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‘Time Bomb’ email contains errors; NAR working on Fannie Mae sales issue

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 01/07/2015 - 3:25pm
Concerns about changes to the appraisal process in Fannie Mae transactions are causing the National Association of REALTORS® to closely monitor the situation and seek feedback from members this month. In an email to state and local association members this … Continue reading →

This REALTOR® succeeds by doing what no one else wants to do

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 01/07/2015 - 11:00am
If you’re looking for a unique time management approach, follow the example set by Connie Scott of Rolling Meadows and tackle the difficult jobs before you progress to the easier ones. Scott’s tactic is one of several outlined in the … Continue reading →

Work now to complete managing broker license renewal in April

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 01/06/2015 - 2:00pm
Managing broker licensees must complete continuing education requirements and apply to the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) to renew their licenses by April 30, 2015. Those who earned their first managing broker license after Feb. 1, 2013 … Continue reading →

Goal setting helps 4 REALTORS® adapt, overcome and move on

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 01/06/2015 - 12:20pm
It’s a New Year, and as inspiration for members working on business resolutions, IAR talked to several who have met and exceeded goals they set. In the digital January issue of Illinois REALTOR® magazine, four IAR members share their personal … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Chicago’s housing personality for 2015

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 01/06/2015 - 10:16am
Look for the Windy City to be a housing stalwart this year with a strengthening economy and housing market that is seeing improved home prices while remaining an affordable metro area, according to a new infographic by the real estate … Continue reading →

Avoid 6 advertising mistakes that could cost you

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 01/05/2015 - 2:54pm
In the January issue of Illinois REALTOR® magazine, you’ll find out how to avoid advertising mistakes that can damage your reputation with potential customers and take money out of your wallet. In the digital version of “Use Your Membership to … Continue reading →

IAR offices closed Thursday and Friday for New Year’s holiday

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 12/31/2014 - 2:15pm
The Illinois Association of REALTOR® offices in Springfield will be closed Thursday, Jan. 1 and Friday, Jan. 2 in observance of the New Year. IAR offices will reopen at 8:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 5.

Find the latest Illinois REALTOR® magazine in your mailbox yet?

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 12/31/2014 - 10:55am
If you’d rather peek at holiday presents than be surprised, does that mean you’d prefer the online version of the January Illinois REALTOR® magazine over the traditional paper format? Thankfully, you have a choice! The January cover story introduces you … Continue reading →

Triple Crown award named top story of 2014

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 12/31/2014 - 7:30am
The IAR Communication staff rounds out its list of most buzzworthy 2014 blog posts by revealing its final five choices. Following yesterday’s countdown of stories 10 through six, the staff offers: 5. Band, awards mark GRI’s 50th year at Peoria … Continue reading →

Advocacy, Habitat homes among top 10 stories of 2014

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 12/30/2014 - 10:55am
How do your choices for most important 2014 IARbuzz stories compare to the top 10 list compiled by the IAR Communications staff? Today, take a look at staff choices 10 through six: 10. At the bell: House, Senate pass BPO … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Strong economic growth could help housing in 2015

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 12/30/2014 - 10:06am
An improving economy could bring good news to the housing industry in the coming year reports CNBC in today’s “Perfect economic mix set to boost housing in 2015.” Economic growth coupled with low interest rates could signal a stronger year … Continue reading →

2014 Top Stories: mortgage burning, ROTY get mentions

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 12/29/2014 - 4:21pm
How do your choices for most important IARbuzz stories of 2014 compare with the those selected by the IAR Communications staff? Today consider these three honorable mentions: Webinar Part II: 6 more reasons to listen in – Dec. 22 discussion … Continue reading →

Are you in IAR’s Year in Review video?

IARbuzz.com Blog - Sun, 12/28/2014 - 3:41pm
  From Washington, D.C., to Chicago to Springfield, Illinois REALTORS® were busy in 2014. See images from the year in this quick video featuring some of the association’s 43,000 members.

IAR offices closed Thursday and Friday for Christmas holiday

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 12/24/2014 - 12:00pm
The Illinois Association of REALTOR® offices in Springfield will be closed Thursday, Dec. 25 and Friday, Dec. 26 in observance of Christmas. IAR offices will reopen at 8:30 a.m. Monday, Dec. 29.

How about real estate forms under the tree this holiday?

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 12/24/2014 - 8:00am
Want to get that perfect something for the REALTOR® on your holiday gift list? Maybe that REALTOR® is you. How about the latest forms for 2014, all updated and ready to go. IAR has updated forms and now provides them … Continue reading →

IAR staff raises more than $1,000 for family of four

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 12/23/2014 - 1:35pm
A needy Springfield mother and her three young children will receive all the items on their holiday wish list – and more – thanks to the generosity of IAR staff members in Springfield. IAR staff members collected money and gifts … Continue reading →

Will tax rates be changing where you live?

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 12/23/2014 - 11:10am
With the start of each New Year, tax rates change, and in Illinois, REALTORS® will notice a change in the state income tax and some local sales tax rates. According to information from the Illinois Retail Merchants Association, starting Jan. … Continue reading →

Infographic: Illinois Housing at a Glance for November 2014 #IARMarketStats

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 12/22/2014 - 4:00pm
The Illinois housing market saw November median prices rise 6.9 percent over previous-year levels while statewide home sales decreased 9.5 percent for the same period, according to the latest housing release from the Illinois Association of REALTORS®. Share a new … Continue reading →

Illinois median home prices increase 6.9 percent in November; Sales decline 9.5 percent

IAR News - Mon, 12/22/2014 - 2:35pm
Date:  December 22, 2014 Intro: 

The Illinois housing market saw November median prices rise 6.9 percent over previous-year levels while statewide home sales decreased 9.5 percent for the same period.

FOR RELEASE: December 22, 2014

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

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REALTOR’s family and friends give back, too

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 12/22/2014 - 10:48am
Chicago REALTOR® Erika Villegas read a recent IARbuzz story about REALTORS® and their local associations giving back to their communities, and she decided to share the story of her family and friends. Villegas, who works at ERA Mi Casa on … Continue reading →