Goal reached: 20 percent of Illinois REALTORS® push for NFIP extension

More than 20 percent of Illinois REALTORS® responded to NAR’s Call for Action on the National Flood Insurance Program, a tally of responses shows.

The responses pushed the association past the finish line goal of having a more than 20 percent participation rate for the Call for Action.

The national association asked its members to contact their congressional representatives several weeks ago to urge them to back extending or modifying the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).

The Senate approved a three-month extension on Thursday. The House is expected to follow suit.

Illinois REALTORS® has had a strong track record of member responses to NAR and state association Calls for Action.

Thanks to all Illinois REALTORS® who made sure lawmakers know how important NFIP is to some 22,000 communities nationwide.

Last call for Call for Action: Tell lawmakers NFIP extension is critical

The National Association of REALTORS® Call for Action is winding down, as U.S. House members are expected to take up a measure soon to extend the National Flood Insurance Program.

The Senate passed a stop-gap, three-month extension on Thursday. NAR has said the final day for the Call for Action will be Friday by 5 p.m. To make your voice heard on this important issue, go here.

Illinois REALTORS® wants more than 20 percent of its members to participate in the Call for Action. As of late Thursday afternoon, 17 percent had responded.

The National Flood Insurance Program affects 22,000 communities nationwide. The program isn’t just for those living near a coastline. Government data shows since 1978 all but four Illinois counties have seen paid claims under the program.

Time is of an essence for Congress. If NFIP is not extended, assistance for homeowners through the program will end Sept. 30.

Learn more at Realtoractioncenter.org. And watch a video explaining the importance of this program here.

These numbers explain urgency, scope and value of national flood insurance issue

Illinois REALTORS® have many reasons to support the re-authorization of the National Flood Insurance Program, and this graphic explains why many have already responded to the National Association of REALTORS® Call for Action.

If you haven’t responded yet, please take a look at some of these facts and click here to participate.

To learn more about the subject of flood reform, go here.

13 local REALTOR® associations pass goal for supporting flood program; more to come

Thanks to the continuing support of Illinois REALTORS®, members of Congress are receiving more emails urging re-authorization of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) by Sept. 30.

If you’ve not yet responded, click here.

Through Monday, 13 local associations had more than 20 percent of their members respond to the National Association of REALTORS® Call for Action. To date, 14.6 percent of Illinois members have responded.

The local associations are:

  • Capital Area REALTORS®
  • Decatur Association of REALTORS®
  • Heartland REALTOR® Organization
  • Illini Valley Association of REALTORS®
  • Logan County Board of REALTORS®
  • Mid Valley Association of REALTORS®
  • Oak Park Association of REALTORS®
  • Peoria Area Association of REALTORS®
  • Quad Cities Association of REALTORS® Inc.
  • Quincy Association of REALTORS®, Inc.
  • REALTOR® Association of Northwestern IIllinois
  • Rockford Area Association of REALTORS®
  • Three Rivers Association of REALTORS®

If the NFIP is allowed to expire on Sept. 30, 22,000 communities nationwide would be affected. In those communities flood insurance premiums could soar, making the cost of owning a home much more costly.

Participation builds on Call for Action on Flood Control Program; act today

As of early Monday, nearly 10 percent of Illinois REALTORS® members have responded to a Call for Action urging Congress to renew the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).

NAR launched the Call for Action last week to urge lawmakers to pass a bill which would extend the program for another six years. NFIP is critical for the association’s membership because without the federally-backed program, flood insurance premiums would soar in communities nationwide.

Do your part by following directions outlined in REALTOR® Party mobile alerts, emails or by going to the REALTOR® Party webpage to send messages to policymakers. In previous Calls for Action, more than 20 percent of Illinois REALTORS®‘ membership has participated.  

REALTORS® can also ask their congressional representatives to push for more accurate flood maps and better risk mitigation policies which would help keep rates affordable.