Don't miss out on your chance to be a part of something big this month! Join REALTORS® across the country as they participate in Nationwide Open House Weekend on April 20-21. There is still time for you to take part in this once a year open house event that brings buyers and sellers together and promotes the benefits of homeownership to the public. 

Get Out the REALTOR® Vote Today!

Let the REALTOR® voice be heard at the polls. Do your civic duty today and vote for local candidates who support private property rights and understand the role real estate plays in a vibrant, recovering economy. 

RPAC Has been Active Leading Up to Election Day

Here are four things you need to know about REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC) campaign support.

See You Next Week in Springfield 

IAR's Housing Leaders Conference and Capitol Conference is April 15-16 in Springfield and in a short video IAR Governmental Affairs Director Greg St. Aubin provides an overview of what you can expect at this high-profile event. Industry News & Trends

Scam Alert! Be Leery of Phone Calls Like This One

From IAR Legal: The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation(IDFPR) recently reported to IAR that a real estate licensee received a phone call telling her that her license is inactive and needed to be reinstated. The caller said they were from a law firm and that the licensee needed to send $3,000 to get her license re-upped. IDFPR stated that it does not hire anyone to call inactive or expired licensees. These facts have all the markings of a scam. If something like this happens to you, you should notify the local police and/or the Illinois Attorney General's office

2013 Class of "30 Under 30" Includes Two from Illinois

Congratulations to REALTOR® Matt Laricy, of Americorp Real Estate in Chicago, and REALTOR® Leo Solarte, of First Western Properties, Inc, in Chicago. Both have been named to REALTOR® Magazine's annual competition spotlighting real estate rising stars from around the country.

NAR: Vacation Home Sales Up, Investment Purchases Elevated

Vacation-home sales rose 10.1 percent in 2012, accounting for 11 percent of all home purchases last year, according to the 2013 Investment and Vacation Home Buyers Survey. During the same time, investment sales dipped 2.1 percent but remained elevated for a second year.

FEMA Announces Changes to National Flood Insurance Program

NAR, which has met with FEMA to voice concerns about new rates and premiums, has posted information about the proposed FEMA changes.

 

Will I Look Good in Horizontal Stripes?

Mark your calendar for the April 25 IAR Legal Webinar. IAR Chief Legal Counsel Steve Bochenek and Legal Hotline Attorney Betsy Urbance will discuss the scope of the brokerage license and potential consequences for crossing the line. Find registration information.

Sales & Marketing

Want to Expand Your Business to Another Country?

This April for just $25 you can learn how it's done from three active Illinois REALTORS® working across cultures including Maria Davies, vice president of World Council of REALTORS®, Christine Klein and Ahmad Badat. See the full line-up of this information-packed half day program, the IAR Multicultural Summit, Friday, April 26 in Oak Brook. Register by April 18.  

IAR Lunch & Learn Webinar: Listing Presentations that Work Every Time

Don't miss the April 24 webinar for IAR members. Speaker Greg Herder will share tips for taking control and directing the outcome of your listing presentations so that you get the results you want every time. The one-hour webinar begins at noon. Click here for information about joining.

Three Reasons to Sell Now

Share this one with potential sellers who are on the fence about putting their home on the market this spring. The KCM Blog will be outlining three reasons to sell now. The first part looks at the growing and strengthening demand for real estate this year.

Still Time to Register for Remaining IAR Broker Management CE Webinar

Managing brokers, get the 12 hours of of broker management continuing education credit you may need by the April 30 deadline. (Broker Management CE is only required if you transitioned your license by Proficiency Exam). Register now for the final IAR class on April 26-27 (Friday/Saturday), with Instructor Norm Willoughby. IAR offers an interactive webinar format or you can attend the classroom session at IAR's Springfield office. Learn more.

License Renewal Q & A and More

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

Events

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. The Illinois Real Estate Educational Foundation and IAR will honor the 2013 Illinois REALTOR® of the Year and all local Board REALTORS® of the year on April 17 in Springfield. 

April 17

Get Your VIP Seat for the RPAC Stick Horse Derby. Come watch the races — it's going to be a lot of fun — and just $50 gets you a VIP seat. Plus, silent auction, bucket auction and raffle with $300, $200 and $100 prizes. Wednesday night after the ROTY banquet at the Hilton Springfield. (Disclaimer: The Illinois REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC) solicits contributions from IAR members only.)

April 26

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

May 8-9

IAR Spring Conference & Expo at the Gateway Center in Collinsville. Get motivated with sessions on technology, tips for boosting your business success, industry and legal updates and up to six hours of CE.

May 20

Deadline to submit entries for NAR's 14th Annual Good Neighbor Awards.

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