IAR Convention This Week Outside Chicago

October 10, 2011

Chicago real estate agents and other industry professionals from throughout the state will meet in St. Charles October 11-13 for the Illinois Association of REALTORS® (IAR) 95th Annual Convention and Expo.

This year’s convention, “Vision of the Future: Today’s Challenges, Tomorrow’s Opportunities,” will provide REALTORS® with marketing and technological tools to improve their business skills now while offering industry information and inspiration to help them better prepare for the future.

The convention will begin with “Fever: Redefining Your Business for Today’s Market,” a keynote speech by Brian Copeland, CRS, who will show how principles he learned in the music industry can be applied to today’s real estate market.

Copeland was the recipient of the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) 2010 Technology Advocate Award, is the 2011 chairman of NAR’s Young Professionals Network Board and is a member of the national board of directors for the Council of Residential Specialists (CRS). He has appeared on countless reality TV shows including HGTV’s “Good Buy, Bad Buy,” “House Hunters” and The Learning Channel’s “Flip That House.”

Other convention speakers include:

*Marketing expert Chuck Bode: “25 Marketing Ideas: Down and Dirty”

*Top trainer Lynn Madison: “Setting the Price for Your BPO or CMA”

*Credit consultant JoAnn Sworan: “Credit Repair 101”

*National coach and closing speaker Verl Workman: “Getting REAL Results in an eCrazy World”

An Illinois Real Estate Forum on Finance will feature industry professionals like John Calk, Vice Chairman of The Federal Savings Bank and president and COO of Chicago Bancorp; Mary Kenney, Executive Director, Illinois Housing Development Authority; and Calvin Holmes, president of the Chicago Community Loan Fund.

REALTORS® can earn up to six hours of continuing education (CE) credit toward their licensing requirements with two CE classes:

*”Agency, License Law and Escrow 2.0″ on October 11 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.

*”Short Sales: The Result of Foreclosure” on October 13 from 1 to 4 p.m.

Finally, there will be real estate vendors showcasing their products and services in a state-of-the-art trade expo from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on October 12, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on October 13. See the Virtual Expo at illinoisrealtor.org/convention.

“This year’s IAR Convention and Expo is a great opportunity for agents to learn about the latest industry trends, enhance their education, build their referral network and learn business strategies and tips from industry experts,” said IAR President Sheryl Grider Whitehurst, ABR, CRB, GRI.

What: IAR Convention and Expo

When: Tuesday, October 11 through Thursday, October 13

Where: Pheasant Run Resort, 4051 East Main Street, St. Charles

Visit: illinoisrealtor.org or call (217) 529-2600 for more information

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