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Six Senate bills highlighted in today’s IAR State Capitol Report

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 03/18/2016 - 5:23pm
An IAR initiative was advanced to the full Senate this week, according to IAR’s State Capitol Report. Senate Bill 2893 ensures that Illinois real estate licensees can continue to take CE exams for more than 6 hours of CE in … Continue reading →

Strong Illinois home sales and prices continue into February

IAR News - Fri, 03/18/2016 - 4:33pm
Date:  March 21, 2016 Intro: 

Positive housing market momentum carried into February with home sales and median prices experiencing solid year-over-year gains, even amid lower inventory levels.

FOR RELEASE: March 21, 2016

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

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Online convenience helps brokers with license renewal courses

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 03/18/2016 - 3:26pm
Taking online continuing education courses during flexible times is critical for brokers, especially those who need to renew their licenses before April 30. The IAR Licensing & Training Center offers two online packages that could fit the needs of busy … Continue reading →

Vote daily for 3 Illinois REALTORS® in NAR competition

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 03/18/2016 - 1:05pm
From noon (Central time) today through noon on March 25, REALTORS®, friends, family members and acquaintances can place daily online votes for finalists in REALTOR® Magazine’s 2016 “30 Under 30” Web Choice Award. Of the 50 finalists named just a week … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Mortgage rates head higher

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 03/18/2016 - 10:36am
Mortgage rates headed higher for the third straight week, according to Freddie Mac. The 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage climbed to 3.73 percent and the 15-year rate averaged 2.99 percent. In a release, Freddie Mac Chief Economist Sean Becketti said interest rates … Continue reading →

It takes a (REALTOR®) village to get the message out about members’ property expertise

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 03/17/2016 - 3:58am
The Illinois® Association of REALTORS® booth at the MIPIM conference in Cannes, France, is one of many contained in the U.S. Pavilion. That’s because the National Association of REALTORS® came up with the idea several years ago to get partner … Continue reading →

REALTORS® make impact in Illinois primaries

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 03/16/2016 - 5:26pm
The following is an update of the results on those candidates and local referenda that we have highlighted.  A complete breakdown of the results in the Illinois House and Senate will be available soon. PLEASE NOTE that the results are … Continue reading →

Presidential primaries just a part of NAHREP conference discussion

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 03/16/2016 - 4:43pm
  With the official results of Tuesday’s primaries in Illinois, Ohio, Florida, Missouri and North Carolina still being tabulated, discussion of the 2016 presidential race became a pertinent topic at the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals’ (NAHREP) Housing … Continue reading →

Illinois REALTORS® make valuable connections at MIPIM 2016

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 03/16/2016 - 11:55am
CANNES, France — One of the things you learn at MIPIM is that you never know who will stop by your booth in the Palais des Festivals  in Cannes, France. Illinois’ REALTOR® delegation takes turns working at the booth on … Continue reading →

What’s MIPIM like: Over-the-top exhibits, opportunity to connect with investors

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 03/16/2016 - 3:12am
Want to see a scale model of London’s Thames River district? How about a presentation on Dubai’s effort to build entire islands for developments? That’s just a portion of what you see at MIPIM, billed as one of the world’s largest … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: NAR survey looks at generational trends among home buyers and sellers

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 03/15/2016 - 11:55am
Did you know that the largest share of today’s buyers are Millennials? Or that the majority of buyers of all ages are buying single-family homes in suburban areas? You can learn more about the generational characteristics of today’s housing consumers … Continue reading →

Polls open to 7 p.m. today for Super Tuesday primary

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 03/15/2016 - 8:33am
  Illinois REALTORS® can make their voices heard today by voting in the Illinois primary between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. Check the location of your polling place online through the Illinois State Board of Elections by providing your first … Continue reading →

Illinois REALTORS® showcase the state for a world audience

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 03/15/2016 - 7:44am
Members of the Illinois Association of REALTORS® are spending the next four days highlighting the state’s real estate market at one of the world’s largest real estate conferences. IAR members are at the MIPIM 2016 conference in Cannes, France, where … Continue reading →

Newman unleashes his passion to save Windy City strays

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 03/14/2016 - 1:37pm
  REALTOR® Scott Newman, managing broker/owner of Newman Realty in Chicago, feels as proud of his volunteer work as a home owner who’s finished a satisfying remodeling job on his kitchen. Newman joined PAWS Chicago as a member of its … Continue reading →

Vote in Illinois primaries Tuesday

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 03/14/2016 - 10:12am
Illinois REALTORS® will vote in primaries all over the state on Tuesday, and in several instances, REALTORS® and REALTOR® Champions will be on the ballot. A total of 10 candidates have been identified as pro-business, pro-private property rights, low tax … Continue reading →

Close, Grafft, Schendel named finalists for NAR ‘30 Under 30’ class

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 03/11/2016 - 5:52pm
Three Chicago REALTORS® were announced this week as finalists for REALTOR® Magazine’s 30 Under 30 Class of 2016, according to the NAR. The individuals are: Daniel Close of Redfin Corporation in Chicago; John Grafft of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices – KoenigRubloff … Continue reading →

Monday deadlines for ‘early voting,’ ‘curbside voting’ or ‘vote by mail’ applications

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 03/11/2016 - 1:14pm
Illinois REALTORS® who want to participate in the General Primary but will not be able to vote on Tuesday, can visit the office of their local election authority through Monday for “early voting,” “curbside voting” or “vote by mail” options. … Continue reading →

REALTORS® urge voters to reelect Rep. Welch to Illinois House

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 03/11/2016 - 11:00am
Select voters in the 7th District will receive postcards urging them to vote for the incumbent, Rep. Emanuel “Chris” Welch, in the March 15 Illinois Primary. The postcards are part of an independent expenditure campaign. Independent expenditure activities take place … Continue reading →

Lundstedt: Learn how to analyze real estate as investments and then help clients see the benefits

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 03/10/2016 - 5:25pm
One key to helping prospective real estate investors is recognizing and being able to easily explain the four financial benefits of owning a rental property, said Tom Lundstedt at the 2016 IAR Conference & Expo in Collinsville Thursday morning. Lundstedt’s focus … Continue reading →

Advocating for real estate at the local level makes a difference

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 03/10/2016 - 4:46pm
Combine Illinois Association of REALTORS®’ Local Governmental Affairs Directors (GADs) with involved REALTORS® from around the state and you have a force that c can make a real difference in protecting private property rights at the local level. In a … Continue reading →