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Not going to DC this week?

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 05/15/2017 - 9:00am
Illinois REALTORS® who aren’t visiting Washington, D.C. this week for the Legislative Meetings can show their support by signing up for the REALTOR Party Mobile Alerts. Then the next time a key issue comes up, they can ACT by answering … Continue reading →

Illinois REALTOR® committee application process opens today

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 05/15/2017 - 8:28am
  Want to help shape the policies that govern Illinois REALTORS®? President-elect Matt Difanis wants you to get involved. Beginning today applications are being taken for those interested to be considered for committee appointments. The process closes June 13 and … Continue reading →

Illinois REALTORS® Wants You!

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 05/15/2017 - 8:00am
Illinois REALTORS® is nearly 45,000 members strong. But out of all those members, only a few hundred serve on association committees. President-elect Matt Difanis hopes that changes in 2018. Click on the picture to watch Matt’s video, and then follow this … Continue reading →

State’s REALTORS® travel to Washington; plan to urge lawmakers to protect MID

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 05/15/2017 - 6:00am
Illinois REALTORS® are arriving in Washington, D.C., today to begin a week of business meetings and visits to Capitol Hill. The association’s members are taking part in the NAR Midyear Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo, which culminates with the NAR … Continue reading →

“Best” Photos from the 2017 Conference & Expo

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 05/12/2017 - 4:38pm
Take a look at some of the “best” photos from the 2017 Conference & Expo, featuring photos from speaker sessions and the expo, which took place at Collinsville Gateway Center on May 10th and 11th.

State Capitol Report - May 12, 2017

Capitol Report - Fri, 05/12/2017 - 3:24pm

It was a lot quieter at the Capitol this week as both chambers concentrated efforts on hearing bills in Committees.  This week’s report summarizes activity on bills of interest to the Illinois REALTORS®:

Date:  May 12, 2017

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Illinois REALTORS® Invite Veterans for a Session on Homeownership

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 05/12/2017 - 2:34pm
In partnership with the City of Aurora Veterans Advisory Council, the Illinois REALTORS® are hosting a Homeownership 101 session in an effort to equip and educate our American Heroes on the basics of homeownership. Illinois REALTORS® President Doug Carpenter, who … Continue reading →

See REALTORS® Thursday photo gallery from the Conference & Expo

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 05/12/2017 - 11:07am
Networking, food and continuing education were part of the Illinois REALTORS® Conference & Expo in Collinsville Thursday. During the morning session, Anthony Huey presented “Make your message memorable,” and the Expo full of more than 60 exhibitors continued to draw … Continue reading →

4 takeaways from Lemons Ryhal

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 05/11/2017 - 2:55pm
REALTORS® should adhere to the strictest of rules in order to be in alignment with all the layers of rules and regulations they must abide by, said Marki Lemons Ryhal during a break in the CE class she taught Wednesday … Continue reading →

Little things matter when REALTORS communicate says Huey

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 05/11/2017 - 2:10pm
Preparation can make all the difference in the way REALTORS communicate with consumers, colleagues, elected officials and anyone affiliated with their business, says Anthony Huey of Reputation Management Associates. Effective communication, he said, involves boiling down stock presentations into repeatable … Continue reading →

Thank you to Thursday Conference & Expo sponsors and exhibitors

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 05/11/2017 - 7:30am
As the Conference & Expo continues at the Gateway Center in Collinsville today, Illinois REALTORS® would like to thank its sponsors and exhibitors. From 9 to 9:30 a.m., Capital Area REALTORS® is sponsoring Complimentary Beverages in the Expo, Center Hall. … Continue reading →

Photos: REALTORS® bring together members, business contacts and fun at Expo

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 05/10/2017 - 2:25pm
When the Illinois REALTORS® Conference & Expo began today, close to 500 attendees gathered at the Gateway Center in Collinsville for inspiration, marketing ideas, networking and continuing education. In the Expo, nearly 60 exhibitors offered valuable information and resources to … Continue reading →

Enhance your market expertise with new RPR tools

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 05/10/2017 - 2:24pm
Are you a REALTOR® looking for a few new tools to boost the market information and expertise you can offer your clients? Then check out some of the new features that have been added to Realtors Property Resource® (RPR), a … Continue reading →

Leigh Brown: Set your real estate business apart by being consumer centric

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 05/10/2017 - 1:13pm
Consumers want information on the real estate market and they are looking for REALTORS® who really connect with them and can offer them the personal touch and community expertise they won’t find scrolling through online sites, says REALTOR® and trainer … Continue reading →

Thank you to Wednesday Conference & Expo sponsors

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 05/10/2017 - 7:00am
As the Conference & Expo kicks off at the Gateway Center in Collinsville today, Illinois REALTORS® would like to thank its conference sponsors and exhibitors. From 8 to 9 a.m., ERA Real Estate is sponsoring Coffee in the Expo, Center … Continue reading →

RPAC message key in Collinsville, too

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 05/09/2017 - 4:59pm
Not only is May an important month for Illinois REALTORS® attending the Conference & Expo, it’s REALTOR Advocacy Month. REALTORS® at the Conference & Expo in Collinsville will have an opportunity to network with each other, and learn more about … Continue reading →

Challenge of Chicago’s Shared Housing Ordinance one of 5 legal case studies

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 05/09/2017 - 3:14pm
Illinois REALTORS® can learn from the analysis of five legal case studies, including a failed challenge to Chicago’s Shared Housing Ordinance. Lisa Harms Hartzler, Sorling Northrup Attorneys, provides the analysis of all five cases in the May issue of Designated … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: More U.S. homeowners are gaining equity in their homes

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 05/09/2017 - 11:19am
The home equity picture is improving for more homeowners as the number of seriously underwater properties fell 1.2 million in the first quarter of this year compared to a year ago, according to the Q1 2017 U.S. Home Equity & … Continue reading →

How to print your real estate license renewal

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 05/08/2017 - 10:38am
REALTORS® may access a digital, printable copy of their license online on the IDFPR website. In order to access your license renewal form and print your license, go to this webpage and enter your license number and either your pin number … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Home improvement projects that will boost your home’s value

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 05/08/2017 - 10:15am
Make the most of your remodeling efforts by focusing on the improvement projects that will bring you the best return on your investment. The HouseLogic article, “Home Remodeling: 6 Improvements to Increase Home Value,” outlines six projects that can make … Continue reading →