Weekly 5-28-13

Illinois REALTOR® Weekly Connection

Skylights: New Tool for IAR Members to Monitor Local Issues 

Want to know more about the local issues that affect your livelihood? Skylights, IAR's newest members-only online tool will enable you to stay current on the local issues impacting your business and private property rights. Find your political district, learn about advocacy issues and get involved in Calls to Action with Skylights.

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Industry News & Trends

Multiple Offers Are Back!

Multiple offers are good news for the market, but how you handle those offers is determined by your buyer or seller client. In anIARbuzz blog post, IAR Legal Hotline Attorney Betsy Urbance looks at how the Code of Ethics guides you in dealing with multiple offers. The topic of multiple offers was also discussed in the May 23 IAR Legal Webinar, which is available as a free download for IAR members (login required).

Free Educational Webinar Tomorrow on Top Ten Social Media Tips

Join Matthew Ferrara for his Top 10 tips for maximizing Facebook and Twitter in Wednesday's IAR "Lunch and Learn" webinar. You'll learn how to expand your online presence, generate interaction with friends and followers, and drive repeat business and referrals by focusing on your sphere of influence. Click here to register for this FREE, one-hour webinar that begins at noon.

You're Invited: YPN Non-Event Benefiting Homes for Our Troops

On July 4th, the Illinois Young Professionals Network (YPN) invites you to celebrate with them at their exclusive Non-Eventbenefiting the nonprofit Homes for Our Troops. Watch and share this video of REALTOR® Christopher Mitchell explaining their non-event for a very good cause and RSVP at ypn.illinoisrealtor.org.

IAR Legislative Scorecard

With the Illinois General Assembly in the final week of session, here is a quick status update on some of the key bills your IAR lobbyists are working on before the May 31 scheduled adjournment.Watch a new video update from IAR Governmental Affairs Director Greg St. Aubin and read the latest State Capitol Report

License Law Bill Passes House;Senate Next Stop

Senate Bill 1655, a bill that makes clean-up changes to the Real Estate Licensure Act, passed the Illinois House Sunday and now goes to the Senate. Read more.

RPAC Minute: Fire Sprinkler Mandates

In North Barrington a fire sprinkler mandate (that could add up to $10,000 or more to the cost of a new home) was defeated for the third time and allies elected to the village board helped advocate against the measure. REALTORS® support homeowner choice over a government mandate for costly fire sprinkler installation. Learn more about fire sprinkler battles around the state and RPAC support of pro-REALTORS®pro-business candidates for public office(Disclaimer: The Illinois REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC) solicits contributions from IAR members only.)

NEW! State Approved Webinars - 15-Hour Broker Pre-License Applied Real Estate Principles Interactive Course

Take the course without leaving home! June 21 & 22, August 22 & 23 and October 29 & 30. Call 800-523-5077 for details andlook here for classroom dates at the IAR Licensing & Training Center's 60-plus branch locations statewide.

Illinois Home Sales Up 25.3 Percent in April

Statewide home sales totaled 12,621, a 25.3 percent jump compared to last year and the strongest April showing since 2007, according to the latest IAR home sales report. The Chicagoland area and the city of Chicago also saw double-digit sales increases in April and median prices also rose. Find clickable county-by-county data, market talking points and the U of I forecast in IAR Members Only Market Stats (login required). Nationally, April existing-home sales also increased slightly but are being constrained by limited inventory and tight credit, NAR reports.

Events

June 1

If you are interested in serving on a committee or working group in 2014, or lending your expertise when a particular issue arises, please complete the online form and return it by June 1, 2013.

June 18

MREDpaloozaChicagoland's largest real estate tech expo, will be held in Rosemont, Ill. Visit the IAR/RPAC booth.

July 4

Illinois YPN Non-Event benefiting Homes for Our Troops. RSVP at ypn.illinoisrealtor.org.

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