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Morning Minute: Kids becoming a key factor in parent’s decision to buy or sell a home

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 11:08am
More of today’s parents are balancing their home-buying decisions on how it will affect their children, their activities and their overall well-being. A survey by Coldwell Banker Real Estate found that Millennial and Gen X parents place greater weight on … Continue reading →

One week in, Habitat house in Springfield is taking shape

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 11:04am
Volunteers are finishing up a busy week at the Springfield Habitat for Humanity home on East Enterprise Street. This week Illinois REALTORS®, with help from partners at Wells Fargo, have put up the walls, installed the roof trusses, roof deck … Continue reading →

Family to get REALTOR®-built Habitat home featured by Springfield TV station

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 12:55pm
The soon-to-be owner of a Habitat for Humanity home that is being built by the Illinois Association of REALTORS® was featured in a WICS Channel 20 Springfield segment on Wednesday, May 21, 2014. Rachel Creighton and her four children will … Continue reading →

Condo foreclosure bill passes in House; vote was 64-47-5

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 12:30pm
A condo foreclosure bill that had been the subject of a series of IAR member calls to action passed the Illinois House Thursday, May 22, 2014, and will now go to Gov. Pat Quinn. In all, more than 2,000 IAR … Continue reading →

Infographic: Illinois median home prices rose in April #IARMarketStats

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 9:29am
Illinois home prices continued an upward trend with April marking 20 consecutive months of year-over-year gains. Tighter inventory continued to affect home sales, which decreased 7.8 percent annually, according to the latest report from the Illinois Association of REALTORS®. IAR … Continue reading →

Video: April 2014 Illinois Housing Report #IARMarketStats

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 9:13am
The Illinois Association of REALTORS® reports housing inventories continued to be tight and median prices increased. Watch the latest IAR video on the Illinois housing market.

Morning Minute: Commercial real estate market continues to rebound

Wed, 05/21/2014 - 12:03pm
U.S. commercial real estate continues to improve with steady gains in prices and transaction activity so far in 2014, according to an analysis from CoStar Commercial Repeat Sale Indices. Sales volume rose 33 percent annually in the first quarter of … Continue reading →

Walls go up on Springfield Habitat project; see the results in new video

Tue, 05/20/2014 - 12:54pm
Illinois REALTORS® and its partners from Wells Fargo Bank put up the walls of a new Habitat for Humanity home in Springfield. The house on East Enterprise Street, is one of three the association is building this year in Illinois. … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Freddie Mac’s take on lower housing inventory

Tue, 05/20/2014 - 11:31am
One factor that is shaping the 2014 housing market is the low inventory of available existing homes for sale. In fact, Freddie Mac experts say U.S. housing inventory, when compared to the number of households, is at a 30-year low, … Continue reading →

Sheryl Grider Whitehurst elected to regional NAR post

Tue, 05/20/2014 - 11:15am
Congratulations to Illinois REALTOR® Sheryl Grider Whitehurst on being elected Vice President of Region 7 for the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR). Region 7 includes Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin. Whitehurst, Managing Broker and Development & Operations Coordinator with Traders Realty … Continue reading →

Will County code change vote doesn’t include costly fire sprinkler mandate

Tue, 05/20/2014 - 8:58am
A multi-year effort to make sure that a fire sprinkler mandate was not part of changes to the building code used in Will County proved successful. The Will County Board voted 25-0 on May 15 to adopt the new codes, … Continue reading →

Act now on IAR’s Call for Action on SB 2664 and HB 4609!

Mon, 05/19/2014 - 3:00pm
Illinois REALTORS®, we need your help urging state lawmakers to vote ‘YES’ on important legislation protecting buyers of foreclosed condos and consumers from the establishment of fire sprinkler mandates by administrative rule. If you haven’t yet, participate in IAR’s Call … Continue reading →

Springfield Habitat build launches; volunteers still needed

Mon, 05/19/2014 - 1:40pm
Illinois REALTORS® began building a house for Habitat for Humanity in Springfield Monday, May 19, 2014, as part of a plan to build three houses for the charity this year. IAR President Phil Chiles, who came up with the idea … Continue reading →

In Case You Missed It: Top IARbuzz blog posts from last week

Mon, 05/19/2014 - 11:30am
In case you missed it, here are four of the top IARbuzz blog posts from last week: NAR shines spotlight on IAR’s Let’s Talk Real Estate program –  The Illinois Association of REALTORS® meeting series that brings REALTORS® together with … Continue reading →

NAR shines spotlight on IAR’s Let’s Talk Real Estate program

Fri, 05/16/2014 - 2:56pm
The Illinois Association of REALTORS® meeting series, “Let’s Talk Real Estate,” is featured in a recent REALTOR® Magazine article, “Capitol Hill Comes to Illinois REALTORS®.” Since last summer, the popular program has allowed Illinois REALTORS® to meet face-to-face with their … Continue reading →

Video: See all the action from IAR’s Capitol Hill visits

Fri, 05/16/2014 - 1:04pm
Illinois REALTORS® spent part of their week making the case for sound housing policy during visits to Capitol Hill. Association members met with staff members for the state’s congressional delegation, and ha a breakfast meeting with U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin.

Video: Illinois REALTORS® on Capitol Hill 2014

Fri, 05/16/2014 - 11:58am
Members of the Illinois Association of REALTORS® headed to Capitol Hill to push for sound housing policy as part of the annual REALTOR® Party Convention and Expo, May 12-17, 2014. #PowerofR #RPCTE

Morning Minute: Economy, housing market expected to gradually improve into 2015

Fri, 05/16/2014 - 10:52am
Severe winter weather got 2014 off to a slow start, but improving employment numbers, a strengthening economy and pent-up homebuyer demand bodes well for stronger housing activity and the overall economy, said industry experts at this week’s REALTOR® Party Convention … Continue reading →

IAR lobbyists are fighting for you in the final weeks of legislative session

Thu, 05/15/2014 - 5:19pm
With a scheduled adjournment date of May 31, the Illinois General Assembly is heading into the final stretch of the spring session and Illinois Association of REALTORS® (IAR) lobbyists are working on key bills that affect the industry and your … Continue reading →

You Say You’re #1? Prove It

Thu, 05/15/2014 - 12:45pm
There seems to be an increase in complaint activity as it relates to real estate licensees making claims in their advertising that they are “number one.” It is important for real estate licensees and the managing brokers charged with oversight … Continue reading →