Weekly 5-14-13

Illinois REALTOR® Weekly Connection

 

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IAR's team of Federal Political Coordinators (FPCs) are in Washington, D.C., this week for NAR Midyear Meetings and will be meeting with members of Congress to talk about issues important to REALTORS® including sales tax fairness and the rural housing program

Meet your Illinois FPCs | Find photos and updates

IAR Seeks Details on Section 8 Mandate in Cook County

Despite substantial REALTOR® opposition, the Cook County Board passed a measure last week making it a human rights violation for landlords to opt out of the federal Section 8 housing program. IAR advocates are working to get details on how the new policy will impact members before it goes into effect Aug. 8. See coverage of IAR's Assistant Director of RVOICE and Local Advocacy Mike Scobey speaking to the Cook County Boardhere and here.  

STOPPED! Lake County Recording Fee Bill Fails

Senate Bill 1244 authorizing Lake County to impose an additional surcharge on the recording of real estate documents failed in an Illinois House committee. Thanks to the many IAR members who answered last week's Call for Action and told state legislators that  "enough was enough." Read the latest State Capitol Report for more legislative updates.

Announcing...the RPAC PACESETTER + 1 VIP Event for 2013

The first 35 RPAC Pacesetters who recruit a new RPAC Major Investor by July 15 will be our guests for an all-inclusive fireworks dinner cruise on Lake Michigan aboard the Mystic Blue Chicago yacht on Saturday, Aug. 24Get the details here or contact Kim Buscher for detailskbuscher@iar.org217-391-4809(Disclaimer: The Illinois REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC) solicits contributions from IAR members only.)

RPAC Minute

Did you know a federal bill (S. 743) that will help local business and local economies is gaining momentum in Congress, thanks in part to your REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC)? The Marketplace Fairness Act promotes sales tax fairness for online retailers and brick-and-mortar stores. RPAC always has your business interests in mind. Learn more

Role of Real Estate Licensees in Tax Appeals

In the May D.R. Legal News, IAR Chief Legal Counsel Steve Bochenek discusses the appropriate role of real estate brokerage licensees in a tax appeal before a Board of Review. 

Disciplinary Actions

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

IAR Legal Webinar: Competitive Practices and Independent Decision Making

Join IAR Chief Legal Counsel Steve Bochenek and Legal Hotline Attorney Betsy Urbance at 9:30 a.m., May 23 for aone-hour legal webinar on competitive practices and independent decision making and how it applies to your business. Register now.

Industry News & Trends

Highlights from IAR Spring Conference & Expo

More than 600 attendees were in Collinsville last week for the 2013 IAR Spring Conference & Expo. See photo highlights, a video and more.

REALTOR® Income, Business Activity Up for Second Year

An improving housing market meant a better bottom line for REALTORS® last year. The median gross income of a REALTOR® was $43,500 in 2012 compared to $34,900 in 2011 and the median number of transaction sides or commercial deals handled in 2012 was 12, an increase from 10 in 2011, according to the 2013 National Association of REALTORS® Member Profile.

How Much Are We Spending on Home Improvements?

Owners spent a median of $3,200 on improvements to their homes between 2009-2011. More than half (57 percent) of U.S. homeowners made improvements, with nearly one in four choosing to make energy efficiency upgrades, according to the American Housing Survey.

Interested in Serving on an IAR Committee or Working Group?

If you are interested in serving on a committee or working group in 2014, or lending your expertise when a particular issue arises, please complete the online form and return it by June 1, 2013.

Sales & Marketing

May 29 Lunch and Learn Webinar: Top Ten Social Media Tips 

Trainer Matthew Ferrara will share his top 10 tips to help you maximize Facebook and Twitter in this month's IAR "Lunch and Learn" webinar on Wednesday, May 29. You'll learn how to expand your online presence, generate interaction with friends and followers, and drive repeat business and referrals by focusing on your sphere of influence. Click here to register for this FREE, one-hour webinar that begins at noon.

Events

May 13-18

NAR Midyear Legislative Meetings will be held in Washington, D.C.

May 16

Register for "All About Short Sales," a U.S. Treasury workshop/webinar being held May 16 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont.

May 20

Deadline to submit entries for NAR's 14th Annual Good Neighbor Awards.

May 22

Interested in serving as an IAR At-Large Director in 2014? Click on this link to complete the application process. Applications and supporting documentation must be received by IAR by May 22, 2013. All applicants will be interviewed by the Nominating Committee. If you have questions, contact Becky Carraher of IAR staff at rcarraher@iar.org or by telephone at 217-391-4803.

June 18

MREDpalooza, Chicagoland's largest real estate tech expo, will be held in Rosemont, Ill. Visit the IAR/RPAC booth.

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