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Dan Wagner Recognized as Commercial Liaison to NAR

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 2:37pm
Congratulations to Illinois REALTOR® Dan Wagner, who was recognized as the 2016 Commercial Liaison to the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) during the NAR Board of Directors meeting last week in Washington, D.C. Wagner, senior vice president for government relations … Continue reading →

Did your senator vote ‘yes’ for Senate Bill 1380 (municipal lien bill)?

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 10:19am
On a second roll call vote, Illinois senators voted 30-19 last Tuesday to approve Senate Bill 1380, according to the May 15 State Capitol Report. The bill was originally defeated in the Senate on April 23, but the sponsor of … Continue reading →

Deadline Wednesday for honoring deceased veterans at Memorial Day Remembrance Wall in Springfield

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 05/18/2015 - 9:05pm
Help your community honor loved ones or friends who served in the military and have passed away by sharing information about the Memorial Day Remembrance Wall in the Illinois State Capitol Rotunda. The deadline for participation is Wednesday, May 20. … Continue reading →

Jacksonville board set to merge with Capital Area REALTORS® June 1

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 05/18/2015 - 9:20am
The Jacksonville Area Association of REALTORS® announced Monday, May 18, 2015, that it would merge with Capital Area REALTORS®. It’s the second such merger in as many months involving Capital Area. The Springfield-based organization announced in March that the West … Continue reading →

See what you missed: Top things from NAR’s Midyear Meetings

IARbuzz.com Blog - Sun, 05/17/2015 - 7:48pm
Illinois REALTORS® were out in force in the nation’s capital last week, attending policy meetings and lobbying for private property rights. Hera are a few of the highlights from the week: Crosby receives top service award: Illinois REALTOR® Jean Crosby … Continue reading →

Crosby receives 2015 NAR Distinguished Service Award

IARbuzz.com Blog - Sat, 05/16/2015 - 10:07pm
Longtime Illinois REALTOR® Jean Crosby was honored with the 2015 Distinguished Service Award from the National Association of REALTORS® on Saturday, May 16, 2015. She was one of two recipients of the award this year. Cynthia Shelton of Orlando, Fla., was … Continue reading →

IAR members wrap up week of meetings in D.C. with caucuses

IARbuzz.com Blog - Sat, 05/16/2015 - 7:19am
The Illinois REALTORS® who attended a week of policy meetings in Washington, D.C., wrapped up their work with caucuses on Friday, May 15, 2015. The Illinois Caucus gave IAR members, many of whom serve on NAR committees, a chance to … Continue reading →

Bey-Little visits Bobby Rush’s chief of staff

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 3:50pm
Carrie Bey-Little documented some of the highlights of her trip to Washington, D.C. for the REALTOR® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo by writing and taking photographs for the NAR “Legislative Live” blog. Among the highlights of her trip was a … Continue reading →

Matt Difanis captures great photos at Legislative Meetings

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 3:18pm
IAR Treasurer-nominee Matt Difanis brought along his camera and put together a can’t-miss collection of photographs from his week at the REALTOR® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo in Washington, D.C. As one of three IAR members on hand who agreed … Continue reading →

Karen Robertson reports from Washington, DC

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 2:48pm
Today Plainfield’s Karen Robertson is headed to a meeting with the FHFA while at the REALTOR® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo in Washington, D.C. Robertson is one of three IAR members posting photos and writing for the NAR blog named … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: See the difference your interest rate makes when buying a home

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 11:18am
The Keeping Current Matters (KCM) blog has pulled together an interesting infographic that breaks down how the mortgage interest rate you lock in when you buy a home can have such a big impact on how much home you can … Continue reading →

Second day of meetings on Capitol Hill for IAR members

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 3:01pm
IAR members met with a broad spectrum of Illinois congressional representatives on Thursday, wrapping up two days of visits to lawmakers on Capitol Hill. REALTORS® talked about issues ranging from Marketplace Fairness to the 1031 Exchange. Among meetings were sessions … Continue reading →

Sen. Kirk meets with IAR members in D.C.

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 2:50pm
Illinois Senator Mark Kirk took part in a Let’s Talk Real Estate event on Wednesday, May 13, 2014 in Washington, D.C. Sen. Kirk discussed a wide range of issues with REALTORS®, including Marketplace Fairness, federal loan programs and the 1031 … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Mortgage lending heads higher in early 2015

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 10:41am
Mortgage originations in the first quarter of 2015 marked a 17 percent year-over-year gain compared to early 2014, according to a recent lending report from RealtyTrac. Originations were down slightly — 6 percent — compared to the fourth quarter of … Continue reading →

REALTORS® take private property rights messages to Capitol Hill

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 2:27pm
Illinois REALTORS® began three days of meetings with policymakers on Wednesday, part of NAR’s annual Midyear Meetings & Expo. REALTORS® met with a number of congressional representatives and/or their staffs. On the agenda Wednesday: Meetings with U.S. Reps. Bill Foster, … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Obama presidential library coming to Chicago

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 10:36am
It’s official. Chicago’s South Side will be the future home of President Barack Obama’s presidential library, the Barack Obama Foundation announced Tuesday. David Axelrod, a former Obama adviser, told CNN the “library would be a ‘wonderful asset’ to the city … Continue reading →

Six Illinois REALTORS® inducted into RPAC Hall of Fame

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 9:42pm
Six Illinois REALTORS® were honored on Tuesday, May 12, by being inducted into the RPAC Hall of Fame. Those selected for the honor have donated $25,000 to the REALTORS® Political Action Committee. Illinois honorees were: Jim Barbagallo Michael D. Oldenettel … Continue reading →