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Bernardoni named to affordable housing task force in Chicago

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 9:49am
A representative of the the Illinois Association of REALTORS® has been named to a task force which aims to increase affordable housing opportunity. Brian Bernardoni, an IAR government affairs director working with the Chicago Association of REALTORS®, was appointed to … Continue reading →

Five Chicago restaurants you can’t miss

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 8:36am
After a day at the IAR Fall Conference & Expo, you’ll probably be as hungry as a Biggest Loser contestant after a week on a new diet-and-exercise program. Here’s one person’s short list of unique restaurants within a stone’s throw … Continue reading →

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

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 7:30am
In case you missed it, here are three of the top IARbuzz blog posts from last week. Illinois REALTORS® pitch in to build Habitat for Humanity home in Aurora #PowerofR - One week in and the third Illinois Association of REALTORS® … Continue reading →

Prepare yourself for the ‘Boomerang Buyers’

Fri, 07/18/2014 - 3:54pm
You can help the increasing number of individuals and families who want to own a home again after short sales, foreclosures and bankruptcies. The first step is to stay informed about programs and requirements that can help them reach their … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Homebuilder confidence climbs in July as new home sales pick up

Fri, 07/18/2014 - 10:11am
U.S. homebuilders are feeling optimistic about the new single-family home construction market and that can be seen in the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index, which rose in July to the highest level since January, the Associated Press … Continue reading →

Commercial real estate rock star panel at IAR Fall Conference on Sept. 5

Fri, 07/18/2014 - 8:39am
Increase your understanding, improve your comfort level and give yourself a better chance to succeed with future commercial real estate transactions. Plan to attend the “Retail World from the Perspective of the Landlord” session, Sept. 5 at the IAR Fall … Continue reading →

Illinois REALTORS® pitch in to build Habitat for Humanity home in Aurora #PowerofR

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 3:44pm
One week in and the third Illinois Association of REALTORS® (IAR) Habitat for Humanity project is taking shape in Aurora. On Thursday, officials held a ribbon cutting ceremony at the home, at the corner of Solifsburg Avenue and Beckwith Street, … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Mortgage rates move back down this week

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 11:14am
Good news to share with potential homebuyers: fixed mortgage rates moved lower this week and continue to be historically low, Freddie Mac reports today. The 30-year, fixed rate mortgage averaged 4.13 percent this week and the 15-year, fixed averaged 3.23 … Continue reading →

Don’t miss what Gustafson brings to the IAR Fall Conference & Expo

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 9:40am
Ashton Gustafson will be one of the keynote speakers at the 2014 IAR Fall Conference & Expo. His passion to change the world and challenge the status quo sometimes requires a different perspective. Yours may change after listening to him. … Continue reading →

Test your knowledge of Chicago trivia

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 11:50am
On Sept. 4-6, REALTORS® from all over the state will converge in Chicago for the 2014 IAR Fall Conference & Expo at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place. Whether you have great memories from previous visits or you’re visiting for the … Continue reading →

REbarcamp Illinois: One of the hottest FREE tickets around

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 11:52am
Reserve one of the hottest FREE tickets in the real estate education world today! Attend REbarcamp Illinois 2014 on Aug. 4 in Itasca. No structured program, no paid speakers… just fresh content, the latest digital trends, business and marketing tips … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Lower corn prices could affect farmland prices

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 10:24am
Corn prices are trending lower this year and that could impact farmland property prices, which have been booming in recent years. In a recent analysis, National Association of REALTORS® Chief Economist Lawrence Yun, said that while lower corn prices could … Continue reading →

Leasing Agents: Still need more CE hours to renew your license?

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 5:04pm
Leasing Agents who need more CE hours can take advantage of a three-hour online program, COR 1610 Property Management, featuring IAR’s Legal Hotline Attorney Betsy Urbance and Steve Bochenek, a partner with Sorling Northrup Attorneys. Experience the ease and convenience of our … Continue reading →

Sun shines on Aurora Habitat build

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 11:02am
Mother Nature allowed IAR volunteers to finally make some progress at the Aurora Habitat for Humanity project during the weekend. IAR President Phil Chiles led a team of volunteers who did framing at the site. The Aurora build is the … Continue reading →

Jim Barbagallo, staunch supporter of REALTOR® causes, dies at 65

Sun, 07/13/2014 - 9:09pm
The REALTOR® community lost a true friend Friday, July 11, 2014, with the death of Jim Barbagallo. Barbagallo, a longtime REALTOR® who was very active with the Illinois Association of REALTORS® and the Rockford Area Association of REALTORS®, died in … Continue reading →

See why you should come to IAR’s Fall Conference & Expo

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 4:37pm
Incoming IAR president Jim Kinney loves the Windy City and wants every REALTOR® to see why when they attend the 2014 IAR Fall Conference & Expo, Sept. 4-6. Kinney and conference committee members Dan Wagner and Mabel Guzman took a … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Making the most of growing global real estate opportunities

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 10:33am
More international buyers are looking to buy real estate in the U.S. according to the National Association of REALTORS®  2014 Profile of International Home Buying Activity. Between April 2013 and March 2014, sales to international buyers totaled $92.2 billion, a … Continue reading →

Start planning now to get Managing Broker Education Requirements for April 2015

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 1:10pm
Now is a great time for Managing Brokers to take required continuing education (CE) courses. All managing brokers are required to complete 12 CE hours between May 1, 2013 and April 30, 2015.  Of those hours, three must be Core … Continue reading →

How well can you explain Illinois septic system laws? With this FREE brochure you can!

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 3:15pm
Unless you’re an expert on the Illinois Private Sewage Disposal Code, the question of whether you should use the free RVOICE brochure, “Requirements for Septic System Owners” (item #646) is a no-brainer! This brochure – which is written in easy-to-understand … Continue reading →

Want to turn renters into buyers? Here’s how.

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 1:30pm
An Illinois REALTOR® reveals that her key to connecting with renters comes as the result of work with rental property owners. Timing is critical to REALTOR® Linda Linder’s approach, asking renters 90 days before their leases expire to weigh the … Continue reading →