Weekly 5-6-14

Illinois REALTOR® Weekly Connection

Walk-ins Welcome at IAR Spring Conference 

IAR Spring Conference & Expo, "Gateway to Success," kicks off Wednesday in Collinsville and you can save $10 off the full conference, walk-in rate with this 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

IAR Call for Action: Urge a "Yes" Vote on SB 2664, Condo Foreclosure Bill

Take action now and tell the Illinois House to support a bill that would reform the state's Condominium Property Act and provide greater protections for buyers when they purchase a foreclosed condo. Learn more about the issue. Read the latest IAR State Capitol Report for updates on other legislative action in Springfield.

Missed the Broker Renewal Deadline?

If you missed the April 30 broker renewal deadline you must still complete your education CE requirements and send in your renewal form to the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. IAR is here to help

Welcome Home Illinois Mortgage Program Gains Traction

Gov. Pat Quinn personally called IAR's legislative affairs team Monday to say that 730 Illinois buyers have signed up for the state's new first-time homebuyers program. Learn more about Welcome Home Illinois and whether you might be able to use it with your clients.

Five Illinois Cities Among Most Affordable Housing Markets

According to a study by the financial website NerdWallet, five of the top 10 most affordable small metro housing markets in the country are found in Illinois: Rockford (1), Decatur (2), Springfield (3), Peoria (5) and Kankakee-Bradley (8). 

Drones and Real Estate: What REALTORS® Need to Know Now

In a new IAR video, Todd Turner, a partner with Sorling Northrup Attorneys, covers what real estate agents need to know if they want to use drones to help market their properties. Turner wrote about the topic in the D.R. Legal News article, "Real Estate and the Use of Audio, Video, Drones and Phones" and it was the subject of a recent IAR Legal Webinar.

Recent IDFPR Disciplinary Actions

Read about the latest disciplinary actions taken by the Real Estate Division of the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation.

Instructor Development Workshop on June 6

If you are a CE or Pre-license instructor in Illinois, thisone-day workshop offers must-have updates and is being offered with three convenient location options: IAR Headquarters (live class) and Mainstreet Organization of REALTORS® and North Shore-Barrington Association of REALTORS® (via video conference). Register by May 19 for the best rate of $99.

RPAC Minute: $75 Commercial Sign Fee STOPPED

RPAC successfully ended an excessive commercial real estate sign permit fee of $75 in a local Illinois community. Just $20 to protect your business.www.RPACnow.com.(Disclaimer: The Illinois REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC) solicits contributions from IAR members only.)

Most Popular Remodeling Projects: Bathrooms and Kitchens

When it comes to home remodeling projects, updating a bathroom was the most popular in 2013, with kitchen remodels following close behind, according to a survey by home builders. Read more

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

Events

May 7 & 8

IAR Spring Conference & Expo, Collinsville

May 16

Nomination deadline for REALTOR® Magazine's Good Neighbor Awards

May 19

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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