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Morning Minute: Mortgage interest rates below 4 percent for third week

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 8:42am
Mortgage interest rates rose slightly compared to last week but at 3.98 percent for a 30-year, fixed rate, it still remained below 4 percent for the third week in a row, Freddie Mac reported today. The 15-year, fixed-rate mortgage averaged … Continue reading →

Preparation can reduce fear and eliminate cyberthreats

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 4:25pm
October is scary enough during the Halloween season, especially when my daughter dresses like a mummy. But the threat of data breaches or of viruses attacking my smartphone or computer can literally keep me awake at night! If you’ve ever … Continue reading →

Do you know the answers to our top Legal Hotline questions?

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 9:51am
IAR gets calls all the time on its Legal Hotline asking for guidance on real estate issues. We asked Legal Hotline attorney Betsy Urbance to share with us the top questions and answers from the third quarter. Test your real … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Chicago makes list of best cities for vampires

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 9:15am
Calling all vampires. Just in time for Halloween, the real estate brokerage Redfin has put together a tongue-in-cheek list of the best U.S. cities to be a vampires and the city of Chicago ranks second on the list. And what … Continue reading →

Clayton, Myers named to panel charting future of area near IAR HQ

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 6:52am
A common question asked by visitors to IAR’s headquarters in Springfield is what is the big, abandoned ugly brick building across the street? It’s a former YWCA that closed and has sat vacant for years. It’s taken a beating, even … Continue reading →

Seven days left to use your REALTOR® voice

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 1:56pm
With a week to decide who you’ll vote for in the Illinois General Election Nov. 4, the IAR encourages you to make your voice heard on the local, state and national levels! However, if circumstances prevent you from going to … Continue reading →

Springfield family moves into REALTOR®-built Habitat home

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 7:57am
Illinois REALTORS® spearheaded an effort this summer to build a Habitat for Humanity home in Springfield. On Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014, the new owner took possession of the home located on East Enterprise Street. Rachel Creighton and her four children were … Continue reading →

Designations = Professionalism

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 6:30am
With November fast approaching, it’s time to think about adding a designation in celebration of Designation Awareness Month. November has been selected by the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) as the month for real estate professionals to hone their skills … Continue reading →

Celebrate and save $ with GRI Early Bird Registration

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 8:09am
Save money if you register within the next two weeks for live GRI courses at the Peoria Marriott Pere Marquette in early December. Early Bird Registration ends on Nov. 5! The Early Bird Rate for IAR members is: $325 for … Continue reading →

REALTORS® back three additional state rep candidates

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 4:35pm
The Illinois REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC) has provided direct contributions to three additional pro-REALTOR® candidates and encourages you to vote for the pro-REALTOR® candidate in your district on Nov. 4. These Illinois House of Representatives candidates are pro-business, pro-private … Continue reading →

Advocacy helps Deerfield avoid fire sprinkler mandate

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 3:57pm
More than a month after the Deerfield Village Board considered a change to its building code, the board voted 4-2 against a requirement for fire sprinklers in all new construction for single-family homes. Trustees Alan Farkas, Barbara Struthers, Tom Jester … Continue reading →

Infographic: Mortgage rates hit 2014 lows #IARMarketStats

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 8:23am
Low rates are back! Just last week they averaged 3.97%, the lowest level since the week of June 20, 2013 according to Freddie Mac. In September they averaged 4.16%. #IARMarketStats

NAR blog: Barrington agent doesn’t want you to become another victim

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 1:15pm
REALTOR® Celeste Barr of Keller Williams Success Realty in Barrington, Ill., wants colleagues to trust their intuition so they can avoid becoming a victim of crime, and she’s relating her experience to make the point. Barr shared her thoughts with … Continue reading →

REALTORS® back five more state rep candidates in NE Illinois

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 9:23am
The Illinois REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC) has provided direct contributions to five pro-REALTOR® candidates in the northeastern quadrant of the state and encourages you to vote for the pro-REALTOR® candidate in your district on Nov. 4. These Illinois House … Continue reading →

Video: Factors impacting the Illinois housing market #IARMarketStats

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 8:27am
In a new video, the Illinois Association of REALTORS® interviewed Dr. Geoffrey Hewings, director of the Regional Economic Applications Laboratory at the University of Illinois, about where the state’s housing market is going. Among factors he cites: Uncertainty about the … Continue reading →

First-time award signals greater commitment to fundraising

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 3:19pm
Thanks to the support of members across the state, IAR captured the NAR RPAC Triple Crown Award for the first time since the award was created in 2009. IAR met or exceeded its goals for: Participation (28 percent), Fair Share … Continue reading →

Know the facts before you vote for Home Rule on Nov. 4

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 1:49pm
Should residents in Crestwood, Lynwood, Matteson, Barrington, Lake Zurich and other Illinois communities be concerned about supporting Home Rule? The answer is a resounding “yes,” no matter what backers of these measures say. Making such a broad change can have … Continue reading →

Today is first day for early voting in Illinois

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 11:39am
If you travel for business or if long work hours make voting in the Nov. 4 Illinois general election impossible or inconvenient, today is the first day you can utilize early voting, according to the Illinois State Board of Elections … Continue reading →

Local vigilance helps IAR reps protect your interests

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 6:00am
Earlier this month, the Illinois Association of REALTORS® Government Affairs team discovered problems with proposed changes to the Cook County Building Code and quickly reminded officials of our opposition to mandated fire sprinklers in residential housing. As a result, our … Continue reading →

October magazine article outlines IAR ideas to boost professionalism

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 3:38pm
You can gain a new perspective on the scope of how the Illinois Association of REALTORS® aims to improve industry professionalism by reading “IAR makes changes to enhance professionalism in industry” in the October issue of Illinois REALTOR® magazine. For example, … Continue reading →