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IAR Leadership Training Academy kicks off

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 12:26pm
Twelve Illinois REALTORS® began preparing for future work on committees, boards or as officers in real estate associations as they attended the 2016 IAR Leadership Training Academy Feb. 1 and 2 at the Embassy Suites by Hilton in Lombard. Participants … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: U.S. homeownership rate heads higher

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 10:40am
The homeownership rate is beginning to move higher, climbing to 63.8 percent in the final quarter of 2015, according to Census data. That’s a slight gain from the 63.7 percent rate the quarter before and a move in the right … Continue reading →

Managing brokers: Feb. 3 is last day to register for free ‘Brokerage Revolution’ seminar

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 02/02/2016 - 5:51pm
Impact your brokerage’s bottom line with solutions from Karel Murray, a nationally-known authority on building real estate success. If you are a managing broker who  manages an office of five or more, you have one day left to register for … Continue reading →

Be prepared for IDFPR electronic notifications

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 02/02/2016 - 5:10pm
Important: The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation is implementing a new electronic license renewal notification process in 2016. Previously, active licensees were notified by postcard that their license was due for renewal. Now, licensees will receive email notification … Continue reading →

Chris Read named Illinois REALTOR® of the Year for outstanding industry leadership, service

IAR News - Tue, 02/02/2016 - 3:08pm
Date:  February 2, 2016 Intro: 

REALTOR® Chris Read of Woodridge has been named the 2016 Illinois REALTOR® of the Year by the Illinois Association of REALTORS® (IAR).

FOR RELEASE: Feb. 2, 2016

For Further Information Contact: Jon Broadbooks, 217-529-2600

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Morning Minute: Get ready for tax time with these deductions for homeowners

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 02/02/2016 - 10:50am
With tax season right around the corner, it’s important not to forget the many tax deductions that might be available to you as a homeowner, from the mortgage interest deduction to tax credits for installing energy-efficient systems to your home. … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Report finds fewer seriously underwater homeowners

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 02/01/2016 - 11:37am
The number of seriously underwater homeowners — those with a home loan at least 25 percent higher than the property’s estimated market value — has fallen to about half what it was in 2012, according to RealtyTrac. In its latest … Continue reading →

Glazer gives back to community through foundation

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 02/01/2016 - 10:40am
Skokie REALTOR® Marilyn Glazer has been multitasking for many years, juggling her real estate career with local, state and national REALTOR® association work, public service in several elected capacities and volunteer work in her community. She gives back to community … Continue reading →

Register by Feb. 16 to vote in Illinois primary elections

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 01/29/2016 - 1:00pm
Illinois REALTORS® who plan to vote in the March 15 general primary election must be registered to vote by Tuesday, Feb. 16, according to the Illinois State Board of Elections. Make sure you’re eligible to vote, check to see if … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Pending home sales inch higher

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 01/29/2016 - 9:30am
Pending home sales rose slightly higher in December — up 0.1 percent compared to November — and showed stronger gains year-over-year with an increase of 4.2 percent compared to December 2014, according to the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR). NAR … Continue reading →

Ed Neaves receives award for political leadership from Illinois Association of REALTORS®

IAR News - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 12:36pm
Date:  January 28, 2016 Intro: 

REALTOR® Ed Neaves of Bloomington has received the 2015 Illinois Association of REALTORS® (IAR) Political Involvement Award. 

FOR RELEASE: Jan. 28, 2016

For Further Information Contact: Jon Broadbooks, 217-529-2600

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Morning Minute: REALTORS® optimistic about home prices this year

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 11:18am
REALTORS® are optimistic that U.S. home prices will continue to rise around 3.2 percent over the next 12 months, according to the latest REALTORS® Confidence Index Survey from the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR). Expectations vary regionally and Illinois is one … Continue reading →

IAR Annual Conference & Expo has earlier dates and offers 6 hours of CE before broker renewal

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 9:30am
Register now for the 2016 IAR Conference & Expo and take advantage of continuing education that will be part of the programming March 9 & 10 at the Gateway Center in Collinsville. Illinois REALTORS® can complete six hours of CE with … Continue reading →

New! Commercial online course can help REALTORS® serve senior housing market

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 6:47pm
Illinois REALTORS® can register today for a Feb. 17 CCIM online course that will provide important information about commercial property used for senior housing. The 90-minute course, titled “CRE Market Trends: Senior Housing Investment Overview,” starts at noon and ends … Continue reading →

Sullivan will tweet during ‘State of State’ address

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 12:48pm
Get insights from IAR Assistant Director, Legislative & Political Affairs Julie Sullivan during Gov. Bruce Rauner’s State of the State Address Wednesday. Read all her comments on her Twitter page. Her is Twitter handle is @jsullyirish.

Morning Minute: Mortgage applications back on the rise

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 10:28am
Mortgage rate applications are headed higher and for the week ending Jan. 22, were up 8.8 percent compared to the week before, according to the latest report from the Mortgage Bankers Association. HousingWire reports this marks the third straight week of … Continue reading →

4 easy ways to get involved this campaign season

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 3:30pm
From city hall to the Illinois statehouse to the U.S. Capitol, our elected officials are making decisions that have a huge impact on the bottom line of REALTORS® and their customers. How can you get involved? Here are four quick … Continue reading →

Chicago ‘Cloud Tax’ exemption could save more than $250,000 for REALTORS®

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 1:26pm
In a major win for REALTORS®, the city of Chicago has agreed to exempt MLS information from falling under a proposed tax on data. The so-called “Cloud Tax” went into effect Jan. 1, 2016 and applies to cloud software and … Continue reading →

Brokerage Revolution – Impact your brokerage’s bottom line with a FREE seminar

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 12:56pm
Is the biggest challenge you’re facing in your brokerage: Developing an irresistible office culture? Motivating your brokers? Recruiting successful brokers? Creating systems and procedures for your staff and brokers? If it’s one or more of these issues, join us at … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Illinois again tops list of states for energy-efficient buildings

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 11:59am
For the third consecutive year, Illinois leads the country in terms of green-certified or energy-efficient building space per capita, according to the U.S. Green Building Council, which today released its 2015 Top 10 States for LEED. LEED, or Leadership in … Continue reading →