Register for IAR Spring Conference by April 9 and save $30!

Illinois REALTORS® who register for the IAR Spring Conference & Expo by the early-bird deadline of Wednesday, April 9, pay only $99, a savings of $30!

This year’s event is designed to help you stay successful in your business. Gain new insights, network with like-minded business people, and earn up to 6 hours of CE.

 

 

Speakers and Sessions include:

  • Keys to Success…It’s Elementary My Dear Watson with Kim Daugherty
  • A Look Into the Future: Tax Tips with Chris Bird
  • Triple Threat: A Fresh Look at Anti-trust, Fair Housing & RESPA (CE) with Trista Curzydlo
  • Fair Housing, Agency, License Law & Escrow: Back to the Basics – What You Need to Know and How to Apply It (CE) with Annette Akey
  • IAR Legal Services Breakfast with IAR Legal Hotline attorney Betsy Urbance and the IAR Legal Services team
  • PLUS a two-day Business Expo!

Honoring Illinois REALTORS® who have made a mark on the industry

2014 Illinois REALTOR® of the Year Pat Callan, left, with IAR President Phil Chiles

It was a night of celebration and professional recognition at the 2014 REALTOR® of the Year banquet in Springfield on Wednesday. Honorees included Illinois REALTOR® of the Year Pat Callan, of Glen Ellyn, and the local REALTORS® of the Year from around the state. The banquet was sponsored by the Illinois Real Estate Educational Foundation.

In his speech, Callan reflected on his many years of volunteering and service at all levels of the REALTOR® organization. Callan said he came from a generation and a family that emphasized the importance of getting involved and giving back and urged other REALTORS® to lend their time and talents to make a difference.

Callan, managing broker-owner of Realty Executives Premiere in Wheaton, served as president of the Illinois Association of REALTORS® (IAR) in 2009.

“Volunteering for a cause that you have a passion for is important to society. It’s important for us to spread that message to the next generation so that this organization and others of importance can continue to serve their constituents. So when someone asks you to serve on a committee, chair a task force, serve on a board of directors, run for office at the association, there is always time to fit it in,” Callan said.

“One can’t do everything in life at once but there is a time and place for everything. Just pick those spots that work for you and you will find the time to say “yes,” he said.

Congratulations to all the 2014 REALTORS® of the Year!

 

Gov. Quinn meets with Illinois REALTORS®, announces Welcome Home Illinois mortgage program

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn met with Illinois REALTORS® Tuesday to announce a new state mortgage program, Welcome Home Illinois. The program, administered by the Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA), aims to help around 3,000 qualifying first-time homebuyers during this year’s spring, summer and fall homebuying season.

“Real estate and REALTORS® are extremely important to the working of our economy, to homeownership and to making sure that people across Illinois have an opportunity to participate in the American Dream,” Quinn told the REALTORS® at a meeting at the Illinois Association of REALTORS® headquarters in Springfield. He was joined by IHDA Executive Director Mary R. Kenney.

“A house is not just four walls and a roof. It is really people having a stake in a neighborhood and a community,” Quinn said, adding that homeownership also benefits the greater economy and spurs civic participation.

Learn more about Welcome Home Illinois at welcomehomeillinois.gov.

Highlights of the new program:

  • $7,500 cash assistance to cover a down payment.
  • 30-year fixed-rate mortgage with a below-market interest rate.
  • 100 participating lenders and a variety of loan options from which to choose.
  • Borrowers must meet income guidelines and complete homebuyer counseling.
  • Borrowers must contribute one percent or $1,000 of purchase price, whichever is greater.
  • Borrowers must also be using home as their primary residence.

Illinois REALTORS®, see you next week in Springfield!

The Illinois Housing Leaders Conference and the Illinois Association of REALTORS® Capitol Conference are next week in Springfield. REALTORS® from around Illinois will be heading to the state’s capital to lobby Illinois lawmakers on issues important to the real estate industry and private property rights.

The Illinois Housing Leaders Conference on March 31 will cover the topic, “Helping Boomerang Buyers Get Back in the Market.” The event includes keynote speaker, Shari Olefson, author and director of the Carnegie Group, along with a panel discussion on the challenges facing boomerang buyers. Click here to find details and a schedule of what to expect for the day.

On Tuesday, April 1, the focus shifts to REALTOR® lobbying efforts with the annual IAR Capitol Conference. Illinois REALTORS® will be meeting with legislators and the Illinois General Assembly leadership. Click here for more information on what to expect.

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