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So you think you know how to save energy?

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 09/01/2015 - 10:22am
According to a video by House Logic, your efforts to close room vents and keep fans running in empty rooms may be for naught. “The Tip Jar: Energy Saving Myths That Are Costing You More,” disputes common energy saving misconceptions … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Residential construction rose in July

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 09/01/2015 - 10:08am
Building was booming in July with construction spending climbing to a 7-year high, reports the Associated Press via ABC News. Looking just at residential construction, spending rose more than 1 percent compared to last month, reaching $380.8 billion, according to Commerce … Continue reading →

REALTORS®: Use today’s email to sign up for new member-customer benefit

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 08/31/2015 - 2:43pm
Illinois Association of REALTORS® members should check today’s email for a free annual subscription to real estate news from Inman. The email from the IAR will have the subject line: “New Free Benefit from IAR and MRED.” IAR members/MRED customers … Continue reading →

Helping tenants can help you gain credibility with future first-time buyers

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 08/31/2015 - 8:37am
REALTORS® looking to make inroads with millennials – or anyone else who hasn’t owned a home before – can use rental properties to demonstrate their value to them. At least that’s one of the ideas espoused today in an Inman … Continue reading →

Head ‘Back to School’ with IAR educational programs

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 4:30pm
It’s “Back to School” time, and IAR has a series of fall and winter educational programs lined up for you. In fact, the schedule is filling up quickly! Check out these dates you will want to put on your calendar: … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: U.S. Pending Home Sales Move Higher in July

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 10:12am
Pending home sales in July rose 7.4 percent higher compared to last year and were marginally higher — up 0.5 percent — compared to last month, according to the latest Pending Home Sales Index from the National Association of REALTORS®. … Continue reading →

Get all the information you need for upcoming license renewals

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 8:36am
Illinois real estate brokers face a deadline next year to renew their licenses, and the Illinois Association of REALTORS® has set up a page with all the information you will need to complete the process. That’s why IAR has created … Continue reading →

Get four hour-long safety webinars for free on Sept. 9

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 8:00am
Whether you’re looking for simple ways to improve everyday safety, protect yourself in rural environments or to safeguard data from high-tech thieves, registering for the NAR Safety Webinar Summit on Sept. 9 will provide Illinois REALTORS® with valuable information at … Continue reading →

Sign up for Sept. 10-11 commercial real estate foundations course in Chicago

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 7:54am
Illinois REALTORS® who want to develop the skills, acquire the resources and learn the business practices of successful commercial real estate professionals should sign up for “Foundations for Success in Commercial Real Estate” scheduled for Sept. 10 and 11 in … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Access to mortgage lending is improving, NAR survey finds

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 08/26/2015 - 9:23am
U.S. lenders eased standards in the second quarter of of this year, expanding access to mortgage loans for more qualified borrowers, according to a new survey of lenders by the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR). Read more in the NAR … Continue reading →

Goodwin named finalist for NAR Good Neighbor Award

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 08/25/2015 - 12:29pm
Illinois REALTOR® and NAR RPAC Investors Hall of Fame member Daniel L. Goodwin, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer for the Inland Real Estate Group, Inc., of Oak Brook, is one of 10 finalists for the NAR 2015 Good Neighbor Award. … Continue reading →

See who played in RPAC Sterling Open Golf Challenge

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 08/25/2015 - 12:19pm
Thank you to the 42 attendees of IAR’s first RPAC Sterling Open golf challenge who enjoyed two perfect late-summer days of play at championship courses in Springfield. The event designed to recruit new Major Investors and help IAR reach its … Continue reading →

Time to reserve Inaugural Gala tickets and sponsorships

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 08/24/2015 - 3:40pm
  Two important deadlines are approaching for Illinois REALTORS® planning to attend the IAR’s 99th Annual Inaugural Gala honoring Mike Drews, scheduled for Oct. 6 at the Oak Brook Hills Resort – Hilton. Gala ticket deadline The deadline for tickets … Continue reading →

Watch your email for information on new member-customer benefit

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 08/24/2015 - 12:31pm
Illinois REALTORS® should check their email inbox this afternoon for an offer that could give them an edge on the competition – a free annual subscription to real estate news from Inman. The email will come from the Illinois Association … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: NAR identifies six factors to watch in housing

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 08/24/2015 - 9:48am
U.S. home sales and prices rose higher in July and the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR), highlights six factors affecting the housing market today including all-cash sales accounting for less of the market and still low housing inventory. Click here … Continue reading →

IAR members featured in NAR video on affordability

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 08/24/2015 - 1:25am
  IAR members Loretta Alonzo and Maurice Hampton took part in a video project spearheaded by the Carnegie Group for the National Association of REALTORS® at the annual Midyear Meetings in Washington, D.C. in May. Now the Illinois REALTORS®’ comments … Continue reading →

Men need to be smart about safety too

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 08/21/2015 - 2:20pm
Male REALTORS® need to follow some common sense rules when showing properties to clients or they could be robbed, injured or worse, says one real estate professional who almost became a victim himself. Check out Gene Lentz’s story in REALTOR® … Continue reading →

Are rebates in real estate deals legal? Here’s a guide from our legal team

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 08/20/2015 - 3:30pm
  Real estate brokers can use rebates as a business strategy in most cases, but those they seek to attract should become clients or be a party to a transaction, said IAR’s Legal Hotline attorney in a webinar held Aug. … Continue reading →

See at a glance the July prices and sales in your Illinois county

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 08/20/2015 - 12:55pm
Each month the Illinois Association of REALTORS® provides an update on the housing market. This month, check out the heat map above to see how July median prices are doing in your market. Click on a county to see more … Continue reading →

Infographic: Illinois home sales and prices head higher in July #IARMarketStats

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 08/20/2015 - 7:40am
The strong summer housing market continued in July as home sales and median prices posted robust gains while the time it took to sell a home declined, according to the Illinois Association of REALTORS®. Read the news release.