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markets reportIAR Releases Monthly Markets Report –
First Quarter Home Prices and Sales Better Than 2012
The first quarter has proved member optimism for 2013 true. Statewide, when comparing the first quarter to the same period of 2012, the number of closed home sales increased 17.9 percent to 14,700. The median sale price of those homes increased 4.2 percent to $110,000; the average sale price increased 4.4 percent to $132,199. And, the number of pending home sales increased 11.4 percent to 17,082. Read the full monthly report and see county-level housing data under the Resources tab of IndianaRealtors.com.

NAR Prepares Members for Life After Google Reader
With the most popular RSS feed program, Google Reader, ending on July 1st, this NAR blog offers you some alternatives that can help your efficiency when it comes to checking updates on your favorite blogs and websites.   

Google & NAR Team Up to Provide Consumer Insight
Get insights and current trends among today's technology savvy home shoppers with Digital House Hunt.  This NAR report will help you understand how the role of digital media in the consumer home search process is continuing to evolve and how you can take advantage of this to maximize your business.


Focus on Advocacy

REALTOR Advocacy

2013 General Assembly Session Nearing an End –
REALTOR® Voice Heard Loud and Clear at the Statehouse

The final day for bills to be enacted is April 29th, but leaders in both the House and Senate have publicly stated their intent to end the 2013 session earlier – perhaps yet this week. On Friday, IAR lobbyists provided this summary of bills they and member leaders have been working on. Subscribe to the Capitol Corner to get news from the Government Affairs department directly in your inbox. Or, join the IAR Text Club to get real-time legislative updates on your phone. Text IAR to 71813 - you will then be asked to reply with the letter Y and your home zip code (for example:  Y 46250). Standard messaging rates apply. 


RPAC Fundraising Totals for March
Thank you to all those who contributed to RPAC in March.  One-hundred (100%) percent of your contribution is used to elect pro-REALTOR® candidates, regardless of political party.  Seventy percent (70%) remains in Indiana to be used in state and local elections.  Thirty percent (30%) is forwarded to the National RPAC to fund key U.S. House and Senate races. Check out how your local board/association is stacking up against the fundraising competition here. Need Fundraising Assistance? Contact Eric Augustus


Focus on Legal Affairs

Focus On Legal Affairs

IAR Saves Members Money –
Legal Hotline Represents a $652,500 Benefit Last Year

In 2012, IAR attorneys received 5,801 different legal inquiries from principal and managing broker members, and their designated agents, around the state. With typical attorney fees in excess of $200 per hour, the Legal Hotline represents one of the most meaningful and money-saving member benefits:  $225/hour x 2 calls/hour = $652,500 in savings!
Contact the Legal Hotline by phone at 317.913.3254 or 800.444.5472 toll free, by online form, or by fax at 317.842.8494.
Read more about the Hotline under the Legal Affairs tab of IndianaRealtors.com.


Focus on Education

RECP

RECP Urges Salespersons to Beat the Rush –
Offers Bonus GRI Credit with its Broker Transition Course
Recent changes to Indiana real estate license law require licensed salespersons to transition to brokers before July 1, 2014.  RECP recommends completing the transition course by January 1, 2014 to avoid a possible backlog of processing.  As an added bonus, licensees who complete the transition course from RECP will satisfy their continuing education requirements and earn 22 credits towards a GRI designation! Enroll today in an online (OnDemand) or in-person 24-hour broker transition course.

Join the Graduate REALTORS® Institute (GRI) text club for more information about the GRI designation, available courses and fun prizes! To join, text GRI to 71813.


Brokers:  Take CE in the Classroom or Online with RECP
Licensed Indiana brokers need to complete 16 hours of continuing education by June 30, 2013.  The 16 hours must include six mandatory credit hours and 10 elective credit hours. RECP offers live, two-day CE classes around the state for just $99.  Or take RECP's 16-hour OnDemand (online) package for the same $99 price.  Complete the OnDemand CE at your convenience from your home or office computer.

RECP Answers Your Questions 
Q: I'm new to real estate and wondering what education is required to obtain a license?

A: There are two courses required to obtain the required real estate broker license.  An unlicensed person needs to take a 54-hour prelicense salesperson course and pass a state exam to obtain a real estate salesperson license.  Then, a licensed salesperson must take and pass a 24-hour broker transition course before July 1, 2014 to become a licensed real estate broker.

Indiana Real Estate Markets Report  April 22, 2013
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NAR Midyear Legislative Meetings
May 13-18, 2013 
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IN Commercial Real Estate Conference
June 13-14, 2013

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RE BarCamp South Bend
July 17, 2013

IAR Conference & Expo
September 18-21, 2013


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