Greetings from Michigan Realtors®! View the top 5 news and resources for the month of October.
1. LARA and Attorney General Partner in Tracking Unlicensed Real Estate Practitioners
Effective immediately, the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) is announcing its partnership with Attorney General Bill Schuette in stepping up enforcement against unlicensed real estate practitioners. For the past several months, Michigan Realtors® have led discussions with both departments about this important initiative to deal with the rise in unlicensed real estate activity.
This is an extraordinary opportunity to hold accountable those who unlawfully practice real estate. This new partnership aims to keep consumers safe, and will investigate and prosecute unlicensed individuals.
Below is the information where members and consumers may submit their complaints of unlicensed activity:
Consumer Complaint - Online Form
Consumer Complaint - PDF Form
Toll Free Consumer Hotline: 877-765-8388
Local Consumer Number: 517-373-1140
2. Senate Bill 26 Passes Unanimously through Senate Committee; Bill now heads to the Senate Floor for Consideration
Today, the Senate Regulatory Reform committee unanimously voted for passage of Senate Bill 26. This bill aims to identify areas of the current Real Estate Occupational Code and Rules in need of revision or codification. This bill is part of an ongoing effort by the State Office of Regulatory Reinvention to look at each license and determine where streamlining and efficiencies can be found to help reduce the burden on small business, and increase consumer protection.
Senate Bill 26 represents two years of hard work between bill sponsor Senator Mike Kowall (R-White Lake), the Michigan Realtors®, and the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) in identifying rules that are either in conflict with statue, already provided for in law, or exceed their authority. Michigan Realtors® believes this legislation will greatly benefit the consumer and improve the real estate industry in Michigan. The bill now heads to the Senate floor for consideration.
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5. Apply for the Michigan Realtors® Leadership Academy
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. Interested in applying? Applications for the Michigan Realtors® Leadership Academy are being accepted between now and November 20, 2016.