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IAR leaders participate in NAR governance meetings in New Orleans

Fri, 11/07/2014 - 3:59pm
As the National Association of REALTORS® Conference & Expo gets into full swing in New Orleans, Illinois REALTOR® leaders are participating in NAR governance meetings looking at the issues facing the industry. Loretta Alonzo, (far right) the 2012 president of … Continue reading →

Homeownership rates a concern in housing economy; but there is good news

Fri, 11/07/2014 - 2:16pm
Consumer confidence in the housing market is surging upward, but surveys of REALTORS® indicate agents aren’t so sure the market is fully back to health, NAR’s chief economist said Friday. “That’s odd because REALTORS® are really optimistic,” said Dr. Lawrence … Continue reading →

Experience New Orleans through eyes, ears and taste buds of our own

Fri, 11/07/2014 - 11:38am
Even if you aren’t able to attend the National Association of REALTORS® Convention in New Orleans the next several days, you can still get a great taste of what’s happening by following the exploits of three IAR members – Alex … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Mortgage rates climb above 4 percent, but still lower than a year ago

Fri, 11/07/2014 - 9:54am
Fixed mortgage rates inched a little higher this week, climbing just over 4 percent, but rates still remain lower than a  year ago. Freddie Mac economists attributed the increase to stronger economic news. The 30-year, fixed rate mortgage averaged 4.02 … Continue reading →

Fracking may soon begin in Illinois as rules approved

Fri, 11/07/2014 - 9:25am
More than one year after a law was passed to regulate hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” in Illinois, the state legislature’s Joint Committee on Administrative Rules (JCAR) voted Thursday in Chicago to approve rules for permits. See the Chicago Tribune story. … Continue reading →

Gallery: See who was wearing Illinois bling at NAR360

Thu, 11/06/2014 - 4:39pm
Illinois REALTORS® were out in force at the kickoff for the National Association of REALTORS® Convention & Expo in New Orleans. The event provides highlights of NAR programs and initiatives for members attending the conference. Each member of the Illinois … Continue reading →

Illinois median home sales price rose 5.8 percent in 3Q 2014 #IARMarketStats

Thu, 11/06/2014 - 1:13pm
Illinois home prices were higher in the third quarter of 2014 and that trend is expected to continue into the final quarter of this year, according to the latest quarterly forecast from the Regional Economics Applications Laboratory of the University of … Continue reading →

Former IAR President elected to Grundy County Board

Thu, 11/06/2014 - 9:39am
On Tuesday, Mike Onorato was elected to the Grundy County Board with 3,117 votes. The 2010 IAR President was the top vote-getter of six candidates running for three open seats in District Three. Onorato, of Diamond, IL, is the broker-owner … Continue reading →

Infographic: Illinois Housing Market 3Q14 #IARMarketStats

Thu, 11/06/2014 - 8:39am
Here’s a quick snapshot of the Illinois home sales and prices in the third quarter of 2014. Overall, median prices have increased while sales have been slower, but some Illinois counties have seen gains in both. Share this infographic. #IARMarketStats

Illinois REALTORS® pitch in at Habitat build in New Orleans #narannual

Wed, 11/05/2014 - 3:06pm
Illinois REALTORS® are among those helping out at the REALTORS® Volunteer Build this week at the 2014 REALTORS® Conference & Expo in New Orleans. See photos of some of the volunteers who are helping to build single-family homes in an … Continue reading →

Election results feature many pro-REALTOR® candidates and five Home Rule defeats

Wed, 11/05/2014 - 12:02pm
Here’s a recap of the unofficial results of the Illinois General Election, which include statewide constitutional offices, the Illinois General Assembly races, Home Rule issues and “Opportunity Races” supported by IAR RPAC and NAR RPAC. Among the winners are REALTORS® Sam … Continue reading →

Register for Illinois GRI today and save! #ILGRIturns50

Wed, 11/05/2014 - 10:21am
Act now and save! The early bird rate for Illinois Graduate, REALTOR® Institute ends at midnight tonight and seats are filling fast. Register for GRI Course II, GRI Course III or GRI Grad Course (only 25 seats left).

Election tally coming soon in races of interest to Realtors

Wed, 11/05/2014 - 8:54am
What a night. IAR is preparing a tally of how races turned out that were important to the association’s members. The results will be posted soon. Early reviews show success in Opportunity Races and overwhelming success in communities where IAR … Continue reading →

Studebaker named CEO of REALTOR® Association of Fox Valley

Tue, 11/04/2014 - 4:48pm
The REALTOR® Association of Fox Valley named a new chief executive this week, appointing Chris Studebaker to head the association based in Geneva. Studebaker has been director of government and industry relations with the American Massage Therapy Association which is … Continue reading →

Take these five smart legal safeguards before the year ends

Tue, 11/04/2014 - 2:47pm
The way your company finishes one year can lay the foundation for early success next year, says a lawyer in the latest edition of D.R. Legal News. In that spirit, Michael G. Horstman, with Sorling Northrup Attorneys in Springfield reminds … Continue reading →

Get out and vote. No, really. Do it now.

Tue, 11/04/2014 - 9:42am
Polls are open until 7 p.m. in Illinois. Make sure you are wearing one of these by the end of the day.

Take advantage of your last chances to vote

Mon, 11/03/2014 - 12:05pm
Make your voice heard in the Nov. 4 Illinois General Election by either voting today through absentee ballot or visiting your local polling place between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. tomorrow. To find out more about elections, you can visit … Continue reading →

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

Mon, 11/03/2014 - 6:30am
In case you missed it, here are three of the top IARbuzz blog posts from the past week: These government affairs forums become ‘can’t miss’ events - More than 375 people – including members of Congress and the Illinois General Assembly … Continue reading →

These government affairs forums become ‘can’t miss’ events

Fri, 10/31/2014 - 2:31pm
More than 375 people – including members of Congress and the Illinois General Assembly – attended biennial local REALTOR® association government affairs forums in mid-October. On Oct. 15, the Mainstreet Organization of REALTORS® (MORe) thanked 40 south suburban community officials … Continue reading →

For this undertaking, Bernardoni anything but scary

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 4:46pm
Most IAR members will know Government Affairs Director Brian Bernardoni (Chicago Association of REALTORS®) from the serious work he does with local government officials on real estate issues. But when it comes to Halloween, at his home in the village … Continue reading →