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Illinois home sales, prices climb higher in May #IARMarketStats

Mon, 06/22/2015 - 9:13am
The month of May brought strong home sales gains and higher median prices to the Illinois housing market, according to the Illinois Association of REALTORS®. Statewide home sales totaled 14,980, a year-over-year increase of 5.6 percent while the statewide median … Continue reading →

Still time for FREE registration at MREDpalooza

Mon, 06/22/2015 - 8:00am
Register now to get ideas, training and products that will help you serve your customers better. Block off your schedule to attend MREDpalooza Tuesday at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont. Registration is free, and IAR is one … Continue reading →

Do you love the digital version of Illinois REALTOR®?

Fri, 06/19/2015 - 2:30pm
Dive into the digital version of the July Illinois REALTOR® and check out this issue’s feature stories, columns and photos from the convenience of your tablet, laptop or desktop computer. You’ll see stories about: TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure; Hints for helping … Continue reading →

Free webinar Monday: Learn about USDA’s rural loan programs

Fri, 06/19/2015 - 12:03pm
Join representatives from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development program 10 a.m. Monday, June 22, 2015, to learn about opportunities for REALTORS® to help clients through the agency’s housing programs. You can register for the Free webinar here. This … Continue reading →

Village votes to allow first Sunday open houses in 40 years

Fri, 06/19/2015 - 8:16am
On July 5, REALTORS® and their customers in South Holland will make history when they conduct Sunday open houses in the village for the first time in more than 40 years, according to IAR Local Government Affairs Director Tom Joseph. … Continue reading →

CFPB proposes moving TRID deadline to Oct. 1

Thu, 06/18/2015 - 3:27pm
TILA-RESPA changes that may affect REALTORS® and customers buying homes may not occur until Oct. 1, according to an announcement by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Wednesday. CFPB Director Richard Cordray proposed the deadline for the TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure … Continue reading →

Congratulations 2015 REALTORS® of the Year!

Wed, 06/17/2015 - 11:37am
The Illinois Association of REALTORS® honored the Illinois REALTOR® of the Year Loretta Alonzo and this year’s 26 local REALTORS® of the Year at a ceremony Tuesday night at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum in Springfield. See photo highlights of … Continue reading →

See who was at IAR’s June Business Meetings

Tue, 06/16/2015 - 4:15pm
See what your REALTOR® colleagues and friends were doing early Tuesday in this photo gallery from several sessions at the IAR June Business Meetings at the Hilton Springfield. Among the meetings covered in this gallery are: the Account Executives Meeting, … Continue reading →

DCEO touts work selling Illinois as place to live, invest

Tue, 06/16/2015 - 3:10pm
Illinois has much to offer the world. The challenge for the state is to make sure that the world knows more about Illinois, said Erik Brejla, head of strategic partnerships, Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. Brejla spoke to … Continue reading →

Photo Highlights from June YPN Networking Reception

Tue, 06/16/2015 - 9:38am
The Illinois Association of REALTORS® Young Professionals Network hosted a networking reception at Obed and Isaac’s in Springfield Monday evening.

RPAC Hall of Famers honored at special reception

Tue, 06/16/2015 - 8:27am
Illinois REALTORS® recently inducted into the REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC) Hall of Fame were honored at a special reception at IAR Headquarters Monday evening. IAR leaders recognized the achievements of Hugh Rider, Michael D. Oldenettel, Doug Hartmann Sr., Joe … Continue reading →

Could affordable housing reduce health problems in homeless children?

Mon, 06/15/2015 - 5:11pm
A research brief released last week by the Center for Housing Policy – the research division of the National Housing Conference – asserts that reductions in homelessness could have positive impacts on the long-term health on affected children. The idea … Continue reading →

IAR June Business Meetings start today, end Wednesday

Mon, 06/15/2015 - 7:00am
IAR members attending the June Business Meetings in Springfield can get to the right places at the right times during the next few days by following the agenda below. Unless noted, most activities are at the Springfield Hilton. Activities begin … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: 2015 is shaping up to be a good year for housing

Fri, 06/12/2015 - 9:49am
This year could be one of the strongest for the U.S. residential real estate market since 2006, according to an economist with realtor.com®. A number of factors, from an improving jobs market to growing housing demand by potential homebuyers, has … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Licensing landlords can drive up local rental costs

Thu, 06/11/2015 - 10:15am
Mandatory crime-free housing programs, especially those that include components such as licensing and inspections can result in increased housing costs, Sharon Gorrell, housing policy advisor for the Illinois Association of REALTORS®, told the Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce this week. … Continue reading →

34th Annual ROTY Banquet celebrates our star performers together in Springfield

Thu, 06/11/2015 - 8:15am
IAR REALTOR® of the Year Loretta Alonzo and 26 local association winners will be the guests of honor at the 34th Annual ROTY Banquet Tuesday in Springfield. The reception begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum, followed … Continue reading →

Officials help REALTORS® learn more about Lake County services

Wed, 06/10/2015 - 11:16am
Members of the Mainstreet Organization of REALTORS® (MORe) and North Shore – Barrington Association of REALTORS® (NSBAR) toured Lake County government offices last Thursday to learn more about county services that impact real estate. Topics included the residential mortgage foreclosure … Continue reading →

Relief still available for April tornado victims

Tue, 06/09/2015 - 12:21pm
Whether you work nearby or live across the state, if you know any victims of the tornadoes that struck DeKalb and Ogle counties in April, please remind them to apply for financial assistance through the Illinois REALTORS® Relief Foundation by … Continue reading →

Wednesday is last day to purchase ROTY Banquet tickets

Mon, 06/08/2015 - 8:40am
Buy tickets to attend the 34th Annual REALTOR® of the Year Banquet before the June 10 deadline arrives! The banquet, which will celebrate the contributions of IAR ROTY Loretta Alonzo and 26 local association ROTYs, begins at 6:30 p.m. June … Continue reading →

June 25 IAR legal webinar prepares REALTORS® for TRID

Mon, 06/08/2015 - 6:18am
Enhance your credibility and help manage customer expectations during closings by watching the next IAR legal webinar, 9:30 a.m. Thursday, June 25. IAR Legal Helpline Attorney Jeffrey T. Baker and IAR Legal Hotline Attorney Betsy Urbance will lead the presentation … Continue reading →