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Morning Minute: U.S. pending home sales see month-over-month gain in March

Mon, 04/28/2014 - 9:59am
March pending home sales rose 3.4 percent compared to February, the first gain in the last nine months, according to the latest National Association of REALTORS® Pending Home Sales Index. Year-over-year pending sales were down 7.9 percent compared to March … Continue reading →

IAR at Council of Great Lakes Governors

Sun, 04/27/2014 - 5:40pm
Members of the Illinois Association of REALTORS® were in Chicago this weekend for the Council of Great Lakes Governors, an annual gathering of top state executives from throughout the region. The conference was held at the Shedd Aquarium, and concentrated … Continue reading →

Marion-area REALTORS® appear with governor to promote home program

Fri, 04/25/2014 - 4:36pm
Gov. Pat Quinn made two stops Thursday in the southern part of the state as part of his effort to promote Welcome Home Illinois. Appearing with Quinn in Marion were a number of REALTORS®, including Meghan Aloffo who spoke on … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Short sales falling out of favor?

Fri, 04/25/2014 - 12:15pm
The New York Times reports on CoreLogic data that shows fewer distressed homeowners may be opting to sell their home through a short sale, in part because the expiration of the Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act means they could owe more … Continue reading →

U.S. Rep Gutierrez meets with REALTORS®; says he supports housing debt relief legislation

Fri, 04/25/2014 - 11:34am
Eleven-term U.S. Rep. Luis V. Gutierrez met with Illinois REALTORS® on Friday, April 25, 2014 as part of IAR’s ongoing dialogue with members of Congress. Roughly 50 REALTORS® came out to the Brookfield Zoo for the breakfast meeting with Rep. … Continue reading →

Broker Renewal: Last Chance Post-License Webinar on April 28 & 29

Fri, 04/25/2014 - 11:09am
If you are an Illinois broker licensed between Feb. 1, 2012 and Jan. 31, 2014, and you still need to complete the 30-hour broker post-license requirements for your renewal, the IAR Licensing and Training Center is offering one last webinar … Continue reading →

What You Should Know About the Business Brokers Act

Fri, 04/25/2014 - 9:47am
IAR’s  Commercial/Industrial Committee has had several recent discussions about who needs to be in compliance with registration requirements of the Illinois Business Brokers Act. The Business Brokers Act of 1995 requires any person living in Illinois to be registered as … Continue reading →

See what the IAR Springfield Habitat build will look like

Fri, 04/25/2014 - 9:18am
The Springfield Habitat for Humanity build is set to begin May 19, and updated blueprints for the home have just been released. The plans call for a four-bedroom home located at 2210 E. Enterprise. You can sign up today to be … Continue reading →

Quinn, REALTORS® tout benefits of Welcome Home Illinois program

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 2:17pm
Gov. Pat Quinn was in southern Illinois on Thursday, April 24, 2014, to promote the Welcome Home Illinois program. On hand for the event were Illinois REALTORS® including Meghan Aloffo and Jeff Moss, who talked about the importance of housing to … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Mortgage rates rise slightly this week

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 11:38am
Fixed mortgage rates ticked up this week with the 30-year fixed rate averaging 4.33 percent and the 15-year averaging 3.39 percent, Freddie Mac reported this morning. Read more. In other headlines: Housing Markets Improve in Majority of States – Daily … Continue reading →

U.S. Rep. Shimkus meets with Illinois REALTORS®

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 11:30am
The second of three Let’s Talk Real Estate events this week  took place Thursday, April 24, 2014 in Effingham with U.S. Rep. John Shimkus, R-Collinsville. Shimkus represents the 15th Congressional District, which includes a wide swath of southern Illinois. Shimkus … Continue reading →

Quick Links for 2014 Broker License Renewal

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 9:57am
By April 30, 2014 Illinois Broker licensees must have completed the continuing education (CE) requirements and applied to renew their license through the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR). Find a Q&A on renewal, checklists and IAR Quick … Continue reading →

Dearborn Realtists plan update event

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 3:20pm
An upcoming event may be of interest to Illinois REALTORS®. The Dearborn Realtist Board is holding a Real Estate Industry Update from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Friday, April 25, 2014 at Bank of America, 135 S. LaSalle St. in … Continue reading →

Broker License Renewal: Only eight more days until April 30 deadline

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 11:00am
We are just eight days away from the April 30 real estate broker license renewal deadline set by the Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulation (IDFPR). Brokers, what do you need to do? First, check the IDFPR CE Look … Continue reading →

FINAL DAY! Register by midnight tonight for IAR Spring Conference

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 10:35am
Don’t miss out! April 23 at midnight marks the final deadline to register for the IAR Spring Conference & Expo at the Gateway Center in Collinsville, May 7-8. Gain new insights, network with like-minded business people and earn up to … Continue reading →

Industry Leaders Council hears from IDFPR official, author

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 9:16am
The Illinois Association of REALTORS® Industry Leaders Council kicked off on Wednesday, April 23, 2014, with a morning of presentations on real estate law and trends on the real estate business. The meeting is for real estate firms with 50 … Continue reading →

Legal webinar planned: Drones, Phones and Video

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 8:47am
IAR’s legal team will discuss video and audio recordings by sellers of buyers, videos and photos recorded by buyers, a recent Illinois Supreme Court case regarding surveillance issues and commercial use of drones in the real estate brokerage industry. The … Continue reading →

Illinois REALTORS® meet with U.S. Rep. Roskam

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 2:33pm
As part of the Let’s Talk Real Estate series, Illinois REALTORS® sat down with U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam on Tuesday, April 22, 2014, in St. Charles. Roskam, who represents Illinois’ Sixth Congressional District, serves as Republican chief deputy whip. Pat … Continue reading →

Last Chance Education Options: Are you Safe, or Risky?

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 1:04pm
We are down to the final nine days to complete your ​education and renew your license. If you contact anyone in the Education Department at IAR we will be able to give you down-to-the-minute details of exactly how much time … Continue reading →