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News and resources for Illinois REALTORS®

February 12, 2013

Industry News & Trends

Broker Management Continuing Education Webinars Coming Soon
IAR will hold a series of two-day webinars designed to get managing brokers the continuing education credit they may need to retain their license by the April 30 deadline. The details will be released soon, but participants who need to earn their 12 hours of Broker Management CE credit will have the option to take the course via webinars hosted by the Illinois Association of REALTORS® or attend a live session at the Association's Springfield office. IAR has retained top trainers to teach the classes, which will be March 8-9, March 18-19, March 27-28, April 3-4 and April 26-27. Look for details soon in an email, in the Weekly Connection and on IAR’s website

REALTOR® Sarah Ware Named to Cook County Land Bank Authority Board
Chicago REALTOR® Sarah L. Ware, principal and managing broker of The Carter Ware Group, Inc., has been named to the Cook County Land Bank Authority’s Board of Directors. The 10-member board will oversee the newly created Land Bank Authority’s efforts to return vacant properties in Cook County to productive use. 

Governor Signs Fast-Track Foreclosure Bill Into Law
Governor Quinn has signed into law a measure that is expected to shorten the foreclosure timeline on abandoned properties, raise fees paid by foreclosing lenders and provide counseling to homeowners. Read more in the latest State Capitol Report.

Sales and Marketing

February Lunch and Learn Webinar: Office Anywhere
IAR's Lunch and Learn series continues 11:30 a.m. Feb. 21 Thursday, with noted technology expert G. William James. The webinar, called Office Anywhere, will discuss ways agents can use free services to enhance their ability to market and sell. James spoke at the 2012 IAR Fall Conference, and was so well received we asked him back. The webinar is free for IAR members. Click this link to learn more

New Advocacy Campaign: Protecting the Dream of Homeownership
REALTORS® work hard to defend homeownership and NAR's new public advocacy campaign is sharing that message with consumers. Watch the ad," Dreams," which debuted during Sunday's Grammy Awards.  

Legislative & Advocacy

Highland Park’s Unfair Tax on Property Demolitions
In a column for the Highland Park Patch, IAR local GAD Howard Handler highlights an unfair tax in the city of Highland Park that hits property owners with a hefty tax bill when they demolish a property. 

REALTOR® Party Launches Awareness Campaign
NAR has launched a six-week effort to educate members on the ins and outs of the effort to protect our industry. Find infographics on what the REALTOR® Party is, its mission and more.

Market Stats and Research

4Q12 Illinois Home Sales Show a Recovering Market
Statewide home sales jumped 29 percent in the fourth quarter of 2012 compared to a year earlier and the median price rose 4.7 percent for the same period, according to IAR data. Find market talking points, the latest University of Illinois forecast and clickable county-by-county data in Members Only Market Stats (login required). Nationally, NAR reports that fourth quarter prices showed the strongest year-over-year increase in seven years.

Commercial Investors Look to "Turn the Page" in 2013
Commercial real estate investors are ready to put the past behind them and move ahead in the market's new normal, according to the new report, "Expectations & Market Realities in Real Estate 2013 - Turn the Page," published jointly by the Real Estate Research Corporation (RERC), Deloitte, and NAR. Download a free copy.

TransUnion: National Mortgage Delinquency Rate Drops 14 Percent
The national mortgage delinquency rate dropped nearly 14 percent compared to last year, according to a new TransUnion survey. Read more in HousingWire.

Legal Issues

Feb. 28 IAR Legal Webinar: Who’s Your (Sponsoring) Broker or Which Team Am I On?
Join IAR Chief Legal Counsel Steve Bochenek and Legal Hotline Attorney Betsy Urbance as they discuss issues involving teams, brokerage company affiliations, sub-contracting and related issues in this one-hour legal webinar that begins at 9:30 a.m. Save time the morning of the event by testing your IAR member login now to make sure you don't have any trouble logging in. 


March 27
Early bird deadline for IAR Spring Conference, May 8-9 in Collinsville. Register now and IAR members pay only $99.

April 15
The Illinois Housing Leaders Conference will be held in Springfield. 

April 16
Get involved and attend this year's Capitol Conference "REALTOR® Lobby Day" in Springfield. 

April 16-18
IAR Business Meetings will be held in Springfield. 

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