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July 17, 2012

Legislative & Advocacy

RVOICE: Fighting for You in Your Communities
Read the new RVOICE Report for an update on the IAR local advocacy program's latest successes including fighting a proposal to increase rental unit inspections in Belleville, providing training on lowering tax assessments in Cook County and getting Rockford's city leadership to alter a zoning ordinance that infringed on private property rights. 

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Sales and Marketing

NAR: 8 Trends Shaping the Real Estate Industry
Watch this new NAR video or read a full report on the the eight strategic trends facing the industry from increased consolidation and collaboration to evolving real estate business models. 

Top Deal Killers for Today's Homebuyers
Mortgage rates and housing affordability are at record lows, yet some homebuyers are still hitting roadblocks. A new survey from the Real Estate Buyer’s Agent Council (REBAC) identifies the top three deal killers including difficulty obtaining financing.

How Far do Illinois Homebuyers Tend to Move?
Sixty-eight percent of buyers move to homes within the same county where they are already living while another 18 percent remain in the same state, according to IAR's website that tracks Illinois homebuyer trends and opinions.

Zillow: Chicago is No.1 Buyers Market
Chicago ranked highest out of the 50 largest U.S. metro areas when it comes to buyers and their negotiating power, according to a new Zillow report.

Legal Issues

Don't Miss Thursday's Webinar: Mid-Year IAR Legal Update
Join IAR Chief Legal Counsel Steve Bochenek and Legal Hotline Attorney Betsy Urbance at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday as they present a mid-year update addressing recent cases, new legislation, and other items of interest including recent Illinois Supreme Court Committee hearings and what is NOT true about a new tax under the federal health care act. Space is limited, so join the webinar promptly. A video recording will be available in its entirety within 48 hours.

IAR Member Benefit: Exclusive Legal Webinars
Find other free legal webinars on hot topics such as Community Association Manager (CAM) licensing, rental and property management and more. Listen live or at your convenience via audio or webcast download. Member login required.

Market Stats and Research

Coming Thursday: Illinois June Homes Sales Report
IAR will release June Illinois housing statistics Thursday and as an IAR member, you can access county-by-county statistics, talking points on the market and the latest University of Illinois forecast in Members Only Market Stats (login required).


July 25
Chicagoland GRI Course II takes place this August! If you have completed Course I of the GRI program, check into our special Course II offering at MORe headquarters in Downers Grove & Arlington Heights. Visit for the schedule (pdf) and registration form (pdf). Register by July 25 and save!

July 27
Want to be a sponsor or exhibitor at the IAR Fall Conference & Expo Oct. 3-4? Save $75 on your booth space by July 27. Download a booth/sponsor contract

Sept. 5
It's time to register for the IAR Fall Conference, best deal by Sept. 5! Tips to help you build your business, REALTOR® Networking, 6 hours of CE, Legal Issues and a 2-day business expo! St. Charles is the place to be Oct. 2-4 if you are an Illinois REALTOR®! Register today!

Oct. 8-12
Learn how you can profit from being a international specialist at the CIPS Institute in Chicago. The Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS) designation helps you develop the skills and knowledge to serve your new global neighbors. Taking the full institute fulfills the classroom requirements for the CIPS designation. (CE credit pending approval.) Download the registration flyer (pdf).

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