Weekly 7-23-13

Illinois REALTOR® Weekly Connection

Illinois Marks Two Years of Home Sales Gains in June

The Illinois housing market continued to improve in June as home sales climbed 14.9 percent and the statewide median price rose 9.7 percent to $170,000, a three-year high, according to the IAR housing report released Monday. U of I economist Dr. Geoff Hewings said rising prices signal movement toward a more stable market while foreclosures, long a drain on the recovery, are moving more quickly toward pre-recession levels. 

  • Find talking points, the latest forecast and county-by-county information with an interactive map and sortable stats in the Members Only Market Statssection of the IAR website (login required). 
  • Foreclosure levels in Cook County are accelerating; return to normal seen as sooner than expected.Read more on the IARbuzz blog.
  • Nationally, June existing home sales slipped slightly but prices showed double digit increases, NAR reports.

Say NO to Fire Sprinkler Mandates

Register your concerns about a statewide fire sprinkler mandate with the Illinois Small Business Development Center, which is preparing a report for JCAR (the 12-legislator panel that will approve/disapprove the rule change proposed by the Office of the State Fire Marshal). Comments can also be made at an Aug. 6 public hearing being held by the Office of the State Fire Marshal in Springfield. Can't attend? TheIARbuzz blog has details on how you can submit written comments.

Let's Talk Real Estate with Members of Congress

IAR is holding a series of meetings with Illinois' Congressional delegation this summer and fall. The two-hour programs will allow members to hear their representative's take on real estate issues and provide an opportunity to share local market information. RSVP now. First up, a meeting with Congressman Bill Foster (IL-11) in Woodridge on Aug. 7

Industry News & Trends

Federal Reserve: Economy Continues to Grow

The district that includes Chicago saw moderate economic growth in June, due in part to an improving construction and real estate sector, according to the latest Beige Book report.  

Illinois Hardest Hit Foreclosure Program Ends Sept. 30

Illinois homeowners seeking mortgage payment assistance to avoid foreclosure need to apply to the program by the Sept. 30 deadline. The state's Illinois Hardest Hit program has helped 9,000 struggling families since September 2011. 

Legal Issues

Webinar Download: Your Legal Questions Answered

If you missed the July 18 IAR Legal Webinar, "Your Legal Questions Answered," you can now 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.

IAR Legal Hotline Closed July 26-Aug. 2

The IAR Legal Hotline will be closed from Friday, July 26through the week of Aug. 2, reopening on Monday, Aug 5

Take Your Business to New Heights

Join trainer John Reyes for IAR's Lunch and Learn webinar on July 31 as he offers ideas for using data, video and more to stand out from your competition and offer more value to your clients. Register now for this FREE, one-hour webinar for IAR members. 

Need Licensing Courses? IAR Offers Interactive Webinars

Learn at home or in your office with interactive licensing webinars being offered by the IAR Licensing & Training Center.See course offerings and register online.

Learn How to Get More Done With Your iPad

Want to learn how to quickly and easily apply the many time-saving, cost-cutting, paperwork-reducing features of the ubiquitous iPad? Find out from Kim Hlava during "Going Paperless: Streamlining Your Systems with your iPad" at theIAR Fall Conference & Expo,Oct. 1-3, in St. Charles. 

Home Inspection Red Flags

Mold, drainage issues and faulty foundations are just a few of the red flags that your buyers need to be on the lookout for when they get a home inspection on a potential purchase.Read more from REALTOR® Magazine.

International Transactions: Overcoming Four Common Closing Obstacles

If you work with international buyers, you may have run into issues involving currency, financing, visa and tax issues. A recent NAR Global View blog post offers tips for overcoming these obstacles and successfully getting your transaction to close.

Tips, Strategies for Hiring an Assistant

Have you hired an assistant? What are some of the challenges you faced and what are some sound strategies that agents can use to get through the process? Tell us your tips and you could be featured in an upcoming Illinois REALTOR® magazine article.


August 7

Let's Talk Real Estate with Members of Congress kicks off onAug. 7 with a meeting with Congressman Bill Foster in Woodridge. RSVP for that meeting and find a list of other meetings with Illinois' Congressional delegation scheduled this summer and fall.

September 30

REEF Golf Outing in St. Charles. Plan on attending a golf outing to benefit the Illinois Real Estate Educational Foundation (REEF). Registration form (pdf) | Sponsorship form (pdf)  

October 1-3

IAR Fall Conference & Expo in St. Charles. Click here for speaker details and save these dates for "The Power of R,"Oct. 1-3. Get the best rate by registering before the Sept. 4early bird deadline. 

December 2-5

Register now for the Graduate REALTOR® Institute in Itasca. Visit www.illinoisrealtor.org/GRI and register today. The program comes back to Chicagoland this December with Courses II, III and Grad.