Indiana REALTOR® News - May 6, 2011

In this issue:  2011 Nationwide Open House Weekend | June 4-5
REALTOR® Party Political Survival Initiative | Vote Next Week
 NAR Dollars at Work Locally in Indiana
Focus on Legal Affairs | The Rule is There is No Rule 
Legal Hotline Q&A
Apply for the Indiana REALTOR® Leadership Academy Class of 2012
Preserve, Protect and Defend MID
IAR Proud to Support Indiana Economic Digest
This Week in Indiana Politics
Call for Action | Preserve, Protect & Defend MID
RECP | Pre-License Salesperson & Broker Classes Begin June 7th
Registration is Open | REBarCamp South Bend

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2011 Nationwide Open House Weekend
Largest Event Across America
Join fellow REALTORS® across the country in hosting the nation's largest open house campaign Saturday and Sunday, June 4-5, 2011.

NOH video
For the most up-to-date list of participating REALTOR® local Boards/Associations, visit our Nationwide Open House Weekend webpage.
Top 5 Ways to Participate in the Nationwide Open House for Less than $20
1.  Contact your local REALTOR® Board/Association and tell them you want your open house to be one of 100,000 open houses nationwide and pick up your REALTOR® blue balloons.

2.  Send an email to every client, associate and friend about the open house and include the logo.

3.  Embed the Open House Video (above) from YouTube on your site.

4.  Use your social media sites to let your friends know you are baking your famous cookies for your open house June 4-5.

5.  Use the customizable flyer (located on our webpage) to distribute to clients and friends advertising the event. 


REALTOR® Party Political Survival Initiative
BOD to Vote May 14th on Proposal, Dues Increase
The REALTOR® Party Political Survival Initiative has been the topic of discussion in the Indiana REALTOR® Advocate, and undoubtedly, your offices for some time now.  We hope you have taken the time to educate yourself on the initiative.  If not, you can find resources here.

A few updates have been made since the initial launch of the initiative; 

  - None of the funds available to state and local associations through RPPSI is tied to RPAC fair share goal performance;

An updated description of the proposed REALTOR® Party State and Local Candidate Independent Expenditure Program that is part of the RPPSI; and

  -  A forecast of expenditures by state through the above program.

You can provide feedback here or through Twitter: #rppsi . Again, the NAR Board of Directors will vote on this initiative May 14th. We hope you do make your opinion known because the real estate industry is facing a number of risks. It will take all of our expertise and best thinking to get us through to better times.

NAR Dollars to Work Locally - Indiana Featured in REALTOR Magazine Article
One goal of RPPSI is to fund issues mobilization efforts on the state and local level.  See how REALTOR® associations in Maine, Indiana, and Illinois have benefited from such funding.  Read More >


Focus on Legal Affairs
The Rule is There is No Rule - Avoiding Procuring Cause Disputes
Procuring cause disputes may be avoided if you follow certain guidelines, avoid certain myths, and communicate, communicate, communicate.
Read More >

 Legal Hotline Q&A
The question 'who gets to choose the title company?' is one that has made its way around the state over the last year and for some reason is coming back with a vengeance.  Read More >


Indiana REALTOR® Leadership Academy
Apply for the 2012 Class
Quality leadership skills are an investment in your future.  Would you like to improve and grow, both personally and professionally? Are you currently serving on your local association board, a local board committee or in a position of leadership in your local community? If not, would you like to get more involved? The Indiana REALTORS® Leadership Academy (IRLA) program may be the perfect fit for you. 

The IRLA will teach you valuable skills in team work, leadership development, communication, legal affairs, government affairs and more.  We combine individual study, group sessions and hands on project experience to help you maximize your leadership potential.
Interested in finding out more?

Check out the Class of 2011 recruitment video > >
  IRLA video
Talk to a graduate  Apply today

Application deadline is August 1st.  Don't miss out on this fantastic opportunity to utilize your full leadership potential.


Focus on Advocacy
This Week in Indiana Politics
  -  2011 Indiana General Assembly Adjours Sine Die
  -  Legislation of Interest to IAR Members
  -  Mike Pence for Governor
  -  John Gregg for Governor?
  -  No Local Government Reform this Year
  Continue Reading >


Call For Action - Defend MID

Preserve, Protect & Defend MID
Only 7.3% of REALTORS® in Indiana have taken action! 

If you haven't, take action by clicking the link below.
What is MID? Take Action


Pre-Licensing Salesperson & Broker
Classes Begin June 7th

9-Day Accelerated pre-licensing Salesperson Classes
Start in May | Indianapolis & Bloomington

Register Today! | 800-742-4067 |

Are we saying goodbye to the blue pocket card as proof of our licensure?

A. As the brokers renew their licenses...

RECP June 30
  Broker Renewal Deadline
16 hours required.  RECP offers more than 35 in-person classes throughout Indiana or online. 
CE packages for $99!



BarCamp South Bend
Barcamp South Bend | June 21


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