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You may be surprised at what he can tell you about today’s empowered consumers

Fri, 03/13/2015 - 12:56pm
Illinois REALTORS® looking to “Jump Start” their careers by relating better to potential customers should register today for the IAR Spring Conference & Expo in Collinsville May 6-7. Among the featured speakers will be REALTOR® Terry Watson – a nationally … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Illinois among states to see drop in foreclosure inventory

Fri, 03/13/2015 - 11:01am
Illinois foreclosure inventory fell 39.4 percent in January compared to the same time last year, according to CoreLogic’s January 2015 National Foreclosure Report. The decline put Illinois among the five states that saw the largest year-over-year drops in inventory. Overall, … Continue reading →

Springfield mayoral candidates face off in debate at IAR

Thu, 03/12/2015 - 8:00pm
Springfield’s two candidates for mayor, Jim Langfelder and Paul Palazzolo, squared off Thursday night at a mayoral debate held at the Illinois Association of REALTORS® (IAR) headquarters. During the 90-minute debate, Langfelder and Palazzolo answered questions on everything from boosting … Continue reading →

D.R. Legal News highlights Wisconsin listing issue

Thu, 03/12/2015 - 4:07pm
Managing brokers – If you are not licensed to sell real estate in Wisconsin, a Wisconsin law limits your involvement in the selling or leasing of Wisconsin properties. According to the Wisconsin REALTORS® Association (WRA), a law became effective Jan. … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Four reasons Freddie Mac is optimistic about this year’s housing market

Thu, 03/12/2015 - 10:52am
Spring is nearly here and Freddie Mac anticipates a strong homebuying season. In fact, Freddie Mac’s March U.S. Economic and Housing Market Outlook predicts that 2015 could be the “best  year for home sales and new home construction since 2007 when … Continue reading →

FPC Callan discusses real estate issues with Congressman Roskam

Thu, 03/12/2015 - 10:47am
On Tuesday, U.S. Congressman Peter Roskam (R-IL) met with Illinois REALTORS® from his district at the Barrington Village Hall to discuss the implications of tax issues, patent trolling and government sponsored enterprises for real estate. Roskam, who represents Illinoisans in … Continue reading →

Spread the word: Make sure the video sewer inspection bill doesn’t pass

Thu, 03/12/2015 - 7:23am
Most members of the Illinois Association of REALTORS® should have received an email Call for Action on Wednesday alerting them to a bill that would add $500 or more to the cost of selling a home. (You can click here … Continue reading →

Call for Action: 8 reasons to hate the Video Sewer Inspection Bill

Wed, 03/11/2015 - 3:04pm
The state House could call a bill this week that would hit homeowners right in the wallet by requiring all of those in Illinois seeking to sell a home to first get a video inspection of their sewer system by … Continue reading →

IAR eyes Midlothian real estate transfer tax referendum

Wed, 03/11/2015 - 12:07pm
The Illinois Association of REALTORS® and the Mainstreet Organization of REALTORS® oppose a referendum on the April 7 ballot in the village of Midlothian, where residents will decide whether or not to impose a real estate transfer tax on property … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Millennials make up largest share of today’s homebuyers

Wed, 03/11/2015 - 11:18am
Millennial consumers — those aged 34 and younger — continue to be a force in today’s housing market, accounting for the largest share of recent homebuyers for the second year in a row, according to the 2015 National Association of … Continue reading →

Register by April 8 for IAR Capitol Conference and Lobby Day

Tue, 03/10/2015 - 12:20pm
Check another item off your to-do list if you register today for the 39th annual Illinois Association of REALTORS®’ Capitol Conference and Lobby Day in Springfield April 14. The registration deadline is April 8. The $40 fee gets you in … Continue reading →

IAR Members: First effort to divert dedicated funds to aid budget deficit

Tue, 03/10/2015 - 11:20am
The Governmental Affairs Team for the Illinois Association of REALTORS® expressed its opposition against an amendment to Senate Bill 274 that would move a total of about $500 million from numerous dedicated funds – including three real estate related funds … Continue reading →

Credit-reporting agencies make important changes that can affect those seeking financing

Mon, 03/09/2015 - 3:10pm
The three largest credit-reporting agencies in the U.S. have agreed to change how they handle credit information as part of an agreement with New York’s attorney general, according to this Reuters report. The changes could have an impact for REALTORS®’ … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Job growth and consumer confidence head higher

Mon, 03/09/2015 - 11:02am
Lower oil prices, an improving job market and soaring consumer confidence all bode well for housing construction and the overall economy, according to the latest economic outlook from CoreLogic, a data and analytics company. Job growth is surging among the … Continue reading →

IAR offers 2 BMCE webinar choices before deadline

Mon, 03/09/2015 - 10:00am
Illinois’ Managing Brokers can choose from two IAR Broker Management Continuing Education webinars to get the credits needed for April 30 license renewal deadline. On April 9 and 10, Lynn Madison instructs and the cost is $159. On April 20 … Continue reading →

See if new IHDA mortgage program can help your clients

Fri, 03/06/2015 - 6:01pm
With the debut of the @HomeIllinois mortgage to the market this week by the Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA), Illinois REALTORS® may be able to help more creditworthy homebuyers this Spring and help local economies at the same time. That’s … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Get your home ready for spring with these quick cleaning tips

Fri, 03/06/2015 - 12:47pm
The first day of spring, March 20, is right around the corner. REALTOR® Magazine offers a cleaning checklist to help you clear out the winter clutter and get your home ready for the sunny days of spring. A few tips: … Continue reading →

Gustafson will push you forward at IAR Spring Conference

Fri, 03/06/2015 - 11:28am
Register today for the Gateway to Success IAR Spring Conference and Expo (May 6 and 7) and experience Ashton Gustafson’s unique presentation abilities in person. So in addition to the networking, the continuing education and legal advice you can typically … Continue reading →

IAR opposes 4 Home Rule measures in April 7 elections

Thu, 03/05/2015 - 4:45pm
The Illinois Association of REALTORS® is lobbying against Home Rule initiatives in the municipalities of Shiloh (St. Clair County), New Baden (Clinton and St. Clair counties), Broadview (Cook County) and McLean (McLean County) for the April 7 consolidated elections. The … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Federal Reserve finds improving economic growth in early 2015

Thu, 03/05/2015 - 11:04am
There was continuing moderate economic growth in January and February as consumer spending, manufacturing production and business spending improved, according to the latest Federal Reserve Beige Book. The Seventh District in Chicago, reported modest gains in construction and real estate … Continue reading →