The theme for the 2013 IAR Fall Conference & Expo  focuses on the influence IAR’s 41,000 members have. Called the Power of R, the theme is the brainchild of association President-elect Phil Chiles. Learn how you can show your REALTOR® spirit  by submitting pictures of you and your staff showing your “R”. #PowerofR
IAR's meetings with Illinois' Congressional delegation is helping spread the REALTOR® message to some of the country's legislative decision makers. Follow the coverage on the IARbuzz blog,  including information on the Aug. 29 meeting with U.S. Rep. Bill Enyart in Fairview Heights. IAR members met Tuesday with U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth. The meetings are part of an ongoing series of sessions with Illinois congressional representatives.
Beginning Jan. 1, 2014, using hand-held cell phones/PDA devices while driving will be illegal in Illinois under HB 1247 , which was signed into law by Gov. Pat Quinn last Friday. Electronic communications devices CAN be used in your vehicle if the driver is using it hands-free or in voice-operated mode, which may include the use of a headset.
Register now  for Thursday's 9:30 a.m. webinar, "Disclosures...Revisted: Plus Updates on Cook County Fair Housing Ordinance, etc. " with IAR Legal Counsel Steve Bochenek and Legal Hotline Attorney Betsy Urbance. During the one-hour webinar, they will provide an update on the Cook County Section 8 ordinance and also discuss disclosures required in the real estate transaction and the broker's role in each (e.g., lead paint, radon, seller disclosure,disclosure of latent material defects, disclosure of stigmas related to the property).
IAR will release the Illinois July home sales report at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 21. As an IAR member you have exclusive access to county-by-county data, market talking points and more. Log in to Members Only IAR MarketStats .
In its new Housing Market Recovery Index , RealtyTrac highlights 20 U.S. markets (out of 100 tracked) leading the real estate recovery including the Moline-Rock Island-Davenport market in Illinois and Iowa. The Rockford market made the lagging recovery list, due in part to high unemployment and other factors. Read more from RealtyTrac .
Amidst the debate over mortgage finance reform, NAR's researchers look at the stable and positive benefits of having a 30-year, fixed rate mortgage option for homeowners. Read more from NAR .
Going to IAR Fall Conference & Expo? Trainer John D. Reyes will kick things off with his opening session, "Mobile Technology and All that You Can Do," on Oct. 2. Watch this short video  and see why you don't want to miss this complete overview of current technologies including: social networking, online video, iPads and mobile applications. The IAR Fall Conference & Expo runs from Oct. 1-3, in St. Charles. See a list of speakers and sessions  and don't forget to register by the Sept. 4 early-bird deadline for the best rate! #PowerofR
Get valuable tips on how to make the most of your mobile devices and social networks by attending the half-day REbarcamp on Oct. 1, powered by the Illinois Young Professionals Network (YPN). Registration is free. See who's coming and reserve your ticket to the event. 
If you work with international buyers or would like to get started, a Chicago Tribune article, "A new wave of homebuyers ," talks to recent buyers in the Chicago area about what they look for in an agent.
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