IAR joins effort to stop advertising tax for businesses

The Illinois Association of REALTORS® has joined a coalition of groups worried about a proposal to tax business advertising.

According to information from the No Ad Tax Coalition, the proposal listed in Gov. Rauner’s “Bring Back Blueprint” will impose a near 10 percent tax on the marketing efforts of Illinois small businesses, including restaurants, dry cleaners, beauty salons, florists, local grocery stores, local hardware stores and real estate companies. The tax will be applied to ads placed in newspapers, on billboards, radio and television. It will take millions of dollars out of the pockets of those who rely on advertising to communicate with their customers.

This would be of particular concern to IAR’s 43,000 members since many use advertising to market properties and their services.

According to the coalition, a similar ad tax was repealed after just six months in Florida because of the negative impacts it had on:

  • Personal income ($2.5 billion lost);
  • Jobs (50,000 lost);
  • Ad purchases (12 percent less); and
  • Ad revenue ($100 million).

The No Ad Tax Coalition is a diverse group of independent small businesses, associations and organizations in Illinois that have joined together to protect our state’s small business community.

IAR fights for change in unincorporated Will County pre-inspections

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Protests by the Illinois Association of REALTORS® – on behalf of home owners in unincorporated Will County – have resulted in a moratorium on the county’s use of pre-inspections until the issue can be reviewed and resolved, the Chicago Tribune reported.

IAR Government Affairs Director Tom Joseph says in some instances, county building inspectors have made “full-scale” inspections when they should have been limited to the “scope of permitted work.”

According to the article, the Will County land use department director says the building code allows pre-inspections before issuing building permits, usually in situations when homes have been foreclosed, suffered catastrophic losses or the owners failed to secure building permits. As a result of Joseph’s objections, county officials have agreed to stop conducting pre-inspections until the issue is resolved.

Joseph says the code doesn’t allow for at-large inspections and that it should include:

  • protection from unreasonable searches (Fourth Amendment rights),
  • permission from the property owner and
  • clear explanations of what will be inspected in advance of any inspection.

Joseph says late last year, an inspector asked a contractor – instead of the home owner – for permission to enter the home. Also, in two other incidents when home owners didn’t give consent for pre-inspections, they were given multiple citations.

Read the entire article.

Bey-Little visits Bobby Rush’s chief of staff

Carrie Bey-Little

Carrie Bey-Little documented some of the highlights of her trip to Washington, D.C. for the REALTOR® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo by writing and taking photographs for the NAR “Legislative Live” blog.

Among the highlights of her trip was a discussion about the housing market with the chief of staff for U.S. Rep. Bobby L. Rush as well as Federal Political Coordinator Nykea Pippion-McGriff and IAR Government Affairs Director Tom Joseph.

Another highlight is her blog post titled “Welcome to Washington, DC, Women’s Council of REALTORS®.

Read feedback from two other IAR members who attended the Legislative Meetings, Plainfield’s Karen Robertson and Champaign’s Matt Difanis.

Matt Difanis captures great photos at Legislative Meetings

Matt Difanis

IAR Treasurer-nominee Matt Difanis brought along his camera and put together a can’t-miss collection of photographs from his week at the REALTOR® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo in Washington, D.C.

As one of three IAR members on hand who agreed to contribute to the NAR blog “Legislative Live,” he kept quite busy:

Difanis is a partner in a 65-agent RE/MAX Realty Associates office in Champaign and was a past honoree of REALTOR® Magazine’s “30 Under 30.”

Read blog posts from fellow IAR members Karen Robertson of Plainfield and Carrie Bey-Little of Glen Ellyn.

Karen Robertson reports from Washington, DC

Karen Robertson

Today Plainfield’s Karen Robertson is headed to a meeting with the FHFA while at the REALTOR® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo in Washington, D.C.

Robertson is one of three IAR members posting photos and writing for the NAR blog named “Legislative Live.” She is the immediate past president of the Three Rivers Association of REALTORS®, and she is a broker associate with Coldwell Banker Honig-Bell in Plainfield.

Other Legislative Live blog posts by Robertson:

Read Legislative Live blog posts from IAR members Carrie Bey-Little of Glen Ellyn and Matt Difanis of Champaign.