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North Shore-Barrington Association of REALTORS® swears in 2018 officers

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 09/08/2017 - 3:08pm
More than 200 members of the North Shore-Barrington Association of REALTORS® (NSBAR) attended its 98th Annual Awards & Installation Luncheon on Sept. 7 at the Chevy Chase Country Club in Wheeling. The 2018 NSBAR Board of Directors includes: President Ian … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: No surprise that REALTORS® are among Harvey’s Heroes

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 09/08/2017 - 3:00am
The National Association of REALTORS® reports numerous instances of REALTORS® helping Hurricane Harvey victims in the Houston area and provides perspective from New Orleans real estate professionals who endured Hurricane Katrina. In other headlines: Stop Chasing Leads and Start Managing … Continue reading →

Last call for Call for Action: Tell lawmakers NFIP extension is critical

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 09/07/2017 - 3:54pm
The National Association of REALTORS® Call for Action is winding down, as U.S. House members are expected to take up a measure soon to extend the National Flood Insurance Program. The Senate passed a stop-gap, three-month extension on Thursday. NAR … Continue reading →

DR Legal News: Read about top legal hotline queries so far this year

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 09/07/2017 - 1:40pm
During the first six months of 2017, the Illinois REALTORS® Legal Hotline received the most questions about agency issues, according to the September issue of Designated REALTOR® Legal News. The second most popular category of questions was contracts to purchase, … Continue reading →

Price homes with confidence! Take Mastering the CMA with Lynn Madison September 28, 2017

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 09/07/2017 - 1:15pm
Are you projecting the best price for your clients’ property? Start pricing homes with confidence! Take the Mastering the CMA course with Lynn Madison on Thursday, September 28, 2017 at Three Rivers Association of REALTORS®. Learn how to determine the … Continue reading →

5 ideas for REALTOR® safety involving vehicles

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 09/06/2017 - 12:16pm
The National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) designates September as REALTOR® Safety Month and offers the following year-round tips about safety on the road: Save serious discussions for a time when you are not driving. It’s important that you do not … Continue reading →

These numbers explain urgency, scope and value of national flood insurance issue

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 09/06/2017 - 7:00am
Illinois REALTORS® have many reasons to support the re-authorization of the National Flood Insurance Program, and this graphic explains why many have already responded to the National Association of REALTORS® Call for Action. If you haven’t responded yet, please take … Continue reading →

13 local REALTOR® associations pass goal for supporting flood program; more to come

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 09/05/2017 - 4:16pm
Thanks to the continuing support of Illinois REALTORS®, members of Congress are receiving more emails urging re-authorization of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) by Sept. 30. If you’ve not yet responded, click here. Through Monday, 13 local associations had … Continue reading →

IRRF, NAR aid available to Northern Illinois flood victims

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 09/01/2017 - 4:30pm
Illinois REALTORS®, help us share the news that the Illinois REALTORS® Relief Foundation and the National Association of Realtors® Relief Foundation are still offering disaster relief assistance and aid to those affected by July’s severe flooding in Northern Illinois. Funds are … Continue reading →

Illinois REALTORS® closed on Labor Day

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 09/01/2017 - 11:00am
Illinois REALTORS® will be closed Sept. 4 in observance of Labor Day. The association will reopen on Tuesday, Sept. 5. Have a safe holiday, everyone.

Nearly 11 percent of Illinois REALTORS® have answered NFIP Call for Action

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 08/31/2017 - 10:51am
Illinois REALTORS® have been busy urging members of Congress to re-authorize the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). According to results Thursday afternoon, 11 percent of the association’s members had taken action by sending a message to their congressional representatives. Among … Continue reading →

Talking, planning can make September a successful REALTOR® Safety Month

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 08/31/2017 - 8:00am
The National Association of REALTORS® designates September as REALTOR® Safety Month and offers members numerous safety resources to help professionals safeguard client data and protect themselves from attack or injury. Please take a look at the following tips and use … Continue reading →

VIDEO – July Housing Report

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 08/29/2017 - 8:46am
Inventory continues to impact the overall housing market, both statewide and in the Springfield market. Springfield REALTORS® Phil Chiles and Kyle Killebrew give their take as the calendar transitions from summer to fall. After watching the video, visit IllinoisRealtors.org/marketstats to … Continue reading →

Illinois REALTORS® meet new consul general to Lithuania

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 08/29/2017 - 7:43am
Illinois REALTORS® Consulate Liaison, Mikus Kins and Global Policy Advisor, Sharon Gorrell recently met with the newly appointed Consul General of the Republic of Lithuania, Mantvydas Bekešius. Prior to his current appointment, Bekešius was vice minister of foreign affairs and … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Council of Residential Specialists announces new route to CRS designation

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 08/29/2017 - 7:00am
The Council of Residential Specialists (CRS) announced Thursday a new way for REALTORS® and real estate agents to earn a CRS designation, effective Jan. 1, 2018. The CRS board of directors approved a new track that allows agents with 60 … Continue reading →

Participation builds on Call for Action on Flood Control Program; act today

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 08/28/2017 - 7:55am
As of early Monday, nearly 10 percent of Illinois REALTORS® members have responded to a Call for Action urging Congress to renew the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). NAR launched the Call for Action last week to urge lawmakers to … Continue reading →

Learn about Conservation Foundation’s mission at Inland breakfast Sept. 7

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 08/28/2017 - 7:36am
Learn about the mission of The Conservation Foundation, an organization which places land into trust in order to preserve it for public use, at a breakfast meeting next week. Foundation officials will be on hand at the event, which is … Continue reading →

Slate of officers, board members set for Illinois REALTORS®

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 08/28/2017 - 7:16am
The 2017 Illinois REALTORS® Board of Directors will be asked to elect three officers and six board members at the association’s business meetings in October. The following people were slated by the Nominating Committee for 2018: President: Matt Difanis, ABR, … Continue reading →

VIDEO – National Flood Insurance Program Call for Action

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 08/25/2017 - 12:24pm
With the National Flood Insurance Program set to expire September 30, Jon Broadbooks and Neil Malone discuss the importance of this program, and why it’s so critical that REALTORS® answer the call in helping make sure the program is extended. … Continue reading →

Study shows FSBOs get ‘significantly’ less for their homes than traditional agents

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 08/25/2017 - 11:26am
A study recently released by Collateral Analytics showed that for-sale-by-owners (FSBOs) got “significantly lower” prices for their homes than those sold through real estate agents using multiple listing services, reports REALTOR® Magazine. The study, titled “Saving Real Estate Commissions at … Continue reading →