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Morning Minute: As FHA finances improve, REALTORS® urge agency to lower insurance fees

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 11:00am
Following news that that the Federal Housing Administration’s (FHA) Mutual Mortgage Insurance Fund is now profitable, the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) is urging the agency to decrease insurance premium fees for consumers. “Now that the MMI Fund is on … Continue reading →

Rockford Area REALTORS® cook up chocolate open house

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 11:00am
From 5 to 7 p.m. Dec. 11, the Rockford Area REALTORS® will offer door prizes, appetizers, chocolate treats and chocolate martinis at the “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Chocolate” open house for its 750 members. The special event … Continue reading →

‘RPAC to the Future’ started today

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 5:19pm
Local association RPAC planning was the main event today at IAR headquarters with more than 100 attending “RPAC to the Future” representing local REALTOR associations from all corners of the state. On the agenda, political giving and fundraising trends, NAR … Continue reading →

Three Rivers members recruit, bake, gather and share

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 5:08pm
When it comes to serving Will and Grundy counties in northeastern Illinois, the Three Rivers Association of REALTORS® conducts several community service projects to help the less fortunate, especially in November and December. “Our association covers a large geographic area, … Continue reading →

Four reasons to attend GRI in Peoria this December #ILGRIturns50

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 4:24pm
There are only four more days to pre-register for the Graduate, REALTOR® Institute (GRI) program at the Peoria Marriott Pere Marquette on Dec. 1-4. Final registration ends at midnight on Friday, Nov. 21. A limited number of walk ins will … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Homebuilders wary of fire sprinkler mandates, other overly stringent codes

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 10:18am
Single-family homebuilders are concerned about the increasing number of building codes — including the push for mandatory fire sprinklers in new residential construction —  being promoted for public policy reasons that can needlessly drive up building costs, according to a … Continue reading →

IAR Legal Minute Video: What you need to know about mold inspection forms

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 7:00am
In the latest Legal Minute video, IAR Legal Services attorney Jeffrey T. Baker, of Sorling Northrup Attorneys in Springfield, discusses mold inspection forms and what rights they convey in real estate transactions.

KIFAR members prepare for December auction

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 4:05pm
When it comes to supporting local charities during the holiday season, members of the Kankakee-Iroquois-Ford Association of REALTORS® (KIFAR) annually do it through their association. And this year is no exception. When KIFAR gathers for its Christmas party on Dec. … Continue reading →

Final days to register for GRI in Peoria #ILGRIturns50

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 3:04pm
The final registration deadline for Illinois GRI is Friday, Nov. 21. The Grad Course is nearly sold out and walk-ins will not be accepted. Course II and III still have openings and a limited number of walk-ins accepted onsite. Come … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Park Forest makes list of best housing markets for executives

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 10:49am
When it comes to getting an affordable deal on the type of homes that appeal to business “executives” (think at least four-bedroom, two-bathroom homes), the Chicago suburb of Park Forest, Ill. makes the grade, coming in at No. 3 behind … Continue reading →

Capital Area REALTORS® wins honorable mention ACE award

Fri, 11/14/2014 - 2:07pm
The Capital Area REALTORS® received a 2014 Accredited Commercial Excellence Award (ACE) honorable mention during the National Association of REALTORS® annual conference last weekend in New Orleans. Capital Area won in the area of Technology and Data. The award was … Continue reading →

IAR Legal Minute Video: Handling negotiations by text message

Fri, 11/14/2014 - 10:05am
In the latest Legal Minute video, Sorling Northrup Attorney Jeffrey T. Baker answers some of the recent questions he’s received on the IAR Transaction Helpline, including the legal issues of negotiating via text message.

Morning Minute: Stronger market ahead for commercial real estate

Fri, 11/14/2014 - 9:53am
The U.S. commercial real estate market is expected to see gains in prices and rents in the next few years as the the economy improves, more jobs are created and energy costs decline, according to National Association of REALTOR® Chief … Continue reading →