Thursday, January 24, 2019
BIG Changes Coming to Flex MLS Fields
Posted by Amanda Oboza
There will be substantial field changes and additions coming to Flex.

Changes have also been made certain forms:
-Addendum to purchase agreement
-Seller's disclosures statement
-Purchase agreement for office, commercial, industrial and res-multi family

These changes are happening to achieve platinum certification with the Real Estate Standards Organization (RESO). This NAR mandated certification will create faster, easier syndication and simplify data programming.

If you have any questions or concerns, contact Nathan Andrus at 517-323-4090 or

New Field Definitions and Form Updates ... Continue Reading.
Thursday, January 10, 2019
Transaction Desk: Document Review Changes
Posted by Lone Wolf

As of January 9, 2019, you will notice changes made to the document review process including:

-Ability to scroll through the document to review each page
-The removal of Next and Previous buttons; you can still jump to a specific page number
-Page labels will now be formatted as Current Page/Total Pages

With this change, almost all areas of the application will be updated to support document review using a scrollbar, with a few areas that will be updated in the future. Additionally any document preview, including those outside of the document review box, will now incorporate a scrolling view as opposed to a single-page view.

These updates will allow you to more easily navigate document pages and quickly complete the document review process.

As an example, when you are merging documents together, you can now save time when reviewing the file by leveraging a continuous scroll rather than navigating page by page.

There will be no down-time and your account will be fully accessible as these updates are made. ... Continue Reading.

Wednesday, December 19, 2018
Code of Ethics Training Cycle Update
Posted by CJ Hooper

The Code of Ethics deadline is quickly approaching!

The current cycle is 2017 and 2018. That means by the end of 2018, all REALTOR® members (including appraisers) must have completed the Code of Ethics training sometime in 2017 or 2018 to fulfill this NAR membership requirement.

Members are welcome to complete Code of Ethics training online. ... Continue Reading.

Thursday, December 13, 2018
Michigan First Time Homebuyers Savings Account Legislation
Posted by Mark Dickens- Vice President of Public Policy
The creation of a First Time Homebuyer Savings Account plan is nearing signature of the Governor. This is a huge victory for the Michigan real estate industry and it's creation was fueled by RPAC.

Senate Bills 511 and 512 would create the Michigan First Time Homebuyer Savings Account, a new incentivized savings vehicle to support homeownership rooted in Michigan. ... Continue Reading.
Tuesday, November 20, 2018
5 Things You Missed on Tax Reform
Posted by Amanda Oboza

November General Membership Meeting: Tax Reform

1. Standard deduction has doubled. ... Continue Reading.

Monday, October 22, 2018
5 Things You Missed from the Legal Update and Annual Meeting Recap
Posted by Amanda Oboza

Top 5 Tips from the 2018 Annual Meeting Legal Update

1. Promotional incentives (cash or a prize) may be considered an illegal referral fee if the recipient is anyone other than a potential buyer or seller. (MCL 339.25.12(1)(h))

2. ... Continue Reading.

Thursday, September 20, 2018
2019 Board of Directors Nominee: Neal Sanford
Posted by Amanda Oboza

Neal Sanford

Preview Properties

REALTOR® Member - 21 years

What do you believe makes you a qualified candidate for the Board of Directors?

I have served on GLAR committees including education, MLS, RPAC,(past chair ) and currently on the finance committee. I stay current with real estate trends, issues, and changes through REALTOR® education classes, that include being an Associate Broker, CCIM, ABR, GRI and many others. ... Continue Reading.

Thursday, September 20, 2018
Top 5 Take Away Tips from the REALTOR Safety Seminar
Posted by Amanda Oboza

1.Michigan texting and driving law (257.602b) specifies that writing AND reading texts is illegal.

2. To use a phone as a GPS, it must be docked to the car. ... Continue Reading.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018
2018 Endorsed Candidates: Mid Term Elections
Posted by Amanda Oboza

The Greater Lansing Association of REALTORS® (GLAR) and Michigan Realtors® (MR) has conducted candidate interviews for seats in the Michigan House of Representatives and Senate. Prior to the interview, candidates completed an extensive questionnaire on real estate related issues.

The following real estate friendly candidates have been endorsed by GLAR and MR:

House Seat 68: Sarah Anthony

This seat was formerly held by Andy Schor until he became Mayor of Lansing. ... Continue Reading.

Thursday, September 13, 2018
2019 Board of Directors Nominee: Deb Cooper
Posted by Amanda Oboza

Deborah Cooper

Coldwell Banker Frewen

REALTOR® Member - 13 Years

What do you believe makes you a qualified candidate for the Board of Directors?

I have volunteered and served several years on various committees. I am currently serving as Vice Chair for the MLS Committee and as a member on the Community Enhancement Committee.

What do you think the biggest issue is right now facing Agents and the real estate industry?

I feel keeping up with change is always the biggest issue whether it be changes in technology, the market, legal issues, or more recently the greater increased risk of fraud and cyber security.

From your perspective, what can the Association do to help agents or the real estate industry improve?

By continuing to offer education and training opportunities to stay on top of current matters. ... Continue Reading.