Now that the election is over, the legislature is expected to be in session for only a handful of days until the end of the year. The time between the election and the end of session is called “Lame Duck”. Our hope is for our top legislative priorities - statewide septic code, first-time homebuyer savings account, and safeguarding vacation rentals - to reach the Governor’s desk for signature by the end of the year. If not, these bills will be reintroduced in January at the beginning of the new legislative cycle.
Overall, RPAC fared very well in 2018 with an 87% success rate for our RPAC-endorsed candidates! Legislatively, Republicans will retain their Majority in the House (58-52) and Senate (22-18). Leadership positions have been chosen for each respective chamber, as broken down below:
Senate Majority Leader: Senator Mike Shirkey (R-Clark Lake)
Senate Majority Floor Leader: Senator Peter MacGregor (R-Rockford)
Senate Minority Leader: Senator Jim Ananich (D-Flint)
Senate Minority Floor Leader: Senator Stephanie Chang (D-Detroit)
Speaker of the House: Representative Lee Chatfield (R-Levering)
House Majority Floor Leader: Representative Triston Cole (R-Mancelona)
House Minority Leader: Christine Greig (D-Farmington Hills)
House Minority Floor Leader: Representative Yousef Rabhi (D-Ann Arbor)
Thanks to our candidate interview process, we have a good idea of where our newly elected officials stand on our legislative priorities. With divided power between Democrats & Republicans, Michigan Realtors® will be working to bring these new Realtor® champions together to move our top industry issues forward.
Registration Now Open for Achieve
Current and emerging leaders: this is the event for you! Focus your attention on strengthening your leadership skills at the start of the year by reserving your spot at Michigan Realtors® premiere leadership event. Registration is now open at a member value rate of $165! Join top industry professionals in Grand Rapids, January 31 – February 1, 2019. Click here to check out the brand new Achieve website and register for the event.
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New Season. New Cycle. New Requirements.
Can you believe that a new licensing cycle is here? We can’t either! Not only did November 2018 bring a change in temperature but a new licensing cycle as well. Sometimes change is hard and we want to make it easy to adapt to. Post this helpful infographic from CE Marketplace, a division of Michigan Realtors® detailing this cycle’s requirements and you will be off to a great start to the new licensing cycle. To view click here.
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.
I represent a seller who is selling a dilapidated home “as is with all faults.” The buyer intends to demolish the house immediately after closing. Does my seller have to fill out the Seller’s Disclosure Statement?
YES. This transaction is not exempt from the Seller Disclosure Act. If your seller-client does not provide a form, the buyer will be free to cancel the transaction at any time prior to closing.
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