Weekly 4-1-14

Illinois REALTOR® Weekly Connection

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#Power of R in Springfield

This Week 

Illinois REALTORS® are out in force in Springfield this week for the Illinois Housing Leaders Conference, REALTOR® Lobby Day and IAR Business Meetings.Click here for coverage and photo highlights of the week's events and also follow the IARbuzz blog,Twitter and Facebook. Download the 2014 Legislative Issues Briefinghandout which summarizes IAR's positions on some of the key bills and issues pending in the Illinois General Assembly this spring. #PowerofR

More Highlights:

Congratulations 2014 REALTORS® of the Year!

IAR wants to congratulate 2014 Illinois REALTOR® of the Year Pat Callan and all the talented and dedicated local REALTORS® of the Year. All will be honored at the annual banquet on Wednesday in Springfield.








REALTORS® Feinstein, Thomson Named to 30 Under 30 Class of 2014

Congratulations to Casselyn Feinstein, of Hinsdale, and Rebecca Thomson, of Chicago, who were named to REALTOR® Magazine's 30 Under 30.

Gov. Quinn Proposes $500 Property Tax Rebate

During his state budget address on March 26, Gov. Quinn said he wants to provide every homeowner in Illinois with an annual $500 refund. He's also asking lawmakers to make the 2011 tax increase permanent. Read more.

First IAR Habitat Build Begins April 4 in Murphysboro

Register now to help IAR build three Habitat for Humanity homes, the first being in southern Illinois in Murphysboro. That build begins April 4 and IAR needs your help!  Register now. Habitat builds are also planned in Springfield and Aurora this spring and summer.  

NAR: Pending Home Sales Slide in February

Pending home sales fell again slightly in February and the overall index reading was the lowest it has been since October 2011,NAR reports. But NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun said the fact that contract signings have been largely flat in recent months means the market could be stabilizing.

Save $30 by Registering for IAR Spring Conference by April 9

IAR members who register for IAR Spring Conference & Expo by April 9 pay the $99 early-bird rate. The conference is May 7-8in Collinsville and features Kim Daugherty, Chris Bird, and an update from Betsy Urbance and the IAR Legal Services Team along with CE courses with Trista Curzydlo and Annette Akey. Register now.

Committee Win on Bill Requiring Fire Sprinkler Code Changes to Go Before Illinois General Assembly

An IAR-backed bill that would prevent the state Fire Marshal's Office from making substantive changes to building codes to mandate fire sprinklers without first going through the legislature cleared committee last week and now heads to the full Illinois House. Read more on the IARbuzz blog.

Still Need Your Help on SB 2664 Call to Action

Take action now and urge Illinois legislators to support Senate Bill 2664, providing greater protections for people buying foreclosed condominium units.

"Calling" All REALTORS® with April 2 RPAC Phone-A-Thon

REALTORS® across the state will be calling fellow members urging everyone to make a fair share $20 investment during the RPAC Phone-A-Thon from3:15 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.)

See You at the Derby!

Join in the RPAC Stick Horse Derby Fun on April 2 after theREALTOR® of the Year Banquet at the Hilton Hotel in Springfield. Watch the races, check out the silent and bucket auction items and enter to win a cash raffle.

Last Chance for Broker Post License Webinar Series on April 8-9

Brokers who were licensed after Feb. 1, 2012, and have not completed their 30-hour Broker Post License training have one more chance prior to the end of the renewal cycle to experience the convenient, affordable option of completing the 15-hour Broker Post License Topics home study and the 15-hour Broker Post License Applied Real Estate Practices webinar all from the convenience of your home. For more information, contact your IAR Education Team at education@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 Center including:

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 at education@iar.org.


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 byApril 9 save $30 with the $99 early-bird rate.Register now!

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