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Photos tell the story of Public Policy Meetings — part two

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 8:33pm
  REALTORS who attended the IAR Public Policy Meetings in East Peoria this week worked hard to learn more about the outside forces that affect the right of property owners and the business of real estate. Here’s another photo gallery … Continue reading →

Photos tell the story of Public Policy Meetings — part one

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 7:40pm
The RPAC Auction, complete with the REALTOR Family Feud, the RVOICE Forum, the RPAC Recognition Lunch and the RPAC Major Investors VIP Coffee were just a few of the activities captured by our photographers. Check out this photo gallery for … Continue reading →

Illinois home sales, prices higher in December; Strong gains seen in 2015

IAR News - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 7:01pm
Date:  January 22, 2016 Intro: 

Illinois home sales and prices climbed higher in December and capped off a 2015 housing market that showed a return to a more balanced  market with total year-end sales and median price gains surpassing 2014.

FOR RELEASE: Jan. 22, 2016

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

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REEF fundraiser raises more than $5,000 for education

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 1:54pm
A “Fun-raiser” for the Real Estate Educational Foundation raised more than $5,000 on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016. The foundation, which provides numerous scholarships, holds an annual fundraising event at the Public Policy Meetings held in East Peoria, Ill. The fundraiser … Continue reading →

Weaver underscores value of REALTOR® advocacy

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 10:40am
Illinois Sen. Chuck Weaver told Illinois REALTORS® on Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016, about the value of establishing relationships and being an advocate for the industry. Weaver, R-Peoria, who represents the 37th Senate District, spoke at the IAR Public Policy Meetings held … Continue reading →

IDFPR officials talk issues, goals with Illinois REALTORS®

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 7:48pm
Kreg Allison, the new director of the Division of Real Estate for the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR), introduced himself to members of the Illinois Association of REALTORS® on Wednesday at the group’s Public Policy meetings in East … Continue reading →

Explaining value of Real Property Consumer Forum

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 7:36pm
Consumers and REALTORS will benefit from the work of the Real Property Consumer Forum IAR Chief Executive Officer Gary Clayton said at the IAR Public Policy Meetings in East Peoria Wednesday. One benefit could come from the allegiance of consumers … Continue reading →

Economists offer a closer look at the 2016 housing market

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 7:14pm
The real estate market is expected to experience continued growth in 2016, but factors such as available housing inventory, job growth and ongoing political issues could have an impact, said two leading industry economists at the Illinois Association of REALTORS® … Continue reading →

Neaves honored for REALTOR® Political Involvement

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 3:35pm
Congratulations to Ed Neaves, the recipient of the Illinois Association of REALTORS® 2015 Political Involvement Award. The award honors individuals for achievements and excellence in political and grassroots involvement. Neaves is the Managing Broker for Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Snyder Real Estate … Continue reading →

Read named 2016 IAR REALTOR of the Year

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 12:45pm
REALTOR Chris Read, of CR, Realtor in Woodridge, was named 2016 IAR REALTOR of the Year at the IAR Public Policy Meetings in East Peoria Wednesday morning. Read has served as a member of numerous IAR committees since 2002, including: … Continue reading →

FPC Working Group looks ahead

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 01/19/2016 - 5:05pm
The Federal Political Coordinators Working Group, led by Chair Jeff Gregory, met at the IAR Public Policy Meetings Tuesday in East Peoria. The group discussed Housing Finance and GSE Reform Policy, heard a federal legislative update by NAR’s Shannon Burke and discussed … Continue reading →

RPAC strategic planning meeting engages local representatives

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 01/19/2016 - 4:04pm
RPAC Trustee Ed Neaves facilitated a panel discussion about ideas that helped local associations increase RPAC contributions Tuesday afternoon during IAR Public Policy Meetings in East Peoria. Check our photo gallery to see who got in on the action.  

Unes: Lack of state budget solution ‘unacceptable’

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 01/19/2016 - 12:21pm
State Rep. Mike Unes speaks to members of the Illinois Association of REALTORS® at their annual Public Policy Meetings in East Peoria on Jan. 19, 2016. Members of the REALTOR® Political Involvement Committee were told that a two-year spending plan … Continue reading →

Philosophy inspires Turner to give back to Dixon

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 01/18/2016 - 8:00am
REALTOR® Vicky Turner is looking forward to the summer, and not just because it’s prime selling season for homes. It’s because summer is prime tourism season in Dixon, and the culmination of much of her volunteer projects will occur then, … Continue reading →

5 remember how technology improved business for all: January’s Illinois REALTOR®

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 01/15/2016 - 6:10pm
Working in real estate today is better because of technological changes that reduced paper, improved efficiency and allowed REALTORS® to provide better service to their clients. Gerald Perlow, Larry Hundman, Lois Rowland, Dede Strano and Sheila Kraemer provide insights from … Continue reading →

IAR offices closed Monday for MLK, Jr. Day

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 01/15/2016 - 5:00pm
The Illinois Association of REALTORS®’ offices in Springfield will be closed Monday, Jan. 18, in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. IAR offices will reopen at 9 a.m. Tuesday.  

Sign up for Jan. 21 webinar about expense-tracking system

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 01/15/2016 - 1:28pm
REALTORS® can register now for “Deductr – Expense Tracking and Taxes Made Easy,” a free webinar offered by the REALTORS® Federal Credit Union at 1 p.m. Central Time, Thursday, Jan. 21. Deductr is an automated expense and tax tracking system … Continue reading →

January’s Illinois REALTOR® explains challenges facing anniversary task force

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 01/14/2016 - 4:08pm
In “A Year of Planning, a Year of Celebration Ahead,” (January’s Illinois REALTOR®), Pam Kreiter reflects on the significance of IAR’s impact on its members and property owners during the last 100 years, citing examples she witnessed during her own career. … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: NAR expects moderate gains in home sales in 2016

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 01/13/2016 - 10:00am
The National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) has released a new video forecast outlining this year’s U.S. housing market expectations. NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun says ongoing economic factors such as rising mortgage rates, slower economic growth and global issues will … Continue reading →