Weekly 6-18-13

Illinois REALTOR® Weekly Connection

Illinois REALTOR®: The Professionalism Issue

Watch your mailbox this week for the July Illinois REALTOR® magazine, The Professionalism Issue. How you present yourself to the public and your peers reflects not just on you but also the industry as a whole. Learn how to effectively manage your e-reputation in the digital age with, "You Have an Online Rep to Protect."

What else will you find in the latest issue?

Industry News & Trends

Member Opinion Survey Coming Soon; And a Chance to Win $50

The Illinois Association of REALTORS® will send out email invitations to randomly-selected members later this week as part of an effort to fine-tune long-range planning. The online questionnaire seeks opinions on the current business environment and what emerging issues merit attention in the year ahead. There will be a drawing from those members who complete the survey for a $50 gift card. The survey will only take a few minutes to fill out, but the data provided is critical in making sure IAR is Fighting for You.

NAR: Congress Acts on Rural Housing

Two bills are pending in Congress that address how "rural" communities are to be defined — an issue in determining rural housing eligibility. Read more from NAR including a letter of support.

Coming Thursday: Illinois May Home Sales Report

IAR will release the Illinois May home sales report at 8 a.m. on Thursday, June 20. As an IAR member you have exclusive access to county-by-county data, market talking points and more. Login into Members Only IAR MarketStats.

IAR Legal Webinar on June 27: #What'sTrendingLegally

IAR Chief Legal Counsel Steve Bochenek and IAR Legal Hotline Attorney Betsy Urbance will discuss social media and other "trending" business issues onThursday, June 27.  Register nowfor the one-hour webinar at 9:30 a.m.

Lunch and Learn Webinar on Maximizing Your Marketing Opportunities 

Join Terri Murphy at noon on June 27 for this month's IAR Lunch and Learn webinar, "Mid-Year Makeover: Maximize your Marketing Opportunities with Strategies that Make More Sales." You'll learn fresh marketing ideas, a step-by-step formula to convert leads into sales and guidelines to help you become a local market expert.Click here to register for this FREE, one-hour webinar at noon.

Stand Out from the Crowd with a Master of Real Estate Degree

Differentiate yourself by earning an online master's degree from Realtor® University. Courses are every eight weeks and are taught by Ph.D. practitioners. Watch this student video testimonial and click here for more information about Realtor® University. Scholarships are available.

REALTORS® Make a Difference in Evanston Rental Policy

North Shore-Barrington REALTORS® successfully advocated for changes to improve an Evanston ordinance aimed at regulating short-term residential rentals. Read the IARbuzz blog to learn how Evanston REALTOR® Mary Rosinski and other area REALTORS® took action. 

RPAC Minute: Show This Two-Minute Video at Your Next Office Meeting

You + RPAC + Effective Lobbying = Protection and Influenceyou could never achieve on you own. Protect your real estate business and your clients' rights as private property owners. Contribute today at www.RPACnow.com(Disclaimer: The Illinois Political Action Committee (RPAC) solicits contributions from IAR members only.)

New REALTOR® Ad Targets Move-Up Sellers

NAR's newest consumer ad, "Satellite Earth," aims to convince move-up sellers who have been on the fence that now is the time to consider listing their home. Watch and share the ad.

IAR Offering Convenient, Interactive Licensing Webinars

Complete the licensing courses you need without leaving home. The IAR Licensing & Training Center is offering a state-of-the-art, alternative classroom format that will appeal to those who want the convenience of learning at their own home or office yet want the interactive experience of a webinar. Find a list of upcoming pre-license, post-license and instructor webinars.

Events

July 4

Illinois YPN Non-Event benefiting Homes for Our Troops. RSVP at ypn.illinoisrealtor.org.

October 1-3

IAR Fall Conference & Expo in St. Charles. The speaker line-up has been released along with session details for the IAR Fall Conference in St. Charles. Click here for speaker details and save these dates for The Power of R, Oct. 1-3.

December 2-5

Graduate REALTOR Institute in Itasca. The GRI program comes back to Chicagoland this December with Courses II and III, Dec. 2-5, at the Westin in Itasca.

December 4-5

The two-day GRI Grad program is Dec. 4-5. Registration is coming soon. Download the Course I equivalency application and be ready for Course II this December.