Please do not reply to this email. Contact us here 

MAR E-News

 

 

MAR on the Web

Access MAR news, updates, event information and connect with peers by finding MAR on the web. From Facebook to YouTube, MAR is extending its' reach to members, and wants to connect with you today!

 Facebook logo Twitter Logo LinkedIn Logo YouTube Logo

 Listen to MAR Podcasts

ZipForms

Achieve 2012

Web Feature

New White Paper Available in Legal Reference Library 

Transfer Tax to be Assessed against Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac

Download Now

 

Event Buzz

Save the Date! Achieve & Achieve After Dark

February 16-17, 2012
Kalamazoo Radisson Plaza Hotel & Suites

Web site and speaker lineup coming soon...

Sponsorship Opportunities

For more Upcoming Statewide Events, visit the MAR Website

 

MAR Holiday Hours

The MAR office will be closed for the holiday November 24th and 25th.

In this issue:

REALTOR® Focus: Vito Pampalona Wins National Volunteer Award for Supporting Wounded Soldiers

NAR Conference & Expo: Tune Into Conference Live

How to Download Kindle E-books from NAR

Legal Lines: Signatures 

4 Great Green Apps for Your Home 

MAR Edge: Exceptional Rewards Are Yours! 

 
 

REALTOR® Focus: Vito Pampalona Wins National Volunteer Award for Supporting Wounded Soldiers

REALTOR® Vito A. Pampalona, a broker with Vito Anthony Homes in Rochester, Mich., is one of five winners chosen by the National Association of REALTORS® as REALTOR® Magazine’s 2011 Good Neighbor Award winners. Pampalona was selected for his devotion to helping injured soldiers at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

“The Good Neighbor Awards program acknowledges REALTORS® who are dedicated to strengthening communities through volunteer work and helping those in need,” said NAR President Ron Phipps, broker-president of Phipps Realty in Warwick, R.I. “As a past Good Neighbor Award recipient, I know of the tremendous effort and time these winners devote to each of their causes. Vito’s cause is close to his heart, a veteran himself he dedicates his time to welcoming home our nation’s soldiers with open arms.”

Pampalona, a Vietnam War veteran, has spent the past eight years raising money—a total of nearly $500,000—and giving his time to show gratitude to thousands of patients at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. Known as “Uncle Vito” to Walter Reed staff and patients, he has made sure that recovering soldiers have workout clothes, a pantry full of healthy snacks, movies to watch, a collection of books and audio books and presents at an annual Christmas party.

Read more 

Back to top

 

NAR Conference & Expo: Tune Into Conference Live

Whether you will be in Anaheim or not, you can catch the conversation taking place at the 2011 REALTORS® Conference & Expo via Conference Live. This virtual conference will feature video footage from around the show floor, including product demonstrations from some of the exhibitors; blog posts from featured members and news sources; photos taken from education sessions and other events; and social networking conversations from attendees.

Conference Live 

Back to top

 

How to Download Kindle E-books from NAR

As REALTOR®, you now can enjoy free e-books from NAR's online library on your Amazon Kindle device. Downloading Kindle titles is easy. For a brief walkthrough, take a few minutes to watch a how-to video from NAR's Information Central.

Watch Video

Back to top 

 

Legal Lines: Signatures

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.

QUESTION: I am representing a married man in the purchase of a property. Do I also need his wife’s signature in order to have a valid purchase agreement?

ANSWER: NO, the wife’s signature is not required in order for a married man to purchase property; however, when he decides to sell this property, he will need his wife’s signature since she will acquire a dower interest in the property by virtue of marriage. 

Back to top

 

4 Great Green Apps for Your Home

By: Courtney Craig, Houselegic.com

GoodGuide

Many products claim to be green, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they’re eco-friendly. GoodGuide uses your phone’s camera to scan bar codes, then gives you the real green info on that product from the app’s database, which contains more than 90,000 products. Whether you’re shopping for appliances, cleaning products, food, and other items for your home, GoodGuide gives you a rating on that product’s impact on your health, environment, and community.

Price: Free

Available for: iPhone and Android

Green Outlet

Help lower your monthly bills by identifying how much energy your appliances use. Set your profile by identifying the square footage of your house, the typical temperature inside your home, how many people live there, and the cost per kilowatt hour in your area. Then, identify all the electronic appliances in your home by searching Green Outlet’s database, and enter how many hours per day you use them.

When you’re done, Green Outlet will tell you how many pounds of carbon your home releases, along with suggestions about how to be more efficient. The app can be a bit tough to figure out at first glance, but the “Welcome” tab includes helpful instructions.

Price: 99 cents

Available for: iPhone and Android

iRecycle

Unsure which of your local recycling centers will take odd stuff, such as Styrofoam and window glass? Provided by Earth911, this simple app helps you be a better recycler. You just enter your location and what you want to recycle, then the app gives you a list of the nearby recycling centers that will accept it. It’ll tell you where the center is located, its hours of operation, contact information, and a list of all the materials it accepts.

Price: Free

Available for: iPhone and Android

Bulb Finder

When a light bulb burns out, use this app to find the best replacement to help you save energy with home lighting. Enter the type of fixture, bulb style and features, the wattage you want, and how many hours a day you expect to use it, and the app will suggest which new bulb is right for you. It’ll include information on price, brand name, and how much money and energy you’ll save by using it.

Price: Free

Available for: iPhone and Android

Back to top

 

Exceptional Rewards Are Yours!

Sign-up today for the MAR Visa Signature® Card and we’ll reward you with 2,500 Bonus Rewards Points with your first purchase!(1)  Plus, you’ll earn one point for every net dollar spent any where Visa is accepted! Redeem Your Points for(2);
 
* Merchandise, Gift certificates or Cash back (Rewards start at 1,500 Rewards Points), or
* Unrestricted travel on any airline (Rewards starting at 25,000 Rewards Points)
 
Plus: The MAR Visa Signature® Card also provides great benefits, including:
* Unlimited rewards points(1)
* No preset spending limit(3)
* Special Signature advantages such as Concierge Services(4)
 
Wherever you use the MAR Visa Signature® card, you’ll earn points to redeem for the rewards of your choice!
 
Click here to apply today
 
Hurry, offer ends 12/31/2011.
 
The APR may vary, and as of 10-01-11, the variable APR for Purchases and Balance Transfers is 9.99% - 21.99% (based on your creditworthiness).  The variable APR for Cash Advances is 23.99%. Cash Advance fee: 4% of each advance amount, $10 minimum. Convenience Check fee: 3% of each check amount, $5 minimum, Cash Equivalent fee: 4% of each cash amount, $20 minimum. Balance Transfer fee: 3% of each transfer amount, $5 minimum. There is a $2 minimum finance charge when interest is due. The annual fee is $0. Foreign Transaction fee: 2% of each foreign purchase transaction or foreign ATM advance transaction in U.S. Dollars. 3% of each foreign purchase transaction or foreign ATM advance transaction in a Foreign Currency.
 
1 Accounts must be open and in good standing (not past due) to earn and redeem points. 2,500 bonus points are awarded only to applicants who are approved for the Visa Signature Card. Approved applicants for all other products will receive 1,000 bonus rewards points with their first purchase. [Bonus points will appear on your first statement after the qualifying purchase is made].

2 Please refer to the Rewards Center Program Rules for terms and conditions.
 
3 Certain restrictions and exclusions may apply. Individual transactions are evaluated by U.S. Bank based on factors such as suspected fraud, Account history, credit record, payment resources, revolving balances, prior cash advances, and safety and soundness considerations. If U.S. Bank authorizes a transaction that causes you to exceed your revolving credit line, then you must pay, as a part of your monthly minimum amount due, the amount by which your new balance exceeds your credit line.
 
4 Cardmembers are responsible for the cost of any goods or services purchased by Visa Signature Concierge on cardmembers’ behalf.

 

Back to top

Click here to forward this message.

Click here to change your email preferences.

If you do not wish to receive this message please remove

 

Michigan Association of REALTORS
http://www.mirealtors.com/
720 N. Washington Ave
Lansing, MI 48906
USA
800-454-7842
powered by CONVIO
nonprofit software