About Carrie Elliott

Carrie Elliott is Education Manager for the Illinois Association of REALTORS®. She manages the continuing education, pre-license, leasing agent, home study and online education programs for IAR. She provides assistance to IAR instructors and local associations regarding education programs and procedures and compliance with the Illinois License Law. She provides education licensing information to IAR members and the public. She also serves as the Association’s education liaison with the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, as well as the IAR Education Working Group.

Reminder for brokers who missed the April 30 license renewal deadline

Missed-deadlineIllinois brokers who failed to renew their real estate licenses, complete their renewal applications and pay their fees to the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) by April 30 must contact IDFPR for direction. They cannot practice selling real estate until the matter is resolved.

IDFPR is available by phone 1-800-560-6420 or email FPR.realestate@illinois.gov.

A late renewal fee of $50 is added to the license renewal fee of $150, making a total of $200.

In addition, those who renew without completing the required CE could face a penalty of up to $75 per 3 hour course, or $25 per credit hour, that you were deficient (e.g., deficient 3 hours, $75 penalty).

Those who were required to take post-license courses but renewed and then discovered they took CE will likely be notified of the mistake after the IDFPR audit. Those brokers should take the post-license coursework as soon as possible so the correct records may be sent to the department. Brokers may still be fined up to $25 per credit hour, but it is always best to notify the department to avoid additional penalties.  Unfortunately, the CE completed will not count for the brokers’ next renewal cycle.

What if brokers can’t find a course? The 15-hour Broker Post-License Topics may be taken by home study delivery, but if the Broker Post License Applied Real Estate Practices course isn’t available through any schools, a private instructor may be hired.

IDFPR website does not show updates immediately – The online License Lookup is updated daily but changes should appear in one to two business days, depending on volume.

Email notifications pending – Brokers who completed their CE, paid the fee and submitted the renewal form on or before April 30 may practice their profession even if they have not received the email notification yet.

The email notification will come from IDFPR Notification (FPR.notice@illinois.gov).

Keep copies – Brokers should keep records of their CE, their online renewal confirmation and payment in the case of an audit. Primary source verification and evidence that they are licensed can be obtained free of charge by visiting the IDFPR online License Lookup database at: https://ilesonline.idfpr.illinois.gov/DPR/Lookup/LicenseLookup.aspx.

Also, brokers may print out a screen shot of their license number showing that it is active. If the IDFPR does not have a current email address for a broker, he or she should notify the department immediately. Brokers can change their email addresses by contacting the IDFPR at: https://www.idfpr.com/applications/LicenseReprint/.

What’s next for brokers who missed the license renewal deadline?

Missed-deadline

Illinois brokers who failed to renew their real estate licenses, complete their renewal applications and pay their fees to the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) by April 30 must contact IDFPR for direction. They cannot practice selling real estate until the matter is resolved.

IDFPR is available by phone 1-800-560-6420 or email FPR.realestate@illinois.gov.

A late renewal fee of $50 is added to the license renewal fee of $150, making a total of $200.

In addition, those who renew without completing the required CE could face a penalty of up to $75 per 3 hour course, or $25 per credit hour, that you were deficient (e.g., deficient 3 hours, $75 penalty).

Those who were required to take post-license courses but renewed and then discovered they took CE will likely be notified of the mistake after the IDFPR audit. Those brokers should take the post-license coursework as soon as possible so the correct records may be sent to the department. Brokers may still be fined up to $25 per credit hour, but it is always best to notify the department to avoid additional penalties.  Unfortunately, the CE completed will not count for the brokers’ next renewal cycle.

What if brokers can’t find a course? The 15-hour Broker Post-License Topics may be taken by home study delivery, but if the Broker Post License Applied Real Estate Practices course isn’t available through any schools, a private instructor may be hired.

IDFPR website does not show updates immediately – The online License Lookup is updated daily but changes should appear in one to two business days, depending on volume.

Email notifications pending – Brokers who completed their CE, paid the fee and submitted the renewal form on or before April 30 may practice their profession even if they have not received the email notification yet.

The email notification will come from IDFPR Notification (FPR.notice@illinois.gov).

Keep copies – Brokers should keep records of their CE, their online renewal confirmation and payment in the case of an audit. Primary source verification and evidence that they are licensed can be obtained free of charge by visiting the IDFPR online License Lookup database at: https://ilesonline.idfpr.illinois.gov/DPR/Lookup/LicenseLookup.aspx.

Also, brokers may print out a screen shot of their license number showing that it is active. If the IDFPR does not have a current email address for a broker, he or she should notify the department immediately. Brokers can change their email addresses by contacting the IDFPR at: https://www.idfpr.com/applications/LicenseReprint/.

 

Designations = Professionalism

With November fast approaching, it’s time to think about adding a designation in celebration of Designation Awareness Month.

November has been selected by the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) as the month for real estate professionals to hone their skills and provide specialized services to their clients by completing a designation program.

IAR is celebrating Designation Awareness by providing discounts for the following designation courses during the month of November. Contact your local association to see what designation programs they are offering and click here to see a list of some upcoming courses.

  • AHWD – At Home with Diversity
  • MRP – Military Relocation Professional
  • ABR – Accredited Buyer’s Representative
  • SRES – Senior Real Estate Specialist
  • New! SRS – Seller Representative Specialist – Get the SRS Designation for FREE by registering for the GRAD program at GRI (completion of Course I, II and III required to attend GRAD)

In addition, IAR offers a Post License Home Study and Webinar for those newly licensed Brokers who are completing their 30-hour Broker Post license requirements prior to their first renewal. Successful completion of those 30-hours of Broker Post License through IAR will enable students to be eligible for Course II of the upcoming Graduate REALTOR Institute (GRI).

Sign up for a designation program today so that you may be included in the elite group of designation professionals!

 

Leasing Agents: Still need more CE hours to renew your license?

Leasing Agents who need more CE hours can take advantage of a three-hour online program, COR 1610 Property Management, featuring IAR’s Legal Hotline Attorney Betsy Urbance and Steve Bochenek, a partner with Sorling Northrup Attorneys. Experience the ease and convenience of our “Anywhere, anytime online proctoring service” when you take this $29.95 online course.

This course defines the broker’s responsibilities as a property manager and provides a clear description of those property management activities which require a license under the Real Estate License Act of 2000. The course takes a detailed look at property management activities covered by the act and provides students with an overview of lease agreements, rental applications, disclosure information and the handling of escrow accounts and security deposits. Students will be introduced to fair housing laws that affect property management on the federal, state and local level as well as the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Click here to see a preview of this interactive course that provides video segments and guides you through a successful learning experience.

Last Chance Education Options: Are you Safe, or Risky?

We are down to the final nine days to complete your ​education and renew your license. If you contact anyone in the Education Department at IAR we will be able to give you down-to-the-minute details of exactly how much time you have left​​!

To be safe you would need to order your CE, or Broker Post licensing courses now in order to complete and pass a proctored exam prior to the renewal deadline. Waiting another week may be risky in the case where you are not able to find a proctor quickly, or in the case of a failing exam grade.

Q: I live out of state. Is there still time to complete my CE and renew my license?

There is time with our convenient online 12-hour package that offers online testing with anywhere/anytime proctoring which is ideal for out-of-state students who don’t have access to a proctor. Click here for details.

Q: I can’t find a 15-hour Broker Post license interactive course in my area. Are there home study or online options available for that course?

There are no home study or online options for the Broker Post license interactive, however IAR does have a webinar option available that you can take from your home or office on April 28 & 29, 2014. Contact the Education Team at education@iar.org for details!