Weekly 3-5-13

Illinois REALTOR® Weekly Connection

Q & A on April 30 Managing Broker License Renewal 

IAR has created a Q & A to answer some of the most common questions related to the upcoming Illinois Managing Broker License renewal. First, many Managing Brokers must complete 18 hours of regular continuing education (minimum of nine hours Core CE and nine hours Elective CE) by April 30, 2013. Plus, if you transitioned your license from Broker to Managing Broker by successfully passing the proficiency exam, you must take 12 hours of interactive Broker Management CE. If you are Managing Broker who was first licensed on or after May 1, 2011, you need only complete 12 hours of regular continuing education (minimum six hours Core CE and six hours Elective CE). To help you reach that goal, IAR also has produced new state-approved Broker Management CE webinars with a great lineup of instructors to offer you a convenient and affordable option from your trusted education provider, the IAR Licensing and Training Center.

  • Find the new Q & A for answers to your license renewal questions.
  • Find a schedule of IAR 12-hour Broker Management CE webinars. (There is still time to register for the first webinar with Norm Willoughby on March 8-9, but registration closes at 9 a.m. Thursday, March 7)
  • NEW way to take your proctored exam for the IAR Broker Management CE Webinars - schedule at one of 13 kiosk locations at your convenience.

Sales & Marketing

IAR Educational Webinar Series Continues with Two Offerings in March

  • Noted speaker Doug Devitre will share tips with REALTORS® at noon, March 14 on how to maintain meaningful contact with clients, even if you can't personally be there due to scheduling conflicts. Devitre is a featured speaker at IAR's Spring Conference in Collinsville, May 8-9. To learn how to take part in the webinar, check out the IAR Webinar page here. The webinar is free for IAR's members, and advance registration is not required.
  • And Jane Savern with Fannie Mae will lead a webinar at noon, March 21 on "Improving the Short Sale Experience." Participants will get a chance to learn about how to work directly with Fannie Mae on short sales, and what the agency's role is in facilitating these types of transactions. The session is free, but you will need to sign up in advance.

Industry News & Trends

IHDA to Host Homebuyer Expo March 23

Share this with prospective homebuyers. The Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA) is holding a State of Illinois Homebuyer Expo from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., March 23 at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago. As many as 300 qualified buyers could be pre-approved for up to $10,000 in down payment assistance through state programs. Pre-registration is required

VIDEO: lllinois REALTORS® and Professionalism

There are many familiar Illinois REALTOR® faces in a new video from the National Association of REALTORS® on real estate professionalism. Watch "A Pathway to Professional Conduct: Respect Starts Here," and see how many of your Illinois peers you can spot.

Illinois No. 5 in New and Expanded Corporate Facilities

Illinois continues to be a draw for corporate business. In 2012, Illinois ranked fifth in the U.S. when it comes to top states for corporations looking to relocate or expand, according to Site Selection Magazine. Read more in the IARbuzz blog.

RPR Partners with Fannie Mae on Short Sales

Realtors Property Resource (RPR) has formed a strategic alliance partnership with Fannie Mae aimed at making the short sale process more efficient. Learn more.

How Does This Newsletter Look?

With more members using smartphones and tablets, IAR continues to make enhancements to Illinois REALTOR® Weekly Connection to improve its presentation across the various screen sizes, email clients and operating systems. Send your comments to IARnews@iar.org

Legal Issues

Legal Webinar: Who's My (Sponsoring) Broker or Which Team Am I On?

If you missed the Feb. 28 IAR Legal Webinar on teams, brokerage company affiliations, sub-contracting and related issues, you can download a recording of the one-hour webinar to view or listen to at your convenience. IAR Legal Webinars are a members-only benefit so you will need to log in

Disciplinary Actions

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

Legislative & Advocacy

State Capitol Report Update 

The spring legislative session is in full swing in Springfield. Read the latest State Capitol Report for the newest developments on legislation related to crime-free housing, stormwater management, senior homestead exemptions and more.


March 27

Early bird deadline for IAR Spring Conference, May 8-9 in Collinsville. Register now and IAR members pay only $99.

April 1

Applications for the Real Estate Educational Foundation's (REEF) academic scholarships must be submitted by April 1.  

April 15-16

The Illinois Housing Leaders Conference and the Capitol Conference "REALTOR®" Lobby Day" will be held in Springfield.  

April 16-18

IAR Business Meetings will be held in Springfield. 

April 17

REALTOR® of the Year Banquet. Join the Illinois Real Estate Educational Foundation and IAR in honoring the 2013 Illinois REALTOR® of the Year and all local Board REALTORS® of the year on April 17 in Springfield. Order your dinner ticket by April 3

April 26

IAR Multicultural Summit: Opportunities in the Caribbean and South Africa will be held in Oak Brook.

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