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IAR Releases Monthly Markets Report –
July Home Sales Increase by 22.8 Percent Statewide,
Home Prices and Pending Home Sales Also Up Year-Over-Year

The number of existing, single-family homes sold last month statewide increased 22.8 percent when compared with July 2012; the median sale price of homes increased 5.7 percent and the number of pending home sales increased 12.2 percent. This is according to the monthly Indiana Real Estate Markets Report last week released by IAR.

"Housing continues to lead the overall economic recovery," said Kevin Kirkpatrick, 2013 President of the Indiana Association of REALTORS®, in a press release. "And it should for the near future given the fact that buyers still have low interest rates on their side and sellers have high demand on their side."

Read the full monthly report and see county-level housing data under the Resources tab of As a reminder, the county one-pagers are for members to use as they will - include in a listing presentation, reference in a blog post, paste into an e-newsletter to clients, etc.

The next report is due out September 23.

Technology to Be a Main Focus of Conference –
Day and Session Passes Allow Members to Attend Only What They Want
Meet Jason Pantana of Village Real Estate Services in Nashville, Tennessee – Inman News’ “Most Innovative Brokerage” for 2012. Jason will lead two technology sessions during the annual IAR conference – “The Klout Spout: Turn On Your Social Influence” and “The Receptor Effect: Keeping Up With the Digital Consumer”. Both sessions will take place on Tuesday, September 17. And, both sessions offer elective continuing education and/or Graduate, REALTOR® Institute (GRI) designation credit hours.
Also included in the technology offerings of conference is a BarCamp on Thursday, September 19. What is a BarCamp? A Real Estate (RE) BarCamp is a one-day social media marketing and technology “un-conference” for professionals in the industry. BarCamps are free of cost and structure, designed to facilitate conversations and demonstrations among participants on how to grow their business through social media and other technologies. They’re high energy and usually well-attended. The last BarCamp IAR helped organize – RE BarCamp Indiana – drew hundreds from around the state, and not just REALTORS®, but lenders, builders, title agents and home improvement experts, too..
Register for one or both of Jason’s sessions and/or BarCamp here.

Focus on Legal Affairs

Focus On Legal Affairs

Do Not Pay the Patent Troll –
Enforcement Actions Put on Hold,
Inform IAR Attorneys of Letters Received

A patent troll is a patent owner who doesn’t use the patent it owns, but simply seeks to extract license fees or litigation settlements. Indiana was known a few months back for receiving the first threatened lawsuit of this type against a real estate company.

Shortly thereafter, real estate offices around the country received letters from companies called AllLed, AdzPro, GanPan, among others, claiming to have the exclusive right to send documents via e-mail from a copier machine, and demanding that you pay a licensing fee of $900 to $1,200 per employee before you can send a document. Read more»

Get More Legal Info at Conference –
Day Pass Allows Members to Customize Experience,
Meet IAR Attorneys in Person in Expo Hall

Purchase a $65 Day Pass and you’ll get lunch and a reception sandwiching the following legal sessions on Wednesday, September 18:

  • Bridging Communications and Cultural Gaps, 1:30pm-2:30pm;
  • Risk Reduction:  Avoiding E&O Claims Specific to Indiana, 2:40pm-3:40pm; and
  • REALTOR® Code of Ethics Centennial Celebration and Professional Standards Review, 3:50pm-4:30pm.

Arrive earlier to attend the following session taught by Pam Ermen for 3 elective continuing education and/or Graduate, REALTOR® Institute (GRI) designation credit hours:

  • Team Dynamics:  Building Successful Teams in Today’s Marketplace, 8:30am-11:30am.

And last but not least, meet IAR attorneys Richelle Cohen Mossler and Kelly Shonborn in person in the expo hall anytime throughout the day.

See the full conference schedule and register online here.

 Focus on Membership

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Have Your Say –
IAR Board of Directors Election Set for September 24-29, 2013,
Update Email Address in NRDS by September 14 to Receive Ballot 

 “Every election is determined by the people who show up.” -- Larry J. Sabato, Director of the University of Virginia Center for Politics

The election to fill vacancies on the IAR Board of Directors will be here soon. In this case, you needn’t physically show up anywhere to have your say. All you have to do is click on a link in an email. Please mark your calendar for September 24 and watch your inbox – junk and spam folders, too – for the electronic ballot. Every IAR member may vote once between then and September 29.

If you received today’s Indiana REALTOR® Advocate, you should receive an electronic ballot without issue. But, it is always better to be safe than sorry. Please check the National REALTOR® Database System on or before September 14 to be sure the correct email address is included in your NRDS record. And, please encourage fellow IAR members to do the same.

See here for the list of candidates the Election Qualification Committee has approved to stand for election.

Congratulations to Bernice Helman of Terre Haute - 
REALTOR® Magazine Recognizes Her United Way Fundraising,
Names Helman One of 10 Good Neighbor Award Finalists

The National Association of REALTORS® this week recognized 10 members from around the country as finalists for REALTOR® Magazine’s 2013 Good Neighbor Awards.

This year marks the 14th year the Good Neighbor Awards program has recognized REALTORS® who improve the quality of life in their communities through volunteer work. The REALTORS® acknowledged by this program over the years donate their time, money and passion to create a positive impact on others and address critical needs in their community.

From NAR's press release:  “For 18 years, Bernice Helman has served the United Way of the Wabash Valley, an organization dedicated to achieving community-wide change by improving the education, income and health of its residents. Her community was dealt a hard blow when a large pharmaceutical company left, taking with it jobs and hundreds of thousands of dollars in corporate donations. Helman overcame the challenge through her tireless efforts, which included reaching out to solicit donations from rural counties that typically had only received donations, resulting in the United Way surpassing its fundraising goal of $1.8 million last year.”

This October five winners will be selected from among the 10 finalists to receive national media exposure and a $10,000 grant for their community cause. Winners will also receive travel expenses to the 2013 REALTORS® Conference & Expo in San Francisco, where they will accept their awards at a presentation in front of thousands of their peers. The five honorable mentions will receive a $2,500 grant. The winners will be featured in the November/December issue of REALTOR® Magazine.

Congratulations and best wishes to Bernice!

 Focus on Government Affairs


Join RPAC for Lunch at Conference – 

You’ve surely been solicited. For an RPAC contribution, that is. Maybe you gave enthusiastically. Maybe you gave reluctantly. Maybe you politely or otherwise declined. No matter, state fundraising chair Brian Thompson of Bloomington invites you to join him for lunch and a brief presentation on the REALTORS® Political Action Committee – what it is, how it works and its impact here in Indiana – during the upcoming IAR conference on Wednesday, September 18. We think you’ll be pleasantly surprised!

This meal is included with purchase of a full conference pass, day pass for Wednesday, or Wednesday individual session passes.

See the full conference schedule and register online here.

See RPAC Fundraising Totals for July-

Thank you to all those who contributed to RPAC in July. Your generous contribution goes to support pro-REALTOR® candidates at the local, state and federal levels. See how your local board/association is stacking up against the fundraising competition here. Need fundraising assistance? Contact IAR’s Eric Augustus:

Labor Day
September 2, 2013
IAR & RECP Offices Closed

Correct Email Address in NRDS
September 14, 2013

IAR Conference & Expo
September 17-20, 2013

Indiana Real Estate Markets Report
September 23, 2013 
More Info»

IAR Board of Directors Election
September 24-29, 2013
CRS 111: Sh
ort Sales & Foreclosures
October 2, 2013 
More Info»

CRS 200: Business Planning & Marketing
October 17-18, 2013
More Info»

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Learn to Earn with Indiana’s Graduate REALTOR® Institute

The GRI, Graduate REALTOR® Institute, designation is the most recognized and respected professional designation available to real estate professionals nationwide. Along with higher earnings and increased referrals, GRI designees have an increased level of skill and professionalism. To apply as a new candidate or for more information, visit



Want Loyalty from Buyers? Get the Accredited Buyer’s Representative designation

The Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR®) designation is designed for real estate buyer agents who focus on working directly with buyer-clients. Take the first step in earning your designation by registering for the core course, being offered at the 2013 IAR Conference & Expo at the Sheraton Indianapolis Hotel on September 19 & 20. 



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