Weekly 8-6-13

Illinois REALTOR® Weekly Connection

Let's Talk Real Estate Meetings Begin This Week

IAR will hold the first in a series of meetings with members of Illinois’ Congressional delegation Aug. 7 with Congressman Bill Foster (IL-11) in Woodridge. The meetings will allow REALTORS® to discuss key issues currently active in Congress that affect the real estate industry. Next week's meetings include:

Let's Talk Real Estate with Congressman Davis

Click here for a complete list of scheduled meetings and to RSVP.

IAR Advocacy Victory on Fire Sprinkler Mandate

Facing stiff opposition from policymakers and state residents, Illinois State Fire Marshal Larry Matkaitis on Friday withdrew a proposal with a state legislative panel for a statewide fire sprinkler mandate. The mandate was the subject of intense IAR member focus. Thousands of members answered a call for action and lobbied lawmakers, many of whom adamantly opposed the changes. Read more

REALTOR Victory!

MRED Signs on With RPR

Midwest Real Estate Data LLC is partnering with Realtors® Property Resource (RPR). Read the news release. Coldwell Banker recently announced that its franchises would also be using the system.

President Obama To Address Consumer Housing Questions

On Wednesday at noon, the President will answer questions submitted by homeowners, renters, and prospective buyers during a live online event moderated by Zillow. Questions can be submitted via social media using the hashtag #AskObamaHousing.

Legal Issues

Section 8 Voucher Holder Now a Protected Class Under Cook County’s Fair Housing Law

Starting on August 8th, it will be a violation of the Cook County Human Rights Ordinance to discriminate in real estate transactions based upon an individual participating in a housing choice voucher program (Section 8). For more information, read IAR’s Q&A on this issue and save the date for the IAR Legal Webinar on Aug. 22 which will follow up on the Cook County Section 8 ordinance, plus disclosures required in connection with the real estate transaction and the broker's role in each (e.g., lead paint, radon, seller disclosure, disclosure of latent material defects and disclosure of stigmas related to the property.)

Trend: Middle-aged Women Fast Growing Group of Buyers

Women, ages 45-54, are the fastest growing group of single female homeowners, according to a recent Redfin study. Homeownership for this group has grown 120 percent since 1982. 

Earn Six Hours CE at IAR Fall Conference

Complete your CE hours at the IAR Fall Conference & Expo. Register for the conference and you can earn six hours of CE at no extra cost. Sessions include "What's Congress Up to? How Changing Federal Tax Laws Impact Your Client and the Real Estate Professional," with Chris Bird and "Fair Housing, Agency, License Law & Escrow," with Bruce Aydt. Click here to learn more. Register by the Sept. 4 early-bird deadline and IAR members pay $125.

Download Webinar Tips for Providing More Value

If you missed the IAR Lunch and Learn Webinar, "Steps to Building Greater Business Value," with John D. Reyes, you can now download a recording of the one-hour webinar. 

Commercial Podcast: Power Working to Achieve Your Ideal Work Week

Listen to NAR's Commercial Connections podcast hosted by Illinois REALTOR® Alex Ruggieri, CCIM, a frequent contributor to Illinois REALTOR® magazine's Commercial Corner. In this podcast, Alex has a conversation with Jill Duemeland, CCIM, on how to achieve success while still achieving an ideal work week.

Events

August 

Let's Talk Real Estate with Members of Congress
RSVP and find a list of upcoming meetings

September 30

Golf outing to benefit the Illinois Real Estate Educational Foundation (REEF), St. Charles

Sept. 30-Oct. 2

IAR Business Meetings, St. Charles

October 1

REbarcamp 2013 powered by Illinois YPN, St. Charles
1:00 - 4:30 p.m. | 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. After Party

Commercial Session: How to use the REALTORS Property Resource (RPR), and Valuing Leasehold Improvements, St. Charles
2:00 - 5:00 p.m. 

October 1-3

IAR Fall Conference & Expo "The Power of R," St. Charles
Early bird registration deadline: Sept. 4

December 2-4

Graduate REALTOR® Institute (GRI) Course II and III, Itasca

December 4-5

Graduate REALTOR® Institute (GRI) Grad Course, Itasca

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