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‘Expanded power not limited power’ measure up for vote in Westchester

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 03/01/2016 - 9:46am
The Chicago Tribune today has an article on a measure on the ballot which would allow the community of Westchester to adopt home rule. The article notes that local REALTORS® have come out against the issue. “Home-rule authority is an … Continue reading →

Oak Park Association concerned about changes to River Forest historic preservation ordinance

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 02/29/2016 - 6:42pm
The Oak Park Area Association of REALTORS® weighed in on a proposal to amend a historic preservation ordinance in the Village of River Forest. The current historic preservation program identifies nearly 300 properties as “historically or architecturally significant.”  The proposed … Continue reading →

Lin volunteers at weekend language school in Palatine

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 02/29/2016 - 8:00am
For the last 10 years, Gloria Lin has been a familiar face at the not-for-profit Chicago Northwest Suburban Chinese School, as a parent of three children and as a volunteer principal, volunteer education director and volunteer IT director. On Sunday … Continue reading →

Residential financial analysis course offered at REALTOR® discount

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 02/26/2016 - 5:24pm
Register today for a two-part, three-hour CCIM online course that teaches residential real estate professionals basic financial analysis skills so they can serve investors interested in small commercial properties, four-plexes, duplexes, condos or single-family homes. The course titled “Residential Real … Continue reading →

Illinois REALTORS® take another step in global realm

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 02/26/2016 - 9:06am
In an effort to expand the scope of global engagement, IAR has launched a new program.  Created as a sub-group of the IAR Global Business Council, the Consulate General Liaison Program began this week in its pilot phase and is … Continue reading →

IDFPR goes paperless for renewal notifications and licenses

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 02/25/2016 - 6:10pm
Attention Illinois REALTORS®: The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) is no longer issuing paper renewal notices and licenses. Effective immediately, all renewal and licensing documentation will be done electronically. In a news release, IDFPR Secretary Bryan A. … Continue reading →

Check out NAR’s first quarter Commercial Real Estate Outlook

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 02/25/2016 - 5:48pm
The National Association of REALTORS® released its Commercial Real Estate Outlook for the first quarter of 2016 today, with projections in four major commercial sectors and the analysis of data in the office, industrial, retail and multifamily markets. To download … Continue reading →

Real Property Alliance spreads word on home rule ballot initiatives

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 02/25/2016 - 4:18pm
IAR’s consumer education foundation has take a role in telling members of three Illinois communities why voting to implement home rule might not be the best thing for the communities. Real Property Alliance has created three social media campaigns which urge … Continue reading →

Why MIPIM? IAR members discuss upcoming global real estate conference

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 02/25/2016 - 3:59pm
  In March members of the Illinois Association of REALTORS® will travel to France to take part in MIPIM 2016, a real estate conference that attracts attendees from 89 countries. The association is taking part in the event for the … Continue reading →

Leadership Training Academy meets in Springfield

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 02/24/2016 - 1:23pm
Check the photos of the 2016 IAR Leadership Training Academy, which met in Springfield yesterday and today at the IAR Headquarters. Julie J. Roth (Berkshire Hathaway Snyder R.E., Champaign) is the chair of the Leadership Development Working Group and Vicky … Continue reading →

Video celebrates our people and IAR’s 100th birthday/anniversary

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 02/23/2016 - 1:19pm
Get a flavor of the festive atmosphere you’ll experience April 5 at the Lobby Day 100th Anniversary Reception by viewing this video from your colleagues at the Illinois Association of REALTORS®. It’s all part of IAR’s Capitol Conference, which starts … Continue reading →

Illinois housing market starts 2016 strong with January gains in home sales, prices

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 02/23/2016 - 9:43am
In the strongest January market in several years, Illinois home sales and median prices posted robust year-over-year increases, despite lower inventory levels, according to the Illinois Association of REALTORS®. Read today’s news release and share the infographic below.

Illinois housing market starts 2016 strong with January gains in home sales, prices

IAR News - Mon, 02/22/2016 - 5:12pm
Date:  February 23, 2016 Intro: 

In the strongest January market in several years, Illinois home sales and median prices posted robust year-over-year increases, despite lower inventory levels. 

FOR RELEASE: Jan. 23, 2016

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

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Oak Park REALTOR® organizes special events for local food pantry

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 02/22/2016 - 8:00am
When Oak Park REALTOR® Catherine Simon-Vobornik wanted to volunteer in her community, she found an organization that needed help and was a great match for her leadership and organizational skills: the Oak Park River Forest Food Pantry. In three years … Continue reading →

There’s more to RESPA than TRID: IAR Legal Webinar

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 02/19/2016 - 4:32pm
In Thursday’s IAR Legal Webinar, IAR Legal Hotline Attorney Betsy Urbance and IAR Transaction Helpline Attorney Jeff Baker discussed some of the permitted and prohibited practices for real estate agents and brokers relating to affiliated business arrangements and marketing service … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: TRID reduced fourth quarter ’15 originations

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 02/19/2016 - 4:12pm
A 24 percent quarter-over-quarter reduction in purchase loan originations coincided with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s TRID (TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosures) rule, stated an Inman Select story Thursday. In “TRID tanked originations in Q4,” information from Realty Trac’s most recent U.S. … Continue reading →

Illinois REALTORS® to promote state at international real estate conference

IAR News - Thu, 02/18/2016 - 6:27pm
Date:  February 19, 2016 Intro: 

The Illinois Association of REALTORS® will send a delegation of members to an international real estate conference to promote cross-border investment in Illinois.

FOR RELEASE: Feb. 19, 2016

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

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Nominate a local REALTOR® for NAR volunteer program by Feb. 26

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 02/18/2016 - 5:58pm
If you know a REALTOR® who makes a difference in his or her community by volunteering for a charity or a worthy cause, encourage them to apply to NAR’s Volunteering Works grant and mentoring program by Feb. 26. Five applicants … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: NAR reviews how TRID is impacting the market

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 02/18/2016 - 11:38am
In the first three months of the new TILA-RESPA Integrated Documentation (TRID) rules, REALTORS® reported delays in 10.4 percent of real estate closings and cancellations in less than one percent, according to a survey by researchers with the National Association … Continue reading →

Grace period registration and voting begins today for Illinois primaries

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 02/17/2016 - 6:13pm
Today is the first day Illinois residents can visit their local election authority to register and vote in the 2016 General Primary, according to the Illinois State Board of Elections (ISBE). Although traditional voter registration closed 28 days before the … Continue reading →