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Five Chicago restaurants you can’t miss

IARbuzz.com Blog - 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

IARbuzz.com Blog - 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’

IARbuzz.com Blog - 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

IARbuzz.com Blog - 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

IARbuzz.com Blog - 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

IARbuzz.com Blog - 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

IARbuzz.com Blog - 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

IARbuzz.com Blog - 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

IARbuzz.com Blog - 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

IARbuzz.com Blog - 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

IARbuzz.com Blog - 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?

IARbuzz.com Blog - 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 →

The hidden cost of foreclosures in Chicago neighborhoods; Study finds distressed properties impact home prices

IAR News - Mon, 07/14/2014 - 4:17pm
Date:  July 17, 2014 Intro: 

Research puts a dollar figure on the hidden and negative impact foreclosed properties can have on the surrounding neighborhood and home prices.

FOR RELEASE: July 22, 2014

For Further Information Contact: Stephanie Sievers, 217-529-2600

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Sun shines on Aurora Habitat build

IARbuzz.com Blog - 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

IARbuzz.com Blog - 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 →