Check out pictures of the Michigan REALTORS® REALTOR® of the Year Candidates from the Michigan REALTORS® Convention through this link, https://www.dropbox.com/sh/nxqdgiroxbccwlk/AABzZX9_butRyzcYfwyd0TJPa?dl=0. Congratulations to all Nominees, especially our own Lynne Moon!
Below are a few tidbits from Joe Minicozzi's (Urban3) final presentation at Lars Hockstad Auditorium Tuesday, October 11th, 2016 on Grand Traverse County's tax base study. To watch Joe's full presentation you can stream it online at http://www.upnorthmedia.org/watchupnorthtv.asp?sdbfid=9666, courtesy of UpNorth Media Center:
- Joe spoke directly to the City of Traverse City's Proposal 3 asking that we, as a community, take data into consideration of any potential building height restrictions, citing the results of building height restrictions in Boulder, Colorado.
- He urged that we, as a community, think about all the infrastructure (water pipes, fire hydrants, etc.) it takes for people to live further and further from a central city, township, or village downtown. The further people live outside of the main city center the more it costs the city to build and maintain infrastructure for these residents.
- Joe stated that in terms of tax-base your downtown is your golden goose. Less infrastructure costs, more tax revenue.
- Joe also presented Henry George's Land-value tax, known as the 'Single-Tax.' Henry George's land-value tax argued that all land should be taxed equally regardless of the value of buildings, personal property or other improvements on the land.
- Finally Joe called for us to "do the math." To have an open conversation about how some things are built inefficiently and to look at our city as a diverse topography designed to best serve our community.
The Michigan Realtors® 2017 District Director Election results were announced during the delegate body meeting at The Convention.
District 1 - Meagan Luce
District 4 - Tom Darger
District 6 - Natalie Rowe
District 9 - Maureen Francis
District 11 - Jamie Iodice
District 14 - E-Toile Libbett
The following NAR Director candidates were elected to serve in 2017:
Stephanie Jones - Small Board
Alex Milshteyn - Medium Board
Thank you to all who ran for election and to our members who voted.
Great article in the Traverse City Ticker this morning on Joe Minicozzi's Grand Traverse County tax base study presentation yesterday evening at the State Theatre, http://www.traverseticker.com/story/who-s-footing-the-tax-bill.
Don't miss his final two public presentations today 9:30 am at the Traverse Area District Library (610 Woodmere Avenue, Traverse City) or tonight 7 pm at Lars Hockstad Auditorium - Central Grade School (301 Seventh Street, Traverse City).
According to new analysis of American Community Survey data, housing affordability is finally showing signs of improvement. Cost-burdened households (spent more than 30 percent of their incomes on housing costs) dropping from 34.6 percent in 2014 to 33.6 percent in 2015, according to Jed Kolko, chief economist at job site Indeed, and senior fellow at the Terner Center for Housing Innovation at the University of California, Berkeley.
Cost-burdened renters (spent more than 30 percent of their incomes in rent) also dropped from 50 percent in 2014 to 49 percent in 2015, which is the lowest percentage since 2008, according to Kolko’s analysis.
Also, single-family home ownership rose from 65.2 million owner-occupied single-family houses in 2014 to 65.7 million in 2015, the greatest rise since 2007.
To learn more check out The Wall Street Journal's article "U.S. Households Make Long-Awaited Gains in Housing Recovery"
Sources: National Association of REALTORS® and The Wall Street Journal
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
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.
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
Both events are open to all TAAR REALTORS® and TAAR Affiliate Members.
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
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
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®
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.