Weekly 8-20-13

Illinois REALTOR® Weekly Connection

Help us by showing your "R" #PowerofR

The theme for the 2013 IAR Fall Conference & Expo focuses on the influence IAR’s 41,000 members have. Called the Power of R, the theme is the brainchild of association President-elect Phil Chiles. Learn how you can show your REALTOR® spirit by submitting pictures of you and your staff showing your “R”. #PowerofR

Let's Talk Real Estate with Members of Congress: REALTORS® to meet with U.S. Rep. Bill Enyart on Aug. 29

IAR's meetings with Illinois' Congressional delegation is helping spread the REALTOR® message to some of the country's legislative decision makers. Follow the coverage on the IARbuzz blog, including information on the Aug. 29 meeting with U.S. Rep. Bill Enyart in Fairview Heights. IAR members met Tuesday with U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth. The meetings are part of an ongoing series of sessions with Illinois congressional representatives.

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

Governor Signs Law Banning Hand-Held Phones While Driving

Beginning Jan. 1, 2014, using hand-held cell phones/PDA devices while driving will be illegal in Illinois under HB 1247, which was signed into law by Gov. Pat Quinn last Friday. Electronic communications devices CAN be used in your vehicle if the driver is using it hands-free or in voice-operated mode, which may include the use of a headset. 

  • IAR members will soon be able to take advantage of a 25% member discount on select Verizon Wireless accessories, including Bluetooth items. Stay tuned for more details and website link to purchase eligible accessories.

Legal Issues

Disclosures and Fair Housing Topics for IAR Legal Webinar Thursday

Register now for Thursday's 9:30 a.m. webinar, "Disclosures...Revisted: Plus Updates on Cook County Fair Housing Ordinance, etc." with IAR Legal Counsel Steve Bochenek and Legal Hotline Attorney Betsy Urbance. During the one-hour webinar, they will provide an update on the Cook County Section 8 ordinance and also discuss disclosures required in the real estate transaction and the broker's role in each (e.g., lead paint, radon, seller disclosure,disclosure of latent material defects, disclosure of stigmas related to the property).  

Coming Wednesday: Illinois July Home Sales Report 

IAR will release the Illinois July home sales report at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 21. As an IAR member you have exclusive access to county-by-county data, market talking points and more. Log in to Members Only IAR MarketStats.

RealtyTrac: One Downstate Illinois Metro Area Makes Leading Housing Recovery List: Another Makes Lagging

In its new Housing Market Recovery Index, RealtyTrac highlights 20 U.S. markets (out of 100 tracked) leading the real estate recovery including the Moline-Rock Island-Davenport market in Illinois and Iowa. The Rockford market made the lagging recovery list, due in part to high unemployment and other factors. Read more from RealtyTrac.

NAR: Taking a Closer Look at the Benefits of the 30-Year Mortgage

Amidst the debate over mortgage finance reform, NAR's researchers look at the stable and positive benefits of having a 30-year, fixed rate mortgage option for homeowners. Read more from NAR.

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Attend IAR Fall Conference and Learn How to Get More Out of Mobile Technology

Going to IAR Fall Conference & Expo? Trainer John D. Reyes will kick things off with his opening session, "Mobile Technology and All that You Can Do," on Oct. 2. Watch this short video and see why you don't want to miss this complete overview of current technologies including: social networking, online video, iPads and mobile applications. The IAR Fall Conference & Expo runs from Oct. 1-3, in St. Charles. See a list of speakers and sessions and don't forget to register by the Sept. 4 early-bird deadline for the best rate! #PowerofR

More Tech Solutions at the YPN "Unconference"

Get valuable tips on how to make the most of your mobile devices and social networks by attending the half-day REbarcamp on Oct. 1, powered by the Illinois Young Professionals Network (YPN). Registration is free. See who's coming and reserve your ticket to the event.

Tips for Working with International Buyers

If you work with international buyers or would like to get started, a Chicago Tribune article, "A new wave of homebuyers," talks to recent buyers in the Chicago area about what they look for in an agent.



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

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