The Illinois Association of REALTORS® now offers aConsumer/REALTOR® Help Line  to try and resolve questions relating to real estate transactions. The service is not set up to offer legal advice, but to serve as an intermediary in disputes or questions that relate to real estate transactions. The service, which is free to consumers and REALTORS®, allows IAR to tap the expertise of experienced real estate professionals who are trained in problem solving. These ombudsmen can provide guidance on what steps to take, suggest resources for additional help and in some cases can act as an intermediary in resolving basic problems.
A July 4th Non-Event  hosted by Illinois YPN raised more than $1,200 for Home for Our Troops, a non-profit organization that builds specially adapted homes for service members who have been severely injured in combat operations since Sept. 11, 2001. A special thanks to all the REALTORS®, friends and colleagues who supported the cause. Illinois YPN will continue to support Homes for Our Troops, which will be doing a project next year in Joliet, Ill. for Air Force Captain Anthony Simone. Online donations are accepted through Illinois YPN's special fund page .
The city of Chicago is expected to become the first city in the country to include annual and monthly energy costs, including gas and electric, on MLS property listings. Read more .
The housing recovery is hitting the luxury market, with the Institute for Luxury Home Marketing index showing a shift to more of a seller's market, HousingWire reports .
The next FREE, one-hour IAR Legal Webinar  is at 9:30 a.m., July 18. IAR Chief Legal Counsel Steve Bochenek and Legal Hotline Attorney Betsy Urbance will be answering your questions covering issues important to you. Send your question in advance to firstname.lastname@example.org .
Register now  for the July 31 IAR Lunch & Learn Webinar  with trainer John Reyes, who will share tips for taking your business to new heights in this FREE webinar for IAR members. Reyes is a keynote presenter at the IAR Fall Conference & Expo  in St. Charles, Oct. 1-3.
Don't miss this fall's best education, networking and continuing education all in one place. From mobile technology to the future of the industry, learn how you can energize and grow your business. Plus 100+ top industry vendors and service providers will showcase their latest products and information in the Expo.Click here  for the speaker line-up and event details.
If you want the convenience of learning at your home or office yet want the interactive experience of a webinar, check out IAR Licensing & Training Center's  interactive licensing webinars  andregister online .
Gov. Quinn has signed into law HB 2764 , a measure strongly supported by IAR. Public Act 98-56 was sponsored by Rep. Sue Scherer (D-Decatur) and Sen. Tony Munoz (D-Chicago). The legislation dealt with recent overreaching action by the Illinois Department of Transportation to require state permits and fees for real estate signs advertising the sale or lease of property or "on premise" business signs near interstate highways, as is required for billboards. The new law insures that REALTORS® will not be subject to new fees and state regulation. The law became effective upon signing.
Have you found success targeting a particular niche real estate market? Send us your tips and ideas  for developing a niche and you could be featured in an upcoming IAR publication. Do you have a unique or emerging niche? We want to hear about that too!
NAR's Appraisal Insight blog offers 10 tips for brokers to make the appraisal process go more smoothly including distinguishing between "above-grade" and "below-grade" living areas in the MLS description and providing a fully executed copy of the purchase contract, with all addenda. Read the blog for more . Also listen to an NAR legal podcast  on appraiser independence following Dodd-Frank rules.
Deadline for 2013 RPAC Pacesetters to recruit a new RPAC Major Investor and receive a ticket to the all inclusive Mystic Blue Fireworks Dinner Cruise in Chicago on Aug. 24. Don't miss out on this exclusive event. Click here for details  or contact Kim Buscher at email@example.com  or 217-391-4809.
IAR Fall Conference & Expo in St. Charles. Click here  for speaker details and save these dates for The Power of R, Oct. 1-3.
Registration is now live for the Graduate REALTOR® Institute in Itasca.Visit www.illinoisrealtor.org/GRI  and register today. The program comes back to Chicagoland this December with Courses II, III and Grad.
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