Illinois REALTORS® meets mobile alert goal

(Figures updated at 2 p.m. Aug. 1)

Thanks to more than 450 recent registrants for REALTOR® Party mobile text alerts, the total number of Illinois REALTORS® who receive them has reached 6,863, according to the NAR.

Subscribers to the mobile alerts receive a text message reminder when NAR issues a Call for Action on critically important legislation and makes responding even easier. Illinois REALTORS® is among the largest state associations to reach the benchmark so far. Today’s NAR report showed 12 states — including Illinois — surpassed their annual goals.

“Reaching this milestone after only seven months is fantastic,” says Christopher Tenggren, 2017 chair of the REALTORS® Political Involvement Committee and an associate at RE/MAX All Pro in St. Charles. “It is a tribute to the character of our members. REALTORS® take great pride protecting the rights of private property owners and helping their local communities grow. REALTORS® who sign up for mobile text alerts and respond to calls for action recognize the power we have when we communicate together.”

Members who have not yet subscribed to the REALTOR® Party Mobile Alerts may do so by texting the word “REALTORS” to 30644.

To learn more about the program, and to see how Illinois stacks up against other states, go to the Action Center’s page.

 

Callan meets with Roskam at tax policy luncheon

U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam, left, talks with Illinois REALTOR® Pat Callan in Washington, D.C.

Illinois REALTOR® Pat Callan met with U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday.

Callan, a former Illinois REALTORS® president who serves as federal political coordinator for Roskam, helped host a lunch the congressman attended at the D.C. headquarters of the National Association of REALTORS®. At the lunch, industry leaders discussed upcoming efforts to revise the nation’s tax code.

Federal political coordinators work closely with assigned congressional representatives to update them on market conditions and the impact of policy decisions on the real estate industry.

Roskam, serves as chairman of the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Tax Policy, which will play a key role in any attempt at tax reform. He represents Illinois’ Sixth Congressional District.

REALTORS® have been especially wary of the tax code rewrite effort. Key provisions such as the Mortgage Interest Deduction and 1031 Like-Kind Exchange are seen as potentially vulnerable in the process.

Illinois REALTORS® have joined their colleagues throughout the country urging policymakers to consider the value of these provisions and others which encourage homeownership and real estate investment.

Changes to National Flood Insurance Program need serious consideration says REALTOR®

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With the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) scheduled to expire on Sept. 30, the Illinois REALTORS® and about 42,000 Illinois homeowners who live in a flood plain are watching closely to see what action Congress takes in the meantime.

Several bills have been prepared by Congress to sustain the program, and at least one includes the possibility of raising premiums on flood insurance, according to an article in the Chicago Tribune. But the program faces debt problems incurred from large-scale catastrophes like Hurricane Sandy, and relies on feedback from policyholders and communities to keep flood plain maps up to date, pass ordinances limiting the construction of new homes in flood plains and to price the product accurately. Resolving shortcomings in many of these areas and streamlining the process would help, says Shorewood REALTOR® Karen Robertson.

Further, a McHenry County official says if the program isn’t renewed by Sept. 30, future home sales in flood prone areas could be delayed. Read the Tribune article, “If flood insurance program lapses, it’ll be ‘total chaos,’ warns official.”

Why the National Association of REALTORS® supports the National Flood Insurance Program.

 

REALTORS® put themselves in clients’ shoes when they visit Lake County government offices

Circuit Judge Daniel Jasica helped REALTORS® understand evictions so they can be better resources for landlords and tenants. See photo gallery at bottom of this story.

Lake County REALTORS® braved unprecedented flooding and closed roads to attend a special, REALTOR®-only real estate related walking tour of Lake County government offices Monday.

REALTORS® met with Recorder of Deeds Mary Ellen Vanderventer to learn more about the recording process and how to access real estate records, then met Treasurer David Stolman to learn more about property tax bills and collections. Circuit Court Judge Luis A. Berrones taught them about the foreclosure mediation program, Circuit Court Judge Daniel L. Jasica spoke about evictions, and Chief County Assessment Officer Martin P. Paulson explained about the property assessment process and appeals.

Lake County Board Chairman Aaron Lawlor was scheduled to appear but he and numerous REALTORS® were unable to attend due to area flooding.

Outreach and advocacy help REALTORS® build relationships in local communities

(l to r) Gideon Blustein, Local GAD Illinois REALTORS®; Matt Persicketti, Three Rivers Association of REALTORS® President; Larry Walsh, Will County Executive; Martha Sojka, Will County Land Use Department; Curt Paddock, Will County Land Use Director; and David McClintock, Three Rivers CEO.

The Illinois REALTORS® Outreach Team points out some of the reasons why REALTORS® are making positive impacts in their own communities in the July Illinois REALTOR® article, “What common values connect Illinois REALTORS®?

Sometimes elected officials show their thanks for REALTOR® support with ceremonies like the one captured by photographers in April in Joliet. At that time, the Will County Land Use Department Community Development Division recognized the Three Rivers Association of REALTORS® for promoting and protecting the tenets of the Fair Housing Act of 1968 (photo above).

Community Development Director Ron Pullman stated, “Three Rivers Association of REALTORS® has been an excellent partner in our mission to affirmatively further the goals of the Fair Housing Act.”

Three Rivers’ Board President Matt Persicketti accepted the proclamation saying, “While assisting people buy and sell homes, it is the duty of REALTORS® to encourage flourishing communities that are open to everyone.”

The Fair Housing Act originally recognized four protected classes:  race, color, religion and national origin. Sex was added as a protected class in 1974 followed by disability and familial status in 1988. The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development website states that the purpose of the Act is “to eliminate housing discrimination and create equal opportunity in every community so that every person can live free.” See our Fair Housing resources.

All REALTORS® must abide by The National Association of REALTORS© Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice which outlines duties that REALTORS® have to clients and customers, the public, and other REALTORS®.  Article 10 of the National Association of REALTORS® Code of Ethics provides that, “REALTORS® shall not deny equal professional services to any person for reasons of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, national origin, sexual orientation or gender identity.”