BGA names award after REALTOR® Goodwin

Daniel L. Goodwin

The Better Government Association (BGA) announced that its annual Watchdog Award will be named after its 2016 recipient, REALTOR® Daniel L. Goodwin, chairman and chief executive officer of the Inland Real Estate Group of Companies, Inc., of Oak Brook.

BGA made its announcement May 3 at the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Awards for Investigative Reporting in Chicago.

When honored in 2016, BGA recognized Goodwin for his advocacy for government reform in Illinois, as well as his lifetime achievements in business, philanthropy, economic development and civic engagement. Also, BGA noted his work as DuPage Airport Authority chairman should serve as a national model for government working in the public’s best interest.

On April 24, Goodwin received the first Lifetime Achievement Award ever presented by Illinois REALTORS®, at the RPAC Pacesetter VIP Event at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum. The event helped kick off the 2017 Capitol Conference and REALTOR® Lobby Day.

 

REALTORS® rein in Zion’s nuisance property ordinance

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The Illinois REALTORS® does not just advocate against transfer taxes and government pre-sale home inspections — we took the lead in reining in the city of Zion’s chronic nuisance property abatement ordinance that was, among other things, targeting sexual assault and crime victims.

Zion’s chronic nuisance property abatement ordinance authorizes city staff to contact property owners when two of 13 defined nuisance activities are found to have occurred within a 180 day period. If a property owner does not respond or a proposed plan of action is not mutually agreed upon, the property must be shut-down for a period of 30 to 180 days and all occupants, regardless of culpability, must immediately vacate the building and be subject to homelessness. Other penalties include civil fines and judicial remedy.

The Illinois REALTORS® has long maintained concerns with these types of ordinances that often penalize property owners for seeking police assistance – the police services they pay for. Echoing our concerns, the Sargent Shriver Center on National Poverty Law, writes, in their report, the Cost of Being “Crime Free”: Legal and Practical Consequences of Crime Free Rental Housing and Nuisance Property Ordinances, “these ordinances present numerous potential pitfalls that can cause serious harm to tenant households, landlords, and the community at large and expose municipalities to legal liability.”

Upon hearing of escalated and abusive enforcement, the Mainstreet Organization of REALTORS® (MORe) Lake County Government Affairs Committee took the lead in investigating, and uncovered, among other concerns, that the city was violating its own policy by enforcing the ordinance even in cases of just one alleged nuisance instance and breaking Illinois law by enforcing the ordinance against the disabled and victims of domestic and sexual violence at risk.

According to a front page Lake County News-Sun story profiling our findings, Zion Mayor Al Hill says the city is now sending far fewer violation notices, no longer enforcing against crime victims, and violation notices now must have supervisory approval.

Illinois REALTORS® and MORe will continue to monitor this ordinance for continued abuse. To read the Lake County News-Sun’s story on Zion’s ordinance, click here; to read the Lake County News-Sun’s editorial calling the ordinance “misguided,” go here.

Video: Liddiard warns tax reforms could negatively affect property owners

Potential changes to tax reforms could weaken the opportunity for home owners to use the mortgage interest deduction and eliminate 1031 like-kind exchanges for commercial property owners, says NAR Senior Policy Representative Evan Liddiard in an Illinois REALTORS® video.

“When you raise that standard deduction, you get rid of all the other itemized deductions, particularly state and local tax deduction, it pretty much takes the bottom out of the MID (mortgage interest deduction) for 95 percent of the people,” Liddiard says.

Illinois REALTORS® Treasurer Dan Wagner and Liddiard emphasize the importance of like-kind exchanges. Wagner says Illinois REALTORS® and the National Association of REALTORS® are keeping a close eye on developments. See the video.

Redesigned ‘The Consumer’s Guide to Real Estate Agency in Illinois’ now available to order

Place your orders now for the popular “The Consumer’s Guide to Real Estate Agency in Illinois” through the Illinois REALTORS® Store.

It’s been changed from a tri-fold brochure to an 8 1/2 by 11-inch, two-sided flyer with perforated cards at the bottom. Look for item #334. They are available in pads of 50 ($11 each), plus taxes, shipping and handling. The flyers discuss agency relationships in real estate transactions in accordance with the Illinois Real Estate License Act of 2000. They supply consumers with explanations of various forms of agency when consumers are using real estate professionals to help them sell, buy and lease real estate.

If you are a broker and plan to distribute the flyers to sales associates, you can download them for free and print them at your convenience.

 

Video: REALTOR® tips for helping first-time home buyers in 2017


Join Illinois REALTORS® President Doug Carpenter, President Elect Matt Difanis and Immediate Past President Mike Drews for advice about how members can best help first-time home buyers achieve the American Dream in 2017.

Low inventories in most areas of the state make it critical for clients to have their down payments ready and have their financing information in order. The more prepared they are for the process, the better opportunity they have to get the homes they want.