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Primary Election is Today! Cast your Vote for the Realtor® Party!

Michigan Realtors®, in conjunction with an extraordinary effort by many local associations, has made Primary endorsements for candidates running for Governor, the U.S. Senate, the U.S. House, the Michigan Senate, and the Michigan House of Representatives. Use your Realtor® voter card that was sent by mail as a reference at the polls this year. The voter card displays Primary-Endorsed candidates on the state and federal levels in your area who support real estate industry issues, such as:

  • the protection of private property rights,
  • preserving the American dream of home ownership, and
  • continuing to fight for tax reforms and reducing burdensome regulations on our business.

In addition to making endorsements, Michigan Realtors®, along with various other groups and individuals, are asking you to vote YES on Proposal 1. Proposal 1 addresses long-standing problems for Michigan’s small businesses and our local communities. Proposal 1 would eliminate the Personal Property Tax (PPT) for Michigan’s small businesses, while creating a more stable funding system to pay for important local community services.

Make this the year that you protect your business by becoming more involved! Take a look at who’s running for office in your community and research where they stand on issues. Establish a connection with the candidates and talk with them about policy concerns affecting your business. Stay connected with your elected officials so they can come to you on issues that pertain to the real estate industry. And, most importantly, head to the polls today and cast your vote!

To view a complete listing of Michigan Realtors® endorsed candidates on the state and federal level, please click here.

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Core Standards For Associations Update 

As you may have heard, the National Association of Realtors® has set conditions for local, state, and territorial associations of Realtors® to certify compliance with their core standards as a condition of membership. The compliance deadline has been set for June 30, 2015

NAR’s Organizational Alignment Core Standards fall into six categories:

  1. Code of Ethics 
  2. Advocacy
  3. Consumer Outreach      
  4. Unification Efforts and Support of the Realtor® Organization 
  5. Technology
  6. Financial Solvency

"By instituting a set of core standards for every one of our 1,400 local and state associations, we take a giant step forward in ensuring that we reach our goals together,” says NAR President Steven Brown. 

Michigan Realtors® has been in contact with local association executives to ensure their understanding and help with any difficulties in the compliance process. We will continue to schedule meetings with AE’s and their local officers to clarify and comply. 

View history and FAQ

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Help us Celebrate 100 Years in the Real Estate Industry

In March 2015, Michigan Realtors® will celebrate 100 years in the real estate industry. Be a part of the celebration by participating in these two online events:

Centennial Hashtag Contest

We need a hashtag to help us document the Centennial Celebration and upcoming events. Now through August 31st, Michigan Realtors® members have the chance to enter their hashtag idea. The top 5 entries will be featured in an online voting poll with the winner announced during the Convention & Expo this October in Grand Rapids. 

Click here to enter

Centennial Saturdays on Facebook

Join us each Saturday on the Michigan Realtors® Facebook page as we share a photo from our association’s great history. Do you have a photo you would like to submit for consideration? Email us at centennial@mirealtors.com with the subject line: Centennial Saturdays. 

 Please provide a brief photo description and keep files under 2MB in size if possible.

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Convention Poster in August Magazine

Look for a special poster in your August Michigan Realtor® Magazine to hang in your office. The poster highlights the spectacular speaker lineup featuring Grand Assembly Keynote, Dr. Jerry Linenger. Dr. Linenger is a retired USN Captain and NASA Astronaut. Join us in October in Grand Rapids to hear his incredible story and message. Prior to his speech, we will crown the 2014 State Realtor® of the Year!

Visit Convention Web site

Register Online

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Discovering Commercial Real Estate Course

This course offers a broad overview of the basics of commercial real estate and how it differs from residential real estate. Students will be able to distinguish and understand the broker's role and discover the different types of commercial properties, terms, valuation methods, marketing and resources for further education.

While it will not equip an agent with the needed tools to practice commercial real estate, it will explain the business and introduce many of the resources needed to pursue a commercial transaction or a career in commercial real estate. This is an ideal introductory course for those who are newly licensed and/or residential agents who want to learn more about commercial real estate.

Learn more

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Legal Lines – In-House Offers
 
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 currently listing property and an in-house buyer made an offer. An agent from another company called and I told them that my seller was reviewing an offer. The agent asked if it was an in-house offer and said that I had an obligation to disclose if it was. Is there a law that requires me to disclose that it is an in house offer?

ANSWER:

NO. There is no legal duty to disclose whether any offers your seller has received are in-house offers. (In certain circumstances, such disclosure may be required pursuant to the Code of Ethics Standard of Practice 1-15.) 

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

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Featured Member Benefit: Art Van Home Rewards Program

Art Van Home Rewards is a gift from you to your client: $300 in Art Van Gift Cards to use throughout the store or online, in every department, from any line we carry... Courtesy of you. Plus, priority processing for 0% financing with the Art Van Signature Card after their closing.

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In this issue:

 

Upcoming Events

YPN Statewide Happy Hour
August 28
Learn More

Go Grand With Knowledge
August 27-28, 2014
Grand Hotel
Mackinac Island
Register

2015 District Director Elections
Online Polls Open September 3, 2014
View Candidates

Convention & Expo
October 1-3, 2014
Amway Grand Plaza Hotel & DeVos Place
Grand Rapids
Register

Centennial Celebration
1915-2015
Learn More

For more Upcoming Statewide Events, visit the Statewide Calendar

 

 
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