We have a great NO COST DOUBLE SESSION Lunch and Learn  on  Thursday,  October 6th  at  TAAR  (852 South Garfield Avenue, Traverse City) hosted by  our  friends  SendOutCards  entitled "Relationship Marketing Seminar." This Seminar will provide you with a ton of valuable information.

From 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm  - Learn how many business professionals have up to a 98% Referral Based Business using these:

  • Skills & techinques to grow your business through referrals
  • How planting a TOMAto garden can help your business grow (it's not what you think!)
  • Why saying thank is so important & easy ideas how
  • Beware of Chocolate Frosted Dog Crap! Are you doing  THIS  to your clients?
  • Other strategies and helpful hints to help you build your business through referrals

From 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm  - By POPULAR demand: a A BONUS seminar on using SendOutCards:

  • Sending a card from the App on your smartphone!
  • Walk through sending a card on the website
  • How to set up and send a single campaign and/or a multiple touch card campaign
  • How to send a gift with your card
  • Putting your contacts into groups for ease of access
  • Bring your laptop and your smartphone!

The event is open to all TAAR  REALTORS® and TAAR Affiliate Members. Lunch is Provided.

RSVP HERE TODAY  to reserve your spot

NO COST Safety Session TODAY and Next Tuesday at TAAR!

We have a great TAAR Safety Series Session at  TAAR  (852 South Garfield Avenue, Traverse City)  TODAY   Thursday, September 29th  from  10 am to 11:30 am  presented by  Grand Traverse County Sergeant, Preston Taylor,  where you will learn Safety tips to share with your Sellers & the Safety talk you need to have with your clients.

RSVP for TOMORROW's Safety Session HERE

Next  Tuesday, October 4th  from  10 am to 11:30 am  we have another great  TAAR REALTOR® Safety Series Training Session with  Scott Sieffert, the CEO & Head Personal Safety Instructor at The Discerning Shootist, where you will learn about:

  • Crimes against homeowners: Nationally vs. Locally
  • What to look out for
  • Tools you can use
  • How to get started

RSVP for the October 4th Safety Session HERE


Both events are open to all TAAR REALTORS® and TAAR Affiliate Members. 

Leelanau County Planning Commission Annual Session on Sept. 28th

Check out the  Leelanau  County Planning Commission Annual Session on Wednesday, September 28 in the lower level of the Leelanau  County Government Center (8525 E Government Center Dr, Suttons Bay), which will include a brief overview of minimum and maximum dwelling sizes & accessory sizes in townships and villages (small/large homes, small/large lot sizes).

This session is FREE and will start at 6:30 pm with a social gathering/light snacks,  the presentation will start at 7:00 pm. For more information Click HERE

NAR 2016 Member Safety Report

The NAR 2016 Member Safety Report contains the results of a survey of REALTORS® which asked about: 

  • How safe or unsafe they feel 
  • The root causes of any unsafe feelings 
  • Steps or procedures they follow to ensure safety 
  • What methods of self-defense they use

The goal of the report is to measure and understand the scope of the problem, so that real estate professionals can develop the resources, programs, and technologies they need to keep themselves safe.  Read the Full Report HERE

Your Safety Expertise Can Convert FSBOs

Safety isn't just about keeping yourself secure; it can also help your business. September is REALTOR® Safety Month, and you can use your safety knowledge to convince FSBOs to list with you. Learn how you can convert FSBOs with your safety knowledge and gain more safety knowledge with the articles below, links courtesy of the National Association of REALTORS®

Use Your Safety Knowledge to Convert FSBOs
Show sellers going it alone that they may not be prepared for the dangers of opening their homes to buyers — but you are.  Read more.

5 Safety Tips When an Attack Is Imminent
Self-defense instructor Joe Rosner demonstrates simple safety moves that can save your life in the heat of a threat.  Watch the video.

Are You Too Nice for Your Own Good?
We’re taught to be kind to everyone, but that means keeping your guard down against potential predators. To stay safe, adapt your nature to a more dangerous world.  Read more.

Brokers: Keep You and Your Agents Safe
Follow the mantra of safety first and teach agents to follow their instincts in the field. Here are 10 tips for staying safe you can put to use at your company today.  Read more.

The Dangers of Facebook Live
Don’t get too personal when doing unscripted broadcasts on Periscope and Facebook Live. You don’t want people to know everything about you.  Read more.

Dr. Lawrence Yun Recap

On August 25th at Milliken Auditorium Dr. Lawrence Yun, Chief Economist for the National Association of REALTORS® presented an upbeat economic forecast for the Northern Michigan real estate markets.  He predicts that the next five years will be good for us, with one of the five years being not so good as the others.  Some observations and a few take-aways from his speech:

  • The second home market should remain strong with Baby Boomer's actively in the market.
  • He predicts that mortgage rates will edge up slightly with 30-year fixed rates at 3.7% for this year and a modest jump to 4.1% in 2017.
  • High student loan debt continues to thwart home buying among younger buyers.
  • The lack of new homes being built locally and nationwide contribute to an affordable housing shortage.
  • Rising rents are also at a 7-year high.
  • We may see the Fed Funds Rate rise once or perhaps twice before year-end.

Recap courtesy  of  Bill Holmes of  Front Street  Mortgage

Watch Dr. Yun's  full presentation, courtesy of UpNorth Media Center  HERE

Voice for Real Estate 52: White House, Commercial, Renters, Scams

NAR was the only major trade association to participate in a White House event on commercial drone use. Rules on drones take effect on Aug. 29 and use of the devices in real estate is expected to pick up. Other top stories in The Voice for Real Estate for the week of Aug. 15 look at tightening bank underwriting for commercial real estate deals, the growth of women in commercial real estate, the top markets for renters to become homeowners, and a template real estate pros can include on their email signature line to remind consumers to verify recipients before they end valuable info by email. Watch it here,

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.


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