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, 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, 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.
Tuesday, March 07, 2017
Social Media Advertising: What You Need to Know
Posted by Meghan Webber

As social media continues to evolve, the Association has received an increasing number of complaints regarding agent’s advertising on social media. As a reminder there are three different rules that apply to advertising – MLS IDX Rules, Code of Ethics and Michigan Law (Public Act 502).

• Any property that is advertised on any medium (including Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, etc) must contain the name of the agent’s brokerage and either the brokerage telephone number or address.

• If the property being advertised is not that of the agent advertising the property, the listing must contain the name of the listing agent and brokerage and the listing agent must agree to IDX.

• The property being advertised/mentioned must have a fully executed listing contract.

• The property must be in the MLS system within 3 days of a full executed listing contract

 ... Continue Reading.
Thursday, February 23, 2017
Creating Diverse Housing Opportunities in Lansing
Posted by Meghan Webber

The term “smart growth” is rapidly becoming a real estate industry buzzword. Cities and states across the country are adopting smart growth principles in an effort to improve everyday life for residents through better development. ... Continue Reading.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017
2017 Presidential Inaugural and Committee Appreciation
Posted by Amanda Oboza

The 2017 Presidential Inaugural and Committee Appreciation was the first ever free Inaugural. Thank you to Keller Williams, America's Preferred Home Warranty, Coldwell Banker Hubbell BriarWood, Parks Legacy Title, Grewal Mortgage and Century 21 Cedarwood for their generous sponsorships that made this possible.
On December 15, 2016, President Kim Dunham was sworn in as President by her daughter and new REALTOR® Emily Petrilli. ... Continue Reading.

Monday, November 21, 2016
Post Election Update
Posted by Mark Dickens

According to the National Association of REALTORS®, the following issues will need to be monitored moving forward into 2017.

  • Rent Control. The Association needs to be aware of any proposed local rent control ordinances and local moratoria on converting rental property to condominiums or cooperatives. ... Continue Reading.
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
What is mortgage recasting?
Posted by Amanda Oboza

While most homeowners are familiar with the term refinancing, not many have heard of recasting. This option is not as well-known, probably because it’s not often advertised and is not offered by all lenders. ... Continue Reading.