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Register by Feb. 16 to vote in Illinois primary elections

Fri, 01/29/2016 - 1:00pm
Illinois REALTORS® who plan to vote in the March 15 general primary election must be registered to vote by Tuesday, Feb. 16, according to the Illinois State Board of Elections. Make sure you’re eligible to vote, check to see if … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Pending home sales inch higher

Fri, 01/29/2016 - 9:30am
Pending home sales rose slightly higher in December — up 0.1 percent compared to November — and showed stronger gains year-over-year with an increase of 4.2 percent compared to December 2014, according to the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR). NAR … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: REALTORS® optimistic about home prices this year

Thu, 01/28/2016 - 11:18am
REALTORS® are optimistic that U.S. home prices will continue to rise around 3.2 percent over the next 12 months, according to the latest REALTORS® Confidence Index Survey from the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR). Expectations vary regionally and Illinois is one … Continue reading →

IAR Annual Conference & Expo has earlier dates and offers 6 hours of CE before broker renewal

Thu, 01/28/2016 - 9:30am
Register now for the 2016 IAR Conference & Expo and take advantage of continuing education that will be part of the programming March 9 & 10 at the Gateway Center in Collinsville. Illinois REALTORS® can complete six hours of CE with … Continue reading →

New! Commercial online course can help REALTORS® serve senior housing market

Wed, 01/27/2016 - 6:47pm
Illinois REALTORS® can register today for a Feb. 17 CCIM online course that will provide important information about commercial property used for senior housing. The 90-minute course, titled “CRE Market Trends: Senior Housing Investment Overview,” starts at noon and ends … Continue reading →

Sullivan will tweet during ‘State of State’ address

Wed, 01/27/2016 - 12:48pm
Get insights from IAR Assistant Director, Legislative & Political Affairs Julie Sullivan during Gov. Bruce Rauner’s State of the State Address Wednesday. Read all her comments on her Twitter page. Her is Twitter handle is @jsullyirish.

Morning Minute: Mortgage applications back on the rise

Wed, 01/27/2016 - 10:28am
Mortgage rate applications are headed higher and for the week ending Jan. 22, were up 8.8 percent compared to the week before, according to the latest report from the Mortgage Bankers Association. HousingWire reports this marks the third straight week of … Continue reading →

4 easy ways to get involved this campaign season

Tue, 01/26/2016 - 3:30pm
From city hall to the Illinois statehouse to the U.S. Capitol, our elected officials are making decisions that have a huge impact on the bottom line of REALTORS® and their customers. How can you get involved? Here are four quick … Continue reading →

Chicago ‘Cloud Tax’ exemption could save more than $250,000 for REALTORS®

Tue, 01/26/2016 - 1:26pm
In a major win for REALTORS®, the city of Chicago has agreed to exempt MLS information from falling under a proposed tax on data. The so-called “Cloud Tax” went into effect Jan. 1, 2016 and applies to cloud software and … Continue reading →

Brokerage Revolution – Impact your brokerage’s bottom line with a FREE seminar

Tue, 01/26/2016 - 12:56pm
Is the biggest challenge you’re facing in your brokerage: Developing an irresistible office culture? Motivating your brokers? Recruiting successful brokers? Creating systems and procedures for your staff and brokers? If it’s one or more of these issues, join us at … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Illinois again tops list of states for energy-efficient buildings

Tue, 01/26/2016 - 11:59am
For the third consecutive year, Illinois leads the country in terms of green-certified or energy-efficient building space per capita, according to the U.S. Green Building Council, which today released its 2015 Top 10 States for LEED. LEED, or Leadership in … Continue reading →

RPAC Auction raises $90,000!

Mon, 01/25/2016 - 3:59pm
  Thanks to everyone who participated in the RPAC Auction held last week during the IAR Public Policy Meetings. The auction raised more than $90,000 for RPAC and featured “REALTOR® Family Feud” where local associations competed in a game-show like … Continue reading →

‘Stay safer on the job:’ January Illinois REALTOR®

Mon, 01/25/2016 - 1:16pm
Preparation can protect you from dangerous or threatening situations on the job, whether the actions you take are high tech or low tech, according to an article in the January issue of Illinois REALTOR®. The NAR has expanded its REALTOR® … Continue reading →

Freddie Mac offers new resource center for real estate professionals

Mon, 01/25/2016 - 11:03am
Freddie Mac has created an online information source, its Real Estate Professionals Resource Center, offering agents, brokers and housing counselors mortgage and housing information. Check out the new resource and read more from the National Association of REALTORS® In other … Continue reading →

Local Habitat gives Procopio MORe success to build on

Mon, 01/25/2016 - 8:00am
Although her volunteer work for the DuPage Habitat for Humanity has helped many area families in just a few years, REALTOR® Danielle Procopio continues to be amazed by good feelings she gets from the individual projects, especially as they near … Continue reading →

Photos tell the story of Public Policy Meetings — part two

Thu, 01/21/2016 - 8:33pm
  REALTORS who attended the IAR Public Policy Meetings in East Peoria this week worked hard to learn more about the outside forces that affect the right of property owners and the business of real estate. Here’s another photo gallery … Continue reading →

Photos tell the story of Public Policy Meetings — part one

Thu, 01/21/2016 - 7:40pm
The RPAC Auction, complete with the REALTOR Family Feud, the RVOICE Forum, the RPAC Recognition Lunch and the RPAC Major Investors VIP Coffee were just a few of the activities captured by our photographers. Check out this photo gallery for … Continue reading →

REEF fundraiser raises more than $5,000 for education

Thu, 01/21/2016 - 1:54pm
A “Fun-raiser” for the Real Estate Educational Foundation raised more than $5,000 on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016. The foundation, which provides numerous scholarships, holds an annual fundraising event at the Public Policy Meetings held in East Peoria, Ill. The fundraiser … Continue reading →

Weaver underscores value of REALTOR® advocacy

Thu, 01/21/2016 - 10:40am
Illinois Sen. Chuck Weaver told Illinois REALTORS® on Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016, about the value of establishing relationships and being an advocate for the industry. Weaver, R-Peoria, who represents the 37th Senate District, spoke at the IAR Public Policy Meetings held … Continue reading →