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Managing Brokers – Watch for your license renewal postcard from IDFPR

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 02/09/2015 - 2:17pm
Check your mailbox this week for a white postcard this week from the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) that will remind you about key steps in your license renewal. You will need to submit information electronically or … Continue reading →

Welcome Home Heroes program closing Feb. 13 or earlier

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 4:43pm
REALTORS® who aim to help military veterans secure affordable home loans have only a matter of days left to use the Welcome Home Heroes program offered by the Illinois Housing Development Authority. According to IHDA Marketing Coordinator Maxwell Mueller, the … Continue reading →

Know the answer to the IAR Legal Hotline’s most frequently asked question?

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 1:35pm
One of the most popular questions posed to the IAR Legal Hotline in 2014 was worded something like this: “Must I have a real estate license to engage in property management or rental activities?” That kind of question isn’t surprising … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Brighter employment picture as January gains beat expectations

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 12:17pm
The U.S. job market improved in January with 257,000 new jobs added last month, a bigger jump than many expected and a continuation of recent monthly trends. Read more from Bloomberg, CNN Money, Christian Science Monitor and MSNBC. Among the takeaways: Wage growth is rising … Continue reading →

Six reasons to sign-up for Feb. 12 & 13 Pre-license webinar

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 4:31pm
IAR’s Applied Real Estate Principles webinar next Thursday and Friday may be the answer to your continuing education needs if you’re a real estate professional working toward your broker’s license. The staff at the IAR License and Training Center has … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Illinois honored for green building projects

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 12:35pm
For the second straight year the U.S. Green Building Council named Illinois No. 1 for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), according to an article in the Chicago Sun-Times Wednesday. The story, “Illinois tops rankings for green buildings,” explains … Continue reading →

Illinois Association of REALTORS® statement on Illinois State of the State speech

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 02/04/2015 - 5:51pm
Statement from Gary L. Clayton, Chief Executive Officer of the Illinois Association of REALTORS®: “Illinois REALTORS® have long seen firsthand how high property taxes erect barriers to homeownership. We applaud Gov. Bruce Rauner’s intent to make property tax relief a … Continue reading →

Grassroots advocacy leaders in Washington for training

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 02/04/2015 - 5:40pm
This week in Washington, D.C., the National Association of REALTORS® is holding their 2015 Federal Policy Conference and training for the new Federal Political Coordinator’s (FPC). This forum outlines the priority issues for REALTORS® in this new session of Congress. … Continue reading →

Get reaction to Rauner speech right here

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 02/04/2015 - 12:00pm
Few people know exactly what Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner will say in his first State of the State Address today, so our Legislative Affairs Team will be listening closely for any messages that could impact members of the Illinois Association … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: More homeowners tackling remodeling projects

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 02/03/2015 - 10:56am
Home improvement projects are on the rise and on track to potentially reach record-level spending this year, according to a new report, “Emerging Trends in the Remodeling Market,” from the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies. See the center’s infographic … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Selling a home? Quick remodeling fixes that can boost value

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 12:06pm
Taking the time to freshen up your home with the right remodeling jobs could help you get the best price when it comes time to sell. In the article, “Top 5 ways to boost the value of your home,” the … Continue reading →

Lynn Madison receives award for political involvement from Illinois Association of REALTORS®

IAR News - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 11:02am
Date:  February 2, 2015 Intro: 

Illinois REALTOR® Lynn Madison has received the 2014 Illinois Association of REALTORS® (IAR) Political Involvement Award

FOR RELEASE: February 2, 2015

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

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Are you following these 2 residential disclosure tips?

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 10:17am
To help IAR members avoid problems when representing sellers, Jeffrey T. Baker, Sorling Northrup Attorneys, and IAR Transaction Helpline Attorney, offers two tips regarding completion of the Residential Real Property Disclosure Report. In the January issue of D.R. Legal News, … Continue reading →

Local TV personality helps Capital Area REALTORS® work with media

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 5:53pm
On Thursday morning, select members of the Capital Area REALTORS® (CAR) visited the Illinois Association of REALTORS® headquarters in Springfield for media training. CAR sent a group of its members attend the Thursday morning session as part of its Leadership … Continue reading →

Loretta Alonzo named Illinois REALTOR® of the Year for outstanding industry leadership, service

IAR News - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 3:15pm
Date:  January 29, 2015 Intro: 

REALTOR® Loretta Alonzo, managing broker of Century 21 Affiliated in La Grange Park, has been named the 2015 Illinois REALTOR® of the Year. 

FOR RELEASE: January 29, 2015

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

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Morning Minute: U.S. pending home sales dip in December but remain higher than a year ago

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 11:19am
The National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) reports today that the December Pending Home Sales Index decreased 3.7 percent compared to the month before but is still 6.1 percent higher than December 2013. The NAR index is a forward-looking indicator based … Continue reading →

Get your Broker Management CE before prices go up

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 11:00am
Managing Brokers – Save yourself some money and relieve stress by signing up for the 12-hour IAR Broker Management Continuing Education (BMCE) webinar, scheduled for Feb. 4 and 5. The February course costs $139, and starts at 9 a.m. both … Continue reading →

December IAR housing data reports available in Spanish

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 11:48am
Don’t forget the Illinois Association of REALTORS® offers Spanish-language housing data for members and their clients. IAR provides data snapshots for Illinois, the nine-county Chicago area and the city of Chicago. To find December housing data, visit the MarketStats page at illinoisrealtor.org.

Do you know someone in the 2015 IAR leadership program?

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 11:25am
Participants in the Illinois Association of REALTORS® 2015 Leadership Development Program include IAR members from Marion to Galena to Chicago and many places in between. This year’s class kicks off training in Springfield Feb. 17 (noon to 4 p.m., then … Continue reading →

Learn more about the 2016 IAR treasurer candidates

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 01/26/2015 - 5:05pm
As the Illinois Association of REALTORS®’ Nominating Committee gathers information and meets with 2016 IAR Treasurer Candidates Jeff Gregory and Matt Difanis, you can consider their qualifications too. Both have a history of success serving clients and helping colleagues through … Continue reading →