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Morning Minute: Mortgage interest rates climbed slightly higher this week

Fri, 07/22/2016 - 10:07am
Fixed mortgage rates rose slightly this week with the 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage rate averaging 3.45 percent, an increase from 3.42 percent a week ago, Freddie Mac reported this week. The 15-year fixed rate rose from 2.72 percent to 2.75 percent … Continue reading →

Final stretch: Illinois REALTORS® to hear Trump speak at RNC on final night

Thu, 07/21/2016 - 5:46pm
Illinois REALTORS® had a (nearly) front-row seat for one of the most-talked about speeches of the night on Wednesday at the Republican National Convention, that of former presidential candidate and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. And they will attend the session … Continue reading →

Illinois housing market shows solid performance in first half of 2016

Thu, 07/21/2016 - 12:15pm
The Illinois housing market is shaping up to have a strong year of growth in 2016. We’re six months into the year and statewide home sales and prices are outpacing last year. Share this infographic and read more about the latest … Continue reading →

Illinois home sales, prices climb higher in June and first half of 2016

Thu, 07/21/2016 - 8:37am
Homebuyer demand drove sales and prices higher in June and marked a strong first half of the year for the Illinois housing market, according to Illinois REALTORS®. Statewide home sales (including single-family homes and condominiums) in June 2016 totaled 18,593 … Continue reading →

Day three: Floor passes again!

Wed, 07/20/2016 - 2:27pm
  Illinois REALTORS® in Cleveland for the Republican National Convention will get a great vantage point for tonight’s festivities featuring vice presidential nominee Mike Pence. At every convention, there’s a bit of trading with various organizations to get passes. So … Continue reading →

Tackling homelessness: a federal agency you likely never heard of

Tue, 07/19/2016 - 5:12pm
Matthew Doherty wants REALTORS® to know that their efforts to help end homelessness count. The executive director of the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) spoke at the National Association of REALTORS®’ “Housing for All” symposium in Washington, DC this … Continue reading →

From the floor: What it’s like at the Republican National Convention

Tue, 07/19/2016 - 10:46am
  The days start early and end late, but it’s a small price to pay for getting a first-hand look at a National Political Convention. Illinois REALTOR® Blog caught up with President Mike Drews as he was about to go … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: U.S. housing starts higher in June

Tue, 07/19/2016 - 9:57am
Homebuilding headed higher in June than forecasters were projecting, with housing starts rising 4.8 percent higher than a month ago, Bloomberg reports today. Residential construction has “remained in a steady but tepid recovery” and the June bump brings momentum to … Continue reading →

RNC Day 2: Illinois REALTORS® make more connections with policymakers

Tue, 07/19/2016 - 9:33am
This morning Illinois REALTORS® got to meet with U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger at the state breakfast. The morning meeting begins a day at the Republican National Convention that will be devoted to economic issues. Last night, Illinois REALTORS® Mike Drews … Continue reading →

Chicago REALTORS® take stand against toughened recycling ordinance

Tue, 07/19/2016 - 9:21am
The city of Chicago is toughening rules for high rises seen as skirting requirements that they must offer recycling for tenants. But work by Chicago REALTORS® helped make sure the blow to private property owners was softened. According to the … Continue reading →

REALTORS® address the ‘unhoused’

Tue, 07/19/2016 - 9:06am
This week the National Association of REALTORS® is hosting the “Housing for All” ‎symposium to discuss how the real estate industry and our members can address homelessness in their communities. A presentation was made by two individuals who were formerly, … Continue reading →

Upgrade me, please! Illinois REALTORS® make it to the convention floor

Mon, 07/18/2016 - 8:27pm
Getting to a national convention as a spectator is a big deal. Getting to sit with the delegates is an even bigger deal. Illinois REALTORS® were in prime position Monday night to see opening night speeches at the Republican National … Continue reading →

Early start for Illinois delegation attending Republican convention

Mon, 07/18/2016 - 11:44am
  Members of Illinois REALTORS® delegation to the Republican National Convention in Cleveland started their day with a breakfast attended by state policymakers. The breakfast is a tradition at the event, and kicks off a week of festivities for those attending the … Continue reading →

Member Monday: Tips for pricing your home right the first time

Mon, 07/18/2016 - 9:41am
Setting your home’s listing price too high can deter potential buyers and leave your home lingering on the market longer than it should. Read the HouseLogic article, “Not Sure How to Price Your Home? Expert Strategies Help You Hit the … Continue reading →

Dogs get to the heart of Hoffman’s impact

Mon, 07/18/2016 - 8:00am
Allyson Hoffman’s love for animals shows in the ways she connects with potential real estate customers, the ways she assists the Heartland Animal Shelter and especially in the way she’s cared for family pets. “I’ve always had a soft spot … Continue reading →

It all begins today: Illinois REALTORS® taking part in the GOP convention

Mon, 07/18/2016 - 7:00am
Illinois REALTORS®’ delegation began arriving in Cleveland on Sunday, kicking off what will be two weeks beginning today of a high-profile presence at party nominating conventions. The association sends delegations to the Democratic and Republican conventions, and members will attend … Continue reading →

Dialogue, bi-partisanship just two reasons why Illinois REALTORS will go to both national political conventions

Sat, 07/16/2016 - 1:06pm
Monday kicks off a two-week period of national political conventions and Illinois REALTORS® will go to the Democratic and Republican events to: get unique dialogue with party leaders, particularly Illinois leaders; continue the relationship-building process with those leaders; demonstrate the bi-partisan nature … Continue reading →

Three Rivers sponsors conference for Joliet-area landlords

Fri, 07/15/2016 - 2:01pm
The Three Rivers Association of REALTORS® (TRAR) helped facilitate an area landlord conference for the City of Joliet and McHenry REALTOR® Sue Miller gave an encouraging keynote message July 11 and 12. About 400 Joliet-area landlords attended the event, which … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Many consider now a good time to buy a home, but student debt an issue for some

Fri, 07/15/2016 - 10:39am
The latest National Association of REALTORS® Housing Opportunities and Market Experience (HOME) Survey finds that while three-quarters of those surveyed believe now is a good time to buy a home, renters are less confident than homeowners, in part because low … Continue reading →

PAAR CEO Hancock receives Rhino Award for association leadership

Fri, 07/15/2016 - 9:02am
Peoria Area Association of REALTORS® CEO Dallas Hancock was named the recipient of the 2016 Rhino Award at a breakfast July 15, 2016. Hancock, longtime association executive of the Peoria association, was honored for her longstanding leadership and service to … Continue reading →