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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The village of Bradley (Kankakee County, pop. 16,000) repealed a “water certificate” ordinance that KIFAR and IAR’s local government affairs team have opposed since before it took effect in July 2009.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 →

Register today for next week’s IAR broker pre-license webinar

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 11/10/2015 - 9:33am
Sign up today to take the 15-hour Applied Real Estate Principles course next 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 … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: First-time buyers accounting for smaller share of market, NAR says

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 11/09/2015 - 10:02am
The housing market has seen higher home sales and median prices in recent months, but the number of first-time home buyers entering the market has seen a decline, according to the 2015 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers from the … Continue reading →

Xplode: Client connections made easy

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 11/09/2015 - 9:28am
Maintaining a connection to former clients can be a daunting and time-consuming task but Jim Marks, President of Virtual Results, told attendees at Wednesday’s Xplode Conference in Hoffman Estates that using Facebook lists is his secret weapon. Why Facebook lists? … Continue reading →

DR Legal News: Communication key to TRID-governed transactions

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 11/06/2015 - 4:00pm
Brokers need to communicate early and often with buyers and sellers and work closely with buyers’ lenders, especially when it comes to TRID-governed transactions, writes Jeffrey T. Baker, IAR Transaction Hotline Attorney, in the November edition of D.R. Legal News … Continue reading →

G-Fees bundled into highway bill removed in House amendment vote

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 11/06/2015 - 9:10am
On Thursday, the U.S. House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly to approve an amendment which calls for removal of the so-called “G-Fee” from a highway funding bill. The G-Fees, actually GSE guarantee fees, are charged by Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae … Continue reading →

IAR shares advocacy ideas with real estate delegation from Warsaw, Poland

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 11/05/2015 - 10:51am
IAR President Mike Drews and Global Business Council Staff Liaison Sharon Gorrell participated in a forum hosted by the Chicago Association of Realtors on behalf of the Warsaw Real Estate Brokers Association. A highlight of the IAR presentation was explaining … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: NAR breaks down the benefits of home staging

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 11/05/2015 - 9:32am
Did you know that 81 percent of home buyers say a staged home makes it easier to visualize the property as a potential home? Or that staged homes can bring higher offers from buyers? Click on the image below to … Continue reading →

REALTORS Relief Foundation launches aid campaign for Watseka

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 11/04/2015 - 2:11pm
The Illinois REALTORS® Relief Foundation has set up a crowdfunding effort to help those affected by the July floods that inundated the small community of Watseka. The IRRF, which is the non-profit disaster relief arm of the Illinois Association of REALTORS®, … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Could this winter be a hot time to list your home?

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 11/04/2015 - 9:32am
A recent Time article, “Why It Pays to List Your Home in Winter,” outlines some of the benefits of listing your home for sale in the winter months, including more motivated buyers who may be more willing to pay asking … Continue reading →

Local REALTOR® associations charging toward RPAC goal

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 11/03/2015 - 3:59pm
Thank you to the Heartland REALTOR® Organization for raising over $7,600 for RPAC in its recent RPAC raffle, and to the Kanakee Iroquois Ford Association of REALTORS® for a successful phone-a-thon. Local associations across the state are working hard to … Continue reading →

Six IAR members will share NAR San Diego experiences in real time

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 11/03/2015 - 9:00am
Even if you aren’t able to attend the National Association of REALTORS® Convention & Expo in San Diego Nov. 13-16, six IAR members have volunteered to report on their experiences. Carrie Bey-Little, Matt Difanis, Shay Hata, Marki Lemons Ryhal, Alex … Continue reading →

Fraud alert: Scammers using hacked email accounts to hijack wire transfers

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 11/02/2015 - 1:15pm
Illinois REALTORS® and their clients are being victimized by sophisticated wire fraud schemes rooted in hacked email accounts. Example: Hackers who have already gained access to email accounts of sellers, buyers, real estate brokers or attorneys watch messages for words … Continue reading →

Register now for 1031 tax deferred exchange webinar

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 10/30/2015 - 9:54am
Commercial REALTORS®, take note: the Certified Commercial Investment Member Institute (CCIM) is offering a new webinar from 2 to 4 p.m. CDT, Thursday, Nov. 5: 1031 Tax Deferred Exchange. This advanced course provides a concise and thorough overview of Internal … Continue reading →

Short-term rental bans become growing issue for local associations

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 10/29/2015 - 11:41am
With a growing number of communities seeking to ban or limit short-term property rentals for services like Airbnb or Vacation Rentals By Owner (VRBO), local associations and their government affairs directors are working harder to stay on top of these … Continue reading →