Talk about the #Power of R. REALTORS® from Illinois and beyond have stepped up to help the victims of the November tornadoes, raising nearly $200,000 in a week to help with housing, recovery and emergency costs. Follow the latest updates and tornado relief news atwww.illinoisrealtor.org/Tornado .
Want to help? IAR has partnered with two organizations to accept donations. Click below to make a donation:
In the latest IAR Pro Series Legal Video , Legal Hotline Attorney Betsy Urbance covers required notices for tenants in a foreclosed property in Illinois and a new auction site business practice affecting some short sale buyers.
The holidays can be a tough time for struggling families. Illinois REALTORS® can come together and help give back to their communities through the week of Dec. 9-15. Share your photos and the ways you are helping give back this holiday season on the Illinois YPN Facebook page . For more information on local events and ways you can participate, please contact Kim Buscher  or visit www.illinoisrealtor.org/ypn . #PowerofR
Join IAR President Phil Chiles for a Town Hall Meeting Webinar at 9 a.m., Dec. 6. During the town hall, Chiles will discuss the issues and items that will be presented to the IAR Board of Directors on Dec.10. Click here for login information to join the webinar .
The 2014 IAR Professional Standards Workshops will be held Jan. 7 at the Crowne Plaza in Springfield and Jan. 8 at Drury Lane in Oakbrook Terrace. Register by Dec. 17 for the lowest rate . IAR Public Policy Meetings will be held Jan. 20-23 at Embassy Suites in East Peoria. Find a schedule and hotel details .
The number of short sales being approved by lenders is declining as housing prices rise and the market improves, according to RealtyTrac. The state of Illinois, however, continues to be one with a high percentage of short sales. Read more from NAR .
Register for the Dec. 12 IAR Lunch and Learn Webinar  with trainer Terri Murphy, who will share her tips for turning money-making ideas into reality. The one-hour webinar will cover how to leverage local merchant services to double your marketing efforts and cut your costs, initiating local community drives without spending money or too much of your time, measuring your results and more.Register Now! 
With average home sizes growing again as the economy improves, specialty rooms such as home offices, mud rooms and outdoor living areas are once again in demand, according to a home design survey by the American Institute of Architects.Read more in NAR's Styled, Staged & Sold Blog .
By April 30, 2014, 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 Q&A and checklist  to help you get ready. This week's question:
Skylights is an online tool that enables Illinois REALTORS® to stay current on the local issues that impact their business and private property rights. Find at-a-glance maps of IAR's governmental affairs efforts and get updates on issues that affect you. Login with your NRDS ID  | Look Up NRDS ID 
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