Head ‘Back to School’ with IAR educational programs

It’s “Back to School” time, and IAR has a series of fall and winter educational programs lined up for you. In fact, the schedule is filling up quickly! Check out these dates you will want to put on your calendar:

On Oct. 5, REALTORS® are invited to attend REbarcamp, a free un-conference sponsored by the Young Professionals Network. REbarcamp will be held from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Oak Brook Hills/Hilton Resort. Registration is free, but you must reserve your spot in advance.

Oct. 21-22 is the last 15-hour interactive Broker Post-license Applied Real Estate Practices webinar of 2015. This is one of the two required courses for brokers who need to renew their licenses before April 30, 2016. Lynn Madison leads this live-streamed course that you may take from anywhere.

On Nov. 4, IAR and Mainstreet will bring you the Xplode Conference, a full-day real estate technology and marketing conference that provides critical technology and marketing information. The Xplode Conference will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Stonegate Conference Center in Hoffman Estates. It features nationally-known experts in mobile technologies, contact management, email marketing, video and content marketing and much more. Early bird registration is open now, saving you $40!

Dec. 2-3 is the last time GRI Course III training will be offered live. Beginning in 2016, all undergrad course work will be online only and Courses II and III will be combined. This means that if you have completed Course II and do not finish Course III in December, you will be required to re-take all 30 hours online. GRI Course III and Grad will be held at the Embassy Suites in East Peoria, Illinois.

Take advantage of these learning opportunities and watch this blog for updates.

Morning Minute: U.S. Pending Home Sales Move Higher in July

Pending home sales in July rose 7.4 percent higher compared to last year and were marginally higher — up 0.5 percent — compared to last month, according to the latest Pending Home Sales Index from the National Association of REALTORS®. Watch a short video on pending sales trends with NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun.

Other stories making the news:

In the Bloomberg article, “Donald Trump Wants to Raise His Own Taxes, But Would He Kill the 1031 Real Estate Break?,” Daniel L. Goodwin, Chairman and CEO of The Inland Real Estate Group, Inc., advocates for protecting the 1031 “like-kind” exchange.

“Our tax code is clearly in need of an overhaul, but it should not come at the expense of provisions that fuel economic growth on Main Street,” Goodwin told Bloomberg in a statement. “A 1031 exchange, for example, enables a business or investor to defer—not dodge—the capital gains tax on an asset sale.”

Infographic: NAR’S Latest Existing Home Sales Report – KCM blog

Here come the 75 million homebuying Millennials – HousingWire

C.A.R. Donates to Boys & Girls Club as Part of New NAR Initiative – Chicago Association of REALTORS®

Get all the information you need for upcoming license renewals

Illinois real estate brokers face a deadline next year to renew their licenses, and the Illinois Association of REALTORS® has set up a page with all the information you will need to complete the process.

That’s why IAR has created a page to help brokers identify available courses (home study, webinar and classroom) and the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation’s deadlines for completion. Information is broken into three scenarios:

  • Brokers licensed prior to Feb. 1, 2014;
  • Brokers licensed on or after Feb. 1, 2014; and
  • Brokers licensed after Feb. 1, 2016.

And if you don’t remember when you obtained your license, you can use a link to track it down.

Find out more details.

Get four hour-long safety webinars for free on Sept. 9

Whether you’re looking for simple ways to improve everyday safety, protect yourself in rural environments or to safeguard data from high-tech thieves, registering for the NAR Safety Webinar Summit on Sept. 9 will provide Illinois REALTORS® with valuable information at a great price.

The summit is broken into four hour-long segments, starting at 11 a.m. and ending at 3 p.m.:

  • 11 a.m., “Don’t Get in the Pen With the Bull – and Other Safety Tips for Rural Land Professionals,” will be led by Terri Jensen, the 2015 National President of REALTORS® Land Institute.
  • Noon, Adrian Manzanares, a REALTOR® with more than 20 years of law enforcement experience will discuss, “REALTOR® Safety: Everyday Actions That May Compromise Safety.”
  • 1 p.m., “Discover REALTOR® Safety Through Technology and Change Management,” will be conducted by the Chief Marketing Officer and the Head of Sales for Guard Llama, respectively, Mike Becker and Adam Havey. Guard Llama’s mission is to improve personal safety for its customers.
  • 2 p.m., NAR Senior Policy Representative Melanie Wyne will present, “Online Thievery: What to Do If You Experience a Data Breach.”

For more information on each webinar and each presenter, visit NAR’s web page about the safety summit.

Sign up for Sept. 10-11 commercial real estate foundations course in Chicago

Illinois REALTORS® who want to develop the skills, acquire the resources and learn the business practices of successful commercial real estate professionals should sign up for “Foundations for Success in Commercial Real Estate” scheduled for Sept. 10 and 11 in Chicago.

Members of the Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) Institute will pay $295 for the interactive course, while non-members will pay $325. Classes begin at 8:30 a.m. and end at 5 p.m. each day at the Levine Learning Center, on the 8th Floor of 430 N. Michigan Ave.

Get more information about the course, which includes details about investment value, leases, personal marketing plans and financial analysis tools.