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Morning Minute: Mortgage delinquencies expected to drop in 2015

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 12:38pm
A new forecast from TransUnion predicts that the country’s mortgage delinquency rate will fall to 2.51 percent next year, HousingWire reports. Delinquency rates have been steadily falling since peaking in 2010 and if the forecasts hold true for 2015, the … Continue reading →

IAR adds to staff devoted to Chicago-area issues

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 4:42pm
IAR has tapped a seasoned veteran of Cook County government to help with REALTOR® advocacy in Chicago. Kristopher “Kris” Anderson joined IAR’s governmental affairs staff on Monday. He will work with IAR’s Chicago Governmental Affairs Director Brian Bernardoni out of the … Continue reading →

These 18 holiday gift ideas will help REALTORS® stand out with clients

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 4:31pm
We all struggle with the crush of gift-giving during the holiday season. But taking time to say “thank you” to your clients this time of year builds goodwill and can turn into repeat business and referrals. “It is so important … Continue reading →

REALTORS® mourn passing of IAR board member Chuck Wiercinski

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 9:01am
Services have been scheduled for Chuck Wiercinski, CCIM, CRB, a longtime REALTOR® and current member of the Illinois Association of REALTORS® Board of Directors. Wiercinski, 68, died Monday, Dec. 8, 2014, after a long illness. Visitation will be 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. … Continue reading →

Guzmán to speak Tuesday in DC about housing market

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 12/08/2014 - 1:26pm
Veteran REALTOR® Mabél Guzmán of @properties in Chicago will testify Tuesday morning in Washington, D.C. about “factors affecting homeownership access and affordability” for first-time homebuyers and underserved communities. Guzmán’s appearance is scheduled during a Housing, Transportation and Community Development subcommittee … Continue reading →

NSBAR becomes factor in helping two local food pantries

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 12/08/2014 - 8:30am
Members of the North Shore-Barrington Association of REALTORS® (NSBAR) are collecting non-perishable food and toiletries for the Cuba Township Food Pantry through Dec. 10 and will volunteer at the Northfield Township Food Pantry on Dec. 17. “This year, we are … Continue reading →

Did you hear how BNAR built up this family?

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 1:08pm
The seeds for a pre-Thanksgiving event were planted months earlier when the Bloomington-Normal Association of REALTORS® (BNAR) challenged its Young Professionals Network to get involved with a local Habitat for Humanity project. Not only did larger numbers of the YPN … Continue reading →

How many different ways can REALTORS® give back?

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 8:00am
In mid-November, local associations began sharing stories about how they give back to the charities in their communities, and the stories haven’t stopped yet. Here’s a list of the projects we’re recapped so far: KIFAR members prepare for December auction; … Continue reading →

Egyptian members find 14 ways to feed hungry

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 6:43pm
During November, the Egyptian Board of REALTORS® set up 14 collection points in local REALTOR® offices to benefit 16 local food pantries in southern Illinois. While the food collection officially ended Nov. 21 so deliveries could be made to the … Continue reading →

How are conservative estimates of real estate tax hurting taxpayers?

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 6:15pm
Even though 17 Chicago suburbs underestimated a total of nearly $5.6 million in real estate transfer tax revenue during the most recent fiscal year, a Daily Herald article asserts the approach keeps taxes high and doesn’t allow many opportunities to … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Extension of Mortgage Debt Forgiveness Act passes House, now heads to Senate

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 11:41am
The Chicago Tribune reports today that the U.S. House voted Wednesday to extend the Mortgage Debt Forgiveness Act for one year. Now the measure, which is strongly supported by REALTORS® and provides an income tax break to homeowners for mortgage … Continue reading →

Three tax updates that affect REALTORS®’ business

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 10:19am
From rules applying to the use of heavy SUVs and pickup trucks to mortgage debt forgiveness, Chris Bird outlines the latest breaking news on the tax front. Bird, a certified financial planner and former IRS agent, spoke at the Illinois … Continue reading →

Band, awards mark GRI’s 50th year at Peoria bash

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 9:41am
Illinois GRI has been in existence for 50 years, and the Illinois Association of REALTORS® honored the program and those who have made it so strong over the years at a celebration on Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014, at the Hotel … Continue reading →