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Happy Independence Day from IAR

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 11:55am
The Illinois Association of REALTORS® (IAR) wishes everyone a safe and happy Fourth of July holiday. The IAR office and IAR Legal Hotline will be closed on Friday in observance of the holiday.

Weather in Chicagoland schedule changes, some cancellations for Aurora Habitat build

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 11:43am
High winds and heavy rain that moved through Chicagoland earlier this week have delayed foundation work for the IAR Habitat for Humanity project. As a result, several volunteer work days have been cancelled and several new work days have been added … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Cost of renting is rising in many U.S. metro areas

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 9:35am
Need another reason to buy a home? The cost of renting is rising in 79 U.S. metro areas tracked by Reis Inc, a real estate research firm. Read more from NAR’s Daily Real Estate News. In other headlines: More Home … Continue reading →

Latino panelists featured at the IAR Multicultural Summit Sept. 4 in Chicago

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 7:59am
Sonia Anaya, Mabel Guzman, Joe Nery and Sylvia Puente are among those who’ll be part of the IAR Multicultural Summit “The Latino Factor: Global Opportunity in Your Own Backyard.” This year’s event, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Sept. 4, 2014, will be … Continue reading →

Expand your team using expert ideas

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 12:58pm
How do you build a great real estate team? Illinois REALTOR® has some tips in the July 2014 edition. Among our experts’ suggestions: Hire one person at a time to meet clearly defined goals – This approach allows you to assess … Continue reading →

Fall Conference diversions: Find free attractions in Chicago

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 2:51pm
Going to IAR’s Fall Conference and Expo? There’s plenty to do just minutes away from McCormick Place. And the best part is that they are free! Lincoln Park Zoo – Bring the family or go by yourself. After a 19-minute … Continue reading →

Key question for leasing agents: How much CE do I have?

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 3:45pm
Q. How can I find out what continuing education hours I already have? Use the Illinois Association of REALTORS(R) Education Lookup to check your education credits for courses taken — and passed — through the Illinois Association of REALTORS(R) Licensing … Continue reading →

2014 IAR Legislative Scorecard: Notable victories for Illinois REALTORS® and private property rights

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 3:25pm
The 2014 spring session of the Illinois General Assembly was a busy one and the Illinois Association of REALTORS® (IAR) team of lobbyists and our 41,000 members worked to stop bad policy, alter flawed legislation, advocate IAR initiatives and promote … Continue reading →

First of three REALTOR®-built Habitat houses gets dedication

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 10:38am
  Illinois REALTORS® celebrated with a new homeowner Saturday in Murphysboro during a ceremony that ended the first of the association’s three Habitat for Humanity builds in the state this year. Kristen Beck moved into the new home in Southern … Continue reading →

In Case You Missed It: Top IARbuzz blog posts from last week

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 7:30am
In case you missed it, here are four of the top IARbuzz blog posts from last week:  Get a preview of what keynoter Matt Tenney will share at Fall Conference - Watch a short video on what you can expect … Continue reading →

Take action now; urge Gov. Quinn to sign condo foreclosure bill

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 7:50pm
SB2664 makes needed changes to the Condominium Property Act by limiting some of the money buyers of foreclosed condos face paying at closing.The bill is on Gov. Pat Quinn’s desk awaiting signature, and your help is needed now. Why is … Continue reading →

Know the score when it comes to the IAR Fall Conference!

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 11:37am
You don’t have to be Bears Quarterback Jay Cutler to know the significance of big numbers or get pumped up by rallying cries. But if you are a Bears fan and plan to attend the IAR Fall Conference and Expo … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: 30-year mortgage rates lower than a year ago

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 11:08am
For the first time in a year, 30-year, fixed mortgage rates fell this week below where they were a year ago, Inman reports in “Rates on 30-year mortgages post first annual decline this year.” The 30-year rate averaged 4.14 percent … Continue reading →

Get a preview of what keynoter Matt Tenney will share at Fall Conference

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 3:43pm
  Matt Tenney will speak Sept. 6, 2014 at McCormick Place as part of the Illinois Association of REALTORS® Fall Conference & Expo, bringing with him lessons learned from his biggest failure. Tenney, who provides the closing keynote for the … Continue reading →

Fraud alert: Beware of efforts to divert wire transfers

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 3:08pm
Several Illinois real estate business are reporting scam artists are trying to divert funds that were to be used in real estate transactions. The “phishing” attacks are wide-ranging, and seek email and password information from title companies, real estate brokerages … Continue reading →

Do you have questions about a Leasing Agent license renewal?

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 2:12pm
If you have a license to be a Leasing Agent, but you aren’t sure when your license needs to be renewed or how much it will cost, you should read the Q&A  prepared by Carrie Elliott. You’ll discover answers to … Continue reading →

New home sales surge in May, hitting six-year high

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 12:08pm
Sales of new, single-family homes appeared to be picking up steam again in May, surging to a six-year high, according to the latest U.S. Commerce Department data. New- home sales were up 18.6 percent compared to April and 16.9 percent … Continue reading →

REALTOR® associations honored for work to protect Scott AFB

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 11:32am
  The Illinois Association of REALTORS, the REALTOR Association of Southwestern Illinois, and the Greater Gateway Association of REALTORS were recently recognized by the Leadership Council of Southwestern Illinois for their significant contribution to the “One Voice, United for Growth” … Continue reading →

Sneak peek of the July issue of Illinois REALTOR®

Tue, 06/24/2014 - 5:26pm
The July issue of Illinois REALTOR® will soon be arriving in your mailbox but you can get an early look at the publication in this digital extra.

Buscher, Mandis and Tenggren latest IAR RPAC Ambassadors

Tue, 06/24/2014 - 10:30am
Congratulations to these REALTORS® for becoming official RPAC Ambassadors for the 1,000 Points of Light campaign: ​Mike Buscher of the Real Estate Group in Springfield, ​Jan Mandis ​of Realty Central, Inc. in Carbondale and ​Christopher Tenggren of RE/MAX Great American … Continue reading →