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Spaces still available for next week’s NAR Tech Edge conference in Arlington Heights

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 11:41am
REALTORS® can still register for next Thursday’s NAR Tech Edge conference at the Metropolis Ballroom in Arlington Heights. For $59, IAR members can learn how web-based and mobile technologies can benefit their business and their clients. Topics include: content strategy, … Continue reading →

IAR offices closed Monday for Memorial Day

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 9:47am
In celebration of the Memorial Day holiday, the Illinois Association of REALTORS® offices will be closed on Monday, May 25. The offices will reopen at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, May 26. Have a safe and happy holiday.  

IAR joins effort to stop advertising tax for businesses

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 4:21pm
The Illinois Association of REALTORS® has joined a coalition of groups worried about a proposal to tax business advertising. According to information from the No Ad Tax Coalition, the proposal listed in Gov. Rauner’s “Bring Back Blueprint” will impose a … Continue reading →

What will the climb in one-person households mean for our future?

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 10:15am
The better your market is at supplying affordable housing for older Americans who want to continue living alone, the better your chances of helping them keep their independence. That’s one conclusion you could draw after reading a blog titled “The … Continue reading →

Illinois sees higher home sales, prices in April #IARMarketStats

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 9:39am
The strong start to Illinois’ spring housing market continued in April with gains in year-over-year home sales and median home prices, according to the Illinois Association of REALTORS®. Statewide home sales totaled 12,822 homes sold, up 6.6 percent from last … Continue reading →

IAR’s Kinney tells House committee real estate market ‘rebounding’

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 10:45am
IAR President Jim Kinney told members of the House Committee on Economic Development and Housing that Illinois’ housing market has dramatically improved since the recession. But he warned Wednesday, May 20, 2015, that there are still many obstacles to making … Continue reading →

IAR fights for change in unincorporated Will County pre-inspections

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 4:16pm
Protests by the Illinois Association of REALTORS® – on behalf of home owners in unincorporated Will County – have resulted in a moratorium on the county’s use of pre-inspections until the issue can be reviewed and resolved, the Chicago Tribune … Continue reading →

Dan Wagner Recognized as Commercial Liaison to NAR

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 2:37pm
Congratulations to Illinois REALTOR® Dan Wagner, who was recognized as the 2016 Commercial Liaison to the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) during the NAR Board of Directors meeting last week in Washington, D.C. Wagner, senior vice president for government relations … Continue reading →

Did your senator vote ‘yes’ for Senate Bill 1380 (municipal lien bill)?

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 10:19am
On a second roll call vote, Illinois senators voted 30-19 last Tuesday to approve Senate Bill 1380, according to the May 15 State Capitol Report. The bill was originally defeated in the Senate on April 23, but the sponsor of … Continue reading →

Deadline Wednesday for honoring deceased veterans at Memorial Day Remembrance Wall in Springfield

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 9:05pm
Help your community honor loved ones or friends who served in the military and have passed away by sharing information about the Memorial Day Remembrance Wall in the Illinois State Capitol Rotunda. The deadline for participation is Wednesday, May 20. … Continue reading →

Jacksonville board set to merge with Capital Area REALTORS® June 1

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 9:20am
The Jacksonville Area Association of REALTORS® announced Monday, May 18, 2015, that it would merge with Capital Area REALTORS®. It’s the second such merger in as many months involving Capital Area. The Springfield-based organization announced in March that the West … Continue reading →

See what you missed: Top things from NAR’s Midyear Meetings

Sun, 05/17/2015 - 7:48pm
Illinois REALTORS® were out in force in the nation’s capital last week, attending policy meetings and lobbying for private property rights. Hera are a few of the highlights from the week: Crosby receives top service award: Illinois REALTOR® Jean Crosby … Continue reading →

Crosby receives 2015 NAR Distinguished Service Award

Sat, 05/16/2015 - 10:07pm
Longtime Illinois REALTOR® Jean Crosby was honored with the 2015 Distinguished Service Award from the National Association of REALTORS® on Saturday, May 16, 2015. She was one of two recipients of the award this year. Cynthia Shelton of Orlando, Fla., was … Continue reading →

IAR members wrap up week of meetings in D.C. with caucuses

Sat, 05/16/2015 - 7:19am
The Illinois REALTORS® who attended a week of policy meetings in Washington, D.C., wrapped up their work with caucuses on Friday, May 15, 2015. The Illinois Caucus gave IAR members, many of whom serve on NAR committees, a chance to … Continue reading →

Bey-Little visits Bobby Rush’s chief of staff

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 3:50pm
Carrie Bey-Little documented some of the highlights of her trip to Washington, D.C. for the REALTOR® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo by writing and taking photographs for the NAR “Legislative Live” blog. Among the highlights of her trip was a … Continue reading →

Matt Difanis captures great photos at Legislative Meetings

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 3:18pm
IAR Treasurer-nominee Matt Difanis brought along his camera and put together a can’t-miss collection of photographs from his week at the REALTOR® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo in Washington, D.C. As one of three IAR members on hand who agreed … Continue reading →

Karen Robertson reports from Washington, DC

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 2:48pm
Today Plainfield’s Karen Robertson is headed to a meeting with the FHFA while at the REALTOR® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo in Washington, D.C. Robertson is one of three IAR members posting photos and writing for the NAR blog named … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: See the difference your interest rate makes when buying a home

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 11:18am
The Keeping Current Matters (KCM) blog has pulled together an interesting infographic that breaks down how the mortgage interest rate you lock in when you buy a home can have such a big impact on how much home you can … Continue reading →

Second day of meetings on Capitol Hill for IAR members

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 3:01pm
IAR members met with a broad spectrum of Illinois congressional representatives on Thursday, wrapping up two days of visits to lawmakers on Capitol Hill. REALTORS® talked about issues ranging from Marketplace Fairness to the 1031 Exchange. Among meetings were sessions … Continue reading →