Weekly 4-29-14

Illinois REALTOR® Weekly Connection

Broker Renewal: Don't Wait Until Too Late to Renew with IDFPR

If you are an Illinois Broker who needs to renew your license before the April 30, 2014 deadline, don't wait until the last minute or you could miss the deadline and find yourself unable to practice on May 1, 2014. You will need tosubmit your renewal application along with the $150 state of Illinois licensing fee to the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) before midnight tomorrow. 

If you are not going to have your CE finished until April 30, go to the IDFPR website and print the paper application in case the site goes down and you can't access the renewal application. Applications must be postmarked no later than April 30, 2014.

In the event that a broker is not able to access the online renewal function of IDFPR's website and the application form, your other option is to print out the Broker Reinstatement Form - 2012. Cross out the year 2012 and replace with 2014 and cross out the $200 fee and replace with $150. Must be postmarked by April 30, 2014. 

Save $10 on Full Conference Walk-In Registration for IAR Spring Conference in Collinsville

Use this coupon and get $10 off your full conference walk-in registration rate for the IAR Spring Conference & Expo, May 7-8 in Collinsville. Instead of paying $139, you'll pay $129 with the coupon! 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.#gateway2success

REALTORS® Spreading the Word About Welcome Home Illinois

Illinois REALTORS® have joined Gov. Pat Quinn in efforts to promote the state's new first-time buyer program, Welcome Home Illinois, which features $7,500 in down payment assistance and below-market interest rates. REALTORS® Celia Robertson and Meghan Aloffo were on hand at a Marion event last week and Rockford Area REALTORS® CEO Steve Bois was interviewed by WREX-TV about the program.

Dates for Aurora Habitat for Humanity Project Announced

Find a list of the datesfor the IAR Habitat build in Aurora and sign up if you would like to help. The Aurora build at the corner of Solifsburg Avenue and Beckwith Street begins the week of July 7. Register for one of the three projects in MurhphysboroSpringfield and Auroraand show the #PowerofR.

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.

U.S. Pending Home Sales Up in March

March pending home sales marked their first month-over-month gain in nine months, according to NAR's latestPending Home Sales Index. Pending sales were up 3.4 percent compared to February, but were 7.9 percent below last year. Read NAR's news release and watch a video update from NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun.

NAR: Buyer Traffic Outpaces Supply in March

Buyer demand rose in March while seller traffic, which impacts available inventory, remained relatively flat, according to the latest REALTORS® Confidence Index.

Webinar: Drones, Phones and Video

If you missed today's IAR Legal Webinar on the legal issues surrounding the use of audio and video recordings, drones and surveillance equipment, you can download a recording of the one-hour webinar.(Reminder: IAR Legal Webinars are a members-only benefit so you will be required to log in.) 

Trends to Watch: Bedbug Lawsuits

Bedbug infestations in two Des Moines, Iowa apartment buildings could prove costly if a $2.45 million class-action settlement is approved in a lawsuit brought by residents,The Des Moines Register reports. Officials say the case could have implications for other landlords when it comes to addressing bedbug issues. The city of Chicago has abedbug ordinance that requires tenants receive a brochure and outlines requirements if there is an infestation or suspected infestation. The topic was also covered in the Nov. 20, 2013 IAR Legal Webinar, "Your Questions & Cook County Fair Housing...Revisited."

Wehrstein, Westin and DeBrun are Newest RPAC Ambassadors

Congratulations to these REALTORS® for becoming official RPAC Ambassadors for the 1,000 Points of Light campaign: Frank Wehrstein of Dickerson & Nieman, Mary "Ginger" Westin of Dickerson & Nieman and Kristie DeBrun of Campo Realty Inc. Click here for program details. (Disclaimer: The Illinois REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC) solicits contributions from IAR members only.)

RPAC Minute: Calculate Your Savings - $3,000

RPAC helped stop a local government proposal to license and regulate the use and operation of multifamily dwelling units; charging a $60 fee per unit annually, plus a fee whenever the unit turns over. For a 50-unit property, that cost to a landlord is $3,000-plus annually. RPAC always has your business interests in mind. www.RPACnow.com.

Call for Action: Tweet Your Support for Patent Litigation Reform

You can still participate in NAR's first Twitter Call for Action urging U.S. Senators to kick patent trolls to the curb. Take action and tweet now!

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 30

2014 Broker License Renewal Deadline

May 7 & 8

IAR Spring Conference & Expo, Collinsville

May 16

Nomination deadline for REALTOR® Magazine's Good Neighbor Awards

May 29-31

Habitat for Humanity Build continues, Murphysboro

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