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.

Monday, October 10, 2016
REALTOR® of the Year: Matt Robertson
Posted by Meghan Webber

Matt Robertson, REALTOR®, Broker, and co-owner of Century 21 Looking Glass, has been selected as the 2016 REALTOR® of the Year by the Greater Lansing Association of REALTORS® (GLAR) Board of Directors.

Robertson, the 2015 GLAR president, serves on the Board of Directors and is the current chair of the Grievance Committee. He previously served as a member of the Grievance, Finance, Website Task Force, Broker Advisory Group, Leadership Development, and Professional Standards Committees.

Robertson is an active participant in several GLAR functions and community outreach events, participating in the Lansing Neighborhood Pride Week and speaking on behalf of GLAR at the Rally for the Ally placemaking fundraiser. ... Continue Reading.

Monday, October 10, 2016
Coldwell Banker’s Laforet wins Active in Politics Award
Posted by Amanda Oboza

REALTOR® Kim Laforet of Coldwell Banker Hubbell BriarWood has earned the REALTOR® Active in Politics (RAP) Award for the Greater Lansing Association of REALTORS® (GLAR). Laforet, who has served as commissioner for the Delta Township Planning Commission for the past 10 years, feels honored to receive this recognition.

“I was surprised and very humbled to receive the award,” she said. “As a REALTOR® I think it’s important to be involved in the community and understand how different political issues affect our industry…at a local, state and national level.”

In addition to her work on the Planning Commission, Laforet also serves on the Zoning Board of Appeals for Delta Township. She has been an active member of GLAR for more than 25 years, serving on the board of directors and the Government Affairs Committee. ... Continue Reading.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016
2017-2019 Board of Directors Candidates
Posted by Amanda Oboza

The Leadership Development Committee has found the following individuals to run for 3 open positions for the Greater Lansing Association of REALTORS® Board of Directors. Director positions are 3 year terms. ... Continue Reading.

Monday, September 19, 2016
Sept. 2016 GMM: Radon!
Posted by Amanda Oboza

At the September General Membership Meeting, Aaron Berndt of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality and Jason Murton of Accurate Inspections taught the membership key points they need to know about this dangerous gas.

5 Things You Need to Know About Radon

What is radon?

-Radon is a tasteless, odorless, colorless radioactive gas found in some measurable amount in all homes across the country.

Why is it bad?

-Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States, resulting in approximately 21,000 deaths in the U.S. annually.

How does it get into the home?

It occurs naturally in soil and rock. It enters a home from the soil beneath. ... Continue Reading.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016
Take your career to new heights - Get Involved!
Posted by Courtney Hooper

Calling all champions!

Want to be involved with your Association next year?

We need champion committee members to help lead the Association in 2017! Not only can you help keep the Association progressive, you can network with fellow REALTORS® to extend your business.

ALL members, new or seasoned, are encouraged to participate, share their experiences, and lend their voice to the Association. ... Continue Reading.

Thursday, September 01, 2016
What to Do Before You Buy a Home
Posted by Meghan Webber

Seven steps that can set you up for a successful experience

We’ve all made hasty financial decisions at some point in our lives, but when talking about a purchase as large as a home, there is nothing worse than buyer’s remorse. Many homebuyers, especially first-timers, are hesitant to dive into the housing market for fear of making the wrong decision. ... Continue Reading.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016
Rural Housing Service Funds Low
Posted by National Association of REALTORS

The federal Rural Housing Service only has funds for its Sec. 502 direct loan program for about three more weeks. After that, borrowers will have to wait until the start of the new fiscal year in October to get a loan. ... Continue Reading.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016
FHA Condo Bill Signed into Law: Next Steps
Posted by National Association of REALTORS

On July 29, 2016, H.R. 3700, sponsored by Reps. Luetkemeyer (R-MO) and Cleaver (R-MO) and through companion legislation, Senators Menendez (D-NJ) and Scott (R-SC), was signed into law by President Obama. ... Continue Reading.