transaction Helpline will be closed Monday, Sept. 7, in observance of the holiday. All will reopen on Tuesday, Sept. 8.

Get municipal property inspection information

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 09/04/2015 - 3:16pm
Find out the residential property inspection requirements in communities near you by referring to the Illinois Association of REALTORS®’ municipal requirements list for more than 150 Illinois municipalities. With owner-occupied single-family homes, the inspection is usually done at the “point … Continue reading →

Join NICAR for lunch forum Sept. 15 in Lombard

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 09/04/2015 - 2:58pm
Learn more about the reasons businesses either leave or stay in Illinois when the Northern Illinois Commercial Association of REALTORS® (NICAR) hosts a commercial lunch forum on Sept. 15 at Harry Caray’s at Yorktown Center in Lombard. The luncheon, which … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Time to tackle your fall home maintenance checklist

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 09/04/2015 - 9:32am
Fall is here and HouseLogic offers 10 home maintenance projects that you’ll want to add to your to-do list now in order to save you time and money down the road. Check out the list at www.houselogic.com/home-advice/seasonal-maintenance/fall-checklist. In other headlines: Fannie … Continue reading →

REALTORS® voice concerns to U.S. Rep. Kelly

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 09/04/2015 - 6:46am
IAR local Government Affairs Director Tom Joseph and Jim Sim, a member of the IAR Federal Political Coordinator Contact Team and president-elect for the Three Rivers Association of REALTORS®, met with U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly (2nd District) in Matteson today … Continue reading →

Quality content behind IAR partnership with Xplode Conference

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 09/03/2015 - 1:31pm
Learn how to use the latest trends in real estate technology and marketing from some of the most dynamic and successful people in the industry by reserving your place at the Nov. 4 Chicago-area Xplode Conference now. Xplode is coming … Continue reading →

Sign up today for Sept. 9 & 10 IAR broker pre-license webinar

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 09/03/2015 - 11:04am
Get the 15-hour Applied Real Estate Principles course without leaving home by signing up for the IAR webinar Sept. 9 and 10 with veteran instructor Norm Willoughby. Sessions will start at 9 a.m. both days. Cost is $159. Once you … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Latest Beige Book shows economic growth in many regions of the U.S. this summer

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 09/03/2015 - 9:42am
Most of the Federal Reserve’s districts reported moderate to modest growth in July and August, according to the latest Beige Book report. In the Chicago district, construction and real estate activity rose modestly with residential rents, home prices and home … Continue reading →

REALTORS® keep line of communication open with Markham mayor

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 09/02/2015 - 4:00pm
Markham Mayor David Webb, Jr., met with IAR Local Government Affairs Director Tom Joseph, REALTOR® Diane Abell and REALTOR® Dennis Brim today to review city real estate policies and market statistics at Markham city hall. Abell, a broker for Coldwell … Continue reading →

Inman service officially kicks off Thursday

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 09/02/2015 - 3:48pm
IAR members will get an email reminder tomorrow to sign up for free real estate news from Inman. While some members may have already signed up for the service, which is sponsored by IAR and Midwest Real Estate Data (MRED), … Continue reading →

Buy your IAR Inaugural Gala tickets now

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 09/02/2015 - 3:04pm
Order your tickets online for IAR’s 99th Annual Inaugural Gala on Oct. 6 at the Oak Brook Hills Resort – Hilton. The deadline for making your purchase is 11:59 p.m. Sept. 29. Don’t forget to order your tickets so you … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Thinking about buying a home? Tips to improve your credit score

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 09/02/2015 - 9:53am
If you are in the market to buy a home or may be thinking of doing so in the future, there are steps you can take now to improve your credit score — and your interest rate — before you … Continue reading →