Weekly 5-20-14

Illinois REALTOR® Weekly Connection

IAR Launches Second Habitat for Humanity Build in Springfield 

Illinois REALTORS® kicked off the second Habitat project this week in Springfield and the walls are already up. A video shot today at the work site shows Illinois REALTORS® in action. Want to help? Click here to see details about the build and information on how you can register for builds in Springfield, Aurora, or the initial project in Murphysboro, which is winding down. (Note: some of the Springfield dates have changed so check the schedule).  

Illinois GRI Celebrates 50 Years! Registration Now Open

GRI is back at the Peoria Marriott Pere Marquette, Dec. 1-4. Get on the fast-track to GRI with ourCourse I equivalency & proficiency exam options, and see Terry Watson in Course II this December! Many exciting announcements coming soon to ring in the 50th anniversary of GRI. Register today forCourse IICourse III, or the GRI Grad Course.

NAR: REALTOR® Income and Sales Volume Rose in 2013

Higher home sales helped push REALTOR® income and sales volume up for a third straight year, according to the2014 National Association of REALTORS® Member Profile. Median gross income rose 9.6 percent to $47,700. Other findings: there were more new and younger members in 2013, NAR reports.

Sheryl Grider Whitehurst Elected Region 7 VP

Congratulations to Illinois REALTOR® Sheryl Grider Whitehurst on being elected Vice President of Region 7 for the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR). Region 7 includes Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin.Read more in the IARbuzz blog.

Illinois REALTORS® Show the #Power of R in D.C.

Illinois REALTORS® spent last week making the case for sound housing policy during visits to Capitol Hill. Among the highlights: Meeting with U.S. Sens. Dick Durbin and Mark Kirk. Also watch a video of all the action from IAR's visits. 

Interested in Serving as an IAR At-Large Director in 2015?

The deadline to submit your application form, resume and Statement of Real Estate Licensure is May 23, 2014.Learn more.

IAR Office Closed on Memorial Day

The IAR office and the IAR Legal Hotline will be closed on Monday, May 26 in observance of Memorial Day. The Legal Hotline will also be closed Friday, May 23.

Coming Thursday: IAR to Release April Home Sales Report 

IAR will release the Illinois April home sales report at 8 a.m. Thursday, May 22. As an IAR member you have exclusive access to county-by-county data, market talking points and more. Log in to Members Only MarketStats.#IARMarketStats

Will County Code Change Doesn’t Include Costly Fire Sprinkler Mandate

A multi-year effort to make sure that a fire sprinkler mandate was not part of changes to the building code used in Will County proved successful. Read more in the IARbuzz blog.

NAR Shines Spotlight on IAR’s Let’s Talk Real Estate Program

The Illinois Association of REALTORS® meeting series that brings REALTORS® together with members of the Illinois Congressional delegation was featured by REALTOR® Magazine.

RPAC Minute: Who wants to pay a $25 real estate for sale sticker fee?

RPAC helped eliminate a real estate for-sale sign sticker fee on all signs in one local community. Just $20 to protect your business. www.RPACnow.com.(Disclaimer: The Illinois REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC) solicits contributions from IAR members only.)

Trend: Homeowners Decorating with More Color

Owners aren't shying away from color when it comes to decorating their homes and nearly two-thirds say they want to add more color to their homes, NAR's Styled, Staged and Sold blog reports.  

Register Now for IAR Fall Conference & Expo in Chicago for $149

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 Regency McCormick Place. Register now and pay the early-bird rate of $149. 

Instructor Development Workshop on June 6

If you are a CE or Pre-license instructor in Illinois, you'll want to sign up for this one-day workshop on June 6, offering must-have updates. There are three location options: IAR Headquarters (live class) and Mainstreet Organization of REALTORS® and North Shore-Barrington Association of REALTORS® (via video conference). 

Events

May 19-24

Habitat for Humanity begins, Springfield

May 26

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

May 29-31

Habitat for Humanity Build continues, Murphysboro

June 6

Instructor Development Workshop

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