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April 18, 2014

CHANGE YOUR INTERNET PASSWORDS:  Mashable recently published this list of popular websites that have been affected by the Heartbleed bug, which according to the accompanying article “is already being called one of the biggest security threats the Internet has ever seen”. View the list and change your passwords immediately if necessary.

Focus on Legal Affairs

zipLogix Announces End of ZipForm® 6 -
Members to Upgrade to zipForm® Plus Soon

zipLogix, the software company IAR contracts with to provide members access to our statewide transactional forms, has announced the pending end of zipForm® 6. While zipLogix has not set a firm date, IAR encourages members still using zipForm® 6 to upgrade to zipForm® Plus as soon as possible. Here’s how:  visit ZipFormPlus.com and enter the same credentials you previously used with zipForm® 6. Your saved transactions will be there. Use this zipForm® Plus Basics document to further acquaint you. IAR’s Janet Bailey is also happy to help -- 317.913.3239 or jbailey@indianarealtors.com.

Violation Station:  Real Life Real Estate Sanctions

What happens if Indiana real estate license law is violated? “Violation Station” is published quarterly to help REALTORS® better understand the types of violations heard by the state of Indiana’s Real Estate Commission and the punishments IREC hands out. IAR’s Senior Staff Counsel, Kelly Shonborn, reviews first quarter sanctions here.

Monthly Legal Hotline Q&As: April is Fair Housing Month

April 2014 marks the 46th anniversary of the 1968 landmark Fair Housing Act. Each year, REALTORS® recognize the significance of this event and reconfirm their commitment to upholding fair housing law as well as the commitment to offering equal professional service to all in their search for real property.  Senior Staff Counsel Kelly Shonborn answers some fundamental fair housing questions in her monthly column.

As a reminder, the Legal Hotline is available to Principal and Managing Broker members and their designated agents. There are three ways to reach IAR attorneys -

·         Phone:  317-913-3254 or 800-444-5472

·         Online:  Complete this form

·         Fax:  317-842-8494

Are Hoarders a new protected class under Fair Housing?

The 1968 Federal Fair Housing Act prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status, As we celebrate the 46th anniversary of this landmark act, Richelle Cohen Mossler, IAR”s General Counsel, focuses this month’s column on several key areas including  the protected class of handicap with a newly expanded definition that may trigger tenant rights under the Fair Housing Act, a recent Fair Housing Advertising case, and Fair Housing discrimination with Service Animals.
Focus on Government Affairs

REALTORS® Continue to Score for RPAC

March Madness is over, but REALTORS® continue to make great industry plays in Indiana. “Shooting from the paint” has brought our RPAC score up to $55,000 for the year. And, our Fair Share percentage has increased to 25%. See how your local board or association is contributing to the team here. Email IAR’s Eric Augustus for a fundraising assist. As a reminder, all RPAC contributions support pro-REALTOR® candidates.

Focus on Education

Salespersons Encouraged to Act Now -
Courses Filling Up, Applications Already Backlogged

There are 6,300 real estate Salespersons who need to upgrade their license to Broker status before June 30, 2014. There are approximately 10 weeks until the deadline, but the state is already experiencing a backlog in processing Broker license applications. And, many education providers are reporting the required 24-hour Broker Transition courses to be filling up to capacity. Salespersons are encouraged to act now or risk an expired/non-renewable license on July 1, which would not only prevent participation in a transaction, but also require a 90-hour pre-licensing Broker course for reinstatement.

The exception is for those Salespersons who completed a Broker Transition course before June 30, 2014 but did not apply for a Broker license in time and/or apply in time for the new license to be granted by June 30. Their license will expire on July 1, thus preventing them from participation in a transaction, but they can apply for a Broker license within a year of completing the Broker Transition course without having to take the 90-hour pre-licensing Broker course for reinstatement.

Beat the rush with RECP’s online on-demand Broker Transition Course. You can sign up for RECP’s live courses via that link, as well, which are planned for locations all around Indiana.

Focus on Research & Technology

March Housing Data to be Released April 22

March housing data will be released next Tuesday, April 22. While you can always find the Indiana Real Estate Markets Report online at IndianaRealtors.com > Resources > Real Estate Markets Report, receive it directly by updating your email address in the National REALTOR® Database System.

Here are some ways to use the report:

  1. Refresh your elevator pitch with the brief commentary found on the first page of the Statewide Housing Market Overview.

  2. Update your listing presentation with the appropriate county one-pagers found at either link of the County-by-County Housing Market Overview. Just click on any county name.

  3. Compare your county’s performance with that of a neighboring county. Just click on any county name at either link of the County-by-County Housing Market Overview.

  4. Blog about or post your county’s housing data to social media. Please remember that the links to the county one-pagers are automatically updated once the next month’s data is ready to use.

Tell IAR How You Feel -
First Member Sentiment Survey Open Until April 28

On Monday, April 14 every IAR member was invited by email to participate in the first-ever member sentiment survey on local real estate markets. That short online survey was developed in partnership with Indiana University and will be open until April 28. Your responses will be anonymous, and your insight will help further develop the messaging of the monthly Indiana Real Estate Markets Report and help IAR’s internal planning. Please respond if you are able. Let Mark Brown know if you did not receive an email and would like to participate. To be sure you receive future survey invitations, update your email address in the National REALTOR® Database System.

April is Fair Housing Month
Indiana Real Estate Markets Report
April 22, 2014
Indianapolis, IN

First IAR Member Sentiment Survey Closes
April 28, 2014

REALTOR® Party Convention & Trade Expo
May 12-17, 2014
Washington D.C.

Indiana Commercial Real Estate Conference
June 19-20, 2014
Indianapolis, IN
More Info»

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

IAR Annual Conference and Centennial Celebration
September 29-30, 2014
Indianapolis, IN

Member Benefit:

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