Call for Candidates for the Board of Directors

Full REALTOR® Members who   desire a leadership role in the Association should act now!  

Four positions on the TAAR Board of Directors will expire on December 31, 2015, and two New Director positions were added to the TAAR Board by the new Bylaws action.  This is a total of six Director Positions for three (3) year terms.   We are looking for forward thinking and innovative members who would like to play a leadership role in their association.  

1) Candidates must be Full REALTOR® Members of the Traverse Area Association of REALTORS® for at least one (1) full year.   

2) A petition   with 25 signatures from Full REALTOR® Members of the Traverse Area Association of REALTORS® must be submitted to the Association office by Monday September 14, 2015 at 4:25 p.m. 

For additional information contact 


It's that time of year again! Register for the 2015 TAAR Affiliate Golf Outing!

Hole Sponsorship $100/hole
The golf sponsorship provides prizes and support for the TAAR Affiliate events and golf outing. Sponsorship includes a sign with name and color logo, registration sign with spronsor logos and a special mention of all sponsors. 
Hole sponsorship registration due by July 30th 2015


Golf Registration $65
10:00 Shotgun Start at The Crown Golf Club
Fee includes 18 holes of golf, dinner, fun and more!
Golf registration due by August 14th 2015


Dinner Only $20
Dinner only registration due by August 14th 2015

e-mail for a registration form

Message from the General Manager

Dear NGLRMLS Participant
As you know the Listhub arrangement died April 6, per Zillow/Trulia’s decision.
As your regional MLS we have no recourse but to try and figure out if NGLRMLS even has a role in developing any kind of a direct syndication solution going forward as the current and familiar syndication tool for us is Listhub and of course, this shall not be an option anymore for brokers wanting to display listings on Zillow/Trulia.
We sent out a survey to broker/owners in our regional MLS to measure the level of interest among broker/owners in having us pursue an arrangement. The email open rate was over 50% but the response rate to the actually survey was very low and so we’re trying to figure out next steps but our feedback information is wanting. Currently our “read” on this situation, based on the survey, is that we should not rush to a decision nor craft a hasty agreement with Zillow.
The regional NGLRMLS (TAAR, NEMBOR, CMAR) met yesterday morning in Cadillac with Jim Bridges the Zillow rep and representatives of the Paul Bunyan Association of REALTORS. At this time the regional has not determined if an MLS centered relationship with Zillow/Trulia is warranted. Most of the large franchise operations have already struck their own deal with Zillow leaving small and medium sized brokerage operations with no recourse at this time except to strike their own arrangement/agreement with Zillow/Trulia. We caution those that choose this path to carefully review such agreements as some of the ones we’ve seen are not altogether favorable to the broker.
Also, NGLRMLS does not have an IDX or RETS feed option for populating Zillow/Trulia at this time so any arrangement brokers may make would require manual data input. We had pointed out this fact to our broker/owners several weeks back knowing that an agreement may not be reached prior to the cut-off date.
Should the NGLRMLS decide to negotiate with Zillow for a direct RETS feed this will take several weeks. Nationally some MLS operations have established agreements but conversely, almost as many have not. Brokers fall into an almost evenly split category of those that favor syndication and those that do not. As to what agents want, well this must first be determined by the Broker/Owner because the control of the listings as you know belongs to them.
There are many spinning plates out in the industry right now around syndication, data feeds and data security issues. We are first and foremost trying to insure that our members and their MLS data are sufficiently protected and secure, now and in the future.
We’ll keep you and all of our members posted on further developments as this evolves and again, we apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you or your clients. Like you we are subject to frustrating and changing events occurring that fall well beyond our sphere of influence.
Kimberly R. Pontius CAE, RCE, GREEN, E-Pro
General Manager
Northern Great Lakes REALTORS MLS

FAQ's Regarding Mediation

This is intended to be an occasional column regarding mediation as it pertains to real estate and all things thereof. FAQ’s regarding mediation (1) What is mediation? “Mediation is a negotiation process facilitated by a trusted neutral person having no power of decision.” -- Constantin-Adu Gavruka Mediation is a process with a beginning, middle, and end that involves two or more parties and one or two neutral mediators who control the process but NOT the outcome. It allows the parties in dispute to meet in a confidential, private setting and work out a solution to their problem.

Avoid Future Road Rage

Last week I attended a community leaders meeting about the Boardman River and the dam removal process. Attached is a copy of the PowerPoint which was used. It was very helpful to understand what is going on. Bottom line, in spite of the efforts of some local elected officials to stymy the Cass Road bridge project and cloud the project with conversations about a new Hartmann-Hammond bridge project it looks as if things are moving forward.

There are any number of reasons why this Cass Road bridge project needs to get done, but I won’t go into detail here. Viewing the PowerPoint covers many of these issues. What I really want you to know is this. Year 1 (2016) of the project builds the new bridge and excavates the original or relic river channel. Cass Road will be closed from May until sometime in the fall while work is being done. The current one-lane bridge will be open through the winter but will close again in the spring of 2017 while the river is returned to its original or “relic” channel under the new bridge and Boardman dam is removed. Work should conclude in the fall of 2017 and the Cass Road reopened. Why is this important? We have few good east-west traffic corridors and it means that for two summer seasons one of them will be out of commission. Because REALTORS move around the region a lot and usually try and find the fastest most efficient route, knowing that this road and bridge will be closed will allow you to plan better. When it is done there will be a very solid and efficient east-west connector back on the grid. Also, while we’re talking roadwork you need to plan for this years bottleneck which will be U.S. 31 across the bottom of East Bay. MDOT will be rebuilding this major artery and it’s going to cause some angst. Let’s remember that the end result will be better, safer roads and bridges when these projects are finished. For more details on 2015 road construction projects visit this website. I hope this information helps your personal radiator avoid boiling over, especially when the summer crowds get here.

Millennials: Getting Them In A Home

“The millennial generation is an even larger population than the baby boomers, their potential impact is huge.” According to author Andrew Strauch.  How can you help them enter the housing market?

  1. Buy sooner rather than later-interest rates rise and fall
  2. A home they like tailoring to the more social aspect of this demographic.
  3. Reaching them- newsletters with personality, word of mouth, are effective.


Attention REALTORS

Note this recent article from the Ticker dated February 4, 2015 concerning the Traverse City Planning Commissions decision to move forward with Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU’s, Granny Flats, Mother-in-Law Suites). The next step is approval by the City Commission. I’m sure that input from REALTORS on this issue would be most appreciated so take a minute to contact a commissioner, write a letter to the editor, show up for a public hearing or all of the above. This issue comes around about every two to three years and typically there is little input from us.

Want to know more of the subject? Go to the NAR website or get a copy of In-Laws, Outlaws and Granny Flats by Micheal Litchfield. Here is a YouTube based on the same. (you may have to copy and paste this to your browser)



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