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Get information about 2017 elections through ISBE

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 01/26/2017 - 11:00am
In Illinois, consolidated primary elections will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 28, and they will be followed by consolidated elections on Tuesday, April 4, according to the Illinois State Board of Elections (ISBE). For more information about elections where you … Continue reading →

Register by midnight January 30 for Managing Broker Pre-License webinar

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 01/26/2017 - 10:58am
Interested in becoming a managing broker? Don’t miss the opportunity to register for the Managing Broker Pre-License Applied Management & Supervision webinar on January 31 & February 1. Registration closes at midnight on Monday, January 30.  This 15-hour course is a required … Continue reading →

Inventory, the economy and other issues facing the housing market

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 01/25/2017 - 6:15pm
Illinois is a state of strong home ownership, but Springfield’s ongoing political issues are impacting job growth and that has a ripple effect on the state’s overall economy and ultimately the housing market, economist Geoffrey J.D. Hewings told Illinois REALTORS® … Continue reading →

One survey question can tell you a lot about American politics

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 01/25/2017 - 4:26pm
Want to know how the political winds are blowing? Ask one simple question: ​Is the country going in the right direction? “This shapes the architecture of the electorate,” said Gene Ulm a political strategist and pollster with more than 25 years … Continue reading →

Sonia Anaya honored with REALTOR® Political Involvement Award

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 01/25/2017 - 1:05pm
Congratulations to Sonia Anaya, broker-owner of America Real Estate in Chicago, who was named the recipient of the 2016 Political Involvement Award today during the Illinois REALTORS® Public Policy Meetings in East Peoria. The award honors Illinois REALTORS® for achievements … Continue reading →

Sue Miller named 2017 Illinois REALTOR® of the Year

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 01/25/2017 - 10:26am
Sue Miller, managing broker of Coldwell Banker Honig-Bell in McHenry, was named 2017 Illinois REALTOR® of the Year at the state association’s Public Policy Meetings in East Peoria today. The award honors individuals whose dedication to excellence has profoundly enhanced … Continue reading →

Facemire offers unique fundraising approaches during RPAC Strategic Planning session

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 01/24/2017 - 5:14pm
Finding successful, unique ideas for fundraising — like a men’s cake decorating contest — to combine with traditional ideas like golf outings can help associations raise money for RPAC said Lauren Facemire, Managing Director, RPAC and Political Fundraising for the … Continue reading →

Housing a key to healthy, sustainable cities, coalition leader says

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 01/24/2017 - 4:08pm
Housing plays a critical role in the overall well-being of communities worldwide, the leader of an organization devoted to creating sustainable and inclusive cities told members of Illinois REALTORS® Housing Opportunity Working Group on Tuesday. Judith Hermanson, president and CEO of … Continue reading →

Frustrated by ‘toxic’ environment in Springfield, Unes proud to work with REALTORS®

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 01/24/2017 - 2:04pm
While State Rep. Mike Unes said he was encouraged that legislative leaders are speaking to each other, he offered no predictions about when the state will have a budget because elected state officials don’t trust each other. Unes made his … Continue reading →

Video: State of Illinois Housing Market Outlook 2016-17

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 01/24/2017 - 12:30pm
In 2016, yearly home sales tracked higher and median prices remained robust throughout the state even as low inventory, fluctuating mortgage rates and a contentious election season affected the market and overall economy. Watch a new video that highlights the state of … Continue reading →

Illinois home sales dip in December, but 2016 housing market ends on a high note

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 01/24/2017 - 9:48am
Despite a dip in home sales in December, both sales and median prices finished in positive territory in 2016, closing out a year marked by tight housing inventories and continued strong consumer demand, according to the latest report from Illinois … Continue reading →

Task force maps REALTOR® participation in state’s 200th birthday

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 01/24/2017 - 8:28am
Members of the Illinois REALTORS® Bicentennial Task Force met Monday in East Peoria to discuss the association’s plans to honor the state’s 200th anniversary. The association began planning last year to commemorate the state’s milestone birthday in 2018, and heard … Continue reading →

Illinois home sales dip in December, but 2016 housing market ends on a high note

IAR News - Mon, 01/23/2017 - 5:36pm
Date:  January 24, 2017 Intro: 

Despite a dip in home sales in December, both sales and median prices finished in positive territory in 2016, closing out a year marked by tight housing inventories and continued strong consumer demand.

FOR RELEASE: Jan. 24, 2017

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

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Remembering and honoring late veterans among TRAR community projects

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 01/23/2017 - 12:27pm
On Dec. 17, 2016, members of Three Rivers Association of REALTORS® (TRAR) participated in National Wreaths Across America Day at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood, Ill. As volunteers placed Remembrance Wreaths on veterans’ graves, they were encouraged to say … Continue reading →

Trump administration’s suspension of FHA insurance rate cut explained

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 01/23/2017 - 12:01pm
One of President Trump’s first acts of office was to roll back a planned rate cut for FHA insurance premiums. The original policy, promoted by the Obama administration, could have saved homeowners getting homes with financing backed by the government hundreds … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: What HUD’s suspension of FHA premium reduction could mean to homebuyers

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 01/23/2017 - 11:26am
A reduction in Federal Housing Administration (FHA) mortgage insurance premium that had been scheduled to go into effect on Jan. 27 has been suspended by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. In a statement, National Association of REALTORS® … Continue reading →

One week left to register for Pre-Licnese Managing Broker webinar

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 01/23/2017 - 11:25am
Have you ever thought about becoming a Managing Broker? You have one week left to register for the required Managing Broker Pre-License Applied Management & Supervision course. The 15-hour webinar on January 31 & February 1 is a rare opportunity to … Continue reading →

Broker Management webinars provide CE for 2017 license renewal from home

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 01/23/2017 - 10:57am
Without leaving home, Managing Brokers can earn CE for the 2017 license renewal! Illinois REALTORS® Licensing & Training Center offers the 12-hour Broker Management CE course in two-day webinars to be held in February, March and April. The next webinar … Continue reading →

Hewings, Smoke to present at Business Issues and License Law Forum

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 01/20/2017 - 12:46pm
One economist well-known for his analysis of Illinois housing and another with a flair for making complex issues more understandable will highlight the Business Issues and License Law Forum next Wednesday at the Illinois REALTORS®’ Public Policy Meetings in East … Continue reading →

Housing Opportunity Working Group to feature global fair housing advocate

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 01/19/2017 - 3:00pm
Next Tuesday afternoon at the Public Policy Meetings in East Peoria, Judith Hermanson will be the featured speaker during the Housing Opportunity Working Group session. Hermanson, the president and CEO of the nonprofit organization, IHC Global, advocates for equitable international … Continue reading →