Illinois REALTORS® have kicked off Public Policy Meetings , , in East Peoria, where they are discussing the political and policy issues affecting the industry and setting their agenda for the year.
Be sure to share this one with your clients. IAR has updated its infographic taking a long-term look at the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage . How did 2013 stack up? Although interest rates have been rising in recent months, they are still historically low and affordable with the annual average rate at 3.98 percent in 2013. Compare that to 1983 when the annual rate average 13.24 percent.
Exterior improvements will get homeowners the most remodeling bang for their buck and one of the best investments is a steel entry door replacement, according to the 2014 Remodeling Cost vs. Value Report .
New home construction dipped in December compared to November, but ended 2013 strong overall. Compared to 2012, home building was up 18 percent in 2013, the National Association of Home Builders reported . But NAR cautions  that the current pace of construction will be insufficient to meet future demand.
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IAR will release the Illinois December home sales report at Log in to Members Only Marketstats .. As an IAR member you have exclusive access to county-by-county data, market talking points and more.
If you missed the Jan. 16 IAR Legal Webinar, you candownload a recording  to view at your convenience. Attorneys Steve Bochenek and Betsy Urbance covered new case law, recent changes to the REALTOR® Code of Ethics and more in this one-hour webinar. Reminder - legal webinars are a members-only benefit so you will need to log in.
U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly will meet with Illinois REALTORS® on IAR's Let's Talk Real Estate meeting series. The meetings allow REALTORS® to meet with their members of Congress and talk about legislative and industry issues important to them. The Kelly event is at the Glenwoodie Golf Club. Register to attend .in Glenwood for the latest in
Looking for a way to be more involved in the Illinois Association of REALTORS® and the issues affecting the industry this year? How about 10? Read this IARbuzz blog post  on ways you can get involved, from attending the Illinois REALTOR® Lobby Day on in Springfield to voting in the upcoming 2014 elections. #PowerofR
Become one of 1,000 RPAC Ambassadors  in 2014 and help protect your industry and private property rights. The deadline to sign up is . Click here to find program details, pledge cards and an acceptance letter.(Disclaimer: The Illinois REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC) solicits contributions from IAR members only.)
By Q&A and checklist  to help you get ready., Illinois Broker licensees must have completed the CE requirements and applied to renew their licenses through IDFPR. What's required? It depends on how and when you received your Illinois broker license. IAR's Licensing & Training Center has created a
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