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Candidates Endorsed by the Commercial Alliance of REALTORS

Thank you to the Political Affairs/Government Committee for the time spent interviewing candidates.  The Board of Directors approved the committees’ recommendation for endorsement of these candidates: 28th District Senate –  Peter MacGregor 29th District Senate –  Chris Afendoulis 30th District Senate – Roger Victory   72nd District House – Steven Johnson 73rd District House –.. read more >>

Lease Renewals Are Not for Cowards

by Olga Hallstedt,  Associate Broker & Advisor, Berkshire Hathaway Michigan Real Estate – Commercial; Broker & Principal, RESULTS! by Olga Hallstedt Commercial Real Estate Services, PC. National companies know that Lease Renewals need to be treated just like a new location or relocation.  Lease expenses can be reduced and those dollars fall to the bottom.. read more >>

NAR Applauds Senate Passage of Flood Insurance Extension

NAR President Elizabeth Mendenhall released the following statement after this week’s U.S. Senate vote on legislation extending flood insurance funding. The bill, which cleared the House last week, is expected to be signed into law by the President before the July 31 midnight deadline. “We applaud lawmakers for taking this needed action to prevent disruptions.. read more >>

NAR Announces Tax Wins For Commercial Real Estate

NAR Senior Policy Representative for Federal Taxation Evan Liddiard and NAR Senior Policy Representative for Commercial Erin Stackley walk through six big wins for commercial members contained in The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act enacted last year.  WATCH VIDEO

Commercial Alliance of REALTORS® Earns Top National Accreditation

National Association of REALTORS® Recognizes Local Association Grand Rapids     June 7, 2018   The Commercial Alliance of REALTORS® has earned the National Association of REALTORS Five Star Commercial Services Accreditation, a designation created to acknowledge the member services provided for commercial real estate practitioners. The Commercial Alliance of REALTORS is the only association in the country.. read more >>

National Association of REALTORS Comments on Terrorism Risk Insurance Program

On Monday, April 30, NAR submitted a comment letter to the Federal Insurance Office (FIO) within the Treasury Department on the effectiveness of the federal Terrorism Risk Insurance Program (TRIP), to assist in the FIO’s 2018 report to Congress.  NAR strongly supports TRIP, which is critical to keeping terrorism insurance available and affordable.  Terrorism insurance.. read more >>

National Association of REALTORS Announces Flood Insurance Regulatory Reforms

While Congress continues to debate a 5-year reauthorization and reform legislation, the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) has implemented meaningful regulatory reforms that could improve the customer experience and encourage the development of a private market for flood insurance: NFIP Policy Refunds. Whereas the NFIP sets national average premium rates that overcharge some property owners.. read more >>

Brownfield Incentive Programs Presented

March 21 –  Attendees of the March 21 Lunch-n-Learn enjoyed the Brownfield Incentives program presented by Janet Michaluk (DEQ) and Jared Belka, (Warner Norcross & Judd). The speakers generously provided the following information for CARWM members to use: Brownfield Presentation CAR 3 21 18 Available Resources: DEQ Brownfield Unit Contact Map: http://www.michigan.gov/documents/deq/deq-rrd-Revised_staff_map_ada_615211_7.pdf DEQ Brownfield Grant.. read more >>

NAR Commercial Real Estate Outlook - 2018 First Quarter Report

NAR’s latest Commercial Real Estate Outlook offers overall projections for four major commercial sectors and analyzes quarterly data in the office, industrial, retail and multifamily markets. Highlights: Commercial real estate in SCRE markets continued to experience advances in investment sales, as the momentum picked up in the final quarter of the year. The bifurcation in.. read more >>

National Association of REALTORS Legislative and Regulatory Priorities 2018

The National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) represents over one million REALTORS® involved in all facets of the industry as brokers, sales agents, property managers, appraisers and counselors. As the largest professional trade association in the United States, NAR advocates policy initiatives that promote and protect a fundamentally sound and dynamic U.S. real estate market fostering.. read more >>

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