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Xplode 4: Is your website holding you back?

Fri, 11/13/2015 - 10:11am
Eric Stegemann, Director of Strategy at Tribus Group, put volunteers’ websites through the “website shredder” at the Xplode Conference. Here are some nuggets of wisdom from that event: Avoid using stock photography on your website. Take down the generic smiling … Continue reading →

FHA announces changes to condo financing rules at REALTOR® conference

Thu, 11/12/2015 - 6:52pm
FHA Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Ed Golding announced at NAR360 some big changes to FHA condo financing rules, which will be effective immediately.  Calculations for owner-occupied percentages are changing, so that second homes will no longer be counted against the … Continue reading →

IAR members take part in federal issues round table

Thu, 11/12/2015 - 4:13pm
Several members of IAR’s Illinois Federal Political Coordinator team were in attendance at the NAR Convention federal policy round table discussion. U.S. Rep. Brad Sherman, D-Calif., shared his thoughts on the importance of our grassroots efforts and also complimented the REALTORS® … Continue reading →

Gerami appointed by Gov. Rauner to Illinois drone task force

Thu, 11/12/2015 - 2:34pm
Naperville REALTOR® Scott Gerami, a broker with RE/MAX Professionals Select in Naperville, has been appointed to the Unmanned Aerial System Oversight Task Force by Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner. Nominated by IAR President Mike Drews, Gerami fills one of 22 positions … Continue reading →

Illinois REALTORS® heading to San Diego for NAR meetings

Thu, 11/12/2015 - 10:24am
A multitude of Illinois REALTORS® are arriving in San Diego for the annual National Association of REALTORS®’ Conference & Expo. Some meetings began Wednesday, and the event extends through Monday. Already, Thursday, REALTORS® were hard at work. Former IAR president … Continue reading →

Xplode 3: Home tour videos that sell

Thu, 11/12/2015 - 10:00am
You want to film a beautiful video of one of your listings. The home is staged and you have your smartphone in hand…now what? Katie Lance, Founder & CEO of Katie Lance Consulting, gave these tips for shooting video at … Continue reading →

GI Bill applies to live IAR prelicense courses

Wed, 11/11/2015 - 10:00am
Veterans who want to start a career in real estate can use their GI Bill benefits to take live pre-license courses through the Illinois Association of REALTORS® and its members associations. IAR is the only real estate school in Illinois … Continue reading →

Bradley rescinds ordinance after 6-plus years

Tue, 11/10/2015 - 4:31pm
The village of Bradley (Kankakee County, pop. 16,000) repealed a “water certificate” ordinance that KIFAR and IAR’s local government affairs team have opposed since before it took effect in July 2009. The ordinance was originally created and approved by the … Continue reading →

IAR offices closed Wednesday for Veterans Day

Tue, 11/10/2015 - 2:00pm
The Illinois Association of REALTORS® wishes you a safe and happy Veterans Day holiday. The IAR office, IAR Legal Hotline and IAR Transaction Helpline will be closed on Wednesday, Nov. 11, in observance of the holiday. All will reopen Thursday, … Continue reading →

Xplode 2: Tech for every client

Tue, 11/10/2015 - 1:29pm
  Looking for new ways to wow clients? Annette Anthony, VP of Technology Engagement for EXIT Realty, gave Xplode Conference attendees her top picks for technology that delivers a personal touch. Technology for nurturing leads BombBomb: Instead of following up … Continue reading →

Thanks to 634 members, January 2016 cover will make IAR history

Tue, 11/10/2015 - 11:45am
A total of 634 REALTORS® submitted portraits for the January 2016 issue of Illinois REALTOR®, helping IAR kick off its 100th anniversary year. Add in the photos of every IAR president and the magazine cover will include 732 images in … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Is it time for a homeowners insurance check-up?

Tue, 11/10/2015 - 10:08am
It pays to do an annual review of your homeowners insurance policy to see if your coverage still fits your needs. Has anything changed that needs to be reflected in your policy? Do you have more insurance coverage than you … Continue reading →

Register today for next week’s IAR broker pre-license webinar

Tue, 11/10/2015 - 9:33am
Sign up today to take the 15-hour Applied Real Estate Principles course next Wednesday and Thursday (Nov. 18 & 19) via IAR webinar, and you’ll learn without having to leave the comfort of home. Veteran instructor Norm Willoughby will lead … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: First-time buyers accounting for smaller share of market, NAR says

Mon, 11/09/2015 - 10:02am
The housing market has seen higher home sales and median prices in recent months, but the number of first-time home buyers entering the market has seen a decline, according to the 2015 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers from the … Continue reading →

Xplode: Client connections made easy

Mon, 11/09/2015 - 9:28am
Maintaining a connection to former clients can be a daunting and time-consuming task but Jim Marks, President of Virtual Results, told attendees at Wednesday’s Xplode Conference in Hoffman Estates that using Facebook lists is his secret weapon. Why Facebook lists? … Continue reading →

DR Legal News: Communication key to TRID-governed transactions

Fri, 11/06/2015 - 4:00pm
Brokers need to communicate early and often with buyers and sellers and work closely with buyers’ lenders, especially when it comes to TRID-governed transactions, writes Jeffrey T. Baker, IAR Transaction Hotline Attorney, in the November edition of D.R. Legal News … Continue reading →

G-Fees bundled into highway bill removed in House amendment vote

Fri, 11/06/2015 - 9:10am
On Thursday, the U.S. House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly to approve an amendment which calls for removal of the so-called “G-Fee” from a highway funding bill. The G-Fees, actually GSE guarantee fees, are charged by Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae … Continue reading →

IAR shares advocacy ideas with real estate delegation from Warsaw, Poland

Thu, 11/05/2015 - 10:51am
IAR President Mike Drews and Global Business Council Staff Liaison Sharon Gorrell participated in a forum hosted by the Chicago Association of Realtors on behalf of the Warsaw Real Estate Brokers Association. A highlight of the IAR presentation was explaining … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: NAR breaks down the benefits of home staging

Thu, 11/05/2015 - 9:32am
Did you know that 81 percent of home buyers say a staged home makes it easier to visualize the property as a potential home? Or that staged homes can bring higher offers from buyers? Click on the image below to … Continue reading →

REALTORS Relief Foundation launches aid campaign for Watseka

Wed, 11/04/2015 - 2:11pm
The Illinois REALTORS® Relief Foundation has set up a crowdfunding effort to help those affected by the July floods that inundated the small community of Watseka. The IRRF, which is the non-profit disaster relief arm of the Illinois Association of REALTORS®, … Continue reading →