Weekly 9-24-13

Illinois REALTOR® Weekly Connection

The IAR Fall Conference & Expo is next week, Oct. 1-3, at Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles!

Download a $10 off coupon for walk-in registration, and IAR members can register onsite for just $135. Find details about the conference schedulespeakers and sessionsInaugural GalaBusiness Expoand more. #PowerofR

Network with Attendees and Speakers Online

RESAAS, social media sponsor for the IAR Fall Conference & Expo, is providing an online event hub for IAR Conference and REbarcamp attendees. Learn more about joining the social network group to share valuable content, connect with other attendees, stay up to date with conference activities and post photos of you and your colleagues having a great time at the event. Visit the official RESAAS blog to learn more.

IAR Business Meetings kick off the week at Pheasant Run

Find a committee meeting schedule and download a copy ofBusiness Meetings at a Glance.

Industry News & Trends

What Does Oct. 1 Mean to You?

In a new video, learn about a key deadline looming with the Affordable Care Act and other timely information from the September IAR Legal Webinar, "Commercial Issues and Disclosures - The Sequel." IAR's Stephen J. Bochenek and Betsy Urbance take IAR members through legal issues monthly as part of one of the association's long-running webinar series.

Still Time to Share Your #PowerofR Photos

Post photos of you and/or your office on Facebook, Twitter or other social media with the hashtag #PowerofR and we'll add them to our photo gallery. Join the Egyptian Board of REALTORS® in showing the #PowerofR, the theme of this year's IAR Fall Conference & Expo

Multi-Year REALTOR® Effort Ends Monee Transfer Stamp Policy

The elimination of a real estate transfer stamp in Monee, Ill. shows the power of RVOICE and underscores the value of IAR's political advocacy. The IARbuzz blog has the details.

NAR September Safety Tip for the Week

Always have prospective clients meet you at your office the first time. Ask them for identification. If they question you, say it's company policy. Find more safety tips from NAR.

Legal Issues

Disclose, Disclose, Disclose

Agents may have questions about their obligations to disclose. In the latest D.R. Legal News, IAR Chief Counsel Steve Bochenek covers what you need to know about disclosure including: residential and commercial disclosures, sales transactions vs. rental or lease transactions, and disclosures when dealing with stigmas related to real estate or what constitutes latent material defects. Read "Disclose, Disclose, Disclose."

Education & Training

Q&A on the 2014 Broker License Renewal

By April 30, 2014, Illinois Broker licensees must have completed the CE requirements and applied to renew their license through IDFPR. IAR's Licensing & Training Center has created a Q&A and checklistto help you get ready. This week's question:

  • Q: When is the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) renewal open? A: The broker renewal is not currently available online, but it should be early in early 2014. Click here to check IDFPR's site.

Market Stats and Research

Illinois Home Sales and Prices Continue Upward Climb in August

Illinois home sales rose 17.3 percent percent over previous-year levels in August and median prices increased 13.6 percent, according to thelatest IAR home sales report. As an IAR member you have exclusive access to county-by-county data, market talking points and more. Log in to Members Only IAR Marketstats. Nationally, existing-home sales climbed to the highest level in six-and-a-half years, NAR reports.

Sales & Marketing

Survey: Younger Wealthy Buyers Driving Luxury Market

Younger, wealthy buyers are shaping the luxury market from the kinds of amenities wanted in a home to being willing to pay more for a high-end property, according to a new survey by Coldwell Banker Previews International and the Luxury Institute. Read more.

Building Your Personal Brand Online

You can build your professional online brand by sharing content that emphasizes the skills, personality and market expertise that you have used to build up your brand offline. Peter Kobak of SoMe Connect shares business branding tips in the October Illinois REALTOR® article, "Personal Branding Online: Build Trust to Close More Sales."


September 30

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

September 30-October 1

IAR Business Meetings, St. Charles

October 1

REbarcamp 2013 powered by Illinois YPN, St. Charles, 1 -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 - 5 p.m.

REEF scholarship deadline for applications for the Rich Port, Past Presidents and Roxane Malo scholarships

October 1-3

IAR Fall Conference & Expo "The Power of R," St. Charles

November 4-5

Continuing Education Courses in Napa - 3 hours Core B, 3 hours Elective, 3 hours Elective Home Study

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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