Weekly 10-8-13

Illinois REALTOR® Weekly Connection

IAR Fall Conference & Expo Highlights

Congratulations to the 2014 Illinois Association of REALTORS® Leadership Team: President Phil Chiles of Springfield, President-Elect Jim Kinney of Chicago, Treasurer Mike Drews of Aurora and Immediate Past President Michael D. Oldenettel of Jacksonville. More than 1,200 REALTORS® and exhibitors attended the IAR Fall Conference & Expo in St. Charles, Ill. last week. Find event highlights including:

Miller, Suguitan Honored with IAR Distinguished Service Medals

REALTOR® Sue Miller, managing broker of Coldwell Banker Honig-Bell in McHenry, and Al Suguitan, association executive for the Greater Gateway Association of REALTORS®, have been honored for their years of outstanding service and leadership to the REALTOR® profession.

Five Recognized for Leadership with IAR Presidential Medallions

Michael D. Oldenettel, 2013 IAR President, honored five people with Presidential Medallions for their service this past year including: REALTORS® Charlie Heitbrink, Jean Crosby, Lynn Madison, Deena Zimmerman and IAR Director of Professional Development Wayne Edwards. 

IAR Swears in 28-member Board of Directors to Lead in 2014

In an effort to increase efficiency and engagement, a smaller, 28-member board of directors was sworn in during last week's IAR Business Meetings in St. Charles, Ill. Find the list of board members serving for the 2013-2014 year

Questions About the Impact of the Government Shutdown

In a short video, NAR officials outline what the federal government shutdown means to you and your real estate transactions. NAR will be updating this page on its website as new information on the shutdown becomes available. 

Let's Talk Real Estate: New Event Lineup Begins Oct. 15

Don't miss your chance to talk real estate with your U.S. Representative at the five Let's Talk Real Estate events being held around the state in October. RSVP now for the following events:

REALTOR® Action Improves Cook County Watershed Management Ordinance

In a successful Call to Action campaign, Illinois REALTORS® sent nearly 4,500 messages to the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District, prompting commissioners to make changes to improve the ordinance before it was passed last week. 

Are You On Our List? 2013 RPAC Deadline Oct. 15

Last chance to invest in RPAC is now and we need you! Illinois has a unique opportunity to be recognized for its leadership if 2,000 additional members give $20. Click here to see if you are a non-giver. If so, go to www.rpacnow.comtoday and give $20. (Disclaimer: The Illinois REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC) solicits contributions from IAR members only.) 

Education & Training

Three Good Reasons You Don't Want to Miss GRI in Chicagoland This Dec. 2-5

  1. You'll earn 6 hours of CE as part of the program.
  2. GRI is a great referral source. Make a friend who's not from your area and gain a referral source for the rest of your career!
  3. The Westin Chicago Northwest is close to Woodfield Mall and Yorktown Center, so you can add holiday shopping and dining to your GRI checklist. 

Remember to make your list, check it twice and register byOct. 31 for the best rate at www.illinoisrealtor.org/GRI.

This Week's 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 checklist to help you get ready. This week's question:

  • Q: What are the fees for renewal? A: The $150 Illinois licensing fee must be paid to the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) by April 30, 2014

Learn How to Work Smarter, Not Harder

Register for the Oct. 17 IAR Lunch and Learn Webinar with Greg Herder, who will share the secrets to working smarter through "Strategic Thinking." He'll share tips for focusing on the activities that produce the greatest return on investment and how to get more done in less time. 

Market Stats and Research

Infographic: A Look at the 30-Year, Fixed-Rate Mortgage Over Time

Interest rates may have risen in recent months, but they are still historically low and affordable. Spread that message to consumers by sharing this IAR infographicwith your clients. Use data to become trusted resource on the market. Log in and take advantage ofIAR's Members Only Market Stats to know what is happening in the market statewide and in your own backyard. You'll find detailed market data, forecasts and economic research. 

More Young Adults Living at Home = Pent Up Buyer Demand Later

The number of young adults under 35 who are living at home is at its highest level since 1981. When those individuals move toward home ownership, it would boost sales by 200,000, according to NAR research

NAHB: Housing Recovery to Grow Stronger in 2014

The existing-housing market has seen steady sales and price gains and the chief economist for the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) said new home construction also is expecting a strong recovery in 2014 and 2015.


October 17

IAR Lunch and Learn Webinar with Greg Herder, who will share tips for working smarter. REGISTER

October 24

IAR Legal Webinar - Stay tuned for topic and registration details.

October 29-30

IAR Licensing & Training Center Webinar: Broker Pre-License Applied Real Estate Principles (15-hour interactive) with Lynn Madison. REGISTER | 800-523-5077

November 4-5

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

November 8-11

2013 NAR REALTORS® Conference & Expo in San Francisco

November 19-20

IAR Licensing & Training Center Webinar: Broker Pre-License Applied Real Estate Practices (15-hour interactive) with Norm Willoughby. REGISTER | 800-523-5077

December 2-5

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

December 4-5

Graduate REALTOR® Institute (GRI) Grad Course, Itasca