Weekly 4-22-14

Illinois REALTOR® Weekly Connection

Wednesday Final Day to Register for IAR Spring Conference  & Expo

You still have time to register for the IAR Spring Conference & Expo, May 7 & 8 in Collinsville. IAR members who register by midnight on April 23 pay $129, a $10 savings over the walk-in rate. Speakers include Kim Daugherty, Chris Bird and CE instructors Trista Curzydlo and Annette Akey. The event also includes an IAR Legal Services Breakfast (ticket required, $16)Find a schedule and check out the virtual expo list of vendors.Register today!

2014 Broker Renewal: Last Chance Education Options. Are You Safe or Risky?

Time is winding down for you to complete your education requirements and renew your license with the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation before the April 30, 2014 deadline. On Wednesday, the deadline will be only eight days away! Find information and course options from the IAR Licensing & Training Center including an online 12-hour CE package that offers online testing with anywhere/anytime proctoring and a 15-hour post broker license interactive webinar on April 28 & 29. Contact the Education Team at education@iar.org for details.

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

Make Your Voice Heard on Fire Sprinkler Law Change

Send a message on fire sprinkler mandates. Sign a petitionlaunched by state Rep. Sara Feigenholtz to show support for a bill she's sponsoring that would change the process the state's Fire Marshal would have to use to alter fire sprinkler laws. Read more in the IARbuzz blog. #Powerof R

IAR Graduates Leadership Development Class

The IAR Leadership Development Class, a group of members chosen to take on a greater role of leadership at the local, state or national level, finished their program last week.This year's class included: Sonia Anaya, Jeffrey Barkstall, Jeff Kolbus,  Max McComb, Cindy McDowall, Carol Meinhart Hickey, Ed Neaves, Karen Robertson, Kate Shields, Catherine Terpstra, Dan Wagner and Amanda Wycoff.

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.

Illinois Median Prices Up in March; Housing Inventory Tight But Improving 

Illinois home sales declined 11.6 percent over previous-year levels in March while median prices increased 9.7 percent, according to the IAR housing report released today. IAR members can access exclusive county-by-county data, market talking points and more by logging into Members Only MarketStats #IARMarketStats. Watch a new IAR video on March home sales highlights. Nationally, existing-home sales remained soft in March,NAR reported.

Let's Talk Real Estate with Roskam, Shimkus and Gutiérrez this Week

Illinois REALTORS® met with U.S. Rep. Peter Roskamon Monday and will be meeting with U.S. Reps. John Shimkus and Luis Gutiérrez in their congressional districts later this week as part of IAR's ongoing series, "Let's Talk Real Estate." 

IAR Legal Webinar: Drones, Phones and Video

Register now for the April 29 IAR Legal Webinar on the hot topic of drones, phones and video. IAR's legal team will cover what you need to know about photos and audio recordings by buyers and sellers along with a recent Illinois Supreme Court case regarding surveillance issues and the commercial use of drones in the real estate brokerage industry. Register for the 9:30 a.m. webinar.

Trend: Vacation Home Sales Stronger; Jump 29.7 Percent in 2013

More people are getting back into the vacation home market, while investment property purchases have declined, according to NAR's 2014 Investment and Vacation Home Buyers Survey. In 2013, vacation-home sales jumped 29.7 percent to an estimated 717,000 purchases. U.S. investment-home sales fell 8.5 percent to an estimated 1.10 million.

Registration 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. Register now and pay the early-bird rate of $149. 

Events

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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