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Watch Government Affairs Vodcast and Participate in Latest NAR Call for Action

As we head into November, there are a few items in the Michigan legislature that we continue to support. Watch the latest Government Affairs Vodcast for information on issues including transfer tax clarifications, TRID, and “dark stores” legislation. Tune in to stay informed!

Watch November Vodcast

While work continues on issues at the state level, there has been a federal issue that has the real estate industry uniting in one voice. Congress is looking for funding for transportation programs, and is considering utilizing guarantee fees (g-fees) to fund these programs. NAR strongly believes that taking g-fees would also prevent Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac from effectively managing their risk. Please “Take Action” below on the latest NAR Call for Action, to prevent the federal government from placing any unnecessary long-term burden on American homeowners!

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Large Broker Signature Series Takes a Dynamic Look at Industry


The Michigan Realtors® Large Broker Signature Series was created to offer targeted and cutting edge information to participating large brokers and real estate leaders from across Michigan. Last week, the series auspiciously debuted with internationally celebrated author and trend-spotter, Stefan Swanepoel. The National Association of Realtors® recently commissioned Swanpoel to research and author the DANGER Report, a comprehensive and provocative look at current trends and emerging threats in real estate. Swanpoel’s presentation was a powerful tour-de-force. While critical and honest, Swanpoel left attendees with an ultimately optimistic look at the future of the real estate industry.

About the DANGER Report: The goal of the DANGER Report is to provide the residential Real Estate Industry with a comprehensive and objective analysis of the most significant threats, both known and emerging, that could possibly impact the industry. The DANGER Report also stands as an easily navigated roadmap for strategic planning within your brokerage and your association. During his nearly four hour presentation, Swanpoel illustrated many salient points from the report to a full room, impressing upon the attendees the importance of innovation and open-mindedness in an industry that is poised for significant growth and change in the coming years.  

Download a customizable copy of the DANGER Report here and watch for an in depth analysis of this event in an upcoming issue of Michigan Realtor® Magazine. 

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Michigan Realtors® Leadership Academy – Applications Due Nov. 20

The Michigan Realtors® Leadership Academy develops leaders who have demonstrated leadership potential through job-related and community activities, creating a network of industry experts across the state who are actively involved in improving our Association and profession. There will be four sessions in 2016 and only 14 applicants will be accepted in the 2016 class. Applications are due November 20th.

Learn more and apply

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Michigan Realtors® Represent at NAR Conference Next Week

Nearly 300 Michigan Realtors® members are scheduled to attend the NAR Realtors® Conference & Expo in San Diego next week. Representing Michigan at the national level, our members hold seats on many NAR committees and boards, who meet to discuss industry issues and implement plans of action. In addition, we would like to congratulate 2015 Good Neighbor Award Winner, John Kersten, who will be recognized in San Diego for giving back to his community through a special cause.

For those attending, download the official event mobile app, NAR Annual, to access sessions, meeting schedules, exhibitors and other info for your conference experience.

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CE Marketplace Online Video Courses Available

The legal team at the Michigan Realtors® is pleased to offer two 1-hour legal online CE courses through CE Marketplace, Michigan’s Continuing Education Hub for Real Estate Professionals. For only $27.00 per course, earn your continuing education credit in the comfort of your home or office while enjoying the convenience of scheduling video courses around your busy schedule.

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How to Customize the Cover Photo of Your Next RPR Report

As of the January 2015 RPR Release, Realtor® can now customize the cover photo of their Property, Mini-Property and Seller’s reports using either the RPR website or RPR Mobile™. Lets take a look at how you can accomplish this.

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Ad Space Available in 2016 Michigan Realtor® Magazine
Michigan Realtor® Magazine is taking ad space reservations for the 2016 schedule. The magazine is published six times per year and reaches full membership on the latest industry topics, insights and resources. To reserve your ad space, visit the Publications page below or email Next issue publishes in January 2016 with an ad and contract deadline of 11.16.15.

View past issues, rates card, contract, deadlines

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Legal Lines – Question of the Month

With the help of McClelland & Anderson, we are taking the most recently asked questions from our legal hotline and putting them in E-news. We will be featuring a different question each issue.

I am the broker/owner of ABC Realty Company. I have decided that I no longer wish to be associated with the ABC Realty franchise and I have decided to go with 123 Realty franchise. Do I have to get the authorization of all my clients to transfer the listings and agency agreements to the 123‑franchise name?   

It depends. If you are setting up a new corporation, then you will need to transfer the listings from the old corporation to the new corporation and obtain the sellers’ approvals to do so. If you are simply using your existing corporation with a new assumed name referencing the new franchisor, then no transfer will be required. In the latter situation, however, a seller could argue that the new affiliation gives him the right to terminate the listing, if he chooses to do so. In other words, the seller could argue that his decision to list with your company was based upon your affiliation with the ABC-franchise.

For more Legal Q&A, visit the new Legal Resources Web site

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 Featured Member Benefit: Brown & Brown Insurance

Formerly known as Waymark Insurance Services, Brown & Brown Insurance is designed to meet the needs of savvy Realtors®, empowers you with the ability to shop competitively priced health and life products from Major Medical, Guaranteed Issue Limited Medical Plans, Life Insurance to Discount Health Benefits. Design a plan to meet your needs and your budget in one convenient, user-friendly no-hassle environment.

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In This Issue:



Realtors® Conference & Expo
November 13-16, 2015
San Diego Convention Center

Leadership Academy
January 20-21, 2016
Apply by Nov. 20

January 20-22, 2016
Dearborn Inn
Learn more

Broker Summit
April 21, 2016
Breslin Center
East Lansing
Learn more

Xplode Conference
June 8, 2016
Location TBD
Learn more

Convention & Expo
October 6-7, 2016
Soaring Eagle Casino & Resor
Mt. Pleasant

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