Weekly 8-13-13

Illinois REALTOR® Weekly Connection

Meetings with Members of Congress Continue This Week

IAR continues its series of face-to-face meetings with members of Illinois’ Congressional delegation with events with U.S. Reps. Rodney Davis on Wednesday and Adam Kinzinger on Thursday. Follow updates on the meetings at the IARbuzz blog, including coverage of recent events with U.S Rep. Danny Davis and U.S. Rep. Bill Foster. Don't see your representative on the upcoming schedule? IAR is working to secure additional meetings with the entire Illinois delegation so stay tuned! 

Click here for a complete list of scheduled meetings and to RSVP.

Slate Selected for IAR Board of Directors

A slate of candidates for IAR's Board of Directors has been selected by the organization's Nominating Committee and Advisory Council, a move that will take the board from 106 members to 28 voting members. Read more and see the list of names on the IARbuzz blog.

NAR Lauds President Obama's Commitment to Accessible Homeownership

In a recent speech on housing finance reform, President Obama supported many ideas that REALTORS® have long lobbied for including the continued access to affordable, 30-year fixed rate mortgages. Read NAR's statement along with a blog post from NAR 2013 President Gary Thomas.

CoreLogic: June U.S. Home Prices Up 11.9 Percent

Nationwide home prices, including distressed sales, continued to see year-over-year gains in June and that is expected to continue, CoreLogic reports. "In the first six months of 2013, the U.S. housing market appreciated a remarkable 10 percent. This trend in home price gains is moving at the fastest pace since 1977," said CoreLogic Chief Economist Dr. Mark Fleming.

Mortgage Delinquencies,Foreclosures Drop

Mortgage delinquency rates dropped 6.96 percent in the second quarter of 2013, marking the lowest level since mid-2008, according to the latest report from the Mortgage Bankers Association.

Legal Issues

Join Us for IAR Legal Webinar Aug. 22

Register now for the upcoming webinar, "Disclosures...Revisted: Plus Updates on Cook County Fair Housing Ordinance, etc." with IAR Legal Counsel Steve Bochenek and Legal Hotline Attorney Betsy Urbance. The one-hour webinar begins at 9:30 a.m. Send your questions in advance to webinar@iar.org.

Technology a Hot Topic at IAR Fall Conference & Expo

Getting more out of mobile technology, tips for going paperless with your iPad and the latest apps that can help you work more efficiently are just a few of the technology trends and topics you can learn more about by attending the IAR Fall Conference & Expo in St. Charles, Oct. 1-3.See a list of speakers and sessions and don't forget to register by the Sept. 4 early-bird deadline for the best rate!  #iarcon

Sign Up for REbarcamp While You're in St. Charles

This half-day "unconference" event is completely participant driven so any conference attendee can start a discussion on a topic they're familiar with, or join one of the group discussions to learn what's happening now and next in the industry.Registration is required for this FREE event powered by the Illinois Young Professionals Network.

Don't Forget to Stage Your Seller's...Refrigerator?

Remind your sellers that everything about their home can make an impression on potential buyers, even the contents and orderliness of their refrigerator. Read more in NAR's Styled, Staged & Sold blog.

Events

August 

Let's Talk Real Estate with Members of Congress
RSVP and find a list of upcoming meetings

September 30

Golf outing to benefit the Illinois Real Estate Educational Foundation (REEF), St. Charles

Sept. 30-Oct. 2

IAR Business Meetings, St. Charles

October 1

REbarcamp 2013 powered by Illinois YPN, St. Charles
1:00 - 4:30 p.m. | 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. After Party

Commercial Session: How to use the REALTORS Property Resource (RPR), and Valuing Leasehold Improvements, St. Charles 
2:00 - 5:00 p.m.

October 1-3

IAR Fall Conference & Expo "The Power of R," St. Charles
Early bird registration deadline: Sept. 4

December 2-4

Graduate REALTOR® Institute (GRI) Course II and III, Itasca

December 4-5

Graduate REALTOR® Institute (GRI) Grad Course, Itasca