RVOICE Protects Property Owners

Community Advocacy That Makes a Difference for REALTORS® and the Industry

 

Taking the fight for property rights to the local level

Often, private property rights must be protected at the local level. The Illinois Association of REALTORS® RVOICE program offers grassroots support to protect consumers and the real estate industry. RVOICE engages REALTORS® and private property owners through:
  • Issues mobilization (e.g. oppose fire sprinkler mandates)

  • Ballot initiatives (e.g. defeat home rule)

  • Economic development

  • 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.


RVOICE Downloads - Click hereREALTOR® 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: 

  • Home rule

  • Fire sprinklers mandates

  • Sign fees and ordinances

  • Municipal inspections and fees

  • Zoning and re-zoning

  • Crime-free ordinances affecting landlords and rental properties

Funding RVOICE = Protection for the Industry

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.


Contributions to RPAC are not deductible for federal income tax purposes. Contributions are voluntary and are used for political purposes. The amounts indicated are merely guidelines and you may contribute more or less than the suggested amounts. The National Association of REALTORS® and its state and local associations will not favor or disadvantage any member because of the amount contributed or decision not to contribute. You may refuse to contribute without reprisal. Up to thirty percent (30%) may be sent to National RPAC to support federal candidates and is charged against your limits under 2 U.S.C. 441a. A copy of our report filed with the State Board of Elections is (or will be) available on the Board's official website www.elections.il.gov or for purchase from the State Board of Elections, Springfield, Illinois.
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