Evanston loosens reigns on drone use

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 05/29/2015 - 2:21pm
The Evanston City Council agreed to let a two-year moratorium on the use of drones expire May 31. Local Government Affairs Director Howard Handler, representing NSBAR, had provided written testimony to the city of Evanston. Handler wrote: “Until the Federal … Continue reading →

SB 1380 Update: Bill not on committee agenda, for now

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 05/28/2015 - 4:48pm
  Senate Bill 1380 was supposed to have been reviewed by a House committee on Thursday morning. Under the bill, a municipality would have the ability to attach liens for code violations not just to the offending property, but also … Continue reading →

Resource guide for TILA-RESPA changes now on IAR website

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 05/28/2015 - 1:14pm
IAR has put together a collection of online resources to help REALTORS® better understand the scheduled changes to mortgage disclosure documents which go into effect in August. An IAR Web page has been created which covers the TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: U.S. pending home sales hit nine-year high, NAR reports

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 05/28/2015 - 11:11am
Homebuyer demand is growing stronger as evidenced by the latest Pending Home Sales Index, which in April climbed to its highest level since May 2006, according to the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR). April also marked the eighth consecutive month … Continue reading →

PAAR, Lamoine Valley announce merger effective June 1

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 05/27/2015 - 5:12pm
Members of the Peoria Area Association of REALTORS® and the Lamoine Valley Board of REALTORS® have voted to approve a merger effective June 1, 2015. The two local associations become the Peoria Area Association of REALTORS® (PAAR) on June 1, … Continue reading →

Come celebrate our ROTYs on June 16

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 05/27/2015 - 1:50pm
Order tickets now to attend the REALTOR® of the Year Banquet that will feature 26 local association ROTYs and IAR ROTY Loretta Alonzo. The festivities will begin Tuesday, June 16 with a 6:30 p.m. reception and 7:15 p.m. dinner at … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: U.S. new home sales jump higher in April

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 05/27/2015 - 10:17am
There was good news this week on the new home front — sales of new construction homes climbed 6.8 percent in April compared to March and are 26 percent higher than a year ago, according to data from the U.S. … Continue reading →

Member Call for Action issued; Stop Senate Bill 1380

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 05/26/2015 - 4:16pm
The Illinois Association of REALTORS® has issued a Call for Action to help stop a bill in the General Assembly which could hurt property owners. The Call for Action aims to stop Senate Bill 1380, which would allow municipalities to … Continue reading →

Build Your Confidence to Serve the Global Market

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 05/26/2015 - 1:47pm
Jump Start Your CIPS Designation! The Illinois Association of REALTORS® is partnering with Mainstreet Organization of REALTORS® to offer the first course of the Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS) Designation series – Global Real Estate: Local Markets (6 hours CE … Continue reading →

Spaces still available for next week’s NAR Tech Edge conference in Arlington Heights

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 11:41am
REALTORS® can still register for next Thursday’s NAR Tech Edge conference at the Metropolis Ballroom in Arlington Heights. For $59, IAR members can learn how web-based and mobile technologies can benefit their business and their clients. Topics include: content strategy, … Continue reading →

IAR offices closed Monday for Memorial Day

IARbuzz.com Blog - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 9:47am
In celebration of the Memorial Day holiday, the Illinois Association of REALTORS® offices will be closed on Monday, May 25. The offices will reopen at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, May 26. Have a safe and happy holiday.  

IAR joins effort to stop advertising tax for businesses

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 4:21pm
The Illinois Association of REALTORS® has joined a coalition of groups worried about a proposal to tax business advertising. According to information from the No Ad Tax Coalition, the proposal listed in Gov. Rauner’s “Bring Back Blueprint” will impose a … Continue reading →

What will the climb in one-person households mean for our future?

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 10:15am
The better your market is at supplying affordable housing for older Americans who want to continue living alone, the better your chances of helping them keep their independence. That’s one conclusion you could draw after reading a blog titled “The … Continue reading →

Illinois sees higher home sales, prices in April #IARMarketStats

IARbuzz.com Blog - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 9:39am
The strong start to Illinois’ spring housing market continued in April with gains in year-over-year home sales and median home prices, according to the Illinois Association of REALTORS®. Statewide home sales totaled 12,822 homes sold, up 6.6 percent from last … Continue reading →

Illinois housing market swings into spring with higher home sales, prices in April

IAR News - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 12:22pm
Date:  May 21, 2015 Intro: 

The strong start to Illinois’ spring housing market continued in April with gains in year-over-year home sales and median home prices.

FOR RELEASE: May 21, 2015

For Further Information Contact: Stephanie Sievers, 217-529-2600

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IAR’s Kinney tells House committee real estate market ‘rebounding’

IARbuzz.com Blog - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 10:45am
IAR President Jim Kinney told members of the House Committee on Economic Development and Housing that Illinois’ housing market has dramatically improved since the recession. But he warned Wednesday, May 20, 2015, that there are still many obstacles to making … Continue reading →

IAR fights for change in unincorporated Will County pre-inspections

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 4:16pm
Protests by the Illinois Association of REALTORS® – on behalf of home owners in unincorporated Will County – have resulted in a moratorium on the county’s use of pre-inspections until the issue can be reviewed and resolved, the Chicago Tribune … Continue reading →

Dan Wagner Recognized as Commercial Liaison to NAR

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 2:37pm
Congratulations to Illinois REALTOR® Dan Wagner, who was recognized as the 2016 Commercial Liaison to the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) during the NAR Board of Directors meeting last week in Washington, D.C. Wagner, senior vice president for government relations … Continue reading →

Did your senator vote ‘yes’ for Senate Bill 1380 (municipal lien bill)?

IARbuzz.com Blog - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 10:19am
On a second roll call vote, Illinois senators voted 30-19 last Tuesday to approve Senate Bill 1380, according to the May 15 State Capitol Report. The bill was originally defeated in the Senate on April 23, but the sponsor of … Continue reading →
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