Weekly 1-28-14

Illinois REALTOR® Weekly Connection

Are You Ready for License Renewal? 

The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) will send license renewal notices to brokers the first week of February. Look for the yellow post cards in your mailbox, and make sure you have everything you need to keep your license active.

IAR Public Policy Highlights

Illinois REALTORS® met for the IAR Public Policy Meetings in East Peoria to talk about local, state and federal policies affecting the industry. Find highlights including a video of IAR's new consumer guide to property taxes in Illinois, an update from IDFPR and a presentation on the 2014 housing and economic forecast from U of I's Geoffrey Hewings

Callan Named Illinois REALTOR® of the Year

Congratulations to Pat Callan, managing broker-owner of Realty Executives Premiere in Wheaton, on being named the 2014 REALTOR® of the Year. Callan, a past president of IAR, has a long history of service and dedication to the REALTOR® organization. He will be honored at the REALTOR® of the Year Banquet on April 2 in Springfield.  Order tickets now.

 

Sieron Receives IAR Political Involvement Award

Congratulations to Stan Sieron, of Stan Sieron and Company in Belleville, this year's recipient of the IAR Political Involvement Award, which recognizes outstanding political and legislative service to the REALTOR® organization. Sieron also is a former president of IAR. 

 

Video: January IAR Town Hall Meeting

Watch video coverage of the Jan. 23 IAR Town Hall held prior to the IAR Board of Directors Meeting in East Peoria. Among the topics covered: concealed carry proposals, license law topics, legislative initiatives and more. 

 

NAR: REALTORS® Optimistic as Senate Considers Flood Insurance Relief Bill

In a statement, NAR President Steve Brown applauded the U.S. Senate for moving to consider and debate the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act, which, if approved, would temporarily halt rate increases. Read more.

2013 Was A Year of Strong Housing Recovery for Illinois 

Illinois home sales totaled 153,492 in 2013, an 18.9 percent increase over 2012 and the highest level since before the housing downturn, according to the latest IAR housing report.  The statewide year-end median price was also higher at $150,000, an 8.3 percent increase over last year. Looking at December, home sales and prices were stronger than November. Find county-by-county data, market talking points and more. Log in to Members Only Marketstats. Nationally, 2013 existing-home sales were the highest in seven years, NAR reports.

Video: 2013 Illinois Housing Roundup

Illinois saw a year of strong price and sales growth in the real estate industry.Watch a video from IAR outlining the highlights of the 2013 housing market. IAR members can also download a 2013 Annual Report of the Illinois Housing Market. 

 

REALTORS® Meet with U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly 

Illinois REALTORS® met with Congresswoman Kelly in Glenwood on Monday for the latest in IAR's "Let's Talk Real Estate" events aimed at building the lines of communication between REALTORS® and their Congressional representatives. Read more on the IARbuzz blog and Kelly's Facebook page. Find upcoming Let's Talk Real Estate events and watch for registration links to be coming soon. 

RPAC Auction a Totally Tubular Success!

Thanks to everyone who participated in the IAR RPACAuction held last week during the IAR Public Policy meetings. The '80s-themed auction raised over $85,000 for RPAC and brought out some like totally rad fashions.

 

Join the 1,000 Points of Light Ambassador Campaign

Become one of 1,000 RPAC Ambassadors in 2014 and help protect your industry and private property rights. The deadline to sign up is March 31, 2014. Click hereto find program details, pledge cards and an acceptance letter.(Disclaimer: The Illinois REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC) solicits contributions from IAR members only.) 

Events

January 29

Gov. Pat Quinn's State of the State Address

February 3-4

IAR Leadership Training Academy, Itasca

February 11-12

IAR Licensing & Training Center Webinar
Broker Pre License Applied Real Estate Principles with Norm Willoughby

March 10 

Let's Talk Real Estate with U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky

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