Weekly 4-9-14

REALTORS® Kick Off First 2014 Habitat Build in Murphysboro   

The walls are up and the Habitat for Humanity home in Murphysboro is beginning to take shape thanks to a volunteer crew of Illinois REALTORS® who will be working on the build over the coming weeks. The Murphysboro project in southern Illinois is one of three being built around the state by Illinois REALTORS® this year as part of a move to show the #PowerofR.

Homes will also be built in Springfield and Aurora and we need your help! Click here to sign up to participate and to find project details and a release form to work on the site. A fundraiserin Springfield by the Illinois Young Professionals Network (YPN) and the Women's Council of REALTORS® raised $2,000 for the Murphysboro Habitat build.

Save $30! Early-bird Rate for IAR Spring Conference Ends Wednesday

Don't wait and miss out on the best rate for IAR Spring Conference & Expo, May 7 & 8, in Collinsville. Register now and IAR members pay $99, a savings of $30. The session lineup includes Kim Daugherty with keys to business success, Chris Bird with tax tips, CE courses with Trista Curzydlo and Annette Akey, an IAR Legal Services Breakfast and a two-day Business Expo. Register Now!

Carpenter Chosen 2015 IAR Treasurer Nominee 

Congratulations to Doug Carpenter, Managing Broker of Coldwell Banker Honig-Bell in Orland Hills, who has been selected as the 2015 IAR Treasurer nominee. Carpenter and the rest of the 2014/2015 IAR slate will be voted on later this year. 

April is Fair Housing Month

April 2014 marks the 46th anniversary of the 1968 landmark Fair Housing Act. Find resources and download the 2014 Fair Housing Poster from NAR to post in your office.

Get Involved! Serve on the IAR Board of Directors

Interested in serving a three-year term on the IAR Board of Directors? Click here to download an application form, criteria, campaign guidelines and more.

Congratulations 2014 REALTORS® of the Year

Illinois REALTOR® of the Year Pat Callan and local REALTORS® of the Year were honored last week in Springfield. Find a list of honorees.

Highlights from IAR Lobby Day, Housing Leaders Conference and More

It was an action-packed week for Illinois REALTORS® in Springfield last week. Click here to find coverage of all the action including speaker presentations, photo highlights, videos and more. #PowerofR

Read the Latest State Capitol Report 

Track what is happening with the state legislation that could impact your business with the latest issue of State Capitol Report.

RPAC Raises Money for Advocacy in Phone-A-Thon 

REALTORS® took to the phones during IAR Business Meetings in Springfield last week with the goal of increasing member participation in RPAC by 1 percent (every 400 new investors equals 1 percent participation). Thanks to their efforts, 435 pledges were secured including 10 at the Major Investor level ($1,000+) for a total of $23,292 in pledges. The Illinois goal set by NAR is 28 percent member participation in RPAC. Invest atwww.RPACnow.nowSee video and blog highlights.(Disclaimer: The Illinois REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC) solicits contributions from IAR members only.)

Congrats to RPAC Stick Horse Derby Winners!

Championship racer Karen Barbagallo and her horse "Ms. Char Donay;" Michael Parent, Best Dressed Jockey; Karen Parent, Derby Hat Contest winner; and raffle winners Gary Clayton, Bobby Gerbrecht and Julie Roth.See photo highlights on Facebook.

The Clock is Ticking on Broker Renewal. Be Ready for the April 30 Deadline

The deadline for Illinois Broker license renewal is just 22 days away. Will you have everything completed for the fast-approaching April 30 deadline? Find information and resources at the IAR Licensing & Training Center including:

Still Need CE for the Broker Renewal Deadline?

The Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance through its Illinois Home Performance Program is partnering with the real estate industry to provide $29 rebates for taking specific online courses on green building and energy efficiency. Enhance your knowledge of energy efficiency by taking a 30-minute webinar. IAR's ENV 1230 The Whole Systems Approach to Green Building online course is eligible for the rebate program. If you have completed the course, or would like to complete it prior to April 30 and need more information, contact our Education Team at education@iar.org.

How Do You Turn Renters Into Buyers?

Do you have tips/strategies for turning renters into buyers? How do you market to renters and ease their fears about finally becoming buyers? Send your ideas toiarnews@iar.org and you could be featured in an upcoming issue of Illinois REALTOR® magazine. 

Events

April 9

Early-Bird Deadline for IAR Spring Conference & Expo, Collinsville. IAR members who register by April 9 save $30 with the $99 early-bird rate. Register now!

April 14 & 15

IAR Licensing & Training Center Webinar with Norm Willoughby. Broker Pre-license, Applied Real Estate Principles, 15-hour interactive.

April 22

Let's Talk Real Estate with Congressman Peter Roskam, St. Charles

April 24

Let's Talk Real Estate with Congressman John Shimkus, Effingham

April 25

Let's Talk Real Estate with Congressman Luis Gutiérrez, Brookfield

May 7 & 8

IAR Spring Conference & Expo, Collinsville

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