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Solar eclipse Monday captures attention in Southern Illinois

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 08/22/2017 - 3:01pm
Volunteers representing the Egyptian Board of REALTORS® in southern Illinois got a front row seat for the 2017 solar eclipse when they volunteered to help with parking and water distribution at Bald Knob Mountain, south of Carbondale along the path … Continue reading →

REALTOR® participation key in flood program Call for Action

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 08/22/2017 - 12:01pm
Help consumers in 22,000 communities nationwide have continued access to flood insurance by taking part in an NAR Call for Action which debuts today.   NAR is asking its members to ask their federal lawmakers to make sure the National Flood Insurance … Continue reading →

Illinois REALTORS® enjoy the solar eclipse of 2017

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 2:20pm
The staff at Illinois REALTORS® took some time this afternoon to watch the solar eclipse from the patio at their Springfield office. Click here or on the picture above to see.

Real Estate License Act changes signed into law by governor

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 7:58am
Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed into law an important series of changes to the state’s Real Estate License Act. House Bill 3528, which was backed by Illinois REALTORS®, was unanimously passed by both chambers of the General Assembly earlier this … Continue reading →

Illinois REALTORS® support scholarship fundraiser and networking event

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 08/18/2017 - 2:05pm
This week the Dearborn REALTIST® Board held its annual William G. Grey Scholarship golf outing in Tinley Park with the Illinois REALTORS® as sponsors and participants in the day’s events. Illinois REALTORS® President-Elect Matt Difanis shared his photography talent throughout … Continue reading →

Spotlight Series features 4 entrepreneurs at REALTOR Conference & Expo

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 2:00pm
REALTORS® who attend the presentations of Erin Meyer, Desirée Rogers, Steven Levitt and Kelly McDonald at the REALTOR® Conference & Expo will discover entrepreneurial ideas they can use in building their own businesses. The four comprise the Spotlight Series at … Continue reading →

Morris speaks about anniversary of Fair Housing Act

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 10:31am
This week at the NAR Leadership Summit in Chicago, Zeke Morris spoke about the upcoming 50 year anniversary of the Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968 or the Federal Fair Housing Act. The chair of the NAR Event … Continue reading →

Don Ursin, 1981 Illinois REALTORS® president, dies at 84

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 10:18am
Donald J. Ursin, an Illinois REALTORS® president who led the association’s efforts to eliminate the state’s usury laws and who was a fair housing champion, died Monday. He was 84. Ursin was association president in 1981. His tenure came at … Continue reading →

Power outage forces closure of Illinois REALTORS® Springfield office on Wednesday

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 9:35am
A truck accident has taken down part of the downtown Springfield power grid and is forcing the closure of Illinois REALTORS® offices for the day. The accident, which occurred just after 8 a.m., may take as long as seven to … Continue reading →

5 ways REALTORS® can avoid danger on the job

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 08/15/2017 - 3:23pm
The National Association of REALTORS® and the Illinois REALTORS® want members to work safely as they strive to provide the best possible service to real estate buyers and sellers. Consider five tips from the NAR Safety Program that could help … Continue reading →

Watch NAR Leadership Summit on Facebook Live

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 08/15/2017 - 10:29am
This morning in Chicago, local presidents-elect and local chief staff executives are participating in the second day of the NAR Leadership Summit. It is available for viewing on Facebook Live. Following presentations by President Elizabeth Mendenhall and CEO Bob Goldberg, … Continue reading →

REALTOR®-backed energy efficiency measure signed into law by governor

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 08/14/2017 - 2:56pm
Gov. Bruce Rauner signed the Property Assessed Clean Energy Act (PACE) on Friday, providing property owners an innovative new way to help integrate energy-efficient upgrades into their commercial or industrial properties. The PACE Act was a key effort of Illinois … Continue reading →

Egyptian Board of REALTORS® to help area communities celebrate rare total solar eclipse on Aug. 21

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 08/14/2017 - 2:08pm
During the early morning hours on Monday, Aug. 21, volunteers from the Egyptian Board of REALTORS® (EBOR) will help visitors find comfortable viewing positions for the first total solar eclipse to hit southern Illinois in almost a century. The location … Continue reading →

Deadline Tuesday for 2018 NAR director applications

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 08/14/2017 - 10:45am
Illinois REALTORS® who want to be considered for a 2018 NAR At-Large Director’s position, please complete the application and return the completed form to Kathy Franke at kfranke@illinoisrealtors.org by the end of business, Tuesday, Aug. 15.    

Local REALTOR® leaders to receive national, state leadership training

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 08/11/2017 - 2:52pm
  Local presidents-elect and local chief staff executives will join their Illinois REALTORS® counterparts for the Leadership Summit in Chicago beginning Sunday so they can better represent your interests during the next year. Illinois REALTORS® begins its training Sunday afternoon … Continue reading →

Springfield REALTOR® wins NAR vice chair challenge

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 08/11/2017 - 12:54pm
Kyle Killebrew, CRS, GRI, of the Real Estate Group in Springfield, is the 2018 Vice Chair of the Emerging Business & Technology Forum after gaining the most votes in a competition with 16 other REALTORS®. Killebrew is a broker/partner and … Continue reading →

Consulate liaisions work together on strategy

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 08/10/2017 - 4:10pm
Wednesday evening in Chicago the Illinois REALTORS® consulate liaisons got together for an after-hours session to network, share information and to strategize on ways to collaborate and an improve methods to convey the REALTOR® message to foreign representatives. With the … Continue reading →

Legal Minutes: Mold Disclosure

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 08/10/2017 - 10:03am
In the newest episode of Legal Minutes, Betsy Urbance, Director of Legal Services at Illinois REALTORS®, sits down with VP of Communications Jon Broadbooks to discuss what the legal requirements are regarding mold disclosure, and why Illinois REALTORS® no longer … Continue reading →

Learn about global real estate either internationally or domestically through CIPS courses

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 08/10/2017 - 9:00am
Two options to obtain your Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS) designation are being offered in the coming weeks. Want to stay local? The full course is offered by the Chicago Association of REALTORS® during the week of Aug. 28. Expand … Continue reading →

State, local tax deduction loss would hit Illinois property owners hard

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 08/10/2017 - 8:42am
Illinois homeowners would face a double hit if two key tax provisions are eliminated through a rewrite of the federal tax code, according to Illinois’ REALTORS®‘ Local Government Affairs Director Brian Bernardoni. Already a point of discussion is the Mortgage … Continue reading →