See all you missed during this week’s IAR Public Policy Meetings

Want to catch up on what happened at the 2015 Illinois Association of REALTORS®’ Public Policy Meetings?

From Monday through Thursday, Illinois REALTORS® gathered at the Embassy Suites in East Peoria to raise money, share ideas, learn new trends and make important decisions. Among coverage was:

If you want more, scroll through the comprehensive list of Public Policy Meeting headlines available on the front page of illinoisrealtor.org.

IAR and Harvard researcher provide data that could help you serve senior clients better

REALTORS® who try to understand the housing challenges Baby Boomers face as senior citizens can put themselves in a more competitive position to help potential clients throughout the next 20 years.

That’s because the number of Baby Boomers who will become seniors will continue to become greater for some time, said a guest speaker at Tuesday’s IAR Public Policy Meetings, Jennifer Molinsky.

Jennifer Molinsky

Molinsky, a senior research associate at the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University and a lecturer at the Graduate School of Design, made her WebEx presentation during the IAR Housing Opportunity Working Group meeting.

She recapped the September 2014 report by the Joint Center titled “Housing America’s Older Adults – Meeting the Needs of an Aging Population.”

Among Molinsky’s points:

  • Older adults (65 and up) face a higher risk of isolation because they are carrying more debt into their retirement years;
  • Rapid growth of older renters will put more pressure on housing assistance programs;
  • Very few homes have at least three accessibility features that would help seniors (i.e. single-floor living, lever-style handles on doors and faucets); and
  • The cost of long-term care makes it out of reach for most renters – typical renters would deplete their assets in just a few months.

Read the entire report.

For more about Molinsky, see her biography.

The working group also featured presentations by Housing Policy Advisor Sharon Gorrell, Barry Ramsay (USDA), Kristie Engerman, Kyle Anderson, Shannon Burke (NAR), Greg St. Aubin, Loretta Alonzo and Kay Wirth.

Photos at the RPAC Re-up session

At the RPAC Re-up Rally Tuesday, cameras captured local association members as they called on colleagues to support the Illinois REALTORS® Political Action Committee. Check out our photo gallery.

IAR members — did you help your colleagues make our goals?

 

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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!