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Morning Minute: Making the most of growing global real estate opportunities

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 10:33am
More international buyers are looking to buy real estate in the U.S. according to the National Association of REALTORS®  2014 Profile of International Home Buying Activity. Between April 2013 and March 2014, sales to international buyers totaled $92.2 billion, a … Continue reading →

Start planning now to get Managing Broker Education Requirements for April 2015

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 1:10pm
Now is a great time for Managing Brokers to take required continuing education (CE) courses. All managing brokers are required to complete 12 CE hours between May 1, 2013 and April 30, 2015.  Of those hours, three must be Core … Continue reading →

How well can you explain Illinois septic system laws? With this FREE brochure you can!

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 3:15pm
Unless you’re an expert on the Illinois Private Sewage Disposal Code, the question of whether you should use the free RVOICE brochure, “Requirements for Septic System Owners” (item #646) is a no-brainer! This brochure – which is written in easy-to-understand … Continue reading →

Want to turn renters into buyers? Here’s how.

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 1:30pm
An Illinois REALTOR® reveals that her key to connecting with renters comes as the result of work with rental property owners. Timing is critical to REALTOR® Linda Linder’s approach, asking renters 90 days before their leases expire to weigh the … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Springfield and Rockford see pickup in local housing markets

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 12:01pm
The summer housing market is off to a strong start with Springfield and Rockford reporting an uptick in their local markets. The Capital Area Association of REALTORS® President Steve Myers told the State Journal-Register that the market is improving after … Continue reading →

See Chicago the Hyatt Regency way, Sept. 4-6

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 11:38am
Whether you visit Chicago for the Multicultural Summit, the 2014 IAR Fall Conference and Expo or both events, you can take your trip to another level by staying at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place.  Not only do many of the … Continue reading →

Whitehurst and Kolbus newest IAR RPAC Ambassadors

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 9:32am
Congratulations to Illinois REALTORS® Sheryl Grider Whitehurst and Jeff Kolbus, both of Traders Realty in Peoria for becoming the latest RPAC Ambassadors for the 1,000 Points of Light campaign. The campaign is an initiative aimed at increasing awareness and building participation … Continue reading →

REALTORS® meet with FHFA director; learn about refinancing options

Tue, 07/08/2014 - 4:21pm
Several Illinois REALTOR® members and association staff members attended a town hall meeting Tuesday, July 8, 2014, to discuss ways to help homeowners with refinancing. The meeting featured an appearance by Mel Watts, the director of the Federal Housing Finance … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Rockford makes list of top markets to be a landlord

Tue, 07/08/2014 - 9:18am
If you are investment real estate buyer looking for potential rental properties, Rockford and Winnebago County in Illinois are on RealtyTrac’s list of the 20 best U.S. markets when it comes to rental returns. Based on RealtyTrac’s formula, Rockford-area rental … Continue reading →

D.R. Legal News: The good and bad that come with technology

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 3:48pm
In the July issue of D.R. Legal News, Todd Turner of Sorling Northrup Attorneys covers the topic of technology and what REALTORS® need to be careful of with regards to social media sites, using recording devices and being on the … Continue reading →

Webpage has all your resources on SB2664; the Condo Foreclosure Bill

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 9:34am
IAR members are flooding the Governor’s office with messages urging him to sign SB2664, and IAR has set up a webpage with all the information you need to help answer a Call For Action. You can find the page here … Continue reading →

In Case You Missed It: Top IARbuzz blog posts from last week

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 7:30am
In case you missed it, here are three of the top IARbuzz blog posts from last week. Weather in Chicagoland schedule changes, some cancellations for Aurora Habitat build – Severe weather in the Chicagoland delayed foundation work for the IAR Habitat … Continue reading →

Happy Independence Day from IAR

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 11:55am
The Illinois Association of REALTORS® (IAR) wishes everyone a safe and happy Fourth of July holiday. The IAR office and IAR Legal Hotline will be closed on Friday in observance of the holiday.

Weather in Chicagoland schedule changes, some cancellations for Aurora Habitat build

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 11:43am
High winds and heavy rain that moved through Chicagoland earlier this week have delayed foundation work for the IAR Habitat for Humanity project. As a result, several volunteer work days have been cancelled and several new work days have been added … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Cost of renting is rising in many U.S. metro areas

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 9:35am
Need another reason to buy a home? The cost of renting is rising in 79 U.S. metro areas tracked by Reis Inc, a real estate research firm. Read more from NAR’s Daily Real Estate News. In other headlines: More Home … Continue reading →

Latino panelists featured at the IAR Multicultural Summit Sept. 4 in Chicago

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 7:59am
Sonia Anaya, Mabel Guzman, Joe Nery and Sylvia Puente are among those who’ll be part of the IAR Multicultural Summit “The Latino Factor: Global Opportunity in Your Own Backyard.” This year’s event, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Sept. 4, 2014, will be … Continue reading →

Expand your team using expert ideas

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 12:58pm
How do you build a great real estate team? Illinois REALTOR® has some tips in the July 2014 edition. Among our experts’ suggestions: Hire one person at a time to meet clearly defined goals – This approach allows you to assess … Continue reading →

Fall Conference diversions: Find free attractions in Chicago

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 2:51pm
Going to IAR’s Fall Conference and Expo? There’s plenty to do just minutes away from McCormick Place. And the best part is that they are free! Lincoln Park Zoo – Bring the family or go by yourself. After a 19-minute … Continue reading →

Key question for leasing agents: How much CE do I have?

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 3:45pm
Q. How can I find out what continuing education hours I already have? Use the Illinois Association of REALTORS(R) Education Lookup to check your education credits for courses taken — and passed — through the Illinois Association of REALTORS(R) Licensing … Continue reading →

2014 IAR Legislative Scorecard: Notable victories for Illinois REALTORS® and private property rights

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 3:25pm
The 2014 spring session of the Illinois General Assembly was a busy one and the Illinois Association of REALTORS® (IAR) team of lobbyists and our 41,000 members worked to stop bad policy, alter flawed legislation, advocate IAR initiatives and promote … Continue reading →