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Avoid 6 advertising mistakes that could cost you

Mon, 01/05/2015 - 2:54pm
In the January issue of Illinois REALTOR® magazine, you’ll find out how to avoid advertising mistakes that can damage your reputation with potential customers and take money out of your wallet. In the digital version of “Use Your Membership to … Continue reading →

IAR offices closed Thursday and Friday for New Year’s holiday

Wed, 12/31/2014 - 2:15pm
The Illinois Association of REALTOR® offices in Springfield will be closed Thursday, Jan. 1 and Friday, Jan. 2 in observance of the New Year. IAR offices will reopen at 8:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 5.

Find the latest Illinois REALTOR® magazine in your mailbox yet?

Wed, 12/31/2014 - 10:55am
If you’d rather peek at holiday presents than be surprised, does that mean you’d prefer the online version of the January Illinois REALTOR® magazine over the traditional paper format? Thankfully, you have a choice! The January cover story introduces you … Continue reading →

Triple Crown award named top story of 2014

Wed, 12/31/2014 - 7:30am
The IAR Communication staff rounds out its list of most buzzworthy 2014 blog posts by revealing its final five choices. Following yesterday’s countdown of stories 10 through six, the staff offers: 5. Band, awards mark GRI’s 50th year at Peoria … Continue reading →

Advocacy, Habitat homes among top 10 stories of 2014

Tue, 12/30/2014 - 10:55am
How do your choices for most important 2014 IARbuzz stories compare to the top 10 list compiled by the IAR Communications staff? Today, take a look at staff choices 10 through six: 10. At the bell: House, Senate pass BPO … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Strong economic growth could help housing in 2015

Tue, 12/30/2014 - 10:06am
An improving economy could bring good news to the housing industry in the coming year reports CNBC in today’s “Perfect economic mix set to boost housing in 2015.” Economic growth coupled with low interest rates could signal a stronger year … Continue reading →

2014 Top Stories: mortgage burning, ROTY get mentions

Mon, 12/29/2014 - 4:21pm
How do your choices for most important IARbuzz stories of 2014 compare with the those selected by the IAR Communications staff? Today consider these three honorable mentions: Webinar Part II: 6 more reasons to listen in – Dec. 22 discussion … Continue reading →

Are you in IAR’s Year in Review video?

Sun, 12/28/2014 - 3:41pm
  From Washington, D.C., to Chicago to Springfield, Illinois REALTORS® were busy in 2014. See images from the year in this quick video featuring some of the association’s 43,000 members.

IAR offices closed Thursday and Friday for Christmas holiday

Wed, 12/24/2014 - 12:00pm
The Illinois Association of REALTOR® offices in Springfield will be closed Thursday, Dec. 25 and Friday, Dec. 26 in observance of Christmas. IAR offices will reopen at 8:30 a.m. Monday, Dec. 29.

How about real estate forms under the tree this holiday?

Wed, 12/24/2014 - 8:00am
Want to get that perfect something for the REALTOR® on your holiday gift list? Maybe that REALTOR® is you. How about the latest forms for 2014, all updated and ready to go. IAR has updated forms and now provides them … Continue reading →

IAR staff raises more than $1,000 for family of four

Tue, 12/23/2014 - 1:35pm
A needy Springfield mother and her three young children will receive all the items on their holiday wish list – and more – thanks to the generosity of IAR staff members in Springfield. IAR staff members collected money and gifts … Continue reading →

Will tax rates be changing where you live?

Tue, 12/23/2014 - 11:10am
With the start of each New Year, tax rates change, and in Illinois, REALTORS® will notice a change in the state income tax and some local sales tax rates. According to information from the Illinois Retail Merchants Association, starting Jan. … Continue reading →

Infographic: Illinois Housing at a Glance for November 2014 #IARMarketStats

Mon, 12/22/2014 - 4:00pm
The Illinois housing market saw November median prices rise 6.9 percent over previous-year levels while statewide home sales decreased 9.5 percent for the same period, according to the latest housing release from the Illinois Association of REALTORS®. Share a new … Continue reading →

REALTOR’s family and friends give back, too

Mon, 12/22/2014 - 10:48am
Chicago REALTOR® Erika Villegas read a recent IARbuzz story about REALTORS® and their local associations giving back to their communities, and she decided to share the story of her family and friends. Villegas, who works at ERA Mi Casa on … Continue reading →

Webinar Part II: 6 more reasons to listen in

Mon, 12/22/2014 - 9:45am
Following the discussion of medical marijuana at Thursday’s Legal Webinar, Betsy Urbance, IAR Legal Hotline Attorney, summarized six recent legal developments important to members, too. Urbance briefly discussed: A private mortgage insurance deduction The extension of Mortgage Debt Forgiveness Tax … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Baby Boomers becoming a force in home buying and building

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 10:55am
Many are expecting Baby Boomers to be the next wave when it comes to housing demand and those in the housing industry are taking notice, Bloomberg News reports. Because of that some homebuilders are shifting their focus from starter homes … Continue reading →

Webinar: 16 facts you need to know about medical marijuana

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 9:14am
Understanding how medical marijuana laws affect properties where it is grown, sold and even used will be critical to Illinois REALTORS® as communities attempt to balance business interests, zoning, public health and state law. That was the underlying message to … Continue reading →

Have another holiday gift idea for clients?

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 12:22pm
Another tasty holiday gift idea for clients was submitted to IARbuzz by REALTOR® Peggy Brown, Managing Broker and Owner of Sevenoaks Realty in Batavia. Brown says, “I send clients who had a transaction in the current year a Christmas card with a … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Mortgage rates fall to yearly low

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 10:32am
Good news for consumers looking to buy a home or refinance, Freddie Mac reports today that mortgage rates fell again this week to the lowest levels in 2014. A 30-year, fixed rate mortgage averaged 3.80 percent this week while the … Continue reading →

REALTOR® victory: Senate passes mortgage debt cancellation relief

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 7:25pm
According to a report by the National Association of REALTORS®, President Barack Obama is expected to sign into law a “tax-extender” bill that will provide mortgage debt cancellation relief. According to NAR: That step is possible because earlier this week, … Continue reading →