Weekly 1-21-14

Illinois REALTOR® Weekly Connection

IAR Public Policy Meetings this week in East Peoria

Illinois REALTORS® have kicked off Public Policy Meetings,Jan. 20-23, in East Peoria, where they are discussing the political and policy issues affecting the industry and setting their agenda for the year.

UPDATED! IAR Infographic on 30-year Mortgage Rates

Be sure to share this one with your clients. IAR has updated its infographic taking a long-term look at the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage. How did 2013 stack up? Although interest rates have been rising in recent months, they are still historically low and affordable with the annual average rate at 3.98 percent in 2013. Compare that to 1983 when the annual rate average 13.24 percent.

IAR Town Hall Meeting on Thursday, Jan. 23

Join IAR President Phil Chiles for an IAR Town Hall Meeting at11 a.m., Jan. 23. Chiles will discuss the issues and items that will be presented to the IAR Board of Directors later that day.Click here to register for the town hall.

Know Which Home Improvements Bring the Most Value

Exterior improvements will get homeowners the most remodeling bang for their buck and one of the best investments is a steel entry door replacement, according to the 2014 Remodeling Cost vs. Value Report

2013 Housing Starts Strongest Since 2007

New home construction dipped in December compared to November, but ended 2013 strong overall.  Compared to 2012, home building was up 18 percent in 2013, the National Association of Home Builders reported. But NAR cautions that the current pace of construction will be insufficient to meet future demand.

Helping November Tornado Victims

You can still help Illinois tornado victims by donating to the two organizations below: 





Coming Thursday: IAR to Release December Home Sales Report

IAR will release the Illinois December home sales report at 8 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 23. As an IAR member you have exclusive access to county-by-county data, market talking points and more. Log in to Members Only Marketstats.

IAR Legal Webinar: Legal Update - Get Up to Date

If you missed the Jan. 16 IAR Legal Webinar, you candownload a recording to view at your convenience. Attorneys Steve Bochenek and Betsy Urbance covered new case law, recent changes to the REALTOR® Code of Ethics and more in this one-hour webinar. Reminder - legal webinars are a members-only benefit so you will need to log in. 

Let's Talk Real Estate with U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly

U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly will meet with Illinois REALTORS® on Jan. 27 in Glenwood for the latest in IAR's Let's Talk Real Estatemeeting series. The meetings allow REALTORS® to meet with their members of Congress and talk about legislative and industry issues important to them. The Kelly event is 8:30-10:30 a.m. at the Glenwoodie Golf Club. Register to attend.

Resolve to be Involved in 2014

Looking for a way to be more involved in the Illinois Association of REALTORS® and the issues affecting the industry this year? How about 10? Read this IARbuzz blog post on ways you can get involved, from attending the Illinois REALTOR® Lobby Day on April 1 in Springfield to voting in the upcoming 2014 elections. #PowerofR

March 31 Deadline for 1,000 Points of Light Ambassador Campaign

Become one of 1,000 RPAC Ambassadors in 2014 and help protect your industry and private property rights. The deadline to sign up isMarch 31, 2014Click hereto find program details, pledge cards and an acceptance letter.(Disclaimer: The Illinois REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC) solicits contributions from IAR members only.) 

Countdown Begins for 2014 Broker Renewal

By April 30, 2014, Illinois Broker licensees must have completed the CE requirements and applied to renew their licenses through IDFPR. What's required? It depends on how and when you received your Illinois broker license. IAR's Licensing & Training Center has created a Q&A and checklist to help you get ready. Events

January 20-23

IAR Public Policy Meetings, East Peoria

January 21

RPAC Auction, East Peoria

January 29

Gov. Pat Quinn's State of the State Address

February 11-12

IAR Licensing & Training Center Webinar
Broker Pre License Applied Real Estate Principles with Norm Willoughby

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January 21, 2014