Standing up for Illinois property owners
Founded in 2015, Real Property Alliance is a non-profit, educational organization that provides insight and analysis for Illinois property owners. We seek to provide a voice for establishing sound real estate policy that promotes growth and seeks to limit taxes and regulations which can make it harder to live and work in the state.
Who we are
Illinois has nearly 7,000 units of local government, the most of any state in the U.S. Each of these units can tax residents within their jurisdictions. Many of these governmental units are cash-strapped and as a result turn to private property owners as a go-to resource for making up budget gaps.
Because consumers are often unaware of what’s happening, they get stuck with big property tax bills or added fees. RPA works to call attention to cases in which government resorts to the use of excessive regulation or taxation, all of which makes the dream of homeownership less attainable for Illinois residents.
What we do
In numbers, there is strength. As an organization devoted to making sure property rights are protected, the Alliance provides updates on issues that affect property owners. It’s hard for consumers to keep track of all the regulations proposed annually. We can help. The organization provides:
- A free newsletter that offers monthly updates on property ownership issues.
- A blog that provide up-to-date news and views.
- Brochures and video offerings on topics ranging from how to stage a home for sale to how to dispute a property tax assessment.
Got a question on how a policy might affect property owners? Call Real Property Alliance. We work with partners throughout the state to keep abreast of issues that can cause issues for those who own real estate. Among topics we can provide help with:
- Home rule initiatives
- Crime-free housing initiatives
- Construction mandates
Meet our Board
Callan led Illinois REALTORS® as its president in 2009 and was named REALTOR® of the Year for Illinois in 2014.
Callan, who lives in Glen Ellyn, has been actively involved in the Mainstreet Organization of REALTORS® during his career and served as its president in 2000. He has twice been named REALTOR® of the Year by his local association and has frequently served on the association’s audit and strategic planning committees and the Financial Task Force.
For the Illinois REALTORS®, Callan has held leadership roles as chair of the Advisory Council, Federal Political Coordinator Working Group, Business Issues/License Law Working Group, Finance Committee and multiple terms chairing the GSE Reform Task Force. He is a REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC) Major Investor.
Active nationally, Callan serves on the National Association of REALTORS® Finance Committee, Multiple Listing Issues and Policies Committee and the Reserves Investment Advisory Board. He is a long-time member of the NAR Board of Directors and has also lent his expertise to NAR’s Federal Taxation Committee.
Since then, he has chaired IAR committees five times — Major Investor Working Group, Political Fundraising Working Group, Professional Standards Committee (twice) and the Professional Standards Programs and Workshops Working Group. Additionally, he has served six times on NAR committees.
In 2015, Jeff will mark his third year as Federal Political Coordinator for Congressman Bill Foster.
In January 2014, Jeff was elected President of Midwest Real Estate Data (MRED), the nation’s largest MLS. He served as the acting CEO and President of MRED from June 2014 until January 2015.
Jeff is active in his local community and has served as an avid fundraiser for several organizations.
He is a past president of the Chicago Board of REALTORS® (now the Chicago Association of REALTORS®) and led the state association as president of Illinois REALTORS® in 1991. Perlow was named Chicago REALTOR® of the Year in 1987 and Illinois REALTOR® of the Year in 1994.
Perlow, a resident of Glenview, is a past president of the Real Estate Educational Foundation and served on the Illinois Office of Banks and Real Estate Appraisal Board, including a term as vice chairman.