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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 →

Lincoln appearance delights expo attendees in Chicago

IARbuzz.com Blog - Sat, 11/04/2017 - 12:51pm
Abraham Lincoln paid a visit to the Illinois REALTORS® booth at the NAR Conference and Expo Saturday to help celebrate the state’s upcoming 200th anniversary. Lincoln, portrayed by Fritz Klein of Springfield, posed for pictures with expo attendees at McCormick … Continue reading →

Five takeaways on current housing market trends

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 11/03/2017 - 5:29pm
Did you know today’s U.S. homeowners are staying in their homes longer? Homeowner tenure now averages 10 years compared to the past when they were more likely to stay put for an average of 6 years before moving, said Lawrence … Continue reading →

National Association of REALTORS® urges consumers to speak up about tax reform

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 11/03/2017 - 3:50pm
As a complement to its recent tax reform Call for Action, the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) is asking consumers to join the fight to preserve tax incentives for homeowners. NAR is hoping large numbers of consumers will contact their … Continue reading →

Illinois REALTORS® highlighted at NAR Global Forum

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 11/03/2017 - 3:23pm
The NAR Global Business Council Forum at the REALTORS® Conference and Expo Thursday highlighted the Illinois REALTORS® through two presentations where we were used as examples for success. First, Erik Brejla, Assistant Deputy Director for Foreign Investment and Site Selection … Continue reading →

REALTORS® share stories of Fair Housing Act’s impact for upcoming video

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 11/03/2017 - 2:46pm
Filming wrapped up this week in Chicago for a video commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act, a project that has allowed several Illinois REALTORS® to share personal stories about how the landmark legislation affected their lives. The … Continue reading →

Stay on time Sunday and remember to set your clocks back at 2 a.m.

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 11/03/2017 - 1:10pm
Remember to set your clocks back one hour at 2 a.m. Sunday as daylight saving time officially ends and standard time begins. A difference across the Atlantic? REALTORS® in tune with international news may know that Europeans set their clocks … Continue reading →

Congratulations to these 9 REALTORS® for their leadership

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 11/03/2017 - 10:19am
The Illinois REALTORS® would like to extend its best wishes to nine members who are serving as chairs and vice chairs for National Association of REALTORS® committees in 2018.      

Illinois REALTORS® welcomes international colleagues to Chicago

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 11/03/2017 - 7:15am
Illinois REALTORS® and its Global Business Council welcomed an internationally-focused crowd to Chicago on Thursday at a reception. The association was sponsor of the International REALTORS® Welcome Event, which was opened by Illinois REALTORS® President Matt Difanis. “This is an … Continue reading →

Twenty percent of Illinois REALTORS® answer NAR call for action

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 11/01/2017 - 9:57pm
Illinois REALTORS® passed a key benchmark in the association’s fight to protect the Mortgage Interest Deduction and other provisions in peril under a tax rewrite plan. The association asked its members Oct. 18 to begin telling Congress that the MID … Continue reading →

Three things to watch for in imminent tax plan release

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 11/01/2017 - 12:35pm
House Republicans were to unveil a tax overhaul plan on Wednesday, but as members worked out final details the deadline for the release of information on the proposed legislation shifted to Thursday. REALTORS® are eager to see the plan because of the far-reaching … Continue reading →

Tax Reform – Call for Action!

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 11/01/2017 - 8:43am
Illinois REALTORS® recently issued a Call for Action on Federal Income Tax Reform, which you should have received via email or text message. This call asks you to contact your elected representatives in Washington, DC, and tell them to be sure … Continue reading →

Magazine: As state bicentennial nears, Illinois REALTORS® show their support

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 10/31/2017 - 3:06pm
In the October issue of Illinois REALTOR® magazine, a two-page spread gives examples of Illinois Bicentennial projects the association is already involved with. See the story titled, “Capital Area REALTORS® steps up for bicentennial project.” In addition, you’ll see a … Continue reading →

Transfer taxes are the exception in Illinois

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 10/31/2017 - 12:05pm
A little-known fact that often surprises elected officials (and even some REALTORS®) is that Illinois municipal real estate transfer taxes are the exception rather than the rule. This is largely due to late 1990s Illinois REALTOR®-led legislation that allowed only … Continue reading →