Greetings from Michigan Realtors®! View the top 5 news and resources for the month of February.

1. Local Associations Recognized for Their RPAC Efforts at Annual Luncheon

Michigan Realtors® would like to thank all of the local associations who made the final push for RPAC investors at the end of 2016. With last year's state RPAC goal of $800,000, Realtor® members not only met but exceeded that figure with a record breaking total of $923,000! Additionally, 29 local associations met and/or exceeded their local RPAC goal while an all-time high of 323 Major Investors participated. Local associations were honored last week at the Annual RPAC Appreciation Luncheon during Achieve, held at MotorCity Casino Hotel in Detroit.

2. Watch New Government Affairs Videocast | February 2017

Watch the Government Affairs Game Day edition of the videocast. This installment was filmed in front of a live studio audience at the Achieve Conference.

Watch on YouTube

3. Achieve Evaluation Survey

Thank you to all of our Realtor® leaders who attended Achieve this past week. Please take a quick moment to complete our online survey. Your opinion will help us give you more of what you want plus the most engaging speakers, such as Karel Murray, Sean Carpenter, Maurice Henderson and many more.

4. Code of Ethics Training Mandate Moves to 2-Year Cycle

The new NAR-mandated, two-year cycle for Code of Ethics training creates an opportunity for licensees to earn CE Marketplace certified elective credits while meeting the requirements of the mandate. There are several course providers that offer certified Code of Ethics training courses that provide audit protection for the member. The acceptance of Code of Ethics training is in the discretion of the local association or board. Members should confirm that their governing body will accept the completion of any course as meeting the mandate requirements. While there is often a fine line between ethical and legal education, CE Marketplace focuses legal course offerings on topics surrounding current legal trends, case law, and industry-specific legal topics.

For a list of Code of Ethics training and to search for a class, please visit the CE Marketplace Calendar at

5. Placemaking Takes Hold in Michigan Under Name Lighter, Quicker, Cheaper

Realtors® sell “place” for a living. It’s a central part of the job description. So, we are well-situated to be a leading voice within the private sector for what we’ve come to call placemaking. Any definition of placemaking is multifaceted, but for our purposes here, it’s all about making better people habitat in our public spaces.

One particular approach is known as Lighter, Quicker, Cheaper. It takes a location and says, let’s use this as a laboratory and conduct some low-cost experiments, plant some seeds and see what takes hold and grows. A bottom-up approach, LQC recognizes that the experts at creating a great place are the people that inhabit the space. And unlike many planning activities, implementation actually occurs within a short timeline, often accompanied by a sense of ownership and pride.

Read more at Bridge Magazine



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