REALTOR®-supported federal legislation has been introduced to delay potential flood insurance rate increases and the reclassification of some at-risk properties. NAR has details on the proposed legislation  and IAR Housing Policy Advisor Sharon Gorrell writes about the issue and the work of several Illinois Congressmen in an IARbuzz blog post . On the subject of flood insurance, IAR has a new form, Flood Insurance Disclosure to Buyer Clients  (No. 346) available for download.
IAR's leadership team met with top state officials  in Chicago last week to discuss real estate in Illinois. They met with acting director of the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, Manuel Flores as well as Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn.
The lure of owning a home and the financial and lifestyle benefits it affords are strong, even for homeowners who are struggling. A recent Fannie Mae survey  of delinquent buyers found that their views of homeownership are more favorable than a year ago.
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IAR offices in Springfield and the IAR Legal Hotline will be closed onin observance of Veterans Day.
Now is the time of year when brokerages review year-end issues and look ahead to what will be important in the coming year. IAR Chief Legal Counsel Steve Bochenek highlightsseven issues  to be aware of including: termination dates for brokerage agreements, community association management and concealed carry in the latest D.R. Legal News .
Read about the latest disciplinary actions  taken by the Real Estate Division of the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation.
IAR is offering two fast-track options to help you earn credit for Course I so you can move directly to Course II this December. Take the new IAR Proficiency Exam  to earn full credit or take a course through the GRI Course I Equivalency Program . Courses II, III and Grad are being held at the Westin Chicago Northwest in Itasca. The deadline to register for the Chicagoland GRI courses is and the last day to get a discount on hotel rooms is .
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
Earn a professional designation and boost your professional skills and income potential. Learn more  about how you can begin earning a designation or certification. The Graduate REALTOR® Institute of Illinois (GRI)  is a good place to start and this year Courses II, III and Grad return to Chicagoland.
There are differences in the way men and women approach the process of buying a home and in what they value most about homeownership, according to a recent Prudential survey. One finding: women enjoy the home search more than men. Read more about the survey in realtor.org .
The groundwork laid by IAR's advocacy efforts can be long-lasting. In a recent IARbuzz blog post , GAD Howard Handler writes of repeated successes by REALTORS® to block real estate transfer stamps in various communities.
Read NAR President Gary Thomas' testimony  before the U.S. Senate Banking Committee on the need to keep mortgages available and affordable.
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