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Note temporary hours for REALTORS® Legal Hotline and Transaction Helpline

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 05/10/2016 - 11:37am
The Illinois REALTORS® Legal Hotline and Transaction Helpline will operate with shorter hours from May 16 through May 27. The hotline and helpline will be open from 8:45 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday during those two weeks. Transaction Helpline … Continue reading →

Illinois REALTORS® providing live updates as part of NAR blogging outreach

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 05/10/2016 - 11:34am
NAR has recruited a number of Illinois REALTORS® to serve as guest bloggers for the 2016 Midyear Legislative Meetings and Trade Expo in Washington, D.C., this week. Called Conference Live, the effort provides insight on the multitude of things that … Continue reading →

State Capitol Report: One constitutional amendment can be on ballot

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 05/09/2016 - 10:54am
Illinois voters will have the chance to decide whether transportation funds can be used for other purposes after the Illinois Senate and House of Representatives approved a proposed constitutional amendment last week. The proposal, known as HJRCA36, needed to be … Continue reading →

Wear blue. Show your REALTOR® pride in Washington, D.C.

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 05/09/2016 - 8:49am
As you prepare to head out the door to catch a flight to Washington, D.C., this week to attend the National Association of REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Expo, remember to pack your REALTOR® apparel. NAR is asking those attending NAR … Continue reading →

Loss inspires Ortega to help veterans and music students

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 05/09/2016 - 7:01am
Six years ago, O’Fallon REALTOR® Beth Ortega began a meaningful endeavor when she became president of the John Wilt Foundation, and it has led to so much more. The foundation was created to honor the life of Marine 1st Lt. … Continue reading →

Woodward to speak Wednesday at NAR Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo

IARbuzz.com Blog - Sun, 05/08/2016 - 6:00pm
Washington Post journalist Bob Woodward will provide insights on the current presidential race, the inner workings of Washington, D.C., and a variety other presidential subjects when he speaks at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington on Wednesday morning. Woodward, … Continue reading →

Reminder for brokers who missed the April 30 license renewal deadline

IARbuzz.com Blog - Sat, 05/07/2016 - 9:02am
Illinois brokers who failed to renew their real estate licenses, complete their renewal applications and pay their fees to the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) by April 30 must contact IDFPR for direction. They cannot practice selling … Continue reading →

Illinois REALTORS® to meet with lawmakers in D.C. next week

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 05/06/2016 - 1:35pm
Illinois REALTORS® will lobby members of Congress next week to protect private property rights during the NAR REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo, May 9-14. Meetings have already been scheduled with most of Illinois’ 20 elected officials (two U.S. senators … Continue reading →

Anaya and Doyle to enter RPAC Hall of Fame

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 05/06/2016 - 10:50am
A pair of Illinois REALTORS®, Sonia Anaya of Chicago and Judy Doyle of Swansea, will be inducted into the RPAC Hall of Fame next Tuesday at the NAR REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo in Washington, D.C. Anaya (Chicago Association … Continue reading →

Illinois REALTORS® launch ‘Homes for Heroes’ with Crest Hill support

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 4:56pm
REALTORS® from Village Realty Shoppe celebrated the launch of the “Homes for Heroes” program in Crest Hill with a media and veterans outreach event last Tuesday. The program offers discounted real estate services to active military, veterans, teachers and first … Continue reading →

FHFA offers last chance webinar on how HARP can save homeowners money

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 12:38pm
Mark your calendars and be sure to register for a May 24 webinar from the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) on the Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP). The two-hour webinar will help homeowners learn more about how the program can … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: REALTORS® partner with ‘Modern Family’ to promote REALTOR® brand

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 12:03pm
Last night’s episode of “Modern Family” featured everyone’s favorite TV REALTOR® Phil Dunphy showcasing the market expertise and knowledge that comes from being a REALTOR® member and not just a real estate agent. In today’s article, ‘Modern Family’ Teams Up with … Continue reading →

Illinois REALTORS® named to Springfield’s Good as Gold Business Honor Roll

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 3:57pm
The Illinois REALTORS® received accolades at the eighth annual Springfield Good as Gold Volunteer Award Ceremony, at the University of Illinois-Springfield’s Sangamon Auditorium. Our association was one of 22 organizations that made the Good as Gold Business Honor Roll, and … Continue reading →

Inman On the Road speakers announced; use member benefit to attend for free

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 10:37am
A number of Illinois real estate professionals and REALTORS® will be among featured speakers at Inman Connect on the Road’s event in Chicago May 25.  Names announced by Inman Connect include:  Rebecca Jensen, CEO of MRED.  REALTOR® Thaddeus Wong with … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: NAR survey offers insights into military homebuyers

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 10:19am
Did you know that active-military homebuyers under the age of 35 buy homes at a higher rate than their civilian counterparts of the same age. They are also more likely to buy a larger first home and use a REALTOR® … Continue reading →

Illinois REALTORS® a sponsor for Springfield architectural tour

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 8:34am
Springfield has a lot of rich history, especially with its Lincoln connections. But there’s more than Lincoln to the city’s downtown, and a Thursday tour sponsored by Downtown Springfield Inc. and Illinois REALTORS® highlights the city’s architecture. Called the Upper Story … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Millennial homebuyers and credit hurdles

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 05/03/2016 - 10:53am
More Millennial consumers may be ready to move into homeownership, but tight credit continues to be a barrier for many, CNBC reports in “Millennials are moving, but mortgages don’t follow.” In other headlines: Gen X Home Ownership on the Rise … Continue reading →

Fate of disputed earnest money among topics covered in May DR Legal News

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 05/02/2016 - 5:10pm
Six legal case studies, recent disciplinary actions by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) and an explanation of how the Unclaimed Property Act affects earnest money when transactions don’t close are just a few of the topics … Continue reading →

Three Rivers REALTORS® help Joliet residents with Housing Expo

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 05/02/2016 - 4:48pm
In April, the Three Rivers Association of REALTORS® partnered with the City of Joliet and the Will County Center for Economic Development to conduct the City of Joliet Housing Expo. The event drew about 250 consumers and 40 vendors/community partners … Continue reading →

Oldenettel named to two state real estate panels

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 05/02/2016 - 10:14am
Illinois REALTOR® Michael Oldenettel, CRS, GRI has been named to two real estate-governance panels, according to letters filed by Gov. Bruce Rauner’s office. Oldenettel, who served as Illinois REALTORS® president in 2013, was appointed to the Illinois Real Estate Administration … Continue reading →