RSVP by donation  to the non-event and add your name to the honor roll . Homes for Our Troops will be doing a project in Illinois in 2014 and your donations will make a difference. Watch this video  of one hero's story and learn more about the Illinois YPN non-event atypn.illinoisrealtor.org .
IAR's Lunch & Learn series continues with noted real estate trainer Terri Murphy. She will talk about how to "narrow-cast " your message, as well as working the channels to be a recognized real estate expert in your community. Registration is required, but the session is free for IAR members. Sign up here .
Gov. Quinn signed legislation  last week extending the Illinois Homeowner Protection Act until 2016. The law , which would have been repealed on , provides homeowners with a 90-day grace period before foreclosure proceedings begin.
Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac announced changes to their guidelines for short sale properties, including how long they are listed in a MLS.Read more from NAR .
Illinois home sales rose 24.4 percent over previous-year levels in May while the statewide median price increased 6.9 percent, according toIAR's latest home sales report . It marks 23 consecutive months of year-over-year increases and the strongest May since 2006. Looking ahead, indicators point to a strong three-month period of sales and median price growth, U of I economist Geoffrey J.D. Hewings said in the latest forecast . IAR members have exclusive access to county-by-county data, market talking points and more. Log in to Members Only IAR MarketStats .
Chicago-area home prices rose 9.3 percent in April compared to a year ago, marking the sixth year-over-year increase. Read more from Crains .
IAR Chief Legal Counsel Steve Bochenek and IAR Legal Hotline Attorney Betsy Urbance will discuss social media and other "trending" business issues on Register now  for the one-hour webinar at.
IAR is offering a Broker Management Continuing Education webinar and classroom course featuring Norm Willoughby at IAR in Springfield on Sign up today to reserve your spot .. Last chance — this course will be the last Broker Management CE that IAR will offer until 2014.
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 .
Get your copy of the just-updated RVOICE brochure, "Property Taxes in Cook County: Know Your Rights ." The brochure has been updated to reflect changes to state law regarding homestead exemptions. Share this brochure with your clients. Download a copy or order in bulk from the IAR Store  (shipping and handling fees apply.)
Show this video  at your next office meeting. It's a perfect example of how REALTOR® Calls for Action, effective IAR lobbying and RPAC helped fix a bad bill that would have negatively affected private property owners in Cook County.
Have you found success targeting a particular niche real estate market? Do you cater to senior buyers, focus on luxury properties or work the commercial market? Send us your tips and ideas  for developing a niche and you could be featured in an upcoming IAR publication. Do you have a unique or emerging niche? We want to hear about that too!
Cash sales accounted for 32 percent of U.S. sales in April with the majority of cash buyers being investors or international clients, NAR reports . A recent column in the Wall Street Journal  discusses why it is important that cash buyers still take care to protect their interests in these quick sales.
Illinois YPN Non-Event benefiting Homes for Our Troops. RSVP atypn.illinoisrealtor.org .
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, .
Registration Now Live 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.
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