The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) will send license renewal notices to brokers the first week of February. Look for the yellow post cards in your mailbox, and make sure you have everything you need to keep your license active.
Illinois REALTORS® met for the IAR Public Policy Meetings  in East Peoria to talk about local, state and federal policies affecting the industry. Find highlights including a video of IAR's new consumer guide to property taxes in Illinois , an update from IDFPR  and a presentation on the 2014 housing and economic forecast from U of I's Geoffrey Hewings .
Congratulations to Pat Callan, managing broker-owner of Realty Executives Premiere in Wheaton, on being named the 2014 REALTOR® of the Year . Callan, a past president of IAR, has a long history of service and dedication to the REALTOR® organization. He will be honored at the REALTOR® of the Year Banquet  on April 2 in Springfield. Order tickets now. 
Congratulations to Stan Sieron, of Stan Sieron and Company in Belleville, this year's recipient of the IAR Political Involvement Award , which recognizes outstanding political and legislative service to the REALTOR® organization. Sieron also is a former president of IAR.
Watch video coverage  of the Jan. 23 IAR Town Hall held prior to the IAR Board of Directors Meeting in East Peoria. Among the topics covered: concealed carry proposals, license law topics, legislative initiatives and more.
In a statement, NAR President Steve Brown applauded the U.S. Senate for moving to consider and debate the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act, which, if approved, would temporarily halt rate increases. Read more .
Illinois home sales totaled 153,492 in 2013, an 18.9 percent increase over 2012 and the highest level since before the housing downturn, according to the latest IAR housing report . The statewide year-end median price was also higher at $150,000, an 8.3 percent increase over last year. Looking at December, home sales and prices were stronger than November. Find county-by-county data, market talking points and more. Log in to Members Only Marketstats . Nationally, 2013 existing-home sales were the highest in seven years, NAR reports .
Illinois saw a year of strong price and sales growth in the real estate industry.Watch a video  from IAR outlining the highlights of the 2013 housing market. IAR members can also download a 2013 Annual Report of the Illinois Housing Market .
Illinois REALTORS® met with Congresswoman Kelly in Glenwood on Monday for the latest in IAR's "Let's Talk Real Estate " events aimed at building the lines of communication between REALTORS® and their Congressional representatives. Read more on the IARbuzz blog  and Kelly's Facebook page . Find upcoming Let's Talk Real Estate events  and watch for registration links to be coming soon.
Thanks to everyone who participated in the IAR RPAC Auction held last week during the IAR Public Policy meetings. The '80s-themed auction raised over $85,000 for RPAC and brought out some like totally rad fashions.
Become one of 1,000 RPAC Ambassadors  in 2014 and help protect your industry and private property rights. The deadline to sign up is March 31, 2014. Click here to find program details, pledge cards and an acceptance letter.(Disclaimer: The Illinois REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC) solicits contributions from IAR members only.)
IAR Licensing & Training Center Webinar 
Broker Pre License Applied Real Estate Principles with Norm Willoughby