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Morning Minute: Before you file your taxes, check these potential homeowner deductions

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 03/15/2017 - 10:07am
If you are a homeowner, you might qualify for a number of tax deductions that could save you money on your final tax bill. In the article, “Your Home Tax Deduction Checklist: Did You Get Them All?” Realtor.com outlines potential … Continue reading →

Members-only video helps REALTORS® avoid social media mistakes

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 03/14/2017 - 4:54pm
REALTORS® must properly identify their real estate business on Facebook, Twitter and other social media, according to the Illinois REALTORS® Professional Standards Toolkit Video, “Article 12 Compliance,” featuring President-elect Matt Difanis. “REALTORS® must – in a readily apparent manner, not … Continue reading →

5K REALTORS® need you to join fight against rent control too

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 03/14/2017 - 3:18pm
More than 5,000 members of Illinois REALTORS® have submitted emails to their state representatives in the last eight days, asking them to reject House Bill 2430. But even more members need to join in if the bill is to be … Continue reading →

Consulate liaison Suvarnamani receives award

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 03/14/2017 - 12:27pm
Nancy Suvarnamani, Broker/Owner of Century 21 S.G.R. in Chicago, and also the Illinois REALTOR® Consulate Liaison to the Royal Thai Consulate-General in Chicago received the Exemplary Community Service Award from the Asian American Coalition in Chicago last weekend. She is … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Taking a closer look at the Gen X homebuyer

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 03/14/2017 - 11:05am
Home purchases are picking up among Generation X consumers as more have built up equity and are ready for move up properties, according to the National Association of REALTORS®’ Home Buyer and Seller Generational Trends study. As home prices have … Continue reading →

Consolidated elections coming in three weeks: April 4

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 03/14/2017 - 10:11am
Illinois consolidated elections will take place on Tuesday, April 4. The Illinois State Board of Elections can provide you with information that can help you prepare for those elections. Find out the location of your polling places by locating your … Continue reading →

Illinois REALTORS® take part in international real estate conference

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 03/13/2017 - 7:36pm
For the third year Illinois REALTORS® is taking part in the annual MIPIM Conference in Cannes, France. Members of the association’s leadership and others who play a role in marketing the state as a place to buy property arrived Monday. They … Continue reading →

REALTORS® monitoring bills concerning rent control, state tax liens, Section 8 and more

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 03/13/2017 - 4:23pm
The March 13 edition of the Illinois State Capitol Report offers insights into last week’s legislative activity, including explanations of bills concerning rent control, the state tax lien registry, Section 8 housing vouchers, changes to the Real Estate License Act, … Continue reading →

New video explains pre-license steps

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 03/13/2017 - 10:13am
A new video created by the Illinois REALTORS® Licensing & Training Center explains the pre-license process to prospective brokers. “Become a Real Estate Agent in Illinois” provides a two-minute overview of how students can earn a license in three steps. … Continue reading →

NAR provides members tips to prevent cyberfraud

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 03/13/2017 - 9:04am
The Legal Affairs Department for the National Association of REALTORS® offers numerous best practices for preventing scams, hacks and loss of data as well as recovery if members and their clients fall victim to one of these situations. REALTORS® can … Continue reading →

Remember to set clocks ahead one hour for Daylight Saving Time Saturday night

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 03/10/2017 - 6:26pm
Daylight Saving Time begins at 2 a.m. Sunday, so remember any clocks that require manual adjustment should be moved forward an hour before you go to sleep Saturday night. According to federal law, Daylight Savings Time begins the second Sunday … Continue reading →

Plan to help Chicago REALTOR® Stone gain ’30 Under 30′ honor

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 03/10/2017 - 12:00pm
REALTOR® Melanie Stone of Coldwell Banker Residential Mortgage in Chicago was named one of 50 finalists for REALTOR® Magazine’s 30 Under 30 class of 2017. As the sole Illinoisan to get this far in this year’s competition, she has two … Continue reading →

Early voting begins today for jurisdictions that held primaries

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 03/10/2017 - 12:00pm
Starting today, REALTORS® can use the early voting process for the April 4 elections if they live in communities that held primary elections on Feb. 28. That’s according to the Illinois State Board of Elections’ website. The ISBE provides information … Continue reading →

Nominations sought for NAR 2017 Good Neighbor Awards

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 03/10/2017 - 9:00am
If you know a REALTOR® who helps his or her community through volunteer work, nominate that person for a National Association of REALTORS® 2017 Good Neighbor Award by the May 12 deadline. Nominees are considered for the award based on … Continue reading →

TRAR, Illini Valley lend help to nearby tornado victims

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 03/09/2017 - 4:30pm
The Three Rivers Association of REALTORS® (TRAR) and the Illini Valley Association of REALTORS® are working together to supplement assistance given by the American Red Cross and other relief organizations to victims of last week’s tornadoes in LaSalle County. TRAR … Continue reading →

Pro Standards Toolkit video explains difference between arbitration and mediation

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 03/09/2017 - 2:45pm
When it comes to resolving disputes between REALTORS®, would you rather use arbitration or mediation? In the first members-only Professional Standards Toolkit video, “Arbitration vs. Mediation,” REALTOR® and trainer Diane Disbrow, GRI, CRS, ABR, compares the two options, explaining who … Continue reading →

Join 3,800 Illinois REALTORS® and voice your concerns about Rent Control bill

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 03/09/2017 - 1:14pm
Approximately 3,800 Illinois REALTORS® have asked their state representatives to reject House Bill 2430 since Monday afternoon because it will repeal the Rent Control Preemption Act of 1997. The intent of the law is to create rent control in Chicago … Continue reading →

Sign up to learn about changes to Guaranteed Rural Housing Program

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 03/08/2017 - 4:56pm
REALTORS®, lenders and mortgage bankers can register now to learn about modifications to the Illinois Guaranteed Rural Housing Program, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Free 90-minute sessions will be held at 12 different sites across the state, and … Continue reading →

Williams to receive NHS honor March 16

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 03/08/2017 - 2:44pm
REALTOR® Frank J. Williams will receive the Gale Cincotta Community Visionary Award from the Neighborhood Housing Services (NHS) of Chicago, Inc., on Thursday, March 16 at the Sheraton Grand Chicago. The NHS gives the Cincotta Community Visionary Award to leaders … Continue reading →

REALTORS® join US Rep. Kelly at 4th Annual Housing Expo

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 03/08/2017 - 1:27pm
Illinois REALTORS® joined lenders, social service agencies, utilities, Cook County government officials and a variety of other organizations at U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly’s 4th Annual Housing Expo last week in Lansing. Local Government Affairs Director Tom Joseph, Jim Sim and … Continue reading →