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Online CE courses now available for broker renewal

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 11/13/2017 - 10:32am
Do you need continuing education courses for broker license renewal? The Illinois REALTORS® Licensing & Training Center now offers new online CE courses that you can complete from the comfort of your home or office. Brokers who were first licensed before February 1, … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: REALTOR® president speaks in defense of homeowners

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 11/13/2017 - 10:18am
Shortly after the U.S. Senate Republicans released their plan for tax reform, National Association of REALTORS® President Elizabeth Mendenhall spoke out late last week,  urging that homeowners be protected. “While we are still reviewing the outlines of this proposal, we … Continue reading →

Office closed Friday in observance of Veterans Day

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 11/10/2017 - 6:00pm
The Illinois REALTORS® offices will be closed Friday, Nov. 10, in observance of Veterans Day. The Illinois REALTORS® Legal Hotline will also be closed. Both will reopen on Monday, Nov. 13. If you know a veteran who would like to … Continue reading →

Progress continues on Springfield Bicentennial Plaza

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 5:10pm
Construction crews continue to make significant progress as they used heavy equipment to drill footings for towers at the site of Bicentennial Plaza – A REALTOR® Community Partnership in downtown Springfield Just north of the Illinois REALTORS® offices, the towers … Continue reading →

State to hold free real estate cyber security conference Nov. 14 in Springfield

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 5:04pm
Illinois REALTORS® are invited to “Cyber Security Issues Related to the Real Estate Closing Process,” from 9 a.m. to noon, Tuesday, Nov. 14 at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. MCLE credit will be awarded to … Continue reading →

Global Business Council sets up meeting on land titles with Serbian delegation

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 3:21pm
A delegation of Serbian real estate practitioners got a chance to learn about best practices in the title industry this week.   The meeting was facilitated by the Illinois REALTORS®’ Global Business Council, and was held at the association’s offices at … Continue reading →

Watch this Illinois REALTORS® video about radon disclosure

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 11:26am
For a three-minute summary of the legal obligations regarding radon disclosure, members can watch the “Legal Minutes – Radon Disclosure Requirements” video featuring Illinois REALTORS® Director of Legal Services Betsy Urbance. According to the Illinois Radon Awareness Act, most homeowners … Continue reading →

Get “The 411 on Commercial Real Estate”

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 11/08/2017 - 9:08am
If you would like a better appreciation for the complexity of commercial real estate transactions, check out a new video resource available to Illinois REALTORS® members. The 411 on Commercial Real Estate: What You Need to Know is a 3-hour video in a conversational format. Two … Continue reading →

Deadline extended to Nov. 12 for Illinois Bicentennial video contest — win 2 tickets to Hamilton

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 11/08/2017 - 8:00am
College and high school students have roughly a week to submit their own original video for the “Something to Learn About Illinois History” Illinois Bicentennial contest, if they’re vying for a pair of tickets to the musical Hamilton on Dec. … Continue reading →

Catch up on what happened at the 2017 REALTOR® Conference & Expo

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 11/07/2017 - 9:47am
Nearly 3,000 Illinois REALTORS® visited Chicago from Nov. 3-6 to play major roles in the REALTOR® Conference & Expo at McCormick Place. Scan through the following headlines for stories posted on the Illinois REALTORS® blog: Gallery shows best photos from … Continue reading →

Gallery shows best photos from NAR Conference & Expo

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 11/06/2017 - 3:53pm
Illinois REALTORS® accepted awards, posed with Abraham Lincoln and participated in many of the business meetings and receptions with colleagues from across the country. The NAR Conference & Expo was estimated to draw 20,000 REALTORS® to Chicago Nov. 3-6, including … Continue reading →

Downs honored with Magel Award at NAR Board of Directors meeting

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 11/06/2017 - 3:42pm
Chicago Association of REALTORS CEO Ginger Downs was recognized for being the recipient of the 2017 William R. Magel Award for association leadership at the National Association of REALTORS® Board of Directors meeting Monday.   Downs, who will retire next year, … Continue reading →

Tax reform plan would hurt homeowners, REALTORS® tell Sen. Durbin

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 11/06/2017 - 2:49pm
Illinois REALTORS® met with U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin on Monday to tell him how a proposed tax overhaul would hurt homeowners.   REALTORS® Sue Miller and David Hanna told Durbin that as drafted the bill would have huge impact Illinois, which has some of the highest … Continue reading →

Qualifying veterans may use GI Bill® benefits for real estate education

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 11/06/2017 - 10:00am
Veterans who want to start a career in real estate may apply for GI Bill® benefits for pre-license classroom courses taken through branches of the Illinois REALTORS® Licensing & Training Center. How to qualify: You must be an eligible veteran who meets … Continue reading →

Using the 1031 exchange option with investment properties

IARbuzz.com Blog - Sun, 11/05/2017 - 10:58pm
The 1031 exchange can be an important tool for deferring tax burdens when buying and selling “like-kind” investment properties, according to panelists at the REALTORS® Conference & Expo session, “1031 Exchange: Another Tool in Your Toolbox.” Illinois REALTORS® President-elect Dan … Continue reading →

Suvarnamani honored with NAR’s Global Achievement Award

IARbuzz.com Blog - Sun, 11/05/2017 - 1:11pm
Adding to the list of accolades Illinois REALTORS® have received during the annual NAR Conference & Expo is Nancy Suvarnamani who was honored Saturday for her work in global real estate. Suvarnamani was honored with the NAR Global Achievement Award … Continue reading →

Global Business Council gets top honors at NAR conference

IARbuzz.com Blog - Sun, 11/05/2017 - 10:54am
Illinois REALTORS®’ efforts to raise awareness of global real estate were honored on Saturday at a reception at the NAR Conference and Expo in Chicago. The association’s Global Business Council was recognized with the Platinum Global Achievement Program Award for its … Continue reading →

Read honored with 2017 SRES Outstanding Service Award

IARbuzz.com Blog - Sun, 11/05/2017 - 7:50am
Woodridge-area REALTOR® Chris Read, ABR, CRB, CRS, GRI, SRES received the Seniors Real Estate Specialist’s® Outstanding Service Award Saturday night at the National Association of REALTORS® Conference and Expo in Chicago. Read received her award at the ABR®, SRES® and … Continue reading →

Miller, other state REALTORS® of the Year recognized at NAR Conference

IARbuzz.com Blog - Sat, 11/04/2017 - 10:20pm
McHenry REALTOR® Sue Miller, the 2017 Illinois REALTOR® of the Year, was recognized along with other top state REALTORS® from around the country in a celebration during the general session at the REALTORS® Conference & Expo on Saturday. Miller and … Continue reading →

Wagner, Ruggieri honored with 2017 National Commercial Awards

IARbuzz.com Blog - Sat, 11/04/2017 - 9:04pm
Illinois REALTORS®  President-elect Dan Wagner and REALTOR®  Alex Ruggieri were both honored for excellence in commercial real estate Saturday during the REALTORS®  Conference & Expo in Chicago on Saturday. Wagner, of Wheaton, is the senior vice president of government relations … Continue reading →