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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 →

Five days until election Tuesday; check your resources for help

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 2:27pm
If you don’t plan to vote early, then plan to cast your vote in the Illinois General Election on Tuesday at your local polling place. Schedule yourself a time to vote between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. With 75 percent … Continue reading →

In memoriam: Former Rockford AE Terrie Hall dies

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 1:43pm
Terrie Hall, who led the Rockford Area REALTORS® as association executive for nearly a decade, died Thursday, the association told members in an email today. Hall joined the Rockford association in 1983 where she worked as an IT specialist. She … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Mortgage interest rates below 4 percent for third week

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 8:42am
Mortgage interest rates rose slightly compared to last week but at 3.98 percent for a 30-year, fixed rate, it still remained below 4 percent for the third week in a row, Freddie Mac reported today. The 15-year, fixed-rate mortgage averaged … Continue reading →

Preparation can reduce fear and eliminate cyberthreats

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 4:25pm
October is scary enough during the Halloween season, especially when my daughter dresses like a mummy. But the threat of data breaches or of viruses attacking my smartphone or computer can literally keep me awake at night! If you’ve ever … Continue reading →

Do you know the answers to our top Legal Hotline questions?

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 9:51am
IAR gets calls all the time on its Legal Hotline asking for guidance on real estate issues. We asked Legal Hotline attorney Betsy Urbance to share with us the top questions and answers from the third quarter. Test your real … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Chicago makes list of best cities for vampires

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 9:15am
Calling all vampires. Just in time for Halloween, the real estate brokerage Redfin has put together a tongue-in-cheek list of the best U.S. cities to be a vampires and the city of Chicago ranks second on the list. And what … Continue reading →

Clayton, Myers named to panel charting future of area near IAR HQ

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 6:52am
A common question asked by visitors to IAR’s headquarters in Springfield is what is the big, abandoned ugly brick building across the street? It’s a former YWCA that closed and has sat vacant for years. It’s taken a beating, even … Continue reading →

Seven days left to use your REALTOR® voice

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 1:56pm
With a week to decide who you’ll vote for in the Illinois General Election Nov. 4, the IAR encourages you to make your voice heard on the local, state and national levels! However, if circumstances prevent you from going to … Continue reading →

Springfield family moves into REALTOR®-built Habitat home

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 7:57am
Illinois REALTORS® spearheaded an effort this summer to build a Habitat for Humanity home in Springfield. On Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014, the new owner took possession of the home located on East Enterprise Street. Rachel Creighton and her four children were … Continue reading →

Designations = Professionalism

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 6:30am
With November fast approaching, it’s time to think about adding a designation in celebration of Designation Awareness Month. November has been selected by the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) as the month for real estate professionals to hone their skills … Continue reading →

Celebrate and save $ with GRI Early Bird Registration

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 8:09am
Save money if you register within the next two weeks for live GRI courses at the Peoria Marriott Pere Marquette in early December. Early Bird Registration ends on Nov. 5! The Early Bird Rate for IAR members is: $325 for … Continue reading →

REALTORS® back three additional state rep candidates

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 4:35pm
The Illinois REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC) has provided direct contributions to three additional pro-REALTOR® candidates and encourages you to vote for the pro-REALTOR® candidate in your district on Nov. 4. These Illinois House of Representatives candidates are pro-business, pro-private … Continue reading →

Advocacy helps Deerfield avoid fire sprinkler mandate

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 3:57pm
More than a month after the Deerfield Village Board considered a change to its building code, the board voted 4-2 against a requirement for fire sprinklers in all new construction for single-family homes. Trustees Alan Farkas, Barbara Struthers, Tom Jester … Continue reading →

Infographic: Mortgage rates hit 2014 lows #IARMarketStats

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 8:23am
Low rates are back! Just last week they averaged 3.97%, the lowest level since the week of June 20, 2013 according to Freddie Mac. In September they averaged 4.16%. #IARMarketStats

NAR blog: Barrington agent doesn’t want you to become another victim

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 1:15pm
REALTOR® Celeste Barr of Keller Williams Success Realty in Barrington, Ill., wants colleagues to trust their intuition so they can avoid becoming a victim of crime, and she’s relating her experience to make the point. Barr shared her thoughts with … Continue reading →

REALTORS® back five more state rep candidates in NE Illinois

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 9:23am
The Illinois REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC) has provided direct contributions to five pro-REALTOR® candidates in the northeastern quadrant of the state and encourages you to vote for the pro-REALTOR® candidate in your district on Nov. 4. These Illinois House … Continue reading →