Weekly 9-3-13

Illinois REALTOR® Weekly Connection





IAR Fall Conference & Expo Early-Bird Rate Ends Wednesday

IAR members pay just $125 when they register by Sept. 4 for the IAR Fall Conference & Expo in St. Charles, Oct. 1-3. In addition to six hours of CE and a business expo, you'll also get to hear popular industry speakers such as John Tuccillo, Nobu Hata, John D. Reyes and more. Find a schedule and a list of speakers and sessions.

  • Remember to spread the message of the Power of R, this year's conference theme celebrating the power of the REALTOR® family. Post photos of you and/or your office on social media with the #PowerofR hashtag. Learn more.

Save 25 Percent on Verizon Wireless Accessories

Log in information has changed on the newest IAR Member Benefit that allows you to save 25 percent on select Verizon wireless accessories including Bluetooth.  Click here to log in to the IAR/Verizon accessory site and save. New user name is IARMEMBER and the password is IARBENEFIT1.

September is REALTOR® Safety Month

Stay safe on the job with safety tips that are important not just in September but year round. Safety expert Tracey Hawkins also suggests using REALTOR® safety forms covering everything from agent information you should share with your office to forms you can use to learn more about your prospective clients. Learn more from NAR.

NAR: Pending Home Sales Slip Slightly in July

The Pending Home Sales Index fell 1.3 percent in July compared to June but remained 6.7 percent higher than a year ago, NAR reports. Higher mortgage rates and prices are beginning to have an impact on pending home sales on higher-priced housing markets in the Northeast and West, but are not showing a slowdown in the Midwest and South, said NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun. 

NAR: Proposed QRM Revisions a Victory for Homebuyers and REALTORS®

Proposed changes to the Qualified Residential Mortgage rule will strengthen the mortgage market and protect consumers while lifting unnecessary restrictions, according to NAR. "We applaud (federal) regulators for removing the 20 percent down payment requirement and for adopting reasonable credit and debt-to-income standards," said NAR President Gary Thomas. Read his statement on the issue.

IAR Task Force Talks Hydraulic Fracturing 

Hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," is a hot topic when it comes to oil and natural gas collection and the IAR Hydraulic Fracturing Task Force met last week to continue its study of the potential impact on the real estate industry. IARbuzz blog has the details.

Storm Water Management a Key Issue for Governments

On Aug. 1, a new five-year general permit for construction site storm water discharges went into effect. IAR Assistant Director of Legislative and Political Affairs Julie Sullivan covers some of the changes in a recent IARbuzz blog post.

Courting the Single Buyers

Looking for a niche? Did you know that single buyers made up a quarter of all homebuyers last year, according to stats from NAR.Learn more.

The Guest List Grows for Oct. 1 Free YPN "Unconference"

If you haven't been to a REbarcamp, now is your chance. REbarcamp Illinois is truly a unique experience where the agenda is created on the fly by the attendees. You will have the opportunity to tell what you'd like to learn about to make sure your time is well spent. Reserve your free ticket which includes the After Party atypn.illinoisrealtor.org.


September 17-18

IAR Licensing & Training Center Webinar: Broker Post License Applied Real Estate Practices, a 15-hour interactive webinar with Instructor Norm Willoughby. Register | 800-523-5077

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