Happy Holidays from the Illinois Association of REALTORS®! The IAR office will be closed check out this holiday video  from the IAR leadership team. Who knew they looked so good in elf-wear? in observance of the Christmas holiday and the IAR Legal Hotline will be closed through . In the spirit of the season,
Watch your mailbox for the January issue ofIllinois REALTOR® magazine . Learn more about 2014 IAR President Phil Chiles and his plan to put the Power of R to work  in the coming year. What else will you find in the latest issue?
U.S. homeowner net equity holdings rose $2.2 trillion between the third quarter of 2012 and 2013 based on Federal Reserve data, real estate columnist Ken Harney writes. Read more  at IARbuzz blog and find links to his column.
NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun points to three factors that are impacting home sales including: Higher mortgage rates, tight credit and constrained inventories. Read more from NAR .
One way you can give back and make a difference is by making a donation to help the victims of the November tornadoes . IAR has partnered with two organizations to accept donations. Click below to donate.
Share a new infographic from IAR that looks at the year-to-date gains made in home sales, prices and shorter days on market. Download a pdf  | jpg version. You can also find previous IAR infographics on the housing market and industry trends at IAR MarketStats .
Illinois median home prices rose 7.4 percent in November compared to previous-year levels while home sales dipped 1.8 percent, according to the latest IAR housing report . As an IAR member you have exclusive access to county-by-county data, market talking points and more. Log in to Members Only IAR MarketStats . Nationally, existing-home sales declined in November but prices continued to show year-over-year growth,NAR reports .
Watch and share a new video  from IAR on the Illinois housing market. Annual sales were down slightly in November, but year-to-date home sales for the first 11 months of this year are 19.5 percent higher than the same period of 2012.
If you missed the Dec. 19 IAR Legal Webinar, you candownload a recording  to view at your convenience. Attorneys Steve Bochenek and Betsy Urbance covered year-end items and new legislation of concern to REALTORS® in this one-hour webinar.
Reminder: The IAR Legal Hotline will be closed from- and will reopen on .
IAR successfully suggested key changes to a crime-free proposal that could have hurt property owners. IAR Assistant Director of Advocacy and Local Issues Mike Scobey writes about the issue on the IARbuzz blog .
Become one of 1,000 RPAC Ambassadors  in 2014 and help protect your industry and private property rights. The deadline to sign up is . Click here to find program details, pledge cards and an acceptance letter.(Disclaimer: The Illinois REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC) solicits contributions from IAR members only.)
Be prepared for the Click here  to log in to the IAR/Verizon accessory site. User name is IARMEMBER and the password is IARBENEFIT1., Illinois law prohibiting the use of hand-held phones while driving. IAR members get a 25 percent discount on select Verizon accessories, including Bluetooth.
NAR's Styled, Staged and Sold blog highlights some of the winning design trends from the year including wood decors, large sinks and flexible furniture. Read more .
IAR Licensing & Training Center Webinar:  Broker Pre-License Applied Real Estate Principles with Annette Akey
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