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Illinois Broker License Renewal is Now Open!

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 02/07/2014 - 1:47pm
The Illinois real estate broker license renewal is now open at the Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulation (IDFPR) website. Renewal deadline is April 30, 2014. Click here for IDFPR’s broker renewal page Find the Illinois Association of REALTORS® … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Tips for boomerang buyers looking to buy a home again

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 02/07/2014 - 10:55am
Boomerang buyers — homeowners who lost their home to foreclosure but are looking to buy again — are re-entering the housing market and this article from Bankrate.com (via The Sacramento Bee) offers some practical tips to help them get ready … Continue reading →

Chicago area sees new-home sales climb in 2013

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 02/06/2014 - 3:31pm
Sales of newly constructed homes in the Chicago area rose 27 percent in 2013, but have not yet reached the peak pre-recession activity levels seen in 2005, Crain’s Chicago Business reports. Tracy Cross, president of Tracy Cross & Associates, Inc. … Continue reading →

IAR closed Wednesday due to winter storm

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 02/05/2014 - 7:47am
A powerful snowstorm that blanketed central Illinois beginning Tuesday afternoon has forced the Illinois Association of REALTORS® to close on Wednesday. Stay safe out there!

Snow still falling? Tips for winterizing your home

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 02/04/2014 - 1:29pm
It’s been a winter for the record books and with no end in sight yet for the frigid temperatures and falling snow that have become the norm, the National Association of REALTORS® HouseLogic site has some practical tips for keeping … Continue reading →

Census Infographic: Computer and internet growth trends

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 02/03/2014 - 12:32pm
In 1997, only 18 percent of American households had Internet service at home. Fast forward to 2012 and that had jumped to 74.8 percent, according to data from the Census Bureau. With more homebuyers starting their search for a home … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Yellen sworn in as chair of Federal Reserve

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 02/03/2014 - 11:07am
Janet Yellen took over as chair of the Federal Reserve this morning, replacing Ben Bernanke and becoming the first woman to hold the job. Read a news release and media coverage including: Yellen sworn in as Fed chair as Bernanke … Continue reading →

Register now for Let’s Talk meeting with U.S. Rep. Lipinski

IARbuzz.com Blog - Sat, 02/01/2014 - 12:10pm
Get a chance to tell U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski about the housing market. The Illinois Association of REALTORS® is holding the latest installment of Let’s Talk Real Estate with the suburban Chicago Congressman. The event will be held 8:30 a.m., … Continue reading →

Stan Sieron receives award for political leadership from Illinois Association of REALTORS®

IAR News - Fri, 01/31/2014 - 12:00pm
Date:  February 7, 2014 Intro: 

Belleville REALTOR® Stan Sieron, CRS, GRI, has received the 2013 Illinois Association of REALTORS® (IAR) Political Involvement Award

FOR RELEASE: February 7, 2014

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

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Callan named Illinois REALTOR® of the Year for outstanding industry leadership, service

IAR News - Fri, 01/31/2014 - 11:07am
Date:  January 31, 2014 Intro: 

REALTOR® Pat Callan, managing broker-owner of Realty Executives Premiere in Wheaton, has been named the 2014 Illinois REALTOR® of the Year. 

FOR RELEASE: January 31, 2014

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

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Morning Minute: Bill to delay higher flood insurance rates passed by U.S. Senate

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 01/31/2014 - 10:25am
In a win for homeowners, the U.S. Senate this week passed the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act, which adds a four-year delay on insurance rate increases “triggered either by a property’s sale or a flood map update for a property with … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Mortgage rates fall for fourth consecutive week

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 01/30/2014 - 11:26am
Mortgage interest rates declined for the fourth straight week, with the 30-year, fixed-rate falling to an average of 4.32 percent for the week of Jan. 30, Freddie Mac reported this morning. The 15-year, fixed rate dropped to 3.40 percent. Freddie … Continue reading →

A rental regulation we can get behind

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 01/29/2014 - 10:53am
The city of Highland Park in Lake County has just adopted a rental registration ordinance on select rental properties – single-family homes and rental units with their own, unique entrance to their specific unit. Very often, the Illinois Association of … Continue reading →

Photo gallery: See who was at Professional Standards training

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 01/28/2014 - 5:27pm
REALTORS® from throughout central and southern Illinois took part in IAR’s Professional Standards training Monday in Springfield. See who was there.

Morning Minute: Attacking zombie foreclosures

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 01/28/2014 - 11:10am
Abandoned “zombie” foreclosures accounted for 8.7 percent of the foreclosures in Cook County between 2008 and 2010 and if that trend grows, it will continue to create a blight on neighborhoods where they are located, according to a Woodstock Institute … Continue reading →

REALTORS® talk real estate with U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 01/27/2014 - 12:43pm
The Let’s Talk Real Estate meeting with U.S. Rep. Robin kelly took place Monday, Jan. 27, 2014 in Glenwood, Ill. The series of meetings allow Illinois REALTORS® to share market information with congressional representatives and learn about what’s happening in … Continue reading →

See who you know at IAR’s Professional Standards Training in Springfield

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 01/27/2014 - 10:32am
REALTORS® from throughout central and southern Illinois are learning about the latest changes to the REALTOR® Code on professional standards. The session is part of the reason the REALTOR® name stands apart when it comes to trust in real estate … Continue reading →

REALTOR® professional standards training underway in Springfield

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 01/27/2014 - 10:20am
Bruce Aydt kicked off training for Illinois REALTORS® Monday morning, Jan. 27, 2014, as part of the Illinois Association of REALTORS®’ professional standards training. Aydt joins several other top real estate trainers in the annual session designed to uphold the … Continue reading →

IAR Town Hall Meeting video now available

IARbuzz.com Blog - Sun, 01/26/2014 - 10:17am
Prior to each board meeting, the Illinois Association of REALTORS® holds a Town Hall meeting for members to hear topics coming before the board and to make comments. The first town hall of 2014 was held Jan. 23, 2014, in … Continue reading →

Chicago makes the list of top moving destinations in 2013

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 01/24/2014 - 1:34pm
The city of Chicago once again made the Penske Truck Rental list of top 10 moving destinations in 2013, coming in at No. 8, a drop from last year’s fifth place. Chicago is the only Midwestern city to make the … Continue reading →