Thursday, June 20, 2019
Top 10 Takeaways from the Spring 2019 Legal Update
Posted by Amanda Oboza

1. Marijuana is still a federal crime, so being involved in a real estate transaction involved in any aspect of the marijuana industry carries the risk of being prosecuted.

2. ... Continue Reading.

Thursday, May 23, 2019
REALTORS® Launch Creation of Hope on the South Side
Posted by Meghan Webber

REALTORS® don’t just sell homes, they help build communities.

On Saturday May 4, members from the Greater Lansing Association of REALTORS® launched its annual Adopt-A-Park project at the South Side Community Coalition.

After several months of planning the project and work days spent assembling equipment, REALTORS® were finally ready to launch a Pop-Up Park to the neighborhood with a party.

“It is a privilege to have the opportunity to give back to communities where we all live, work and play. Strong communities will help build a better future for everyone,” said Erica McAvoy, president of the Greater Lansing Association of REALTORS®.

The Association bought and custom painted two picnic-game tables, a Little Free Library, interactive fence art, reading nook, PVC pipe xylophone, yard Yahtzee, disc golf, permanent hopscotch, Twister, soccer balls and cones, and deck boxes to store all the new equipment long term.

Members of the center and neighborhood were invited to check out the new features, enjoy freshly popped popcorn and a meal from Picnic: A Food Truck. ... Continue Reading.

Thursday, April 25, 2019
April General Membership Meeting: Lose the Excuses. Make Real Money.
Posted by Amanda Oboza

Time Management

1. Every day, write down 3-5 things that MUST be done that day.

2. ... Continue Reading.

Thursday, March 21, 2019
Growing a 5-Star Network Recap
Posted by Amanda Oboza

Use the MINGLE method to strengthen your networking skills.


1. Change your mindset Networking is a long-term relationship building effort. ... Continue Reading.

Monday, March 18, 2019
February 2019 Economic Summit Recap
Posted by Amanda Oboza

February General Membership Meeting: Mid-Michigan Economic Summit

1. Nationwide, median list prices fell 27%, but not in Michigan!

2. ... Continue Reading.

Monday, March 11, 2019
6 Things Your REALTOR® Can Provide That the Internet Can’t
Posted by Meghan Webber

Can you really use the World Wide Web as a replacement for a REALTOR®?

Here are just a few of the things you’ll miss out on if you choose the internet over professional representation.

Strategic Pricing Strategy
Several websites offer automated valuation models (AVMs), that allow you to type in an address and get a price based on an algorithm. However, these AVMs should be considered estimates only.

REALTOR® Frank Vicenté with EXIT Realty Home Partners says these discrepancies are why algorithms can’t take the place of a local REALTOR®’s knowledge.

“While these websites can give you a ballpark figure, they can’t effectively determine a home’s value if they’ve never set foot inside,” he said. “A website doesn’t know the condition of a home or if there have been recent updates, and these are important factors in determining an accurate price range.”

Extensive Market Knowledge
REALTORS® live and breathe real estate every day, and they know the ins and outs of every neighborhood. ... Continue Reading.

Thursday, March 7, 2019
What’s the deal with RESO?
Posted by Nathan Andrus

You’ve probably been hearing things like RESO, Web API, RETS, and Data Dictionary more often. What are those and where are they coming from?

The Real Estate Standards Organization (RESO) was officially created to make access to MLS data easier for individual REALTORS® as well as other third-party organizations. ... Continue Reading.

Thursday, March 7, 2019
Uploading Contracts: What You Need to Know
Posted by Nathan Andrus

Frequently Asked Questions:

Why do I have to upload the contract?

Contracts are required to be uploaded to increase transparency and ease the audit process.

Who can see the contract?

Only those with broker access to the MLS can view the contract.

How long do I have to upload the contract?

Once your listing goes live, you have 24 hours to upload your listing contract. If a contract is not uploaded within 24 hours, the listing will be removed into "withdrawn" status.

Do I need to upload the Listing Contract Addendum?

Yes. ... Continue Reading.

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.