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IAR joins fight to save Scott Air Force Base; donates $100,000

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 03/13/2014 - 4:27pm
The Illinois Association of REALTORS® is joining the battle in a big way to help keep Scott Air Force Base open in Southern Illinois. The association donated $100,000 toward efforts to preserve the base, which could be targeted as part … Continue reading →

Register now for Springfield Habitat for Humanity build

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 03/13/2014 - 3:59pm
Illinois REALTORS® can now register to help build a home for Habitat for Humanity in Springfield. The project will be built at 2210 E. Enterprise St., Springfield, Ill., and will be the home for a family of five. To register … Continue reading →

Wondering where to send your 2014 Broker license renewal?

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 03/13/2014 - 1:07pm
The Illinois Association of REALTORS® has created a 2014 Broker License Renewal Q&A to answer some of the questions you might have regarding license renewal before the April 30, 2014 deadline. Here is one you may be asking: Q: Where … Continue reading →

MRED: Policy to remain unchanged with brokerages making listing syndication decisions

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 03/13/2014 - 10:15am
Midwest Real Estate Data (MRED) will not be making any changes to its listing syndication policy that leaves the decision of where a brokerage’s listings are distributed up to the real estate companies and not the multiple listing service (MLS). … Continue reading →

Champaign REALTORS® present relief checks to Gifford tornado victims #PowerofR

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 03/13/2014 - 9:18am
In February, the Champaign County Association of REALTORS® (CCAR) presented checks to members of the Gifford, Ill. community who were affected by last November’s devastating tornadoes that destroyed 90 homes and damaged homes 40 more in the area. The relief … Continue reading →

Family selected for REALTOR® Habitat for Humanity home in Springfield

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 03/12/2014 - 9:54am
Habitat for Humanity of Sangamon County has selected the family that will move into a new home being built this summer by Illinois REALTORS® as part of an effort to show the Power of R. Rachel Creighton and her four … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: NAR reports homebuyer foot traffic picking up

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 03/12/2014 - 9:49am
Buyer foot traffic is on the rise again, sending positive signals about the direction of future contracts and home sales, according to the latest National Association of REALTORS® Diffusion Index. Foot traffic was up 7.2 points in February after two … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: A larger house tops wish list of relocating employees looking for new home

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 03/11/2014 - 10:28am
A bigger home, a short commute and a location close to their favored school district are among the key things relocating employees are looking for when they shop for their next home, according to a survey by Cartus, a relocation … Continue reading →

Wary of potential for higher taxes? Oppose Rochester Home Rule effort

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 03/11/2014 - 8:57am
Residents of Rochester will go to the polls next Tuesday to vote on whether they want the Central Illinois community outside Springfield to become a Home Rule municipality. If approved, the measure could allow Rochester’s village board greater latitude to … Continue reading →

Schakowsky meets with Illinois REALTORS® at Let’s Talk event

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 03/10/2014 - 4:18pm
REALTORS® from the Ninth District came out Monday, March 10, for a luncheon and discussion on several issues at the Let’s Talk Real Estate event for Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky. Issues such as commercial and residential real estate finance, tax policy … Continue reading →

REALTOR® advocacy prompts Country Club Hills to eliminate fees on real estate signs

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 03/10/2014 - 3:13pm
In a win for homeowners and the real estate market, the city of Country Club Hills will no longer apply a $25 city sticker fee on each real estate “For Sale” sign. County Club Hills was among a handful of … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: More homeowners have positive equity in their homes

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 03/10/2014 - 10:12am
As home prices have risen, so too has the number of U.S. homeowners who have regained positive equity in their homes. According to CoreLogic’s 2013 Equity Report, 4 million more homeowners returned to positive equity on their homes last year, … Continue reading →

Have questions about 2014 broker renewal? IAR has answers

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 03/10/2014 - 9:00am
By April 30, 2014 Illinois Broker licensees must have completed the continuing education (CE) requirements and applied to renew their license through the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR). The Illinois Association of REALTORS® has created a 2014 … Continue reading →

Home Rule battle underway in Merrionette Park

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 03/07/2014 - 12:19pm
Want a recipe for bad tax policy? Look no further than efforts by local municipalities to implement Home Rule status. Merrionette Park is the latest community to try this approach, and IAR is working to help defeat the measure. Home … Continue reading →

Let’s Talk Real Estate meeting held with U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren, Illinois REALTORS®

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 03/07/2014 - 12:18pm
Illinois REALTORS® had breakfast Friday (March 7, 2014) with U.S. Rep. Randy Hultrgren, who represents Illinois’ 14th Congressional District. Hultgren met with REALTORS® as part of the ongoing Let’s Talk Real Estate series of gatherings where IAR members discuss with … Continue reading →

Were you there at Let’s Talk Real Estate?

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 03/07/2014 - 12:18pm
Check out IAR’s gallery of photos from Friday’s meeting with U.S. Randy Hultgren in Batavia, Ill. Hultgren represents the 14th Congressional District, and is one of many representatives to meet with Illinois REALTORS®.

Open the door to your real estate future by applying for a REEF academic scholarship by April 1

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 03/07/2014 - 9:00am
Applications for the Illinois Real Estate Educational Foundation’s (REEF) Academic scholarships must be submitted by April 1, 2014. Click here to learn more and download an application. REEF awards scholarships to students of real estate and related fields of study … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Mortgage rates move down this week

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 03/06/2014 - 12:17pm
Fixed mortgage rates dropped this week to 4.28 percent for 30-year, fixed-rate while the 15-year-fixed rate averaged 3.32 percent, also a decline, Freddie Mac reported today. Mortgage rates reversed course on news of slower economic and job growth, according to … Continue reading →

REALTOR® Debbie Prodehl latest IAR RPAC Ambassador

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 03/06/2014 - 10:57am
Congratulations to REALTOR® Debbie Prodehl,  of Coldwell Banker Honig-Bell in Homer Glen, the second REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC) Points of Light Ambassador for 2014! The “1,000 Points of Light” RPAC Ambassador campaign is a new initiative aimed at increasing awareness of … Continue reading →