Early-bird rate for January Pro Standards Workshops ends today

Today’s the final day to register and pay only $60 for the Professional Standards Workshops on Jan. 13 and 14, in Springfield and Oakbrook Terrace, respectively.

Register now!

Fill out the form and return it by fax (217-529-0758) or email Register@iar.org. Your registration includes continental breakfast and lunch.

Those who return the form Dec. 18-24 will pay a $5 late fee. No refunds, transfers or cancellations will be accepted after today. If you have questions, contact Becky Carraher at RCarraher@iar.org or 217-529-2600.

The Springfield workshop will be held at the Crowne Plaza, while the Oakbrook Terrace workshop will be at Drury Lane. Bruce Aydt and Lynn Madison will serve as lead instructors. The agenda will include:

  • Updates to Code of Ethics;
  • Changes to administration of complaints and arbitration requests;
  • Information for Ombudsman and Ethics Citation Programs;
  • Mock Grievance Committee, Ethics and Arbitration hearings;
  • Role of Board of Directors; and
  • Live polling of participants via smartphones and tablets.

Designations = Professionalism

With November fast approaching, it’s time to think about adding a designation in celebration of Designation Awareness Month.

November has been selected by the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) as the month for real estate professionals to hone their skills and provide specialized services to their clients by completing a designation program.

IAR is celebrating Designation Awareness by providing discounts for the following designation courses during the month of November. Contact your local association to see what designation programs they are offering and click here to see a list of some upcoming courses.

  • AHWD – At Home with Diversity
  • MRP – Military Relocation Professional
  • ABR – Accredited Buyer’s Representative
  • SRES – Senior Real Estate Specialist
  • New! SRS – Seller Representative Specialist – Get the SRS Designation for FREE by registering for the GRAD program at GRI (completion of Course I, II and III required to attend GRAD)

In addition, IAR offers a Post License Home Study and Webinar for those newly licensed Brokers who are completing their 30-hour Broker Post license requirements prior to their first renewal. Successful completion of those 30-hours of Broker Post License through IAR will enable students to be eligible for Course II of the upcoming Graduate REALTOR Institute (GRI).

Sign up for a designation program today so that you may be included in the elite group of designation professionals!


Like Dozier, REALTORS® choose to make a difference

At IAR’s Fall Conference & Expo, keynote speaker and Fenger Academy High School Principal Elizabeth Dozier talked about making a difference in communities.

Which led to IAR posing a question to those in attendance through its smartphone app: What do you do in your community to serve?

Elizabeth Dozier

Not surprisingly, we got a response. It was clear REALTORS® in attendance spend a lot of time making their communities stronger in an amazing number of ways.

Among the responses:

  • Working with Ronald McDonald charities.
  • Helping out at an emergency shelter.
  • Spearheading work with hometown beautification and education programs.
  • And working with a youth organization.

REALTORS® aren’t shy about showing the Power of R. The app provided a small snapshot of what IAR’s 41,000 members do in communities statewide.

Finding it all from the IAR Fall Conference & Expo

The Illinois Association of REALTORS® (IAR) has pulled together the photos, session highlights, presentations, handouts and more from last week’s “Game On: Our Time is Now” IAR Fall Conference & Expo in Chicago. Click here to find complete coverage.

It was an action-packed event that included visits from Gov. Pat Quinn and his Republican challenger Bruce Rauner; the installation of IAR’s 2015 leadership team; plus popular motivational and educational sessions with top speakers such as Elizabeth Dozier, Matt Tenney, Laurie Moore-Moore and Ashton Gustafson.

Introducing IAR’s Leadership Team for 2015

2015 IAR President Jim Kinney

The Illinois Association of REALTORS® celebrated the transition of its leadership for the new year as REALTOR® Jim Kinney, ABR, CRB, CRS, GRI, of Chicago, was installed as the 2015 president of the association on Saturday.

Kinney is the vice president of Luxury Home Sales for Baird & Warner in Chicago and has a history of service and involvement to the REALTOR® organization.

REALTOR® Mike Drews of Aurora was installed as the 2015 president-elect of the Illinois Association of REALTORS®. Drews is a broker-associate with Charles B. Doss & Co. in Aurora.

REALTOR® Doug Carpenter, ABR, AHWD, SFR, of Mokena was installed as the 2015 treasurer of the Illinois Association of REALTORS®. Carpenter is the managing-broker of Coldwell Banker Honig-Bell in Orland Hills.

Immediate Past President Phil Chiles, ABR, CRS, GRI, SRES, of Springfield, will continue to lend his expertise on the IAR Leadership Team after serving as president of the association this past year.