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Morning Minute: Mortgage rates fall to lowest rate this year

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 04/13/2017 - 9:35am
Freddie Mac reports today that fixed mortgage rates moved lower this week and are now at the lowest levels so far in 2017. A 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage averaged 4.08 percent and a 15-year, fixed-rate mortgage averaged 3.34 percent. Read more … Continue reading →

Digital Magazine: Brown offers preview to May 10 Collinsville appearance

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 04/12/2017 - 10:00am
REALTORS® should use social media to promote their brand in a way that pulls consumers to them instead of pushing them away. That’s part of the message you’ll hear from REALTOR® Leigh Brown when she speaks at the Illinois REALTORS® … Continue reading →

Learn to Negotiate Like a Pro

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 04/10/2017 - 4:18pm
Mark Given will present How to Negotiate Like a Pro – a careful examination of the “what,” how,” and why” of negotiating with clients, peers and competitors, at the Illinois REALTORS® Conference & Expo  See the Sneak Peek video below!  In … Continue reading →

Illinois REALTORS® can use specially designed Fair Housing materials

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 04/10/2017 - 12:00pm
April may be Fair Housing Month, but the materials Illinois REALTORS® can obtain from their state association can be used year-round, such as “Fair Housing Is a Serious Matter! A Guide for Real Estate Professionals.” The four-panel brochure can be … Continue reading →

Real estate license law amendment among key State Capitol Report topics

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 04/07/2017 - 5:24pm
This week, Illinois REALTOR® lobbyists agreed to strongly support the latest amendment to House Bill 3528, which will consolidate and streamline several regulatory provisions and educational options within the Real Estate License Act. The bill needs to be called on … Continue reading →

Boyd honored 3 times posthumously

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 04/07/2017 - 12:45pm
Mac Boyd, the late Managing Broker of Farmers National Company in Arcola, and an RPAC Hall of Famer, was recently given posthumous honors from three different organizations to which he belonged. ​Last week the Central Illinois Board of Realtors​ ​​(CIBR) ​named Boyd​ ​​”​Realtor … Continue reading →

16 REALTORS® won local races

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 04/07/2017 - 12:25pm
On April 4, 16 REALTORS® won a variety of local races in the Illinois Consolidated Elections, capturing a variety of elected offices, including village president, city clerk, city council, village trustee and township trustee. All the winners were supported by … Continue reading →

Digital Magazine: 4 forecasts about 2017 commercial real estate

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 04/07/2017 - 10:18am
REALTORS® Deena Zimmerman, Winnie Stortzum, John Patrick McDermott and Mark Cosenza share their insights into retail, farm, office/industrial and multifamily sectors of the commercial real estate market in 2017 in an April Illinois REALTOR® article. In “Commercial Corner: What’s ahead … Continue reading →

Illinois REALTORS® meet with Japanese Consulate

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 04/06/2017 - 10:25am
Another successful connection was made within the Consulate Liaison program this week. REALTOR® Ayumi DeLoney, Broker with Jameson Sotheby’s International Realty and Illinois REALTOR® Liaison to the Consulate General of Japan led a discussion with Economic Consul staff to discuss … Continue reading →

REALTOR®-branded state bicentennial items now available

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 04/05/2017 - 4:35pm
Show pride in your state, your community and your profession by purchasing T-shirts, yard signs, decals, banners and more that celebrate the Illinois Bicentennial through the NAR REALTOR® Team Store. These items feature the theme “Illinois REALTORS® working with heart … Continue reading →

12 REALTOR®-backed candidates pick up victories Tuesday

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 04/05/2017 - 3:21pm
The unofficial results from Tuesday’s Illinois Consolidated Elections showed 12 victorious candidates out of 19 backed by Illinois REALTORS®’ independent expenditures. The victorious candidates include: Paul S. Braun, Flossmoor Mayor, Kevin R. Burns, Geneva Mayor, Kevin Michael Coyne, Naperville City … Continue reading →

Like to see your property on future episode of ‘Chicago PD?’

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 04/05/2017 - 12:09pm
Illinois REALTORS® can help one of their listings get a starring role by listing properties in a state database used by location scouts for TV, commercial advertising and movie productions. Read about it in the story titled “Lights. Camera. REALTOR®” in … Continue reading →

Home Rule ballot initiatives targeted by REALTORS® fail by large margins

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 04/05/2017 - 8:06am
Five Illinois municipalities which sought Home Rule status through a ballot initiative on Tuesday saw the measures lose by huge margins. Illinois REALTORS® and its consumer advocacy partner Real Property Alliance both worked in the municipalities to defeat the measures. Communities under … Continue reading →

State Capitol Report includes appeal to REALTORS® for input on title insurance

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 04/04/2017 - 11:56am
Last week, lobbyists for the Illinois REALTORS® were actively engaged in various Committees as the General Assembly continued work on measures pending this spring session. This Monday’s Illinois State Capitol Report (member login required), highlights key issues including legislation SUPPORTED by … Continue reading →

Capitol Conference early bird deadline expires at midnight tonight!

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 04/04/2017 - 9:30am
Register by midnight tonight for the Illinois REALTORS® Capitol Conference “REALTOR Lobby Day” April 25, 2017 in Springfield, IL.  Early bird registrants pay just $45. Seating is limited, so ask your local association to register now. If your local association … Continue reading →

Don’t forget to vote today!

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 04/04/2017 - 5:00am
REALTORS® are making their voices heard across the state today as they vote in Illinois consolidated elections. Polls are scheduled to open at 6 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. Make sure you know where to vote and who the … Continue reading →

Prominent Illinois REALTOR participates in important discussion

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 04/03/2017 - 6:34pm
Inland Real Estate Chairman Daniel L. Goodwin facilitated a discussion last week with Illinois Senate President John Cullerton. The discussion took place at the 10th Annual Governmental Forum hosted by Elmhurst College and sponsored by Illinois REALTORS®. Mr. Goodwin asked a … Continue reading →

Illinois REALTORS® engage local partners in global business

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 04/03/2017 - 5:29pm
Several REALTOR® partner groups gathered last week in the Chicago area to learn more about serving the real estate needs of international customers. On Thursday, the Illinois REALTORS® sponsored the Chicago Association of REALTORS® (CAR) Global Council event, “CANADA: What You … Continue reading →

Leigh Brown gets real at Conference & Expo

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 04/03/2017 - 10:20am
Are you ready for some refreshing honesty? Leigh Brown calls it like she sees it and has audiences rolling in the aisles. She dares to tell the truth about some of the craziest (and funniest) aspects of real estate. An … Continue reading →

Make your voice heard in local elections tomorrow: vote!

IARbuzz.com Blog - Mon, 04/03/2017 - 9:28am
Illinois REALTORS® can vote for local candidates who support private property rights and lower taxes and encourage local business growth, and they can help defeat Home Rule bids in four communities in consolidated elections Tuesday. For a list of candidates … Continue reading →