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2014 Election Recap

With a tremendous effort from local associations and the RPAC Trustees committee, Michigan Realtors® had a 98.7% success rate with state and federal general election endorsements.

On the State level, Governor Rick Snyder will remain at the helm of the executive branch, and both the Michigan House and Senate will continue with Republican control. The Senate now has a 27-11 Republican Majority, and the House Republicans gained seats for a 63-47 Majority. New leadership has recently been announced in both chambers as well:

  • Senate Majority Leader: Senator Arlan Meekhof (R-Olive Twp)
  • Senate Majority Floor Leader: Senator Mike Kowall (R-White Lake Twp.)
  • Senate Minority Leader: Senator Jim Ananich (D-Flint)
  • Senate Minority Floor Leader: Senator Morris Hood III (D-Detroit)
  • Speaker of the House: Representative Kevin Cotter (R-Mt. Pleasant)
  • House Majority Floor Leader: Representative Aric Nesbitt (R-Lawton)
  • Representative Tim Greimel (D-Auburn Hills) will remain at his post as House Minority Floor Leader.

A big thank you to all of our members who volunteer their time and efforts in the endorsement process. It greatly assists in fostering relationships between elected officials and the real estate industry.

For a list of election winners, please click here

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Building a Power Network

Collaboration is a powerful way to add value to your engagements with clients, reminds Bob Rosenberg, CCIM, founder of InvestNet. Learn more about best practices for hiring and strategies to ensure that you and your team are accountable to your goals.

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Support REALTOR® Ring Day on December 5th

REALTOR® Ring Day is a day when real estate professionals across the country unite to staff as many Salvation Army kettles as possible in their local communities. This year, thousands of Realtors® will all be ringing on Friday, Dec. 5. The dollars raised at each kettle stay in the local community. The event gives real estate professionals an opportunity to support a cause that is dear to them: housing. Kettle donations also fund additional Salvation Army programs such as food, rehabilitation and youth activities.

Learn more

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Realtors® Represent Michigan at NAR Conference

Bill Martin 

Over 300 Michigan Realtors® members attended the NAR REALTORS® Conference & Expo in New Orleans. During the meetings, Michigan Realtors® CEO, Bill Martin (pictured above), was awarded the William R. Magel Award of Excellence in REALTOR® Association Management. 

View Photos of Awards Ceremony 

Read: Natural-Born Leader in the REALTOR® Family

The NAR Board of Directors met on November 10th to discuss a variety of items including member code of excellence, state tax reform and unmanned aerial vehicle policy.

View complete board meeting summary

Thank you to all of our members who represented our great state at the national level.

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Register for 28th Annual UM/ULI Real Estate Forum

November 19, 2014 - COBO Center, Detroit, MI

The Forum returns to Detroit in 2014 with a new format. 2014 is the first year of a three year commitment to hold the Forum in Detroit and focus on the best practices in the profession in one of the hottest markets in the country.

Special programming is planned for the afternoon and evening of Tuesday, November 18th for our bus tour, various awards presentations. and keynote presentation.  The full day program will be November 19th with speakers, roundtables and special presentations.

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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.

QUESTION:
The buyer’s lender has requested a copy of the seller’s disclosure statement and the lead based paint disclosure. Am I legally required to give copies of these documents to the bank?

ANSWER:
The buyer’s lender can certainly require these documents as a condition of making the loan. 

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

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Featured Member Benefit: Home & Auto Insurance

Frankenmuth Insurance is offering special discounts to Michigan Realtors®. Savings include a generous discount on auto and home policies. They can also be combined with other discounts available through your independent insurance agent.

To locate an independent insurance agent click on this link: http://www.fmins.com/ or call 800.682.6881 or visit the Hartland Insurance Group web site

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Upcoming Events

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