The Illinois Association of REALTORS® wishes you and yours a Happy Thanksgiving holiday. The IAR office and the IAR Legal Hotline will close atand reopen on .
The REALTOR® Family effort to help the victims of the Nov. 17 tornadoes that devastated many communities across Illinois continues. More than $70,000 has been raised so far, but more aid is needed. Watch a video message  from IAR President Phil Chiles urging you to help the storm victims. 
How you can help:
Join IAR President Phil Chiles for a Town Hall Meeting Webinar at Click here for login information to join the webinar .. During the town hall, Chiles will discuss the issues and items that will be presented to the IAR Board of Directors on .
Annual housing market gains continued in Illinois in October with sales up 3.7 percent and the statewide median price up 13.8 percent over previous-year levels, according to the latest IAR housing report . But there are factors impacting the market including: lower inventory, the effects of the federal government shutdown and seasonal slowdowns. Watch a new video  from IAR on the market. Nationally, October existing-home sales were down 3.2 percent compared to September but were 6.0 percent higher than a year ago, NAR reports .
U.S. pending home sales declined for the fifth consecutive month in October but NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun said the overall market recovery continues and pending sales are expected to level out. Read NAR's news release  andwatch a new video  with Yun.
2013 has been a good one for residential real estate. Share anew infographic from IAR  that looks at the highs and lows of the market from rising prices and sales to dwindling inventory and time on market.
Download the infographic, "The Highs and Lows of the Illinois Housing Market" as a pdf  | jpg .
IAR members can download the Nov. 20 IAR Legal Webinar that covered the Cook County Fair Housing Ordinance, issues related to contract for deed sales and more. Legal webinars are an IAR members-only benefit so you need to log in .
The Graduate REALTORS® Institute (GRI) of Illinois  is at the Westin Chicago Northwest in Itasca. Registration is closed but there are some walk-in spaces still available.
By Q&A and checklist  to help you get ready. This week's question:, 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
NAR today applauded the Federal Housing Finance Agency's (FHFA) decision to leave the current limits on conforming loans in place. Read the statement  from NAR President Steve Brown.
As new construction begins to pick up, impact fees and the requirements for local schools in those communities are once again on the radar. Local Government Affairs Director (GAD) Conor Brown covers the topic on the IARbuzz blog .
Skylights is an online tool that enables Illinois REALTORS® to stay current on the local issues that impact their business and private property rights. Find at-a-glance maps showing where IAR's governmental affairs efforts are active and get updates on issues that affect you. Login with your NRDS ID  |Look Up NRDS ID