Illinois REALTORS® two for two on targeted legislation; SB1380 dies

IAR Director of Government Affairs Greg St. Aubin and Assistant Director of Legislative & Political Affairs Julie Sullivan celebrate on Thursday, April 23, 2015 the death of two bills Illinois REALTORS® thought would infringe on private property rights.

A controversial Senate bill which would have allowed municipalities to attach liens for nuisance code violations on non-offending properties died Thursday as lawmakers rushed to meet a key legislative deadline.

In the first attempt to pass the the lien bill, several senators spoke out about why they thought it was a bad idea.

Sen. Jim Oberweis, R-North Aurora, questioned if the bill would not just result in property owners titling properties in a variety of ways to shield property from lien attachments. He said it might actually make it harder for municipalities to recoup costs of cleaning up property.

“This is another example of where we make life more complicated and more confusing in Illinois,” Oberweis said.

Sen. Dale Righter, R-Mattoon, said he was worried about the broad powers the bill might give to municipalities. He echoed IAR’s stance that placing liens on non-offending properties was a bad idea.

“It seems to me before we walk forward (with this) we need to check these powers a little bit,” he said.

SB1380 initially was called for a floor vote, but due to a parliamentary procedure was later recalled. The bill was not re-introduced before the Senate adjourned on Thursday, missing a deadline that requires bills to be voted on from the chamber of origin.

The bill was the subject of a Call for Action issued earlier this week by IAR. More than 2,000 REALTORS® took part in responding to the Call for Action.

It was the second Call for Action issued so far this year by IAR.  The association learned Wednesday that a bill mandating sewer inspections (HB1376) before property sales also died without reaching a floor vote.

The vote was targeted for the Call for Action because it could have added more than $500 to each property transaction.

$75,000 in REALTOR® funds in place to help tornado victims

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The Illinois Association of REALTORS® has earmarked $50,000 to go toward relief efforts following tornadoes that swept through parts of Illinois April 9.

A portion of that money will be matched by an NAR foundation to increase the available assistance for storm victims to $75,000 from two foundations.

Help from the REALTORS® Relief Foundation

The association donated $25,000 to the NAR REALTORS® Relief Foundation, which will be matched. That means $50,000 will be available through the foundation to assist with selected living expenses. The link to the form can be found here.

According to the rules, the grant is a one-time disbursement of funds for one individual household up to $1,500. Relief is for one month of housing assistance.

Additionally:

  • Assistance can go toward a mortgage payment for the primary residence that was damaged by a tornado.
  • It can go toward the cost of temporary shelter due to displacement from the tornados.

Aid from the Illinois REALTORS® Relief Fund

IAR’s own disaster relief fund, the Illinois REALTOR® Relief Fund, received a $25,000 infusion for use in rendering disaster assistance. The rules for this fund are different than those used by the NAR fund.

  • Assistance is available to qualified applicants toward documented housing and other living needs needed for living and employment.
  • Relief assistance is limited to $500 per application, and the deadline is July 1, 2015.

Assistance through the IAR fund is need-based, and other forms of assistance may be taken into account. A special IAR committee reviews the applications.

The application for relief funds is here.

IAR has a long track record of helping with storm recovery. The association has made sizable donations over the years to help victims of natural disasters throughout Illinois.

 

 

Haven’t renewed? Keep calm and turn to IAR for managing broker license assistance

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Coming down to the wire on getting your managing broker’s license renewed?

According to the state agency responsible for licensing managing brokers, there are many out there who have not filed the paperwork which is due April 30. IAR recommends that any managing broker seeking renewal submit the needed information as soon as possible to avoid processing delays.

IAR can help you complete the process of renewing with the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation.

The association has online and home study courses available. There are also a few classroom broker management courses available through local REALTOR associations.

You list of resources is here:

  • A quick five-step list of what you need to do in these last few days is here.
  • IAR has a helpful Q&A.
  • Affordable CE package options for online and home study.
  • There may be a few options for classroom training. The calendar is here.
  • Connect with IDFPR here.
  • Check your CE here.

Still have a question? Call IAR’s Licensing and Training Center at (217) 529-2600.

 

Illinois homeless veterans to get $675K in additional housing and support services

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Homeless veterans in nine Illinois communities will receive more housing and support assistance as a result of actions taken by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Department of Veterans Affairs, Sen. Dick Durbin said Monday.

A total of $674,639 in grants and vouchers will be distributed to local housing agencies through HUD’s Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing program, according to Sen. Durbin’s website, www.durbin.senate.gov.

The communities that will receive additional funding include:

  • Aurora,
  • Champaign County,
  • Decatur,
  • McHenry County,
  • Peoria,
  • Rockford,
  • Springfield,
  • Waukegan and
  • Whiteside County.

Read the article and if you live in one of these municipalities, you’ll be able to direct veterans and their families to the right agency.

Thousands of REALTORS® tell lawmakers to stop bad bills

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More than 6,000 responses have been sent to Illinois lawmakers as part of Calls for Action issued by the Illinois Association of REALTORS® during the 99th Illinois General Assembly.

  • Last month IAR asked members to urge legislators to vote against a bill requiring video sewer inspections before property sales. HB1376 is still active and potentially could come up for a floor vote. The measure could add $500 or more to the cost of selling a home. To date, 4,053 people have responded to the Call for Action (Take part here) urging legislators to vote against  this bill.
  • On Monday, IAR issued a second Call for Action urging members to advocate against SB1380 which would allow municipalities to attach a lien for nuisance code violations on non-offending properties. (Take part here.) The bill could come up for a vote and IAR is asking for members to tell lawmakers this is an overreach when it comes to private property rights. So far, 2,013 people have responded to this Call for Action.

It’s not too late to make the REALTOR® Voice heard. Take part in the Call for Actions today.