Park Forest changes home inspection ordinance after four years of REALTOR® advocacy
After years of advocacy by the Illinois REALTORS© and the Mainstreet Organization of REALTORS® (MORe), Park Forest trustees voted unanimously to change the village’s home inspection ordinance, effective Oct. 1.
The amended village ordinance will allow owner occupied sellers to get home inspections and results prior to closings and allows the inspections to stand for 180 days, says Local Government Affairs Director Tom Joseph.
“Some village trustees wouldn’t have voted to change the ordinance if it hadn’t been for persistent lobbying and support for a new mayor from Mainstreet and Illinois REALTORS©,” says Joseph. “That candidate eventually won the mayoral race and community opinion favored the REALTOR® point of view. Many thanks to Governmental Affairs Committee South members, REALTOR® Tony Bass and Illinois REALTORS® Directory of Local Advocacy Mike Scobey for their support.”
Problems surfaced about four years earlier when area REALTORS® complained that clients were unable to see the results of mandatory home inspections prior to closings. As a result, REALTORS® were sometimes put into non-disclosure situations and buyers sometimes had to wait weeks or months to move into their new homes until necessary repairs were made. Village staff members opposed change, Joseph said.
Park Forest is about 30 miles south of downtown Chicago, in Will and Cook counties. The population is nearly 22,000. It was founded in 1948 to provide housing for GIs returning from World War II. Learn more.