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Morning Minute: Consumer confidence climbs higher in September

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 09/28/2016 - 9:34am
Consumers are feeling more confident in the U.S. economy. In September, the Consumer Confidence Index climbed to its highest level since August 2007, USA Today reports. Read more. In other headlines: Appraiser Shortage Sparks Sales Delays – CNBC (via REALTOR® … Continue reading →

Last chance to sign up for next week’s global commercial bootcamp

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 09/28/2016 - 9:20am
Illinois REALTORS® who want to help inbound commercial real estate investors should sign up today for the CCIM Institute’s Global Commercial Real Estate Bootcamp next Thursday (Oct. 6) and Friday (Oct. 7) in Chicago. The program will be held at … Continue reading →

Opportunity Races: Reelect Sen. Tom Cullerton and Sen. Bush

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 09/28/2016 - 8:28am
If you live in the 23rd or 31st Senate District, the Illinois REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC) Trustees recommend you vote for state Sen. Tom Cullerton or Sen. Melinda Bush in the Nov. 8 general election. Cullerton (23rd District) and Bush … Continue reading →

Real Property Alliance offers training on Chicago’s property tax system

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 09/27/2016 - 9:51pm
Two private property rights organizations held training on Chicago’s property tax appeal process for brokers on Tuesday, beginning a program to bring private property rights education to practitioners and consumers alike. The Chicago Association of REALTORS® has partnered with Real … Continue reading →

Special ‘thank you’ to these four board members

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 09/27/2016 - 2:53pm
The October Business Meetings will mark the end of terms for four members of the Illinois REALTORS® Board of Directors: Loretta Alonzo-Deubel, Pat Callan, Thomas Krettler and Stan Sieron. Three of these members served as former presidents and all have … Continue reading →

Did you get the October magazine yet?

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 09/27/2016 - 11:36am
Check your mail this week for the October Illinois REALTOR® magazine, which includes a message from incoming president Doug Carpenter and a cover story “Celebrating our past; looking to the future” about the future of our association. Other feature stories … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Looking to boost your home’s value? Don’t overlook outdoor improvements

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 09/27/2016 - 11:23am
Adding some outdoor remodeling projects to your to-do list will go a long way toward adding value to your home and increasing your own happiness with your property even if you have no immediate plans to sell, the National Association of … Continue reading →

New guide helps REALTORS® know the advertising rules

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 09/27/2016 - 8:23am
Illinois REALTORS® Professional Standards often gets inquiries about advertising guidelines. That’s because there are many state and Code of Ethics rules REALTORS® need to follow. Not following these rules can cause headaches, and even result in fines. Now, Illinois REALTORS® … Continue reading →

Consider sharing: Video helps clients relate to safety precautions

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 09/26/2016 - 1:32pm
Once you see the NAR’s “REALTORS®, Safety and You” video, you’ll understand why your clients will be entertained by its informative message about safety. It will help them relate to the risks you need to reduce for the property owners, … Continue reading →

Downing becomes first Illinois GRI graduate under new program

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 09/26/2016 - 12:00pm
Thomas Downing, a broker for @properties Chicago, earned the GRI designation Sept. 1, 2016, becoming the first Illinois REALTOR® to graduate since the new curriculum went online Aug. 1. Downing has only been licensed for about 16 months, yet in … Continue reading →

Opportunity Races: Reelect Rep. McAuliffe and Rep. Jesiel

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 09/26/2016 - 11:40am
In the Nov. 8 general election, the Illinois REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC) Trustees encourage you to vote for two incumbents, state Rep. Mike McAuliffe in the 20th House District and Rep. Sheri Jesiel in the 61st House District. McAuliffe … Continue reading →

Illinois REALTORS® learn from Czech counterparts

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 09/26/2016 - 11:00am
By Jana Herdova and Sharon Gorrell Jana Herdova, Illinois REALTOR® Consulate Liaison and NAR President’s Liaison to the Czech Republic, along with Sharon Gorrell, Illinois REALTOR Housing Policy Advisor and Staff Liaison to the Global Working Group, participated in a … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Housing Patterns in Red, Blue and Swing States

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 09/26/2016 - 9:26am
With tonight’s presidential debate on people’s minds, realtor.com takes an interesting look at the different housing patterns in states where residents tend to lean Democrat, Republican or are more up for grabs in swing states. See the realtor.com infographic below … Continue reading →

GRI Grad presenters talk video

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 09/26/2016 - 9:21am
It is estimated that by 2019, 80 percent of all content viewed online will be videos. Why? Videos grab attention quickly and can convey a lot of information in a short amount of time. GRI Grad presenters Marki Lemons and … Continue reading →

Wilson helps local children with her volunteer efforts

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 09/26/2016 - 8:36am
Like a great athlete who excels in just about any sport she attempts, Danville REALTOR® Millie Wilson has discovered multiple ways to volunteer in her community every year while serving as a managing broker for Coldwell Banker Honig-Bell, too. “I … Continue reading →

Opportunity Races: REALTORS® Yingling and McCombie for state representative

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 09/23/2016 - 1:38pm
In the Nov. 8 general election, the Illinois REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC) trustees encourage you to vote for incumbent State Rep. and REALTOR® Sam Yingling for reelection in the 62nd House District as well as challenger and REALTOR® Tony … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Get early voting locations, dates and hours for November elections

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 09/23/2016 - 8:50am
You can now start making plans for early voting in the Nov. 8 general election. Starting yesterday, your election authority is responsible for publishing the hours, dates and locations for early voting in your precinct at least once a week … Continue reading →

Onorato serves his area through Grundy County Board, too

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 09/22/2016 - 8:53am
Coal City REALTOR® Mike Onorato says RPAC support made his first campaign for public office a successful one in 2014, as he was elected to represent District 3 on the Grundy County Board. “I am certain the assistance I received … Continue reading →

Global Commercial Real Estate Bootcamp

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 09/22/2016 - 8:22am
With global financial changes including BREXIT, major shifts in capital flow are in the works. Are you equipped to do business with inbound commercial real estate investors? Acquire the skills necessary to work with inbound real estate investment. A two-day classroom … Continue reading →

Illinois home sales, prices make a late-summer surge in August

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 09/22/2016 - 7:29am
The Illinois housing market got a healthy bounce in August, with gains in both home sales and median prices, according to Illinois REALTORS®. Statewide home sales (including single-family homes and condominiums) in August 2016 totaled 16,455 homes sold, up 6.7 … Continue reading →