REALTORS® Show Their Strength in Springfield 

Illinois REALTORS® are out in force this week as hundreds attended the Illinois Housing Leaders Conference, featuring special guests, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn and Attorney General Lisa Madigan.  For today's Capitol Conference, they head to the state capitol to lobby state legislators about the issues important to private property owners and the industry.  

Find event highlights including:

IAR Honors Inductees to the RPAC Hall of Fame

Last night IAR recognized seven RPAC Hall of Fame inductees for reaching $25,000 in lifetime contributions to the REALTORS® Political Action Commitee: Jean Crosby, William T. Griffin, Ron Hardgrove, John Kretchmar, Pam Krieter, Piero Orsi and Robert J. Zoretich. Each received an award and enduring recognition on the IAR RPAC Hall of Fame Wall in Springfield. Click here to learn "What Is, What Isn't Law because of RPAC.(Disclaimer: The Illinois REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC) solicits contributions from IAR members only.)

RPAC Successes in the April 9 Election

Find a recap of the election results from REALTOR®-supported state and local candidates who are supportive of homeownership, private property rights and the real estate industry.

Industry News & Trends

Illinois Foreclosure Activity Dips in 1Q 2013

Illinois saw a 2 percent drop in the first quarter of 2013 compared to the fourth quarter of 2012 and was 5 percent lower than a year ago, according to RealtyTrac. But Illinois' foreclosure rate remains high, ranking third in the nation. Read a news release from RealtyTrac.

RealtyTrac: Foreclosures Taking Longer to Complete

The timeline for a U.S. foreclosure to be completed hit a record average of 477 days in the first quarter of 2013. In Illinois, the average timeline was 720 days, RealtyTrac reports.  

U.S. Treasury Webinar on April 18 to Discuss Foreclosure Prevention Solutions

If you are a real estate industry professional interested in helping struggling homeowners find solutions to foreclosure then you will want to register for the webinar, "Illinois: State and Federal Foreclosure Prevention Solutions."

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

Register for IAR Multicultural Summit by April 18 and pay $25

Expand your global business opportunities by learning more about Caribbean and South African markets at this year's IAR Multicultural Summit, April 26, in Oak Brook. 

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

In a one-hour webinar on April 24, Greg Herder will tell you how to take control and direct the outcome of your listing presentations. Click here for information about joining the webinar.

Tips to Help You Sell More This Spring

Get ready for a successful spring housing market with tips from real estate trainer Bob Corcoran for both seller's agents and buyer's agents recently published in HousingWire.

Convince Your Buyers and Sellers to Participate in Nationwide Open House Weekend

Don't miss out on the once-a-year visibility that comes with participating in REALTORS® Open House Weekend, April 20-21.Find reasons why both your buyers and sellers should participate and be part of something big this month.

Still Time to Register for Remaining IAR Broker Management CE Webinar

Managing brokers, get the 12 hours 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 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 2013 Illinois REALTOR® of the Year John P. Vranas 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. 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 20-21

REALTORS® Nationwide Open House Weekend is a national event with REALTORS® hosting open houses throughout the country. 

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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