Weekly 2-12-14

Illinois REALTOR® Weekly Connection

IAR Housing Leaders Conference to
Discuss Boomerang Homebuyers

The hot topic at the Illinois Housing Leaders ConferenceMarch 31, in Springfield will be how REALTORS® can help "boomerang buyers," who lost their homes during the Great Recession get back into the market. The conference, which kicks off IAR's Capitol Conference and Lobby Day on April 1, features a panel discussion on the challenges facing boomerang buyers. Keynote speaker is Shari Olefson, director of the Carnegie Group and author of "Financial Fresh Start." This year's conference also features the opportunity to earn CE. Learn more about theIllinois Housing Leaders Conference and IAR Capitol Conference.

Dan Wagner is First RPAC Ambassador

Congratulations to REALTOR® Dan Wagner, of Inland Real Estate Group, on being the first official RPAC Ambassador! Join Dan by signing up by March 31 for the 1,000 Points of Light RPAC Ambassadors campaign.Click here for program details, pledge cards and an acceptance letter. (Disclaimer: The Illinois REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC) solicits contributions from IAR members only.) 

Federal Flood Insurance Vote Expected Wednesday

The U.S. House is expected to vote on the Flood Insurance Affordability Act, which would delay higher flood insurance rates for consumers. The legislation is a top REALTOR® priority. Read more from NAR.

REALTORS® Talk Real Estate with U.S. Reps. Lipinski and Bustos; Hultgren and Schakowsky Up Next

See coverage of Let's Talk Real Estate events with U.S. Reps.Dan Lipinski in Orland Park and Cheri Bustos in Rock Island. Register for upcoming events with Randy Hultgren on March 7in Batavia and with Jan Schakowsky on March 10 in Glenview.

Nominate a REALTOR® Good Neighbor

REALTOR® Magazine is accepting nominations for this year'sGood Neighbor Awards until May 16, 2014. Five winners will be chosen from around the country. If you know Illinois REALTORS® who are standout volunteers who make their community a better place to live, then be sure to nominate them.

Thursday IAR Legal Webinar to Address Concealed Carry and the Real Estate Brokerage

How will Illinois' new concealed carry law affect your brokerage? Find out by registering for a one-hour IAR Legal Webinar at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. During the webinar, Sorling Northrup attorneys will address legal issues and questions surrounding the new concealed carry statutes and present sample policy. Register now.

Severe Weather Cools January Home Sales But Annual Median Prices Continue Upward March

The polar vortex and lower inventory levels may have caused January home sales to dip 7.5 percent compared to last year, but median home prices climbed 9.6 percent annually, according to the latest IAR housing report.  Nationally, existing home sales dropped 5.1 percent compared to last year while median prices were up 10.7 percent from last year, NAR reports.

  • IAR members can access exclusive county-by-county data, market talking points and more by logging in to Members Only MarketStats. #IARMarketStats 
  • Watch a new IAR video on January home sales highlights.
  • Share a new IAR infographic on the winter market and six reasons why now is good time to sell with your clients. Download a PDF | JPG




Early-bird Registration Now Open for IAR Spring Conference & Expo

IAR members who register by April 9 for IAR Spring Conference & Expo pay just $99. This year's speaker lineup includes Kim Daugherty on the keys to business success, Chris Bird with the latest tax tips and CE courses with Trista Curzydlo and Annette Akey. Register now.

Illinois Online Broker Renewal Available at IDFPR

Visit the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) Real Estate Broker Renewal website to submit your renewal application. Remember you will need the unique PIN number that was included on your yellow renewal postcard in order to complete your renewal. Questions? Click here for IAR's Official Q&A and Checklist for the 2014 Broker License Renewal. 

Need CE? IAR Offers Online CE with "Anywhere Online Proctoring"

The IAR Licensing and Training Center has convenient Online CE with "Anywhere Online Proctoring" to help you complete your CE requirements without leaving home. Questions? Send them to education@iar.org and click below to learn more about your online CE options plus home study options.

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.

Get Your Horse in the Race for the 5th Annual RPAC Stick Horse Derby 

Three Rivers Association of REALTORS®, Chicago Association of REALTORS®, WCR Rockford and many more are making the competition fierce. Plus, new and improved (secured) VIP seating for $50 and a hat contest for $20. The derby is April 2, immediately following the ROTY Banquet at the Hilton Springfield. Get the derby details. (Disclaimer: The Illinois REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC) solicits contributions from IAR members only.) 


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

March 31

Illinois Housing Leaders Conference, Springfield

April 1

REALTOR® Lobby Day and Annual Capitol Conference, Springfield