This week, Illinois REALTORS® are recognized for giving back to their communities.Click here  to stay up to date on what is happening in your community and learn more about how you can help give back this holiday season. #PowerofR
One way you can give back and make a difference is by making a donation to help the victims of the November tornadoes . REALTORS® have raised nearly $200,000 so far. IAR has partnered with two organizations to accept donations. Click below to donate.
Applications for housing assistance grants  for those affected by the recent Illinois tornadoes are now available for download on the IAR website. The maximum grant is $1,500 for one individual household and is restricted to co-payments on temporary housing (rentals) and co-payments on mortgages. Click here to learn more or to apply .
NAR's REALTOR® Magazine is hosting a one-hour webinar  on Dec. 12. to help answer questions REALTORS® may have about their responsibilities and options as an independent contractor or small business owner. Register now .
The number of homes in foreclosure fell in October compared to a year earlier, part of a trend seen in other areas of the country, the Chicago Tribune reports .
Register for the Dec. 12IAR Lunch and Learn Webinar  with national real estate trainer Terri Murphy, who will discuss how to "double down" to increase your sales and marketing effectiveness in 2014. Murphy offers a sneak peek in this short video preview  and click here to register  for the one-hour webinar that begins at noon.
The KCM Blog looks to a new study from the Joint Center of Housing Studies at Harvard University  for five reasons it makes financial sense for people to buy a home including the substantial tax benefits and hedging against future inflation.Read more .
A federal bill aimed at "discouraging frivolous patent lawsuits brought by patent holders with hopes of large settlements" has been passed by the U.S. House. NAR supports the bill and wants to see similar legislation passed in the Senate as REALTORS® have been targets of these patent trolls. Read NAR's statement .
Mark your calendars for the Dec. 19 legal webinar  where the topic will be year-end items and new legislation of concern to REALTORS®. If you have something you would like to hear about, you may send your question in advance firstname.lastname@example.org . The one-hour webinar begins at 9:30 a.m.
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:
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 of IAR's governmental affairs efforts and get updates on issues that affect you.Login with your NRDS ID  | Look Up NRDS ID 
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