Save $10 on Walk-In Registration for IAR Spring Conference & Expo

The IAR Spring Conference & Expo is Wednesday and Thursday in Collinsville!Print this coupon and save $10 on your walk-in registration for this two-day event packed with educational sessions on technology, motivation, business and legal issues. You'll also have the opportunity to earn up to 6 hours CE and visit the real estate expo with more than 60 vendors showcasing tools and products to help you build your business this year.

IAR Call for Action: Urge a NO vote on SB 1244!

Take action now and ask your state representative to vote NO on SB 1244, legislation that would create an additional fee on recorded documents in Lake County. The bill has passed the Illinois Senate and will be coming up for a vote in the House.

Cook County Call for Action: Rental Housing Freedom Being Threatened

The Cook County Board is considering an amendment to the county's Human Rights Ordinance that will force landlords to accept Section 8 vouchers. IAR and various landlord groups are strongly opposed. Click here to learn more and find out how you can take action.

Q-C REALTORS® Campaign Against Mandatory Sprinklers

The Quad-Cities area is the latest battleground in the REALTOR® fight against mandatory fire sprinklers in new residential construction. Quad-City REALTORS® are part of a local industry coalition educating the public against sprinklers, which would drive up housing costs and limit consumer choice. Read more in the Quad-City Times.

General Assembly Committee Action DeadlineThis Friday

It will be a busy week in Springfield as Illinois legislators work to meet this week's committee action deadline. Read the latest State Capitol Report for updates on key bills your IAR lobbyists are monitoring.

RPAC Minute

RPAC supported a bond proposal in Rockford during the April elections that increased the countywide sales tax to help pay off school debt and ward off higher property taxes. REALTOR® Debbie Carlson was quoted in the local newspaper on the successful RPAC/REALTOR®-supported campaign issue. "The buyer may be able to afford the payment on the house but when you put in the taxes, it can make or break a house sale." Read more about RPAC at work in elections.

Illinois REALTORS® Head to Washington, D.C., Next Week

REALTORS® attending NAR Midyear MeetingsMay 13-18, will meet with members of Congress to talk about industry issues including sales tax fairness and the rural housing program.

Industry News & Trends

Four Threats to the Housing Recovery

Housing is growing stronger but panelists at the Milken Institute Global Conference point to factors that could threaten the recovery including: scarcity of land, risks for property flippers, foreign buyers inflating prices and a patchy, uneven recovery in varying markets. Read more from NAR.

First-Time Mortgage Defaults Fall to 2007 Levels

First-time defaults dropped to 0.84 percent of all mortgages in March, the lowest level since 2007, according to data from Lender Processing Services, Inc. Get the details in a recent Bloomberg article. 

Interested in Serving As An IAR At-Large Director in 2014?

If so, click on this link to complete the application process. All applications and supporting documentation must be received by IAR by May 22, 2013. All applicants will be interviewed by the Nominating Committee. If you have questions, contact Becky Carraher of IAR staff at rcarraher@iar.org or by telephone at 217-391-4803.

Know a Good Neighbor? Nominations Due May 20

REALTOR® Magazine is seeking nominations for its annual Good Neighbor AwardsNominate an Illinois REALTOR® who has made an extraordinary commitment to the community through volunteer work. Read more about recent Illinois finalists and winners in the IARbuzz blog.

Sales & Marketing

May 29 Lunch and Learn Webinar: Top Ten Social Media Tips 

Trainer Matthew Ferrara will share his top 10 tips to help you maximize Facebook and Twitter in this month's IAR "Lunch and Learn" webinar on Wednesday, May 29. You'll learn how to expand your online presence, generate interaction with friends and followers, and drive repeat business and referrals by focusing on your sphere of influence. Click here to register for this FREE, one-hour webinar that begins at noon.

Infographic: Top Five Reasons People Buy

Wonder why people decide to buy? See this KCMblog infographic on the five financial and non-financial reasons (according to a recent Gallup poll) that people choose to buy a home of their own. Among the non-financial reasons: Their belief in homeownership and that owning a home is a better place for their family.

Events

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. Walk-ins still welcome.

May 13-18

NAR Midyear Legislative Meetings will be held in Washington, D.C.

May 16

Register for "All About Short Sales," a U.S. Treasury workshop/webinar being held May 16 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont.

May 20

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

June 18

MREDpalooza, Chicagoland's largest real estate tech expo, will be held in Rosemont, Ill. Visit the IAR/RPAC booth.

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