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Mapping the future: IAR leaders discuss opportunities ahead for the industry, association

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 09/23/2015 - 11:00am
Leaders with the Illinois Association of REALTORS® met on Wednesday in Chicago to discuss the organization’s strategic plan. IAR’s current strategic plan was launched in 2015, and each year members of the Strategic Planning Committee review the plan to make … Continue reading →

Slides released on recent FHA Handbook webinar

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 09/22/2015 - 12:10pm
A PowerPoint presentation on the NAR FHA Handbook Webinar, “How Will Policy Changes Affect Your Clients,” has been released. The objectives of the webinar, conducted by Brian Chappelle of Potomac Partners, are: To provide background for the new handbook, To … Continue reading →

Get the digital version of October Illinois REALTOR® and look ahead

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 09/22/2015 - 11:04am
Read the digital version of the October Illinois REALTOR® now if you want a head start on your colleagues. Print versions will be arriving in IAR-member mailboxes this week. For example, “Gearing Up For Winding Down: Putting the Pieces in Place … Continue reading →

Womack shows how technology can step up your game

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 09/22/2015 - 10:39am
Sign up today for the Nov. 4 Xplode Conference in Hoffman Estates and you’ll learn how Bryson Womack teaches real estate pros to use technology to improve their businesses. Womack oversees sales for two tech companies, IDX Broker and Agent … Continue reading →

Have you voted for the 100th anniversary hashtag yet?

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 09/22/2015 - 7:00am
IAR members can vote today and help choose the “official” hashtag to commemorate the organization’s 100th Anniversary in 2016. Vote before the noon, Oct. 6 deadline, and choose from the five ideas offered by the IAR 100th Anniversary Task Force … Continue reading →

IAR joins NAHREP activities in Chicago

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 09/21/2015 - 3:46pm
The IAR Leadership Team is participating in the annual convention of the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals (NAHREP) at the Chicago Hilton through Tuesday. Through networking and educational forums, staff and leadership are working on discovering new ways … Continue reading →

Illinois home sales and median prices increase in August #IARMarketStats

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 09/21/2015 - 8:30am
Illinois closed out the summer housing market with moderate gains in both home sales and median prices in August, even as available inventory remained lower than a year ago, according to the Illinois Association of REALTORS®. Read today’s news release.

Illinois home sales and median prices rise again in August

IAR News - Fri, 09/18/2015 - 2:10pm
Date:  September 21, 2015 Intro: 

Illinois closed out the summer housing market with moderate gains in both home sales and median prices in August.

FOR RELEASE: Sept. 21, 2015

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

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Make history on the cover of January Illinois REALTOR®

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 09/18/2015 - 11:18am
Join hundreds of your friends and colleagues on the cover of the January issue of Illinois REALTOR® magazine; submit your photo today! Only a few days after news of the project – commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Illinois Association … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Listen to NAR economist’s comments on Fed decision not to raise interest rates

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 09/18/2015 - 9:24am
Lawrence Yun, chief economist for the National Association of REALTORS®, reacts to yesterday’s decision by the Federal Reserve  to hold off on raising short-term interest rates. Click here to listen to what he has to say. In a nutshell, Yun … Continue reading →

NAR offers online safety course for 30 percent discount in September

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 09/18/2015 - 7:00am
Save $9 and protect yourself from assault, robbery and data theft by signing up for the three-hour online course offered by the National Association of REALTORS®, “Real Estate Safety Matters: Safe Business = Smart Business,” in September. This course normally … Continue reading →

Less than three weeks until Oct. 3 TRID changes; Are you ready?

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 09/17/2015 - 2:39pm
Eliminate questions you can’t answer about TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure rule changes by visiting IAR’s TRID resource page and learning what to expect Oct. 3. Review the list of consumer resources that have been gathered by IAR from sources like the … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: NAR infographic looks at commercial sales so far this year

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 09/17/2015 - 8:36am
Commercial sales volume and property prices are up in both large and small markets, according to the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR). See NAR’s infographic on the commercial market for the first half of 2015 and find more information about … Continue reading →

Vote daily for Goodwin to win NAR Web Choice Award

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 09/16/2015 - 11:40am
Remember to cast daily votes before Sept. 25 for Illinois REALTOR® and NAR RPAC Investors Hall of Fame member Daniel L. Goodwin as he awaits the announcement for REALTOR® Magazine’s 2015 Good Neighbor Awards. Goodwin is the chairman and chief executive … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Homebuilder confidence climbs to 10-year high

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 09/16/2015 - 8:46am
U.S. homebuilder confidence rose this month to its highest level since October 2005, according to the latest National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo sentiment survey. Read today’s Bloomberg article, “Homebuilder Confidence in U.S. Strengthens to Highest Since 2005.” In other … Continue reading →

IDFPR website changed to make popular functions more prominent

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 09/16/2015 - 7:00am
Visit the website for the Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulation (IDFPR), and you’ll see new buttons for checking license status and license renewals on the home page. The changes are part of a new design that should make it … Continue reading →

A tenant drug test OK’d in DR Legal News case study

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 09/15/2015 - 1:06pm
Did you know that a private apartment building owner could require tenants to pass drug tests? Did you know that a broker with an exclusive listing contract was entitled to commission after the seller secretly negotiated a sale? Those are … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: CoreLogic finds 91 percent of mortgaged U.S. properties have positive equity

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 09/15/2015 - 8:36am
In the second quarter of this year, another 759,000 U.S. properties are no longer “underwater” and have regained positive equity, bringing the total to 45.9 million, or 91 percent of all mortgaged properties in the country, according to a new … Continue reading →

President Kinney and fellow IAR Global Task Force members present at WCR

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 09/14/2015 - 10:53am
IAR President and Global Task Force Chair Jim Kinney, joined task force members Jana Herdova, Delmy Economos and Maurice Hampton, as well as Mainstreet Global Task Force member Ahmed Badat for a panel discussion on global business services and how … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: NAR urges Congress to approve commercial use of drones

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 09/14/2015 - 10:27am
Allowing the commercial use of unmanned aircraft systems (UASs), or drones as they are commonly called, is of growing interest to the real estate industry, said National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) President Chris Polychron in recent testimony before the U.S. … Continue reading →