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Morning Minute: Don’t make these home renovation blunders

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 09/14/2016 - 9:44am
If you are getting ready to tackle a home improvement project, don’t make renovation mistakes that could end up costing you more money in the long run or make design decisions that you might later regret. A recent Realtor.com blog … Continue reading →

Association reaches REALTOR® Party goal for mobile alert signups

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 09/14/2016 - 7:36am
Illinois REALTORS® reached a significant milestone last week, signing up 4,781 members to receive mobile text alerts on industry issues. The association is one of 16 states that has reached its target so far. NAR set a goal of having 11 … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: U.S. household income making gains

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 09/13/2016 - 9:34am
According to Census data, the median household income for U.S. families rose to $56,500 in 2015, a 5.2 percent increase from the year before, The New York Times reports today in the article, “U.S. Household Income Grew 5.2% in 2015, … Continue reading →

Understanding business, legal benefits of web accessibility for all

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 09/13/2016 - 7:13am
In the September edition of DR Legal News for managing brokers, John Kauerauf of Sorling Northrup Attorneys shares some good reasons for making REALTOR® websites accessible to people with disabilities. In Does the Law Require My Website to be Accessible … Continue reading →

Chiles completes second term as township trustee

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 09/12/2016 - 12:17pm
Former Illinois REALTORS® President Phil Chiles attended his last meeting as a trustee for Capital Township on Monday. Chiles, who won two terms on the Sangamon County township’s board, was presented a plaque for his service. The township’s trustees, among … Continue reading →

Oct. 1 deadline looms for three REEF scholarships

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 09/12/2016 - 10:10am
Illinois REALTORS® applying for three scholarships through the Illinois Real Estate Education Foundation (REEF) must complete their applications and submit them by Oct. 1. The deadline applies to the Dan Bock Scholarship, the Past Presidents Scholarship and the Roxanne Malo … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Park Forest makes list of affordable communities

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 09/12/2016 - 8:29am
The latest Coldwell Banker 2016 Real Estate Home Listing Report breaks down the 10 most expensive housing markets in the U.S. and the 10 most affordable and the Illinois village of Park Forest makes the most affordable list. The report … Continue reading →

Political commentator Paul Green dies; had spoken at policy meetings

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 09/12/2016 - 7:06am
Well-known commentator and political scientist Paul Green died Saturday. He was 73. Green was the keynote speaker a number of times at Illinois REALTORS® Public Policy meetings in Peoria. His talks analyzed the latest political news, weaving in humor and a deep … Continue reading →

Rotary helps Hammon pass on family tradition

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 09/12/2016 - 6:00am
  “Someone told me early on in my real estate career to be sure to give back to the community that gives to you,” says Sycamore REALTOR® Diane Hammon, GRI. “I never forgot that and have made it my mission … Continue reading →

Illinois REALTORS®, MRED extend member benefit subscription to Inman Select

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 09/09/2016 - 8:43am
  Illinois REALTORS® and MRED are pleased to announce that they have signed an extension to continue to provide real estate professionals throughout Illinois with Inman Select. That means that the more than 44,000 Illinois REALTORS®, many of whom are … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Days on market historically low for today’s home listings

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 09/09/2016 - 8:24am
The National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) reports that days on market (or the length of time a home listing is on the market before it is sold) in 2014 and 2015 was down to a median time of four weeks, … Continue reading →

Bilingual skill helps Shang better serve clients, teach others

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 09/08/2016 - 4:02pm
Many years before Michelle Shang became a REALTOR® in 1999, her parents laid the foundation for a valuable skill she uses today. She can communicate in English and Chinese. “I learned Mandarin from my parents as we always spoke Chinese … Continue reading →

Last chance to register for TRID discussion Friday morning in Springfield

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 09/08/2016 - 8:43am
Illinois REALTORS® can learn about the latest developments with TRID by attending the free panel discussion scheduled for 9 a.m. tomorrow at the Capital City Training Center, 130 W. Mason St., in Springfield. REALTORS® who plan to attend can reserve … Continue reading →

Congratulations to chairs, vice chairs of Illinois REALTOR® committees

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 09/06/2016 - 12:30pm
Each year Illinois REALTORS® selects chairs and vice chairs to head the committees that shape the association’s policies and make recommendations to the Board of Directors. This year’s roster is a who’s who of REALTORS® who have volunteered to make sure the association … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Don’t believe these home-buying myths

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 09/06/2016 - 9:57am
If you are in the market to buy a home, don’t let misconceptions about the process impede your search. In the article, “9 Home-Buying Myths You Need to Stop Believing Immediately,” realtor.com sets the record straight on myths that you … Continue reading →

Last Chance to RVSP for CIPS Designation Course

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 09/06/2016 - 8:51am
Less than two weeks remain before the first CIPS Designation Course for Commercial Brokers: September 19-23 at the Northern Illinois University Campus. Registration is $695. Learn more from Bill Caton, Chairman of the Commercial Global and Business Network and register here. Sponsored … Continue reading →

Act Now – Limited Seating for Inaugural October 6

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 09/06/2016 - 8:35am
Seating at the 100th Annual Illinois REALTORS® Inaugural Gala is limited and is available by reservation only through September 28. The Gala honoring Incoming President, Doug Carpenter, ABR, AHWD, GRI, SFR,  is being held at the Chicago Marriott Naperville on … Continue reading →

Shaw-Peterman builds up business, relationships and community

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 09/05/2016 - 7:00am
The last four years have been busy for REALTOR® Tracy Shaw-Peterman as she began a new career, became active with the Community Service Committee for the Capital Area REALTORS® and helped create the Sherman Area Chamber of Commerce from scratch. … Continue reading →

Illinois REALTORS® office closed Monday for Labor Day holiday

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 09/02/2016 - 1:49pm
The Illinois REALTORS® offices, the Illinois REALTORS® Legal Hotline and Illinois REALTORS® Transaction Helpline will be closed Monday, Sept. 5, in observance of Labor Day. All will reopen on Tuesday, Sept. 6. Have a safe and happy Labor Day holiday.

Morning Minute: Mortgage rates head slightly higher

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 09/02/2016 - 9:52am
While still historically low, mortgage rates edged slightly higher this week with the 30-year fixed rate climbing to 3.46 percent compared to 3.43 percent a week ago, Freddie Mac reports. The 15-year, fixed rate rose to 2.77 percent compared to … Continue reading →