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CAR gives 49 reasons to help homeless children and moms

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 3:24pm
The Chicago Association of REALTORS® (CAR) is supporting the fourth annual coat and toy drive for the nonprofit organization, Advocates for Adolescent Mothers. The charity gathers outerwear and toys to help 49 young mothers and their children during the holiday … Continue reading →

Video: Illinois housing market trends #IARmarketStats

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 11:54am
Sales for the state increased slightly and median prices remained robust in October, according to the Illinois Association of REALTORS®. In a new video, Dr. Geoffrey J.D. Hewings talks about what is driving consumers and the housing market.

Heartland collects ‘Toys for Tots’ in McHenry County

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 9:20am
On Dec. 4, from 5 to 7 p.m., the Heartland REALTOR® Organization will conduct its Toys for Tots drive at Sideouts Bar & Eatery in Island Lake, Ill., to benefit less fortunate children in McHenry County. Retired local Marines will … Continue reading →

You won’t believe what PAAR is driving to do

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 2:00pm
For the past 26 years, the Peoria Area Association of REALTORS® (PAAR) has helped raise significant money for the food pantries in Peoria, Tazewell, Woodford and Fulton counties with the PAAR Turkey Drive, and the 27th year is no exception. … Continue reading →

What can be done to solve important housing issues?

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 1:21pm
This week, Sharon Gorrell, Housing Policy Advisor for IAR is attending the Solutions 2014 Conference that is being put on by the National Housing Conference which is a research and housing advocacy organization.  She has attended several sessions on a variety of … Continue reading →

Register for GRI in Peoria by midnight tonight! #ILGRIturns50

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 12:07pm
Register today for the Graduate, REALTOR® Institute (GRI) program at the Peoria Marriott Pere Marquette on Dec. 1-4. Registration ends at midnight tonight, Nov. 21. A limited number of walk ins will be accepted for Courses II and III but not … Continue reading →

Remember when cowboys and cowgirls were heroes?

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 9:48pm
Today’s Throwback Thursday photo harkens back to 1981, when GRI had a western theme. Although “Maverick” starring James Garner, was the only western on prime time TV back then, you could still tune in to syndicated versions of “Gunsmoke,” “Bonanza,” … Continue reading →

Southwestern IL members collect food and toys for charities

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 10:59am
From 4 to 7 p.m. Dec. 11, members of the REALTOR® Association of Southwestern Illinois (RASI) will conduct a Toy and Food Drive for two separate charities at the Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows in Belleville. RASI members … Continue reading →

Three facts about Illinois October home sales #IARMarketStats

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 10:35am
The Illinois Association of REALTORS® released the October housing report this morning. #IARMarketStats Statewide, October home sales inched 0.2 percent higher than a year ago and the median price increased 6.0 percent year-over-year. Here are a few more takeaways from … Continue reading →

Infographic: October Illinois Housing Snapshot #IARMarketStats

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 8:47am
Illinois home sales inched higher in October and median home prices continued upward with a statewide year-over-year increase of 6.0 percent, according to the Illinois Association of REALTORS®. Read the news release | Download and share a new infographic.

Illinois home sales see slight gain in October; Statewide home prices increase 6.0 percent annually

IAR News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 5:06pm
Date:  November 20, 2014 Intro: 

Illinois home sales inched higher in October and median home prices continued upward with a statewide year-over-year increase of 6.0 percent.

FOR RELEASE: November 20, 2014

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

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IAR Government Affairs monitors veto session

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 4:58pm
Members of the Illinois General Assembly returned to Springfield today for the beginning of the fall veto session, and the IAR Government Affairs team was on the scene to represent the interests of real estate professionals and their customers. Director … Continue reading →

Coming Thursday: Illinois October Home Sales Report

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 4:47pm
The Illinois Association of REALTORS® will release the Illinois October home sales report at 8 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 20. The latest information about Illinois home sales, median prices and a forecast of future trends in the state’s housing market will … Continue reading →

Going to GRI in Peoria? Find session schedules #ILGRIturns50

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 3:50pm
The Graduate, REALTOR® Institute (GRI) is right around the corner in Peoria on Dec. 1-4. If you haven’t registered yet, do so now! Registration ends at midnight on Friday, Nov. 21. Limited walk ins will be allowed for Courses II … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: As FHA finances improve, REALTORS® urge agency to lower insurance fees

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 11:00am
Following news that that the Federal Housing Administration’s (FHA) Mutual Mortgage Insurance Fund is now profitable, the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) is urging the agency to decrease insurance premium fees for consumers. “Now that the MMI Fund is on … Continue reading →

Rockford Area REALTORS® cook up chocolate open house

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 11:00am
From 5 to 7 p.m. Dec. 11, the Rockford Area REALTORS® will offer door prizes, appetizers, chocolate treats and chocolate martinis at the “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Chocolate” open house for its 750 members. The special event … Continue reading →

‘RPAC to the Future’ started today

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 5:19pm
Local association RPAC planning was the main event today at IAR headquarters with more than 100 attending “RPAC to the Future” representing local REALTOR associations from all corners of the state. On the agenda, political giving and fundraising trends, NAR … Continue reading →

Three Rivers members recruit, bake, gather and share

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 5:08pm
When it comes to serving Will and Grundy counties in northeastern Illinois, the Three Rivers Association of REALTORS® conducts several community service projects to help the less fortunate, especially in November and December. “Our association covers a large geographic area, … Continue reading →

Four reasons to attend GRI in Peoria this December #ILGRIturns50

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 4:24pm
There are only four more days to pre-register for the Graduate, REALTOR® Institute (GRI) program at the Peoria Marriott Pere Marquette on Dec. 1-4. Final registration ends at midnight on Friday, Nov. 21. A limited number of walk ins will … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Homebuilders wary of fire sprinkler mandates, other overly stringent codes

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 10:18am
Single-family homebuilders are concerned about the increasing number of building codes — including the push for mandatory fire sprinklers in new residential construction —  being promoted for public policy reasons that can needlessly drive up building costs, according to a … Continue reading →