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Morning Minute: Baby Boomers becoming a force in home buying and building

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 10:55am
Many are expecting Baby Boomers to be the next wave when it comes to housing demand and those in the housing industry are taking notice, Bloomberg News reports. Because of that some homebuilders are shifting their focus from starter homes … Continue reading →

Webinar: 16 facts you need to know about medical marijuana

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 9:14am
Understanding how medical marijuana laws affect properties where it is grown, sold and even used will be critical to Illinois REALTORS® as communities attempt to balance business interests, zoning, public health and state law. That was the underlying message to … Continue reading →

Have another holiday gift idea for clients?

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 12:22pm
Another tasty holiday gift idea for clients was submitted to IARbuzz by REALTOR® Peggy Brown, Managing Broker and Owner of Sevenoaks Realty in Batavia. Brown says, “I send clients who had a transaction in the current year a Christmas card with a … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Mortgage rates fall to yearly low

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 10:32am
Good news for consumers looking to buy a home or refinance, Freddie Mac reports today that mortgage rates fell again this week to the lowest levels in 2014. A 30-year, fixed rate mortgage averaged 3.80 percent this week while the … Continue reading →

REALTOR® victory: Senate passes mortgage debt cancellation relief

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 7:25pm
According to a report by the National Association of REALTORS®, President Barack Obama is expected to sign into law a “tax-extender” bill that will provide mortgage debt cancellation relief. According to NAR: That step is possible because earlier this week, … Continue reading →

Early-bird rate for January Pro Standards Workshops ends today

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 2:28pm
Today’s the final day to register and pay only $60 for the Professional Standards Workshops on Jan. 13 and 14, in Springfield and Oakbrook Terrace, respectively. Register now! Fill out the form and return it by fax (217-529-0758) or email … Continue reading →

Infographic: What’s the Illinois Housing Market Look Like for 2015?

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 1:59pm
What’s ahead for the Illinois housing market next year? Economist Geoffrey J.D. Hewings, director of the Regional Economics Applications Laboratory of the University of Illinois, takes a look in a new forecast for 2015.

Strong economy, business at the heart of Rauner’s plans

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 4:59pm
Illinois governor-elect Bruce Rauner addressed several hundred people Tuesday afternoon at a Springfield (Illinois) Better Government Association luncheon. Although Rauner didn’t provide detailed plans about how he’ll achieve success as the next Illinois governor, his remarks about improving the financial … Continue reading →

Lake Forest latest to liberalize Accessory Dwelling Unit use

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 1:42pm
The City of Lake Forest (Lake County) is the latest municipality to recognize the benefits of accessory dwelling units (ADUs), often referred to as granny flats, coach houses, in-law suites, garage apartments and cottages. Lake Forest is home to many … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: IAR’s Kinney among experts sharing industry predictions for 2015

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 10:44am
The latest issue of Chicago Agent Magazine asks local Chicago area real estate experts — including Illinois Association of REALTORS® President Jim Kinney — for their predictions for the housing market and economy in the article, “Local Experts’ Predictions for … Continue reading →

Wait until you see these 18 great gifts for REALTORS®

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 9:55am
When it comes choosing the perfect holiday gifts for REALTORS®, several IAR members shared ideas they would appreciate or their colleagues would like to receive. Some gifts can be expensive: Scottevest shirts, shorts, pants, jackets, hoodies, coats, cardigan sweaters and … Continue reading →

How does Haisler help local consumers understand real estate market?

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 8:23am
In Sunday’s Northwest Herald, the Account Executive for the Heartland REALTOR® Association, Jim Haisler, gave his analysis of his region’s housing market in the article “Haisler: What happened to the real estate market?” Haisler also has been active with the … Continue reading →

Remember medical marijuana Legal Webinar Thursday morning

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 3:40pm
If you haven’t done so already, mark your calendar for 9:30 a.m. Thursday so you can join Lisa Hartzler from Sorling Northrup Attorneys and Illinois Association of REALTORS® (IAR) Legal Hotline Attorney Betsy Urbance for a members-only discussion of the state’s medical … Continue reading →

Panel of economists discusses state’s economy with IAR

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 2:17pm
A panel of economists met with IAR’s CEO along with IAR Public Policy and Advocacy staff in Chicago to discuss economic shifts in the state and what they might mean for the real estate industry and the broader economy. The … Continue reading →

IAR hopes to make Christmas ‘wishes’ come true for mom and three kids

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 12:50pm
Staff members at Illinois Association of REALTORS® office in Springfield have once again partnered with a local social services agency – Contact Ministries – to provide a needy Springfield family with holiday presents. This year, staff members are shopping for … Continue reading →

See how these five REALTOR® brokerages make the holidays brighter for the less fortunate

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 2:11pm
During the holiday season, individual real estate offices and Illinois REALTORS® will show their support for local charities in addition to participating in their local associations. Here are five such examples: Dickerson and Nieman Realtors of Rockford collected 1,812 pounds of … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Fannie, Freddie to halt foreclosure evictions over the holidays

Thu, 12/11/2014 - 10:05am
Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are suspending evictions of foreclosed single-family properties during this holiday season. The moratorium will run from Dec. 17, 2014 until Jan. 2, 2015. In other headlines: RealtyTrac reports foreclosure activity fell 9% in November – … Continue reading →

Learn how the state’s medical marijuana law could affect your business

Thu, 12/11/2014 - 9:51am
IAR Members – You may hear plenty of debate about the effects of marijuana on our nation’s health, but when you tune in to the next IAR Legal webinar titled “Pot . . . Pourri” at 9:30 a.m. Dec. 18, … Continue reading →

Are you ready for changes to the Property Disclosure Act?

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 4:43pm
Beginning January 1, 2015, there is an important change to Question 6 of the Illinois Residential Real Property Disclosure Act. Basically, the change is this: The original form required sellers to disclose known defects with walls. But a state Appellate Court … Continue reading →

IAR mourns loss of Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 2:16pm
Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka will be missed by members of the Illinois Association of REALTORS®. The Republican was popular on both sides of the aisle, and came from a real estate background. IAR worked with her on many occasions … Continue reading →