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Parents, priest, friend start Stowe on 40-year journey with Marillac

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 11/14/2016 - 7:30am
In 1976, Judy Stowe responded when a local priest asked parishioners to help residents in a poor Chicago area neighborhood through a charity called Marillac House (now called Marillac St. Vincent Family Services). She kept helping residents of that neighborhood … Continue reading →

Illinois REALTORS® offices closed Friday for Veterans Day

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 11/10/2016 - 2:00pm
Illinois REALTORS® wishes you a safe and happy Veterans Day holiday. The association office, the Legal Hotline and Transaction Helpline will be closed on Friday, Nov. 11, in observance of the holiday. All will reopen Monday, Nov. 14. Get more … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Mortgage rates see a bump, Freddie Mac reports

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 11/10/2016 - 12:00pm
Fixed mortgage rates climbed slightly higher this week with the 30-year, fixed rate mortgage averaging 3.57 percent, up from 3.54 percent last week, Freddie Mac reports. At the same time, the 15-year, fixed rate mortgage averaged 2.88 percent compared to … Continue reading →

Majority of Opportunity Race and Independent Expenditure REALTOR®-backed candidates win General Assembly races

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 11/09/2016 - 5:23pm
Thirteen of 16 Opportunity Race candidates and nine of 12 Independent Expenditure candidates running for the Illinois House of Representatives and the State Senate captured victories Tuesday. Get a summary of election results by Julie Sullivan, Assistant Director Legislative and … Continue reading →

REALTORS® play role in 3 Home Rule defeats in General Election

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 11/09/2016 - 12:14pm
Illinois REALTORS® and its education foundation, Real Property Alliance, were involved educating voters about the dangers of three Home Rule ballot initiatives in the state. In each one, the organizations pointed out the potential danger of allowing smaller communities nearly unfettered control over … Continue reading →

Champaign mayor, city council include REALTORS®

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 11/09/2016 - 7:30am
In the city of Champaign, Mayor Deborah Frank Feinen could be one of the most visible examples of Illinois REALTORS® who give back to their communities through public service. In 1993, Feinen began a 14-year stint as a member of … Continue reading →

Vote today Illinois REALTORS®!

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 11/08/2016 - 6:00am
Polling places open at 6 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. for Illinois voters in the general election. To check whether you are registered to vote, find out the location of your polling place and more, visit the Illinois State … Continue reading →

At least 73 Illinois REALTORS® to help lead at national level, Carpenter says

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 11/07/2016 - 3:39pm
Illinois REALTORS® always has a healthy roster of members who are appointed to help lead the National Association of REALTORS® through work on committees or through other appointments. Just how involved members are became apparent on Sunday when Illinois REALTORS® … Continue reading →

15-hour Broker Post-License Webinar Dec 14 & 15

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 11/07/2016 - 2:48pm
Brokers licensed after February 1, 2016 will have an opportunity to complete 15 hours of required post-license interactive training by registering for the Broker Post-License Applied Real Estate Practices Webinar, December 14 & 15, 2016. The 2-day session led by veteran instructor Lynn … Continue reading →

Illinois REALTORS®: Make your vote count Tuesday!

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 11/07/2016 - 2:15pm
Support local, state and federal candidates who back private property rights, business, economic growth and lower taxes when you go to the polls tomorrow for the Illinois general election. Here’s a recap of 22 candidates in Opportunity Races who deserve … Continue reading →

Today is the last day for some voting circumstances

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 11/07/2016 - 11:16am
Remember, Illinois REALTORS® today is the last day for several voting-related situations regarding the Illinois general election. For example, it is the last day registered voters can request a vote by mail ballot in person at their office of election … Continue reading →

Illinois REALTORS® take national posts with Womens Council of REALTORS®

IARbuzz.com Blog - Sun, 11/06/2016 - 3:53pm
Several Illinois REALTORS® were named to national posts for the Womens Council of REALTORS® at the National Association of REALTORS® Conference & Expo in Orlando. Chicago REALTOR® Rebecca Thomson was named regional vice president for the national organization. Thomson, who is … Continue reading →

REALTORS® share results of four days of work in committee meetings

IARbuzz.com Blog - Sun, 11/06/2016 - 2:24pm
Illinois REALTORS® updated colleagues about what transpired during the dozens of meetings that take place at the National Association of REALTORS® Conference & Expo. Because the meetings sprawl over several hotels and in the massive Orange County Convention Center, the … Continue reading →

Terpstra recognized for leadership with SRES award

IARbuzz.com Blog - Sun, 11/06/2016 - 2:11pm
Catherine Terpstra was recognized with a SRES Outstanding Service Award on Saturday at the REALTORS® Conference & Expo in Orlando. SRES, which stands for Seniors Real Estate Specialist, is a designation for those who work to better understand and serve … Continue reading →

Two from Illinois earn REALTOR® association management designation

IARbuzz.com Blog - Sun, 11/06/2016 - 2:07pm
Illinois association executives Luke Bell and Deb Frazier were honored at the REALTORS® Conference & Expo with the REALTOR® Association Certified Executive Designation. The designation is awarded to those who demonstrate mastery of association governance and related knowledge, and can … Continue reading →

Calling from the fishbowl: Wagner working phones for RPAC

IARbuzz.com Blog - Sun, 11/06/2016 - 10:26am
Illinois REALTORS® Treasurer Dan Wagner worked the phones at the REALTORS® Conference & Trade Show as part of an effort to help the national association reach fundraising goals. The calls were in the main hallway at the Orange County Convention … Continue reading →

Read recognized as Illinois REALTOR® of the Year in Orlando

IARbuzz.com Blog - Sun, 11/06/2016 - 9:21am
Illinois REALTOR® Chris Read was honored with other state REALTORS® of the Year in Orlando on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016. Read, CRB, CRS, GRI, ABRM, CIPS, CNC, SFR, BPOR, SRS, SRES, is managing broker/owner of CR REALTOR® and is CEO of CR … Continue reading →

Check local schedule for ‘nursing home’ voting

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 11/04/2016 - 12:19pm
Local election authorities have the option of starting nursing home voting today, Saturday, Sunday or Monday for incapacitated voters who have already applied for vote by mail ballots for the Nov. 8 general election in Illinois. Check the Illinois State … Continue reading →

Carpenter, Wagner help NAR with messaging value of brand

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 11/04/2016 - 10:05am
Illinois REALTORS® President Doug Carpenter and Treasurer Dan Wagner will be taking part in an NAR effort to tell why REALTORS® make such a difference on issues that matter to consumers. Carpenter will be talking about the state association’s state outreach, … Continue reading →

Illinois REALTORS® recognized for work promoting global real estate

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 11/04/2016 - 9:48am
Members of the Illinois REALTORS® Global Working Group attending the NAR Conference & Expo in Orlando are being acknowledged this week for their work with promoting cross-border business and the REALTOR® brand. The Illinois REALTORS®  Global Working Group was recognized … Continue reading →