Images at Public Policy & Government Affairs Member Involvement Group Meeting

More than 175 Illinois REALTORS attended the IAR Public Policy & Government Affairs Member Involvement Group meeting Tuesday afternoon at the October Business Meetings at the Chicago Oak Brook Hills Resort & Conference Center in Oak Brook, Ill.

Chairman Ron Abrams opened the meeting and then Director Government Affairs Greg St. Aubin and Assistant Director Legislative and Political Affairs Julie Sullivan reported on the 2015 Session of the General Assembly and legislation being considered.

Dana Hybl reported on the Housing Opporunity Working Group, Mabel Guzman spoke about the REALTORS Political Involvement Committee, NAR’s Shannon Burke gave an update on federal issues and IAR’s local GADs spoke briefly about one or two issues in their local communities. The subjects included issues such as: drones, transfer taxes, sewer backflow preventers, a proposed property tax hike, sign ordinances, a cloud tax, a professional parking permit for REALTORS, fire sprinklers, vacant properties ordinances and a possible Call For Action about rental inspections.

The GADs included:

  • Kristopher Anderson,
  • Kyle Anderson,
  • Brian Bernardoni,
  • Conor Brown,
  • Gideon Blustein,
  • Kristie Engerman,
  • Alex Finke,
  • Howard Handler,
  • Tom Joseph,
  • Neil Malone,
  • Jeff Merrinette and
  •  Mike Scobey.



REALTORS® show strength in numbers at Taste of Frankfort

(l to r) Karen Robertson, Jennifer Christopher, Frankfort Mayor Jim Holland, Jim Sim, Judy Panozzo, David McClintock and Ken Pytlewski.

Several members of the Three Rivers Association of REALTORS® leadership team attended the Taste of Frankfort event Tuesday night, which featured a sampling of more than 20 Frankfort eateries.

Mayor Jim Holland, a long-time supporter of real estate issues, announced his intention to run for re-election in 2017 at the event.

The Three Rivers Association was represented by President-Elect Jim Sim, Immediate Past President Karen Robertson, Chief Executive Officer David McClintock, as well as Judy Panozzo and Ken Pytlewski from the board of directors, and Jennifer Christopher.

Local IAR Government Affairs Director Gideon Blustein also attended.

Get municipal property inspection information

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Find out the residential property inspection requirements in communities near you by referring to the Illinois Association of REALTORS®’ municipal requirements list for more than 150 Illinois municipalities.

With owner-occupied single-family homes, the inspection is usually done at the “point of sale,” which means the owner/seller must notify the municipality of the upcoming transfer.  That notification is followed by an inspection done by a municipal staff member, usually before the closing, with the seller typically paying for the repairs.  The inspector looks for building code violations.

Also, several municipalities inspect rental properties, either when there is a change of occupancy or on a regular basis (e.g. once every two or three years). Check the list for that information too.

Illinois REALTORS® can use the IAR list to see what nearby communities require for inspections:

We hope you find this list useful as you work with sellers and prep them for transfer of their properties.

IAR Advocacy and inspection ordinances
The IAR advocates for the inclusion of fair and reasonable inspection standards and procedures.  For example, IAR lobbies for:

  • Reasonable inspection fees.  Fee revenue should reflect the cost of the inspection program and not be a general revenue-raiser.
  • Inspection checklist.  This helps to ensure that the owner will know exactly what the municipality is inspecting for.
  • Adherence to health and safety standards.  Municipalities should not be requiring cosmetic repairs or upgrades.
  • Escrow provision.  With a municipality’s “point-of-sale” home inspection requirement, IAR lobbies for an escrow provision whereby, if the two parties agree, the buyer can make the required repairs to the property after the closing. The buyer would provide to the municipality an escrow to ensure that the repair work is done in a reasonable amount of time after closing and occupancy. IAR always lobbies for an escrow amount that is not excessive.

REALTORS® voice concerns to U.S. Rep. Kelly

(L to R) Jim Sim, U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly and Tom Joseph

IAR local Government Affairs Director Tom Joseph and Jim Sim, a member of the IAR Federal Political Coordinator Contact Team and president-elect for the Three Rivers Association of REALTORS®, met with U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly (2nd District) in Matteson today to update her about REALTOR concerns on several issues facing Congress.

Sim, the broker-owner of Oak Leaf Realty in Frankfort, and Joseph shared REALTOR®:

  • support for keeping 1031 like-kind exchanges,
  • concerns about the TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure (TRID) rule changes,
  • support for a bill that would protect the real estate industry from frivolous lawsuits by patent trolls alleging patent infringement, and
  • opposition to a rule-making regulation submitted by the Environmental Protection Agency regarding waters of the U.S.

Rep. Kelly pledged to review the REALTOR® feedback with members of her staff.

REALTORS® keep line of communication open with Markham mayor

(L to R) Dennis Brim, Diane Abell, Markham Mayor David Webb Jr. and Tom Joseph

Markham Mayor David Webb, Jr., met with IAR Local Government Affairs Director Tom Joseph, REALTOR® Diane Abell and REALTOR® Dennis Brim today to review city real estate policies and market statistics at Markham city hall.

Abell, a broker for Coldwell Banker Residential in Flossmoor, and Brim, the broker-owner of Prestige Properties in Calumet City, shared marketing data from the Mainstreet Organization of REALTORS®. Both serve on Mainstreet’s Government Affairs Committee for communities in its South-Southwest area.

The four reviewed the city’s regulations and fees in common real estate scenarios, including point of sale inspections, rentals, foreclosures and property maintenance.