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Illinois REALTORS® to build a Habitat for Humanity home in Murphysboro. Register now!

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 11:56am
The Illinois Association of REALTORS® (IAR) and its members are committed to promoting homeownership and on Friday, April 4, work will begin on a Habitat for Humanity home in Murphysboro, Ill., one of three IAR Habitat builds planned for 2014. … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Trend toward lower FICO score requirements could help potential homebuyers

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 11:08am
In an effort to reach underserved borrowers seeking a mortgage, more banks are beginning to lower the minimum credit scores required for lending approval, REALTOR® Magazine reports (via HousingWire). In other headlines: Housing Comes Roaring Back to Life – Time … Continue reading →

RVOICE efforts bring wins on home rule, sales tax questions in Illinois Primary

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 03/25/2014 - 1:07pm
The Illinois Association of REALTORS® (IAR) used RVOICE funds to do voter outreach on three municipal referenda on the March 18 Primary Election ballot. IAR was successful in all three. Two were Home Rule referenda — in Rochester (Sangamon County) … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Consumer confidence at highest level since 2008

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 03/25/2014 - 11:55am
The Consumer Confidence Index rose 4.4 points to 81.7 in March, marking the highest level since April 2008, HousingWire reports. That bodes well as the housing market heads into the spring homebuying season, the publication reported. In other headlines: Home … Continue reading →

FREE 3-Hour Online CE with Rebate Program

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 03/25/2014 - 11:40am
Still need CE for the April 30, 2014 renewal? The Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance through its Illinois Home Performance Program is partnering with the real estate industry to provide $29 rebates for taking specific online courses in topics of green … Continue reading →

Call to Action: Address policy that can hurt condo buyers

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 03/24/2014 - 11:46am
Illinois has the distinction of being the only state in the country that hits up the buyers of foreclosed condominiums with costs incurred by former owners. That’s why the Illinois Association of REALTORS® is asking for members to call in … Continue reading →

Illinois governmental affairs work highlighted as part of conference panel

IARbuzz.com Blog - Sun, 03/23/2014 - 8:47am
Illinois Association of REALTORS® CEO Gary Clayton, CAE, RCE, opened a panel on how state and local associations can work together effectively. He was joined by Pam Krieter, RCE, CEO of the Mainstreet Organization of REALTORS®. Clayton and Krieter shared … Continue reading →

Four Illinois REALTORS® named 30 Under 30 finalists

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 03/21/2014 - 4:26pm
Congratulations to the four Illinois REALTORS® who are among the 50 finalists in the REALTOR® Magazine’s 2014 Class of 30 Under 30. Every year, the magazine spotlights rising real estate stars from around the country. Four Illinois REALTORS® have made … Continue reading →

Keep your Clients in the Loop – Illinois REALTOR® April Issue

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 03/21/2014 - 10:47am
The spring housing market is right around the corner. The new April issue of Illinois REALTOR® magazine can help get you ready with tips on boosting your communication skills with your buyers and sellers and the best strategies for working … Continue reading →

Infographic: Who’s ready for the spring market? #IARMarketStats

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 03/20/2014 - 3:12pm
Let’s think spring! A new infographic from the Illinois Association of REALTORS® shows that while winter weather, low inventory and other seasonal factors slowed Illinois home sales in February, median prices continued to make gains. The statewide median price was … Continue reading →

Video: Illinois median home prices move upward in February #IARMarketStats

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 03/20/2014 - 8:22am
Weather and lower inventory impacted February Illinois home sales but median prices saw continued annual gains. State home sales decreased 6.2 percent over previous-year levels in February while median prices increased 6.9 percent, according to today’s report from the  Illinois Association … Continue reading →

Weather and lower inventory impact February Illinois home sales but median prices see annual gain

IAR News - Wed, 03/19/2014 - 4:06pm
Date:  March 20, 2014 Intro: 

Illinois home sales decreased 6.2 percent over previous-year levels in February while median prices increased 6.9 percent, according to the Illinois Association of REALTORS®. 

FOR RELEASE: March 20, 2014

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

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Illinois REALTORS® get out the vote in March Primary

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 03/19/2014 - 11:14am
Congratulations to Illinois REALTOR® Mark Batinick, who beat out two other opponents to win the Republican primary for State Representative of the 97th District seat on Tuesday. Batinick, a REALTOR® who lives in Plainfield, is running for an open seat … Continue reading →

Heartland REALTOR® Organization and Mainstreet Organization of REALTORS® team up to fight Fox Waterway Agency dissolution

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 03/18/2014 - 5:01pm
By Conor Brown, IAR GAD representing Heartland REALTOR® Organization and Howard Handler, IAR GAD representing Mainstreet Organization of REALTORS®.  With more than 7,000 units of local government – more than anyother state in the union – it is hard to … Continue reading →

Illinois Housing Leaders Conference features keynote speaker Shari Olefson

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 03/17/2014 - 11:30am
This year’s Illinois Housing Leaders Conference, “Helping Boomerang Buyers Get Back in the Market,” includes keynote speaker Shari Olefson, the director of the Carnegie Group and the author of “Financial Fresh Start.” The one-day conference being held on March 31, in … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Consumer agency to tackle “zombie” foreclosures

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 03/17/2014 - 10:09am
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is going after “zombie” foreclosures — distressed properties where the foreclosure process is started but never completed, leaving some unsuspecting borrowers on the hook for a home (and fees and taxes) they thought had already … Continue reading →

Get out and vote; and take note of IAR’s Opportunity Races

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 03/17/2014 - 7:00am
Illinois residents will head to the polls on Tuesday for the March primary. While there, Illinois REALTORS® have a chance to cote for candidates who are friendly to their interests. There are 10 Opportunity Races, which involve candidates who meet … Continue reading →

Register now for IAR Spring Conference & Expo and save!

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 03/14/2014 - 10:44am
IAR members who register by April 9 for IAR Spring Conference & Expo pay just $99. This year’s speaker lineup includes Kim Daugherty on the keys to business success, Chris Bird with the latest tax tips and CE courses with … Continue reading →

U.S. Senate passes flood insurance affordability bill curbing rate increases

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 03/14/2014 - 9:32am
An amended Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Bill that reins in excessive premium increases was approved by the U.S. Senate Thursday and now heads to President Obama, who is expected to sign it into law. The National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) … Continue reading →