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Did you know that millennials love to work with real estate agents?

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 08/17/2015 - 2:27pm
Of the 13 facts listed about millennials in an Inman story today, the fact that they enjoy working with real estate professionals to buy or sell their homes may be one of the most surprising you’ll see. Also known as … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Homebuilder confidence heads higher in August

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 08/17/2015 - 10:51am
U.S. homebuilders are feeling confident about the real estate market, according to the latest National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index. In fact, builder sentiment has risen to its highest level in nearly a decade. Read today’s coverage … Continue reading →

Look behind the scenes during a Lynn Madison training video

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 3:29pm
REALTOR® Lynn Madison, a nationally known speaker and instructor, visited Springfield today to record a pre-license instructor development course for the IAR Licensing & Training Center. The pre-license instructor training will be added to the IAR Licensing and Training Center … Continue reading →

Blackhawks, IAR help Illinois Executive Mansion Association raise money

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 11:35am
More than 50 people gathered at Illinois Association of REALTORS® Headquarters Friday morning to help raise money for repairs to the Illinois Governor’s mansion, eat breakfast and have photos taken with Chicago Blackhawks Chairman Rocky Wirtz and the Stanley Cup. … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Mortgage rates climb slightly higher on stronger jobs news

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 9:10am
Mortgage interest rates edged higher this week with the 30-year, fixed-rate averaging 3.94 percent and the 15-year, fixed-rate averaging 3.17 percent, according to the latest Freddie Mac report. Some of the economic factors at play include an additional 215,000 new … Continue reading →

Next Thursday’s IAR Legal Webinar to cover recurring topics concerning business practices and incentives

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 12:24pm
The legalities and concerns surrounding broker payment of compensation, incentives, referral fees, rebates and inducements will be among items discussed during the next IAR Legal Webinar, beginning at 9:30 a.m. Aug. 20. The legal team will also cover some recurring … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Urban housing demand on the rise

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 9:09am
Housing demand is growing in many U.S. cities, according to a new home price report from Fitch Ratings. After years of stronger suburban and exurban housing growth, the report found an increasing demand from buyers looking to live in an … Continue reading →

Wagner talks commercial at NAR Leadership Summit

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 08/10/2015 - 10:07pm
Dan Wagner told REALTOR® association leaders on Monday how important it is for Congress not to repeal Section 1031 like-kind exchanges. Wagner, president-elect of the Chicago Association of REALTORS® and a member of the IAR board of directors, appeared on … Continue reading →

Illinois REALTORS® climb past Call for Action goal

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 08/10/2015 - 5:05pm
More than 20 percent of Illinois REALTORS® have responded to the national Call for Action regarding patent trolls, and the campaign continues. The NAR’s call for action began more than three weeks ago, asking members write to federal elected officials … Continue reading →

IAR Leadership Summit draws local REALTOR® leaders to Chicago

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 08/10/2015 - 11:00am
Illinois REALTORS® converged on the Embassy Suites-Downtown Lakefront Sunday to learn more about the responsibilities of serving as leaders of their local associations. Check out some of the photos taken during the event.  

Survey: Millennials look to family for co-signers, down payment

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 08/07/2015 - 2:28pm
A recent survey by Endeavor America Loan Services showed 41 percent of millennials used co-borrowers to qualify for home loans and 20 percent needed financial assistance from family for down payments. Those are just a few of the findings given … Continue reading →

Local REALTOR® leaders head for state, national leadership training

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 08/07/2015 - 7:30am
So that they can represent your interests well, local association officers will convene in Chicago Sunday through Tuesday for IAR and NAR Leadership Summits. The IAR training begins Sunday at the Embassy Suites Chicago Downtown Lakefront (511 N. Columbus Drive) … Continue reading →

7-minute NAR video can help protect you from disaster during closings

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 08/06/2015 - 11:27am
Have you ever heard of a broker whose client’s money was stolen during a closing? In the NAR’s latest edition of “Window to the Law,” that’s just one of the real-life scenarios you can learn to protect yourself from. In … Continue reading →

More photos from IAR’s day with representatives of Ghana

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 08/05/2015 - 2:54pm
Earlier this week, members of Parliament for the Republic of Ghana spent a day with Illinois REALTORS®, learning about the way we regulate and conduct real estate transactions. Check out the photos from the event, led by IAR member Vicky … Continue reading →

Advocacy goes global

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 08/04/2015 - 2:56pm
This week the IAR leadership and staff participated in a education event for the Republic of Ghana, which sent representatives of its Parliament to learn how Illinois regulates and practices real estate. Hosted by IAR member, Vicky Sampah, a Ghanian, … Continue reading →

IHDA announces new home loan plan in 10 counties

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 08/04/2015 - 12:17pm
Starting today, first-time home buyers, veterans and those who haven’t owned a home in three years can apply for a 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage through a program from the Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA) that includes $7,500 in cash assistance for … Continue reading →

Call for Action approaching target; take part now to stop patent trolls

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 08/04/2015 - 9:23am
Illinois REALTORS® are joining colleagues across the nation in calling on Congress to address the issue of patent trolls. A national Call for Action was issued two weeks ago, and Illinois is closing in on a goal of having 20 … Continue reading →

REALTORS® participate in Chicago legislative symposium

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 08/03/2015 - 12:03pm
The Chicago Association of REALTORS® (CAR) and the Dearborn REALTIST® Board co-hosted a Legislative Symposium for the City of Chicago’s City Council Black Caucus at U.S. Cellular Field (home of the Chicago White Sox) last week. Dearborn is keen to … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Tips for turning your backyard into a summer oasis

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 08/03/2015 - 10:42am
Want a place to unwind and enjoy the outdoors? Look no further than your own backyard with decorating and renovation ideas, “7 Ideas to Help You Use Your Outdoor Space More,” from HouseLogic. Read the article for a full list … Continue reading →

Difanis honored by Central Illinois Business Magazine

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 3:06pm
The Central Illinois Business Magazine and the News-Gazette of Champaign-Urbana have named Matt Difanis as the 2015 winner of the 40 Under 40 Man of the Year. Difanis is a partner with RE/MAX Realty Associates in Champaign, the 2016 treasurer-elect … Continue reading →