Weekly 11-19-13

Illinois REALTOR® Weekly Connection

REALTORS® Mobilize to Aid Illinois Tornado Victims

Illinois REALTORS® are collecting supplies and money to help the victims of the devastating series of tornadoes that swept through the state on Sunday. In a show of the Power of R in action, the Illinois Association of REALTORS® (IAR) and many local associations are doing their part to help the stricken communities. IAR immediately donated $7,500 in gift cards for the cause and has an application pending approval with the REALTORS® Relief Foundation to join in a coordinated effort. Further details will be forthcoming once the application is approved. Local associations are donating money and collecting water and supplies to send to the storm areas. 

NAR Call to Action: Help Keep Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordable

NAR is urging REALTORS® to take action and prevent flood insurance issues from undermining real estate sales. Tell Congress that you support the "Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act." Take action now!

Kinney, Crosby Recognized for CRB Leadership

IAR President-Elect Jim Kinney, of Chicago, has been named to the Council for Real Estate Brokers (CRB) Hall of Leaders in recognition of his long service to the organization. REALTOR® Jean Crosby, of Rockford, is serving as the 2014 CRB President.Read more.

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

Join IAR Chief Legal Counsel Steve Bochenek and Legal Hotline Attorney Betsy Urbance at 9:30 a.m. tomorrow for a one-hour webinar on the Cook County Fair Housing Ordinance, issues related to contract for deed sales and member questions. Click here to register for the Nov. 20 webinar.

Education & Training

Registration Deadline for GRI is Nov. 22

Don't miss Friday's deadline to register for the 2013 GRI program being held Dec. 2-5 at the Westin Chicago Northwest in Itasca. Find course details, a schedule and registration information by clicking here. IAR also offers two fast-track options to help you earn credit for Course I so that you can move directly to Course II of the program.

2014 Broker Renewal: I Checked IDFPR's Website and My Records Are Not Showing Up? What Should I Do?

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: I checked IDFPR's website and my records are not showing up. What should I do? A: Your course provider is responsible for sending your records to IDFPR. Keep in mind it does not happen instantly and it may be that IDFPR has not updated its site. Your best option would be to check with your school directly.      

Coming Wednesday: IAR to Release October Home Sales Report

IAR will release the Illinois October home sales report at 8 a.m. tomorrow. 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.

KCM: Five Reasons to Sell Before Spring

Share this with your clients. The KCM Blog offers five reasons why now is the time to sell a home including the fact that only the serious buyers are out at this time of the year and now is a great time for move-up buyers. Read more from the KCM Blog.

Low and No Cost Marketing Ideas that Generate Results

Mark your calendar and plan on joining IAR's Lunch & Learn Webinar with Terri Murphy on Dec. 12. During a one-hour webinar for IAR members, she will share tips and tools to help you get money-making ideas from concept to reality. Learn more.


November 22

Deadline to register for GRI, Itasca

December 2-5

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

December 4-5

Graduate REALTOR® Institute (GRI) Grad Course, Itasca

December 12

IAR Lunch & Learn Webinar with Terri Murphy

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November 19, 2013