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Morning Minute: Rising rents squeezing more consumers

Tue, 05/12/2015 - 10:16am
The cost of renting has gotten higher in the last five years and depending on which U.S. metropolitan area you live in, some of the increases have been substantial and unsustainable, according to the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR). Rental … Continue reading →

D.R. Legal News discusses 5 legal case studies for IAR managing brokers

Tue, 05/12/2015 - 10:00am
The United States Supreme Court’s ruling that a professional licensing board was not immune from an anti-trust violation was just one of five legal case studies reviewed in the May edition of the D.R. Legal News. Lisa Harms Hartzler, Sorling … Continue reading →

Illinois REALTORS® kick off a week of meetings in D.C.

Tue, 05/12/2015 - 9:49am
Illinois REALTORS® are kicking off a week of meetings in Washington, D.C., which will feature policy discussions, meetings on Capitol Hill with lawmakers and a trade show. The REALTORS® Midyear Meetings & Trade Expo draws some of the industry’s best … Continue reading →

Illinois REALTORS® proactive about promoting professionalism in the industry

Mon, 05/11/2015 - 2:31pm
A recent column from the Chicago Tribune’s Mary Ellen Podmolik, “Finding out more about a real estate agent before you hire,” takes a closer look at several initiatives from the Illinois Association of REALTORS® (IAR) aimed at resolving consumer and … Continue reading →

IAR helps veterans become REALTORS®

Mon, 05/11/2015 - 1:15pm
U.S. military veterans who want real estate careers can get a discount on IAR’s live pre-license classes through the G.I. Bill. In fact, IAR has the only real estate school in Illinois that can provide training through the G.I. Bill. … Continue reading →

In case you missed it; 5 key ideas from last week

Mon, 05/11/2015 - 12:05pm
IAR’s Spring Conference in Collinsville was the opportunity for Illinois REALTORS® to share ideas about increasing production, building relationships, protecting their brand, learning more about legal issues and increasing participation in local elections. If you haven’t read these stories yet, … Continue reading →

Be one of the first to read today’s IAR State Capitol Report

Fri, 05/08/2015 - 4:38pm
Illinois REALTORS® can stay informed about legislation that will affect property owners and real estate professionals by reading today’s issue of the IAR State Capitol Report. Whether the action is in the House or the Senate, the State Capitol Report … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: U.S. adds jobs in April

Fri, 05/08/2015 - 11:22am
The U.S. economy added 223,000 jobs in April and unemployment fell 5.4 percent during the same period, according to the U.S. Labor Department. Read more from Reuters and the Wall Street Journal. In other headlines: Homeownership Still a Great Investment … Continue reading →

REALTORS® get legal updates from Urbance, Baker

Thu, 05/07/2015 - 4:06pm
The integration of TILA/RESPA, case summaries, the REALTOR® Code of Ethics Citation Program, social media and team names in advertising, drones and surveillance were among the topics reviewed by the Legal Services team of Betsy Urbance and Jeffrey T. Baker … Continue reading →

Congratulations to prize winners at IAR Spring Conference & Expo

Thu, 05/07/2015 - 1:45pm
Congratulations to some of the prize winners at this year’s Illinois Association of REALTORS® Spring Conference & Expo in Collinsville, including Scott Rayho,  the winner of the Cubs/Cardinals tickets in the RPAC raffe. Also pictured below are Julie Justice, who … Continue reading →

Redirect your real estate efforts and focus on building relationships

Thu, 05/07/2015 - 1:32pm
The seeds REALTORS® sow today when it comes to connecting with the public and potential clients, can reap big business rewards later, says Ashton Gustafson, In his IAR Spring Conference closing session, “We’ve Got It All Backwards,” Gustafson said REALTORS® … Continue reading →

REALTORS needed to run for office, stand up for property rights

Thu, 05/07/2015 - 1:05pm
  Making the decision to be an RPAC Major Investor is a great first step to protecting private property rights. But politically engaged REALTORS should take their commitment to the industry a step further and run for office, a RPAC-supported … Continue reading →

Protect your real estate brand while building connections with clients

Thu, 05/07/2015 - 12:53pm
In the age of social media and 24-hour hour access to real estate information, it has never been more important for REALTORS® to protect their online reputation and business “brand,” says Terry Watson, a featured speaker at the Illinois Association … Continue reading →

Promoting professional standards through cooperation and communication

Thu, 05/07/2015 - 11:59am
REALTORS® must be committed to enhancing and protecting the ethical integrity of the profession and Illinois REALTORS® are taking important steps to help that happen. In Thursday’s IAR Spring Conference session on professional standards, presenters Lynn Madison and Chris Read … Continue reading →

Explaining the Cook County(unincorporated) Zoning Use Certificate Ordinance

Thu, 05/07/2015 - 11:10am
For those members practicing in areas which include unincorporated Cook County, take note that effective March 21, 2015 a new application procedure became effective for sellers of real property. The ordinance requires sellers of property to apply for a Zoning … Continue reading →

IAR Legal Services Update covers hot legal topics and trends

Wed, 05/06/2015 - 3:55pm
IAR Spring Conference attendees learned more about the legal trends and ethical topics affecting Illinois REALTORS® with an IAR Legal Services Update from Betsy Urbance, IAR Legal Hotline Attorney, and Jeffrey T. Baker, IAR’s Transaction Helpline Attorney.

IAR Business Expo showcases industry vendors and resources

Wed, 05/06/2015 - 3:18pm
The Business Expo at this year’s IAR Spring Conference in Collinsville features a variety of  industry exhibitors including: warranty companies, mortgage lenders, home inspectors and vendors offering new ideas for REALTOR® closing gifts. The Expo reopens on Thursday from 11 … Continue reading →

Niego says relationships, referrals key to REALTOR® success

Wed, 05/06/2015 - 1:09pm
Referrals from past and current satisfied customers are the key to REALTORS® improving their bottom line and building their businesses, said Joe Niego this morning at the IAR Spring Conference and Expo. Niego was the featured speaker at the opening … Continue reading →

D.R. Legal News discusses licensed agents as independent contractors

Tue, 05/05/2015 - 11:07am
Unresolved court cases in California and Massachusetts have a remote chance to affect whether licensed real estate agents in Illinois will be classified as independent contractors or employees, according to the May issue of D.R. Legal News for managing brokers. … Continue reading →

REALTORS® learn more about August TILA/RESPA changes

Mon, 05/04/2015 - 2:18pm
More than 300 members of IAR and the Illinois Bankers Association discovered via webinar today how the integration of the Truth in Lending Act (TILA) and Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA) will affect the details of their work later … Continue reading →