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News and resources for Illinois REALTORS®

January 8, 2013

Industry News & Trends

Start 2013 Off Right with IAR’s Webinar Series     
The first Thursday member webinar hosted by the Illinois Association of REALTORS® will be noon Thursday, Jan. 24, with noted speaker and real estate marketing strategist Jared James. James will speak on Three Areas to Focus on to Rock 2013. Join us for this “Lunch and Learn” event by going to this link and logging in five minutes before it starts. Note: This initial webinar will be limited to 200 callers. Not to worry, though. The webinar will be available at on Jan. 25 for you to view and share with colleagues. The free webinar series is yet another member benefit of belonging to IAR.

Study: Real Estate Searches on Google Grew 253 Percent in Past Four Years
NAR teamed up with Google to look at the online media trends of today's home buyers. Click here for an overview of the study, "The Digital House Hunt: Consumer and Market Trends in Real Estate." A few highlights: Buyers use specific online tools during different phases of the home search process and 90 percent of buyers searched online during their home buying process.

Banks/Mortgage Servicers to Pay $8.5 Billion in Foreclosure Settlement
Ten banks and mortgage servicing companies have agreed to pay more than $8.5 billion in cash payments and other assistance to borrowers as part of the federal mortgage foreclosure settlement, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) and the Federal Reserve Board announced Monday

2013 IAR Leadership Directory
Find IAR committee information, guidelines, membership details and more with IAR's updated online leadership guide.

Education and Training

Managing Broker License Renewal Deadline is April 30, 2013
IAR has prepared an at-a-glance chart for CE requirements for this renewal period, and the 12-hour interactive/classroom Broker Management CE classes (required only if you transitioned your license by Proficiency Exam) are being scheduled at IAR branch locations statewide. Learn more.

Legal Issues

Jan. 17 IAR Legal Webinar: License Law Compliance Issues
Join IAR Chief Legal Counsel Steve Bochenek and Legal Hotline Attorney Betsy Urbance for a one-hour webinar on Jan. 17 as they discuss license law compliance issues and follow up on tax questions posed in last month's webinar. Have a question? Send it in advance to

Digital Signatures Revisted
In light of recent questions regarding the use of digital signatures in real estate sales and purchase agreements, IAR Chief Legal Counsel Steve Bochenek has updated and added a postscript to his D.R. Legal News article on the topic. 

Disciplinary Actions
Recent disciplinary actions taken by the Real Estate Division of the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR). 

Legislative & Advocacy

Illinois Senate Seeks Real Estate Funds
Last week the Illinois Senate approved an amendment to an existing bill that would allow funds paid by REALTORS® for licensing to be “swept” for other uses. The amendment was generated without a hearing. Read more in the latest State Capitol Report.

Sales and Marketing

Wanted: Your Tips for a Successful Open House
Are you a wiz at holding successful open houses for your listings? Are you trying out new and innovative ideas to get more people in the door? Illinois REALTOR® magazine is looking for your tips, ideas and success stories when it comes to open houses. Email us at and you could be featured in an upcoming publication.

30 under 30 Deadline is Jan. 15
NAR's REALTOR® Magazine is looking for rising real estate stars for its annual "30 Under 30" contest. If you think you would be a good candidate, apply before the Jan. 15 deadline

Using the Evernote App for Business
More REALTORS® are using Evernote to do everything from taking notes to organizing documents and more. We want to hear how you are using Evernote on the job. Email us at


January 22-24
Find a schedule for the upcoming IAR Public Policy meetings being held in East Peoria. 

January 22
Follow the Yellow Brick Road to East Peoria where it will be a Wizard of Oz evening for the 25th Annual RPAC Auction on Jan. 22.  The auction will be held in conjunction with the IAR Public Policy Meetings. Auction items include: an iPad, mini iPad, Kindle Paperwhite, golf outings, dinner and theater packages, Odyssey Chicago Brunch Cruise, Rusty Wallace Racing experience and more!

March 12-15
MIPIM International Show - Cannes, France

MIPIM (Marché International des Professionnels de l'Immobilier), an annual international show for real estate professionals, is offering discounted registration fees to U.S. REALTORS®. Get details.

April 16
Get involved and attend this year's Capitol Conference "REALTOR® Lobby Day" in Springfield. 

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