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Keep your Clients in the Loop – Illinois REALTOR® April Issue

Fri, 03/21/2014 - 10:47am
The spring housing market is right around the corner. The new April issue of Illinois REALTOR® magazine can help get you ready with tips on boosting your communication skills with your buyers and sellers and the best strategies for working … Continue reading →

Infographic: Who’s ready for the spring market? #IARMarketStats

Thu, 03/20/2014 - 3:12pm
Let’s think spring! A new infographic from the Illinois Association of REALTORS® shows that while winter weather, low inventory and other seasonal factors slowed Illinois home sales in February, median prices continued to make gains. The statewide median price was … Continue reading →

Video: Illinois median home prices move upward in February #IARMarketStats

Thu, 03/20/2014 - 8:22am
Weather and lower inventory impacted February Illinois home sales but median prices saw continued annual gains. State home sales decreased 6.2 percent over previous-year levels in February while median prices increased 6.9 percent, according to today’s report from the  Illinois Association … Continue reading →

Illinois REALTORS® get out the vote in March Primary

Wed, 03/19/2014 - 11:14am
Congratulations to Illinois REALTOR® Mark Batinick, who beat out two other opponents to win the Republican primary for State Representative of the 97th District seat on Tuesday. Batinick, a REALTOR® who lives in Plainfield, is running for an open seat … Continue reading →

Heartland REALTOR® Organization and Mainstreet Organization of REALTORS® team up to fight Fox Waterway Agency dissolution

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 5:01pm
By Conor Brown, IAR GAD representing Heartland REALTOR® Organization and Howard Handler, IAR GAD representing Mainstreet Organization of REALTORS®.  With more than 7,000 units of local government – more than anyother state in the union – it is hard to … Continue reading →

Illinois Housing Leaders Conference features keynote speaker Shari Olefson

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 11:30am
This year’s Illinois Housing Leaders Conference, “Helping Boomerang Buyers Get Back in the Market,” includes keynote speaker Shari Olefson, the director of the Carnegie Group and the author of “Financial Fresh Start.” The one-day conference being held on March 31, in … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Consumer agency to tackle “zombie” foreclosures

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 10:09am
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is going after “zombie” foreclosures — distressed properties where the foreclosure process is started but never completed, leaving some unsuspecting borrowers on the hook for a home (and fees and taxes) they thought had already … Continue reading →

Get out and vote; and take note of IAR’s Opportunity Races

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 7:00am
Illinois residents will head to the polls on Tuesday for the March primary. While there, Illinois REALTORS® have a chance to cote for candidates who are friendly to their interests. There are 10 Opportunity Races, which involve candidates who meet … Continue reading →

Register now for IAR Spring Conference & Expo and save!

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 10:44am
IAR members who register by April 9 for IAR Spring Conference & Expo pay just $99. This year’s speaker lineup includes Kim Daugherty on the keys to business success, Chris Bird with the latest tax tips and CE courses with … Continue reading →

U.S. Senate passes flood insurance affordability bill curbing rate increases

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 9:32am
An amended Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Bill that reins in excessive premium increases was approved by the U.S. Senate Thursday and now heads to President Obama, who is expected to sign it into law. The National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) … Continue reading →

IAR joins fight to save Scott Air Force Base; donates $100,000

Thu, 03/13/2014 - 4:27pm
The Illinois Association of REALTORS® is joining the battle in a big way to help keep Scott Air Force Base open in Southern Illinois. The association donated $100,000 toward efforts to preserve the base, which could be targeted as part … Continue reading →

Register now for Springfield Habitat for Humanity build

Thu, 03/13/2014 - 3:59pm
Illinois REALTORS® can now register to help build a home for Habitat for Humanity in Springfield. The project will be built at 2210 E. Enterprise St., Springfield, Ill., and will be the home for a family of five. To register … Continue reading →

Wondering where to send your 2014 Broker license renewal?

Thu, 03/13/2014 - 1:07pm
The Illinois Association of REALTORS® has created a 2014 Broker License Renewal Q&A to answer some of the questions you might have regarding license renewal before the April 30, 2014 deadline. Here is one you may be asking: Q: Where … Continue reading →

MRED: Policy to remain unchanged with brokerages making listing syndication decisions

Thu, 03/13/2014 - 10:15am
Midwest Real Estate Data (MRED) will not be making any changes to its listing syndication policy that leaves the decision of where a brokerage’s listings are distributed up to the real estate companies and not the multiple listing service (MLS). … Continue reading →

Champaign REALTORS® present relief checks to Gifford tornado victims #PowerofR

Thu, 03/13/2014 - 9:18am
In February, the Champaign County Association of REALTORS® (CCAR) presented checks to members of the Gifford, Ill. community who were affected by last November’s devastating tornadoes that destroyed 90 homes and damaged homes 40 more in the area. The relief … Continue reading →

Family selected for REALTOR® Habitat for Humanity home in Springfield

Wed, 03/12/2014 - 9:54am
Habitat for Humanity of Sangamon County has selected the family that will move into a new home being built this summer by Illinois REALTORS® as part of an effort to show the Power of R. Rachel Creighton and her four … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: NAR reports homebuyer foot traffic picking up

Wed, 03/12/2014 - 9:49am
Buyer foot traffic is on the rise again, sending positive signals about the direction of future contracts and home sales, according to the latest National Association of REALTORS® Diffusion Index. Foot traffic was up 7.2 points in February after two … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: A larger house tops wish list of relocating employees looking for new home

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 10:28am
A bigger home, a short commute and a location close to their favored school district are among the key things relocating employees are looking for when they shop for their next home, according to a survey by Cartus, a relocation … Continue reading →

Wary of potential for higher taxes? Oppose Rochester Home Rule effort

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 8:57am
Residents of Rochester will go to the polls next Tuesday to vote on whether they want the Central Illinois community outside Springfield to become a Home Rule municipality. If approved, the measure could allow Rochester’s village board greater latitude to … Continue reading →