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Morning Minute: Housing market moving to healthier, sustainable levels, NAR reports

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 11:32am
Nationally, home price growth slowed in the second quarter of this year, but the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) says the pace is a healthy one. Homeowners can continue to build equity while prices are still within reach of potential … Continue reading →

Game On Giveaway winner selected

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 4:40pm
REALTOR® Marisha J. Spero of the Keller Williams Premier Realty agency in Lincolnshire, IL is the winner of IAR’s Game On Giveaway. Spero was one of 295 IAR members entered in the promotion, and her name was selected by an … Continue reading →

Deadline is Sept. 1 to apply for Cook Association Management Scholarship

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 11:17am
The deadline to apply for a Robert E. Cook Scholarship through the Illinois Real Estate Educational Foundation (REEF) is Monday, Sept. 1, 2014. Download an application. The Cook Scholarship may be awarded to selected individuals wishing to further their education … Continue reading →

Quinn, Rauner to address REALTORS® at Fall Conference & Expo

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 10:44am
  Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn and his Republican GOP challenger, Bruce Rauner, are scheduled to speak at the Illinois Association of REALTORS® Fall Conference & Expo. Quinn, who has addressed REALTORS® as part of the association’s Housing Leaders Conferences, is … Continue reading →

In Case You Missed It: Top IARbuzz blog posts for the week

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 08/11/2014 - 12:36pm
In case you missed it, here are seven of the top IARbuzz blog posts from the past week. Do you have these apps in your REALTOR® toolkit? — REALTORS® attending the YPN REbarcamp event in Itasca on Aug. 4 shared … Continue reading →

Will you make these 3 Fall Conference deadlines and save?

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 5:21pm
Help your bottom line in the coming week by meeting three IAR Fall Conference & Expo deadlines. 1)  Enter the Game On Giveaway by 11:59 p.m. Monday, and you could win registration expenses for the full conference and accommodations at … Continue reading →

What do you get on Sept. 6 for $99?

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 9:38am
If Saturday, Sept. 6 is the only day you can attend the IAR Fall Conference & Expo, you’re in for a great experience! Register now and for only $99, you get access to exhibitors at the expo, plus several opportunities … Continue reading →

Mark Your Calendar for Aug. 19 Legal Webinar

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 5:35pm
Learn about local government property rights, inspections, landlord licensing, business licensing and fair housing during the Aug. 19 Legal Webinar “What’s up in your backyard?” IAR Assistant Director Government Affairs Mike Scobey and Legal Hotline Attorney Betsy Urbance will begin … Continue reading →

Multicultural Summit: Global Success Can Be Closer Than You Think

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 5:26pm
Don’t wait any longer to register for the IAR Multicultural Summit in Chicago, Sept. 4! In the third of three panel discussions, you will learn to better serve your clients in a culturally nuanced way. You will get a better … Continue reading →

RPAC Phone-a-thons add nearly 300 pledges toward 2014 goal

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 1:50pm
Illinois REALTORS® working the phones at the August Business Meetings in Itasca on Tuesday, Aug. 5, raised $5,980 for the REALTORS® Political Action Committee. Twenty-four REALTORS® participated and the efforts garnered 144 pledges. Those numbers were added to several similar drives … Continue reading →

Efforts under way to enhance professional standards for REALTORS®

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 9:47am
IAR’s ombudsman program has now handled 139 cases since it’s inception and more than 70 percent of cases handled through the process have been resolved. The program, established late last year, allows consumers with disputes against REALTORS® and REALTORS® with … Continue reading →

You have seven days to register for Game On Giveaway

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 12:10pm
Enter the Game On Giveaway and you could win full registration for the 2014 IAR Fall Conference & Expo, as well as a two-night stay at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place during the conference. So far, 164 have registered for … Continue reading →

Lemons-Ryhal looks forward to short sale session with you

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 11:42am
Prepare yourself to help clients with questions about foreclosures and short sales by taking Marki Lemons-Ryhal’s class at the IAR Fall Conference & Expo in Chicago. Titled “Legal Issues: Short Sales 2014 & Beyond,” the class runs from 2 to … Continue reading →

Do you have these apps in your REALTOR® toolkit?

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 08/04/2014 - 4:55pm
REALTORS® attending the YPN Rebarcamp event in Itasca on Monday, Aug. 4, 2014, shared what they found helped them better provide service to their clients. Among the apps and programs discussed: Refresh: This app links with your calendar and scours … Continue reading →

YPN Rebarcamp tackles marketing, technology opportunities for REALTORS®

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 08/04/2014 - 4:21pm
The Illinois Association of REALTORS® Young Professionals Network got a chance to learn best practices from their peers at a Rebarcamp in Itasca on Monday. What’s a Rebarcamp, you ask? It’s a REALTOR® version of a BarCamp, which is a … Continue reading →

Six easy ways to protect sensitive online data: National Cyber Security Awareness Month

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 5:17pm
The Illinois Association of REALTORS® will be taking part in National Cyber Security Awareness Month in October. And while we may be a few months early to the party, we’re sharing some quick tips that will give you a baseline … Continue reading →

In Case You Missed It: Top IARbuzz blog posts for the week

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 10:02am
In case you missed it, here are three of the top IARbuzz blog posts from this week. Gustafson ideas arrive in time for you – IAR Fall Conference speaker Ashton Gustafson will share tips for getting more done in less … Continue reading →

Second multicultural panel discussion helps you understand Latino markets better

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 1:23pm
You’ll get perspectives that aren’t often available in your everyday collaborations during IAR’s Multicultural Summit on Thursday, Sept. 4 at McCormick Place in Chicago.  Take, for example, the panel discussion titled: “Local Latino Trends and Solutions for Success.” A pair … Continue reading →

Save $50 by renewing Leasing Agent license on July 31

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 10:56am
Today is the last day to renew your Leasing Agent license for $100. Starting tomorrow (Aug. 1), the cost increases to $150. Find out if you need continuing education (CE), can renew your license electronically and get more information by … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Mortgage interest rates remain flat for another week

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 10:39am
Freddie Mac reports today that fixed mortgage rates were largely unchanged again this week with the 30-year, fixed rate averaging 4.12 percent, down slightly from last week’s 4.13 percent. It was a similar story with the 15-year, fixed rate averaging … Continue reading →