With Illinois' Firearm Concealed Carry Act in effect, IAR's Concealed Carry Task Force came up with some sample policies that might be adopted by member offices if they so choose. IAR members can click here to download a Concealed Carry Model Office Policy (#352) and Concealed Carry Residential Property Owner Release Form (#354) from the IAR website. It is important to note that these policies are not required but are being made available for those members who might wish to use them. (Note: You must be a member and logged in to view and download the new forms.)
The Illinois Primary Election is Find early voting locationsfrom the Illinois State Board of Elections. IAR and the REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC) are involved in 10 local and state "Opportunity Races." Find the list of candidates on the IARbuzz blog.but early voting began and continues until .
We have another official RPAC Ambassador! Congratulations to REALTOR® Debbie Prodehl, of Coldwell Banker Honig-Bell. Join Debbie and other RPAC Ambassadors in the 1,000 Points of Light campaign by signing up byClick here for program details. (Disclaimer: The Illinois REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC) solicits contributions from IAR members only.).
The Pending Home Sales Index was essentially unchanged in January compared to the month before, NAR reports. Pending sales declined in the Midwest and the West while the South and Northeast saw monthly increases. NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun said while sales are expected to be weak in the first quarter of 2014, the pace should pick up in the middle part of the year.
REALTORS® are speaking out against a federal tax proposal that would scale back several real estate-related tax deductions including limits on the mortgage interest deduction. Read a statement from NAR President Steve Brown.
NAR has a new brochure, "Residential Appraisal Process: FAQs for Agents," with answers and clarifications of the appraisal process now available for download.
Register for this year's Illinois Housing Leaders Conference, "Helping Boomerang Buyers Get Back in the Market," in Springfield. Register by and pay just $30 for an event that includes a keynote address by Shari Olefson, director of the Carnegie Group and author of "Financial Fresh Start."
Plan on attending the IAR Capitol Conference, , in Springfield. It's your chance to meet with legislators and the Illinois General Assembly's leadership to lobby for private property and business rights. Register now.
Don't forget to get your horse in the race for the 5th annual RPAC Stick Horse Derby! Want a front row seat at the races? New and improved (secured) VIP seating will get you there for $50. Also, enter the Derby hat contest for just $20 and check out the silent and bucket auctions. Get the derby details. (Disclaimer: The Illinois REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC) solicits contributions from IAR members only.)
Applications for the Real Estate Educational Foundation's (REEF) Academic scholarships must be submitted by www.ilreef.org.. 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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
IAR members who register by IAR Spring Conference & Expo pay the early-bird rate of just $99. This year's speaker lineup includes Kim Daugherty and Chris Bird with CE courses from Trista Curzydlo and Annette Akey. Register now.for