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Keynote presenter sneak peek

Thu, 04/02/2015 - 11:48am
Sharing! Here’s a sneak peek and some background information about two of our keynote presenters at the 2015 IAR Spring Conference & Expo, Joe Niego and Ashton Gustafson: “You’ll know exactly what you need to do to have a better … Continue reading →

Opportunity Race: RPAC urges vote for Seniker

Thu, 04/02/2015 - 8:00am
Brighton residents received IAR RPAC postcards urging them to vote for REALTOR® Chris Seniker for village trustee in the April 7 consolidated election. The mailing lets voters know Seniker will provide Brighton with a village trustee who favors: Reducing barriers … Continue reading →

Illinois REALTOR®: Review the basics of staging for senior homes

Wed, 04/01/2015 - 1:00pm
In the April issue of Illinois REALTOR®, discover how you can stage the homes of mature owners using compassion and practicality. And you can do it without breaking the bank! REALTORS® Leslie Ebersole and Craig Schiller of Baird & Warner’s … Continue reading →

Opportunity Race: RPAC postcards advocate for Dalla Riva

Wed, 04/01/2015 - 8:00am
Edwardsville residents received IAR RPAC postcards urging them to vote for REALTOR® Terri Dalla Riva for the Edwardsville School Board in the April 7 consolidated election. The postcard lets voters know Dalla Riva will provide Edwardsville with a school board … Continue reading →

REALTORS® can make their votes count on April 7

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 9:18am
One week from today, you can make sure your voice is heard by voting in the April 7 Illinois consolidated elections. But if that date isn’t convenient for you, you can still participate by using early voting through Saturday (April … Continue reading →

Opportunity Race: RPAC urges vote for Chiles

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 7:28am
Residents of Springfield’s 10th Ward received IAR RPAC postcards urging them to vote for Past IAR President and REALTOR® Phil Chiles for the Springfield City Council in the April 7 consolidated election. The postcards let voters know Chiles will provide … Continue reading →

Messages that Move You

Mon, 03/30/2015 - 3:55pm
As a REALTOR®, you are well aware of barriers to even simple real estate transactions, that include taxes, mandates, fees and restrictions imposed at the state and local level. When policies and pieces of legislation go unchecked, property owners and … Continue reading →

IAR State Capitol Report gives news on 25 different bills

Mon, 03/30/2015 - 12:05pm
Legislation that swept money from the Real Estate License Administration Fund (RELAF) became law, and a bill which would add costs for property sellers who would be required to pay for a video sewer inspection is still before lawmakers, according … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: U.S. pending home sales rise to highest level since June 2013

Mon, 03/30/2015 - 10:47am
Pending home sales saw significant gains in February, particularly in the Midwest and West regions of the country, according to the National Association of REALTORS®’ (NAR) Pending Home Sales Index. In February, the index — which tracks contract signings — … Continue reading →

Opportunity Race: RPAC postcards go to bat for Henry

Mon, 03/30/2015 - 8:00am
Carbondale residents received IAR RPAC postcards urging them to vote Mike Henry for mayor in the April 7 consolidated election. The postcard lets voters know Henry will provide Carbondale with a mayor who favors: Reducing barriers to homeownership; Keeping taxes … Continue reading →

Illinois REALTOR®: 5 ways to help senior homebuyers and sellers

Mon, 03/30/2015 - 7:24am
Give yourself an edge when it comes to helping mature homeowners buy or sell their homes, and read the cover story of April Illinois REALTOR® magazine. It’s titled “5 Senior Homebuyer & Seller Issues Solved,” and it tackles a topic … Continue reading →

Opportunity Race: RPAC postcards back Hale

Sun, 03/29/2015 - 12:02pm
East Alton residents received IAR RPAC postcards asking them to vote for REALTOR® Allen Hale as a village trustee in the April 7 consolidated election. The postcard lets voters know Hale will provide East Alton with a village trustee who … Continue reading →

Opportunity Race: RPAC postcards support Giarrante re-election

Sat, 03/28/2015 - 12:00pm
Joliet residents received IAR RPAC postcards urging re-election of Mayor Tom Giarrante in the April 7 consolidated election. The postcard lets voters know Giarrante will provide Joliet with a mayor who favors: Reducing barriers to homeownership; Keeping taxes low on … Continue reading →

Opportunity Race: RPAC mailers back three for Godfrey trustee

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 2:30pm
Godfrey residents received IAR RPAC postcards urging their support for Eldon Williams, Terry Seymour and Kevin Botterbush for village trustees in the April 7 consolidated election. The postcards let voters know Botterbush, Seymour and Williams are trustees who favor: Reducing … Continue reading →

IAR advocates for Scott as Chicago alderman

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 1:39pm
Chicago voters in Ward 24 received IAR postcards urging their support for Michael Scott, Jr., as alderman in the April 7 consolidated election. The postcards are titled “We need new energy to jumpstart Chicago – as alderman, Michael Scott, Jr., … Continue reading →

IAR offices closed April 3 for Good Friday

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 11:00am
The Illinois Association of REALTORS®’ offices in Springfield will be closed Friday, April 3, in observance of Good Friday. IAR offices will reopen at 8:30 a.m., Monday, April 6.  

Morning Minute: The green home features home buyers want today

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 9:58am
A National Association of REALTORS® infographic for you to download and share highlights some of the most popular green and energy efficient features home buyers are looking for in a new home.

Wagner named committee liaison for NAR Commercial Group

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 2:47pm
IAR board member Dan Wagner has been named as 2016 Committee liaison to the Commercial Group of the National Association of REALTORS®. Wagner, president elect for the Chicago Association of REALTORS®, is senior vice president for government relations at the … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Housing markets warm up for spring home buying season

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 11:34am
An improving jobs market and affordable mortgage interest rates still point to a strong spring housing market, despite recent winter weather, according to Freddie Mac’s latest Multi-Indicator Market Index. Illinois is among five states showing the most year-over-year housing market … Continue reading →

Read about 5 legal case studies in March ‘D.R. Legal News’

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 11:00am
The Illinois Association of REALTORS® provides the results of five case studies for Managing Brokers to consider in the March issue of D.R. Legal News. The case studies are: Big penalties assessed for involvement in a “mortgage referral scheme” between … Continue reading →