Yearly Archives: 2013

Griffith Installed as 2014 MAR President – REALTORS Honored at Convention

WASHINGTON, D.C. - November 5, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- The MAR Convention & Expo was again a huge hit with more than 715 attendees as well as a sold out expo hall with 295 exhibitor attendees who were “all aboard” the Cruise to Success at the Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort. The three-day event was filled with over 25 fascinating and functional educational sessions, as well as social events, awards and a range of industry meetings providing something for everyone

MPSC and Michigan Energy Office Submit Renewable Energy Report to Governor Snyder

WASHINGTON, D.C. - November 4, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- John D. Quackenbush, chairman of the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) and Steve Bakkal, director of the Michigan Energy Office today submitted the

Increase in Sales Continues Through Third Quarter

WASHINGTON, D.C. - October 30, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- The third quarter ended with housing sales continuing to reflect an increase in average selling price, reaching over $130,000 for the third month in a row. According to the MLS reports compiled by the Michigan Association of REALTORS®. Over 85% of local units reported an increase in average selling price from September 2013 compared to September 2012. Seventeen (17) locals reported an increase near/over 20+%, with Antrim Charlevoix Kalkaska, Branch County, Detroit, Greater Shiawassee, Montcalm County and Sanilac County all coming in at an impressive 30+% increase in average selling price. Statewide the average selling price increased by 14.71% at $132,408 in September 2013 compared to $115,426 in September 2012

Michigan Receives Grant to Provide Substance Abuse, Mental Health Services to Homeless

LANSING - October 30, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- The Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) has been awarded a $1,857,768 three year grant by the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to provide services to chronically homeless individuals who have substance abuse disorders or co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorders. The Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) assisted in the grant application process

MSHDA Awards More Than $1 Million in Housing Resource Fund Grants to Counties

LANSING, Mich. - October 25, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- Scott Woosley, executive director of the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA), today announced $1.175 million in Housing Resource Fund (HRF) grants, which will allow home rehabilitation and emergency repair projects to move forward across the state.

Snyder makes appointment to Board of Real Estate Appraisers

LANSING, Mich. - October 25, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- Gov. Rick Snyder today announced the appointment of David Worthams, of Kalamazoo, to the Michigan Board of Real Estate Appraisers.

State-owned property on Bois Blanc Island available at auction starting today, Oct. 23

WASHINGTON, D.C. - October 24, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- he Michigan Department of Natural Resources is offering more than 100 parcels of state-owned land on Bois Blanc Island, Mackinac County, for sale by sealed-bid auction. The auction begins today, Oct. 23, and will run through Nov. 20, 2013. This is the first time the state has offered these island properties. Details about each property are available by visiting and clicking on Fall Land Auction. See minimum bid amount, photos, map, property descriptions and conditions of sale. Instructions to submit a bid can be found on the printable bid form.

MSHDA Announces Nearly $674,000 in Housing Counseling Grants

LANSING, Mich. - October 23, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) Executive Director Scott Woosley today announced three counseling agencies will receive National Mortgage Settlement (NMS) Fund grants to assist homeowners with counseling needs stemming from the national foreclosure crisis.

MSHDA, Kent County Land Bank Authority Launch Fresh Start Demolition Program in Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - October 17, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- Grand Rapids-area leaders and the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) today launched the largest residential cleanup effort in city history with the demolition of an abandoned house in a neighborhood hit hard by the foreclosure crisis.

MSHDA, Genesee County Land Bank launch “Blight Blitz” to demolish 1,600 vacant, foreclosed homes...

FLINT - October 15, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- Flint leaders and the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) today launched the largest residential blight removal effort in the city’s history by overseeing the demolition and cleanup of a home in a distressed neighborhood on Flint’s West Side.

Commercial REALTORS® Gather in Lansing

WASHINGTON, D.C. - October 15, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- Members from the Commercial Board of REALTORS® (CAR), along with the Commercial Alliance of REALTORS® (CBOR) joined together in the first Commercial REALTOR® Day in Lansing. The packed agenda included a trip to the State Capitol, with a morning House Legislative Panel made up of elected officials from around the state, including Speaker Jase Bolger, Rep Joe Haveman, Rep Wayne Schmidt, Rep Tim Greimel, Rep Jeff Farrington and Rep David Rutledge. In addition, Mike Finney, President and CEO of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation gave a presentation to the attendees at lunch

DTE Energy Company, Building Trades, Contractors and MIOSHA Sign Partnership to Protect Workers

WASHINGTON, D.C. - October 9, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- DTE Energy Company, the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA), the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA), the Michigan Building and Construction Trades Council, and the Partnering Contractors, signed a formal partnership on Monday, October 7, 2013 to protect workers during construction activities. The partnership goal is enhanced safety and health protection and zero injuriesfor workers on this facility project

Governor Snyder Proclaims October 6-12 as Fire Prevention Week; “Get Cookin’ With Fire Safety”...

WASHINGTON, D.C. - October 4, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- Governor Rick Snyder has proclaimed October 6-12 as Fire Prevention Week in Michigan with the theme “Prevent Kitchen Fires.” Cooking is the leading cause of home fires, and a significant contributor to home fire deaths and injuries. Two of every five home fires start in the kitchen, more than any other place in the home

45 communities receive water protection grants

WASHINGTON, D.C. - October 4, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- The DEQ today announced 45 communities will receive nearly $500,000 through the Wellhead Protection Grant Program to safeguard public water supply systems.

Snyder makes appointments to Michigan State Housing Development Authority Board

LANSING, MI - October 2, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- Gov. Rick Snyder today announced the appointments of Scott Wierda, of Georgetown Township, and Tyrone Hamilton, of Belleville, to the Michigan State Housing Development Authority Board


New shorelands program helps waterfront homeowners improve shorelines, inland lakes

The Michigan Natural Shoreline Partnership recently launched a program to help lakefront homeowners understand best practices to protect their shoreland and inland lakes. The Michigan Shoreland Stewards Program will recognize inland lake property owners who are using healthy property management practices to protect their inland lake and offer tips to improve the shoreline further.


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