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Salespersons Urged to Upgrade Licenses ASAP
According to the Indiana Real Estate Commission (IREC), a division of the state of Indiana’s Professional Licensing Agency (IPLA), more than 7,500 real estate salespersons still need to upgrade their license to broker status before next summer’s deadline of June 30th.

While that’s seven-and-a-half months away, IAR urges its salesperson-licensed members to complete the mandatory 24-hour broker transition course ASAP because we anticipate a traffic jam as the deadline approaches. Processing 7,500 license renewal requests from here forward will be a challenge for IREC and IPLA, but on top of that, the two agencies will also be processing license renewal requests from legacy brokers (one of the major changes of last year’s real estate license law update was to put all licensees on the same renewal cycle). And, the IPLA will be processing license renewal requests from other professions.

If a salesperson does not complete the broker transition course AND get their license upgraded by the IREC/IPLA prior to June 30, 2014, they will be left without a valid license and required to take a 90-hour pre-licensing course before completing another transaction. But, do not worry; RECP has made it easy for salespersons to upgrade. Learn more below

IAR Congratulates Past President Joe Traynor -
Indy Resident Appointed to National Appraiser Qualifications Board
The Appraisal Foundation, the nation’s foremost authority on the valuation profession, recently announced the 2014 appointments of Officers to the Board of Trustees and appointments to two of the organization’s three independent boards. Indianapolis' Joe Traynor, a past IAR President, was among those appointed to the Foundation's independent Appraiser Qualifications Board. Traynor will serve a three-year term beginning January 1, 2014.

Focus on Legal Affairs

Focus On Legal Affairs

New Disclosure of Flood Insurance Changes Form Available
Brokers and agents have expressed concern about their exposure to misrepresentation claims in relation to changes in the federal subsidy of flood insurance. Property purchasers who acquire property before flood insurance rates increase may be subject to substantial increases in their flood insurance premiums later.

Get answers to some important concerns regarding flood insurance in this video featuring Kathy Harbaugh, Senior Vice President of Professional Development and Richelle Cohen Mossler, General Counsel.  

Focus on Communication & Technology

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Stake Your Claim Now on the New .REALTOR Domain
New domains are appearing on the horizon, including .REALTOR. Only members of the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) and the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) can call themselves REALTORS® and only REALTORS® are allowed to use the new .REALTOR domain in connection with their names - no geographical references will be allowed. Sign up now to be one of the first in line to reserve your .REALTOR domain as soon as it’s available. In the case of IAR members, NAR will be in touch once that happens. It’s particularly important for those with more common names to get line NOW.

Tell Your Story and Join the #PowerofR Movement
Created by REALTORS® in Illinois, the #PowerofR is now a nationwide movement of REALTORS® who want to be a positive force for change in their community, their state, and the nation.

The Power of 'R' is you and all you do to advocate for the real estate industry and the nation’s 75 million property owners. Standing one million strong, REALTORS® help build vibrant communities; they help people achieve the American Dream of home ownership; and they champion accurate, reliable data as part of a real estate transaction.

Use the #PowerofR to share all the good you do with others in the industry and with consumers. In a world where a growing number of voices are speaking on real estate topics, you can help amplify REALTORS® and the REALTOR® organization as The Voice for Real Estate®.

How can you get involved?

  • Share your stories and photos on Twitter, Facebook, and Flickr using the hashtag #PowerofR.

  • Update your Facebook cover photo with one of NAR’s pre-made banners.

What kind of stories and photos demonstrate the #PowerofR?

  • Your advocacy work with local, state or national officials

  • Your volunteer activities that support and improve your community

  • Your work to educate consumers and young people about responsible property ownership

Focus on Education

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RECP Makes it Easy for Salespersons to Upgrade License
RECP has made it easy for salespersons to upgrade their license to broker status before next summer’s deadline of June 30th. Through RECP, salespersons can take the mandatory broker transition course -

 

 

  • In-person over a period of three days at a variety of locations around the state

  • Online

  • Online and on-demand (at 4:00 a.m. in your pajamas, anyone?)

As a reminder, the broker transition course fulfills a salesperson’s continuing education requirement during this transition period we’re currently in. And as an added bonus, REALTOR® licensees who complete the course through RECP will earn 22 credits toward a Graduate, REALTOR® Institute (GRI) designation.

Register online or call 1-800-742-4067 for more information.

Principal Brokers may want to take advantage of RECP’s private-label education for their agents. Contact Kathy Harbaugh for more information:  kharbaugh@indianarealtors.com or 765-461-3446 cell or text.
 
Thanksgiving
November 28-29, 2013
IAR & RECP Offices Closed

Christmas
December 24-25, 2013

IAR & RECP Offices Closed

New Year's Eve
December 31, 2013
IAR & RECP Offices Close at Noon

New Year's Day
January 1, 2014
IAR & RECP Offices Closed

Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday
January 20, 2014
IAR & RECP Offices Closed

IAR Legislative Conference
January 27-28, 2013
JW Marriott Indianapolis & Indiana Statehouse 

REALTOR® Professional Designation Days
February 25-27, 2014
Indianapolis, IN
More Info»

Salesperson-to-Broker Transition Deadline
June 30, 2014
More Info»

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Enter for a Chance to Win a VIP Experience at This Year’s Pac-12 Football Championship Game
UPS is proud to offer eligible IAR members an opportunity to enter for a chance to win an incredible VIP game weekend experience. The winner will receive a two-night stay at a downtown TBD location hotel, admittance to the VIP Tailgate Party, and, of course, two tickets to the Championship Game. Sign up for a new UPS account by November 21, 2013 and receive one entry into the sweepstakes. Click here to see the Official Rules.
  

 




 



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