Village votes to allow first Sunday open houses in 40 years

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On July 5, REALTORS® and their customers in South Holland will make history when they conduct Sunday open houses in the village for the first time in more than 40 years, according to IAR Local Government Affairs Director Tom Joseph.

Earlier this month, village trustees voted to modify the community’s Sunday Closing Ordinance, allowing businesses the option to be open on Sundays, beginning in July. According to Village Administrator Jason Huisman, construction and landscaping will continue to be prohibited in residential areas, but a specific provision allows REALTORS® to hold open houses and show homes to prospective buyers from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

For years, Joseph said, he has asked the South Holland mayor to consider a change to the ordinance. He is thankful that the mayor and trustees were open to changing the ordinance for the benefit of the property owners and the REALTORS® who work for them.


Morning Minute: Licensing landlords can drive up local rental costs

Mandatory crime-free housing programs, especially those that include components such as licensing and inspections can result in increased housing costs, Sharon Gorrell, housing policy advisor for the Illinois Association of REALTORS®, told the Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce this week. The city of Naperville is considering possible measures, and when asked about unintended consequences, Gorrell pointed out that increased costs to the property owners and renters could occur, which then reduces affordability. Read media coverage of the chamber’s meeting from the Naperville Sun.

In other headlines:

Freddie Mac: Mortgage rates finally drift back above 4% – HousingWire

Local foreclosure sales fall to lowest level since 2011 – State Journal-Register

Foreclosures Further Fade Away – NAR Daily Real Estate News

Officials help REALTORS® learn more about Lake County services

Members of the Mainstreet Organization of REALTORS® (MORe) and North Shore – Barrington Association of REALTORS® (NSBAR) toured Lake County government offices last Thursday to learn more about county services that impact real estate.

Topics included the residential mortgage foreclosure mediation program, property exemptions, mortgage fraud, tax bills, evictions, the new Lake County Life initiative, and much more. The presentations were designed to help REALTORS® better understand county government services and processes so they can impart the information to their clients and provide added value.

REALTORS® gained met with Judge Mitchell Hoffman, Circuit Court Clerk Keith Brin, Supervisor of Assessments Martin Paulson, Recorder of Deeds Mary Ellen Vanderventer, Treasurer David Stolman and County Board Chairman Aaron Lawlor.

The county officials appreciated the opportunity to meet one-on-one with Lake County REALTORS® who deal with so many aspects of county services.  The dialogue helped facilitate better understanding by professionals on both sides.

General Assembly in overtime

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With members of the Illinois House of Representatives due to return to Springfield today and the Senate due back next Tuesday, IAR is keeping a close eye on SB1380 since the deadline for final consideration on this bill was extended to June 30. Here are summaries on other bills of interest mentioned in the June 1 State Capitol Report:

  • IAR lobbied for amendments to the Illinois Human Rights Act to mirror the federal fair housing law, and House Bill 3464 has been approved by both the House and the Senate. IAR’s position is to keep the law clear for our members.
  • Regarding municipal crime-free ordinances, IAR supported a ban on all crime-free municipal ordinances, but the bill that passed both chambers limited the protections to victims of domestic and sexual violence, as well as the disabled. The bill now goes to Gov. Bruce Rauner for his approval.
  • Regarding modifications to the Real Estate License Act, IAR supported a bill (House Bill 3332) that removed obsolete references such as “salesperson” from the Act. The House and Senate have approved.
  • Thanks to House action and the Senate’s agreement, IAR has been added to a task force regarding the use of drones in Illinois.
  • IAR supports technical corrections to be made to the “broker price opinion” and “comparative market analysis” provisions of the Real Estate License Act in House Bill 3333. The legislation was initiated by the real estate appraiser lobby, which also wanted a “recovery fund” established for circumstances when appraisers are not paid by an appraisal management company. However, IAR is neutral on the idea of a recovery fund. The House must take final action still on this bill.
  • IAR continues its support for the consolidation of local government. House Bill 228 places a four-year moratorium on the creation of any new units of local government by the Illinois General Assembly. House Bill 3693 grants Belleville Township the authority to discontinue and be abolished, transferring all rights, powers, duties, assets, property, liabilities, obligations and responsibilities to the city of Belleville. House Bill 229 grants Lake and McHenry County Boards the authority to dissolve or consolidate by following specific requirements.  In the event House Bill 229 is approved, House Bill 245 excludes conservation districts from consolidation.

For more details on these and other pieces of legislation, read the June 1 State Capitol Report.

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.