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REALTORS® can be powerful advocates for industry and consumers

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 12:47pm
Illinois REALTORS® can have a real impact on the political debates in Springfield and locally, said state Rep. Mike Unes, R-East Peoria, on Wednesday at IAR Public Policy Meetings in East Peoria. “Now more than ever it is truly important for … Continue reading →

Lynn Madison receives IAR Political Involvement Award

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 12:18pm
Congratulations to Illinois REALTOR® and educator Lynn Madison, owner of Lynn Madison Seminars in Schaumburg, on receiving the Illinois Association of REALTORS® (IAR) 2014 Political Involvement Award. The award is given for outstanding political and legislative service to the REALTOR® … Continue reading →

Loretta Alonzo named 2015 Illinois REALTOR® of the Year

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 11:03am
Congratulations to the 2015 Illinois REALTOR® of the Year, Loretta Alonzo, managing broker of Century 21 Affiliated in La Grange Park. Alonzo was the 2012 president of the Illinois Association of REALTORS® and has a long history of service and … Continue reading →

IAR and Harvard researcher provide data that could help you serve senior clients better

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 9:52am
REALTORS® who try to understand the housing challenges Baby Boomers face as senior citizens can put themselves in a more competitive position to help potential clients throughout the next 20 years. That’s because the number of Baby Boomers who will … Continue reading →

Photos at the RPAC Re-up session

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 1:06am
At the RPAC Re-up Rally Tuesday, cameras captured local association members as they called on colleagues to support the Illinois REALTORS® Political Action Committee. Check out our photo gallery. IAR members — did you help your colleagues make our goals?   (Contributions … Continue reading →

Raising money for RPAC (And having fun doing it)

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 9:50pm
Illinois REALTORS® mixed a good time with advocacy on Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015 at the annual Public Policy Meetings. The association held an auction to raise money for RPAC, which is used to protect private property rights throughout the state … Continue reading →

Illinois REALTORS® celebrate Triple Crown win in East Peoria

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 6:26pm
Illinois REALTORS® celebrated the win of an award for political fundraising and participation on Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015. The Illinois Association of REALTORS® won NAR’s Triple Crown award. The celebration kicked off with a reception in advance of the RPAC … Continue reading →

REALTORS® Political Involvement Committee gets surprise

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 2:50pm
A packed house at the REALTORS® Political Involvement Committee (RPIC) meeting this morning was the first to see the Triple Crown Award. IAR President Jim Kinney unveiled the trophy to the committee and a standing room crowd. Presenters for the meeting included IAR CEO … Continue reading →

Get answers to questions about commercial broker liens

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 1:01pm
A great new RVOICE brochure, “What You Should Know About Commercial Real Estate Broker Liens,” (form #649) is highlighted for Managing Brokers in the January issue of IAR’s D.R. Legal News. Mike Scobey, IAR Assistant Director of Advocacy and Local … Continue reading →

IAR offices closed Monday for MLK Jr. Day

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 4:00pm
The Illinois Association of REALTORS®’ offices in Springfield will be closed Monday, Jan. 19, in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. IAR offices will reopen at 8:30 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 20.

Public Policy Meetings run Monday through Thursday

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 3:00pm
Illinois REALTORS® will gather at the Embassy Suites in East Peoria from Monday, Jan. 19 through Thursday, Jan. 22 for the Illinois Association of REALTORS®’ Public Policy Meetings. The annual meetings are designed to give REALTORS® a voice in local, … Continue reading →

Need to know more about medical marijuana?

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 12:47pm
Managing Brokers: Like it or not, medical marijuana is coming to your community, and the January issue of IAR’s D.R. Legal News will supply you with enough facts to get you started. Lisa Hartzler of Sorling Northrup Attorneys, and Betsy … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Thursdays and Fridays most popular days to list a home

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 9:53am
When it comes to listing a home for sale, Thursdays and Fridays were the most common days of the week for real estate agents to list the properties in 2014, according to an analysis by the National Association of REALTORS® … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Mortgage interest rates fall again; 15-year now below 3 percent

Thu, 01/15/2015 - 10:22am
For the third consecutive week, fixed mortgage interest rates have declined, Freddie Mac reports today. The 30-year, fixed rate averaged 3.66 percent, while the 15-year, fixed rate was down to 2.98 percent for the week ending Jan. 15. Read more … Continue reading →

Governor visits Senator at IAR headquarters

Wed, 01/14/2015 - 4:52pm
The Illinois Association of REALTORS® hosted a meet-and-greet event for new State Senator Neil Anderson of Rock Island (R-36th District), and welcomed Governor Bruce Rauner to the IAR building too. The REALTORS’® event appeared to be one of the governor’s first … Continue reading →

Pro Standards part 2: REALTORS® gather in Oak Brook for training

Wed, 01/14/2015 - 12:21pm
Chicagoland REALTORS® met in Oak Brook on Jan. 14, 2015, to get updates on Professional Standards. The meeting is the second of two sessions held in January which provide training for those who work on handling disputes between REALTORS® and … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: As gas prices fall, will mortgage rates follow?

Wed, 01/14/2015 - 11:58am
Consumers could save two ways with lower prices at the gas pump: cheaper gas prices that will mean more money for discretionary household spending and lower inflation rates that could drive down mortgage interest rates and lower payments, according to … Continue reading →

See who was at Pro Standards in Springfield

Wed, 01/14/2015 - 9:02am
Illinois REALTORS® spent the day learning about rules changes and honed their skills at resolving disputes at a annual training session held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Springfield. The training featured updates on Code of Ethics changes and featured … Continue reading →

Administrative changes to speed ethics hearing process

Tue, 01/13/2015 - 12:30pm
Presenters at the IAR Professional Standards Workshop in Springfield explained that administrative changes to processing REALTOR® Code of Ethics complaints should quicken decision-making for the ethics complaint hearing process this year. Of 19 different points of discussion reviewed by Lynn … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: More U.S. homeowners have positive equity in their homes

Tue, 01/13/2015 - 10:24am
Good news for homeowners, the majority of U.S. homes with a mortgage now have positive equity in their homes, according to a new report from CoreLogic. An additional 273,000 U.S. mortgaged homes returned to positive equity during the third quarter … Continue reading →