Weekly 4-15-14

Illinois REALTOR® Weekly Connection

Be Ready for Broker Renewal Deadline. Last Chance Post License Webinar!   

The Broker License Renewal deadline is 15 days away! If you are an Illinois broker licensed between Feb. 1, 2012 and Jan. 31, 2014, and you still need to complete the 30-hour broker post-license requirements for your renewal, the IAR Licensing and Training Center is offering one last webinarbefore the April 30 deadline.

Find more information and resources about the April 30, 2014 Broker License Renewal deadline including:

Concealed Carry Magnets, Clings and Stickers Available in IAR REALTOR® Store

You can now order magnets, window clings and stickers ($4 each) designating a Concealed Carry Prohibited Area from theAccessories Section of the IAR REALTOR® Store. Need the most up-to-date IAR forms including the new concealed carry sample policy and the residential owner release form? All are available as free downloads for IAR members and some may be ordered in quantity from the IAR REALTOR® Store.

REALTORS® Join Gov. Pat Quinn in Promoting Welcome Home Illinois

Illinois REALTORS®, were on handMonday as Gov. Pat Quinn traveled to Chicago, Rockford, Peoria and the Quad Cities for the official rollout of the state's newest homebuyer loan program. Learn more about Welcome Home Illinois and how you can use it for qualifying first-time Illinois homebuyers.


Find the Gateway to Success with IAR's Spring Conference & Expo

Gain new business insights, network and earn up to six hours of CE at the IAR Spring Conference & Expo in Collinsville, May 7-8. Speakers include Kim Daugherty, Chris Bird and CE instructors Trista Curzydlo and Annette Akey. The event also includes an IAR Legal Services Breakfast. Find a schedule and check out the virtual expo list of vendors.

Get Involved! Serve on an IAR Committee 

Interested in serving on an IAR committee in 2015? Click here for an application form and submit it by the May 26, 2014 deadline.

IAR Office Closed on Good Friday

The IAR office and the IAR Legal Hotline will be closed on April 18 in observance of Good Friday.

Let's Talk Real Estate Events in April with Roskam, Shimkus and Gutiérrez

Don't miss the opportunity to meet face-to-face with U.S. Reps. Peter Roskam, John Shimkus and Luis Gutiérrez in their congressional districts and talk about the issues affecting real estate in IAR's ongoing series, "Let's Talk Real Estate." 

Illinois Senate Approves Foreclosed Condo Bill 

Thanks to the hundreds of REALTORS® who responded to the Call to Action supporting Senate Bill 2664. The Senate approved the bill which creates a clear and fair formula for calculating the amount to be paid by purchasers of foreclosed condominiums and gives them notice of the obligations. Read more about this and other legislative developments in the latest issue of State Capitol Report. For a list of all the bills, IAR is tracking this spring, check out the 2014 State Legislative Tracking Report in the IAR Action Center (log in required).

"Crime Free" Housing Proposals Require Close Scrutiny

IAR works with municipalities to ensure that "crime free housing ordinances" don't unfairly punish landlords and property owners. IAR's Mike Scobey runs down the components that are needed in a well-crafted program in an IARbuzz blog post.

Registration Now Open for IAR Fall Conference & Expo in Chicago

Mark your calendar, the IAR Fall Conference & Expo is headed to Chicago! This year's event will be held Sept. 4-6, at the Hyatt Recency McCormick Place, close to the lakefront and museums. Register now and pay the early-bird rate of $149. See you in Chicago!

Tips for Being Part of a Real Estate Team

What are the keys to creating a successful real estate team? What are the pitfalls to avoid? Send your ideas toiarnews@iar.org and you could be featured in an upcoming issue of Illinois REALTOR® magazine. 

New Trends in Bathroom Design

More consumers want contemporary, spa-like bathrooms, according to a study by the National Kitchen and Bath  Association. Other items on the wish list? Steam showers, higher toilets and sinks and universal designs. 

Survey: Chicago Most Affordable Metro Market in 2014

Comparing median home prices with family income data, ZipRealty ranks Chicago as the most affordable metro market for 2014. Read more.


April 22

Let's Talk Real Estate with Congressman Peter Roskam, St. Charles

April 24

Let's Talk Real Estate with Congressman John Shimkus, Effingham

April 25

Let's Talk Real Estate with Congressman Luis Gutiérrez, Brookfield

May 7 & 8

IAR Spring Conference & Expo, Collinsville

May 16

Nomination deadline for REALTOR® Magazine's Good Neighbor Awards

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