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IAR donates $53K to Kidzeum Green Home Exhibit in Springfield

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 4:31pm
The Illinois Association of REALTORS® is donating $53,000 to the Springfield Kidzeum of Health and Science to fund the Green Home Construction Exhibit within its Healthy Community gallery. “The Illinois Association of REALTORS® is excited to play a role in … Continue reading →

Wagner recognized by Illinois Parks and Recreation Association

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 3:04pm
Dan Wagner, a REALTOR® and member of the Illinois Association of REALTORS® Board of Directors, received the Illinois Park and Recreation Association (IPRA) Advocacy Award during the IPRA’s annual conference in late January. The recognition was one of three awards … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: HUD Secretary says 2015 a year of housing opportunity

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 11:40am
Greater credit availability, low mortgage rates and lower FHA mortgage insurance premiums all point to 2015 as being a year of great opportunity in the housing market, says Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Julian Castro. Watch Castro’s interview on … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: New NAR ad highlights the benefits of working with a REALTOR®

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 10:58am
Watch a new ad from the National Association of REALTORS® featuring homebuyers sharing how their search for a home of their own was made easier by working with a REALTOR® and the online real estate portal, Realtor.com.

Managing Brokers – Watch for your license renewal postcard from IDFPR

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 02/09/2015 - 2:17pm
Check your mailbox this week for a white postcard this week from the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) that will remind you about key steps in your license renewal. You will need to submit information electronically or … Continue reading →

Welcome Home Heroes program closing Feb. 13 or earlier

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 4:43pm
REALTORS® who aim to help military veterans secure affordable home loans have only a matter of days left to use the Welcome Home Heroes program offered by the Illinois Housing Development Authority. According to IHDA Marketing Coordinator Maxwell Mueller, the … Continue reading →

Know the answer to the IAR Legal Hotline’s most frequently asked question?

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 1:35pm
One of the most popular questions posed to the IAR Legal Hotline in 2014 was worded something like this: “Must I have a real estate license to engage in property management or rental activities?” That kind of question isn’t surprising … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Brighter employment picture as January gains beat expectations

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 12:17pm
The U.S. job market improved in January with 257,000 new jobs added last month, a bigger jump than many expected and a continuation of recent monthly trends. Read more from Bloomberg, CNN Money, Christian Science Monitor and MSNBC. Among the takeaways: Wage growth is rising … Continue reading →

Six reasons to sign-up for Feb. 12 & 13 Pre-license webinar

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 4:31pm
IAR’s Applied Real Estate Principles webinar next Thursday and Friday may be the answer to your continuing education needs if you’re a real estate professional working toward your broker’s license. The staff at the IAR License and Training Center has … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Illinois honored for green building projects

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 12:35pm
For the second straight year the U.S. Green Building Council named Illinois No. 1 for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), according to an article in the Chicago Sun-Times Wednesday. The story, “Illinois tops rankings for green buildings,” explains … Continue reading →

Illinois Association of REALTORS® statement on Illinois State of the State speech

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 02/04/2015 - 5:51pm
Statement from Gary L. Clayton, Chief Executive Officer of the Illinois Association of REALTORS®: “Illinois REALTORS® have long seen firsthand how high property taxes erect barriers to homeownership. We applaud Gov. Bruce Rauner’s intent to make property tax relief a … Continue reading →

Grassroots advocacy leaders in Washington for training

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 02/04/2015 - 5:40pm
This week in Washington, D.C., the National Association of REALTORS® is holding their 2015 Federal Policy Conference and training for the new Federal Political Coordinator’s (FPC). This forum outlines the priority issues for REALTORS® in this new session of Congress. … Continue reading →

Get reaction to Rauner speech right here

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 02/04/2015 - 12:00pm
Few people know exactly what Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner will say in his first State of the State Address today, so our Legislative Affairs Team will be listening closely for any messages that could impact members of the Illinois Association … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: More homeowners tackling remodeling projects

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 02/03/2015 - 10:56am
Home improvement projects are on the rise and on track to potentially reach record-level spending this year, according to a new report, “Emerging Trends in the Remodeling Market,” from the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies. See the center’s infographic … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Selling a home? Quick remodeling fixes that can boost value

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 12:06pm
Taking the time to freshen up your home with the right remodeling jobs could help you get the best price when it comes time to sell. In the article, “Top 5 ways to boost the value of your home,” the … Continue reading →

Lynn Madison receives award for political involvement from Illinois Association of REALTORS®

IAR News - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 11:02am
Date:  February 2, 2015 Intro: 

Illinois REALTOR® Lynn Madison has received the 2014 Illinois Association of REALTORS® (IAR) Political Involvement Award

FOR RELEASE: February 2, 2015

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

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Are you following these 2 residential disclosure tips?

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 10:17am
To help IAR members avoid problems when representing sellers, Jeffrey T. Baker, Sorling Northrup Attorneys, and IAR Transaction Helpline Attorney, offers two tips regarding completion of the Residential Real Property Disclosure Report. In the January issue of D.R. Legal News, … Continue reading →

Local TV personality helps Capital Area REALTORS® work with media

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 5:53pm
On Thursday morning, select members of the Capital Area REALTORS® (CAR) visited the Illinois Association of REALTORS® headquarters in Springfield for media training. CAR sent a group of its members attend the Thursday morning session as part of its Leadership … Continue reading →

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

IAR News - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 3:15pm
Date:  January 29, 2015 Intro: 

REALTOR® Loretta Alonzo, managing broker of Century 21 Affiliated in La Grange Park, has been named the 2015 Illinois REALTOR® of the Year. 

FOR RELEASE: January 29, 2015

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

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Morning Minute: U.S. pending home sales dip in December but remain higher than a year ago

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 11:19am
The National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) reports today that the December Pending Home Sales Index decreased 3.7 percent compared to the month before but is still 6.1 percent higher than December 2013. The NAR index is a forward-looking indicator based … Continue reading →