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Morning Minute: The benefits of walkable neighborhoods

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 10/18/2016 - 10:22am
There are many benefits to making communities more “walkable,” from improving quality of life and building a sense of community to increasing property values. The National Association of REALTORS® Spaces to Places blog post, “50 Reasons Why Everyone Should Want … Continue reading →

GRI Grad CE Helps REALTORS® Steer Clear of Trouble

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 10/17/2016 - 2:27pm
GRI Grads have an opportunity to learn how to steer clear of common violations that might lead to serious problems. Bruce Aydt’s Core A CE session at GRI Grad on November 30 will reveal best practices for avoiding, reducing and managing … Continue reading →

Illinois REALTORS® make plans to celebrate state’s 200th birthday

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 10/17/2016 - 1:00pm
Illinois REALTORS® kicks off the state’s 2018 bicentennial celebration early by committing to play a role in preserving the state’s rich heritage. Members of the 44,000-plus member trade association formed a task force with a goal of having each of … Continue reading →

Illinois REALTORS® expands Consulate General Liaison roster

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 10/17/2016 - 11:14am
A shared curiosity about countries and cultures outside the United States has drawn Plainfield/Aurora REALTOR® Vicky Sampah and Naperville REALTOR® Andy Velkme into the Illinois REALTORS® Consulate General Liaison Program. The program, which is still accepting applications, serves as an … Continue reading →

Illinois REALTORS® Global Working Group gains NAR recognition

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 10/17/2016 - 10:07am
Members of the Illinois REALTORS® Global Working Group have been recognized with a top award for their work in building relationships with foreign consulates in the state. The working group has been honored with the NAR Gold Global Achievement Program Award, and … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Why now could be the right time to list your home

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 10/17/2016 - 8:00am
Need a reason to finally put your home on the market? How about five. Read the article, “5 reasons homeowners should list their homes today,” from Inman for some of the market factors that make now a good time to … Continue reading →

Gambetti: ‘The better the town, the easier it should be to sell houses’

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 10/17/2016 - 7:12am
Ask Pekin REALTOR® Baylee Gambetti about why she’s involved with the Kiwanis Club of Pekin and her answer is straightforward. It also hints why her civic involvement doesn’t stop with the Kiwanis. “I got involved in Kiwanis because I wanted … Continue reading →

Oct. 20 legal webinar to address rules revisions and forms updates

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 10/14/2016 - 11:35am
Make plans now to join the Illinois REALTORS® Legal Webinar at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 20, for a discussion of revisions to rules under the License Law, Illinois REALTORS®’ forms updates and other hot topics. This event will be … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Median tenure for homeowners to stay in their homes is nine years

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 10/14/2016 - 10:01am
Research from the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) found that the median tenure (or length of time) that a homeowner stays in their home was nine years in 2015, a trend that has been fairly consistent in recent years. What … Continue reading →

Remember Oct. 15 deadline to apply as Illinois REALTORS® ombudsman

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 10/14/2016 - 9:07am
If you would like to join the Illinois REALTORS® Ombudsman Program, please don’t wait any longer! Submit your application by Sat., Oct. 15. Need more information? Take a look at the numbers in our infographic and blog post. Still need convincing? Read … Continue reading →

Benedictine names business school after Inland’s Goodwin

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 10/13/2016 - 4:45pm
Benedictine University in Lisle has named its business school after Illinois REALTOR® Dan Goodwin. Goodwin, chairman and CEO of Oak Brook-based The Inland Real Estate Group of Companies Inc., serves as vice chair of the university’s board of trustees. In … Continue reading →

QCARA hosts ‘America’s Future’ and draws nearly 400

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 10/13/2016 - 3:37pm
The Quad City Area REALTOR® Association (QCARA) drew almost 400 people to a bipartisan political event last week in Davenport, Iowa as two presenters debated whether Republican Donald Trump or Democrat Hillary Clinton would have a more positive effect on … Continue reading →

Illinois REALTORS® support Rep. Yingling through independent expenditure

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 10/13/2016 - 3:12pm
Registered voters in the 62nd Illinois House District will receive postcards asking them to vote for state Rep. Sam Yingling in the Nov. 8 general election. The mailing is part of an independent expenditure campaign by the Illinois REALTORS®. Independent … Continue reading →

Opportunity Races: Vote Franks and Reinert for McHenry County Board

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 10/12/2016 - 11:10am
The Illinois REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC) Trustees recommend you vote for Jack Franks for McHenry County Board Chairman and REALTOR® John Reinert for District 2 of the McHenry County Board on Nov. 8. Franks and Reinert have been identified … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Homeowner equity is heading higher, CoreLogic reports

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 10/12/2016 - 10:03am
More U.S. homeowners are gaining equity in their homes, according to a recent report and video from CoreLogic. There are variations geographically, but U.S. homeowners on average gained about $11,000 in home equity in the last year, CoreLogic reports. In Illinois, … Continue reading →

Four weeks until general election day – Nov. 8, 2016

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 10/11/2016 - 12:33pm
While today (Oct. 11) is the last day of regular registration for Illinois voters who want to participate in the Nov. 8 general election, Illinois election law does provide for “grace period registration” beyond today’s deadline. This grace period allows … Continue reading →

Be Better than Google

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 10/11/2016 - 10:07am
Don’t miss Nobu Hata speaking live at GRI Grad, an event exclusively for graduates of the REALTOR® Institute being held at the Embassy Suites in East Peoria, Nov. 30 – Dec. 1, 2016. Presenting “Be Better than Google: Real Estate Tech the … Continue reading →

Opportunity Races: Vote for Rep. Kay and Rep. Bradley

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 10/10/2016 - 2:00pm
The Illinois REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC) Trustees want you to vote for State Rep. Dwight Kay for the 112th House District and State Rep. John Bradley for the 117th House District in the Nov. 8 general election. Kay and … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: The diversity of U.S. housing styles

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 10/10/2016 - 10:03am
Where you live in the U.S. can shape the architectural style you choose for your home. Realtor.com takes a look at these geographical differences in the blog post, “A Nation United—and Divided—by Our Homes’ Architectural Styles.” As expected, Pueblo-style homes … Continue reading →

Get Out the REALTOR® Vote This November!

IARbuzz.com Blog - Sun, 10/09/2016 - 10:00am
We’re fresh from our Illinois REALTORS® 2017 Presidential Inauguration, and with Sunday night’s presidential debate coming up, elections are on our minds. Make sure your REALTOR® voice is heard in the November elections by registering to vote. Visit www.realtoractioncenter.com/vote to … Continue reading →