REALTORS® Environmental Summit Evaluates Potential Risks to Real Estate

REALTOR® leaders are hearing from the nation’s foremost experts on environmental risk management during the National Association of REALTORS® first environmental summit. The slate of distinguished speakers includes Dan Glickman, who served as the Secretary of Agriculture under President Clinton, and Tom Ridge, first Secretary of U.S. Department of Homeland Security, former Governor of Pennsylvania, president and CEO of Ridge Global and partner at Ridge-Schmidt Cyber.

 “Dramatic changes in our environment will have an impact on how and where people want to live, which will inevitably transform local real estate markets. This summit is an opportunity for REALTORS® to assess and prioritize the wide variety of environmental risks that could affect the way people buy and sell property,” says NAR President Steve Brown, co-owner of Irongate, Inc. REALTORS® in Dayton, Ohio.

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Draft Bylaws For Review

After being vetted by the Bylaws Task Team, legal counsel, membership, Board of Directors and NAR, the Draft Bylaws are attached for your review and consideration.

Please direct any comments or questions regarding the Draft Bylaws to TAAR staff, to be forwarded to the Taskforce chair.  The Draft Bylaws will be brought forward to the General Membership Meeting in October for consideration and possible ratification by the membership.

Referrals to Affiliated Title Companies – Take Great Care

A few weeks back I was talking to a broker in another board about joining the TAAR and our regional MLS. They were very dissatisfied with their local board and were very concerned about their boards lackluster MLS performance. We had a wonderful discussion until we got to the topic of the state REALTOR® associations' value.  I went into great detail about the Michigan REALTORS® value to our members, especially the legal capacities of Michigan REALTORS®. I firmly believe that this feature alone is worth the cost of membership because time and again their legal publications, if they're read, can keep our members out of the weeds.

Then just the other day I received the online news update from MR and this legal white paper popped up. As the attorney's would say: "I rest my case".

New Rental Category in the MLS

On Thursday, May 22, mid-day, Paragon will release a new Rental Category for NGLRMLS.  At that time any active rentals that are currently in the MLS will be changed to the new Rental category.   Members will no longer be able to submit a rental in the residential category; the new Rental category must be used to submit rentals.  Click on Listings, Rentals, and the the blank template will appear to be filled in.

The new category is an abbreviated version of the residential category – only 24 data fields will be required, making input of a rental much faster.  5 photos will still be required.

The new Rental data form and Paragon reports will be available soon.  Their availability will be announced as soon as they are prepared.

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