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Morning Minute: Springfield named to ‘Best State Capitals to Live In’

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 11:15am
On the strength of a fourth-place ranking in affordability, Springfield received a 20th overall ranking in a comparison of state capitals conducted by the personal finance website, WalletHub. The study analyzed information in 42 key areas, including: cost of living, … Continue reading →

Illinois REALTORS® offices closed Monday for Presidents’ Day

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 02/17/2017 - 4:45pm
Please note that the Illinois REALTORS® offices in Springfield, including the Legal Hotline, will be closed Monday in observance of Presidents’ Day. Presidents’ Day is observed the third Monday in February, and it is celebrated in most states as a … Continue reading →

Consulate Liaison – A new way for Silvano to speak to the needs of REALTORS®

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 02/17/2017 - 3:00pm
REALTORS® may be familiar with Vicky Silvano as a Century 21 agent, as an AREAA advocate for the “No Other” campaign or through the Chicago Association of REALTORS® Global Council. But when she joined the Illinois REALTORS® Consulate General Liaison … Continue reading →

Governmental Affairs team IDs 188 House and Senate bills of interest

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 02/17/2017 - 2:17pm
Of the more than 6,000 bills introduced by the Illinois House and Senate during the Spring Session, 188 have been identified this week as potentially affecting the rights of Illinois REALTORS® and property owners in the state, according to this … Continue reading →

Bicentennial Plaza at Illinois REALTORS® headquarters one step closer to approval

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 02/17/2017 - 8:34am
Illinois REALTORS® is one step closer to realizing an ambitious project which would transform a parking lot at the association’s Springfield headquarters into a plaza commemorating the state’s 200th birthday. The association’s plan for the Bicentennial Plaza was approved by … Continue reading →

April deadlines approaching for several REEF scholarships

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 02/16/2017 - 11:30am
Illinois REALTORS® have about six weeks to prepare and submit their applications for numerous Real Estate Educational Foundation scholarships. Six annual scholarships have an April 1 deadline: James M. Kinney Scholarship, worth $1,000 for the 2017-18 school year; Richard “Dick” … Continue reading →

Tax rewrite could weaken incentive to buy homes, NAR expert warns

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 02/16/2017 - 10:28am
Federal tax code changes could have a dramatic impact on the real estate industry and consumers who count benefitting from the mortgage interest deduction, a tax expert from the National Association of REALTORS® said on Wednesday. “This is an exciting … Continue reading →

Redesigned ‘The Consumer’s Guide to Real Estate Agency in Illinois’ now available to order

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 02/15/2017 - 3:50pm
Place your orders now for the popular “The Consumer’s Guide to Real Estate Agency in Illinois” through the Illinois REALTORS® Store. It’s been changed from a tri-fold brochure to an 8 1/2 by 11-inch, two-sided flyer with perforated cards at … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Tips for getting a jump-start on your home search

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 02/15/2017 - 10:58am
Thinking about buying a home this spring? Then get a jump-start on the process by reading “The Early Bird Guide to Buying a Home,” from realtor.com. The article offers a variety of action steps you can take now to make … Continue reading →

Registration opens for April 25 Capitol Conference & Lobby Day

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 02/14/2017 - 11:40am
Illinois REALTORS® can check an important item off their “to do” list and save money by registering today for the April 25 Capitol Conference & Lobby Day in Springfield. Members who sign up now qualify for Early Bird rate of … Continue reading →

Early voting begins for Illinois primaries with separate permanent and temporary sites

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 02/13/2017 - 6:02pm
Today was the first day voters in parts of 10 counties and two cities could take advantage of early voting and grace period registration for the consolidated primaries, according to the Illinois State Board of Elections (ISBE). Election authorities in … Continue reading →

Managing brokers: Watch for IDFPR license renewal notifications via email

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 02/13/2017 - 11:37am
The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) has started sending out email notifications to managing brokers with licenses scheduled to expire on April 30. Illinois REALTORS® who are managing brokers can use the link within the email to … Continue reading →

Thomson part of new quartet of board members

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 02/13/2017 - 10:43am
Chicago Association of REALTORS® President-Elect Rebecca Thomson joined the Illinois REALTORS® Board of Directors in January. She is one of four new board members, including Nick Libert of Chicago, Wayne Paprocki of Northbrook and Debbie Prodehl of Homer Glen. A … Continue reading →

Today’s State Capitol Report identifies bills REALTORS® will watch closely

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 02/10/2017 - 6:52pm
  Even after midday totals exceeded 5,500, members of the Illinois House and Senate continued to introduce bills for consideration by colleagues Friday — the deadline for submission. Meanwhile, members of the Illinois REALTORS® Governmental Affairs combed through the bills … Continue reading →

State Capitol Report - Feb. 10, 2017

Capitol Report - Fri, 02/10/2017 - 6:50pm

The 100th General Assembly has begun its work for the 2017 spring session. The main activity this week at the Capitol was bill introductions. In fact, TODAY marks the deadline for bills to be introduced in either the House or Senate. Before noon today there were over 5,500 bills introduced and it is expected by the end of the day there will be hundreds if not thousands more. 

Date:  February 10, 2017

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Sonia Anaya receives Illinois REALTORS® Political Involvement Award

IAR News - Fri, 02/10/2017 - 4:41pm
Date:  February 13, 2017 Intro: 

Anaya, the broker-owner of America Real Estate in Chicago, has received the 2016 Illinois REALTORS® Political Involvement Award.  

FOR RELEASE: Feb. 13, 2017

For Further Information Contact: Jon Broadbooks, 217-529-2600

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Robert E. “Bob” Cook dies; led Illinois REALTORS® for 28 years

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 02/10/2017 - 3:38pm
Former Illinois REALTORS® Executive Vice President Robert E. “Bob” Cook, who ushered in an era of modernization and growth for the trade association during his 28-year tenure, died Wednesday in Colorado. A Celebration of Life will be 4:30 p.m. Saturday, … Continue reading →

Paprocki provides educational expertise to board

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 02/10/2017 - 1:00pm
Just a few weeks into his first year on the Illinois REALTORS® Board of Directors, Wayne Paprocki of Realty Advisors North in Northbrook is enjoying his new role. Paprocki attended the first board of directors meeting of the year at … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Fourth quarter brings home price gains

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 02/09/2017 - 1:14pm
Despite historically low housing inventory, buyer demand remained strong in the fourth quarter of 2016 and helped propel home prices higher in Illinois and in many U.S. metro areas. What’s ahead for early 2017? Expect home prices to experience continued … Continue reading →

Rent control bill introduced in Illinois House

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 02/09/2017 - 9:41am
A Chicago lawmaker has introduced legislation to do away with state prohibitions on rent control. Rep. Will Guzzardi, D-Chicago, represents areas in and around Logan Square, where he says property values and rents are driving people out of the area. … Continue reading →