Issues mobilization (e.g. oppose fire sprinkler mandates)
Ballot initiatives (e.g. defeat home rule)
Consumer resources for members
Independent issue research and data analysis
Polling and public opinion surveys
Voter/property owner outreach
On Common Ground newsletter proactively encourages municipal and city officials to work with REALTORS® to plan for economic success and vibrant communities
RVOICE began in 2006 and is a proven effective program supporting the grassroots efforts of REALTOR® associations, their volunteer advocacy leaders and Government Affairs Directors (GADs). The RVOICE toolbox includes postcard and letter campaigns, robocalls, public opinion polling, research and analysis and consumer resources.
REALTOR® resources: The RVOICE program produces publications and other materials for REALTORS® to use with their clients and with colleagues. Examples include:
Homeownership: Understanding the Costs of Owning a Home
Getting It Sold - Your Resource for Staging and Curb Appeal
Carbon Monoxide Detectors: Understanding the Law requiring installation
Requirements for Septic Tank Owners
RVOICE research: The program conducts research on topics of interest to REALTORS® and private property owners. Among studies conducted are:
Cost to the Homeowner of a Fire Sprinkler Mandate
Economic Impact of a Home Sale in Illinois
Impact on the Economy of the Gross Receipts Tax
GAD Battles: The RVOICE program has a team of local government affairs directors who work on issues of importance to REALTORS® and their clients. Notable examples include:
Fire sprinklers mandates
Sign fees and ordinances
Municipal inspections and fees
Zoning and re-zoning
Crime-free ordinances affecting landlords and rental properties
RVOICE is funded by a $50 assessment for all REALTORS® and REALTOR®-Associate members.
For the 2016 dues billing cycle, an additional $25 will be added to the RVOICE assessment to fund local and state Independent Expenditure (IE) campaigns as well as local association discretionary funding to support RPAC fundraising.
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