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Watch the video and celebrate Fair Housing Month in April

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 04/07/2015 - 3:58pm
Illinois REALTORS® can commemorate Fair Housing Month in April by sharing a link to the video “Seven Days” with their clients and potential customers. The YouTube video, produced by Nationwide Insurance and the National Fair Housing Alliance, tells the story … Continue reading →

Illinois REALTOR® and Harvard data can improve your approach

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 04/07/2015 - 1:25pm
Look at the digital version of April’s Illinois REALTOR® for information that will help you better serve aging clients and potentially gain referrals for your expertise. After reading the article “Harvard research identifies looming senior housing issues,” you may conclude … Continue reading →

Vote today, Illinois REALTORS®!

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 04/07/2015 - 5:30am
Today Illinois REALTORS® can make their voices heard in the Illinois Consolidated Elections, with polls opening at 6 a.m. and closing at 7 p.m. Make sure you vote for the REALTOR®-supported candidates in your area. Keep up the REALTOR® tradition … Continue reading →

Only one IAR webinar left for BMCE before deadline

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 04/06/2015 - 4:22pm
The sellout of this week’s IAR webinar leaves managing brokers one similar option for continuing education credits before the April 30 license renewal deadline: April 20-21 IAR webinar. The webinar starts at 9 a.m. each day and provides a total … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: U.S. vacation homes sales jumped to record high in 2014

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 04/06/2015 - 10:32am
The market for vacation homes was strong in 2014, with sales of vacation properties climbing to 1.13 million last year, a 57.4 percent jump compared to 2013 and the highest level since the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) began tracking … Continue reading →

Take advantage of your last chances to vote

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 04/06/2015 - 9:14am
Make your voice heard in the April 7 Illinois Consolidated Election by either voting today through absentee ballot or visiting your local polling place between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. tomorrow. To find out more about elections, you can visit … Continue reading →

Opportunity Race: RPAC supports Weaver re-election bid

IARbuzz.com Blog - Sun, 04/05/2015 - 8:00am
Peoria residents received IAR RPAC postcards urging them to vote for Chuck Weaver in the April 7 consolidated election so he is re-elected to the Peoria City Council. The mailing lets Peoria voters know Weaver is a councilman who favors: … Continue reading →

Opportunity Race: RPAC urges Turner re-election

IARbuzz.com Blog - Sat, 04/04/2015 - 8:00am
Peoria residents received IAR RPAC postcards urging them to re-elect Eric Turner to the Peoria City Council in the April 7 consolidated election. The mailing lets Peoria voters know Turner is a councilman who favors: Reducing barriers to homeownership; Keeping … Continue reading →

Opportunity Race: RPAC urges support for Spain

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 04/03/2015 - 4:00pm
Peoria residents received IAR RPAC postcards urging them to vote for Ryan Spain for city councilman in the April 7 consolidated election. The mailing lets Peoria voters know Spain will be a councilman who favors: Reducing barriers to homeownership; Keeping … Continue reading →

IAR offices closed April 3 for Good Friday

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 04/02/2015 - 4:33pm
The Illinois Association of REALTORS®’ offices in Springfield will be closed Friday, April 3, in observance of Good Friday. IAR offices will reopen at 8:30 a.m., Monday, April 6.

IAR participates in the 2015 Illinois Governor’s Conference on Affordable Housing

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 04/02/2015 - 4:30pm
This week, IAR Housing Opportunity Working Group Chair Dana Hybl and IAR Housing Policy Advisor Sharon Gorrell represented Illinois REALTORS® at the annual Illinois Governor’s Conference on Affordable Housing, hosted by the Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA) and the Illinois … Continue reading →

CAR-WCIAR merger gets national kudos

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 04/02/2015 - 4:30pm
National Association of REALTORS® President Chris Polychron praised the leaders of the Capital Area REALTORS® (CAR) and the West Central Illinois Association of REALTORS® (WCIAR) for the way they worked together during the merger of the two organizations. Effective April … Continue reading →

Cook County ‘Bed & Breakfasts’ reclassified for 2015 assessments

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 04/02/2015 - 4:11pm
The IAR Government Affairs team is working with the Cook County Assessor’s Office to find out what a policy change means for the property tax assessment classification for current and future “Bed & Breakfast” owners. Although previously considered commercial properties … Continue reading →

Keynote presenter sneak peek

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 04/02/2015 - 11:48am
Sharing! Here’s a sneak peek and some background information about two of our keynote presenters at the 2015 IAR Spring Conference & Expo, Joe Niego and Ashton Gustafson: “You’ll know exactly what you need to do to have a better … Continue reading →

Opportunity Race: RPAC urges vote for Seniker

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 04/02/2015 - 8:00am
Brighton residents received IAR RPAC postcards urging them to vote for REALTOR® Chris Seniker for village trustee in the April 7 consolidated election. The mailing lets voters know Seniker will provide Brighton with a village trustee who favors: Reducing barriers … Continue reading →

Illinois REALTOR®: Review the basics of staging for senior homes

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 1:00pm
In the April issue of Illinois REALTOR®, discover how you can stage the homes of mature owners using compassion and practicality. And you can do it without breaking the bank! REALTORS® Leslie Ebersole and Craig Schiller of Baird & Warner’s … Continue reading →

Opportunity Race: RPAC postcards advocate for Dalla Riva

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 8:00am
Edwardsville residents received IAR RPAC postcards urging them to vote for REALTOR® Terri Dalla Riva for the Edwardsville School Board in the April 7 consolidated election. The postcard lets voters know Dalla Riva will provide Edwardsville with a school board … Continue reading →

REALTORS® can make their votes count on April 7

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 9:18am
One week from today, you can make sure your voice is heard by voting in the April 7 Illinois consolidated elections. But if that date isn’t convenient for you, you can still participate by using early voting through Saturday (April … Continue reading →

Opportunity Race: RPAC urges vote for Chiles

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 7:28am
Residents of Springfield’s 10th Ward received IAR RPAC postcards urging them to vote for Past IAR President and REALTOR® Phil Chiles for the Springfield City Council in the April 7 consolidated election. The postcards let voters know Chiles will provide … Continue reading →

Messages that Move You

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 03/30/2015 - 3:55pm
As a REALTOR®, you are well aware of barriers to even simple real estate transactions, that include taxes, mandates, fees and restrictions imposed at the state and local level. When policies and pieces of legislation go unchecked, property owners and … Continue reading →