Illinois REALTOR®: The Open House Issue 

Watch your mailbox this week for the AprilIllinois REALTOR®magazine, The Open House Issue. Get ready for REALTORS® Nationwide Open House Weekend on April 20-21, with marketing, prospecting and safety tips to help you get the most out of your open house event with, "Opening Doors and Business Opportunities."  

What else will you find in the latest issue?

Legislative & Advocacy

IAR Call to Action: Urge NO votes on SB 1155 and SB 1244!

Take action and urge Illinois lawmakers to vote "NO" on two bills: SB 1155 (HB 2437) a bill that would allow municipalities and counties to enact landlord licensing and crime-free housing ordinances, and SB 1244 (HB 2255) authorizing Lake County to impose a $3 surcharge for recording real estate-related documents. Click here to take action.

State Capitol Update

From a bill increasing penalties for metal theft or another creating uniform referendum language to cease being a home rule unit, read the latest State Capitol Report for an update on legislation IAR lobbyists are monitoring for you.

Four Things You Need to Know About RPAC

With the REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC) active in many local Illinois communities leading up to Election Day, you may receive a postcard in the mail or hear about RPAC supporting a particular candidate. Here are four things you need to know about RPAC 

IAR Earns Game Changer Award 

IAR was honored with an NAR Game Changer Award for its soon-to-be-debuted Skylights database. The database will allow IAR members to quickly find their political district, learn more about local issues affecting them and get information on how to get involved. Read more in the IARbuzz blog.

Don't Wait! Only Three IAR Broker Management CE Webinars Remaining

Register now for a two-day IAR class designed to get managing brokers the 12 hours of broker management continuing education credit they may need by the April 30 deadline. (Broker Management CE is only required if you transitioned your license by Proficiency Exam). IAR offers the classes in an interactive online format for $159, or you can attend the classroom sessions at IAR's Springfield office for $139. See the list of upcoming sessions:

Find the new Q & A for answers to your license renewal questions. You also can take the proctored exam for the IAR Broker Management CE Webinars at one of 13 convenient kiosk locations.

Fannie Mae Short Sale Webinar on Thursday

Register for a FREE, one-hour webinar presented by Fannie Mae, "HomePath Short Sale: Improving the Short Sale Experience," at noon, March 21. You'll get updates on the Fannie Mae short sale process along with information and resources for escalating a short sale issue. 

REEF Scholarship Deadline April 1

Applications for the Real Estate Educational Foundation's (REEF) Academic scholarships must be submitted by April 1. These scholarships provide financial support to talented college students and real estate professionals. Click here to learn more about these and other REEF scholarships.

Sales & Marketing

Register for IAR Spring Conference by March 27 and Pay $99

IAR members who register by the early-bird deadline for the IAR Spring Conference & Expo, May 8-9, pay only $99 for the two-day Collinsville event that includes tech tips, strategies for professional success, an update on legal issues facing the industry along with 6 hours of CE. 

Watch Doug Devitre's Screen to Screen Selling Webinar

If you missed last week's Learn Over Lunch webinar about connecting with clients and selling without being physically present, IAR members can watch a recording of Doug Devitre's webinar. Coming April 24: Greg Herder's webinar, "The Listing Presentation that Works Every Time."

Legal Issues

IAR Legal Webinar: New Fair Housing Rule

April is Fair Housing Month and on March 28 IAR Chief Legal Counsel Steve Bochenek and Legal Hotline Attorney Betsy Urbance will be discussing new federal fair housing rule and other issues. Register now for the one-hour webinar that begins at 9:30 a.m. You may send questions in advance towebinar@iar.org

Industry News & Trends

IHDA Increases Mortgage Assistance for Illinois Hardest Hit

Beginning April 1, Illinois homeowners who are unemployed or underemployed and struggling to keep their home could qualify for $10,000 more — for up to a maximum of $35,000 per household — in mortgage assistance through the Illinois Hardest Hit program. Read more in the IARbuzz blog.

Flood Safety Awareness Week, March 18-22

Be prepared for the spring flooding season with safety tips and tools from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

Redfin: Chicago Second Fastest Real Estate Market

Redfin compared metro areas for what it calls flash sales, listings sold within 24 hours or less, and found that Chicago ranks No. 2.

Events

March 27

Early bird deadline for IAR Spring Conference, May 8-9 in Collinsville. Register now and IAR members pay only $99.

April 1  

Application deadline for the Real Estate Educational Foundation's (REEF) academic scholarships.  

April 15-16

The Illinois Housing Leaders Conference and the Capitol Conference "REALTOR®" Lobby Day" will be held in Springfield.  

April 16-18

IAR Business Meetings will be held in Springfield. 

April 17

REALTOR® of the Year Banquet. Join the Illinois Real Estate Educational Foundation and IAR in honoring the 2013 Illinois REALTOR® of the Year and all local Board REALTORS® of the year on April 17 in Springfield. Order your dinner ticket by April 3

April 26  

IAR Multicultural Summit: Opportunities in the Caribbean and South Africa will be held in Oak Brook. 

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