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As sewer video bill dies, your call against property lien bill is needed, too!

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 9:34am
Thanks in part to the response of Illinois REALTORS® to the IAR Call for Action on House Bill 1376, Rep. Luis Arroyo’s mandatory sewer video inspection legislation will not likely be called for a vote this week! If so, the bill is dead this year … Continue reading →

Haven’t renewed? Keep calm and turn to IAR for managing broker license assistance

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 6:59am
Coming down to the wire on getting your managing broker’s license renewed? According to the state agency responsible for licensing managing brokers, there are many out there who have not filed the paperwork which is due April 30. IAR recommends … Continue reading →

Illinois home prices move closer to pre-recession levels

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 4:24pm
Illinois median home prices are nearly three-quarters of the way back to pre-recession levels when adjusted for inflation, according to a new forecast analysis from the University of Illinois Regional Economics Applications Laboratory (REAL). The latest REAL market forecast looked … Continue reading →

Illinois homeless veterans to get $675K in additional housing and support services

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 3:06pm
Homeless veterans in nine Illinois communities will receive more housing and support assistance as a result of actions taken by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Department of Veterans Affairs, Sen. Dick Durbin said Monday. … Continue reading →

Longevity of Earth Day shows public interest in ‘green’

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 11:57am
Illinois REALTORS® know what’s good for the environment is good for business, so recognizing the 45th anniversary of Earth Day can help you connect with potential customers. Not only are consumers interested in recycling, preserving resources and reducing their “carbon … Continue reading →

5 file petitions to succeed Schock; July 7 primary

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 9:30am
A special primary election to fill the remaining term of Rep. Aaron Schock (R-18 District) who resigned at the end of March, has been slated for July 7. Monday was the filing deadline for candidates seeking the Republican and Democratic … Continue reading →

Illinois home sales, median prices post double-digit gains in March

IAR News - Tue, 04/21/2015 - 6:21pm
Date:  April 22, 2015 Intro: 

The Illinois spring housing market got off to a strong start in March with sharp gains in year-over-year home sales and median prices.

FOR RELEASE: April 22, 2015

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

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Thousands of REALTORS® tell lawmakers to stop bad bills

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 04/21/2015 - 12:43pm
More than 6,000 responses have been sent to Illinois lawmakers as part of Calls for Action issued by the Illinois Association of REALTORS® during the 99th Illinois General Assembly. Last month IAR asked members to urge legislators to vote against … Continue reading →

Use ‘Fair Housing Focus’ flier from NAR

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 04/21/2015 - 12:05pm
Show your support for diversity in neighborhoods, community leadership and public policies by using the NAR Fair Housing Focus flier. You can download the flier, or share it through Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and other social media, or you can print … Continue reading →

Renew your Managing Broker license in 5 steps

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 04/21/2015 - 10:38am
Renewing your Managing Broker license with IDFPR is not difficult, but it does require some planning.  Do NOT wait until the last day to try to submit your renewal, as high volumes of traffic to the website may delay or … Continue reading →

Merrinette celebrates Broadview ‘unofficial’ election results and IAR support

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 04/20/2015 - 5:30pm
Thanks to RPAC advocacy, IAR Government Affairs Director Jeff Merrinette says he is enjoying the ‘unofficial’ victories in the 2015 consolidated elections in Broadview, including four village trustees and a home rule referendum. Unofficial results released by the Cook County … Continue reading →

IAR’s Kinney plays role in AREAA Global + Luxury Summit

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 04/20/2015 - 4:36pm
IAR President Jim Kinney attended the 2015 Asian Real Estate Association of America’s Global & Luxury Summit and shared his own expertise through in a panel discussion. The AREAA event began Sunday and continues through tomorrow at Trump International Towers … Continue reading →

Managing Brokers: IAR can help you renew your license as deadline looms

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 04/20/2015 - 2:27pm
If you’re a Managing Broker and need to renew your license by April 30, visit the IAR 2015 Managing Broker License Renewal page for links to all the information you need. In fact, the page offers answers to 15 frequently asked … Continue reading →

Call for Action issued on property lien bill; learn how to stop this bad legislation

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 04/20/2015 - 12:33pm
IAR has issued its second Call for Action for the 99th General Assembly, this time to stop a bill (SB1380) that would allow municipalities to attach a lien for nuisance code violations on non-offending properties. (Link to take action is … Continue reading →

IAR State Capitol Report urges your response to two Calls for Action

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 04/20/2015 - 9:00am
With only five days left for legislators to consider bills in the Illinois Senate and House, last Friday’s IAR State Capitol Report asks REALTORS® to make their voices heard before votes are taken on several issues. This morning, a Call for … Continue reading →

Dan Bock, longtime Lincoln REALTOR®, dies at age 72

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 5:01pm
The Illinois Association of REALTORS® offers its deepest sympathy to the family of Dan Bock, a veteran REALTOR® who served on numerous IAR committees since 1994. He owned Bock & Associates Realty in Lincoln. He was a managing broker, an … Continue reading →

IAR members can download today’s legal webinar

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 4:18pm
Keep yourself informed about a variety of legal issues – including a recent law affecting sellers of residential properties in unincorporated Cook County – by listening to today’s IAR Legal Webinar, titled “You Need to Know: Fair Housing and Rentals/Property … Continue reading →

IAR receives Springfield ‘Good as Gold’ award

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 10:11am
Illinois REALTORS® – Be proud of your association! Wednesday night, the Illinois Association of REALTORS® was named to the 2015 Springfield Good as Gold Business Honor Roll for supporting volunteerism, organizing service efforts and-or financially supporting efforts of non-profits and charitable … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Real estate market sees steady growth, Federal Reserve reports

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 10:06am
The housing market is steadily improving in most U.S. markets, according to the Federal Reserve’s latest Beige Book economic report. Buyer demand is improving in many markets, including Chicago, and home prices continue to rebound in many markets. Read HousingWire’s … Continue reading →

Early-bird rate ends at midnight for Spring Conference & Expo

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 04/15/2015 - 4:35pm
Register before midnight tonight for the IAR Spring Conference & Expo in Collinsville, and you will save $20! Illinois REALTORS® get the early-bird rate of $109 before tonight’s deadline. The rate goes up to $129 from April 16-27. With nationally-known … Continue reading →