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Understanding why residents want to move

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 04/13/2015 - 5:50pm
Many renters are fed up with their housing, and seek a transition to becoming homeowners, according to a report published in REALTOR® Mag. What does that mean for you as a REALTOR®? You have the opportunity to help these prospective … Continue reading →

Group working on plans for IAR’s 100th anniversary meets in Springfield

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 04/13/2015 - 3:54pm
Members of the task force assigned to help IAR come up with plans to mark its 100th anniversary met in Springfield on April 13, 2015. IAR is among the oldest organizations in the REALTOR® community, and the task force is … Continue reading →

REALTORS® – Get free NAR Fair Housing Poster

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 04/13/2015 - 12:17pm
Use the 2015 NAR Fair Housing Poster to remind visitors your office supports the principles of the Fair Housing Act all year. You can download the poster and print it if you like. Or you share it on Facebook, Twitter … Continue reading →

IAR collecting funds for tornado victims; other associations working to provide aid

IARbuzz.com Blog - Sun, 04/12/2015 - 9:28am
IAR is joining the effort to help with disaster recovery in the wake of tornados that swept through the state Thursday. The state association joins other local REALTOR® associations in helping those in the northern part of Illinois who saw … Continue reading →

Roskam, Schneider talk to Industry Leaders Council

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 04/10/2015 - 11:15am
Members of IAR’s Industry Leaders Council met this week with U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam and newly-appointed IDFPR Secretary Bryan Schneider on Thursday as part of IAR’s Industry Leaders Council held in Oak Brook. Roskam, who represents Illinois’ Sixth District (parts … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Spring real estate market begins to heat up

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 04/10/2015 - 10:46am
Home sales are picking up in many areas of the country as mortgage rates remain low and motivated buyers get into the spring market, according to the Wall Street Journal article, ” Housing Market Sees Hopeful Signs of Spring.” Economists … Continue reading →

Prepare for REALTOR® Lobby Day with can’t-miss advice from Greg and Julie

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 1:54pm
Listen to IAR lobbyists Greg St. Aubin and Julie Sullivan as they provide a great overview of next Tuesday’s activities at the IAR Capitol Conference and Lobby Day. If anyone can help you maximize your time in Springfield, it’s the … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Owning a home cheaper than renting in many communities

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 11:51am
Something to consider this spring if you’ve been debating whether you should make the move to buy a home: house payments on a median-priced home are more affordable than paying fair market rent on a three-bedroom property in 76 percent … Continue reading →

REALTORS® and property owners score wins against Home Rule and transfer taxes

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 11:18am
Illinois REALTORS® and private property owners were winners at the polls on Tuesday when voters defeated a number of local referenda initiatives that would have raised the cost of buying or selling a home and opened the door to increased … Continue reading →

REALTOR® support matters: More than 70 percent of backed candidates elected

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 7:42am
On April 7, 2015, Illinois REALTORS® went to the polls to elect candidates for local offices who understand and appreciate private property rights. IAR, through RPAC donations and independent expenditures, was involved in races throughout the state. As of April … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Freddie Mac on four factors that affect your ability to qualify for a mortgage

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 10:17am
The spring housing season is in full swing and potential homebuyers can be better prepared for their home search — and navigating the mortgage process — if they know the criteria mortgage lenders will be using to determine whether they … Continue reading →

Check back soon for election results

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 9:35am
We’re tallying results from all the Opportunity Races, Illinois Association of REALTORS® Fund-supported candidates, local referenda questions and RPAC-supported local candidates. Check here for an update soon.  

Register for Capitol Conference by Wednesday and make a difference

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 04/07/2015 - 4:15pm
Reserve your place now for the event that’s sure to make a difference for property owners and REALTORS® in Illinois: IAR’s Capitol Conference and Lobby Day. You have until the end of end of business tomorrow (April 8) to register … Continue reading →

Watch the video and celebrate Fair Housing Month in April

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 04/07/2015 - 3:58pm
Illinois REALTORS® can commemorate Fair Housing Month in April by sharing a link to the video “Seven Days” with their clients and potential customers. The YouTube video, produced by Nationwide Insurance and the National Fair Housing Alliance, tells the story … Continue reading →

Illinois REALTOR® and Harvard data can improve your approach

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 04/07/2015 - 1:25pm
Look at the digital version of April’s Illinois REALTOR® for information that will help you better serve aging clients and potentially gain referrals for your expertise. After reading the article “Harvard research identifies looming senior housing issues,” you may conclude … Continue reading →

Vote today, Illinois REALTORS®!

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 04/07/2015 - 5:30am
Today Illinois REALTORS® can make their voices heard in the Illinois Consolidated Elections, with polls opening at 6 a.m. and closing at 7 p.m. Make sure you vote for the REALTOR®-supported candidates in your area. Keep up the REALTOR® tradition … Continue reading →

Only one IAR webinar left for BMCE before deadline

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 04/06/2015 - 4:22pm
The sellout of this week’s IAR webinar leaves managing brokers one similar option for continuing education credits before the April 30 license renewal deadline: April 20-21 IAR webinar. The webinar starts at 9 a.m. each day and provides a total … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: U.S. vacation homes sales jumped to record high in 2014

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 04/06/2015 - 10:32am
The market for vacation homes was strong in 2014, with sales of vacation properties climbing to 1.13 million last year, a 57.4 percent jump compared to 2013 and the highest level since the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) began tracking … Continue reading →

Take advantage of your last chances to vote

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 04/06/2015 - 9:14am
Make your voice heard in the April 7 Illinois Consolidated Election by either voting today through absentee ballot or visiting your local polling place between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. tomorrow. To find out more about elections, you can visit … Continue reading →