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Bey-Little visits Bobby Rush’s chief of staff

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 3:50pm
Carrie Bey-Little documented some of the highlights of her trip to Washington, D.C. for the REALTOR® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo by writing and taking photographs for the NAR “Legislative Live” blog. Among the highlights of her trip was a … Continue reading →

Matt Difanis captures great photos at Legislative Meetings

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 3:18pm
IAR Treasurer-nominee Matt Difanis brought along his camera and put together a can’t-miss collection of photographs from his week at the REALTOR® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo in Washington, D.C. As one of three IAR members on hand who agreed … Continue reading →

Karen Robertson reports from Washington, DC

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 2:48pm
Today Plainfield’s Karen Robertson is headed to a meeting with the FHFA while at the REALTOR® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo in Washington, D.C. Robertson is one of three IAR members posting photos and writing for the NAR blog named … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: See the difference your interest rate makes when buying a home

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 11:18am
The Keeping Current Matters (KCM) blog has pulled together an interesting infographic that breaks down how the mortgage interest rate you lock in when you buy a home can have such a big impact on how much home you can … Continue reading →

Second day of meetings on Capitol Hill for IAR members

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 3:01pm
IAR members met with a broad spectrum of Illinois congressional representatives on Thursday, wrapping up two days of visits to lawmakers on Capitol Hill. REALTORS® talked about issues ranging from Marketplace Fairness to the 1031 Exchange. Among meetings were sessions … Continue reading →

Sen. Kirk meets with IAR members in D.C.

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 2:50pm
Illinois Senator Mark Kirk took part in a Let’s Talk Real Estate event on Wednesday, May 13, 2014 in Washington, D.C. Sen. Kirk discussed a wide range of issues with REALTORS®, including Marketplace Fairness, federal loan programs and the 1031 … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Mortgage lending heads higher in early 2015

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 10:41am
Mortgage originations in the first quarter of 2015 marked a 17 percent year-over-year gain compared to early 2014, according to a recent lending report from RealtyTrac. Originations were down slightly — 6 percent — compared to the fourth quarter of … Continue reading →

REALTORS® take private property rights messages to Capitol Hill

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 2:27pm
Illinois REALTORS® began three days of meetings with policymakers on Wednesday, part of NAR’s annual Midyear Meetings & Expo. REALTORS® met with a number of congressional representatives and/or their staffs. On the agenda Wednesday: Meetings with U.S. Reps. Bill Foster, … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Obama presidential library coming to Chicago

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 10:36am
It’s official. Chicago’s South Side will be the future home of President Barack Obama’s presidential library, the Barack Obama Foundation announced Tuesday. David Axelrod, a former Obama adviser, told CNN the “library would be a ‘wonderful asset’ to the city … Continue reading →

Six Illinois REALTORS® inducted into RPAC Hall of Fame

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 9:42pm
Six Illinois REALTORS® were honored on Tuesday, May 12, by being inducted into the RPAC Hall of Fame. Those selected for the honor have donated $25,000 to the REALTORS® Political Action Committee. Illinois honorees were: Jim Barbagallo Michael D. Oldenettel … Continue reading →

Controversial bill expanding government lien powers advances out of Illinois Senate

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 4:10pm
The Illinois Senate on Tuesday passed SB 1380, a controversial bill that would allow municipalities to attach liens for nuisance code violations on all of a property owner’s real estate and not just the offending properties. Illinois REALTORS® are strongly … Continue reading →

Illinois REALTORS® helping get NAR’s consumer messages out

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 1:23pm
Several Illinois REALTORS® took part in an effort to tell consumers about real estate issues. REALTORS® Dan Wagner, Nykea Pippion-McGriff, Loretta Alonzo, Mabél Guzmán and Maurice Hampton took part in a series of videos in Washington, D.C., designed to help get … Continue reading →

REALTOR® actions needed to reform communication law

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 12:15pm
Illinois REALTORS® can support needed updates to the state communications law by sending an email to their state legislators and sharing information with friends through Facebook. As mentioned in this blog last week, IAR has joined a coalition named the … Continue reading →

REALTORS® – 3 reasons to read last Friday’s IAR State Capitol Report

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 11:45am
The IAR renewed a Call for Action on Senate Bill 1380, saw its efforts to reform procedures and costs for foreclosed condos stalled, while the House extended its committee deadline for consideration of Senate bills to this Friday, according to … Continue reading →

Three Illinois REALTORS® contributing to NAR Legislative Live blog

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 11:07am
Get insights from three IAR members – Carrie Bey-Little of Glen Ellyn, Matt Difanis of Champaign County and Karen Robertson of Plainfield – who are participating in the REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo this week in Washington, D.C., and contributing … Continue reading →

FPCs meet Tuesday to discuss meetings on Capitol Hill

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 10:46am
IAR’s Federal Political Coordinators met Tuesday, May 12, 2015, at the Washington Hilton to discuss upcoming meetings on Capitol Hill. Each year, REALTORS® attending the Midyear Meetings & Expo devote several days to meeting with most of Illinois’ congressional delegation. … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Rising rents squeezing more consumers

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 10:16am
The cost of renting has gotten higher in the last five years and depending on which U.S. metropolitan area you live in, some of the increases have been substantial and unsustainable, according to the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR). Rental … Continue reading →

D.R. Legal News discusses 5 legal case studies for IAR managing brokers

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 10:00am
The United States Supreme Court’s ruling that a professional licensing board was not immune from an anti-trust violation was just one of five legal case studies reviewed in the May edition of the D.R. Legal News. Lisa Harms Hartzler, Sorling … Continue reading →

Illinois REALTORS® kick off a week of meetings in D.C.

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 9:49am
Illinois REALTORS® are kicking off a week of meetings in Washington, D.C., which will feature policy discussions, meetings on Capitol Hill with lawmakers and a trade show. The REALTORS® Midyear Meetings & Trade Expo draws some of the industry’s best … Continue reading →

Illinois REALTORS® proactive about promoting professionalism in the industry

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 05/11/2015 - 2:31pm
A recent column from the Chicago Tribune’s Mary Ellen Podmolik, “Finding out more about a real estate agent before you hire,” takes a closer look at several initiatives from the Illinois Association of REALTORS® (IAR) aimed at resolving consumer and … Continue reading →