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Standing up for Illinois Property Owners

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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.

Media

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

Pat Callen
Pat Callen
Pat Callen is board president of Real Property Alliance. A graduate of the University of Notre Dame, Callan has been involved in the real estate industry for more than 40 years. A Certified Public Accountant as well as a residential and commercial REALTOR®…

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.

Jeff Gregory
Jeff Gregory
Jeff Gregory is secretary of Real Property Alliance. He is the Managing Broker-Owner of Realty Executives Success. Jeff obtained his real estate license in 2003 and immediately began serving on several committees at his local association. Jeff was president of the Three Rivers Association in 2009…

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.

Mike Drews
Mike Drews
Mike Drews is a real estate broker with Charles B. Doss and Company REALTORS® in Aurora. Active in the profession since 1979, Drews is a former Illinois REALTORS® president, and has served on numerous local, state and national-level REALTOR® association committees…

He is past president of the Mainstreet Organization of REALTORS®, and was that association’s REALTOR® of the Year in 2011. He is the recipient of the state association’s Political Involvement Award which recognizes political advocacy.

Ezekiel “Zeke” Morris
Ezekiel “Zeke” Morris
Ezekiel “Zeke” Morris joined the Chicago Association of REALTORS® in 2008 and has since served on its finance, government affairs, political action, property management and transition committees. He owns his Hyde Park brokerage firm.
Gerald Perlow
Gerald Perlow
Gerald Perlow has been a REALTOR®, appraiser and property management consultant in the Chicagoland area and nationally for more than 30 years. An industry leader, he has served the REALTOR® community in a variety of ways at the local, state and national level…

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.

Julie Roth
Julie Roth
Julie Roth is a managing broker with Berkshire Hathaway Snyder Real Estate. She’s been in real estate since 1996. She has served as president of the Champaign County Association of REALTORS® and has been active with the Illinois REALTORS®.
Sandy Michel Stempinski
Sandy Michel Stempinski
Sandy Michel Stempinski is a REALTOR® with Heart & Home Realty with offices in Effingham and Vandalia, Ill. She’s been a broker since 1990, and spent time in the banking business prior to her real estate career…

She is a board member and past president of the Greater Gateway Association of REALTORS® and serves on committees for the Illinois REALTORS®.