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Key question for leasing agents: How much CE do I have?

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 06/30/2014 - 3:45pm
Q. How can I find out what continuing education hours I already have? Use the Illinois Association of REALTORS(R) Education Lookup to check your education credits for courses taken — and passed — through the Illinois Association of REALTORS(R) Licensing … Continue reading →

2014 IAR Legislative Scorecard: Notable victories for Illinois REALTORS® and private property rights

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 06/30/2014 - 3:25pm
The 2014 spring session of the Illinois General Assembly was a busy one and the Illinois Association of REALTORS® (IAR) team of lobbyists and our 41,000 members worked to stop bad policy, alter flawed legislation, advocate IAR initiatives and promote … Continue reading →

First of three REALTOR®-built Habitat houses gets dedication

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 06/30/2014 - 10:38am
  Illinois REALTORS® celebrated with a new homeowner Saturday in Murphysboro during a ceremony that ended the first of the association’s three Habitat for Humanity builds in the state this year. Kristen Beck moved into the new home in Southern … Continue reading →

In Case You Missed It: Top IARbuzz blog posts from last week

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 06/30/2014 - 7:30am
In case you missed it, here are four of the top IARbuzz blog posts from last week:  Get a preview of what keynoter Matt Tenney will share at Fall Conference - Watch a short video on what you can expect … Continue reading →

Take action now; urge Gov. Quinn to sign condo foreclosure bill

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 06/26/2014 - 7:50pm
SB2664 makes needed changes to the Condominium Property Act by limiting some of the money buyers of foreclosed condos face paying at closing.The bill is on Gov. Pat Quinn’s desk awaiting signature, and your help is needed now. Why is … Continue reading →

Know the score when it comes to the IAR Fall Conference!

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 06/26/2014 - 11:37am
You don’t have to be Bears Quarterback Jay Cutler to know the significance of big numbers or get pumped up by rallying cries. But if you are a Bears fan and plan to attend the IAR Fall Conference and Expo … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: 30-year mortgage rates lower than a year ago

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 06/26/2014 - 11:08am
For the first time in a year, 30-year, fixed mortgage rates fell this week below where they were a year ago, Inman reports in “Rates on 30-year mortgages post first annual decline this year.” The 30-year rate averaged 4.14 percent … Continue reading →

Get a preview of what keynoter Matt Tenney will share at Fall Conference

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 06/25/2014 - 3:43pm
  Matt Tenney will speak Sept. 6, 2014 at McCormick Place as part of the Illinois Association of REALTORS® Fall Conference & Expo, bringing with him lessons learned from his biggest failure. Tenney, who provides the closing keynote for the … Continue reading →

Fraud alert: Beware of efforts to divert wire transfers

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 06/25/2014 - 3:08pm
Several Illinois real estate business are reporting scam artists are trying to divert funds that were to be used in real estate transactions. The “phishing” attacks are wide-ranging, and seek email and password information from title companies, real estate brokerages … Continue reading →

Do you have questions about a Leasing Agent license renewal?

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 06/25/2014 - 2:12pm
If you have a license to be a Leasing Agent, but you aren’t sure when your license needs to be renewed or how much it will cost, you should read the Q&A  prepared by Carrie Elliott. You’ll discover answers to … Continue reading →

New home sales surge in May, hitting six-year high

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 06/25/2014 - 12:08pm
Sales of new, single-family homes appeared to be picking up steam again in May, surging to a six-year high, according to the latest U.S. Commerce Department data. New- home sales were up 18.6 percent compared to April and 16.9 percent … Continue reading →

REALTOR® associations honored for work to protect Scott AFB

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 06/25/2014 - 11:32am
  The Illinois Association of REALTORS, the REALTOR Association of Southwestern Illinois, and the Greater Gateway Association of REALTORS were recently recognized by the Leadership Council of Southwestern Illinois for their significant contribution to the “One Voice, United for Growth” … Continue reading →

Sneak peek of the July issue of Illinois REALTOR®

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 06/24/2014 - 5:26pm
The July issue of Illinois REALTOR® will soon be arriving in your mailbox but you can get an early look at the publication in this digital extra.

Buscher, Mandis and Tenggren latest IAR RPAC Ambassadors

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 06/24/2014 - 10:30am
Congratulations to these REALTORS® for becoming official RPAC Ambassadors for the 1,000 Points of Light campaign: ​Mike Buscher of the Real Estate Group in Springfield, ​Jan Mandis ​of Realty Central, Inc. in Carbondale and ​Christopher Tenggren of RE/MAX Great American … Continue reading →

Still time to sign in for today’s IAR Legal Webinar

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 06/24/2014 - 9:15am
Join the IAR’s Legal Services team at 9:30 a.m. today for the IAR Legal Webinar, “What’s New with BPOs, the Condo Act and Illinois’ new Division of Real Estate.” This one-hour webinar is an IAR members-only benefit. Sign up now … Continue reading →

Video: May 2014 Home Sales Report for Illinois #IARMarketStats

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 06/23/2014 - 11:56am
Sales dropped compared to May 2013, but median prices saw increases in the state according to the Illinois Association of REALTORS® monthly review of data. Watch a quick video on the state’s May housing numbers.

In Case You Missed It: Top IARbuzz blog posts from last week

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 06/23/2014 - 7:30am
In case you missed it, here are four of the top IARbuzz blog posts from last week: IDFPR’s newly created Division of Real Estate web page goes live – Access the web page for the Illinois Department of Financial and … Continue reading →

Illinois median home prices up 8.3 percent from a year ago; Statewide home sales down 9.4 percent in May

IAR News - Fri, 06/20/2014 - 4:40pm
Date:  June 23, 2014 Intro: 

May Illinois home prices rose 8.3 percent and home sales decreased 9.4 percent compared to May 2013, while the trend continues of recent month-over-month sales gains, according to the Illinois Association of REALTORS®. 

FOR RELEASE: June 23, 2014

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

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East Peoria council eliminates sprinkler mandate for new residential construction

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 06/20/2014 - 4:32pm
The East Peoria City Council voted Tuesday, June 17, 2014, to drop a fire sprinkler mandate from an update to its building codes. The council adopted much of the 2012 International Residential Code, but the portion mandating costly fire suppression … Continue reading →