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Head ‘Back to School’ with IAR educational programs

Fri, 08/28/2015 - 5:30pm
It’s “Back to School” time, and IAR has a series of fall and winter educational programs lined up for you. In fact, the schedule is filling up quickly! Check out these dates you will want to put on your calendar: … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: U.S. Pending Home Sales Move Higher in July

Fri, 08/28/2015 - 11:12am
Pending home sales in July rose 7.4 percent higher compared to last year and were marginally higher — up 0.5 percent — compared to last month, according to the latest Pending Home Sales Index from the National Association of REALTORS®. … Continue reading →

Get all the information you need for upcoming license renewals

Fri, 08/28/2015 - 9:36am
Illinois real estate brokers face a deadline next year to renew their licenses, and the Illinois Association of REALTORS® has set up a page with all the information you will need to complete the process. That’s why IAR has created … Continue reading →

Get four hour-long safety webinars for free on Sept. 9

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 9:00am
Whether you’re looking for simple ways to improve everyday safety, protect yourself in rural environments or to safeguard data from high-tech thieves, registering for the NAR Safety Webinar Summit on Sept. 9 will provide Illinois REALTORS® with valuable information at … Continue reading →

Sign up for Sept. 10-11 commercial real estate foundations course in Chicago

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 8:54am
Illinois REALTORS® who want to develop the skills, acquire the resources and learn the business practices of successful commercial real estate professionals should sign up for “Foundations for Success in Commercial Real Estate” scheduled for Sept. 10 and 11 in … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Access to mortgage lending is improving, NAR survey finds

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 10:23am
U.S. lenders eased standards in the second quarter of of this year, expanding access to mortgage loans for more qualified borrowers, according to a new survey of lenders by the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR). Read more in the NAR … Continue reading →

Goodwin named finalist for NAR Good Neighbor Award

Tue, 08/25/2015 - 1:29pm
Illinois REALTOR® and NAR RPAC Investors Hall of Fame member Daniel L. Goodwin, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer for the Inland Real Estate Group, Inc., of Oak Brook, is one of 10 finalists for the NAR 2015 Good Neighbor Award. … Continue reading →

See who played in RPAC Sterling Open Golf Challenge

Tue, 08/25/2015 - 1:19pm
Thank you to the 42 attendees of IAR’s first RPAC Sterling Open golf challenge who enjoyed two perfect late-summer days of play at championship courses in Springfield. The event designed to recruit new Major Investors and help IAR reach its … Continue reading →

Time to reserve Inaugural Gala tickets and sponsorships

Mon, 08/24/2015 - 4:40pm
  Two important deadlines are approaching for Illinois REALTORS® planning to attend the IAR’s 99th Annual Inaugural Gala honoring Mike Drews, scheduled for Oct. 6 at the Oak Brook Hills Resort – Hilton. Gala ticket deadline The deadline for tickets … Continue reading →

Watch your email for information on new member-customer benefit

Mon, 08/24/2015 - 1:31pm
Illinois REALTORS® should check their email inbox this afternoon for an offer that could give them an edge on the competition – a free annual subscription to real estate news from Inman. The email will come from the Illinois Association … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: NAR identifies six factors to watch in housing

Mon, 08/24/2015 - 10:48am
U.S. home sales and prices rose higher in July and the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR), highlights six factors affecting the housing market today including all-cash sales accounting for less of the market and still low housing inventory. Click here … Continue reading →

IAR members featured in NAR video on affordability

Mon, 08/24/2015 - 2:25am
  IAR members Loretta Alonzo and Maurice Hampton took part in a video project spearheaded by the Carnegie Group for the National Association of REALTORS® at the annual Midyear Meetings in Washington, D.C. in May. Now the Illinois REALTORS®’ comments … Continue reading →

Men need to be smart about safety too

Fri, 08/21/2015 - 3:20pm
Male REALTORS® need to follow some common sense rules when showing properties to clients or they could be robbed, injured or worse, says one real estate professional who almost became a victim himself. Check out Gene Lentz’s story in REALTOR® … Continue reading →

Are rebates in real estate deals legal? Here’s a guide from our legal team

Thu, 08/20/2015 - 4:30pm
  Real estate brokers can use rebates as a business strategy in most cases, but those they seek to attract should become clients or be a party to a transaction, said IAR’s Legal Hotline attorney in a webinar held Aug. … Continue reading →

See at a glance the July prices and sales in your Illinois county

Thu, 08/20/2015 - 1:55pm
Each month the Illinois Association of REALTORS® provides an update on the housing market. This month, check out the heat map above to see how July median prices are doing in your market. Click on a county to see more … Continue reading →

Infographic: Illinois home sales and prices head higher in July #IARMarketStats

Thu, 08/20/2015 - 8:40am
The strong summer housing market continued in July as home sales and median prices posted robust gains while the time it took to sell a home declined, according to the Illinois Association of REALTORS®. Read the news release.

Rauner keynotes Republican event held at IAR headquarters

Wed, 08/19/2015 - 11:20am
Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner took time off from the State Fair on Tuesday to meet with the Republican supporters for a “Backyard Barbecue.” The event was held at IAR’s headquarters in Springfield, and was attended by nearly 200 people including … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: What’s a hot home feature in Illinois? Finished basements

Wed, 08/19/2015 - 10:51am
Homeowners in different states value different features in their homes. In North Carolina, front porches are a must-have while homeowners in Kansas place a high value on homes with wet bars. Realtor.com looked at single-family property listings in the 50 … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Moving for work? You could qualify for moving expense tax deductions

Tue, 08/18/2015 - 11:25am
Moving because of your job? Then you may be able to deduct some of your moving expenses, according to a new Internal Revenue Service tax tip sheet 2015-20, “Moving Expense Deduction.”  You must meet three requirements: Your move must closely … Continue reading →

NAR REALTOR® Broker Summit: Wagner discusses 1031s and millennials

Tue, 08/18/2015 - 10:04am
Dan Wagner (left), president-elect of the Chicago Association of REALTORS® and board member of the Illinois Association of REALTORS®, participated in a panel discussion at the 2015 Realtor Broker Summit in Seattle, Wash., Monday. During the discussion, “New Rules: How … Continue reading →