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Local Realtors oppose some bills during meetings at capitol

SHILOH — Realtors from the Metro East voiced opinions on pending bills during the Illinois Realtors Capitol Conference and Realtor Lobby Day in Springfield.

realtorlogoRealtor Association of Southwestern Illinois members and staff included: Association President Mike Gross of Strano & Associates Real Estate; Association President-Elect Angie Zahn of Strano & Associates Real Estate; Association Secretary/Treasurer Judy Ross of Southern Illinois Realty, LLC; Immediate Past-President, Doug Payne; Donna Baker, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Elite Properties; Andrey Barshay, HouseMaster Guaranteed Home Inspections; Chad Doyle, RE/MAX Preferred; Judy Doyle, RE/MAX Preferred; Cherity Freeze, Wells Fargo Home Mortgage; John Grissom, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Elite Properties; Mike Shadwick, Schweiss Insurance Agency, LLC; Cara Srogus, Regions Mortgage; Jody Talick, New American Funding; John Sieron, Sieron & Associates, Inc.; Celeste Wheeler, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Elite Properties; Association CEO, Deb Frazier; and Government Affairs Director, Kyle Anderson.

More than 750 Illinois Realtors traveled to Springfield for the annual Capitol Conference, which was April 25, to lobby state legislators on legislative and regulatory issues that affect homeowners and the real estate industry.

Among discussions was their opposition to HB 2430, which seeks to repeal the Rent Control Preemption Act, an initiative of the Realtors back in 1997 to prohibit local governments from imposing rent control measures. Rent control shrinks a property owner’s income to maintain and upgrade the property. While maintenance and property tax costs continue to rise, the owner’s revenue would be frozen.

Illinois Realtors also discussed opposition to the Mandatory “Section 8” statewide requirement, members saying they do not think that property owners should be Required to sign a 12-page contract with HUD that gives HUD much of the control over the rental property, and they do not think that owners should be subjected to a mandatory inspection of the property.

 – From the Illinois Business Journal

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