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VIDEO: Bicentennial Plaza on Jackson Street

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 06/12/2017 - 9:00am
Illinois REALTORS® and the City of Springfield have joined together in a REALTOR®/Community partnership to transform two parking lots on the Illinois REALTORS® property into a pedestrian plaza in celebration of the Illinois Bicentennial in 2018. To learn more, watch this video:

Illinois REALTORS® offers agency class at MREDpalooza June 20

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 06/09/2017 - 2:46pm
With six hourly sessions between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., Illinois REALTORS® will offer “Summer School: Agency 101” as a free class during MREDpalooza, June 20 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont. This hour-long session will focus … Continue reading →

June 28 CE event prepares REALTORS® to help military active duty clients and veterans

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 06/09/2017 - 11:04am
Learn how to serve active duty military clients and veterans with their real estate transactions with excellence and earn 3 hours of Elective CE by attending the American Warrior RE Professional event on Wednesday, June 28 from 8:30 a.m. – … Continue reading →

Wagner writes in favor of like-kind exchanges in Crain’s Chicago Business

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 06/09/2017 - 9:34am
By preserving 1031 like-kind exchanges in the midst of calls for tax reform, legislators will help small business owners and investors, writes Illinois REALTORS® Treasurer Dan Wagner in an opinion piece for Crain’s Chicago Business.com today. Titled, “Tax reform noble … Continue reading →

VIDEO: RPAC Hall of Fame and Illinois REALTOR® of the Year ceremonies

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 06/08/2017 - 2:49pm
At this week’s June business meetings, Illinois REALTORS® honored several of its members in two ceremonies. Monday, eight REALTORS® were inducted into the RPAC Hall of Fame for attaining a lifetime giving level of $25,000. Six additional RPAC Hall of Fame inductees achieved $50,000 in … Continue reading →

Show your passion for helping homeowners during National Homeownership Month

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 06/08/2017 - 2:35pm
Illinois REALTORS® have a passion for helping homeowners that shows all year long. But National Homeownership Month is a great time to reemphasize the advantages of pursuing and achieving the American Dream. Look to the Home Ownership Matters Facebook page … Continue reading →

Deadline June 13 for committee and June 20 for board of director applications

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 06/08/2017 - 12:15pm
Submit your application by June 13 if you would like to be considered for an Illinois REALTORS® committee for 2018. Here’s what you need. You’ll need your NRDS number to apply. If you don’t know it, there’s a link to get it on … Continue reading →

Fundraising, Bicentennial Plaza, REEF provide good news for Illinois REALTORS®

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 06/07/2017 - 4:04pm
The Illinois REALTORS® Board of Directors backed Immediate Past President Mike Drews as its choice to become Region VII Vice President in 2019. The three-state region covers Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin. The vote was unanimous, and came at a meeting … Continue reading →

REEF scholarship winners attend ROTY banquet

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 06/07/2017 - 2:11pm
Attending the REALTOR® of the Year Banquet Tuesday night at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum in Springfield were five college students who received 2016 scholarships from the Illinois Real Estate Educational Foundation (REEF). The students were: Brad Franke, University of … Continue reading →

Illinois REALTORS® advocacy provides recap of recent efforts and successes

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 06/07/2017 - 11:01am
Despite the ongoing lack of a state budget or much political consensus, Illinois REALTORS® and their lobbying efforts can be counted on to fight for the perennial, core issues that are important to the industry and private property owners. “We’ve … Continue reading →

28 local REALTOR association ‘legacy projects’ identified for the Illinois Bicentennial celebrations

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 06/07/2017 - 8:39am
“Not only do we dream big but we come through in a big way,” said Bicentennial Task Force Chair Vicky Turner, of Dixon, Tuesday at the Illinois REALTORS® June Business Meetings in Springfield. Illinois REALTORS® are planning “legacy projects” across … Continue reading →

Joy, respect, dedication key parts of Miller ROTY success story

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 06/07/2017 - 12:51am
As Sue Miller accepted the 2017 Illinois REALTOR® of the Year award Tuesday night in Springfield, she thanked every colleague in the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum for their support and their shared passion for helping others through real estate. “As I stand before … Continue reading →

Illinois REALTORS® inducts eight into its RPAC Hall of Fame; 7 others honored too

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 06/05/2017 - 7:25pm
The Illinois REALTORS® inducted eight new members into its REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC) Hall of Fame Monday and celebrated new milestone levels reached by seven previously inducted Hall of Fame members. The eight inductees are: Philip Chiles of Springfield … Continue reading →

REALTORS® should protect their businesses when signing copyright agreements

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 06/02/2017 - 4:38pm
Take great care to review any agreements that you might be asked to sign when outsourcing services that assist you in your real estate brokerage business. It is especially important to be cautious when hiring someone else to provide work … Continue reading →

Scenes from today’s groundbreaking ceremony for the Illinois Governor’s Mansion Restoration Project

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 06/02/2017 - 3:51pm
Illinois First Lady Diana Rauner is board chair of the Illinois Executive Mansion Association, a private charitable corporation created to preserve and restore the “People’s House.” The fully private fundraising campaign will cover the estimated $15 million project, which is … Continue reading →

How far can REALTORS® go with criminal background checks?

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 06/02/2017 - 1:18pm
Tyler Craddock of the National Association of Residential Property Managers warned REALTOR® attendees at last week’s NAR Property Management Forum that if their leasing policies disallow tenants who have committed a felony, it could have a “disparate impact” on a … Continue reading →

KIFAR members share flood insurance concerns with U.S. Rep. Kinzinger in Watseka

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 06/02/2017 - 10:30am
U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger (16th Congressional District) provided updates on legislative issues like flood insurance, tax reform and housing and answered questions from 15 members of the Kankakee-Iroquois-Ford-Association of REALTORS® (KIFAR) Wednesday in Watseka. Federal Political Coordinator Ed Neaves led … Continue reading →

See you in Springfield at June Business Meetings

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 06/02/2017 - 9:51am
Illinois REALTORS® headed for the June Business Meetings next week at the President Abraham Lincoln Springfield DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel can review the online schedule. Tuesday’s sessions include the: Board Leadership Forum, Commercial-Industrial-Investment Committee, Professional Standards Committee, Bicentennial Task Force, … Continue reading →

4 questions: REALTOR® Silvano to be sounding board for NAR global efforts

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 06/01/2017 - 1:00pm
During the Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo in Washington, D.C., REALTOR® Vicky Silvano was presented as the 2018 NAR Global Business Alliances Liaison. Silvano, a broker associate for Century 21 SGR in Chicago, is one of 16 NAR committee liaisons who … Continue reading →

On June 6, ROTYs from Peotone, Rockford and Oak Park areas will be recognized

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 06/01/2017 - 8:30am
Among the 24 local REALTORS® who’ll be honored at the 36th Annual REALTOR® of the Year Banquet will be Jim Sim, Brad Shields and Alice McMahon. The event will attract members from all over the state to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum … Continue reading →