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. Have questions? Send Mail
Who we are
Illinois has nearly 7,000 units of local government, the most in the U.S. Each of these units has the ability to tax residents within their jurisdictions. Many of these governmental units are cash-strapped and as a result turn to 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. The Alliance 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
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Meet our Board
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 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.
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.
Gary L. Clayton, CAE, RCE, is Chief Executive Officer of the Illinois REALTORS®, a voluntary business organization founded in 1916 which serves over 43,000 members engaged in all facets of the real estate industry. He serves as president as well as director of Real Property Alliance.
He has served as association CEO since December 1987 and is an official spokesperson and lobbyist for the association.
He serves on the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) Board of Directors and is the association executive appointed to the NAR Executive Committee. He is vice chair of the Realtors Property Resource Advisory Board and past chair of the NAR Association Executives Committee.
In 2011, Clayton was awarded the prestigious national William R. Magel Award of Excellence, which honors an individual who has truly excelled in his or her role as an association executive of a local or state REALTOR® association. With this honor, he joins the elite membership of the Dr. Almon R. (Bud) Smith, RCE, AE Leadership Society.
Before coming to Illinois REALTORS®, he served for eight years as Director of the Illinois Department of Registration and Education. Prior, he was Deputy Director of the Illinois Department of Law Enforcement’s Internal Investigation Division and a Postal Inspector for the U.S. Postal Service in Chicago.
Clayton has an undergraduate degree in Political Science from Southeast Missouri State University and a master’s degree in Social Justice Administration from the University of Illinois at Springfield.
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®.