Weekly 11-12-13

Illinois REALTOR® Weekly Connection

#PowerofR Goes National  

The Illinois Association of REALTORS® launched the #PowerofR slogan — the brainchild of 2014 IAR President Phil Chiles — this fall to celebrate and highlight the work of IAR's members. Now the movement is going national. The National Association of REALTORS® announced last week that it is asking REALTORS® around the country to use the hashtag #PowerofR to share their stories of how REALTORS® are making a difference and advocating for the industry and private property owners. Use the hashtag and share your own stories and photos on Twitter, Facebook and other social media.  

IAR Political Outreach Campaign Wins NAR Gabby Award

IAR won "Best Event Campaign" for its use of the REALTOR® Party Hub email marketing system to interact with members for its ongoing Let's Talk Real Estate events.

Kmiecik Installed as Region 7 Vice President

Congratulations to Chicago REALTOR® John C. Kmiecik who was installed last week as NAR Region 7 Vice President. The region includes Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin.

NAR Unveils New REALTOR® Domain

A new .REALTOR domain will soon be available to REALTOR® members and you can reserve your name on the list now. Only REALTORS® will be able to use the new domain with their names. 

Highlights from NAR REALTORS® Conference & Expo

Didn't make it to the national conference in San Francisco? You can catch the highlights and session recaps atConference Live 2013. Also read a recap of the key actions from the NAR Board of Directors meeting including: Approving the exploration of a new headquarters in Chicago, adding gender identity to the Fair Housing Policy and more.

IAR Accepting Applications for 2014 Leadership Development Program

The deadline to submit an application is Nov. 15Click here for details about the program and to download an application.

REALTORS® and Illinois' New Concealed Carry Law

Earlier this year, Illinois became the final state to pass a Firearm Concealed Carry Act. In a recent D.R. Legal News column, IAR Chief Legal Counsel Steve Bochenek discussed what Illinois REALTORS® need to know in terms of the new law and how it may impact their brokerage offices.Read more.

Nov. 20 IAR Legal Webinar: Your Questions and Cook County Fair Housing, Revisited

IAR Chief Legal Counsel Steve Bochenek and Legal Hotline Attorney Betsy Urbance will discuss updates to the Cook County Fair Housing Ordinance, issues related to contract for deed sales and will answer member questions. If you have a question, send it in advance to webinar@iar.org. Questions will be answered during the webinar, but priority will be given to those received in advance. Click here to register for the 9:30 a.m. webinar.

Education & Training

Two Ways to Fast Track Your GRI Course I

IAR is offering two fast-track options to help you earn credit for Course I so you can move directly to Course II this December. Take the new IAR Proficiency Exam to earn full credit or take a course through the GRI Course I Equivalency Program

2014 Broker Renewal: Why Can't I Find My CE Hours on Your Website?

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: Why can't I find my CE hours on your website? A: If you took your CE through a provider other than the Illinois Association of REALTORS® Licensing & Training Center or your local association, your CE will not be reflected in IAR's Education Lookup. You will need to contact the other school directly for your records.     

Chicago Among Most "Walkable" Cities

The Windy City is one of the most "walkable," coming in at No. 6 on Walk Score's latest ranking of the 2014 Most Walkable U.S. Cities and Neighborhoods. Walkability is having neighborhoods where schools, restaurants, entertainment and other amenities are withing walking distance. See how your city ranks.

Five Low-cost Ways to Make a Home Cozy This Winter

Need five tips for making a home feel warmer without cranking up the heat? Try adding area rugs, setting ceiling fans to run clockwise and adding moisture to the air. Read more from NAR's Styled, Staged & Sold blog.

Events

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) Courses II and III, Itasca

December 4-5

Graduate REALTOR® Institute (GRI) Grad Course, Itasca

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November 12, 2013