Weekly 9-17-13

Illinois REALTOR® Weekly Connection

Illinois REALTOR®: The Niche Issue 

Watch your mailbox this week for the October Illinois REALTOR® magazine, The Niche Issue. Carve out your segment of the real estate market by focusing on a niche. Hear from Illinois REALTORS® who have found success doing just that in, "Finding Your Piece of the Market."

What else will you find in the latest issue?

IAR Fall Conference & Expo Advance Registration Ends Wednesday at Midnight

Going to IAR Fall Conference & ExpoOct. 1-3, in St. Charles? IAR members who register by midnight Wednesday, Sept. 18, pay only $135 for full conference registration, which includes up to six hours CE, a two-day trade expo and a packed schedule of breakout sessions on everything from new technology tips and tools for your business to a look at housing and the economy in 2014. You'll also get an update on the legal issues facing the real estate industry. Register now and save!

Wanted: Your #PowerofR Photos!

IAR wants to see your photos showcasing the power of the REALTOR® family and organization. Help spread the message by posting photos of you and/or your office on Facebook, Twitter or other social media with the hashtag #PowerofR. Traders Realty in Peoria posted this photo. See a photo gallery of more Illinois REALTORS® showing the #PowerofR.

NAR Responds to Obama's Speech on Financial Crisis Anniversary; Reflects on NAR Efforts to Aid Rebound

National Association of REALTORS® President Gary Thomas responds to President Obama's speech Monday on the five-year anniversary of the country's financial crisis. Read NAR's statement.

Earn the New Military Relocation Professional Certification

The benefits of earning NAR's new Military Relocation Professional certification are two-fold: REALTORS® learn more about working with veterans and military personnel looking to buy or sell a home and a portion of the certification application fee will be donated to a homeless veteran's organization that assists with housing.

NAR September Safety Tip for the Week

Hackers can crack personal passwords by searching Facebook for easy answers. Keep information about family members, household details and past events to a minimum. Find more safety tips from NAR.

REEF 2014 Election Slate

The Real Estate Educational Foundation will hold its Annual Business Meeting from 10-10:30 a.m., Sept. 30 at Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles. The following individuals are being recommended for election: Robert Eby, president; Matt Silver, vice-president;  Kathy Kalnes, director; Linda Shafer, director; Julie Roth, director; Dallas Hancock, director; Zeke Morris, director; Dave Hanna, director; and Diane Hammon, director.

IAR Legal Webinar on Thursday: Commercial Issues and Disclosures - The Sequel

Join IAR Chief Legal Counsel Steve Bochenek and Legal Hotline Attorney Betsy Urbance at 9:30 a.m. Thursday for a one-hour legal webinar covering questions that arise in the commercial brokerage industry and additional disclosures that brokers need to remember.Click here to register.

Recent IDFPR Disciplinary Actions

Read about the latest disciplinary actions taken by the Real Estate Division of the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation.

IAR to Release August Home Sales ReportThursday

IAR will release the Illinois August home sales report at 8 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 19. As an IAR member you have exclusive access to county-by-county data, market talking points and more. Log in toMembers Only IAR Marketstats.

2014 Broker License Renewal

By April 30, 2014, Illinois Broker licensees must have completed the CE requirements and applied to renew their license through IDFPR. What's required? That depends on how and when you received your Illinois broker license. IAR's Licensing & Training Center has created a Q&A and checklist to help you get ready. 

REEF Scholarship Deadline is Oct. 1

Applications for the Rich Port, Past Presidents and Roxane Malo scholarships must be submitted by Oct. 1, 2013. Since 2000, the Real Estate Educational Foundation (REEF) has awarded scholarships totaling over $375,800. Learn more at www.ilreef.org.

Get Ready for Real Estate Barcamp

In just a couple of weeks over 100 movers and shakers in real estate will gather for REbarcamp powered by Illinois YPN and held in conjunction with IAR Fall Conference in St. Charles. Barcamps are a perfect opportunity to explore information on things you know little about, brainstorm and share on things you know a lot about and get inspired and energized by being surrounded with like-minded people.Reserve your ticket to the event and After Party here.

IAR Members Save 25 Percent on Verizon Wireless Accessories

Beginning Jan. 1, 2014, it will be illegal to use a hand-held phone while driving. IAR members can be prepared for the new law and save money at the same time by taking advantage of a 25 percent discount on select Verizon accessories, including Bluetooth. Click here to log in to the IAR/Verizon accessory site. User name is IARMEMBER and the password is IARBENEFIT1.

Events

September 30

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

September 30-October 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

November 4-5

Continuing Education Courses in Napa - 3 hours Core B, 3 hours Elective, 3 hours Elective Home Study 

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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September 17, 2013