Monday, July 17, 2017
2017 REALTOR of the Year & REALTOR Active in Politics
Posted by Amanda Oboza

It's that time of year again!

Are you a leader and an advocate for REALTORS® both in the industry and in the community? You might be REALTOR® of the Year material!

Or is your style more governmental and REALTOR® involvement in the political arena is one of your passions? ... Continue Reading.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Do You Have Mold? The Common Signs Every Homeowner Should Know
Posted by Amanda Oboza

Summer is just around the corner, and as temperatures and humidity increase, so does the chance for mold growth. Here are some things to look for to catch a problem early and avoid costly repairs.

What is mold?

Molds are fungi that can be found in virtually any environment. ... Continue Reading.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017
2017 RPAC Golf Outing Wrap
Posted by Amanda Oboza

This year, the RPAC Golf Outing raised $8827.68, which is significantly more than in previous years. The RPAC Task Force did such a great job securing sponsors that $70 of every golfer registration will go directly to RPAC.

Thank you to our sponsors who made this great event possible:

Breakfast sponsor: Coldwell Banker Hubbell BriarWood
Lunch sponsor: US Capital Mortgage
Golf Cart sponsor: Glacier Financial
Beverage Cart sponsor: Rental Property Owners Association

America's Preferred Home Warranty
Transnation Title Agency
Swat Environmental
VanDyk Mortgage
Tri-County Title
Eaton Federal Savings Bank
Accurate Inspections
Edward Jones
Property Prestige
Greenstone Farm Credit Services
Rycus Flooring
MSU Federal Credit Union
Bay Equity Home Loans
Flagstar Bank
Complete Inspection Service

Big winners:

Longest putt: Wendy Mackey Ezzo

Closest to pin: Jake Ochner

Longest drive (ladies): Marci Murphy

Longest drive (men): Bill MacLeod

(mostly Men's team): Chad Dutcher, Amy Sweet, Dan Bankson and Andy Garza

Women's Team: Beth Graham, Wendy Mackey Ezzo, Jennifer Worthington and Kathy Byerly

Co-Ed Team: Eric Stevenson, Aaron Bemmister, Kim Stevenson, and Jessica Smith.

Great job to our RPAC Task Force!

Neal Sanford- Chair
Amy Sweet- Vice Chair
Sandy Bailey-Bristol
Jessica Hillyer
Nora McKenzie
Marci Murphy
Nick Pehlivanoglu

Click here to see more pictures! ... Continue Reading.
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
What is an Adjustable-Rate Mortgage?
Posted by Meghan Webber

The most common mortgages have fixed rates. While consumers flock to this popular loan type, there are other options out there that are often overlooked, including adjustable-rate mortgages (ARMs).

An ARM is a type of mortgage in which the interest rate varies throughout the life of the loan. ... Continue Reading.

Monday, June 19, 2017
Drone Photography: Taking Real Estate Marketing to New Heights
Posted by Amanda Oboza

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and that’s definitely true when it comes to real estate. More than 90 percent of buyers are searching online for homes, and if your photos don’t grab their attention, they will quickly move on. ... Continue Reading.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Real Answers: Can I Fire My REALTOR®?
Posted by Meghan Webber

When entering into any real estate transaction, it’s important to have a REALTOR® on your side, helping you through the process, but what happens if you are unhappy with your agent? Can you actually fire your REALTOR®?

Debbie Barnett, president of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, Tomie Raines REALTORS®, says sometimes these situations are the result of not selecting the right agent from the beginning.

“Buyers and sellers need to be thorough in their agent selection process,” she said. “The foundation of any strong relationship is trust and good communication. ... Continue Reading.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017
Tax Reform Proposal Will Hurt Homeowners
Posted by Mark Dickens

Proposed tax reform threatens to weaken tax incentives to encourage home ownership.

The current tax reform proposal needs to treat homeowners fairly. Current analysis of the tax reform proposal shows that homeowners with incomes between $50,000 - $200,000 would face average tax hike of $815 in the year after enactment while non-homeowners in the same income range would enjoy average annual tax cuts of $516. Homeowners already pay 83% of all federal income taxes. ... Continue Reading.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017
Retiree Real Estate Mistakes
Posted by Amanda Oboza

You’ve worked hard for many years and are now ready to relax in retirement. The last thing you want to deal with now is stress, and experts say real estate is one of the biggest stressors for retirees. ... Continue Reading.

Monday, June 12, 2017
Understanding FHA Appraisals
Posted by Amanda Oboza

FHA loans are a popular choice for many homebuyers. About 30 percent of today’s homeowners are using this type of financing. ... Continue Reading.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017
2017 REALTO®R Action Day!
Posted by Meg Harris

On Saturday May 20, REALTORS® put boots on the ground at Edmore Park! This REALTOR® Action Day was a huge success! ... Continue Reading.