Protect yourself from cyber criminals by attending this free webinar

October is full of scary things: Halloween. TV Talk Show Host Day.

But one thing that’s truly frightening is making a mistake that sends your personal data into the hands of someone who will use it for ill.

IAR is marking national Cyber Security Awareness Month with a webinar provided through the Department of Homeland Security’s “Stop. Think. Connect.” campaign. IAR members can join the event, to be held 10-11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014. Speaking will be Kristina V. Dorville, who works with Homeland Security’s National Cyber Security Division.

To register, go here.

And to learn more about how to protect yourself, go here.

Remember late Arkansas real estate agent as you take precautions of your own

Beverly Carter

NAR President-Elect Chris Polychron is urging REALTORS® to look out for each other and take steps to protect themselves from harm following the death of Arkansas real estate agent Beverly Carter.

“I urge all REALTORS® to honor Beverly Carter by keeping safe and looking out for each other,” said Polychron. Carter was reported missing on Sept. 25 after showing a property in Scott, Ark., to a new client.  Her body was discovered yesterday in a nearby town.

A man arrested in connection with her disappearance has admitted he kidnapped her but denied that he killed her.  He has told members of the news media that she was targeted because she was “a woman who worked alone, a rich broker.”

The Arkansas REALTORS® Association is collecting donations in Carter’s name through its Hearts & Homes program. For more information, visit

During the month of September, the NAR and the Illinois Association of REALTORS® encouraged members to follow safety tips listed on the NAR website. Get the details in our Sept. 29 story, “Six great ways to enhance your personal safety.”

Morning Minute: REALTORS® expect home prices to see modest increases over next year

REALTORS® anticipate that median home prices will continue to rise over the next 12 months, according to the August REALTORS® Confidence Index Survey. Modest gains are expected across the U.S. and in Illinois, REALTORS® anticipate a 3 percent to 5 percent increase over the next year. Click here to read more and see a state-by-state map from the National Association of REALTORS®

In other headlines:

Chicago home prices still moving up, but at slower pace - Chicago Tribune

Local REALTORS® Join Forces to Support Homeless D211 Students – Chicago Tribune

Peoria home foreclosure rates fall – WEEK TV

REALTOR® says showing houses can get “dangerous” – WEEK TV

Get a preview of the October issue of Illinois REALTOR®

The paper version of October Illinois REALTOR® will arrive in your mailbox very soon, but you don’t have to wait.  Get an early look at the publication in this digital extra.

See photos from the IAR Fall Conference & Expo, and read great ideas your colleagues have for listing presentations, negotiating skills, enhancing professionalism in the industry and more.


What Illinois REALTORS® need to know about getting a Florida real estate license

If you are a licensed broker or managing broker in Illinois, and have considered moving to Florida or maybe one day taking advantage of their warm winter months – you now have the opportunity to obtain a similar license in Florida.

That’s according to Illinois Association of REALTORS® Education Manager Carrie Elliott, who says the agreement between the two states is not the same as reciprocal programs Illinois has with other states. Florida has a “Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA)” with Illinois.

“The agreement between the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation and the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation is most attractive to Illinois licensees who plan to retire or spend winter months in Florida but have not yet purchased property there,” says Elliott. “Florida refers to the agreement as a Mutual Recognition Agreement and requires broker and managing broker candidates to meet four qualifications for an equivalent license.”

Illinois brokers and managing brokers seeking Florida licenses must:

  •  Be 18 years of age and hold a high school diploma or its equivalent.
  •  Possess a valid and current Illinois license, be active and in good standing.

They can’t:

  •  be a Florida resident at time of application.
  •  claim mutual recognition if they obtained their license in the mutual state by reciprocity.

The agreement allows Illinois licensees to sit for the Florida state-specific law examination.  You are required to still complete post-license education.  These requirements include:

  •  Due prior to the first renewal period.
  •  Newly Licensed Brokers – equivalent to the Salesperson category in Florida – need 45 classroom hours of education
  •  Newly Licensed Managing Brokers – equivalent to the Broker category in Florida – are required to complete at least 60 classroom hours of education.

“In summary, the agreement with Florida recognizes the education and experience earned in Illinois to obtain Illinois licenses, but once licensed by mutual recognition in Florida, licensees will be required to complete the post-license requirements regardless of the type of license they seek,” Elliott says. “We are in the process of researching sites that offer practice exams and/or study materials for the Florida state-specific exams and will add that information to our website for future reference.”

Florida has mutual recognition with eight states: Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Mississippi, Nebraska and Oklahoma.