Southwest Iowa Association of Realtors

Welcome to the web site of the Southwest Iowa Association of Realtors

SWIAR is Southwest Iowa's Association of Realtors. As a dedicated group of professionals, we strive to improve the communication between the real estate community and the community at large.

Please feel free to look around. If you have any questions or would like any further information, let us know. Just click the "Contact Us" tab.

Experienced Professionals

Southwest Iowa Association of REALTORS

The REALTOR designation is your assurance of REALTOR professionalism, integrity and competence. This designation is only used by a real estate professional who is a member of the National Association of REALTORS and subscribes to its strict Code of Ethics.

More information on the 2017 Legislative Bus-In may be found under the Legislative Advocacy/RPAC tab.

Document2017 Board Member Realtor Application


Gavin Blair
Gavin Blair

Extending a warm Iowa Welcome to the new Iowa Association of REALTORS CEO, Gavin Blair.

Gavin comes to IAR from the Dayton (Ohio) Area Board of REALTORS where he was most recently CEO.

Prior to his role at the Dayton Area Board of REALTORS, Gavin was the Government Affairs Director at the Columbus Board of REALTORS for three and a half years.

He is also involved in several workgroups and committees at the National Association of REALTORS including the Association Executive Committee and the Professional Standards Committee.

Gavin has earned his REALTOR Certified Executive (RCE) Designation and is a graduate of Ohio State University with a degree in Political Science. He is a sports fan and a lifelong Buckeye supporter; he also enjoys running and golfing.

Look Here!Real Safe Agent Deployed

Check out the Interactive Demo

The Southwest Iowa Association of REALTORS is excited to announce that Real Safe Agent was deployed on Wednesday, August 24th, 2016. This program is designed to keep REALTORS and their colleagues safe. Real Safe Agent is not a personal safety app, it's a crime prevention system for the real estate industry that allows the entire real estate community to cooperate and collaborate to keep each other safe.

Nobody knows whom a criminal will target or when, but we all know that criminals target agents. Real Safe Agent can prevent those crimes from occurring, and the more agents that are using the system the safer everyone will be.

Who Pays the Highest Property Taxes?

The average median property tax rate across the nation is 1.31 percent. That means a home owner with a home valued at $200,000, on average, pays an annual amount of $2,620 in property taxes, according to an analysis by CoreLogic's data team. Illinois has the highest median property tax rate at 2.67 percent. Hawaii, on the other hand, has the lowest at 0.31 percent. "While higher median tax rates are seen primarily among states in the northeast, a notable exception is Texas, which has a median property tax rate of 2.17 percent," CoreLogic reports. "Typically, the states with the highest property tax rates, with the exception of Illinois, have multiple levels of tax collection. Conversely, the majority of states with low median tax rates have a single level of collection at the county level. Other than Hawaii, the lowest median property tax rates are primarily in the Rocky Mountain region and southeastern states." CoreLogic calculated the median overall property tax rates nationally by state. Researchers took into account all taxing and collection entities. Take a look at the chart below to see how your state ranks.

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The Property Tax Factor

2016 is About REALTOR Safety! How Safe Are You?

New Resources Available to Help Members Stay Safe

Every day, REALTORS are making a difference in their communities and they are dedicated volunteers who have the courage to reach out to people in need. The honored REALTOR contributes countless hours and resources to ensure that their respective communities will flourish.

REALTOR Action Center

REALTOR Benefits Program 2016 Catalog Fact Sheet

Area Map

DocumentArea Map

Other Forms and Documents may be found under the Application tab.

NAR Fact Sheet

What ~

The National Association of REALTORS, "The Voice for Real Estate," is America's largest trade association, representing 1 million members, including NAR's institutes, societies and councils, involved in all aspects of the residential and commercial real estate industries.

Who ~

Our membership is composed of residential and commercial REALTORS, who are brokers, salespeople, property managers, appraisers, counselors and others engaged in all aspects of the real estate industry. Members belong to one or more of some 1,400 local associations/boards and 54 state and territory associations of REALTORS. They are pledged to a strict Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice.

Why ~

Working for America's property owners, the National Association provides a facility for professional development, research and exchange of information among its members and to the public and government for the purpose of preserving the free enterprise system and the right to own real property.

The Term REALTOR ~

The term REALTOR is a registered collective membership mark that identifies a real estate professional who is a member of the National Association of REALTORS and subscribes to its strict Code of Ethics.

Look Here!New to this website - Click on the "Consumer Outreach" link to see what REALTORS are doing for the benefit of our community.

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