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Little things matter when REALTORS communicate says Huey

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 05/11/2017 - 2:10pm
Preparation can make all the difference in the way REALTORS communicate with consumers, colleagues, elected officials and anyone affiliated with their business, says Anthony Huey of Reputation Management Associates. Effective communication, he said, involves boiling down stock presentations into repeatable … Continue reading →

Thank you to Thursday Conference & Expo sponsors and exhibitors

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 05/11/2017 - 7:30am
As the Conference & Expo continues at the Gateway Center in Collinsville today, Illinois REALTORS® would like to thank its sponsors and exhibitors. From 9 to 9:30 a.m., Capital Area REALTORS® is sponsoring Complimentary Beverages in the Expo, Center Hall. … Continue reading →

Photos: REALTORS® bring together members, business contacts and fun at Expo

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 05/10/2017 - 2:25pm
When the Illinois REALTORS® Conference & Expo began today, close to 500 attendees gathered at the Gateway Center in Collinsville for inspiration, marketing ideas, networking and continuing education. In the Expo, nearly 60 exhibitors offered valuable information and resources to … Continue reading →

Enhance your market expertise with new RPR tools

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 05/10/2017 - 2:24pm
Are you a REALTOR® looking for a few new tools to boost the market information and expertise you can offer your clients? Then check out some of the new features that have been added to Realtors Property Resource® (RPR), a … Continue reading →

Leigh Brown: Set your real estate business apart by being consumer centric

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 05/10/2017 - 1:13pm
Consumers want information on the real estate market and they are looking for REALTORS® who really connect with them and can offer them the personal touch and community expertise they won’t find scrolling through online sites, says REALTOR® and trainer … Continue reading →

Thank you to Wednesday Conference & Expo sponsors

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 05/10/2017 - 7:00am
As the Conference & Expo kicks off at the Gateway Center in Collinsville today, Illinois REALTORS® would like to thank its conference sponsors and exhibitors. From 8 to 9 a.m., ERA Real Estate is sponsoring Coffee in the Expo, Center … Continue reading →

RPAC message key in Collinsville, too

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 05/09/2017 - 4:59pm
Not only is May an important month for Illinois REALTORS® attending the Conference & Expo, it’s REALTOR Advocacy Month. REALTORS® at the Conference & Expo in Collinsville will have an opportunity to network with each other, and learn more about … Continue reading →

Challenge of Chicago’s Shared Housing Ordinance one of 5 legal case studies

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 05/09/2017 - 3:14pm
Illinois REALTORS® can learn from the analysis of five legal case studies, including a failed challenge to Chicago’s Shared Housing Ordinance. Lisa Harms Hartzler, Sorling Northrup Attorneys, provides the analysis of all five cases in the May issue of Designated … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: More U.S. homeowners are gaining equity in their homes

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 05/09/2017 - 11:19am
The home equity picture is improving for more homeowners as the number of seriously underwater properties fell 1.2 million in the first quarter of this year compared to a year ago, according to the Q1 2017 U.S. Home Equity & … Continue reading →

How to print your real estate license renewal

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 05/08/2017 - 10:38am
REALTORS® may access a digital, printable copy of their license online on the IDFPR website. In order to access your license renewal form and print your license, go to this webpage and enter your license number and either your pin number … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Home improvement projects that will boost your home’s value

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 05/08/2017 - 10:15am
Make the most of your remodeling efforts by focusing on the improvement projects that will bring you the best return on your investment. The HouseLogic article, “Home Remodeling: 6 Improvements to Increase Home Value,” outlines six projects that can make … Continue reading →

BGA names award after REALTOR® Goodwin

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 05/08/2017 - 10:08am
The Better Government Association (BGA) announced that its annual Watchdog Award will be named after its 2016 recipient, REALTOR® Daniel L. Goodwin, chairman and chief executive officer of the Inland Real Estate Group of Companies, Inc., of Oak Brook. BGA … Continue reading →

Save $10 on Conference & Expo walk-in rate with this coupon

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 05/08/2017 - 9:36am
Are you interested in attending Illinois REALTORS® Conference & Expo this Wednesday and Thursday, May 10-11? Attendees may save $10 off the walk-in rate by bringing this coupon to the Collinsville Gateway Center! Click here to print coupon: Visit the … Continue reading →

Ruggieri uses economic symposium to bring people together

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 05/05/2017 - 3:42pm
REALTOR® Alex Ruggieri of Ramshaw Real Estate in Champaign helped organize and facilitate a panel discussion during an economic development symposium Thursday at the University of Illinois – iHotel Conference Center in Champaign. The sixth annual event is designed to … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: NAR’s Lawrence Yun weighs in on strong jobs report

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 05/05/2017 - 11:29am
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics announced today that the nation’s employers added 211,000 new jobs in April and unemployment fell to 4.4 percent, the lowest levels in nearly a decade, ABC News reports. In a statement, National Association of … Continue reading →

Scholarship fund set up to honor Mainstreet’s Shinners

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 05/04/2017 - 4:22pm
Donations are being accepted through the Illinois Real Estate Educational Foundation in the memory of former Mainstreet Organization of REALTORS® CEO Margery Shinners to fund scholarships for association executives. Shinners, who died last month, was a longtime member of Mainstreet’s … Continue reading →

Carpenter speaks of shared mission to NAHREP group

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 05/04/2017 - 2:25pm
Illinois REALTORS® President Doug Carpenter told members of the Chicago Chapter of the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals that both organizations share a desire to make sure housing is accessible for all. Carpenter, speaking at NAHREP’s sixth annual Success in … Continue reading →

SCR offers REALTORS® halftime updates on key proposed legislation

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 05/04/2017 - 11:41am
In yesterday’s edition of the State Capitol Report, Illinois REALTORS® explains changes to proposed amendments to the Real Estate License Act that will now will be considered by the Senate. The Spring Session reached its halfway point on April 28 and … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Mortgage rates remain steady this week, says Freddie Mac

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 05/04/2017 - 10:17am
Mortgage rates held steady this week with the 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage averaging 4.02 percent, down slightly from 4.03 percent last week. The 15-year, fixed-rate mortgage remained the same at 3.27 percent, according to Freddie Mac. Sean Becketti, chief economist for … Continue reading →

State Capitol Report - May 3, 2017

Capitol Report - Wed, 05/03/2017 - 12:49pm

It’s officially HALF-TIME in the General Assembly as last Friday, April 28th was the deadline date for bills to pass the first chamber. Legislation will move to the opposite chamber for committee hearings and floor debate as the General Assembly works toward the scheduled adjournment date of the 2017 spring session on May 31, 2017.

Date:  May 3, 2017

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