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REALTORS® to gain free transaction management system and electronic forms via zipLogix

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 11/17/2015 - 1:23pm
In the first quarter of 2016, REALTORS® will receive free use of a transaction management system and electronic forms through zipLogix, thanks to a vote by the NAR board of directors Monday at the NAR REALTORS® Conference & Expo in … Continue reading →

Register now: IAR broker pre-license webinar Wednesday and Thursday

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 11/16/2015 - 9:32am
Sign up today to take the 15-hour Applied Real Estate Principles course Wednesday and Thursday (Nov. 18 & 19) via IAR webinar, and you’ll learn without having to leave the comfort of home. Veteran instructor Norm Willoughby will lead webinar … Continue reading →

Three Illinois REALTORS® honored for excellence

IARbuzz.com Blog - Sun, 11/15/2015 - 10:22am
REALTORS® Christopher Tenggren, Jim Kinney and Michael Rickert received awards at the National Association of REALTORS® Conference & Expo in San Diego Saturday. Tenggren was given the 2015 EverGreen Award. Kinney and Rickert were honored with the 2015 Senior Real Estate Specialist … Continue reading →

Kinney, Alonzo take part in recognition ceremony in San Diego

IARbuzz.com Blog - Sat, 11/14/2015 - 7:25pm
Several Illinois REALTORS® took part in an opening session at the 2015 REALTOR® Conference & Expo in San Diego on Nov. 14, 2015. IAR Immediate Past President Jim Kinney carried the flag for Ireland as part of a parade of … Continue reading →

Goodwin accepts Good Neighbor Award at San Diego REALTORS® convention

IARbuzz.com Blog - Sat, 11/14/2015 - 7:18pm
REALTOR® Daniel Goodwin, the chairman and chief executive officer for the Inland Real Estate Group, Inc., of Oak Brook, was honored during a general session as REALTOR® Magazine’s 2015 Good Neighbor Award. The member of the NAR RPAC Investors Hall of … Continue reading →

Wagner, Oldenettel to take part in consumer outreach videos

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 11/13/2015 - 3:14pm
Chicago Association of REALTORS® President Dan Wagner spent time in front of the camera on Friday as part of a consumer outreach effort which will be used by the National Association of REALTORS®. Wagner, senior vice president for government relations … Continue reading →

Wrigley scoreboard legal decision featured in November legal case studies

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 11/13/2015 - 1:57pm
A new scoreboard looming over the Wrigley Field outfield resulted in a court battle as the owners of several neighboring buildings claimed its installation violated antitrust laws and was a breach of contract. (Member login required.) This is one of … Continue reading →

IAR’s REALTOR® Party efforts garner Chairman’s Award from RPMIC

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 11/13/2015 - 12:25pm
Update: IAR was recognized with a RPMIC Chairman’s Award for the association’s efforts to build use of REALTOR® Party tools. IAR President Mike Drews, who sits on the committee, and IAR RPIC Chair Ed Neaves, accepted the award. Illinois REALTORS® … Continue reading →

Xplode 4: Is your website holding you back?

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 11/13/2015 - 10:11am
Eric Stegemann, Director of Strategy at Tribus Group, put volunteers’ websites through the “website shredder” at the Xplode Conference. Here are some nuggets of wisdom from that event: Avoid using stock photography on your website. Take down the generic smiling … Continue reading →

FHA announces changes to condo financing rules at REALTOR® conference

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 11/12/2015 - 6:52pm
FHA Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Ed Golding announced at NAR360 some big changes to FHA condo financing rules, which will be effective immediately.  Calculations for owner-occupied percentages are changing, so that second homes will no longer be counted against the … Continue reading →

IAR members take part in federal issues round table

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 11/12/2015 - 4:13pm
Several members of IAR’s Illinois Federal Political Coordinator team were in attendance at the NAR Convention federal policy round table discussion. U.S. Rep. Brad Sherman, D-Calif., shared his thoughts on the importance of our grassroots efforts and also complimented the REALTORS® … Continue reading →

Gerami appointed by Gov. Rauner to Illinois drone task force

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 11/12/2015 - 2:34pm
Naperville REALTOR® Scott Gerami, a broker with RE/MAX Professionals Select in Naperville, has been appointed to the Unmanned Aerial System Oversight Task Force by Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner. Nominated by IAR President Mike Drews, Gerami fills one of 22 positions … Continue reading →

Illinois REALTORS® heading to San Diego for NAR meetings

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 11/12/2015 - 10:24am
A multitude of Illinois REALTORS® are arriving in San Diego for the annual National Association of REALTORS®’ Conference & Expo. Some meetings began Wednesday, and the event extends through Monday. Already, Thursday, REALTORS® were hard at work. Former IAR president … Continue reading →

Xplode 3: Home tour videos that sell

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 11/12/2015 - 10:00am
You want to film a beautiful video of one of your listings. The home is staged and you have your smartphone in hand…now what? Katie Lance, Founder & CEO of Katie Lance Consulting, gave these tips for shooting video at … Continue reading →

GI Bill applies to live IAR prelicense courses

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 11/11/2015 - 10:00am
Veterans who want to start a career in real estate can use their GI Bill benefits to take live pre-license courses through the Illinois Association of REALTORS® and its members associations. IAR is the only real estate school in Illinois … Continue reading →

Bradley rescinds ordinance after 6-plus years

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 11/10/2015 - 4:31pm
The village of Bradley (Kankakee County, pop. 16,000) repealed a “water certificate” ordinance that KIFAR and IAR’s local government affairs team have opposed since before it took effect in July 2009. The ordinance was originally created and approved by the … Continue reading →

IAR offices closed Wednesday for Veterans Day

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 11/10/2015 - 2:00pm
The Illinois Association of REALTORS® wishes you a safe and happy Veterans Day holiday. The IAR office, IAR Legal Hotline and IAR Transaction Helpline will be closed on Wednesday, Nov. 11, in observance of the holiday. All will reopen Thursday, … Continue reading →

Xplode 2: Tech for every client

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 11/10/2015 - 1:29pm
  Looking for new ways to wow clients? Annette Anthony, VP of Technology Engagement for EXIT Realty, gave Xplode Conference attendees her top picks for technology that delivers a personal touch. Technology for nurturing leads BombBomb: Instead of following up … Continue reading →

Thanks to 634 members, January 2016 cover will make IAR history

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 11/10/2015 - 11:45am
A total of 634 REALTORS® submitted portraits for the January 2016 issue of Illinois REALTOR®, helping IAR kick off its 100th anniversary year. Add in the photos of every IAR president and the magazine cover will include 732 images in … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Is it time for a homeowners insurance check-up?

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 11/10/2015 - 10:08am
It pays to do an annual review of your homeowners insurance policy to see if your coverage still fits your needs. Has anything changed that needs to be reflected in your policy? Do you have more insurance coverage than you … Continue reading →