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Morning Minute: Rental costs outpacing income growth in many U.S. cities

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 11:56am
Rental costs are rising at a faster pace than household income growth in many U.S. cities and that is making it harder for renters to save money for a down payment and become homeowners, according to a new study by … Continue reading →

IAR Letter to House members tells why sewer inspection bill a bad idea

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 9:22am
IAR continues to press to kill a controversial bill which would require homeowners to pay for a costly sewer inspection before a property sale. The association sent a letter to all members of the Illinois House this week telling them … Continue reading →

IAR’s Handler facilitates property tax discussion

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 10:04am
IAR Government Affairs Director Howard Handler (North Shore, Barrington, Lake County) moderated a joint property assessment forum for the North Shore and Northwest Chapters of the Women’s Council of REALTORS®. On the panel were: Hector Dominguez, Outreach Specialist for Cook … Continue reading →

REALTORS® get great benefits from IAR Capitol Conference

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 03/16/2015 - 5:00pm
Illinois REALTORS® can talk directly with state legislators on April 14 if they sign up for the 2015 IAR Capitol Conference & Lobby Day. IAR members will find it easy to sign up and make a difference for the real … Continue reading →

Nine reasons for IAR members to check the ‘State Capitol Report’

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 03/16/2015 - 9:56am
In addition to the Call To Action to oppose House Bill 1376, IAR members can get the latest news on eight other real estate topics in Friday’s IAR State Capitol Report. Log in and get insights into subjects that affect … Continue reading →

Today is the first day for absentee voting in Illinois

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 5:13pm
If your community had a primary election and you are a properly registered Illinois voter, today is the first day you can submit a completed ballot for the April 7 Consolidated Election, according to the Illinois State Board of Elections. … Continue reading →

IAR uses 4 days and countless ways to improve your global reach

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 2:30pm
IAR representatives who visited the MIPIM conference in Cannes, France the last four days made sure prospective real estate customers recognized the value of Illinois real estate for their personal and business interests. Leading the IAR contingent were (l to … Continue reading →

You may be surprised at what he can tell you about today’s empowered consumers

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 12:56pm
Illinois REALTORS® looking to “Jump Start” their careers by relating better to potential customers should register today for the IAR Spring Conference & Expo in Collinsville May 6-7. Among the featured speakers will be REALTOR® Terry Watson – a nationally … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Illinois among states to see drop in foreclosure inventory

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 11:01am
Illinois foreclosure inventory fell 39.4 percent in January compared to the same time last year, according to CoreLogic’s January 2015 National Foreclosure Report. The decline put Illinois among the five states that saw the largest year-over-year drops in inventory. Overall, … Continue reading →

Springfield mayoral candidates face off in debate at IAR

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 8:00pm
Springfield’s two candidates for mayor, Jim Langfelder and Paul Palazzolo, squared off Thursday night at a mayoral debate held at the Illinois Association of REALTORS® (IAR) headquarters. During the 90-minute debate, Langfelder and Palazzolo answered questions on everything from boosting … Continue reading →

D.R. Legal News highlights Wisconsin listing issue

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 4:07pm
Managing brokers – If you are not licensed to sell real estate in Wisconsin, a Wisconsin law limits your involvement in the selling or leasing of Wisconsin properties. According to the Wisconsin REALTORS® Association (WRA), a law became effective Jan. … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Four reasons Freddie Mac is optimistic about this year’s housing market

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 10:52am
Spring is nearly here and Freddie Mac anticipates a strong homebuying season. In fact, Freddie Mac’s March U.S. Economic and Housing Market Outlook predicts that 2015 could be the “best  year for home sales and new home construction since 2007 when … Continue reading →

FPC Callan discusses real estate issues with Congressman Roskam

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 10:47am
On Tuesday, U.S. Congressman Peter Roskam (R-IL) met with Illinois REALTORS® from his district at the Barrington Village Hall to discuss the implications of tax issues, patent trolling and government sponsored enterprises for real estate. Roskam, who represents Illinoisans in … Continue reading →

Spread the word: Make sure the video sewer inspection bill doesn’t pass

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 7:23am
Most members of the Illinois Association of REALTORS® should have received an email Call for Action on Wednesday alerting them to a bill that would add $500 or more to the cost of selling a home. (You can click here … Continue reading →

Call for Action: 8 reasons to hate the Video Sewer Inspection Bill

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 03/11/2015 - 3:04pm
The state House could call a bill this week that would hit homeowners right in the wallet by requiring all of those in Illinois seeking to sell a home to first get a video inspection of their sewer system by … Continue reading →

IAR eyes Midlothian real estate transfer tax referendum

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 03/11/2015 - 12:07pm
The Illinois Association of REALTORS® and the Mainstreet Organization of REALTORS® oppose a referendum on the April 7 ballot in the village of Midlothian, where residents will decide whether or not to impose a real estate transfer tax on property … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Millennials make up largest share of today’s homebuyers

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 03/11/2015 - 11:18am
Millennial consumers — those aged 34 and younger — continue to be a force in today’s housing market, accounting for the largest share of recent homebuyers for the second year in a row, according to the 2015 National Association of … Continue reading →

Register by April 8 for IAR Capitol Conference and Lobby Day

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 03/10/2015 - 12:20pm
Check another item off your to-do list if you register today for the 39th annual Illinois Association of REALTORS®’ Capitol Conference and Lobby Day in Springfield April 14. The registration deadline is April 8. The $40 fee gets you in … Continue reading →

IAR Members: First effort to divert dedicated funds to aid budget deficit

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 03/10/2015 - 11:20am
The Governmental Affairs Team for the Illinois Association of REALTORS® expressed its opposition against an amendment to Senate Bill 274 that would move a total of about $500 million from numerous dedicated funds – including three real estate related funds … Continue reading →

Credit-reporting agencies make important changes that can affect those seeking financing

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 03/09/2015 - 3:10pm
The three largest credit-reporting agencies in the U.S. have agreed to change how they handle credit information as part of an agreement with New York’s attorney general, according to this Reuters report. The changes could have an impact for REALTORS®’ … Continue reading →