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Shari Olefson: REALTORS® need to tap into emerging boomerang homebuyer sector

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 03/31/2014 - 3:00pm
Boomerang buyers who are finally venturing back into the world of homeownership after losing their homes during the recession to foreclosure or short sale will be an integral part of the future housing economy and REALTORS® need to know how … Continue reading →

Congratulations to Illinois REALTORS® who made NAR’s 30 under 30

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 03/31/2014 - 1:49pm
Two Illinois REALTORS® made the list of 30 top real estate professionals under 30 years old. They are: Casselyn Feinstein, ERA Team Feinstein LLC, Hinsdale Rebecca Thomson, Jameson Sotheby’s International Realty, Chicago There was a week-long voting process to help … Continue reading →

Housing Leaders Conference focuses on Boomerang Buyers and how to help them

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 03/31/2014 - 1:23pm
Many Americans want to get back into homeownership. The problem is that the way back to sharing in a part of the American Dream can be difficult as those who found themselves in distressed sale situations during the Great Recession … Continue reading →

Town Hall kicks off week of events for IAR’s members in Springfield

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 03/31/2014 - 11:47am
Phil Chiles, president of the Illinois Association of REALTORS®, kicks off a week of events with a Town Hall Meeting on Monday, March 31, 2014. (Watch the video here.) The Town Hall presents an overview of an upcoming board meeting on … Continue reading →

Congratulations to 2014 REALTORS® of the Year!

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 03/31/2014 - 8:30am
The Illinois Association of REALTORS® wishes to congratulate the 2014 Illinois REALTOR® of the Year Pat Callan and all the local talented and dedicated REALTORS® of the Year from around the state. The REALTORS® will be honored at the annual … Continue reading →

Illinois REALTORS®, see you next week in Springfield!

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 2:40pm
The Illinois Housing Leaders Conference and the Illinois Association of REALTORS® Capitol Conference are next week in Springfield. REALTORS® from around Illinois will be heading to the state’s capital to lobby Illinois lawmakers on issues important to the real estate … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Illinois to use $30 million in federal funds to demolish blighted properties

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 11:14am
The Chicago Tribune reports today that the Treasury Department has given Illinois the go-ahead to use $30 million in federal hardest-hit funds to tear down vacant and blighted properties. The idea is to target communities with high vacancy rates that … Continue reading →

Bill to force fire sprinklers to full legislature gets committee sanction

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 3:49pm
By a vote of 17 to 2, House Bill 4609 passed the House State Government Administration Committee on Wednesday. The bill, which was backed by the Illinois Association of REALTORS®, would make the state Fire Marshal’s Office go through the full … Continue reading →

Quinn proposes $500 property tax rebate during budget address

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 3:48pm
Gov. Pat Quinn told Illinois lawmakers on Wednesday that he wanted to target tax breaks for homeowners. The governor made the comments in his annual budget address, during which he urged lawmakers to make a tax increase adopted in 2011 … Continue reading →

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 →