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Why This Session May Prove to Be the Most Important Issue I Learned About!

We are back in Michigan! The luscious greenery of the landscape makes me think that Michigan had its fair share of rain too. It’s back to work, and I am thankful to be. In reflecting on the various experiences...

Reflections on a Historic Moment in REALTOR® History

It is hard to put in words, the feeling one gets when you see a historic title abstract blatantly states that Jews, Blacks, Catholics, and other so-called ‘undesirables’ cannot legally purchase a home in a particular neighborhood. This is especially...

Frank Conversations – A Visit with Congressman Amash

We visited Congressman Amash of Michigan’s 3rd District today. It proved to be a progressively frank exchange which I found particularly educational. Our FPC, Terry Westbrook organized the meeting and took the lead in asking questions – directing the...

Lobby Talk and the “Power of the R”

In a sense, reading between the lines is an apt analogy for the undercurrent of networking and discussions that emerge in the hallways and restaurants during the REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo. The education sessions are always informative,...
May 15, 2018

Launching the HUB! NAR’s New Communications Tool for Committees!

I met Kerri Hartnett, fellow WCR Member and Featured Attendee, at the NAR Communications Sub- committee on Wednesday afternoon. The agenda included some cool new ads which will be launched about the need to utilize a REALTOR® to assist...

Centralizes Showing Services (CSS): Blending High Tech with the Human Touch!

My visit to the REALTORS® Trade Expo included a few moments with Centralized Showing Services (CSS), Booth #310, and a conversation with Jon Elscott and Kathleen Shea. CSS is one of the nation’s first professional showing services. I was...

Masterminding: Certified Residential Specialist lists Re-imagine Future Initiatives.

2017 represents 11 years of being a part of the Active Rain Network! In 2006, I joined an online network of bloggers which opened up the world of real estate to me. Though, I never met many of these...

Hot Topics: Discussing Broker Profitability and the Rise of Agent Teams at Broker Idea Exchange Council

Here in Grand Rapids, Michigan we’re relishing the mostly sunny skies and the emergence of riotous bursts of color in our landscapes.  The spring market is also incredibly hot! Market inventory, according to the Grand Rapids Association of REALTORS®...

Exploring RPAC and Beyond – The Role of Friction in Engaging Consumers

Attending conventions is analogous to drinking from a firehose.  Earlier in the week during the Ideas Exchange Council, Joe Pryor provided a fascinating take on Virtual Brokerages, highlighting efficiency of work process, substantial financial savings and the importance of...

Trending Topics in Emerging Millennial Housing Market

The housing update today provided much food for thought and the data to back up what many in the field acknowledge is emerging as topic #1 – How are Millennials going to pay for housing when many of them...