IAR Releases 2013 Annual Report 

The Illinois Association of REALTORS® 2013 Annual Report highlights the association's accomplishments of the last year. Click here to download a pdf copy of the report. Among the highlights: IAR transitioned to a 28-member Board of Directors, the association launched its Let's Talk Real Estate with Members of Congress series and IAR's members met and exceeded goals for RPAC. Read the full IAR Annual Report for more.

Schedule Changes for Springfield Habitat Build

If you are volunteering for IAR's Habitat for Humanity build in Springfield, be aware that dates for the remainder of the project have changed as subcontractors work to finish their portions of the project. New work datesare: July 7-12 for painting, July 14-18 for flooring and July 28-30 for general cleanup.Register for the Springfield build or the upcoming project in Aurora. #PowerofR

NAR: REALTORS® Applaud U.S. House Passage of Mortgage Choice Act

The U.S. House passed legislation yesterday redefining the Ability-to-Repay rules that would put a 3 percent cap on points and fees for Qualified Mortgages. It now heads to the U.S. Senate. Read a statement from NAR President Steve Brown.

FHFA Seeks Comments on Mortgage Guarantee Fees

The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) is looking for comments on how lender guarantee fees, or G-fees, are set on Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae mortgage loans and the impact raising those fees will have on consumer credit availability. Click here to submit your comment by Aug. 4. 

Video: Legislative Wins for Illinois REALTORS®

IAR’s team of advocates, backed by 41,000 members, notched several key victories in the Spring Session of the Illinois General Assembly. Take a look at featured wins, and hear from IAR’s lobbyists who worked with members to make these victories possible in a newIAR video.

Win for Commercial REALTORS® in Lake County

In another win for REALTOR® advocacy, the village of Bannockburn abandoned plans for a lease tax on storage rental units after the North Shore-Barrington Association of REALTORS® raised concerns about the negative impact on commercial property owners. Local GAD Howard Handler covered the issue for the IARbuzz blog.

What's New After Session: BPOs, Condo Act and the New Division of Real Estate

Register now for the June 24 IAR Legal Webinar. IAR Legal Services will discuss legal developments from the Illinois General Assembly's spring session, including an executive order and new legislation of interest to the real estate industry. Send your questions in advance towebinar@iar.org

It's Game On in Chicago for IAR Fall Conference & Expo, Sept. 4-6

Get inspired at the 2014 IAR Fall Conference & Expo, this September in Chicago! Featured speakers include Ashton Gustafson with tips on integrating technology, motivational speaker Matt Tenney with leadership strategies and Laurie Moore-Moore with ideas for maximizing your success in the luxury market. You'll also have the opportunity to earn six hours CE with popular trainers Lynn Madison and Marki Lemons Ryhal. Find details on accommodations, a preliminary schedule and register now to pay the early-bird rate of $149. #GameOnIAR

Illinois GRI Celebrates 50 Years! Now at Peoria Location

GRI is back at the Peoria Marriott Pere Marquette, Dec. 1-4. Get on the fast-track to GRI with our Course I equivalency & proficiency exam options. Register today for Course IICourse III, or the GRI Grad Course.

More Boomers Buying Homes with Cash

The number of non-investment home buyers purchasing with cash rose to record highs — 29 percent — in the first quarter of this year and Baby Boomers led the pack,according to NAR.

Chicago Makes List of Most LGBT-Friendly Cities

The city of Chicago ranks No. 10 when it comes to U.S. cities friendliest to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans, according to a list compiled by the personal finance website Nerdwallet.

Census: Top Reasons Why People Move

Wanting a new or better home, finding cheaper housing and moving closer to work are the top reasons people decide to move, but some categories have grown more important in recent decades, according to a new U.S. Census Bureau release. Read the full report, Reason for Moving: 2012-2013. Also find an infographic to share.

Events

June 17-18

IAR Licensing & Training Webinar, Managing Broker Pre-License, Applied Management and Supervision (15-hour) with Norm Willoughby

June 24

IAR Legal Webinar, "What's New After Session: BPOs, Condo Act and the new Division of Real Estate

June 25-26

IAR Licensing & Training Webinar, Broker Pre-License, Applied Real Estate Principles (15-hour) with Lynn Madison

July 7

Habitat for Humanity Build begins in Aurora

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