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Leadership Training Academy meets in Springfield

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 02/24/2016 - 1:23pm
Check the photos of the 2016 IAR Leadership Training Academy, which met in Springfield yesterday and today at the IAR Headquarters. Julie J. Roth (Berkshire Hathaway Snyder R.E., Champaign) is the chair of the Leadership Development Working Group and Vicky … Continue reading →

Video celebrates our people and IAR’s 100th birthday/anniversary

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 02/23/2016 - 1:19pm
Get a flavor of the festive atmosphere you’ll experience April 5 at the Lobby Day 100th Anniversary Reception by viewing this video from your colleagues at the Illinois Association of REALTORS®. It’s all part of IAR’s Capitol Conference, which starts … Continue reading →

Illinois housing market starts 2016 strong with January gains in home sales, prices

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 02/23/2016 - 9:43am
In the strongest January market in several years, Illinois home sales and median prices posted robust year-over-year increases, despite lower inventory levels, according to the Illinois Association of REALTORS®. Read today’s news release and share the infographic below.

Illinois housing market starts 2016 strong with January gains in home sales, prices

IAR News - Mon, 02/22/2016 - 5:12pm
Date:  February 23, 2016 Intro: 

In the strongest January market in several years, Illinois home sales and median prices posted robust year-over-year increases, despite lower inventory levels. 

FOR RELEASE: Jan. 23, 2016

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

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Oak Park REALTOR® organizes special events for local food pantry

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 02/22/2016 - 8:00am
When Oak Park REALTOR® Catherine Simon-Vobornik wanted to volunteer in her community, she found an organization that needed help and was a great match for her leadership and organizational skills: the Oak Park River Forest Food Pantry. In three years … Continue reading →

There’s more to RESPA than TRID: IAR Legal Webinar

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 02/19/2016 - 4:32pm
In Thursday’s IAR Legal Webinar, IAR Legal Hotline Attorney Betsy Urbance and IAR Transaction Helpline Attorney Jeff Baker discussed some of the permitted and prohibited practices for real estate agents and brokers relating to affiliated business arrangements and marketing service … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: TRID reduced fourth quarter ’15 originations

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 02/19/2016 - 4:12pm
A 24 percent quarter-over-quarter reduction in purchase loan originations coincided with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s TRID (TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosures) rule, stated an Inman Select story Thursday. In “TRID tanked originations in Q4,” information from Realty Trac’s most recent U.S. … Continue reading →

Illinois REALTORS® to promote state at international real estate conference

IAR News - Thu, 02/18/2016 - 6:27pm
Date:  February 19, 2016 Intro: 

The Illinois Association of REALTORS® will send a delegation of members to an international real estate conference to promote cross-border investment in Illinois.

FOR RELEASE: Feb. 19, 2016

For Further Information Contact: Jon Broadbooks, 217-529-2600

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Nominate a local REALTOR® for NAR volunteer program by Feb. 26

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 02/18/2016 - 5:58pm
If you know a REALTOR® who makes a difference in his or her community by volunteering for a charity or a worthy cause, encourage them to apply to NAR’s Volunteering Works grant and mentoring program by Feb. 26. Five applicants … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: NAR reviews how TRID is impacting the market

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 02/18/2016 - 11:38am
In the first three months of the new TILA-RESPA Integrated Documentation (TRID) rules, REALTORS® reported delays in 10.4 percent of real estate closings and cancellations in less than one percent, according to a survey by researchers with the National Association … Continue reading →

Grace period registration and voting begins today for Illinois primaries

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 02/17/2016 - 6:13pm
Today is the first day Illinois residents can visit their local election authority to register and vote in the 2016 General Primary, according to the Illinois State Board of Elections (ISBE). Although traditional voter registration closed 28 days before the … Continue reading →

FHFA kicks off #HARPNow campaign; HARP expires in December

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 02/17/2016 - 2:37pm
Illinois REALTORS® should prepare to answer more consumer questions about mortgage refinancing through the Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP) before it expires Dec. 31. The Federal Housing Finance Administration (FHFA) today launched a social media campaign, named #HARPNow. It will … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Tax tips to tackle before you buy a house

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 02/17/2016 - 11:09am
If you are planning to shop for a new home this year, realtor.com offers a few tips to help you get your taxes in order before you apply for a mortgage. If you are self-employed, on staff with a company … Continue reading →

RASI donates playground grant to East St. Louis center

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 02/16/2016 - 4:03pm
The REALTOR® Association of Southwestern Illinois (RASI) was recently awarded a My REALTOR® Party Placemaking grant from the National Association of REALTORS® to assist in the development of a playground for the Jackie Joyner Kersee Center in East St. Louis, … Continue reading →

Today the last day to register online for Illinois primaries

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 02/16/2016 - 12:56pm
Illinois REALTORS® who want to vote in the March 15 general primary election and need to register, have until 11:59 p.m. today to register online through the Illinois State Board of Elections. Make sure you’re eligible to vote, check to … Continue reading →

Oliveri supports women and children in Lake County

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 02/15/2016 - 8:00am
Simply put, Helen Oliveri volunteers for the Caring Women’s Connection because its mission of building connections with fellow volunteers and helping Lake County charities for women and children makes her proud. “I find it important to give back and help … Continue reading →

IAR offices closed Monday for Presidents’ Day

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 02/12/2016 - 4:55pm
The Illinois Association of REALTORS® offices, including the Legal Hotline and the Transaction Helpline will be closed all day Monday (Feb. 15) in observance of Presidents’ Day. Normal office hours will resume on Tuesday (Feb. 16).  

Three Rivers members partner with Joliet and community organizations to promote home ownership

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 02/12/2016 - 4:15pm
The Three Rivers Association of REALTORS® (TRAR) hosted a luncheon Feb. 11 for members to learn more about the City of Joliet’s down payment assistance program and an April 9 Housing Expo for renters and commuters in the Joliet area. … Continue reading →

REALTORS® Hear Another Chapter in Black History

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 02/12/2016 - 4:07pm
The Dearborn Realtist Board, which is the Chicago Chapter of the NationalAssociation of Real Estate Brokers (NAREB), came together in honor of Black History month at the Chicago Urban League yesterday and hosted author, Beryl Satter.  Ms. Satter, a Chicago … Continue reading →

AREAA Chicago Celebrates Leadership and Indian Culture

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 02/12/2016 - 3:55pm
Last evening at the famous Stan Mansion in Chicago, IAR Leadership, President Mike Drews and President-Elect Doug Carpenter shared in the festivities at the Installation Gala of the Chicago Chapter of the Asian Real Estate Association of America (AREAA). 2016 … Continue reading →