The hot topic at the Illinois Housing Leaders Conference , , in Springfield will be how REALTORS® can help "boomerang buyers," who lost their homes during the Great Recession get back into the market. The conference, which kicks off IAR's Capitol Conference and Lobby Day  on , features a panel discussion on the challenges facing boomerang buyers. Keynote speaker is Shari Olefson, director of the Carnegie Group and author of "Financial Fresh Start." This year's conference also features the opportunity to earn CE. Learn more about theIllinois Housing Leaders Conference  and IAR Capitol Conference .
Congratulations to REALTOR® Dan Wagner , of Inland Real Estate Group, on being the first official RPAC Ambassador! Join Dan by signing up by for the 1,000 Points of Light RPAC Ambassadors campaign.Click here  for program details, pledge cards and an acceptance letter. (Disclaimer: The Illinois REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC) solicits contributions from IAR members only.)
The U.S. House is expected to vote on the Flood Insurance Affordability Act, which would delay higher flood insurance rates for consumers. The legislation is a top REALTOR® priority. Read more from NAR .
See coverage of Let's Talk Real Estate events with U.S. Reps.Dan Lipinski in Orland Park  and Cheri Bustos in Rock Island . Register for upcoming events with Randy Hultgren on March 7in Batavia  and with Jan Schakowsky on March 10 in Glenview .
REALTOR® Magazine is accepting nominations for this year'sGood Neighbor Awards  until . Five winners will be chosen from around the country. If you know Illinois REALTORS® who are standout volunteers who make their community a better place to live, then be sure to nominate them.
How will Illinois' new concealed carry law affect your brokerage? Find out by registering for a one-hour IAR Legal Webinar at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. During the webinar, Sorling Northrup attorneys will address legal issues and questions surrounding the new concealed carry statutes and present sample policy. Register now .
The polar vortex and lower inventory levels may have caused January home sales to dip 7.5 percent compared to last year, but median home prices climbed 9.6 percent annually, according to the latest IAR housing report . Nationally, existing home sales dropped 5.1 percent compared to last year while median prices were up 10.7 percent from last year, NAR reports .
IAR members who register by IAR Spring Conference & Expo  pay just $99. This year's speaker lineup includes Kim Daugherty on the keys to business success, Chris Bird with the latest tax tips and CE courses with Trista Curzydlo and Annette Akey. Register now .for
Visit the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) Real Estate Broker Renewal website  to submit your renewal application. Remember you will need the unique PIN number that was included on your yellow renewal postcard in order to complete your renewal. Questions? Click here  for IAR's Official Q&A and Checklist for the 2014 Broker License Renewal.
The IAR Licensing and Training Center has convenient Online CE with "Anywhere Online Proctoring " to help you complete your CE requirements without leaving home. Questions? Send them to firstname.lastname@example.org  and click below to learn more about your online CE options plus home study options.
Applications for the Real Estate Educational Foundation's (REEF) Academic scholarships must be submitted by www.ilreef.org .. Since 2000, REEF has awarded scholarships totaling over $412,300 to talented college students and real estate professionals. Learn more about these and other REEF scholarships at
Three Rivers Association of REALTORS®, Chicago Association of REALTORS®, WCR Rockford and many more are making the competition fierce. Plus, new and improved (secured) VIP seating for $50 and a hat contest for $20. The derby is Get the derby details . (Disclaimer: The Illinois REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC) solicits contributions from IAR members only.), immediately following the ROTY Banquet at the Hilton Springfield.
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