Urban3 Joe Minicozzi Presentation Recap

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.

2017 Michigan REALTORS® District Director Election Results

The Michigan Realtors® 2017 District Director Election results were announced during the delegate body meeting at The Convention.

Congratulations to:

  • 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.

Joe Minicozzi Grand Traverse County Tax Base Study Presentations

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).

Homes Are Getting More Affordable

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

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.


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