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Barricades go up; visible sign of progress on Bicentennial Plaza

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 09/28/2017 - 11:56am
One of the first visible public signs that work was beginning on a plaza adjoining Illinois REALTORS® Springfield headquarters took place Thursday with the installation of construction barricades. The fencing is hardly the first step in the process to build Bicentennial … Continue reading →

Attention Chicago-area REALTORS®: October luncheon offers financing information that could help your clients!

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 09/28/2017 - 11:26am
Space is limited so make your reservation now for the free Oct. 11 lunch program titled, “Increase Your Business: How to create opportunities out of potential challenges facing the real estate industry today.” Special guests will include Cook County Commissioner … Continue reading →

Illinois combines heart and history at REALTORS® Conference & Expo

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 09/27/2017 - 9:55am
Illinois REALTORS® planning to attend the REALTOR® Conference & Expo in Chicago can get a free pass to the Expo and take a selfie with Abraham Lincoln at the McCormick Place Convention Center, West Building on Nov. 4. To get … Continue reading →

Hurricane update: ‘Everyone in Puerto Rico has been affected in some way’

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 09/26/2017 - 3:42pm
The Puerto Rican real estate community will help deliver emergency supplies to victims of Hurricane Maria after most of the 3 million inhabitants have lost access to electricity, clean water and adequate shelter, the executive director of the Puerto Rico … Continue reading →

Still time to register for Wednesday’s NAR Safety Webinar

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 09/26/2017 - 12:21pm
Sign up now for “Stay safe by building better business relationships,” the hour-long National Association of REALTORS® Safety Webinar scheduled to begin 1 p.m. Central Daylight Saving Time Wednesday. Register here. Join Tamara Suminski, Broker-Owner, Beach Real Estate Group and NAR … Continue reading →

DR Legal News provides 5 reasons to like changes to the Real Estate License Act

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 09/25/2017 - 2:59pm
Illinois REALTORS® advocated and achieved five changes to the Illinois Real Estate License Act during the 2017 Legislative Session. Read about this and more in the September DR Legal News. The statutory changes take effect Jan. 1, 2018. Stay tuned … Continue reading →

Saturday last day for students to enter bicentennial video contest and win Hamilton tickets

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 09/25/2017 - 12:30pm
Illinois college and high school students (ages 14 and older) can win one of 100 pairs of Hamilton tickets by entering the Illinois Bicentennial “Something to Learn About Illinois History” video contest by Sept. 30. Entrants must create and submit … Continue reading →

Illinois REALTORS® donates $50,000 to help with Florida hurricane recovery efforts

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 09/25/2017 - 10:08am
Illinois REALTORS® is contributing $50,000 to victims who sustained property damage during Hurricane Irma. The money will go to the association’s sister organization, Florida REALTORS®, which will be in charge of distributing the funds.   This is the second sizeable … Continue reading →

Illinois REALTORS® help economic development effort for the state

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 09/25/2017 - 7:30am
Illinois REALTORS® President Doug Carpenter, CEO Gary Clayton and Liaison to Japanese Consulate Ayumi Deloney were invited by Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner to participate and represent the real estate industry in Japan earlier this month. The trip, the governor’s first international … Continue reading →

REALTORS® travel to Texas to help hurricane victims in Houston area

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 09/22/2017 - 2:00pm
“You walked inside a home and the smell of mold just hit you,” said Illinois REALTOR® Tommy Choi as he described his volunteer work near Houston last week. A co-owner of Keller Williams Chicago — Lincoln Park, Choi joined thousands … Continue reading →

October issue of Illinois REALTOR® is on the way

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 09/22/2017 - 1:08pm
Watch your mailbox in the coming days for the October 2017 issue of Illinois REALTOR® magazine. Stories include: 8 Ways REALTORS® Can Overcome Obstacles to Homeownership in Illinois, Connecting with Gen X Clients: Giving Attention to the ‘Middle Child,’ Champaign … Continue reading →

Enjoy these photos of Oak Park Area Association of REALTORS®’ installation ceremony

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 09/22/2017 - 11:24am
On Sept. 12, the Oak Park Area Association of REALTORS® celebrated its 100th anniversary at its annual installation ceremony at the 100th Century Club in Oak Park. The Oak Park Real Estate Board was established on July 24, 1917. The … Continue reading →

Order tickets by Oct. 6 for NAR Inaugural Gala, unique tours and attractions

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 09/21/2017 - 10:28am
If you’re planning to attend the REALTOR® Conference & Expo in Chicago Nov. 3-6 and plan to attend the Inaugural Gala, participate in a guided tour or visit a special attraction, you’ll want to order tickets online by Oct. 6. … Continue reading →

4 more ways for REALTORS® to stay safe and protect their customers

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 09/20/2017 - 5:07pm
The National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) designates September as REALTOR® Safety Month and offers the following safety tips for your customers, colleagues and you: Tell your sellers: DON’T leave personal information like mail out in the open during showings and … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Consumer Financial Protection Bureau offers guidance on credit following Equifax data breach

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 09/20/2017 - 11:10am
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau advises Americans to take steps to protect their credit in: “Top 10 ways to protect yourself in the wake of the Equifax data breach.” Freezing your credit, reviewing your credit report at least annually and … Continue reading →

August brings higher Illinois home prices, lower sales amid tight inventory

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 09/20/2017 - 8:22am
The summer’s competitive housing market extended through August with lower seasonal inventory driving home prices higher, but tempering total home sales, according to Illinois REALTORS®. Statewide home sales (including single-family homes and condominiums) in August 2017 totaled 16,196 homes sold, … Continue reading →

Magazine article highlights friendship started at REALTOR® Conference & Expo

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 6:06pm
Staying open to meeting new people helped Illinois REALTOR® Dan Wagner at the 2012 REALTOR® Conference & Expo in Orlando, and it continues to help him today. Register now. The September-October edition of REALTOR® magazine quotes Wagner, “When you go to … Continue reading →

Oct. 1 deadline coming for three REEF scholarships

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 4:30pm
  REALTORS® applying for the Past President’s Scholarship, the Roxanne Malo Scholarship and the Margery D. Shinners Scholarship should submit their applications, letters of recommendation and any other materials so they arrive in by Oct. 1. Send your scholarship materials … Continue reading →

Joliet REALTORS® and affiliates partner to promote homeownership

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 3:23pm
  Nearly 50 housing-oriented organizations came together on Saturday, Sept. 9 to laud the benefits of homeownership at the Second Annual Joliet Housing Expo in Joliet. Real estate professionals, mortgage lenders, attorneys, title company representatives, insurance company representatives and home inspectors … Continue reading →

August brings higher Illinois home prices, lower sales amid tight inventory

IAR News - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 12:11pm
Date:  September 20, 2017 Intro: 

The summer’s competitive housing market extended through August with lower seasonal inventory driving home prices higher, but tempering total home sales.

FOR RELEASE: Sept. 20, 2017

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

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