IAR will hold the first in a series of meetings with members of Illinois’ Congressional delegation Aug. 7 with Congressman Bill Foster (IL-11) in Woodridge . The meetings will allow REALTORS® to discuss key issues currently active in Congress that affect the real estate industry. Next week's meetings include:
Facing stiff opposition from policymakers and state residents, Illinois State Fire Marshal Larry Matkaitis on Friday withdrew a proposal with a state legislative panel for a statewide fire sprinkler mandate. The mandate was the subject of intense IAR member focus. Thousands of members answered a call for action and lobbied lawmakers, many of whom adamantly opposed the changes. Read more .
Midwest Real Estate Data LLC is partnering with Realtors® Property Resource  (RPR). Read the news release . Coldwell Banker recently announced that its franchises would also be using the system.
On Wednesday at noon, the President will answer questions submitted by homeowners, renters, and prospective buyers during a live online event  moderated by Zillow. Questions can be submitted via social media using the hashtag #AskObamaHousing.
Starting on August 8th, it will be a violation of the Cook County Human Rights Ordinance to discriminate in real estate transactions based upon an individual participating in a housing choice voucher program (Section 8). For more information, read IAR’s Q&A on this issue  and save the date for the IAR Legal Webinar on Aug. 22  which will follow up on the Cook County Section 8 ordinance, plus disclosures required in connection with the real estate transaction and the broker's role in each (e.g., lead paint, radon, seller disclosure, disclosure of latent material defects and disclosure of stigmas related to the property.)
Women, ages 45-54, are the fastest growing group of single female homeowners, according to a recent Redfin study . Homeownership for this group has grown 120 percent since 1982.
Complete your CE hours at the IAR Fall Conference & Expo. Register for the conference and you can earn six hours of CE at no extra cost. Sessions include "What's Congress Up to? How Changing Federal Tax Laws Impact Your Client and the Real Estate Professional," with Chris Bird and "Fair Housing, Agency, License Law & Escrow," with Bruce Aydt. Click here  to learn more. Register by the Sept. 4 early-bird deadline and IAR members pay $125.
If you missed the IAR Lunch and Learn Webinar , "Steps to Building Greater Business Value," with John D. Reyes, you can now download a recording of the one-hour webinar.
Listen to NAR's Commercial Connections podcast hosted by Illinois REALTOR® Alex Ruggieri, CCIM, a frequent contributor to Illinois REALTOR® magazine's Commercial Corner. In this podcast , Alex has a conversation with Jill Duemeland, CCIM, on how to achieve success while still achieving an ideal work week.
REbarcamp 2013 powered by Illinois YPN, St. Charles 
1:00 - 4:30 p.m. | 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. After Party
IAR Fall Conference & Expo "The Power of R," St. Charles 
Early bird registration deadline: Sept. 4
August 6, 2013
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