IARbuzz.com Blog

Syndicate content
The Voice of Illinois Real Estate
Updated: 8 hours 11 min ago

Heart moves Stailey-Lander to help Bloomington-Normal community

Mon, 08/29/2016 - 6:00am
After 30 years in the real estate business in the Bloomington-Normal area, Karen Stailey-Lander says she enjoys helping others more than ever. Of course, that means helping people buy and sell their homes but it also means training new REALTORS® … Continue reading →

Using international experience to help Illinois REALTORS®

Sun, 08/28/2016 - 12:15pm
Illinois REALTORS® Immediate Past President Jim Kinney is using his experience working with clients from the United Kingdom to help fellow REALTORS® through the Consulate General Liaison Program, and he’s inviting others with similar international experiences to join the effort. … Continue reading →

CAR dedicates memorial to Maner, the association’s first African-American president

Fri, 08/26/2016 - 2:15pm
The Chicago Association of REALTORS® (CAR) and the Chicago Association of REALTORS® Foundation honored former CAR president Marion Maner by dedicating a park bench in his name this morning. The memorial bench is located in Avalon Park, a Chicago Park … Continue reading →

QCARA members brush up on their painting skills at Habitat for Humanity project

Fri, 08/26/2016 - 1:03pm
Members of the Quad City Area REALTOR® Association showed their community spirit last week when they helped paint the interior of a three-bedroom Habitat for Humanity home in Davenport, Iowa. The exploits of 15 REALTORS® were captured in a video … Continue reading →

Illinois REALTORS® named to key NAR committee posts

Fri, 08/26/2016 - 8:08am
Congratulations to Illinois REALTORS® who were named to NAR committee chair and vice chair positions for the 2016-2017 year. Among those playing key leadership roles on committees are: Jim Haisler, Chair of the AEC-RCE Certification Advisory Board. Haisler is the … Continue reading →

CAR Global Council panel discussion encourages understanding of different cultures

Thu, 08/25/2016 - 1:36pm
Earlier this month, the Chicago Association of REALTORS® presented a panel discussion on the topic “How to Monetize Global Real Estate” at the East Bank Club. Mabél Guzmán served as moderator for three panelists: Sonia Anaya, Jim Kinney and Susanna … Continue reading →

NAR offers video about Aug. 29 drone rule changes

Wed, 08/24/2016 - 4:01pm
Did you know that on Monday, when new Federal Aviation Administration rules take effect, it will be cheaper for real estate professionals to operate a drone for commercial purposes? According to a video produced by the National Association of REALTORS® … Continue reading →

NAR foundation will donate up to $350K in Louisiana flood assistance

Wed, 08/24/2016 - 3:25pm
The devastating flooding that’s hit southern Louisiana this month has prompted NAR’s REALTORS® Relief Foundation to announce that up to $350,000 will be donated to help flood victims. If you would like to make a donation, you can go to … Continue reading →

Video explains what you need to know about Chicago property tax increases

Wed, 08/24/2016 - 2:10pm
If you’ve seen your property tax bill in Chicago, no doubt you were not happy to see an average increase of 12 percent in what you have to pay. Real Property Alliance, an Illinois REALTORS® foundation with a mission of … Continue reading →

At a glance: Poll shows seniors worried about property taxes

Wed, 08/24/2016 - 9:35am
Illinois reportedly has the highest property taxes in the nation, and the state’s seniors are understandably worried about the squeeze that puts on their ability to maintain a good quality of quality of life, a poll commissioned by Illinois REALTORS® found. … Continue reading →

Illinois home prices increase in July; Sales lower amid tight inventory

Wed, 08/24/2016 - 9:04am
Homes sold faster and prices were stronger in July, but lower inventory continues to act as a drag on the market, according to Illinois REALTORS®. Statewide home sales (including single-family homes and condominiums) in July 2016 totaled 16,108 homes sold, … Continue reading →

Kinney serves as liaison to United Kingdom

Tue, 08/23/2016 - 12:00pm
During his term as the Illinois REALTORS® 2015 president, Jim Kinney and members of the Global Working Group started talking about a pilot program that could help members make international business connections, learn more about foreign cultures and position themselves … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: New-home sales take off in July

Tue, 08/23/2016 - 9:06am
U.S. new-home sales climbed 12.4 perecent in July and marked the highest pace since October 2007, Bloomberg reports this morning. The gains exceeded the projections of many economists. Read the Bloomberg article, “U.S. New Home Sales Unexpectedly Surge to Almost … Continue reading →

Ruggieri named president-elect for National Counselor of Exchangors

Tue, 08/23/2016 - 9:06am
REALTOR® Alex Ruggieri of Sperry Van Ness-Ramshaw Real Estate in Champaign has been appointed president-elect for the National Counselor of Exchangors (NCR) and will serve as the organization’s president in 2017. NCR is a national marketing group consisting of investment … Continue reading →

India’s real estate market presents a paradox

Tue, 08/23/2016 - 7:35am
The rapid growth of India’s commercial and residential real estate sectors, along with the phenomenal growth of the hospitality industry have created vast opportunities for international REALTORS® and investors. But a diverse market and the scope of bringing professional regulations, … Continue reading →

Illinois REALTORS® donates $10,000 for Louisiana flood relief

Tue, 08/23/2016 - 5:00am
Continuing a long tradition of helping out when disaster strikes, Illinois REALTORS® has donated $10,000 toward flood relief efforts in Louisiana. The floods spawned by a slow-moving storm this month killed at least 13 and reportedly damaged as many as … Continue reading →

Illinois REALTORS® meet with U.S. Rep. Roskam; discuss tax reform

Mon, 08/22/2016 - 4:39pm
This week Pat Callan, Broker/Owner of Realty Executives Premier in Wheaton and a NAR Federal Political Coordinator (FPC) met with U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam, R-Ill., on Monday to discuss issues important to the REALTOR® community. Given Rep. Roskam’s position on the … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: REALTORS® pushing for changes in security deposit penalties

Mon, 08/22/2016 - 10:03am
REALTORS® are working to protect Chicago landlords from getting hit with mandatory — and often excessive — penalties when minor errors are made in returning security deposits to tenants. Under the city’s current Resident Tenant Landlord Ordinance, a landlord who … Continue reading →

Hampton: ‘REALTORS® are at center of the community’

Mon, 08/22/2016 - 6:25am
Whether he’s mentoring at the Boys and Girls Club of Chicago, reading books to elementary school students or helping high school juniors and seniors prepare for future jobs, Chicago REALTOR® Maurice Hampton says he’s merely sharing the lessons his parents, … Continue reading →

2017 local associations kick off year with leadership training

Sun, 08/21/2016 - 12:58pm
The incoming class of local association leaders got a chance to network and learn about the year ahead as they gathered on Sunday in Chicago. Each year local association executives and their incoming presidents gather for a day of training in … Continue reading →