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Five reasons to register Oct. 7 to vote in November

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 10/06/2014 - 11:19am
Probably the most important reason to register to vote is to make sure your voice as a REALTOR® can be heard during the Nov. 4 general election.  Register by Tuesday (Oct. 7) so you can vote next month. If you’re … Continue reading →

NAR: Confidence in the industry climbs for real estate firms

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 10/06/2014 - 10:29am
The majority — 66 percent — of residential U.S. real estate firms are optimistic about the industry and expect to see improved profitability in the next year, according to the 2014 National Association of REALTORS® Profile of Real Estate Firms. … Continue reading →

Milestones: Urbance marks 20 years on IAR’s Legal Hotline

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 10/03/2014 - 1:14pm
Do you remember what you were doing on this date 20 years ago? I remember it well.  It was the first day at my new job.  I was relatively young, kind of newly married with no children, a transplant from … Continue reading →

How many agent safety commandments do you follow?

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 10/03/2014 - 12:14pm
The death of Arkansas REALTOR® Beverly Carter has prompted a lot of discussion about how to keep safe while handling interactions with clients. NAR today has a list today of the 10 Commandments for Agent Safety. Dress for safety, take … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: U.S. jobless rate falls to six-year low

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 10/03/2014 - 8:32am
The U.S. unemployment rate dropped to 5.9 percent in September as more companies added to their payrolls, bringing the country’s jobless rate to the lowest level since July 2008, Bloomberg reported this morning. In other headlines: Are HELOCs the next … Continue reading →

Ten ideas that will improve any listing presentation

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 10/03/2014 - 7:00am
In the cover story of the October Illinois REALTOR® magazine, one trainer advocates the LIST method to gain the trust of sellers during listing presentations. “L” stands for “Lead in” to give an overview of your presentation. “I” stands for … Continue reading →

Illinois REALTORS® talk about creating safety awareness after Arkansas agent’s death

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 9:09am
WICS-Channel 20 in Springfield interviewed two local REALTORS® about the need to remain vigilant when meeting clients. The story was in response to the death of Arkansas REALTOR® Beverly Carter, whose body was found buried in a shallow grave after … Continue reading →

Protect yourself from cyber criminals by attending this free webinar

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 3:01pm
October is full of scary things: Halloween. TV Talk Show Host Day. But one thing that’s truly frightening is making a mistake that sends your personal data into the hands of someone who will use it for ill. IAR is … Continue reading →

Remember late Arkansas real estate agent as you take precautions of your own

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 11:46am
NAR President-Elect Chris Polychron is urging REALTORS® to look out for each other and take steps to protect themselves from harm following the death of Arkansas real estate agent Beverly Carter. “I urge all REALTORS® to honor Beverly Carter by … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: REALTORS® expect home prices to see modest increases over next year

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 8:46am
REALTORS® anticipate that median home prices will continue to rise over the next 12 months, according to the August REALTORS® Confidence Index Survey. Modest gains are expected across the U.S. and in Illinois, REALTORS® anticipate a 3 percent to 5 … Continue reading →

Get a preview of the October issue of Illinois REALTOR®

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 10:31am
The paper version of October Illinois REALTOR® will arrive in your mailbox very soon, but you don’t have to wait.  Get an early look at the publication in this digital extra. See photos from the IAR Fall Conference & Expo, … Continue reading →

What Illinois REALTORS® need to know about getting a Florida real estate license

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 9:47am
If you are a licensed broker or managing broker in Illinois, and have considered moving to Florida or maybe one day taking advantage of their warm winter months – you now have the opportunity to obtain a similar license in … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Peoria market makes list of best fall housing markets for millennial buyers

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 8:57am
The Peoria-Pekin housing market is a hot place for millennials to buy a home this fall, according to a new list of the top 10 millennial markets identified by Realtor.com. Markets making the cut are experiencing affordable prices and improved … Continue reading →

Move, Inc. to be bought by News Corporation for $950 million

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 8:31am
Move Inc., the parent of REALTOR.com, will be bought by News Corporation for $950 million in cash, it was announced this morning. The sale caps months of widespread changes in the industry. Zillow bought Trulia two months ago, creating a … Continue reading →

In Case You Missed It: Top IARbuzz blog posts from last week

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 09/29/2014 - 9:22am
In case you missed it, here are three of the top IARbuzz blog posts from the past week: IAR debuts housing data reports in Spanish – The Illinois Association of REALTORS® is now offering Spanish-language housing data for its members … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: More families helping first-time buyers finance a home

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 09/29/2014 - 9:09am
More first-time buyers are turning to their parents and families for help pulling together a down payment to buy a home. Data from the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) found that 27 percent of first-time buyers last year received a … Continue reading →

Six great ways to enhance your personal safety

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 09/29/2014 - 9:00am
You can protect yourself and thwart criminal behavior by thinking like Frank Yunk-Arnold of Coldwell Banker Brown REALTORS®.  The O’Fallon, Ill., resident teaches a safety course for new members of the REALTOR® Association of Southwestern Illinois (RASI). He suggests that … Continue reading →

RPAC Trustees identify pro-REALTOR® candidates

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 9:40am
The Illinois REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC) provides direct contributions to pro-REALTOR® candidates and – for REALTOR® candidates who face tough challenges – provides grassroots support to urge IAR members to vote for those candidates.  Deemed “Opportunity Races,” these candidates are selected by … Continue reading →

Make all the deadlines so you can vote this year!

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 4:02pm
To make your voice heard in elections this fall; make sure you don’t miss any of the other important dates and deadlines supplied by the Illinois State Board of Elections. Did you know that 75 percent of Illinois REALTORS® typically … Continue reading →

IAR debuts housing data reports in Spanish

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 11:45am
Today, the Illinois Association of REALTORS® begins offering Spanish-language housing data for its members and their clients. IAR is providing the data snapshots for Illinois, the nine-county Chicago area and the city of Chicago. Coming soon, the association will offer … Continue reading →