Property, Rentals, Transactions

Property, Rentals, Transactions

MSHDA Offers “MI NEXT HOME” for Repeat Homebuyers

WASHINGTON, D.C. - April 2, 2014 - (RealEstateRama) -- The Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) has announced an exciting new loan program for repeat homebuyers. MSHDA’s MI Next Home has been created to make down payment assistance available to repeat buyers. The program was designed specifically for those applicants who may not qualify for MSHDA’s existing MI First Home program due to their previous homeownership status

Gov. Rick Snyder: Personal property tax reform will help create jobs while ensuring more...

LANSING, Mich. - March 31, 2014 - (RealEstateRama) -- Gov. Rick Snyder on Friday signed the first of a series of bipartisan bills that will provide more stable local government revenue for essential services including police and fire protection as the obsolete, job-killing personal property tax is phased out.

MAR Teams with the Ontario Association of REALTORS® in Consumer and Member Education Initiative

WASHINGTON, D.C. - March 4, 2014 - (RealEstateRama) -- Under the strong leadership and vision of MAR’s Immediate Past President, Bill Milliken, and the MAR Cross-Border Task Force, REALTORS® in both Michigan and Ontario have spearheaded an effort to develop an informational dialogue for the promotion of the real estate industries in both Michigan and Ontario. Through the development of companion education pieces, REALTORS® and Consumers in Michigan and Ontario can now get an introduction to the issues involved in real estate across borders.

Michigan lenders, REALTORS, state and local officials kick off new statewide MSHDA mortgage program...

Grand Rapids, Mich. - February 26, 2014 - (RealEstateRama) -- More than 1 million Michigan homeowners could qualify for down payment assistance of up to $7,500 toward the purchase of a new or existing home through a new program launched by the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA)

MAR E-news Alert: Governor Proposes Property Tax Relief

WASHINGTON, D.C. - February 6, 2014 - (RealEstateRama) -- Today, Governor Snyder shared his 2015 executive budget proposal in front of legislators from both the House and Senate. In his plan, he recommends expanding the Homestead Property Tax credit as a way to provide roughly $102 million in tax relief to an estimated 1.3 million Michigan taxpayers

Deadline Approaching for New Personal Property Tax Exemption

WASHINGTON, D.C. - February 4, 2014 - (RealEstateRama) -- The February 10th, 2014 deadline for a new and potentially money-saving exemption from the Michigan Personal Property Tax is fast approaching.

Local Associations Recognized for their RPAC Efforts at Annual Luncheon

WASHINGTON, D.C. - February 3, 2014 - (RealEstateRama) -- The Michigan Association of REALTORS® would like to thank all of the local associations who made the final push for RPAC investors at the end of 2013. With a state RPAC goal of $500,000, REALTOR® members met and exceeded it with a final total of $631,385! In addition, 29 local associations met and/or exceeded their local RPAC goal! In the end, state RPAC contributions were at 126% of state goal! Local Associations were honored on January 23rd at the Annual RPAC Appreciation Luncheon during the Achieve Conference at the Henry in Dearborn

Senators Stabenow, Levin Urge Action to Ease Midwest Propane Shortage

WASHINGTON, D.C. - January 30, 2014 - (RealEstateRama) -- U.S. Sens. Debbie Stabenow and Carl Levin of Michigan wrote today to President Obama urging action to respond to a propane gas shortage in the Midwest that has affected thousands of Michigan homes and businesses.

Senate Democrats Blast Election Year Gimmicks by Republicans

WASHINGTON, D.C. - January 30, 2014 - (RealEstateRama) -- Senate Democrats chided a Republican proposal for a small scale income tax rollback that passed out of committee today as nothing more than a political stunt in an election year. Democrats note that Republican tax changes such as the Pension Tax and reduction of the Homestead Property Tax Credit have a much higher negative impact on taxpayers. The minor income tax change introduced by Republicans equates to 35 cents per day for the average Michigan family

State Review Board Nominates Five Sites to the National Register of Historic Places

LANSING, Mich. - January 24, 2014 - (RealEstateRama) -- The State Historic Preservation Review Board today announced the nomination of five sites to the National Register of Historic Places – the nation’s list of historic sites worthy of preservation. Michigan is home to more than 1,600 sites

Top 5 January Resources for Michigan REALTORS®

2014 Legal Update Video Series Contract Principles Every REALTOR® Should Know. MAR Government Affairs Vodcast – January Edition

2014 MAR Legislative Priorities

WASHINGTON, D.C. - January 8, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- Despite rising snow drifts and dropping temperatures, the Michigan House and Senate are back in Lansing kicking off the 2014 legislative year this week. While many legislators will be looking ahead to the springtime election season, work continues on many issues, including MAR priorities that are in the midst of working through the legislative process.

Passage of NAR Top Priorities critical before the end of the year

WASHINGTON, D.C. - December 5, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- This week, NAR has sent letters to legislators on Capitol Hill highlighting the three major pieces of legislation that need to get finished before the year ends

Recognizing the Need for Safe, Loving, and Permanent Homes for All Children

WASHINGTON, D.C. - November 25, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- There are approximately 14,000 children in Michigan’s foster care system in need of a home. This November, in honor of National Adoption Day, November 23, and Month, it is important to raise awareness about the thousands of children in foster care awaiting families and also to celebrate the dedicated individuals who have adopted and who work to make adoptions a reality. Recently, Congressman Dave Camp (R-MI) introduced, voted for and co-sponsored separate pieces of legislation to help children in need of safe, loving, and permanent home

REALTORS® shine in San Francisco

2014 NAR President Steve Brown rolled out the red carpet for Michigan and expressed his gratitude for the support of Michigan’s REALTORS®, recognizing their dedication.

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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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Justice Department Obtains $150,000 Settlement in Sexual Harassment Lawsuit Against Owner...

The Justice Department today announced that Frank D. Tjoelker, an owner and manager of rental properties in and around Grand Rapids, Michigan, will pay $150,000 to resolve allegations that he sexually harassed multiple women who have lived in or inquired about his rental properties. Since January of this year, the Civil Rights Division has filed or settled five cases alleging unlawful sexual harassment of women in housing and recovered over $1 million for victims such harassment.