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In Friday's issue of the Indiana REALTOR® Advocate, the link to the 2014 Forms changes was incomplete. Please refer to this issue today to get the corrected link. We are sorry for the inconvenience.

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All zipForm accounts have been updated and are now to be accessed through www.zipformplus.com.  You will use the same credentials you have used for the old zipform6® account and see all the transactions you have saved on the old platform.

Need help getting around zipFormPlus®?  Here is a quick start guide: http://dl3.zipform.com/training/zipformplus/quickstartguides.pdf      

Focus on Membership

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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


Health Insurance and the Affordable Care Act:
NAR Announces Health Care Initiative Including Webinar to Answer REALTOR® Questions
Buying health insurance is often a daunting task leaving individuals and small businesses feeling lost and confused. This confusion has been intensified, now that the Affordable Care Act mandates everyone has to have insurance in 2014. Members have turned to the National Association of REALTORS® looking  for help and guidance, and wondering where to begin and what NAR has to offer.  

A live webinar will be presented on December 12 at 11:00am (CST) by NAR. The webinar will provide an update on what’s happening in health insurance, responsibilities to comply with and options. It will also answer popular questions about the open-enrollment deadline and whether to use a private or public exchange. To register, click this link or access the REALTOR.org topic page.

For More Information:
Jackie D. Palmer                                    Anne Cadigan                          
Marketing Manager, M&BD                   Account Manager, Strategic Alliances
Marketing & Communications               REALTOR Benefits® Program
312.329.8313                                       312.329.8543
jpalmer@realtors.org acadigan@realtors.org


2014 Election Results Are In
Congratulations to 2014 Officers, Executive Committee Members and NAR Directors
IAR is pleased to announce the election results for the 2014 Executive Committee.  Successful candidates for the Executive Committee will serve a term beginning January 1, 2014 through December 31, 2016. Congratulations to Cory White, Judy Fitzgerald, John DeSouza and Randy Scheidt.  Additionally, Brenda Miley was elected to fill the vacancy on the IAR Board of Directors in Region 1. Congratulations Brenda!

Additionally, as determined by the IAR bylaws, the 2014 Executive Committee has met and elected IAR’s officers for the coming year. Joining President Kevin Eastridge are Bruce Bright, President Elect and Nancy Smith, Treasurer.  Congratulations as well to Judy Fitzgerald and Ken Steury who were elected as 2014 NAR Directors.

Focus on Government Affairs

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Save the Date:  2014 Legislative Conference
Book Hotel Accommodations Now at the JW Marriott 

IAR invites you to join members from across the state at the 2014 Legislative Conference, January 27 & 28, in downtown Indianapolis.

At the heart of this annual event is the REALTOR® Day at the Statehouse, which is your opportunity to help shape laws that affect your profession and the marketplace.

Our success requires active advocacy by every REALTOR® member. So, mark your calendar and plan to bring a colleague or industry friend.

Conference registration is not yet open, but you can see the draft schedule here.

Book hotel accommodations at the JW Marriott Indianapolis - a new conference venue - online here to receive the special IAR rate of $144/night + tax. Or, you can call 1-877-303-0104 and request the special IAR rate. Deadline is January 7th.

Focus on Legal Affairs

Focus On Legal Affairs

Real Life Real Estate Court Decisions of 2013
Legal Hotline Answers FAQs
This month, IAR Senior Staff Counsel Kelly Shonborn answers some frequently asked questions about recent IAR legal department work, changes to the legal hotline authorization and real life real estate cases highlighted in 2013.

As a reminder, the Legal Hotline is available to Principal and Managing Brokers of IAR membership, and their designated agents. There are three ways to get in touch with IAR attorneys:

·         PHONE – 317.913.3254 or 800.444.5472 toll free

·         ONLINE – Use this form

·         FAX – 317.842.8494

 

2014 Forms Changes Summary
2014 residential forms changes will be effective January 1, 2014 and include slight revisions to the Purchase Agreement and Listing Contract.  New legal forms for residential transactions include an Agreement Regarding Personal Property, an Amendment to Lease Agreement and a Supplemental Indemnification Agreement. A big thank you to the IAR Residential Forms Committee for their hard work every year!  Please see the attached powerpoint for the rationale behind these changes and new forms here.

Keep an eye out for the summary of 2014 commercial forms changes (along with new commercial forms) coming soon!

Focus on Education

RECP

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.


REALTOR® Professional Designation Days
Earn credit towards the Graduate REALTOR® Institute (GRI),) Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) and Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR) designations by attending REALTOR® Professional Designation Days February 25-27, 2014. Attend three days of classes in Indianapolis for a discounted package price of $300. Or attend the two-day ABR course for $295. GRI Candidates can earn up to 17 GRI credits by attending! Click here to register or call 800-742-4067 for more information.

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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