Don’t be Intimidated

If you have been to an IAR Capitol Conference before, you know what an energizing day it can be. If you have never attended, we hope you’ll take this opportunity to increase your comfort level dealing with policy makers and gain experience. Don’t be intimidated – IAR Governmental Affairs staff will brief you on key issues before your visit and will facilitate your Register for IAR Capitol Conferenceconversation with legislators if you want the extra support.

In addition to familiarizing yourself with legislative issues, Capitol Conference is also an opportunity to make direct connections with other Illinois REALTORS® and local Government Affairs Directors.

What your day will be like:

  • Have lunch while IAR Government Affairs directors provide a legislative briefing including tools, materials and key messages you can refer to later.

  • In the afternoon, you will have three hours to compare notes and confer with veteran attendees and your local GAD. You will also have the opportunity seek out legislators you wish to meet.

  • Immediately following this visit, REALTORS® and legislators are invited to a reception at the Hilton Springfield for more networking and discussion.

  • By 6:30 pm, your whirlwind day is done and you’re on your way home to share what you’ve learned!

What you can do next:

  1. Reserve your spot by registering today. Lunch and hors d’oeuvres at the reception are included in your $40 registration fee.

  2. Learn about the issues that affect your business with RVOICE and 

  3. Prepare to be amazed by show of REALTORS® solidarity and be a part of it!

  4. Post about your experiences on your personal blog and tell your clients you are a voice for property owners’ rights!

IAR Capitol Conference attendee and REALTOR® Colleen Wilcox called the 2010 Conference “excellent” and added, “We met with two representatives, we met with two senators, and they each gave us their time they listened to our issues, so I think it’s something that everyone should consider doing.”

Have a voice. Make life easier for you and for your clients. Your presence at the IAR Capitol Conference is a visible representation of your client’s concerns.

Register online or call 1-800-252-2910 by April 8th.


Get Core A continuing education and cooperative resolution tips at IAR Spring Conference

Nationally known speaker and instructor Lynn Madison will provide Core A CE training during one afternoon session and will co-host the Professional Standards Breakfast with Chris Read during the 2015 IAR Spring Conference May 6 & 7 in Collinsville.

Register today to make sure you “Jump Start Your Career” at the Gateway Center.  IAR members who sign up by April 15 will qualify for the early-bird rate of $109 (non-members only $124).

Lynn Madison

Madison’s CE course “Fair Housing, Agency & License Law – Sellers Real Word,” will prepare licensees to meet legal requirements, fulfill their duties to clients and provide top-level service.

The Professional Standards Breakfast ($16 ticket required) focuses on using the Code’s spirit of Cooperation to resolve complex issues.  During the hour-long session titled “Competition and the Code: Cooperation – Compensation – Communication,” Madison and Read will tackle complaints and concerns in the marketplace such as commission entitlement, marketing, advertising and negotiating contracts. They will emphasize the cooperative resolution of common challenges in the industry.

Madison is the owner of Lynn Madison Seminars, a training and development company devoted to the advancement of professionalism in real estate. She has been a speaker at the NAR convention for more than a decade and has spoken to REALTORS® in more than 30 states. She has been active in developing and delivering Illinois’ continuing education programs since 1992.

Chris Read

Read founded DR Strategies in 2009, a resource for real estate agents, sponsoring brokers, managing brokers and associations who seek to strategically pursue growth of their business and profitability. She has been a REALTOR® since 1977.

Conference Accommodations – A block of rooms have been reserved for IAR members at the Collinsville-St. Louis DoubleTree by Hilton at special rates.  The block will be held until April 8 or until it is sold out, whichever comes first. Book your room now.

REALTORS® get great benefits from IAR Capitol Conference

Illinois REALTORS® can talk directly with state legislators on April 14 if they sign up for the 2015 IAR Capitol Conference & Lobby Day.

IAR members will find it easy to sign up and make a difference for the real estate industry.

In addition to legislator access and online registration, members can network with each other and learn more about how the association advocates on their behalf.

Those who need to stay overnight in Springfield after the conference can get the IAR group rate ($121) if they make a room reservation by March 23. Call 1-800-HILTONS (1-800-445-8667) and provide the group name (IAR Capitol Conference).

The registration deadline for Capitol Conference & Lobby Day is April 8. The fee is $40.

You may be surprised at what he can tell you about today’s empowered consumers

Terry Watson

Illinois REALTORS® looking to “Jump Start” their careers by relating better to potential customers should register today for the IAR Spring Conference & Expo in Collinsville May 6-7.

Among the featured speakers will be REALTOR® Terry Watson – a nationally known trainer, keynote speaker, coach and author – who will present “The Yelp Effect – Pleasing the Empowered Customer,” and then lead an elective continuing education session.

Watson’s credentials include his:

  • Certified Speaking Professional designation;
  • role as founder and president of the leadership training company Easify, Inc.;
  • experience as a real estate broker for his family’s real estate firm in Chicago;
  • years of experience as a real estate trainer; and
  • membership with the Illinois Association of REALTORS®.

In addition to the always entertaining and informative Watson, you’ll have countless opportunities to network with colleagues before, in between and after sessions with Joe Niego, Ashton Gustafson, Lynn Madison, Chris Read and Betsy Urbance. And don’t forget to visit with exhibitors at the Expo!

For more information, visit the “Jump Start Your Career” Spring Conference page today.

Register by April 8 for IAR Capitol Conference and Lobby Day

Check another item off your to-do list if you register today for the 39th annual Illinois Association of REALTORS®’ Capitol Conference and Lobby Day in Springfield April 14.

The registration deadline is April 8. The $40 fee gets you in the Legislative Briefing and Lunch that begins at noon, followed by Capitol visits at 1:30 p.m. and a reception from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Hilton Springfield.

An announcement is expected at the conference regarding the next IAR Treasurer. REALTOR® candidates are Matt Difanis of RE/MAX Realty Associates in the Champaign area and Jeff Gregory of Realty Executives Success in the Joliet area.

In 2014, more than 450 members participated in the Capitol Conference and met with House majority and minority leaders as well as the Senate majority and minority leaders.