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Achieve 2012 Feature

2012 Legal Update Video Series 

MAR has launched the first video of the 2012 Legal Update Video Series! Video #1: Short Sale Addendum.

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Event Buzz

Achieve – Engaging Leaders • Building Connections

Leaders from 18 local associations have already registered for the Achieve Conference. Join your peers on February 16-17 in Kalamazoo for two days of networking and knowledge sessions designed to make you an an industry leader.

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For more Upcoming Statewide Events, visit the MAR Website

In this issue:

2011 RPAC Highlights: Local Associations to be Recognized at Achieve Conference

Professional Standards Training – Online Registration Open  

Attend the 2012 AE Institute in Louisville 

MAR CEO Bill Martin appointed to Michigan Strategic Fund Board

Radon Test: DIY or Professional?

MAR Edge: New Year, New Great MAR Visa Signature® Card Offer! 


2011 RPAC Highlights: Local Associations to be Recognized at Achieve Conference

The Michigan Association of REALTORS® would again like to thank all of the local associations who made the final push for RPAC investors at the end of 2011. With a state RPAC goal of $410,000, REALTOR® members met and exceeded it with a final total of $423,571!  In addition, 28 local associations met and/or exceeded their local RPAC goal!  In the end, state RPAC contributions were at 103% of state goal!
These grand RPAC accomplishments will be recognized at the annual Achieve Conference, held February 16-17th at the Radisson Plaza Hotel and Suites in Kalamazoo. The RPAC Recognition luncheon and awards ceremony is scheduled for Thursday, February 16th at noon in the Arcadia Ballroom 2. The luncheon is free for Achieve attendees and $25 for those who would like to attend the luncheon only. Click here to register for the Achieve conference or for the luncheon only.

As 2012 begins, RPAC continues to lead the charge in the protection of homeownership and private property rights for all Michigan citizens. The 2012 RPAC Trustees committee will meet next week to determine this year’s state and local association RPAC goals. 

Again, thank you for your commitment to RPAC, and we look forward to continued success this year!

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Professional Standards Training – Online Registration Open

What makes REALTORS® better than the rest? Professional Standards Training. MAR has teamed up with Trista Curzydlo, J.D., to host four half-day training sessions designed to assist REALTORS® who serve on professional standards and grievance committees to gain new insights and knowledge of Professional Standards through mock hearings and classroom instruction. Training will take place January 31st through February 2nd in the following cities:

Mt. Pleasant

Your members can learn more about Trista, download resources and register for a training session by visiting the MAR Upcoming Events web page:

Register for Professional Standards Training*

2012 Professional Standards Toolbox

*Online registration closes Friday, January 27. Any registrations after that date can be done on site at the workshops.

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Attend the 2012 AE Institute in Louisville

The AE Institute will take place March 16-20, in Louisville, Kentucky. The institute raises association executive awareness of real estate industry issues and provides professional development opportunities so that AEs across the country can better serve the REALTOR® organization and its members. The Institute offers programming for all staff levels of the REALTOR® organization, from newer AEs and those who manage small associations to veteran AEs.

Register Online


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MAR CEO Bill Martin appointed to Michigan Strategic Fund Board

Gov. Rick Snyder has appointed Bill Martin MAR CEO to the Michigan Strategic Fund board. The board has key authorities to promote economic development and create jobs, from approving private activity bonds and authorizing community development block grant applications to acting as the fiduciary agent for the 21st Century Jobs Fund. Martin formerly served four terms as a state representative and has been commissioner of the Michigan Lottery, director of the Michigan Department of Corrections and a member of the Michigan Economic Growth Authority Board of Directors.

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Radon Test: DIY or Professional?

January is National Radon Action Month. Share this article with your members and plan to conduct a radon test in your home, if you haven’t already. As the second leading cause of lung cancer, concentrated radon gas is nothing to ignore.

One in 15 homes has unacceptable radon gas levels and requires radon gas mitigation. To find out where your home ranks, radon test your basement, the main level, and the second story. You can easily and accurately perform a test on your own, or hire a company to do the testing for you. Here’s what you need to know.

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New Year, New Great MAR Visa Signature® Card Offer!

Start the year on the right foot with the MAR Visa Signature® Card, Sign up for the MAR Visa Signature® Card today and you’ll get a 0% Intro APR on purchases and balance transfers for six billing cycles, and after that a variable rate, currently 9.99% - 21.99%1!  Plus, you’ll earn one point for every net dollar spent any where Visa is accepted, whenever you use your MAR Visa Signature® for your everyday spend, or to just lighten the load from the holidays, now is the time to apply! 

The MAR Visa Signature® Card also provides great benefits, including:

• 1,000 bonus rewards points with your first purchase2
• Unlimited rewards points2
• No preset spending limit 3
• Special Signature advantages such as Concierge Services4

Plus, with every Visa Signature Card purchase, U.S. Bank will make a contribution to the Michigan Association of REALTORS®!

Click here to apply today

Hurry, offer ends 03/31/12.

1 The 1.99% introductory APR applies to purchases and is valid for the first six billing cycles. The 0% introductory APR applies to balance transfers [made within 30 days of account opening] and is valid for the first six billing cycles. The introductory rate does not apply to cash advances. Thereafter, the APR may vary and as of 10-01-11, the undiscounted 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 where 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. We may change APRs, fees, and other Account terms in the future based on your experience with U.S. Bank National Association ND and its affiliates as provided under the Cardmember Agreement and applicable law. We apply your minimum payment to balances with lower APRs first. Amounts paid over the minimum payment will be applied in the order of highest to lowest APR balances.

2 Accounts must be open and in good standing (not past due) to earn and redeem points.

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.

The creditor and issuer of the Michigan Association of Realtors Card is U.S. Bank National Association ND, pursuant to a license from Visa U.S.A. Inc.

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