Illinois Housing Development Authority wants REALTORS®’ opinions

Illinois REALTORS® can make their feedback count by participating in an online survey regarding the functionality of the Illinois Housing Development Authority’s (IHDA) website.

Take the survey at:

The IHDA is interested in how its customers and partners use the current version of the site, and is offering a short, anonymous survey that will take five to 10 minutes to complete.

For each question, IAR members will be asked to select the response that is most applicable. Answers will be kept completely confidential. The survey results will be reported in a summary format, so no one will link specific people to their responses. Since comments will be reported verbatim, survey participants are asked to avoid identifying information in the text comments section.

Thursday’s ‘Housing Older Adults’ Webinar available online

View a recording of the National Housing Conference’s Webinar “Housing Older Adults” at your own convenience.

The webinar, sponsored by the National Association of REALTORS®, discusses concepts like safety and quality of neighborhoods for older adults, as well as the types of housing and services needed by older Americans to continue to live in their homes.

The event features presentations by: Jennifer Molinsky, Joint Center for Housing Studies, Harvard University; Rodney Harrell, AARP; and Janet Viveiros, National Housing Conference.

The National Housing Conference also provides links to background information, too.

Morning Minute: U.S. pending home sales hit 18-month high

Home buyer demand improved in January with the number of pending home sales (based on contract signings) climbing to a level not seen since August 2013, the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) announced today. NAR’s Pending Home Sales Index rose to 104.2 in January. Watch a new NAR video with Lawrence Yun, chief economist for NAR.

“Contract activity is convincingly up compared to a year ago despite comparable inventory levels. The difference this year is the positive factors supporting stronger sales, such as slightly improving credit conditions, more jobs and slower price growth.” —  Lawrence Yun.

In other headlines:

Nearly 80% of Housing Markets Are Stabilizing – Daily Real Estate News

Living Small In The City: With More Singles, Micro-Housing Gets Big – NPR

U.S. pending home sales hit one-and-a-half-year high in January – Reuters

Molinsky part of post-lunch webinar offered today: ‘Housing and Older Adults’

Jennifer Molinsky

REALTORS® can gain insights into the housing challenges facing seniors and ask questions as the National Housing Conference (NHC) and the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) present a free webinar titled “Housing Older Adults” from 1 to 2 p.m. today.

Register now to participate.

Today’s webinar is one of a series sponsored by the NHC and NAR, during which NHC staff members and guest speakers share research and discuss issues important to REALTORS® and their clients. One of the presenters at the IAR Public Policy Meetings, Harvard’s Jennifer Molinsky, will be a panelist during today’s discussion. Molinsky is a Senior Research Associate at the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University.

Other speakers will be Rodney Harrell, Director, Livable Communities at the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) and Janet Viveiros, Senior Research Associate, National Housing Conference. The moderator will be Lisa Sturtevant, Vice President of Research, National Housing Conference.