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Senate confirms Allison as director of Division of Real Estate

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 10/28/2016 - 10:04am
Eight months after his appointment as the Director of Real Estate for the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, Kreg Allison was unanimously approved for the position this week by the Illinois Senate. As the head regulator for the … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: U.S. economy picks up in third quarter of 2016

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 10/28/2016 - 7:54am
The U.S. economy grew in the third quarter with the gross domestic product, or GDP, experiencing a 2.9 percent annualized gain, Bloomberg reports today in the article, “U.S. Economic Growth Rebounds on Inventory, Export Boost.” CBS News also reports, “After … Continue reading →

Illinois REALTORS® back state Rep. Jesiel in 61st House District

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 10/28/2016 - 6:54am
Likely voters in northeast Illinois received postcards urging them to vote for incumbent state Rep. Sheri Jesiel in the Nov. 8 general election. The mailing is part of an independent expenditure campaign by the Illinois REALTORS®. Independent expenditure activities take … Continue reading →

Does REALTOR® Code of Ethics require disclosure of ‘haunted house?’

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 10/27/2016 - 2:00pm
A common question around Halloween usually involves whether listing brokers must disclose the history of stigmatized properties, whether that history includes ghosts, violent crimes or death. Betsy Urbance, Illinois REALTORS® Legal Hotline Attorney, cites the Illinois Real Estate License Act, … Continue reading →

Homeland Security offers 5 ways to enhance your cyber security

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 10/27/2016 - 12:30pm
The Department of Homeland Security suggests five best practices to safeguard important work and personal information from others as part of its “Stop. Think. Connect.” campaign. Since October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month, the department recommends: When in doubt, … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Pending home sales head higher in September, NAR reports

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 10/27/2016 - 8:56am
September pending home sales rose 1.5 percent compared to August and are 2.4 percent higher than last year at this time, according to the latest National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) Pending Home Sales Index. The index is a forward-looking indicator that … Continue reading →

Illinois REALTORS®urges vote for Bradley in 117th Illinois House District

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 10/27/2016 - 6:46am
Likely voters in the 117th Illinois House District received postcards asking them to vote for incumbent state Rep. John Bradley in the Nov. 8 general election. The mailing is part of an independent expenditure campaign by the Illinois REALTORS®. Independent … Continue reading →

REALTORS® share your Halloween costume photos

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 10/26/2016 - 9:32am
With Halloween on Monday, REALTORS® are already getting in the spirit with devious decorations, tantalizing treats and creative costumes. If members of your office dress up for the fun of it, please send a photo to bkozar@illinoisrealtors.org and we’ll share … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Sales of new homes increased in September

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 10/26/2016 - 9:05am
In September, sales of newly constructed homes rose 3.1 percent compared to the month before, a gain that was higher than economists were expecting,  Reuters reports today in the article, “U.S. new home sales unexpectedly rise in September.” Sales were … Continue reading →

Vote for Kay in 112th Illinois House District says Illinois REALTORS®

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 10/26/2016 - 7:00am
Likely voters in the 112th Illinois House District received postcards asking them to vote for incumbent state Rep. Dwight Kay in the Nov. 8 general election. The mailing is part of an independent expenditure campaign by the Illinois REALTORS®. Independent … Continue reading →

Reelect Bourne for 95th Illinois House District says Illinois REALTORS®

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 10/25/2016 - 12:42pm
Likely voters in the 95th Illinois House District received postcards asking them to vote for incumbent state Rep. Avery Bourne in the Nov. 8 general election. The mailing is part of an independent expenditure campaign by the Illinois REALTORS®. Independent … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Thinking of buying a home? Here’s a timeline to help you prepare

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 10/25/2016 - 8:31am
If you are a first-time buyer thinking about purchasing your first home, HouseLogic’s “What to Do a Year Before Buying Your First Home,” offers a step-by-step guide to help you make the move. Read more. In other headlines: Economist: Home … Continue reading →

Early voting at special permanent polling places begins

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 10/25/2016 - 8:25am
Registered Illinois voters who want to use early voting privileges for the November general election can find out the location of special permanent polling places through the Illinois State Board of Elections website. Monday was the first day these polling … Continue reading →

24 candidates who deserve REALTOR® support in general elections

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 10/24/2016 - 12:30pm
With nearly two weeks left before election day, you can find the local and state candidates who deserve your support by checking the bipartisan voting reference page prepared by Illinois REALTORS®. Not only does the page identify candidates who support … Continue reading →

Illinois REALTORS®: Vote Reick for Illinois House District 63

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 10/24/2016 - 9:00am
Likely voters in the 63rd Illinois House District received postcards asking them to vote for Steve Reick as state representative in the Nov. 8 general election. The mailing is part of an independent expenditure campaign by the Illinois REALTORS®. Independent … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Get your house ready now for the winter months

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 10/24/2016 - 8:55am
A little prep work now to get your house ready for winter can save you a lot of money down the road, according to the HouseLogic article, “7 Mistakes That Cost Homeowners Big Money During Cold Weather.” Cleaning out your … Continue reading →

Helping Lake County immigrant families gives local REALTOR® joy

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 10/24/2016 - 6:00am
Since 2007, the real estate profession has opened Luigui Corral’s eyes to many opportunities in the communities around his RE/MAX offices in Round Lake Beach and in Wheeling, not only for his business but for helping immigrants and their families … Continue reading →

Illinois REALTORS® give Rep. McAuliffe IE support

IARbuzz.com Blog - Sun, 10/23/2016 - 9:00am
Likely voters in the 20th Illinois House District received postcards asking them to vote for incumbent State Rep. Michael McAuliffe in the Nov. 8 general election. The mailing is part of an independent expenditure campaign by the Illinois REALTORS®. Independent … Continue reading →

Schimpf receives IE support from Illinois REALTORS®

IARbuzz.com Blog - Sat, 10/22/2016 - 9:00am
Likely voters in the 58th Illinois Senate District received postcards asking them to vote for Paul Schimpf in the Nov. 8 general election. The mailing is part of an independent expenditure campaign by the Illinois REALTORS®. Independent expenditure activities take … Continue reading →

CFPB power among topics that attract exceptional webinar attention

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 10/21/2016 - 3:47pm
Nearly 130 Illinois REALTORS® participated in Thursday morning’s Legal Webinar titled “Rules Revisions and Illinois REALTORS® Forms Updates.” Legal Hotline Attorney Betsy Urbance and Transaction Helpline Attorney Jeff Baker noted that the number of members participating was nearly twice the … Continue reading →