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.
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 .
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 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 .
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 .
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 .
Recent disciplinary actions  taken by the Real Estate Division of the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation.
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.
Early bird deadline for IAR Spring Conference , May 8-9 in Collinsville. Register now and IAR members pay only $99.
Applications for the Real Estate Educational Foundation's  (REEF) academic scholarships must be submitted by April 1.
IAR Business Meetings  will be held in Springfield.
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 .
IAR Multicultural Summit : Opportunities in the Caribbean and South Africa will be held in Oak Brook.
March 5, 2013
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