TAAR Community Steward Program

For generations, REALTORS® have served as the stewards for those entering new communities and others moving on to other destinations. The TAAR Community Steward Program was developed to acknowledge those REALTORS® who, in addition to operating as agents and brokers, also donate their valuable time to foster those communities and individuals living within them through volunteer service and other contributions. 

Any TAAR REALTOR® member who has completed two qualifying activities within the calendar year is eligible to receive this recognition. Successful applicants will receive a certificate of appreciation suitable for framing, a TAAR Community Steward lapel pin and public recognition in print and online venues. To all those who give their time, thank you, on behalf of TAAR, for all you do to shape our communities and the families and individuals who live work and play there. 

For more information including criteria and to submit an Application, CLICK HERE

Dr. Lawrence Yun is Here THIS THURSDAY!

Dr. Lawrence Yun, Chief Economist and Senior Vice President of Research at the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®, will be in Traverse City  THIS  THURSDAY,  August  25th   providing Northern Michigan with information to stay ahead of the curve in Real Estate.

Tickets ARE REQUIRED for Entry, so make sure to bring a printed ticket to the event.   DON'T  WAIT,  RSVP TODAY!   We expect to pack the house.

Background on Lawrence, is he  oversees and is responsible for a wide range of research activity for the association including NAR's Existing Home Sales statistics, Affordability Index, and Home Buyers and Sellers Profile Report. He regularly provides commentary on real estate market trends for its over 1 million REALTOR®  members.

Dr. Yun creates NAR's forecasts and participates in many economic forecasting panels, among them the Blue Chip Council and the Harvard University Industrial Economist Council. He appears regularly on financial news outlets, is a frequent speaker at real estate conferences throughout the United States, and has testified before Congress. Dr. Yun appears often as a guest on CSPAN's Washington Journal and is a regular guest columnist on the Forbes website.

Get Registered for the Michigan REALTOR® Convention Oct. 5th-7th

If you are planning to head to the Michigan REALTORS® Convention you better get registered soon, because rooms for the convention are going fast! 

Rooms for Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort are booked, however, overflow rooms are available at Soaring Eagle Waterpark & Hotel, about one mile away and they have a shuttle between locations. Rooms are only $119 total per night; frig, microwave, coffee in room, double occupancy.  989-817-4800 for reservations. 

If you are still considering attending the Michigan REALTORS® Convention  check out the information listed below.

Click Here to Register for the Michigan REALTORS® Convention

Engagement Counts! The Convention offers a variety of events to maximize your engagement with the real estate industry.

  • Grand Assembly - Featuring Installation of 2017 President, Jason Copeman, 2016 ROTY Award winner and the Leadership Academy Class of 2016
  • Opening Keynote - Greg Schwem
  • Welcome Reception in the Expo (80+ exhibitors!) showcasing the latest industry products & services
  • Prize giveaways in the Expo
  • CE Marketplace Certified Knowledge Sessions
  • RPAC Investors Appreciation Breakfast* - Includes special guest speakers and the 2016 RAP Award
  • Grand Gathering - Paul Bishop
  • RPAC Silent and Live Auctions
  • Happy Hour & Lunch in the Expo
  • REALTOR® Royale
  • Closing Keynote - Terry Watson
  • Networking breaks designed to help you build professional contacts
  • A unique venue that offers the luxury of the hotel and the excitement of a 210,000 square foot gaming floor

Voice for Real Estate 51: Sales Peak, Rural Loans, Closing Rules Win

Home sales might have peaked, NAR says. That's a top story in The Voice for Real Estate for the week of August 1. Other stories look at NAR's big win on condo loans now that President Obama has signed H.R. 3700 into law, the looming deadline for Sec. 502 direct rural housing loans from the federal government, which are about to run out of money. Other stories look at the impact residential loan rules from 2010 are having on commercial loan processing, the Treasury's expansion of its money laundering program involving real estate, and NAR's win as the CFPB tells lenders and settlement agents it's OK for them to share the closing document with agents. Watch it here

Michigan REALTORS® Government Affairs Videocast - July 2016

Check out the latest Michigan REALTORS® Government Affairs Videocast,  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X3igwj9MaeA, updates include:

  • Two New Michigan Bills (Senate Bill 610 which revises condo "must be built" duties and Senate Bill 599 which establishes a $30 Flat Recording Fee with Register of Deeds)
  • Voter Cards of RPAC Endorsements for August 2nd Primary

REALTORS® Helping the Children of Flint

REALTORS® are impacting their communities in times of need. Thanks to generous donations, including Traverse Area Association of REALTORS®, the Michigan REALTORS® Relief Fund raised $20,000 in 2016. Overlooking the Flint River, a check for $20,000 was recently presented to the Community Foundation of Greater Flint. The funds will be used to aid children with interventions that support positive health outcomes for Flint children. 

Learn more about the fund, the foundation and see who donated at: www.mirealtors.com/relief-fund

Voice for Real Estate 49: Brexit, Drones, Flood Ins.

The U.K.'s vote to leave the European Union has resulted in lower mortgage rates and could make U.S. real estate more attractive. That's the assessment of NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun in the Voice for Real Estate for the week of July 5. Other stories look at the final rule for the commercial use of drones and how laser technology can help lower flood insurance premiums. Watch it here,  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DjTW6knrAvM

National Association of REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC) Endorses Jason Allen for U.S. Congress

The Traverse Area Association of REALTORS® and the Michigan REALTORS® Political Action Committee is pleased to announce that, based on their recommendation, the National Association of REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC), endorses Jason Allen in Michigan’s First Congressional District. 

Jason Allen has been a trusted ally and friend of Northern Michigan REALTORS® and private property ownership.  Jason’s experience, his staunch support of private property rights, and his understanding of industry issues make Jason the best choice to represent Traverse Area Association of REALTORS®.  Jason will be a tremendous asset to have representing Northern Lower Michigan and the Upper Peninsula in Congress.

RPAC, the largest trade association Political Action Committee in the United States, follows strict guidelines to ensure that candidates are supported based on their support for issues affecting REALTORS® and not party affiliation.  Candidate endorsements are based on local recommendations and approved by REALTOR® Trustees for Michigan RPAC & the National Association of REALTORS® PAC.

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