Weekly 3-25-14

Illinois REALTOR® Weekly Connection

Illinois REALTOR®: Keep Clients in the Loop

If you haven't received it yet, watch your mailbox for the April issue ofIllinois REALTOR®magazine. You'll get practical tips on the right tools and strategies for untangling communication breakdowns with your buyers and sellers. What else will you find in the latest issue?

IAR Call to Action: Address Policy that Can Hurt Condo Buyers

Take action and urge Illinois legislators to support Senate Bill 2664, which provides protections for people buying foreclosed condominium units. Under current law, buyers may unexpectedly find themselves on the hook for unpaid assessments, fees, fines and attorneys' fees. SB 2664 limits the unpaid assessments owed by potential buyers and requires that buyers be given notice of any outstanding costs before they make an offer. Click here to take part in the Call to Action now!

Video: Getting Ready for Lobby Day 2014

If you are among the hundreds of Illinois REALTORS® who will be attendingLobby Day in Springfield next week,watch this quick videofrom IAR lobbyists on what you can expect from your important visit. The Illinois Housing Leaders Conference will be held on March 31. #PowerofR

IAR Town Hall Meeting on March 31

Join IAR President Phil Chiles for a town hall webinar at 9 a.m. on Monday, March 31. Chiles will discuss issues and items to be presented to the full IAR Board of Directors on April 3. IAR Business Meetings are April 1-3 in Springfield. 

Four Illinois REALTORS® Named 30 Under 30 Finalists

Congratulations to REALTORS® Casselyn FeinsteinClayton T. JirakMichael McElroy and Rebecca Thomson who are among 50 finalists for REALTOR® Magazine's 2014 Class of 30 Under 30. Judges will whittle the list down to 30 but you can help choose the Web Choice Award winner by voting online.






Murphysboro Habitat for Humanity Build Begins April 4

Be a part of something big this year. Help IAR Build threeHabitat for Humanity homes in Murphysboro, Springfield and Aurora. The Murphysboro build begins April 4 soregister now. Can't volunteer with a build? You can still help by attending an Illinois YPN and WCR Cocktail Receptionbenefiting Habitat for Humanity on IAR Lobby Day from 7-9 p.m., April 1, at Celtic Mist in Springfield.  

Illinois Home Sales Dip in February While Median Prices See Annual Gain

Weather and lower inventory impacted February home sales, which decreased 6.2 percent compared to previous-year levels. But the statewide median price rose 6.9 percent during the same time to $132,500, according to the latest IAR housing report. IAR President Phil Chiles said that while the beginning of 2014 has been bedeviled with bad weather, rising home prices should prove attractive to Illinois homeowners who may have hesitated to sell in the past.   As an IAR member, find county-by-county data, market talking points and more. Log in to Members Only MarketStats. #IARMarketStats  Nationally, existing-home sales remained subdued in February, NAR reports.

  • Watch a new IAR video on February home sales.
  • Download and share the latest IAR infographic, "Median Home Prices Continue Gains in February."
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IAR Opportunity Race Elections Results

Illinois REALTORS® got out the vote in last week's March Primary Election! Congratulations to REALTOR® Mark Batinick of Plainfield, who won the Republican primary for State Representative of the 97th District and now continues to the November General Election. IAR/RPAC targeted 10 Opportunity Races, spotlighting pro-REALTOR® local and state candidates. Find a list of results on the IARbuzz blog.

RVOICE Efforts Bring Wins on Home Rule, Sales Tax 

RVOICE outreach efforts were successful in the March Primary, defeating Home Rule referenda in Rochester and Merrionette Park and supporting a municipal sales tax in Franklin Park. IARbuzz blog has the details.

REALTORS® Team Up to Fight Fox River Waterway Agency Dissolution

Heartland REALTOR® Organization and the Mainstreet Organization of REALTORS® are fighting a proposal to abolish the Fox Waterway Agency and shift the responsibility to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. Read more in the IARbuzz blog#PowerofR

New Let's Talk Real Estate Events in April

Mark your calendars for a new series of Let's Talk Real Estate conversations with Illinois members of Congress in April with U.S. Reps. Peter Roskam, John Shimkus and Luis Gutiérrez. Registration coming soon.

RPAC Phone-A-Thon is April 2

REALTORS® across the state will be calling fellow members urging everyone to make a fair share $20 investment during theRPAC Phone-A-Thon from 3:15 to 5 p.m. on April 2. Help RPAC reach its goal of 28 percent participation. Invest your $20 today!(Disclaimer: The Illinois REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC) solicits contributions from IAR members only.)

Throw Your Hat in the Ring

Join in the RPAC Derby Fun by entering the hat contest and watching the races April 2 after the REALTOR® of the Year Banquet at the Hilton Hotel in Springfield. Need ideas?Look here for some Derby Hat inspiration.

Still Need CE for the Broker Renewal Deadline?

The Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance through its Illinois Home Performance Program is partnering with the real estate industry to provide $29 rebates for taking specific online courses on green building and energy efficiency. Enhance your knowledge of energy efficiency by taking a 30-minute webinar. IAR's ENV 1230 The Whole Systems Approach to Green Building online course is eligible for the rebate program. If you have completed the course, or would like to complete it prior to April 30 and need more information, contact our Education Team ateducation@iar.org.

Broker Renewal Deadline is April 30. Are You Ready?

The deadline for Illinois Broker license renewal is one month away. Do you know what is required and will you be ready for the fast-approaching deadline? Learn more from the IAR Licensing & Training Centerincluding:

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. Learn more about these and other REEF scholarships at www.ilreef.org.


March 31

Illinois Housing Leaders Conference, Springfield

April 1

REALTOR® Lobby Day and Annual Capitol Conference, Springfield

April 1

Real Estate Educational Foundation's (REEF) Academic Scholarship Deadline.  

April 1-3

IAR Business Meetings, Springfield

April 2

REALTOR® of the Year Banquet, Springfield

April 2

RPAC Stick Horse Derby, Springfield

April 9

Early-Bird Deadline for IAR Spring Conference & Expo, Collinsville. IAR members who register by April 9 save $30 with the $99 early-bird rate. Register now!

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