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Get a sneak preview of Laurie Moore-Moore’s presentation at Fall Conference

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 12:44pm
  Laurie Moore-Moore knows how to sell and market luxury homes. She’s trained thousands of agents to market upper-tier properties and she’s founder and CEO of the Institute for Luxury Home Marketing. On Sept. 6, she will be bringing her … Continue reading →

IAR Legal Webinar: Your Questions Answered

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 12:22pm
Tuesday’s IAR Legal Webinar “What’s Up in Your Backyard?” covered local issues affecting the business of real estate including licensing of landlords, fair housing and local crime free ordinances. The webinar featured special guest Mike Scobey, assistant director of the … Continue reading →

Gov. Quinn issues amendatory veto on SB 2664

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 5:12pm
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn’s office issued an amendatory veto on SB 2664, the Condo Foreclosure Bill, which in effect would scuttle months of work on the reform measure. According to IAR Governmental Affairs Director Greg St. Aubin, the amended bill … Continue reading →

Get your .REALTOR domain address beginning this fall

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 2:48pm
Looking to get the nifty new .realtor domain to use for your email address? Signups for the top-level domain will be this fall. RIS Media has a story on the planned rollout to some 80,000 REALTORS®. NAR has a page … Continue reading →

Kolbus says fall conference helps him grow

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 1:58pm
You can grow personally and professionally by attending the 2014 IAR Fall Conference & Expo, says Jeff Kolbus of Traders Realty Corporation in Peoria. Kolbus has attended several fall conferences in the past, and because of his positive experiences, he’s … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Homebuilders more optimistic about market

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 10:07am
Homebuilder sentiment rose in August for the third consecutive month and to the highest level since the beginning of the year, the National Association of Home Builders reports. The factors that are contributing to this improved outlook — job growth, … Continue reading →

Pre-register for Fall Conference & Expo and save $20

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 2:19pm
IAR members can save $20 by pre-registering for the IAR Fall Conference & Expo before the end of the day Thursday. Thursday is the final day for pre-registration for the full conference Sept. 4-6 at McCormick Place in Chicago.  For … Continue reading →

Remember to join us tomorrow for Legal Webinar

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 12:23pm
If you’re available to listen, please join IAR Assistant Director Government Affairs Mike Scobey and Legal Hotline Attorney Betsy Urbance at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday for the Legal Webinar titled “What’s up in your backyard?” Discussion will revolve around local government … Continue reading →

In Case You Missed It: Top IARbuzz blog posts for the week

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 9:26am
In case you missed it, here are three of the top IARbuzz blog posts from the past week: U.S. Rep. Schock discusses issues with Illinois REALTORS® – Schock, a Republican first elected to the U.S. House in 2008, spoke at IAR in … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Foreclosure activity down in Chicago area

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 9:50am
Some good news on the distressed property front: foreclosure activity in Chicago, and the U.S., dipped in July, the Chicago Tribune reports. While Illinois still ranks high when it comes to foreclosure rates, there has been downward movement with activity … Continue reading →

U.S. Rep. Schock discusses issues with Illinois REALTORS®

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 12:45pm
U.S. Rep Aaron Schock met with Illinois REALTORS® to discuss federal real estate and taxation policies, and to hear updates on the market in central Illinois. Schock, a Republican first elected to the U.S. House in 2008, spoke at the Illinois Association … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Latest HUD housing scorecard shows progress in many key areas

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 11:01am
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released its July Housing Scorecard and it shows a national housing market that is experiencing stronger sales of existing homes and a decline in foreclosures. Rising prices, job growth and improving … Continue reading →

Key player in television industry will speak at Multicultural Summit

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 4:20pm
Register for the IAR Multicultural Summit on Sept. 4 and you’ll hear from a leader in the growth of Spanish language television in the United States, Univision’s Larry Sands. With more than 25 years in the broadcast industry, Sands will … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Housing market moving to healthier, sustainable levels, NAR reports

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 11:32am
Nationally, home price growth slowed in the second quarter of this year, but the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) says the pace is a healthy one. Homeowners can continue to build equity while prices are still within reach of potential … Continue reading →

Game On Giveaway winner selected

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 4:40pm
REALTOR® Marisha J. Spero of the Keller Williams Premier Realty agency in Lincolnshire, IL is the winner of IAR’s Game On Giveaway. Spero was one of 295 IAR members entered in the promotion, and her name was selected by an … Continue reading →

Deadline is Sept. 1 to apply for Cook Association Management Scholarship

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 11:17am
The deadline to apply for a Robert E. Cook Scholarship through the Illinois Real Estate Educational Foundation (REEF) is Monday, Sept. 1, 2014. Download an application. The Cook Scholarship may be awarded to selected individuals wishing to further their education … Continue reading →

Quinn, Rauner to address REALTORS® at Fall Conference & Expo

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 10:44am
  Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn and his Republican GOP challenger, Bruce Rauner, are scheduled to speak at the Illinois Association of REALTORS® Fall Conference & Expo. Quinn, who has addressed REALTORS® as part of the association’s Housing Leaders Conferences, is … Continue reading →

In Case You Missed It: Top IARbuzz blog posts for the week

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 08/11/2014 - 12:36pm
In case you missed it, here are seven of the top IARbuzz blog posts from the past week. Do you have these apps in your REALTOR® toolkit? — REALTORS® attending the YPN REbarcamp event in Itasca on Aug. 4 shared … Continue reading →

Will you make these 3 Fall Conference deadlines and save?

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 5:21pm
Help your bottom line in the coming week by meeting three IAR Fall Conference & Expo deadlines. 1)  Enter the Game On Giveaway by 11:59 p.m. Monday, and you could win registration expenses for the full conference and accommodations at … Continue reading →

What do you get on Sept. 6 for $99?

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 9:38am
If Saturday, Sept. 6 is the only day you can attend the IAR Fall Conference & Expo, you’re in for a great experience! Register now and for only $99, you get access to exhibitors at the expo, plus several opportunities … Continue reading →