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REALTORS® show support for Champaign’s Willard Airport

Fri, 12/18/2015 - 2:06pm
Representatives of the Champaign County Association of REALTORS® (CCAR) and the Illinois Association of REALTORS® (IAR) presented a $5,000 check to Craig Rost, executive director of the Champaign County Economic Development Corporation during a ceremony at University of Illinois Willard … Continue reading →

Logan County REALTORS® help local food pantry

Fri, 12/18/2015 - 8:00am
The Logan County Board of REALTORS (LCBR) showed its community spirit with a monetary donation to the Lincoln/Logan County Food Pantry last week. LCBR President Diane Schriber and Brenda Short, chair of the LCBR Legislation and Public Relations Committee presented … Continue reading →

City Council says no to Joliet property transfer tax increase

Thu, 12/17/2015 - 5:18pm
Joliet/Will County REALTORS® accomplished a victory for the local economy Tuesday night as the Joliet City Council unanimously voted down an effort to increase the city’s real estate transfer tax by 66 percent. A real estate transfer tax increase from … Continue reading →

2016 Forecast: What’s ahead for the Illinois housing market

Thu, 12/17/2015 - 4:36pm
Illinois continues to move into a more “normal” real estate market and as it does, home prices and sales are expected to experience positive gains in 2016. But these gains will be at a more moderate pace than last year, … Continue reading →

What will Fed’s decision mean to REALTORS®, homeowners and the housing market?

Thu, 12/17/2015 - 12:35pm
The Federal Reserve announced Wednesday that it is raising interest rates for the first time since 2006, causing speculation about what that will do to the real estate market, lenders, REALTORS®, lenders, homeowners and others working in affiliated industries. Housing … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: NAR survey finds goal of homeownership still strong

Thu, 12/17/2015 - 10:18am
The desire to buy a home remains strong, particularly among younger renters. An overwhelming majority (94 percent) of renters who are under 34 years old aspire to eventually become a homeowner, according to the new HOME (Housing Opportunities and Market … Continue reading →

Rockford REALTORS® get charged up for area kids

Thu, 12/17/2015 - 8:55am
The Rockford Area REALTORS® is putting its collective community spirit toward helping two local charities that benefit children this month, the Walter Lawson Children’s Home and Rock House Kids. Members gathered for a Holiday Open House and Candy Cane Ball … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: U.S. housing starts surge higher

Wed, 12/16/2015 - 9:34am
Home construction hit a high note in November as U.S. housing starts climbed 10.5 percent higher, signaling a strengthening home construction market, according to data released today by the Commerce Department. The gains beat expected forecasts and single-family construction was … Continue reading →

Still looking for more ‘REALTORS® Give Back’ stories

Tue, 12/15/2015 - 10:22am
Through today, the seven local associations and one private office have submitted photos and information about the charitable endeavors of their REALTORS® during the holiday season. Don’t let the efforts of your colleagues go unrecognized! Share your photos and stories … Continue reading →

Dogs and cats will be adopted in December thanks to CAR volunteers

Mon, 12/14/2015 - 12:58pm
Before the New Year arrives, REALTORS® to the Rescue will make donations that will aid in the adoption of numerous homeless animals in Chicago, says veteran REALTOR® Debbie Maue, president of the organization. Last December, REALTORS® to the Rescue donated … Continue reading →

Learn how you can help IAR market the state internationally at MIPIM 2016

Fri, 12/11/2015 - 2:32pm
As conferences go, MIPIM is one of the biggest real estate events in the world that you’ve probably never heard of. The conference, held in Cannes, France, draws more than 21,000 people annually who are heavy-hitters in real estate investment. … Continue reading →

Chicago YPN gives back to local Boys and Girls Club

Fri, 12/11/2015 - 1:49pm
On Dec. 8, the Chicago Association of REALTORS® Young Professionals Network (YPN) provided pizza, chips, drinks, games and activities for 60 children at the Union League Boys and Girls Club on West 19th St. in Chicago. CAR’s YPN Give Back Day … Continue reading →

REALTORS®: Mark your calendar for Dec. 17 IAR Legal Webinar

Fri, 12/11/2015 - 12:30pm
Plan to participate in the final IAR Legal Webinar of the year, starting at 9:30 a.m., Thursday (Dec. 17), with Jeffrey T. Baker, IAR Transaction Helpline Attorney and Betsy Urbance, IAR Legal Hotline Attorney. The webinar is titled “Out with … Continue reading →

Meet IAR’s new board members for 2016

Fri, 12/11/2015 - 11:12am
This week the Illinois Association of REALTORS® swore in eight board members at the association’s year-end meeting. The REALTORS® have served in a number of high-profile roles in the organization, and bring a wealth of experience to their positions on the … Continue reading →

REALTORS need to voice opposition to property transfer tax hike in Joliet

Fri, 12/11/2015 - 8:38am
Joliet REALTORS® can make an impact on their city’s 2016 budget by contacting their city council members this week and urging the elimination of a proposed property transfer tax increase, says IAR local Governmental Affairs Director Gideon Blustein. Under the … Continue reading →

Coat drive just one of TRAR’s community activities

Tue, 12/08/2015 - 2:55pm
The Three Rivers Association of REALTORS® (TRAR) held a winter coat drive to benefit the poor and the homeless in Joliet and will help with food and gift distribution for the needy on Dec. 22. Three Rivers members dropped off … Continue reading →

CAR delivers this holiday season

Tue, 12/08/2015 - 2:45pm
On Monday, (l to r) Jay Turner, McAllister Cox and Ginger Downs dropped off donations from the Chicago Association of REALTORS® (CAR) to the offices of the Advocates for Adolescent Mothers. The non-profit organization held a toy and outwear drive … Continue reading →

REALTORS – Make your RPAC donation by Friday deadline

Tue, 12/08/2015 - 12:18pm
With each $20 investment by Illinois REALTORS®, IAR gets just a little bit closer to reaching its 2015 goal of 33 percent of its members investing in RPAC. The deadline to enter the Give Thanks Give $20 Raffle is 11:59 … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Understanding active military and veteran homebuyers

Mon, 12/07/2015 - 11:40am
Active military and veterans are an important part of the housing market, accounting for 21 percent of U.S. homebuyers this year, according to the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) and its 2015 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers. NAR’s Economists’ … Continue reading →

IAR helps you renew broker license by April 30, 2016 deadline

Mon, 12/07/2015 - 9:34am
If you’re an Illinois broker, make sure you complete your education requirements and submit your broker’s license renewal application with the Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulation by April 30, 2016. Visit the IAR Licensing & Training Center for … Continue reading →