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Four Things Every REALTOR® Needs to Know About Tax Preparations

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 10:15am
Excellent record keeping and the selection of competent tax professionals who understand the business are essential for Illinois REALTORS®. Investors need tax professionals familiar with the type of investments they use: stocks, mutual funds, real estate, etc. If you haven’t … Continue reading →

Chicago NAHREP holds leadership installation, reception

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 10:12am
The Chicago Chapter of the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals held their annual leadership Installation and Reception last night at the Marriott Hotel Midway. As the organization grows, Chicago members are also involved in leadership within the national … Continue reading →

IDFPR provides process to transfer to broker license from managing broker license

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 2:30pm
The Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulation just released a new form that will allow managing brokers to revert to broker status. The form came in response to efforts by the Illinois Association of REALTORS® to gain clarity on … Continue reading →

Supporters gather to support Chiles’ aldermanic bid

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 1:17pm
State Senator Sam McCann, Sangamon County Sheriff Wes Barr and Springfield Ward 6 Alderman Cory Jobe were just a few of those who attended a fundraiser for IAR Past President Phil Chiles Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015 at IAR’s headquarters in … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Mortgage interest rates edge higher after stronger housing data

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 12:12pm
Following reports of improved home prices and stronger new home sales data, mortgage rates moved higher for the third consecutive week, Freddie Mac reports today. The 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage averaged 3.80 percent this week while the 15-year averaged 3.07 percent. … Continue reading →

Legendary REALTOR® to share 5 secrets at Spring Conference

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 10:53am
Successful Broker, Trainer and Illinois REALTOR® Joe Niego of Chicago will kick off the Opening Session of the 2015 IAR Spring Conference & Expo, May 6 at the Gateway Center in Collinsville. Niego, who’s served more than 2,500 Chicago-area families … Continue reading →

Molinsky part of post-lunch webinar offered today: ‘Housing and Older Adults’

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 1:42pm
REALTORS® can gain insights into the housing challenges facing seniors and ask questions as the National Housing Conference (NHC) and the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) present a free webinar titled “Housing Older Adults” from 1 to 2 p.m. today. … Continue reading →

Inland’s Goodwin: 1031 Exchanges ‘fuel entire economy,’ should be preserved in tax code

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 11:46am
An article in Thehill.com this morning outlines the argument for retaining a portion of the tax code seen as a necessary catalyst for economic growth. Daniel L.  Goodwin, principal and chairman of Inland Real Estate Group Inc., lays out the … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Selling your home this winter? Quick tips to improve its curb appeal

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 11:23am
Make your home stand out to prospective homebuyers amidst the season’s snow and ice with winter landscaping ideas from HouseLogic. A colorful front door or leaving holiday lights up to add a little sparkle to shrubbery or exteriors can draw … Continue reading →

Tuesday’s primaries: REALTORS® vote and make their voices heard

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 9:42am
You can make your voice heard this week by participating in the Illinois consolidated primary elections today (Feb. 24) for municipalities, park districts, townships, school districts, fire protection districts and other governing bodies. Candidates who advance from the primaries will … Continue reading →

Fundraiser planned for 2014 IAR President Phil Chiles’ bid to become Springfield alderman

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 02/23/2015 - 4:13pm
Members of the Illinois Association of REALTORS® can support IAR Past President Phil Chiles in his bid to become Springfield’s Ward 10 Alderman by attending a fundraiser for him Wednesday. Among guests at the event will include sponsors Sangamon County Sheriff … Continue reading →

Infographic: Illinois January Housing Snapshot #IARMarketStats

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 02/23/2015 - 10:38am
Illinois home prices surged 10.4 percent in January 2015, providing a solid start to the new housing year, according to the Illinois Association of REALTORS®. Read today’s news release | Download and share the infographic.

3 fantastic ways Managing Brokers can complete CE for license renewals

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 02/23/2015 - 9:30am
Illinois’ Managing Brokers can count on the Illinois Association of REALTORS® when it comes to providing convenient, timely continuing education courses taught by engaging, veteran instructors! IAR has scheduled three Broker Management Continuing Education webinars before the April 30 license … Continue reading →

Illinois sees double-digit gains in median home prices in January

IAR News - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 6:17pm
Date:  February 23, 2015 Intro: 

Illinois home prices surged 10.4 percent in January 2015, providing a solid start to the new housing year.

FOR RELEASE: February 23, 2015

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

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Check 3 Saturday deadlines for Illinois primaries

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 11:24am
Saturday (Feb. 21) is the last day for grace period registration, grace period voting and early voting in the Feb. 24 Illinois consolidated primary elections. According to the Illinois State Board of Elections, grace period registration, grace period voting and … Continue reading →

7 ways to make sure your phone etiquette doesn’t hang up clients

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 12:43pm
Can a better grasp of modern phone etiquette help you save time, communicate better and demonstrate your respect for others? The answer for REALTORS® – professionals who live by their own Code of Ethics – is a resounding “yes!” Consider … Continue reading →

Want to view Gov. Rauner’s Budget Address?

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 6:28pm
If you missed the Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner’s 2015 Budget Address today, and you’d like to read, listen or view it without interruption, the state has provided a transcript, as well as audio and video recordings online. Titled the “Illinois … Continue reading →

Remember to tune in to IAR Legal Webinar Thursday morning

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 5:31pm
IAR members can get the latest update on real estate related issues and get their questions answered during IAR’s Legal Webinar at 9:30 a.m. Thursday. This webinar will be hosted by IAR Legal Hotline Attorney Betsy Urbance and IAR Legal … Continue reading →

IAR Leadership Development Program meets in Springfield

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 12:20pm
The 2015 IAR Leadership Development Program kicked off Tuesday with lessons from IAR Chief Executive Officer Gary Clayton about structure, philosophy and management. During the afternoon, the attendees learned about the role of IAR Board Members, parliamentary procedures, professional standards … Continue reading →

Kinney encourages global investors to look at Illinois real estate

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 10:01am
Illinois real estate is generally a stable, safe investment Illinois Association of REALTORS® President Jim Kinney told the media at a press conference late last week for the Chicago chapter of the Asian Real Estate Association of America (AREAA). With … Continue reading →