Weekly 12-10-13

Illinois REALTOR® Weekly Connection

YPN Holiday Give Back Week is Underway

This week, Illinois REALTORS® are recognized for giving back to their communities.Click here to stay up to date on what is happening in your community and learn more about how you can help give back this holiday season. #PowerofR

Help Raise Money for Illinois Tornado Relief

One way you can give back and make a difference is by making a donation to help the victims of the November tornadoes. REALTORS® have raised nearly $200,000 so far. IAR has partnered with two organizations to accept donations. Click below to donate.

REALTOR® Relief Foundation Grant Applications Available For Tornado Victims

Applications for housing assistance grants for those affected by the recent Illinois tornadoes are now available for download on the IAR website. The maximum grant is $1,500 for one individual household and is restricted to co-payments on temporary housing (rentals) and co-payments on mortgages. Click here to learn more or to apply.

Questions About the Affordable Care Act?

NAR's REALTOR® Magazine is hosting a one-hour webinar on Dec. 12. to help answer questions REALTORS® may have about their responsibilities and options as an independent contractor or small business owner. Register now.

CoreLogic: Chicago Area Foreclosures Drop

The number of homes in foreclosure fell in October compared to a year earlier, part of a trend seen in other areas of the country, the Chicago Tribune reports

Webinar: Low-cost and No-cost Marketing Ideas

Register for the Dec. 12IAR Lunch and Learn Webinar with national real estate trainer Terri Murphy, who will discuss how to "double down" to increase your sales and marketing effectiveness in 2014. Murphy offers a sneak peek in this short video preview and click here to register for the one-hour webinar that begins at noon.

Five Financial Reasons to Buy a Home

The KCM Blog looks to a new study from the Joint Center of Housing Studies at Harvard University for five reasons it makes financial sense for people to buy a home including the substantial tax benefits and hedging against future inflation.Read more.

NAR Applauds Passage of Anti-Patent Troll Bill 

A federal bill aimed at  "discouraging frivolous patent lawsuits brought by patent holders with hopes of large settlements" has been passed by the U.S. House. NAR supports the bill and wants to see similar legislation passed in the Senate as REALTORS® have been targets of these patent trolls. Read NAR's statement.

Dec. 19 IAR Legal Webinar: Wrap it Up and Start Anew

Mark your calendars for the Dec. 19 legal webinar where the topic will be year-end items and new legislation of concern to REALTORS®. If you have something you would like to hear about, you may send your question in advance towebinar@iar.org. The one-hour webinar begins at 9:30 a.m. 

Education & Training

2014 Broker Renewal: I'm a Licensed Attorney in Good Standing in the State of Illinois. What Do I Need to Do to Renew as a Broker?

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:

  • Q: I'm a licensed attorney in good standing in the state of Illinois. What do I need to do to renew as a broker? A: You will be required to complete the renewal forms and pay the license renewal fees required by IDFPR. You are EXEMPT from all continuing education. Note: You must indicate full CE compliance on the renewal form.        

Learn More About Local Issues Affecting You with Skylights

Skylights is an online tool that enables Illinois REALTORS® to stay current on the local issues that impact their business and private property rights. Find at-a-glance maps of IAR's governmental affairs efforts and get updates on issues that affect you.Login with your NRDS ID | Look Up NRDS ID


December 9-15

YPN Holiday Give Back Week

December 12

IAR Lunch & Learn Webinar with Terri Murphy

December 19

IAR Legal Webinar - "Wrap it Up...And Start Anew"

January 20-23

IAR Public Policy Meetings, East Peoria