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Watch the September Board of Directors Update on YouTube

Michigan Realtors® 2014 President-Elect, Gene Szpeinski gives an update on upcoming Michigan Realtors® news and events.

Watch on Michigan Realtors® YouTube Channel

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2015 District Director Elections – Online Voting Opens Today! 

Online voting for the 2015 Michigan Realtors® District Director Elections opens today, September 3rd. Realtors® (based on home address) in Congressional districts 1, 4, 6, 9, 11 and 14 have the opportunity to vote for their director, who will serve as a representative on the Michigan Realtors® Board of Directors. This is a One Realtor® One Vote election. Plurality wins. 

View candidates and vote online here


Grand Rapids Realtor® Named Good Neighbor Awards Finalist

REALTOR® Magazine's Good Neighbor Awards recognize Realtors® who have made an extraordinary impact on their community, or on the national or world stage, through volunteer work. Five winners are announced each fall in REALTOR® Magazine. Winners are recognized annually at the REALTORS® Conference & Expo, and receive $10,000 grants for their charities. Winners also receive travel expenses to the conference and national and local media exposure for their community cause. In addition to the winners, five honorable mentions each receive a $2,500 grant.

Congratulations to 2014 Good Neighbor Awards finalist and Michigan Realtor®, Jill Dover! (GRAR/Sherwood Realty, Grand Rapids, Michigan) Jill has found a universal prescription for those with memory loss, physical challenges, and sometimes no hope: music. Learn more about Jill and the other finalists. Starting September 8th, help Jill win the 2014 Web Choice Award and an additional $500 grant towards her cause by voting online.

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Take Short Centennial Celebration Events Survey

As Michigan Realtors® celebrate 100 years in the real estate industry (1915-2015), we are exploring options to schedule activities on the east side of the state. To help us plan the best options to reach membership, please take this short survey regarding a potential Centennial Celebration event next July, 2015 in Dearborn.

Take the survey

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September is Realtor® Safety Month

Like many other jobs that require interaction with the public, selling real estate involves some risk. The National Association of Realtors® and Michigan Realtors® are committed to protecting members and maintaining their personal safety. Start by attending a free webinar on September 9th:

Realtor® Safety Webinar: Safey Tips to Share with Sellers – September 9, 1pm CST Register Online

View Additional Realtor® Safety Resources

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Legal Lines – Short Sale Commissions
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.

I represent the seller on a short sale. I have worked for six months to put together a short sale and now the seller’s lender has conditioned its acceptance on my agreement to reduce my commission by 2%. Can the seller’s lender do this?

Unfortunately, yes. The seller’s lender is being asked to agree to take less than it is contractually owed. Accordingly, it can refuse to do so, or it can condition its approval on just about anything, including a lower commission payment.

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

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Featured Member Benefit: E&O Insurance

As a leader in the insurance industry for nearly 60 years and a long time partner of the Michigan Realtors®, Pearl Insurance is proud to share with you our quality Errors & Omissions Insurance, which offers valuable coverage that's better and more affordable than ever before. Receive a Michigan Real Estate E&O Insurance Quote and choose to bind coverage or renew your policy. As a Pearl Insurance insured, you'll gain access to our quality Real Estate Errors & Omissions Insurance as well as:

  • Extensive risk management tools and services
  • Superior customer service
  • Proactive claims handling and assistance by the experienced XL claims staff
  • Expert defense against a claim from your state's dedicated panel counsel


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In this issue:


Convention and Expo

Reasons to Attend Convention & Expo

Upcoming Events

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

Commercial Day at The Capitol
September 10, 2014

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

REALTORS® Conference & Expo
November 7-10, 2104

Centennial Celebration 1915-2015
Learn More


For more Upcoming Statewide Events, visit the Statewide Calendar

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Realtor Safety



Real Estate Radio Today: All Cash

Real Estate Today opens doors for buyers and sellers with critical and credible information on the real estate market. It’s fast paced and fact packed with experts, interviews, call-ins, field reports, and timely market conditions.

Listen Today

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