Buy tickets now for the Inaugural Gala at the IAR Fall Conference

Join in the fun and honor incoming Illinois Association of REALTORS® president Jim Kinney at the 98th Annual Inaugural Gala on Saturday, Sept. 6 in the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place Ballroom.  The gala is the final event of the 2014 IAR Fall Conference & Expo. The opening reception begins at 6:30 p.m., with the gala starting at 7:15 p.m.

Tickets for the reception / gala cost $150 each.  You can purchase tickets for the gala when you register for the conference.

Kinney, IAR President-Elect, is the Vice President of Luxury Home Sales for Baird & Warner in Chicago. He’s served on multiple boards, committees and task forces for the Chicago Association of REALTORS®.  During his 30-plus years in real estate, he’s won numerous awards including 2002 REALTOR® of the Year by the Chicago association and 2004 Illinois REALTOR® of the Year by IAR.

On the state level, Kinney has held leadership roles with a number of committees and groups. He’s been an advocate for education and earned numerous designations. He’s also been involved with several national committees and groups, including the National Association of REALTORS® Executive Committee.

Want to know more about Jim Kinney?

Morning Minute: Consumer confidence climbs in July

The Consumer Confidence Index rose to its highest level in nearly seven years, reports Bloomberg Businessweek today. The index climbed to 90.9 in July, a welcome increase over 86.4 in June.

In other headlines:

Julián Castro sworn in, spends first day as HUD Secretary – Housing Wire

Zillow to Pay $3.5B in Trulia Acquisition – REALTOR® Magazine

Leasing Agents have three days left for license renewals

July 31 is the deadline for renewing leasing agent licenses in the State of Illinois. Leasing agents need to complete six hours of continuing education (CE), too.

  •  Renewal period for the 2014 renewal is Aug. 1, 2012 through July 31, 2014.
  • Leasing agents are required to complete three core hours and three elective hours of CE.
  • Leasing agents are exempt from CE for the first renewal only.

You can renew your leasing agent license electronically through the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR). Check the expiration date of your license, get appropriate forms and review Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

When to renew via paper form
If you change your name, address or sponsor, you need to use the paper renewal application and mail it to IDFPR prior to the July 31 deadline. Changing a sponsor requires an additional $25 fee and a new 45-day permit sponsor card.

Save $50 by renewing on time
The license fee to renew prior to the deadline is $100, while the cost increases to $150 on Aug. 1 and beyond.

Need CE hours?
Get your CE through the  IAR REALTOR® Store at the low price of $19.95 per course with convenient proctor locations at no additional cost! These three-hour credit courses will help you meet the six-hour requirement and provide timely information geared toward the Leasing agent:

  • Core B Home Study:  COR 1662 – CORE B: Legal Issues – Disclosure Issues for Landlords (Item #618); and
  • Elective Home Study:  PM 613 – Leasing Residential Property (Item #613).

Gustafson ideas arrive in time for you

Can you call your day a success by 11 a.m.? If not, then Ashton Gustafson just might be able to help you!

Come see his presentation “Time Management: Systems, Tools & Disciplines” from 2 to 3:15 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5 at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place. His high-energy presentation is designed to help you balance the growing popularity of electronic communications with print and face-to-face communications. You’ll gain daily efficiency with great systems, a focused mindset and ideas for time blocking and refining lead generation techniques. He believes a successful day should be complete by 11 a.m.

With all he has achieved – in personal sales, customer satisfaction and mastery of emerging technologies – taking the utmost advantage of time surely has to be one of his greatest skills. Register today to attend the IAR Fall Conference & Expo.

Two weeks left for Game On Giveaway
So far, we have 117 members who have entered our drawing for free registration to the entire Conference & Expo and a two-night stay at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place, Sept. 4 and 5. You can’t get those kinds of odds when you play the Illinois Lottery! But you can’t win if you don’t enter!  Sign up for the Game On Giveaway today.

Morning Minute: U.S. pending home sales slow in June, but rise in Midwest

The number of pending home sales slowed slightly from May to June, but in a few regions of the country — the Midwest and West — pending sales inched up compared to last month, according to the latest Pending Home Sales Index released today by the National Association of REALTORS®.

The overall index declined 1.1 percent compared to May. In the Midwest, the pending sale index increased 1.1 percent and in the West, it was up 0.2 percent. All regions are lower when comparing year-over-year.

NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun said lower housing inventory, tight credit and employee wages that have remained flat continue to be factors impacting the housing market, but he is looking for sales to move upward through the rest of the year. Read more from Yun and NAR.