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Morning Minute: Mortgage rates remain steady this week, says Freddie Mac

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 05/04/2017 - 10:17am
Mortgage rates held steady this week with the 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage averaging 4.02 percent, down slightly from 4.03 percent last week. The 15-year, fixed-rate mortgage remained the same at 3.27 percent, according to Freddie Mac. Sean Becketti, chief economist for … Continue reading →

State Capitol Report - May 3, 2017

Capitol Report - Wed, 05/03/2017 - 12:49pm

It’s officially HALF-TIME in the General Assembly as last Friday, April 28th was the deadline date for bills to pass the first chamber. Legislation will move to the opposite chamber for committee hearings and floor debate as the General Assembly works toward the scheduled adjournment date of the 2017 spring session on May 31, 2017.

Date:  May 3, 2017

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Morning Minute: NAR cautions that tax reform plan could hurt homeowners

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 05/03/2017 - 10:40am
In an article and video, the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) outlines some of its concerns with the Trump Administration’s tax plan proposal that would call for “reducing the number of tax brackets for individuals, lowering the rates on the … Continue reading →

Type and frequency of non-real estate business sales could require more of REALTORS®

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 05/03/2017 - 10:00am
If REALTORS® assist with the sale of businesses that fit the parameters of the Illinois Business Brokers Act of 1995 (IBBA), they may need to register with the Illinois Secretary of State’s office to ensure compliance, says Christine Self, Sorling … Continue reading →

Check out the 2017 Capitol Conference ‘Best of the Best’ photos

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 05/02/2017 - 3:29pm
Out of hundreds of photos taken during the Illinois REALTORS® Capitol Conference and REALTOR® Lobby Day, these have been chosen as the “Best of the Best.” Take a look and see if you agree. Photos were taken at the YPN-WCR … Continue reading →

REALTOR® sworn in as Lincoln mayor Monday

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 05/02/2017 - 1:33pm
REALTOR® Seth Goodman, broker-owner of ME Realty, was sworn in as Lincoln mayor Monday night during the first city council meeting of the new fiscal year. Goodman won the Republican primary in March and was unopposed in April. Goodman has … Continue reading →

Registration ends May 3 for Illinois REALTORS® Conference & Expo

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 05/02/2017 - 10:37am
Registration for next week’s Illinois REALTORS® Conference & Expo ends tomorrow! Get registered today! Don’t miss the prize giveaways, complimentary lunches & receptions, dynamic speakers, professional tools & tips, vendor visits, CE, networking, and optional Legal Issues Breakfast! Learn more…   

Capitol Conference / Lobby Day Highlights!

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 04/28/2017 - 10:42am
See the #PowerofR in action at the State Capitol in Springfield as more than 750 REALTORS® from all over the state took part in  Illinois REALTORS® Capitol Conference and Lobby Day.

National Fair Housing Month: Unseen Disabilities

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 04/27/2017 - 2:40pm
As we approach the end of National Fair Housing Month, Sharon Gorrell and Cristina Headley talk about what are known as “Unseen Disabilities” and why REALTORS® and landlords need to be aware of them.

Mainstreet’s Shinners remembered as personable, invested leader

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 04/27/2017 - 8:39am
Illinois REALTORS® is saddened by the death of Margery Shinners, CEO of the Mainstreet Organization to REALTORS®, who died Tuesday. Service arrangements can be found here. Shinners had served as deputy CEO for Mainstreet since 2004, before taking over as CEO in … Continue reading →

See photos from REALTOR® reception during Capitol Conference and Lobby Day

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 04/27/2017 - 8:15am
Following visits to the State Capitol Tuesday afternoon, hundreds of Illinois REALTORS® jammed the Presidential Ballroom at the President Abraham Lincoln Springfield — a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel for an opportunity to talk with their state legislator. The reception was … Continue reading →

Oak Park Area Association of REALTORS® find signs of support at Capitol Conference

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 04/26/2017 - 5:07pm
Members of the Oak Park Area Association of REALTORS® took a few moments to gather at the Illinois REALTORS® headquarters during Capitol Conference and REALTOR® Lobby Day. They joined like-minded colleagues from across the state Tuesday at the Luncheon & … Continue reading →

Why homeowners, REALTORS® should be concerned about proposed federal tax overhaul

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 04/26/2017 - 3:05pm
The Trump administration released on Wednesday its initial sketch of what tax reform might look like. Two specific areas to pay attention to as the debate develops would be the Mortgage Interest Deduction’s continued viability as a way to incentivize homeownership and a provision … Continue reading →

Photo highlights from 2017 Illinois REALTORS® Lobby Day

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 04/25/2017 - 5:51pm
Thanks to the hundreds of Illinois REALTORS® who traveled to Springfield today to for the 2017 Illinois REALTORS® Capitol Conference “REALTOR® Lobby Day.” You make a real difference on the issues important to Illinois homeowners and the real estate industry. … Continue reading →

About 750 REALTORS® attend luncheons, legislative briefings before visiting State Capitol

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 04/25/2017 - 2:22pm
With the largest crowd ever expected for the annual Capitol Conference & REALTOR® Lobby Day, members attended three luncheons and legislative briefings, one at Illinois REALTORS® headquarters and two within the President Abraham Lincoln Springfield – a DoubleTree by Hilton … Continue reading →

Neaves named treasurer-nominee for Illinois REALTORS®

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 04/25/2017 - 12:33pm
Ed Neaves, president of the Bloomington-Normal Association of REALTORS® and an Illinois REALTORS® board member, has been named 2018 treasurer-nominee for the state association. An Illinois REALTORS® Board of Directors vote is expected to formally place Neaves on the leadership ladder later … Continue reading →

Illinois REALTORS® kick off 2017 Capitol Conference in Springfield

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 04/25/2017 - 10:35am
The buses are arriving and more than 750 Illinois REALTORS® will be in Springfield today for the annual Capitol Conference and “REALTOR® Lobby Day.” This year’s event is drawing a record crowd of REALTORS® from around the state. REALTORS® are … Continue reading →

More photos of Goodwin, RPAC Pacesetter VIP event

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 04/25/2017 - 9:56am
On Monday evening, the RPAC Pacesetter VIP Event honored REALTOR® and Inland Real Estate Chairman Daniel L. Goodwin and attracted Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner, House Speaker Michael Madigan, Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno, House Republican Leader Jim Durkin and former … Continue reading →

Illinois REALTORS® honors Goodwin with Lifetime Service Award

IAR News - Tue, 04/25/2017 - 9:39am
Date:  April 26, 2017 Intro: 

REALTOR® Daniel L. Goodwin has been recognized with the Illinois REALTORS® Lifetime Achievement Award.

FOR RELEASE: April 26, 2017

For Further Information Contact: Jon Broadbooks, 217-529-2600

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Illinois REALTORS® recognized with third annual Springfield volunteer award

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 04/25/2017 - 8:00am
On Monday night, Illinois REALTORS® was named to the Springfield Good as Gold Business Honor Roll for the third consecutive year. Created by the University of Illinois-Springfield Volunteer & Civic Engagement Center, the Junior League of Springfield and the United … Continue reading →