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Trautman finds multiple ways to help Champaign area

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 08/08/2016 - 8:00am
For Champaign-area REALTOR® P.J. Trautman, showing teenagers the value of volunteering for local charities was one of the best volunteer experiences of the past year. “I really enjoyed engaging with the Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) youth during their civic … Continue reading →

Champaign County REALTORS® present backpacks to local Boys and Girls Club

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 08/05/2016 - 3:51pm
The Champaign County Association of REALTORS® presented 200 backpacks filled with school supplies to the Don Moyer Boys and Girls Club of Champaign last week. “We were very pleased to donate 200 backpacks filled with school supplies to assist students … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: U.S. employment and economic picture gets a boost in July

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 08/05/2016 - 10:41am
The U.S. economy added 255,000 new jobs and wages improved in July, sending promising signals of summer economic growth, according to media reports today. A look at some of the headlines: “Strong Job Gains, for Second Month, Reframe Economic Outlook,” … Continue reading →

REALTORS® and Congressman Bill Foster discuss FHA appraisals and the housing market

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 08/04/2016 - 4:14pm
Illinois REALTORS® hosted a Federal Housing Administration (FHA) town hall meeting in partnership with Congressman Bill Foster on Thursday in Romeoville. REALTOR® Jeff Gregory, managing broker-owner of Realty Executives Success and the Federal Political Coordinator for Congressman Foster served as moderator … Continue reading →

Hancock tells story of surprise, gratitude and teamwork

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 08/04/2016 - 2:05pm
Just moments after hearing that she’d been selected as the recipient of the 2016 Rhino Award, Dallas Hancock says, “Honestly, you could have knocked me over with a feather. After I caught my breath, I felt extremely proud because the … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Mortgage interest rates head lower this week

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 08/04/2016 - 10:08am
After a few weeks of gains, fixed mortgage rates reversed course this week and decreased to near 2016 lows, Freddie Mac reports this morning. The 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage averaged 3.43 percent, down from last week’s 3.48 percent. The 15-year, fixed-rate … Continue reading →

Crosby serving first term on Winnebago County Board

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 08/03/2016 - 12:14pm
Rockford REALTOR® Jean Crosby found a new way to help her community earlier this year when she won election to District 16 of the Winnebago County Board by less than 50 votes. She credits the victory to the support given … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: 10 tax tips if you are selling your home this year

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 08/03/2016 - 10:30am
Selling your home is a big decision, and it’s one that can have an impact on you come tax time. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) offers 10 tips you need to know about taxes and your home including whether you … Continue reading →

Join Congressman Bill Foster on Thursday for a discussion on FHA appraisals

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 08/02/2016 - 12:22pm
Illinois REALTORS® can still register to attend the this week’s discussion with Congressman Bill Foster on Federal Housing Administration (FHA) appraisals and mortgage insurance. Register now to attend this free event. When: Thursday, Aug. 4 from 10 – 11 a.m. … Continue reading →

Separate AAPI numbers in US Census Bureau’s quarterly housing report could help fix some housing problems

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 08/02/2016 - 10:12am
Members of the Asian American Pacific Islander community hope to have their housing problems identified and addressed thanks to a change made in the U.S. Census Bureau’s Quarterly Housing Reports, starting with the report released just last week, reported the … Continue reading →

You May be Halfway to the GRI Designation

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 08/01/2016 - 3:10pm
The new Graduate, REALTOR® Institute program launched August 1, 2016. View the online curriculum and you may discover that you have already completed half the requirements needed to earn the GRI Designation. If you have completed your broker post-license studies … Continue reading →

Three Rivers REALTORS® help grow local farmers’ market

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 08/01/2016 - 1:30pm
The Three Rivers Association of REALTORS® used an NAR Placemaking Grant to help ensure a successful inaugural farmers’ market in Coal City. The $1,200 micro grant covered the costs of professional tents which housed the vendors for the market. Five … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: President Obama signs condo financing bill into law

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 08/01/2016 - 10:59am
Good news for consumers! President Obama has signed H.R. 3700, the REALTOR®-supported legislation that will reform FHA restrictions on condo financing, among other provisions. Watch a video from National Association of REALTORS® President Tom Salomone thanking REALTORS® for all their … Continue reading →

Lawrence answers the call for this non-profit

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 08/01/2016 - 8:00am
Even after seven years of volunteering for Opportunity Knocks, the passion to serve the young adults assisted by the non-profit organization still burns hot for Oak Park REALTOR® John Lawrence. The former middle school special education teacher/basketball coach has supported … Continue reading →

Nothing can deter Illinois REALTORS® from focus on property rights

IARbuzz.com Blog - Sat, 07/30/2016 - 8:30am
Illinois REALTORS® will continue relationship building with lawmakers and candidates for local and state elections following the end of the Democratic National Convention (DNC) Thursday night. The delegations sent to the DNC and the Republican National Convention the week before are … Continue reading →

Register today for CCIM’s Global CRE Investment Bootcamp

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 07/29/2016 - 4:32pm
Illinois REALTORS® who want to help international commercial investors find the right properties should register now for the Global CRE Investment Bootcamp offered by CCIM Oct. 6 and 7 in Chicago. The two-day workshop will teach you how to: Qualify … Continue reading →

REALTORS®, history and politics blend at DNC in Philadelphia

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 07/29/2016 - 12:31pm
Illinois REALTORS® have been attending special events with lawmakers, party leaders and staff members this week at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, just as they did last week at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. With meetings and receptions … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: NAR sees a jump in new commercial real estate members

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 07/29/2016 - 11:24am
The number of new commercial REALTORS® is growing, particularly among agents with less than two years of commercial real estate experience — a demographic that has nearly doubled to 9 percent, according to the 2016 National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) … Continue reading →

Only four more days until the Illinois leasing agent license renewal deadline

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 07/28/2016 - 1:02pm
  The license renewal deadline for Illinois leasing agents is July 31. The Illinois REALTORS® Licensing & Training Center has the information you need to know about continuing education requirements, the steps for the renewal process and more. Learn more at http://www.illinoisrealtor.org/leasingagentrenewal. … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Mortgage interest rates experience slight uptick, remain low overall

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 07/28/2016 - 9:48am
Freddie Mac reports today that fixed mortgage rates climbed slightly higher this week to 3.48 percent for a 30-year fixed, but continue to hover near historic lows. The 15-year fixed rate averaged 2.78 percent. Read Freddie Mac’s news release. “The … Continue reading →