IAR graduates Leadership Development class


Members of the Illinois Association of REALTORS® Leadership Development class finished up the program Wednesday, April 16, 2014.

The class was selected by a committee, and seeks to identify and groom talented REALTOR® members to take on a greater role in leadership, whether at the local, state or national level.

The class included: Sonia Anaya, Jeffrey Barkstall, Jeff Kolbus,  Max McComb, Cindy McDowall, Carol Meinhart Hickey, Ed Neaves, Karen Robertson, Kate Shields, Catherine Terpstra, Dan Wagner and Amanda Wycoff.

Countdown to Broker Renewal Deadline: You still need CE even if your license is in a “holding company”

By April 30, 2014, Illinois Broker licensees must have completed the continuing education (CE) requirements and applied to renew their license through the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR).

Here is a frequently asked question as we get closer to the deadline and find more at the IAR’s official Q&A on broker renewal:

Q: If my license is in a “holding company” do I still need CE?

Yes. Your “holding company” is your sponsoring broker so you hold an active sponsored real estate license. Thus, you are subject to CE requirements.

Aurora REALTORS® host weekend Homeownership Expo


Aurora REALTORS® held a fair to promote homeownership on Saturday, April 12. The Mainstreet Organization of REALTORS® and the REALTOR® Association of the Fox Valley hosted the event.

In the Summer of 2013 the Mainstreet Organization of REALTORS® and the REALTOR® Association of the Fox Valley identified the City of Aurora as a community that would benefit from an Employer Assisted Housing (EAH) Program.

The City of Aurora is home to a number of larger corporations and many of their employees do not live and work in the community.

Jointly, the MORE and RAFV Associations hosted the NAR Employer Assisted Housing class for 50 local REALTORS®. Following the EAH class, local REALTORS® met with Aurora community leaders to discuss the implementation of the EAH program. From those discussions, the idea for an event to highlight the great quality of life, experiences and other amenities that make Aurora an attractive community for families considering new homeownership opportunities was developed.

Local MORe and RAFV REALTORS partnered with the City of Aurora (IL) to host the first “Experience Aurora Homeownership Exposition” on Saturday, April 12, 2014. The Expo brought awareness to Aurora employees about down payment assistance programs that are available for first time home ownership.

Also, the Exposition featured a host of exhibitors that showcased Aurora amenities that families consider in choosing their first community as a homeowner; schools, park district and community organizations. Finally, the event had a trolley that shuttled guests to affordable housing available near to Downtown Aurora. Following the event, local REALTORS® hosted Aurora Open House Saturday for attendees to visit additional properties available in the City of Aurora.

Mike Drews, IAR Treasurer and an Aurora REALTOR® that participated in the event, said:  ”It was such a great opportunity to partner with the City of Aurora to promote home ownership. We were able to inform a number of buyers about the availability of down payment assistance programs.”

This event would not have been possible without a Housing Opportunity Program Grant from the National Association of REALTORS®.


What do REALTORS® need to know about hydraulic fracturing?


Illinois could soon finalize the rules that will govern hydraulic fracturing in the state.

To help get ready, IAR created a Task Force to study the process that injects sand, water and chemicals deep into the earth to force out oil and natural gas.

The Task Force, which was chaired by IAR President-elect James M. Kinney, came up with information REALTORS® should be aware of. This video is the first of two that will explain some of the findings.


Schedule, work changes announced for the Habitat Build in Murphysboro


Volunteers install siding at a Habitat for Humanity home being built by Illinois REALTORS® in Murphysboro.

Interested in working on the habitat for Humanity home in Murphysboro? There are two sets of dates left for volunteers to lend a hand, and there are some important developments to be aware of.

  • The work scheduled for may 21-23 has changed. Originally volunteers were going to help install sheetrock, but a contractor has stepped into assist. Instead, the Egyptian Board of REALTORS® is coordinating workers to help landscape the property located at 1914 Clarke St. You can sign up by contacting association executive Charay Brewer at ae@egyptianboard.com or 618.364.0046.
  • The work schedule for May 8-10 has been rescheduled for May 29-31. You can sign up to help with finish work, trim and general cleanup at the site by going here.

The project got off to a great start beginning April 4, and the walls are up, the roof is on and volunteers have completed siding for the structure.