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Vote Realtor® Party: Watch for Your Realtor® Voter Card in the Mail!

The Michigan Realtors®, in conjunction with an extraordinary effort by many local associations, has made endorsements for candidates running for State Senate and the Michigan House of Representatives. Watch your mailbox in the coming weeks for your Realtor® voter guide card in the mail to use as a reference at the polls this year. The voter guide card displays 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 the fight for tax reforms and reducing of burdensome regulations on our business.

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 what they stand for. Establish a connection with the candi­dates and talk with them about policy issues affecting your business. When your candidate is elected, you will have a voice in the legislative arena that knows you. 

The Michigan Realtors® will have a listing of all our state and federal endorsed candidates on our website this Friday, October 17th. Please check here

Stay connected with your elected officials so they can come to you on issues that pertain to the real estate industry. And, most importantly, vote on November 4th!

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2015 District Director Election Results 

Congratulations to your elected 2015 Michigan Realtors® District Directors:

District 1 - Meagan Luce, Traverse City

District 4 - Tom Darger, Midland

District 6 - Carl Kaminski, Galien

District 9 - Maureen Francis, Bloomfield Hills

District 11 - Sara Storch Lipnitz, Birmingham

District 14 - E'toile Libbett, Southfield

In addition, during the annual delegate body meeting at Convention, Tony Schippa, Furhad Waquad and Claire Williams were elected to serve as NAR Directors.

Thank you to all who ran for election and to our members who voted. This concludes the 2015 Michigan Realtors® District Director Elections.


Realtors® Unite in Grand Rapids for the 100th Convention & Expo

On October 1-3, nearly 1,100 Realtors®, including 150+ first-time attendees, gained superhero status when they descended upon the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel & DeVos Place in Grand Rapids for the 2014 Michigan Realtors® Convention & Expo. This year’s event was second to none and featured incredible speakers, fascinating sessions and daily networking and social events. Convention attendees welcomed 2014 NAR President-Elect, Chris Polychron, who swore in Michigan Realtors®, 2015 President Gene Szpeinski, CAR, CBOR, GRAR. Mark Baker of Lenawee County was named the 2014 Michigan Realtor® of The Year. Teri Spiro of Greater Metropolitan was named the 2014 Realtor® Active in Politics. Thank you to all of our speakers, attendees and sponsors for making this a super event. Learn more about the award winners and many other highlights by reading the upcoming November issue of Michigan Realtor® Magazine.

Session Handouts

Take the post convention survey

Event Photos

Realtor® of The Year Nominee Photos 

Superhero Group Photos 

2015 Sponsorship Opportunities

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.REALTOR Domain Launch Resources

As the Internet is evolving, NAR has proactively positioned Realtors® to be at the forefront of this change. NAR is one of the first associations to have a top-level domain exclusively for Realtors®. This empowers members to directly connect their brand with the $5 billion internationally recognized Realtor® brand, leveraging its value with their .REALTOR domains. Realtors® can start to claim their .REALTOR domains on October 23, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. EDT at www.claim.REALTOR. .REALTOR domains will not be available from any other domain registrar. 

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Field Guide to Social Networking for Realtors®

Learn about social networking websites, see how other real estate agents have embraced social networking to increase their presence on the Internet to attract more clients, learn about the variety of social networking websites and much more.

Learn more

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Legal Lines – Question of the Month
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.

Prior to their death, my parents deeded their cabin to my brother and me as “joint tenants with rights of survivorship.”  Can I deed my interest in the cabin to my daughter? 

Yes, but your daughter’s interest in the cabin will automatically terminate upon your death unless you outlive your brother.

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

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Upcoming Events

REALTORS® Conference & Expo
November 7-10, 2014

Centennial Celebration 1915-2015
#REALTORS100 #centennialsaturdays
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Convention & Expo
September 30 – October 1, 2015
Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center 
Sponsorship Opportunities 


For more Upcoming Statewide Events, visit the Statewide Calendar

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Real Estate Radio Today: Pat Esswein, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance

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.

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