Weekly 10-1-13

Illinois REALTOR® Weekly Connection

Walk-In Registration Still Available for IAR Fall Conference & Expo

Download a $10 off coupon and save on walk-in registration for the IAR Fall Conference & Expo, Oct. 1-3, at Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles, Ill. IAR's house band, Led Line Road, will be kicking off the festivities at the REALTOR® Networking Receptiontoday from 5-6:30 p.m. Catch conference highlights including Wednesday's installation of IAR's 2014 Leadership Team on the IARbuzz blog, on IAR's Facebook page or by following@ILREALTOR and the hashtag #PowerofR on Twitter.
Conference schedule | Inaugural Gala | Business Expo 

Obamacare 101 at the IAR Expo

Look for IAR member discount partners at the IAR Fall Conference Expo. At booth #203, IAR's health coverage partner REGIT, Inc. has a Q&A for IAR members on Obamacare. At booth #806, Lynde Consulting can help you reduce the cost for voice and data services. And look for CPIM in booth #804, IAR's partner in providing members discounted E&O insurance for 21 years.

Industry News & Trends

REALTORS® and the Government Shutdown

What does a shutdown mean for real estate transactions? NAR breaks down what the government shutdown means for federal housing and mortgage programs including: FHA, VA loans, flood insurance, rural housing and more on the NAR website. Check this page as NAR will update it as more information becomes available.  

Short Sales: HUD Removes Dual Agency Restrictions

REALTOR® opposition has prompted the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to decide not to implement a new policy on Oct. 1, preventing dual agency agreements in FHA pre-foreclosure transactions, NAR reports.

Golf Outing Raises Money for REEF Scholarships

Illinois REALTORS® hit the links at Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles on Monday to raise money for the Illinois Real Estate Educational Foundation (REEF). Since 2000, REEF has awarded $387,800 in scholarships.

Education & Training

This Week's Q&A on the 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. IAR's Licensing & Training Center has created a Q&A and checklist to help you get ready. This week's question:

Take a GRI Holiday Getaway in Chicagoland this December

The Illinois Graduate REALTOR® Institute (GRI) returns to Chicagoland this Dec. 2-5. Make your list, check it twice and register by Oct. 31 for the best rate.

Market Stats and Research

NAR: Pending Home Sales Decline in August

U.S. pending home sales fell 1.6 percent in August as higher interest rates, tighter inventory levels, climbing home prices and availability of credit continued to impact the market, according to NAR. Read NAR's release and watch a video with NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun.

IAR Unveils New State Legislative Contacts Directory

Find the new State Legislative Contacts Directory on the IAR website. State Legislative Contacts (SLCs) are key members of IAR who are assigned to maintain relationships with state legislators and keep them up-to-date on REALTOR® issues.


October 1

REbarcamp 2013 powered by Illinois YPN, St. Charles, 1 -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 - 5 p.m.

REEF scholarship deadline for applications for the Rich Port, Past Presidents and Roxane Malo scholarships

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 2-5

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

December 4-5

Graduate REALTOR® Institute (GRI) Grad Course, Itasca


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