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Morning Minute: Things to do now so you will be ready to sell your home later

Tue, 09/08/2015 - 9:19am
If you’re not quite ready to sell your home, use this fall to tackle some of the home improvement projects that need to be done so that when the time is right, you can list quickly. HouseLogic covers five projects … Continue reading →

IAR office closed Monday for Labor Day holiday

Fri, 09/04/2015 - 3:31pm
The Illinois Association of REALTORS® wishes you a safe and happy Labor Day holiday. The IAR office, IAR Legal Hotline and IAR Transaction Helpline will be closed Monday, Sept. 7, in observance of the holiday. All will reopen on Tuesday, Sept. 8.

Get municipal property inspection information

Fri, 09/04/2015 - 3:16pm
Find out the residential property inspection requirements in communities near you by referring to the Illinois Association of REALTORS®’ municipal requirements list for more than 150 Illinois municipalities. With owner-occupied single-family homes, the inspection is usually done at the “point … Continue reading →

Join NICAR for lunch forum Sept. 15 in Lombard

Fri, 09/04/2015 - 2:58pm
Learn more about the reasons businesses either leave or stay in Illinois when the Northern Illinois Commercial Association of REALTORS® (NICAR) hosts a commercial lunch forum on Sept. 15 at Harry Caray’s at Yorktown Center in Lombard. The luncheon, which … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Time to tackle your fall home maintenance checklist

Fri, 09/04/2015 - 9:32am
Fall is here and HouseLogic offers 10 home maintenance projects that you’ll want to add to your to-do list now in order to save you time and money down the road. Check out the list at www.houselogic.com/home-advice/seasonal-maintenance/fall-checklist. In other headlines: Fannie … Continue reading →

REALTORS® voice concerns to U.S. Rep. Kelly

Fri, 09/04/2015 - 6:46am
IAR local Government Affairs Director Tom Joseph and Jim Sim, a member of the IAR Federal Political Coordinator Contact Team and president-elect for the Three Rivers Association of REALTORS®, met with U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly (2nd District) in Matteson today … Continue reading →

Quality content behind IAR partnership with Xplode Conference

Thu, 09/03/2015 - 1:31pm
Learn how to use the latest trends in real estate technology and marketing from some of the most dynamic and successful people in the industry by reserving your place at the Nov. 4 Chicago-area Xplode Conference now. Xplode is coming … Continue reading →

Sign up today for Sept. 9 & 10 IAR broker pre-license webinar

Thu, 09/03/2015 - 11:04am
Get the 15-hour Applied Real Estate Principles course without leaving home by signing up for the IAR webinar Sept. 9 and 10 with veteran instructor Norm Willoughby. Sessions will start at 9 a.m. both days. Cost is $159. Once you … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Latest Beige Book shows economic growth in many regions of the U.S. this summer

Thu, 09/03/2015 - 9:42am
Most of the Federal Reserve’s districts reported moderate to modest growth in July and August, according to the latest Beige Book report. In the Chicago district, construction and real estate activity rose modestly with residential rents, home prices and home … Continue reading →

REALTORS® keep line of communication open with Markham mayor

Wed, 09/02/2015 - 4:00pm
Markham Mayor David Webb, Jr., met with IAR Local Government Affairs Director Tom Joseph, REALTOR® Diane Abell and REALTOR® Dennis Brim today to review city real estate policies and market statistics at Markham city hall. Abell, a broker for Coldwell … Continue reading →

Inman service officially kicks off Thursday

Wed, 09/02/2015 - 3:48pm
IAR members will get an email reminder tomorrow to sign up for free real estate news from Inman. While some members may have already signed up for the service, which is sponsored by IAR and Midwest Real Estate Data (MRED), … Continue reading →

Buy your IAR Inaugural Gala tickets now

Wed, 09/02/2015 - 3:04pm
Order your tickets online for IAR’s 99th Annual Inaugural Gala on Oct. 6 at the Oak Brook Hills Resort – Hilton. The deadline for making your purchase is 11:59 p.m. Sept. 29. Don’t forget to order your tickets so you … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Thinking about buying a home? Tips to improve your credit score

Wed, 09/02/2015 - 9:53am
If you are in the market to buy a home or may be thinking of doing so in the future, there are steps you can take now to improve your credit score — and your interest rate — before you … Continue reading →

IAR countdown to Oct. 3

Tue, 09/01/2015 - 1:22pm
As the Oct. 3 effective date for the TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure rule gets nearer, IAR Legal Services wants to remind you that a new Loan Estimate form will replace the initial truth-in-lending and Good Faith Estimate forms. The new form … Continue reading →

So you think you know how to save energy?

Tue, 09/01/2015 - 10:22am
According to a video by House Logic, your efforts to close room vents and keep fans running in empty rooms may be for naught. “The Tip Jar: Energy Saving Myths That Are Costing You More,” disputes common energy saving misconceptions … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Residential construction rose in July

Tue, 09/01/2015 - 10:08am
Building was booming in July with construction spending climbing to a 7-year high, reports the Associated Press via ABC News. Looking just at residential construction, spending rose more than 1 percent compared to last month, reaching $380.8 billion, according to Commerce … Continue reading →

REALTORS®: Use today’s email to sign up for new member-customer benefit

Mon, 08/31/2015 - 2:43pm
Illinois Association of REALTORS® members should check today’s email for a free annual subscription to real estate news from Inman. The email from the IAR will have the subject line: “New Free Benefit from IAR and MRED.” IAR members/MRED customers … Continue reading →

Helping tenants can help you gain credibility with future first-time buyers

Mon, 08/31/2015 - 8:37am
REALTORS® looking to make inroads with millennials – or anyone else who hasn’t owned a home before – can use rental properties to demonstrate their value to them. At least that’s one of the ideas espoused today in an Inman … Continue reading →

Head ‘Back to School’ with IAR educational programs

Fri, 08/28/2015 - 4:30pm
It’s “Back to School” time, and IAR has a series of fall and winter educational programs lined up for you. In fact, the schedule is filling up quickly! Check out these dates you will want to put on your calendar: … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: U.S. Pending Home Sales Move Higher in July

Fri, 08/28/2015 - 10:12am
Pending home sales in July rose 7.4 percent higher compared to last year and were marginally higher — up 0.5 percent — compared to last month, according to the latest Pending Home Sales Index from the National Association of REALTORS®. … Continue reading →