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Property taxes, cost of living top senior concerns in Illinois

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 08/11/2016 - 10:00am
Senior citizens like living in Illinois, but many say they are worried about property taxes and housing affordability, a survey commissioned by Illinois REALTORS® shows. The poll of 600 seniors aged 55 and older showed that two-thirds (66 percent) were … Continue reading →

Apply today for Vote by Mail Ballot for Nov. 8 general election

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 08/10/2016 - 1:42pm
Today is the first day any registered Illinois voter living in the United States can apply for a Vote by Mail Ballot for the Nov. 8 general election, according to the Illinois State Board of Elections (ISBE). Requests can be … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Lake County Housing Authority offers free Section 8 class

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 08/10/2016 - 11:04am
REALTORS® and clients who are involved in residential rentals can learn the basics of accepting Housing Choice Voucher applicants by attending a free class offered later this month by the Lake County Housing Authority. “The Nuts and Bolts of the … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: New home construction picking up in the Chicago area

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 08/09/2016 - 11:29am
Chicago area home construction is up 5.6 percent annually through the second quarter of this year, according to a recent study by the housing research company Metrostudy, the Chicago Tribune reports today in the article, “Chicago-area housing construction at a … Continue reading →

Joliet REALTORS® celebrate Homes for Heroes ribbon cutting celebration

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 08/09/2016 - 9:50am
Joliet REALTORS®, Joliet Chamber of Commerce members and local dignitaries celebrated the ribbon cutting of the Homes for Heroes program coming to the City of Joliet Monday. Homes for Heroes offers savings to local community heroes when buying or selling … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Fannie Mae’s Home Purchase Sentiment Hits Survey High in July

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 08/08/2016 - 10:42am
More consumers are feeling positive about the housing market, home prices and mortgage rates this summer, according to Fannie Mae’s latest Home Purchase Sentiment Index, which rose to an index reading of 86.5 in July, a new high for the … Continue reading →

Illinois REALTORS® looking for volunteers for ombudsman program

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 08/08/2016 - 9:34am
Illinois REALTORS® for several years have operated an ombudsman program which acts as a first call for assistance when questions or disputes arise from real estate transactions. The service is only available for those working with a REALTOR® in a transaction. … Continue reading →

Trautman finds multiple ways to help Champaign area

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 08/08/2016 - 8:00am
For Champaign-area REALTOR® P.J. Trautman, showing teenagers the value of volunteering for local charities was one of the best volunteer experiences of the past year. “I really enjoyed engaging with the Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) youth during their civic … Continue reading →

Champaign County REALTORS® present backpacks to local Boys and Girls Club

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 08/05/2016 - 3:51pm
The Champaign County Association of REALTORS® presented 200 backpacks filled with school supplies to the Don Moyer Boys and Girls Club of Champaign last week. “We were very pleased to donate 200 backpacks filled with school supplies to assist students … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: U.S. employment and economic picture gets a boost in July

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 08/05/2016 - 10:41am
The U.S. economy added 255,000 new jobs and wages improved in July, sending promising signals of summer economic growth, according to media reports today. A look at some of the headlines: “Strong Job Gains, for Second Month, Reframe Economic Outlook,” … Continue reading →

REALTORS® and Congressman Bill Foster discuss FHA appraisals and the housing market

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 08/04/2016 - 4:14pm
Illinois REALTORS® hosted a Federal Housing Administration (FHA) town hall meeting in partnership with Congressman Bill Foster on Thursday in Romeoville. REALTOR® Jeff Gregory, managing broker-owner of Realty Executives Success and the Federal Political Coordinator for Congressman Foster served as moderator … Continue reading →

Hancock tells story of surprise, gratitude and teamwork

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 08/04/2016 - 2:05pm
Just moments after hearing that she’d been selected as the recipient of the 2016 Rhino Award, Dallas Hancock says, “Honestly, you could have knocked me over with a feather. After I caught my breath, I felt extremely proud because the … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Mortgage interest rates head lower this week

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 08/04/2016 - 10:08am
After a few weeks of gains, fixed mortgage rates reversed course this week and decreased to near 2016 lows, Freddie Mac reports this morning. The 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage averaged 3.43 percent, down from last week’s 3.48 percent. The 15-year, fixed-rate … Continue reading →

Crosby serving first term on Winnebago County Board

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 08/03/2016 - 12:14pm
Rockford REALTOR® Jean Crosby found a new way to help her community earlier this year when she won election to District 16 of the Winnebago County Board by less than 50 votes. She credits the victory to the support given … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: 10 tax tips if you are selling your home this year

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 08/03/2016 - 10:30am
Selling your home is a big decision, and it’s one that can have an impact on you come tax time. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) offers 10 tips you need to know about taxes and your home including whether you … Continue reading →

Join Congressman Bill Foster on Thursday for a discussion on FHA appraisals

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 08/02/2016 - 12:22pm
Illinois REALTORS® can still register to attend the this week’s discussion with Congressman Bill Foster on Federal Housing Administration (FHA) appraisals and mortgage insurance. Register now to attend this free event. When: Thursday, Aug. 4 from 10 – 11 a.m. … Continue reading →

Separate AAPI numbers in US Census Bureau’s quarterly housing report could help fix some housing problems

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 08/02/2016 - 10:12am
Members of the Asian American Pacific Islander community hope to have their housing problems identified and addressed thanks to a change made in the U.S. Census Bureau’s Quarterly Housing Reports, starting with the report released just last week, reported the … Continue reading →

You May be Halfway to the GRI Designation

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 08/01/2016 - 3:10pm
The new Graduate, REALTOR® Institute program launched August 1, 2016. View the online curriculum and you may discover that you have already completed half the requirements needed to earn the GRI Designation. If you have completed your broker post-license studies … Continue reading →

Three Rivers REALTORS® help grow local farmers’ market

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 08/01/2016 - 1:30pm
The Three Rivers Association of REALTORS® used an NAR Placemaking Grant to help ensure a successful inaugural farmers’ market in Coal City. The $1,200 micro grant covered the costs of professional tents which housed the vendors for the market. Five … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: President Obama signs condo financing bill into law

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 08/01/2016 - 10:59am
Good news for consumers! President Obama has signed H.R. 3700, the REALTOR®-supported legislation that will reform FHA restrictions on condo financing, among other provisions. Watch a video from National Association of REALTORS® President Tom Salomone thanking REALTORS® for all their … Continue reading →