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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 →

Morning Minute: 2013 Illinois home sales making headlines

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 01/24/2014 - 12:45pm
Illinois saw a stronger housing market in 2013 with home sales up 18.9 percent over 2012 and the statewide median home price climbing 8.3 percent, according to the December and year-end housing report released Thursday by the Illinois Association of … Continue reading →

Video: 2013 Illinois Housing Roundup

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 01/23/2014 - 10:50am
Illinois saw a year of strong price and sales growth in the real estate industry. This short video from the Illinois Association of REALTORS® outlines the highlights of 2013′s housing market.

Housing market to see more modest growth in 2014, economist says

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 01/23/2014 - 1:46am
The state’s economy has dramatically improved over the past few years, and with it the housing market should see continued growth, a University of Illinois economist told the state’s REALTORS® on Wednesday. “Brisk sales, relatively low inventories and significant changes … Continue reading →

‘Tremendous amount of progress’ made, IDFPR chief tells Illinois REALTORS®

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 01/23/2014 - 1:33am
Manuel Flores, acting director of the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, told IAR members Wednesday that the state agency is working to address issues brought up by members. “I believe we have made a tremendous amount of progress … Continue reading →

Sieron receives IAR Political Involvement Award

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 01/22/2014 - 3:52pm
Congratulations to Illinois REALTOR® Stan Sieron, of Stan Sieron and Company in Belleville, on receiving this year’s Illinois Association of REALTORS® Political Involvement Award. The award is given for outstanding political and legislative service to the REALTOR® organization. Sieron is … Continue reading →

See IAR’s new consumer guide to property taxes in Illinois

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 01/22/2014 - 3:36pm
Illinois REALTORS® attending the Public Policy Meetings in East Peoria on Wednesday got a look at a new video produced to help Illinois residents gain an understanding of the state’s property tax assessment and tax system. The video was unveiled … Continue reading →

Illinois home sales climb again in December; 2013 marks a strong year of housing recovery

IAR News - Wed, 01/22/2014 - 1:44pm
Date:  January 22, 2014 Intro: 

Illinois home sales increased 7.9 percent over previous-year levels in December and median prices increased 13.7 percent, according to the Illinois Association of REALTORS®. 

FOR RELEASE: January 23, 2014

For Further Information Contact: Stephanie Sievers, 217-529-2600

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Callan named 2014 Illinois REALTOR® of the Year

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 01/22/2014 - 10:42am
Congratulations to the 2014 Illinois REALTOR® of the Year, Pat Callan, broker-owner of Realty Executives International in Wheaton. Callan, a past president of the Illinois Association of REALTORS®, has a long history of service and dedication to the REALTOR® association. … Continue reading →

Fundraising seminar: Establishing a culture of giving

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 01/21/2014 - 4:10pm
Illinois REALTORS® heard from experts on how to build the power of the REALTOR® Political Action Committee at the annual Public Policy Meetings in Peoria. Leslie Cantu, director of fundraising for the Texas Association of REALTORS® discussed how to build … Continue reading →