Weekly 2-11-14

Illinois REALTOR® Weekly Connection




Broker Renewal Available Online

The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) has mailed your yellow renewal postcards. REMEMBER, your postcard includes a unique PIN number which is required to complete your renewal. Do not lose your postcard. Visit the IDFPR Real Estate Broker Renewal website to submit your renewal application. Questions? Click here for IAR's Official Q&A and Checklist for the 2014 Broker License Renewal.  

Still need CE for the renewal?The IAR Licensing & Training Center has convenient Online CE with Online Proctor and Home Study CE options to help you complete your CE requirements. Questions? Send them to education@iar.org.

Let's Talk Real Estate with Lipinski and Bustos

Don't miss the opportunity to meet face-to-face with U.S. Reps. Dan Lipinski and Cheri Bustos in their congressional districts and talk about real estate and the issues affecting the industry in IAR's ongoing meeting series, "Let's Talk Real Estate." 



More Than $67,000 in Tornado Relief Grants Distributed

IAR through the REALTOR® Relief Foundation has distributed more than $67,000 in housing relief grants to victims of last November's tornadoes. The deadline for application submissions is March 1, 2014Read more.

Rural Housing Programs Protected for 900 Communities

The recent passage of the federal Farm Bill has extended until 2020 the eligibility of more than 900 rural communities, including some in Illinois, that had been at risk of losing access to federal rural housing programs, NAR reports.

Americans More Confident in Ability to Get Mortgage

Consumer confidence is improving and more people believe it is getting easier to get a mortgage loan, according to Fannie Mae's January 2014 National Housing Survey

Illinois Among States with Highest Mortgage Fraud

Illinois ranked No. 5 when it comes to mortgage fraud according to the LexisNexis Mortgage Fraud Report, NAR reports. Recognize the signs of fraud and the latest schemes with NAR's Field Guide to Mortgage Fraud

In Memoriam: William A. Walsh

Condolences to the family of William A. Walsh, a former president of the Evanston/North Shore Board of REALTORS® and IAR and NAR committee member, who recently passed away. Funeral details are pending.

REEF Academic Scholarship Deadline is April 1

Applications for the Real Estate Educational Foundation's (REEF) Academic scholarships must be submitted by April 1, 2014. Since 2000, REEF has awarded scholarships totaling over $412,300 to talented college students and real estate professionals. Learn more about these and other REEF scholarships at www.ilreef.org.

Expand Your Global Marketability with CIPS Course in Downers Grove

Mark your calendars for the Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS) InstituteMarch 31-April 4 in Downers Grove. The event is sponsored by the Illinois Association of REALTORS® in conjunction with the Mainstreet Organization of REALTORS®.

Home Crushes: Men vs. Women

Men and women fall in love with homes differently according to a realtor.com survey and infographic, but both rank great outdoor living space as a top draw. 

Tips for Boomerang Buyers Looking to Buy Again

Boomerang buyers, homeowners who lost their home to foreclosure but are looking to buy again, are re-entering the housing market and this article from Bankrate.com offers some practical tips to help them get ready.

Join the 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.) 


February 19

Let's Talk Real Estate with U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski, Orland Park

February 21

Let's Talk Real Estate with U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos, Rock Island

March 7

Let's Talk Real Estate with U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren, Batavia

March 10

Let's Talk Real Estate with U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky, Glenview

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