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IAR Members: First effort to divert dedicated funds to aid budget deficit

Tue, 03/10/2015 - 11:20am
The Governmental Affairs Team for the Illinois Association of REALTORS® expressed its opposition against an amendment to Senate Bill 274 that would move a total of about $500 million from numerous dedicated funds – including three real estate related funds … Continue reading →

Credit-reporting agencies make important changes that can affect those seeking financing

Mon, 03/09/2015 - 3:10pm
The three largest credit-reporting agencies in the U.S. have agreed to change how they handle credit information as part of an agreement with New York’s attorney general, according to this Reuters report. The changes could have an impact for REALTORS®’ … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Job growth and consumer confidence head higher

Mon, 03/09/2015 - 11:02am
Lower oil prices, an improving job market and soaring consumer confidence all bode well for housing construction and the overall economy, according to the latest economic outlook from CoreLogic, a data and analytics company. Job growth is surging among the … Continue reading →

IAR offers 2 BMCE webinar choices before deadline

Mon, 03/09/2015 - 10:00am
Illinois’ Managing Brokers can choose from two IAR Broker Management Continuing Education webinars to get the credits needed for April 30 license renewal deadline. On April 9 and 10, Lynn Madison instructs and the cost is $159. On April 20 … Continue reading →

See if new IHDA mortgage program can help your clients

Fri, 03/06/2015 - 6:01pm
With the debut of the @HomeIllinois mortgage to the market this week by the Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA), Illinois REALTORS® may be able to help more creditworthy homebuyers this Spring and help local economies at the same time. That’s … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Get your home ready for spring with these quick cleaning tips

Fri, 03/06/2015 - 12:47pm
The first day of spring, March 20, is right around the corner. REALTOR® Magazine offers a cleaning checklist to help you clear out the winter clutter and get your home ready for the sunny days of spring. A few tips: … Continue reading →

Gustafson will push you forward at IAR Spring Conference

Fri, 03/06/2015 - 11:28am
Register today for the Gateway to Success IAR Spring Conference and Expo (May 6 and 7) and experience Ashton Gustafson’s unique presentation abilities in person. So in addition to the networking, the continuing education and legal advice you can typically … Continue reading →

IAR opposes 4 Home Rule measures in April 7 elections

Thu, 03/05/2015 - 4:45pm
The Illinois Association of REALTORS® is lobbying against Home Rule initiatives in the municipalities of Shiloh (St. Clair County), New Baden (Clinton and St. Clair counties), Broadview (Cook County) and McLean (McLean County) for the April 7 consolidated elections. The … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Federal Reserve finds improving economic growth in early 2015

Thu, 03/05/2015 - 11:04am
There was continuing moderate economic growth in January and February as consumer spending, manufacturing production and business spending improved, according to the latest Federal Reserve Beige Book. The Seventh District in Chicago, reported modest gains in construction and real estate … Continue reading →

Make sure you register to vote by March 10

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 1:29pm
REALTORS® planning to vote in the Illinois consolidated elections on April 7 must register by Tuesday, March 10. The Illinois State Board of Elections (ISBE) offers online registration. Applicants must provide: Their Illinois driver’s license number or Illinois state ID … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: REALTORS® optimistic about this year’s spring market

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 12:17pm
U.S. REALTORS® are feeling more confident about the upcoming spring real estate market, according to the latest REALTORS® Confidence Index from the National Association of REALTORS®. Lower inventory continues to be an issue in many markets, but many REALTORS® are … Continue reading →

Get your ticket now for March 12 Springfield mayoral debate

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 3:45pm
  Springfield’s mayoral candidates will face off in a March 12 debate at the association’s headquarters. The debate, which will be 6-7:30 p.m., Thursday, March 12, will be between candidates Jim Langfelder and Paul Palazzolo. Both advanced to the April 7 election after becoming the … Continue reading →

Illinois Housing Development Authority wants REALTORS®’ opinions

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 12:00pm
Illinois REALTORS® can make their feedback count by participating in an online survey regarding the functionality of the Illinois Housing Development Authority’s (IHDA) website. Take the survey at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/JCFTZ9D The IHDA is interested in how its customers and partners use … Continue reading →

Still time to register for the BMCE webinar this week

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 10:45am
Get your 12-hour Broker Management CE completed this week by registering for the two-day Broker Management Continuing Education webinar offered tomorrow and Thursday (March 4 and 5) for $139. Register before 11:59 p.m. tonight and plan to get your Broker Management … Continue reading →

Register for Capitol Conference & Lobby Day today!

Mon, 03/02/2015 - 1:40pm
For $40, Illinois real estate professionals can secure a place for themselves at the Illinois Association of REALTORS®’ 39th annual Capitol Conference and Lobby Day on April 14 in Springfield. Registration gets you in to the Legislative Briefing and Lunch … Continue reading →

In Statehouse Report: 6,000 bills filed and counting

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 4:34pm
IAR’s governmental affairs team is sorting through the more than 6,000 bills that have been filed in the General Assembly. As of just before noon Friday, there were 2,027 Senate Bills and 3,986 House bills filed. Of course, IAR’s lobbyists go … Continue reading →

5 practical lessons learned through IAR’s Legal Webinar

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 4:30pm
Advice regarding surveillance videos, commercial drones, state real estate licenses, medical marijuana and tenant foreclosure rights were among the topics addressed during the Feb. 19 Illinois Association of REALTORS® Legal Webinar. Although IAR Members were able to get answers to … Continue reading →

Thursday’s ‘Housing Older Adults’ Webinar available online

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 3:23pm
View a recording of the National Housing Conference’s Webinar “Housing Older Adults” at your own convenience. The webinar, sponsored by the National Association of REALTORS®, discusses concepts like safety and quality of neighborhoods for older adults, as well as the … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: U.S. pending home sales hit 18-month high

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 11:06am
Home buyer demand improved in January with the number of pending home sales (based on contract signings) climbing to a level not seen since August 2013, the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) announced today. NAR’s Pending Home Sales Index rose … Continue reading →

Four Things Every REALTOR® Needs to Know About Tax Preparations

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 10:15am
Excellent record keeping and the selection of competent tax professionals who understand the business are essential for Illinois REALTORS®. Investors need tax professionals familiar with the type of investments they use: stocks, mutual funds, real estate, etc. If you haven’t … Continue reading →