Congratulations to the 2014 Illinois Association of REALTORS® Leadership Team : President Phil Chiles of Springfield, President-Elect Jim Kinney of Chicago, Treasurer Mike Drews of Aurora and Immediate Past President Michael D. Oldenettel of Jacksonville. More than 1,200 REALTORS® and exhibitors attended the IAR Fall Conference & Expo in St. Charles, Ill. last week. Find event highlights including:
REALTOR® Sue Miller, managing broker of Coldwell Banker Honig-Bell in McHenry, and Al Suguitan, association executive for the Greater Gateway Association of REALTORS®, have been honored for their years of outstanding service and leadership  to the REALTOR® profession.
Michael D. Oldenettel, 2013 IAR President, honored five people with Presidential Medallions  for their service this past year including: REALTORS® Charlie Heitbrink, Jean Crosby, Lynn Madison, Deena Zimmerman and IAR Director of Professional Development Wayne Edwards.
In an effort to increase efficiency and engagement, a smaller, 28-member board of directors was sworn in during last week's IAR Business Meetings in St. Charles, Ill. Find the list of board members serving for the 2013-2014 year .
In a short video , NAR officials outline what the federal government shutdown means to you and your real estate transactions. NAR will be updating this page  on its website as new information on the shutdown becomes available.
Don't miss your chance to talk real estate with your U.S. Representative at the five Let's Talk Real Estate events being held around the state in October. RSVP now for the following events:
In a successful Call to Action campaign , Illinois REALTORS® sent nearly 4,500 messages to the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District, prompting commissioners to make changes to improve the ordinance before it was passed last week.
Last chance to invest in RPAC is now  and we need you! Illinois has a unique opportunity to be recognized for its leadership if 2,000 additional members give $20. Click here to see if you are a non-giver . If so, go to www.rpacnow.com today and give $20. (Disclaimer: The Illinois REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC) solicits contributions from IAR members only.)
Remember to make your list, check it twice and register bywww.illinoisrealtor.org/GRI .for the best rate at
By Q&A and checklist  to help you get ready. This week's question:, Illinois Broker licensees must have completed the CE requirements and applied to renew their license through IDFPR. IAR's Licensing & Training Center has created a
Register for the IAR Lunch and Learn Webinar with Greg Herder , who will share the secrets to working smarter through "Strategic Thinking." He'll share tips for focusing on the activities that produce the greatest return on investment and how to get more done in less time.
Interest rates may have risen in recent months, but they are still historically low and affordable. Spread that message to consumers by sharing this IAR infographic with your clients. Use data to become trusted resource on the market. Log in and take advantage ofIAR's Members Only Market Stats  to know what is happening in the market statewide and in your own backyard. You'll find detailed market data, forecasts and economic research.
The number of young adults under 35 who are living at home is at its highest level since 1981. When those individuals move toward home ownership, it would boost sales by 200,000, according to NAR research .
The existing-housing market has seen steady sales and price gains and the chief economist for the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) said new home construction also is expecting a strong recovery  in 2014 and 2015.
IAR Legal Webinar  - Stay tuned for topic and registration details.
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