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How far can REALTORS® go with criminal background checks?

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 06/02/2017 - 1:18pm
Tyler Craddock of the National Association of Residential Property Managers warned REALTOR® attendees at last week’s NAR Property Management Forum that if their leasing policies disallow tenants who have committed a felony, it could have a “disparate impact” on a … Continue reading →

KIFAR members share flood insurance concerns with U.S. Rep. Kinzinger in Watseka

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 06/02/2017 - 10:30am
U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger (16th Congressional District) provided updates on legislative issues like flood insurance, tax reform and housing and answered questions from 15 members of the Kankakee-Iroquois-Ford-Association of REALTORS® (KIFAR) Wednesday in Watseka. Federal Political Coordinator Ed Neaves led … Continue reading →

See you in Springfield at June Business Meetings

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 06/02/2017 - 9:51am
Illinois REALTORS® headed for the June Business Meetings next week at the President Abraham Lincoln Springfield DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel can review the online schedule. Tuesday’s sessions include the: Board Leadership Forum, Commercial-Industrial-Investment Committee, Professional Standards Committee, Bicentennial Task Force, … Continue reading →

4 questions: REALTOR® Silvano to be sounding board for NAR global efforts

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 06/01/2017 - 1:00pm
During the Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo in Washington, D.C., REALTOR® Vicky Silvano was presented as the 2018 NAR Global Business Alliances Liaison. Silvano, a broker associate for Century 21 SGR in Chicago, is one of 16 NAR committee liaisons who … Continue reading →

On June 6, ROTYs from Peotone, Rockford and Oak Park areas will be recognized

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 06/01/2017 - 8:30am
Among the 24 local REALTORS® who’ll be honored at the 36th Annual REALTOR® of the Year Banquet will be Jim Sim, Brad Shields and Alice McMahon. The event will attract members from all over the state to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum … Continue reading →

18 ways REALTORS® can deliver more effective, memorable messages

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 05/31/2017 - 11:15am
Since audiences generally remember about 20 percent of a speaker’s message, Anthony Huey says it’s critical to hone your message through preparation. And with 50 percent of the audience distracted at any given point of a presentation, the way your … Continue reading →

ROTYs from St. Charles, Freeport and O’Fallon areas to be honored June 6

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 05/30/2017 - 9:54am
Among the 24 local REALTORS® who’ll be honored at the 36th Annual REALTOR® of the Year Banquet will be Mark Coleman, Anne Sadler and Julie Heltne. The event will attract members from all over the state to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum in Springfield … Continue reading →

Governmental Affairs team watching out for REALTORS® during holiday weekend

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 05/26/2017 - 4:49pm
While REALTORS® try to squeeze in a picnic, a barbecue or a sporting event sometime during the Memorial Day weekend, the Illinois REALTORS® statehouse lobbyists are monitoring activity at the State Capitol. The General Assembly is scheduled to adjourn on … Continue reading →

Illinois REALTORS® headquarters closed Monday for Memorial Day

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 05/26/2017 - 4:44pm
On Monday, in observance of Memorial Day, the Illinois REALTORS® offices in Springfield will be closed. The offices will reopen with regular hours on Tuesday. History Did you know the seeds of this holiday were planted in 1868 with the … Continue reading →

Budget crisis, license law changes and more in today’s Illinois REALTORS® State Capitol Report

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 05/26/2017 - 3:43pm
A bill (House Bill 3528) designed to make several changes to Illinois real estate license law, an initiative of Illinois REALTORS® and supported by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, will be considered by Gov. Bruce Rauner following unanimous … Continue reading →

State Capitol Report - May 26, 2017

Capitol Report - Fri, 05/26/2017 - 3:17pm

The House adjourned mid-morning on Friday but as of publication of this week’s report, the Senate was still in session. 

Date:  May 26, 2017

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State Capitol Report - May 26, 2017

Capitol Report - Fri, 05/26/2017 - 3:16pm

The House adjourned mid-morning on Friday but as of publication of this week’s report, the Senate was still in session. 

Date:  May 26, 2017

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Capital Area REALTORS® get third consecutive annual RPAC award

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 05/26/2017 - 10:03am
On the strength of its participation rate and number of major investors, the Capital Area REALTORS® finished second in RPAC fundraising for medium-sized local associations during 2016, according to an announcement last week at the NAR RPAC Awards Ceremony in … Continue reading →

ROTYs from Skokie, Peoria and Quad City areas honored at June 6 banquet, too

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 05/26/2017 - 7:00am
Among the 24 local REALTORS® who’ll be honored at the 36th Annual REALTOR® of the Year Banquet will be Rebekah Carlson, Michelle Largent and Regen Johnson. The event will attract members from all over the state to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential … Continue reading →

Mainstreet offers RPAC headshot incentive to REALTORS® in June

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 11:39am
It’s a recurring source of humor in real estate circles: the outdated headshot photo. At some point in your career you’ve done a double take when an agent hands you a business card with a headshot that is a decade … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Mortgage rates hit 2017 low, Freddie Mac reports

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 10:13am
Mortgage interest rates fell below 4 percent this week and marked the lowest levels so far this year, Freddie Mac reported today. A 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage averaged 3.95 percent while the 15-year, fixed-rate mortgage dropped to 3.19 percent. Read more … Continue reading →

Three more local ROTYs to recognize at June 6 ROTY banquet

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 2:17pm
Among the 24 local REALTORS® who’ll be honored at the 36th Annual REALTOR® of the Year Banquet will be Chris Wilbur, Patrick Dalessandro and Eve Bremen. The event will attract members from all over the state to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential … Continue reading →

VIDEO: April Housing Report

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 9:18am
Declining inventory continues to define the overall housing market in Illinois. REALTORS® downstate remain optimistic about the market as the calendar turns to summer. Watch the video, and visit http://www.illinoisrealtor.org/marketstats to learn more.

Illinois home prices increase in April; Sales lower amid tight inventory

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 8:44am
Homes sold faster and prices rose, but home sales slowed in April with seasonally low inventory levels, according to Illinois REALTORS®. Statewide home sales (including single-family homes and condominiums) in April 2017 totaled 13,958 homes sold, down 3.4 percent from … Continue reading →

Learn how to protect your business from cybercrime at IDFPR conference

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 7:01am
Worried about hackers, computer viruses and wire fraud? If you aren’t, you should be. The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation has put together a presentation on cybersecurity for real estate practitioners that should help protect your business. The … Continue reading →