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May 2, 2014

CALL YOUR MOTHER… Better yet, send flowers in honor of Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 11. IAR members receive a 25% discount at Or, call (800) 838-8853 and mention the code “INDR”. This offer is year-round, so don’t forget your upcoming open houses, graduations, and special birthdays and anniversaries.

Focus on Membership

Taxbot Added as an IAR Member Benefit -
Expense Tracking System Designed to Save Thousands

IAR is excited to announce the addition of Taxbot as a member benefit. Taxbot is an expense tracking system developed by former IRS trainer, CPA, and tax attorney Sandy Botkin that is designed to help users keep more of what they earn. Here are just a couple of features that are sure to get your attention:

  • Track your mileage with the Taxbot integrated GPS on your smartphone. No more mileage logs or clipboards!

  • Integrate your bank or credit card. Taxbot will search for tax deductions you might be missing!

Learn more and sign up for a free 30 day trial here. After that, IAR members receive a 50% discount on this service that is guaranteed to save at least 20 times your investment.

IRLA Class Members Continue to Build Their Pyramids of Success

irla april 2014


“Success is peace of mind which is a direct result of self satisfaction in knowing you made the effort to do the best of which you are capable.” John Wooden


The members of the Indiana REALTORS® Leadership Academy Class of 2013-2014 joined together at the IAR Office for their fourth session, which included communication, problem solving, ethics and various IAR resources.  The Class is finding the topics of each session are helping them not only with their volunteer and leadership roles, but in their offices in their homes and in their communities!  Transferrable skills that when added to the camaraderie of their new friendships just makes the IRLA program worth each and every minute!  Check out more information on the class and what they learned here.

Focus on Legal Affairs

Legal Hotline Receives 517 Inquiries in April

IAR attorneys received 517 different inquiries last month via the Legal Hotline. Want to know what’s on the minds of real estate practitioners around the state? See a summary of inquiry types at the bottom of this password-protected page: > Legal Affairs > Hotline.

As a reminder, the Legal Hotline is available to Principal and Managing Broker IAR members and their designated agents (PBs and MBs can designate agents at the link above). There are three ways to use the Hotline:

  • PHONE -- call (317) 913-3254 or (800) 444-5472

  • ONLINE -- complete this form (also accessible from the link in the first paragraph)

  • FAX -- (317) 842-8494


Focus on Government Affairs

Sign Up for Text Club If Travelling to D.C.

Heading to Washington, D.C. in mid-May for the REALTOR® Party Convention & Trade Expo hosted by NAR? Stay in touch with the Indiana delegation through a special text club. Text DC to 71813 to join. Also, let us know if you did not receive an email with IAR events. We sent that a week ago Wednesday afternoon. Email Stacey Hartman at

Focus on Education

Judy Cook:  Retain Clients Property Management Style

Judy Cook offers this article on how to retain clients property management style. Judy spoke to attendees of the 2012 IAR Conference & Expo at the invitation of RECP and received rave reviews.

Salespersons Have Just 8 Weeks to Transition License

There are 6,300 real estate Salespersons who still need to upgrade their license to Broker status before June 30, 2014. With just 8 weeks until the deadline, 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.

Sign Up to Get Details on Post-July 1 Pre-licensing Course

Effective July 1, 2014, those entering the real estate profession in Indiana will do so as a Broker via successful completion of a 90 hour pre-licensing course. RECP plans to offer the 90 hour pre-licensing Broker course live at locations scattered throughout the state and online/on-demand. However, the Indiana Real Estate Commission does not plan to approve the course curriculum until mid-July, so RECP is unable to publish any more details about its planned courses -- materials, locations, cost, etc. -- until that happens. Sign up here to be notified when the new 90 hour pre-licensing Broker course is available. Email questions to

Focus on Research & Technology

Mashable:  Internet Explorer Gets Its Security Patch

From Mashable on Thursday:  “It's been the better part of a week since Microsoft revealed that virtually every single version of its Internet Explorer web browser was vulnerable to a particularly nasty attack, one so scary that U.S. Homeland Security recommended people not to use the browser until the hole is patched. Now, it is.” Find out if you need to take additional action and read more here.

REALTOR® Party Convention & Trade Expo
May 12-17, 2014
Washington D.C.
Indiana Real Estate Markets Report
May 20, 2014
Indianapolis, IN

Memorial Day
May 26, 2014
IAR & RECP Offices Closed
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

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