If you want to enhance your level of professionalism by earning the Graduate REALTOR® Institute Designation (GRI), IAR is offering a new fast-track option to help you earn credit for Course I so you can move directly to Course II this December.IAR's new proficiency exam  allows you to earn full credit for Course I without attending a classroom course or meeting equivalency requirements. A second fast-track option is to take a course through the GRI Course I Equivalency Program .
The September Pending Home Sales Index  fell 5.6 percent compared to August and 1.2 percent compared to a year ago, a result of higher home prices and mortgage rates impacting buyers and housing affordability, said NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun. While there may be a flat trend going into 2014, Yun said inventory shortages will continue to boost home prices, but it may be at a slower growth rate. Midwest pending sales, while 8.3 percent lower than August, still remained higher than September 2012. Read more from NAR .
Contrary to false rumors circulating on social media, the IRSCANNOT file a lien against your home if you fail to pay the penalty for not buying health insurance, NAR reports .
In a new video  IAR Chief Legal Counsel Steve Bochenek and IAR Hotline Attorney Betsy Urbance discuss which licenses are needed and the requirements under the Illinois Community Association Managers Act.
Missed the Oct. 24 IAR Legal Webinar ? IAR members can download the one-hour webinar with IAR legal counsel discussing what errors and omissions insurance policies cover as well as some of the things policies typically don't cover. (Login required).
During the first week of the Illinois General Assembly's veto session, the Senate Executive Committee approved two amendments to HB 1551 including one requested by IAR to clarify a provision permitting the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District to purchase real property. Read more in the latest State Capitol Report. 
Do you want to take your exam at your home or office, morning, noon or night? You can do that using our new web-based proctoring service available to proctor your online CE exam at no additional cost to you. It's easy to use and a convenient alternative to on-site proctoring. Click here to review course options .
By April 30, 2014, Illinois Broker licensees must have completed the CE requirements and applied to renew their license through IDFPR. IAR's Licensing & Training Center has created a Q&A and checklist  to help you get ready. This week's question:
In fact, more than half of people surveyed by a recentrealtor.com  2013 Haunted House Report said they might be open to buying a haunted house, but most would expect to get a discount on the property. Read more .
Find practical strategies for determining if now is the right time to hire an assistant and what you need to know about working with licensed or unlicensed assistants  in the most recent issue of Illinois REALTOR®.
Register for GRI by Oct. 31 and Save!  GRI returns to Chicagoland Dec. 2-5 at the Westin Chicago Northwest, Itasca. Register by Thursday for the early-bird rate and save.Find course details and register .