The Broker License Renewal deadline is 15 days away! If you are an Illinois broker licensed between Feb. 1, 2012 and Jan. 31, 2014, and you still need to complete the 30-hour broker post-license requirements for your renewal, the IAR Licensing and Training Center is offering one last webinar before the April 30 deadline.
Find more information and resources about the April 30, 2014 Broker License Renewal deadline including:
You can now order magnets, window clings and stickers ($4 each) designating a Concealed Carry Prohibited Area from theAccessories Section  of the IAR REALTOR® Store. Need the most up-to-date IAR forms including the new concealed carry sample policy and the residential owner release form? All are available as free downloads for IAR members  and some may be ordered in quantity from the IAR REALTOR® Store.
Illinois REALTORS®, were on hand Monday as Gov. Pat Quinn traveled to Chicago, Rockford, Peoria and the Quad Cities for the official rollout of the state's newest homebuyer loan program. Learn more about Welcome Home Illinois  and how you can use it for qualifying first-time Illinois homebuyers.
Gain new business insights, network and earn up to six hours of CE at the IAR Spring Conference & Expo  in Collinsville, May 7-8. Speakers include Kim Daugherty, Chris Bird and CE instructors Trista Curzydlo and Annette Akey. The event also includes an IAR Legal Services Breakfast. Find a schedule  and check out the virtual expo  list of vendors.
Interested in serving on an IAR committee in 2015? Click here  for an application form and submit it by the May 26, 2014 deadline.
The IAR office and the IAR Legal Hotline will be closed on April 18 in observance of Good Friday.
Don't miss the opportunity to meet face-to-face with U.S. Reps. Peter Roskam, John Shimkus and Luis Gutiérrez in their congressional districts and talk about the issues affecting real estate in IAR's ongoing series, "Let's Talk Real Estate ."
Thanks to the hundreds of REALTORS® who responded to the Call to Action supporting Senate Bill 2664. The Senate approved the bill which creates a clear and fair formula for calculating the amount to be paid by purchasers of foreclosed condominiums and gives them notice of the obligations. Read more about this and other legislative developments in the latest issue of State Capitol Report . For a list of all the bills, IAR is tracking this spring, check out the 2014 State Legislative Tracking Report  in the IAR Action Center (log in required).
IAR works with municipalities to ensure that "crime free housing ordinances" don't unfairly punish landlords and property owners. IAR's Mike Scobey runs down the components that are needed in a well-crafted program in an IARbuzz blog post .
Mark your calendar, the IAR Fall Conference & Expo  is headed to Chicago! This year's event will be held Sept. 4-6, at the Hyatt Recency McCormick Place, close to the lakefront and museums. Register now and pay the early-bird rate of $149. See you in Chicago!
What are the keys to creating a successful real estate team? What are the pitfalls to avoid? Send your ideas firstname.lastname@example.org  and you could be featured in an upcoming issue of Illinois REALTOR® magazine.
More consumers want contemporary, spa-like bathrooms, according to a study by the National Kitchen and Bath Association . Other items on the wish list? Steam showers, higher toilets and sinks and universal designs.
Comparing median home prices with family income data, ZipRealty ranks Chicago as the most affordable metro market for 2014. Read more .
Let's Talk Real Estate with Congressman Peter Roskam , St. Charles
Let's Talk Real Estate with Congressman John Shimkus , Effingham
IAR Spring Conference & Expo , Collinsville