IAR is holding a series of "Let's Talk Real Estate " events with Illinois' Congressional delegation this summer and fall. Yes, going to Washington, D.C., is important however meeting lawmakers in your home district can have a tremendous impact on issues important to private property owners and the real estate industry. Each two-hour program includes a breakfast or lunch, a presentation by the member of Congress, time for Q&A and networking. RSVP today! 
Send the message to a state legislative panel that Illinois REALTORS® oppose a statewide fire sprinkler mandate in all newly constructed homes and retrofitting requirements in high-rise buildings. Such a mandate would drive up housing costs and take away what should be a homeowner's choice.Take Action Now! 
NAR has also issued a Call for Action, urging U.S. Senators to make sure that tax code provisions encouraging real estate ownership and investment remain priorities as they look toward making tax reforms. Take Action Now .
There is still time to register for a FREE, one-hour IAR Legal Webinar  at . Join IAR Chief Legal Counsel Steve Bochenek and Legal Hotline Attorney Betsy Urbance as they answer your questions covering issues important to you. Register here .
In certain rental markets, it may be common for real estate brokerage licensees to find tenant applicants for their landlord clients. Landlords and sometimes their real estate broker will evaluate the suitability of these applicants based upon credit reports prepared by a Consumer Reporting Agency (CRA). While landlords may obtain such reports directly from a CRA, in some situations the real estate broker obtains the credit reports from the CRA and provides the reports to the landlord. Real estate brokers acting as agents for landlords need to better understand the legal restrictions on their accessing, using and disclosing such credit reports. Read more .
The Illinois Association of REALTORS® is preparing to redesign its website and wants your feedback. IAR is surveying randomly-selected members this week to learn more about why you come to our site and how you think we can improve it. If you receive the email survey, please complete it and you will have a chance to win a $50 Amazon gift card.
Rising prices may be prompting homeowners to put their homes on the market as inventory in June rose to its highest level in the past year, according to realtor.com data .
Chicago, Champaign and Peoria were among the National Association of Home Builders' list  of improving U.S. metro areas in July.
Professional risk managers are expecting delinquencies to drop in the second half of 2013 as the housing market stabilizes, according to a new FICO survey. Read more from HousingWire .
Millennials are more confident than other age groups that their home purchase was a good financial investment, according to the 2013 National Association REALTORS® Home Buyer and Seller Generational Trends  study. Other trends: Older buyers prefer newer homes and millennial buyers are the most willing to make compromises with their purchase.
Register now  for the IAR Lunch & Learn Webinar  with trainer John Reyes, who will share tips for taking your business to new heights in this FREE webinar for IAR members. Reyes is a keynote presenter at the IAR Fall Conference & Expo  in St. Charles, .
If you want the convenience of learning at your home or office yet want the interactive experience of a webinar, check out IAR Licensing & Training Center's  interactive licensing webinars  and register online .
If you use video to market your listings, some quick tips, including using a script rather than improvising, can improve the look of your videos. Read more from NAR .
If you are a commercial REALTOR® or are considering it, attend IAR's Commercial Session , , in St. Charles. Illinois REALTOR® Chuck Wiercinski will lead a session on valuing leasehold improvements while Emily Line will offer tips and guidance on using Realtors Property Resource (RPR) Commercial. Download a registration form .
Get a clearer picture on the demographic characteristics and business practices of today's commercial REALTOR® withNAR's latest report .
IAR Fall Conference & Expo in St. Charles. Click here  for speaker details and save these dates for The Power of R, . Get the best rate by registering before the early bird deadline.
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.