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Fair Housing Is Good For Our Business And Our Clients

For Pat Combs, it’s as simple as that. What the Fair Housing Act promises is the right thing to support as a Realtor®, as a member of her community, and as an United States citizen. 

When Pat joined the real estate industry in 1971, she entered a “contentious time.” Realtors® in Grand Rapids, Michigan, were being tested to see if they were complying with the Fair Housing Act, and the legacy of the race riots of the 1960s were still felt in Michigan’s communities. While Pat felt comforted by the knowledge and training she had been given by NAR, she knew that some of her colleagues felt the testing as unfair and they feared legal consequences.

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Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act
New Year. New Ideas. New Summit.

Because Real Estate Brokers understand the importance of being educated on current trends to advance their brokerages, we have created an event to get your year off to the perfect start. Join us on April 25th at The Inn at St. John’s in Plymouth for the Michigan Realtors® Broker Summit. 


Network as you learn from industry professionals on wire fraud and broker profitability, hear an economic forecast from Dr. Lawrence Yun, and watch Marki Lemons-Ryhal share the latest in social media impacting brokers all in one day. The Broker Summit is open to ALL Michigan Realtors® members and affiliates.

This April, Bring Business into Focus. 

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Why Register with the CE Marketplace?

It is the one place you can store and view your Real Estate CE history to prepare for renewal and it is easy to use.

Here is how to register. Visit www.cemarketplace.net and click on Register in the upper right corner. Use your full 10-digit license number to search for your record. Once you have found your name, click on Select. This will generate a “token” email for you to complete your registration. 

What will you see once you register and log into the system? From the main screen select Licensee to view your continuing education history. This will show you a breakdown of certified credits earned for this licensing cycle. You also can track any self-reporting credit hours, which were not CE Marketplace certified and that you upload to your record. 

At the bottom of the page you will see the total of legal and elective hours you have earned for this cycle. This will be a total of CE Marketplace certified courses and self-reported credits. If you are a broker, you will see a link to the left of your record that says Office CE Credits.  By clicking on this link you can view all of your agents Continuing Education credits. Please note, the credits for your agents will only show CE Marketplace credits and any credits the agents are self-reporting. 

And there is more for you. For any CE Marketplace certified course that you have completed, you have the ability to resend a certificate of completion by clicking on the icon next to the class information just in case you want that hard copy to file away.
Let us help you if you have any questions at 844.642.6633 or on the web at www.cemarketplace.net
Reminder: RPAC State & Local Competition Begins On 3.12.18

It’s RPAC Tournament time once again! The Michigan Realtors® is squaring off against the rest of the country to recruit the most RPAC Investors, raise the most money in March, and bring the trophy home to Michigan! Michigan local associations will also face-off during an in-state competition for a chance to win bragging rights, and a traveling trophy. The tournament officially begins next Monday, March 12th.

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Realtors® Share 10 RPR Strategies for Success
 
A look back at our 2017 Realtor® stories reveals compelling and insightful strategies for creating workplace efficiencies, earning client trust, and generating new business –– all while leveraging the data and reports found within Realtors Property Resource® (RPR®).

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College Scholarships Available For 2018-2019 Cycle

Michigan Realtors® is proud to provide assistance towards the higher education of future real estate professionals. If you are a college student seeking a career in the real estate field, you may be eligible to receive up to $3,000 in awards. The application deadline is May 31, 2018 for the following academic school year.

Learn more and apply 

Legal Lines – Question of the Month
 
With the help of McClelland & Anderson, we are taking the most recently asked questions from our legal hotline and putting them in E-news. We will be featuring a different question each issue.
 
QUESTION:
I am representing a buyer who terminated a purchase agreement after the inspection of the property. The seller and buyer signed a mutual release that called for the earnest money deposit to be refunded to the buyer. Buyer is now looking for a different home and told me to leave the deposit in my trust account to be used on his next purchase. Is it legal for me to keep the deposit in my trust account without a purchase agreement in place?
 
ANSWER:

YES. The law does not require that there be a signed purchase agreement in place in order for the broker to be able to keep money in its trust account.   
 
For more Legal Q&A, visit our Legal Resources Web site.

Featured Member Benefit: UPS Discounted Shipping

Don’t forget, as a Michigan Realtor® you can save big every day with UPS. Through our partnership with UPS, you have exclusive access to the UPS Savings Program, which provides Michigan Realtors® up to a 28% discount on UPS shipping. To sign up for the program click here.
 
Events

Broker Summit
April 25, 2018
The Inn at St. John's
Plymouth
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Realtors® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo
May 14-19, 2018
Washington, DC

Register

NAR Tech Edge
June 7, 2018
The Cadillac Room
Lansing

Register

The Convention
September 26-28, 2018
Grand Traverse Resort & Spa
Traverse City

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Exhibit/Sponsor

Graduate Realtors® Institute (GRI) 
GRI-I, GRI-II and GRI-III
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What Makes a GRI Stand Out?

Fair Housing
Earn your PSA
Realtors RECord
CE Marketplace
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Real Estate Radio Today: New Year, New Home
 
Real Estate Today opens doors for buyers and sellers with critical and credible information on the real estate market. It’s fast paced and fact packed with experts, interviews, call-ins, field reports, and timely market conditions.

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