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Inland’s Goodwin: 1031 Exchanges ‘fuel entire economy,’ should be preserved in tax code

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 11:46am
An article in Thehill.com this morning outlines the argument for retaining a portion of the tax code seen as a necessary catalyst for economic growth. Daniel L.  Goodwin, principal and chairman of Inland Real Estate Group Inc., lays out the … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Selling your home this winter? Quick tips to improve its curb appeal

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 11:23am
Make your home stand out to prospective homebuyers amidst the season’s snow and ice with winter landscaping ideas from HouseLogic. A colorful front door or leaving holiday lights up to add a little sparkle to shrubbery or exteriors can draw … Continue reading →

Tuesday’s primaries: REALTORS® vote and make their voices heard

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 9:42am
You can make your voice heard this week by participating in the Illinois consolidated primary elections today (Feb. 24) for municipalities, park districts, townships, school districts, fire protection districts and other governing bodies. Candidates who advance from the primaries will … Continue reading →

Fundraiser planned for 2014 IAR President Phil Chiles’ bid to become Springfield alderman

Mon, 02/23/2015 - 4:13pm
Members of the Illinois Association of REALTORS® can support IAR Past President Phil Chiles in his bid to become Springfield’s Ward 10 Alderman by attending a fundraiser for him Wednesday. Among guests at the event will include sponsors Sangamon County Sheriff … Continue reading →

Infographic: Illinois January Housing Snapshot #IARMarketStats

Mon, 02/23/2015 - 10:38am
Illinois home prices surged 10.4 percent in January 2015, providing a solid start to the new housing year, according to the Illinois Association of REALTORS®. Read today’s news release | Download and share the infographic.

3 fantastic ways Managing Brokers can complete CE for license renewals

Mon, 02/23/2015 - 9:30am
Illinois’ Managing Brokers can count on the Illinois Association of REALTORS® when it comes to providing convenient, timely continuing education courses taught by engaging, veteran instructors! IAR has scheduled three Broker Management Continuing Education webinars before the April 30 license … Continue reading →

Check 3 Saturday deadlines for Illinois primaries

Fri, 02/20/2015 - 11:24am
Saturday (Feb. 21) is the last day for grace period registration, grace period voting and early voting in the Feb. 24 Illinois consolidated primary elections. According to the Illinois State Board of Elections, grace period registration, grace period voting and … Continue reading →

7 ways to make sure your phone etiquette doesn’t hang up clients

Thu, 02/19/2015 - 12:43pm
Can a better grasp of modern phone etiquette help you save time, communicate better and demonstrate your respect for others? The answer for REALTORS® – professionals who live by their own Code of Ethics – is a resounding “yes!” Consider … Continue reading →

Want to view Gov. Rauner’s Budget Address?

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 6:28pm
If you missed the Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner’s 2015 Budget Address today, and you’d like to read, listen or view it without interruption, the state has provided a transcript, as well as audio and video recordings online. Titled the “Illinois … Continue reading →

Remember to tune in to IAR Legal Webinar Thursday morning

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 5:31pm
IAR members can get the latest update on real estate related issues and get their questions answered during IAR’s Legal Webinar at 9:30 a.m. Thursday. This webinar will be hosted by IAR Legal Hotline Attorney Betsy Urbance and IAR Legal … Continue reading →

IAR Leadership Development Program meets in Springfield

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 12:20pm
The 2015 IAR Leadership Development Program kicked off Tuesday with lessons from IAR Chief Executive Officer Gary Clayton about structure, philosophy and management. During the afternoon, the attendees learned about the role of IAR Board Members, parliamentary procedures, professional standards … Continue reading →

Kinney encourages global investors to look at Illinois real estate

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 10:01am
Illinois real estate is generally a stable, safe investment Illinois Association of REALTORS® President Jim Kinney told the media at a press conference late last week for the Chicago chapter of the Asian Real Estate Association of America (AREAA). With … Continue reading →

Get real-time tweets about Governor’s Budget Address here

Tue, 02/17/2015 - 6:41pm
IAR Assistant Director Legislative and Political Affairs Julie Sullivan will use Twitter to report on Gov. Bruce Rauner’s State Budget Address tomorrow, and we’ll relay those messages to you in the box below. You’ll also be able to follow @ILREALTOR. … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Proposed rule could allow use of drones in commercial real estate

Tue, 02/17/2015 - 11:36am
A proposed rule from the Federal Aviation Administration that could allow for unmanned aircraft systems, or drones, to be used to market commercial real estate properties is getting support from REALTORS®. In a statement, National Association of REALTORS® President Chris … Continue reading →

Meet the candidates for IAR treasurer

Tue, 02/17/2015 - 9:44am
Two candidates have declared their interest in becoming treasurer of the Illinois Association of REALTORS. REALTORS Matt Difanis and Jeff Gregory will be reviewed by the Nominating Committee, and IAR members can find out all about the candidates and submit … Continue reading →

IAR offices closed Monday for Presidents’ Day

Fri, 02/13/2015 - 5:00pm
The Illinois Association of REALTORS®’ offices in Springfield will be closed Monday, Feb.16, in observance of Presidents’ Day. IAR offices will reopen at 8:30 a.m., Tuesday, Feb. 17.  

CAR Leadership Academy meets in Springfield

Fri, 02/13/2015 - 1:22pm
Members of the Capital Area REALTORS® visited the IAR offices in downtown Springfield Friday to conduct Leadership Academy training. IAR Government Affairs Director Neil Malone, who serves members in Logan County, Jacksonville, Decatur, Danville, Champaign County, Central Illinois and the … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Today’s seniors facing higher debt levels

Fri, 02/13/2015 - 11:00am
More older Americans are struggling with higher levels of debt and that could put them at greater risk of foreclosure, according to a new report from the Employee Benefit Research Institute. Read more from NAR’s Daily Real Estate News. In … Continue reading →

New Wisconsin law could affect IAR members?

Thu, 02/12/2015 - 1:41pm
Illinois REALTORS® – On Jan. 1, a new provision in Wisconsin’s real estate licensing law clarified the need for a Wisconsin license to list Wisconsin properties. However, the provision does allow for out-of-state licensees to cooperate with Wisconsin licensees under … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Incomes rise and so do consumer sentiments about the housing market

Thu, 02/12/2015 - 10:56am
Consumer confidence is climbing higher as more people are seeing improved household incomes and that, in turn, is generating more optimism about home prices and the overall market, according to Fannie Mae’s January 2015 National Housing Survey. Twenty-nine percent of … Continue reading →