Quad-City REALTORS®, builders oppose mandatory residential sprinklers, want homeowners to have choice

The debate over mandatory fire sprinklers in new residential construction has come to the Quad-City area and a coalition of housing industry advocates including REALTORS®, homebuilders and the chamber of commerce are in opposition, saying requiring costly sprinkler systems will negatively impact housing affordability and consumer choice.

In a recent Quad-City Times article, Eugene Holst, CEO of the Quad-City Area REALTOR® Association, said affordability is a big concern.  ”While cost estimates for sprinkler systems vary widely, $2,000 is an often-quoted price. For each additional $1,000 added to the price of a home, a certain number of buyers are priced out of a home,” Holst told the Quad-City Times.

“Education is first and foremost, of the public and of elected officials,” he said. “It goes back to choice. We’re not against sprinklers, we’re not against safety, we’re against eliminating personal property rights.”

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About Stephanie Sievers

Stephanie Sievers is Senior Editor for the Illinois Association of REALTORS®. She serves as Senior Editor for IAR publications including the Illinois REALTOR® magazine and all other IAR publications. She is responsible for developing content for the Illinois REALTOR® Weekly Connection e-newsletter, coordinates the IAR Twitter account content at ILREALTOR and plans and develops content for videos. She assists in developing and writing content for the IAR blog. She also is involved in researching and drafting news releases and coordinates the news media distribution database and newsclips reports for the Association. She also assists in IAR spokesperson training seminars and is involved in development of association briefing materials on issues. She assists with the housing statistics program and reports.