FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 13, 2011
Contact: Mary Schaefer
217-529-2600

 Illinois REALTORS® Learn and Network at Annual IAR Convention in St. Charles
Oct. 11-13

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – REALTORS® and other real estate professionals from throughout Illinois gathered October 11-13, 2011, for the Illinois Association of REALTORS® (IAR) 95th Annual Convention and Expo at the Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles.

This year’s convention, themed “Vision of the Future: Today's Challenges, Tomorrow's Opportunities,” offered marketing and tech tools to help REALTORS® improve their business skills now while providing industry information and inspiration to prepare for the future. Featured speakers included top producing agent Brian Copeland, marketing expert Chuck Bode, national industry coach Verl Workman, credit consultant JoAnn Sworan and popular industry trainer Lynn Madison.

This year's Convention also featured an Illinois Real Estate Forum on Finance with industry experts: John Calk, vice chairman of The Federal Savings Bank and president and COO of Chicago Bancorp; Bryan Zises, assistant executive director of the Illinois Housing Development Authority; and Calvin Holmes, president of the Chicago Community Loan Fund.

“The annual IAR Convention and Expo is an opportunity for Illinois real estate agents and brokers to share ideas and educate themselves on the latest market and finance trends, business strategies and technology tools to succeed in the industry,” said 2012 IAR President Loretta Alonzo.

REALTORS® had the opportunity to earn up to six hours of continuing education (CE) credit while at the Convention. IAR Legal Hotline Attorney Betsy Urbance reviewed the licensing, agency, compensation and escrow rules required under the license law in her course, "Agency, License Law and Escrow 2.0" on October 11. Instructor Marki Lemons walked REALTORS® through the process of preparing a short sale package and the timeline to get everything accomplished in, "Short Sales: The Result of Foreclosure," on October 13. 

Top vendors serving the Illinois real estate industry showcased their products and services in a state-of-the-art trade expo.

Inaugural gala activities included a reception, dinner and dance in honor of the incoming 2012 IAR officers. New officers are President Loretta Alonzo, CRB, GRI, broker-owner of Century 21 Alonzo & Associates, La Grange Park; President-Elect Michael D. Oldenettel, CRS, GRI, managing broker-owner of RE/MAX Results Plus, Jacksonville; and Treasurer Phil Chiles, ABR, CRS, GRI, broker-associate with the Real Estate Group, Springfield.

For more information about the 2011 IAR Convention and Expo, visit the Illinois Association of REALTORS® website at www.illinoisrealtor.org or call 217-529-2600.

The Illinois Association of REALTORS® is a voluntary trade organization whose 44,000 members are engaged in all facets of the real estate industry. In addition to serving the professional needs of its members, the Illinois Association of REALTORS® works to protect the rights of private property owners in the state by recommending and promoting legislation that safeguards and advances the rights of real property ownership.

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