Wednesday, May 24, 2017
2017 REALTO®R Action Day!
Posted by Meg Harris

On Saturday May 20, REALTORS® put boots on the ground at Edmore Park! This REALTOR® Action Day was a huge success! ... Continue Reading.

Monday, May 15, 2017
The Myth of the Mortgage Down Payment
Posted by Meghan Webber

Did you know that the median down payment for first-time buyers has been 6 percent for three straight years?

If you answered no to this question, you are likely not alone. According to the National Association of REALTORS® Aspiring Home Buyer Profile, 87 percent of non-homeowners indicated that a mortgage down payment of 10 percent or more is necessary.

The Aspiring Home Buyer Profile also finds that eight out of 10 non-owners indicated that owning a home is part of their American dream. ... Continue Reading.

Monday, May 15, 2017
Will my Debt Stop me From Getting a Mortgage?
Posted by Amanda Oboza

You’ve decided now is the time to venture into the world of homeownership. You have a good income, you pay your bills on time, and your credit is in good shape, so you’re set, right? ... Continue Reading.

Tuesday, May 09, 2017
Tax Info for Customer Portals
Posted by Amanda Oboza

Those using the newest version of the Flexmls Portal have the ability for their clients to see tax information for listings. When your contacts log in to the portal, they can now view all tax information in one place when viewing a listing's details, providing your customer an overview of all data points related to taxes.

Additionally, if you use the new portal, you will have the option to include tax information when manually emailing listings. ... Continue Reading.

Thursday, April 27, 2017
Discovering Diversity Wrap Up
Posted by Amanda Oboza

Couldn't make it to the April GMM, or just need a refresher? See below for a quick wrap up.

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Thursday, April 06, 2017
Smart Growth in Lansing
Posted by Meghan Webber

For the past few weeks, we have talked about smart growth, giving an overview of the concept and discussing its core principles. This week, we are looking at how smart growth principles are being applied today in the Lansing region.

Over the past 50 years, we have seen growth that has predominately moved away from central urban areas into low-density, separated communities dependent on automobiles.

While the suburban platform still has relevance, there has definitely been a shift in what people are looking for, especially when it comes to millennials who are now reaching adulthood.

“People want walkability, they want easy access, and they want choices,” said Rachel Michaud, vice president of the Lansing development company Gillespie Group. “We are seeing that people are less tied to the actual size of the space they live in and more tied to the options around it.”

Michaud said the principles of smart growth are incorporated into many of the group’s projects, including their current focus of bringing new life to the urban core of Lansing. ... Continue Reading.

Thursday, April 06, 2017
Design Lansing: A Plan for the Future
Posted by Meghan Webber

In our last article on smart growth, we talked about how local developers are working to incorporate smart growth principles into their projects across the greater Lansing area. Today, we are looking at how the City of Lansing is using these strategies in its 2012 plan, Design Lansing.

Design Lansing uses smart growth principles in its comprehensive plan that represents a new direction for the city, blending the strengths of the community with time-tested development patterns and new thinking. ... Continue Reading.

Thursday, March 30, 2017
Why do REALTORS® Care About Smart Growth?
Posted by Meghan Webber

A few weeks ago, in my article titled “Creating Diverse Housing Opportunities in Lansing,” I discussed different projects going on locally, and touched on the definition of smart growth. It is obvious to see how and why developers are involved in smart growth, but where do REALTORS® figure in to the equation?

Hugh Morris, manager of Smart Growth Programs with the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR), says that many REALTOR® associations are working to become more involved with local land use and transportation public policy.

“REALTORS® don’t only sell homes; they sell neighborhoods and communities,” he said. “Neighborhoods across the country are beginning to adopt these smart growth principles, and because of that, REALTORS® need to be involved in this initiative. ... Continue Reading.

Thursday, March 23, 2017
Top Performing Agent Panel Wrap Up
Posted by Amanda Oboza

1. Always write down your goals and review them on a monthly basis to gauge how you are doing.

2. ... Continue Reading.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Walkable, Mixed-Use Communities Most Desirable, Say REALTORS®
Posted by Amanda Oboza
Most homeowners would agree that the location of their home is just as important as the home itself. That’s why consumers cite community as one of the most important factors when choosing a home. ... Continue Reading.