Thursday, September 12, 2019
2020 Board of Directors Nominee: Cindy Beckwith
Posted by Amanda Oboza

Cindy Beckwith

RE/MAX Real Estate Professionals

REALTOR® Member - 13 Years



What do you believe makes you a qualified candidate for the Board of Directors?

I am not really sure other than I have been encouraged to run. I always try to make a positive difference in whatever I invest my time in. ... Continue Reading.

Thursday, September 12, 2019
2020 Board of Directors Nominee: Joseph D. Sambaer
Posted by Amanda Oboza

Joseph D. Sambaer, CPA

Dart Bank

Affiliate Member- 7 years



What do you believe makes you a qualified candidate for the Board of Directors?

I believe that I am a qualified candidate for the Board of Directors given my 16 years of residential lending experience and 19 years of experience in financial services. ... Continue Reading.

Thursday, September 12, 2019
2020 Board of Directors Nominee: Robert Dowding
Posted by Amanda Oboza

Robert Dowding

Keller Williams Realty

REALTOR® Member - 16 Years

What do you believe makes you a qualified candidate for the Board of Directors?

-Association Experience
-Pro Standards Committee (multiple years)
-Grievance Committee (chair for one year on the committee for 2-3 years)
-Served on RPAC sub committee
-Associate Broker
-Current Board Chair of the Oak Park YMCA
-Trinity Lutheran Church Board of Trustees
-Nominated by my peers

What do you think the biggest issue is right now facing Agents and the real estate industry?

-Agents understanding their value as a real estate professional. The public is more educated than ever in turn we as agents need to continue to educate ourselves to stay ahead of the market of today and into the future.
-More professional courtesy.
-Education, we have to be lifelong learners and add to our tool belts as our industry continues to evolve.


From your perspective, what can the Association do to help agents or the real estate industry improve?

-Provide current and forward thinking education that brings value to the membership
-Cooperation, with associations, vendor contracts, existing members and brokerages as well.
-Support, work with the members to find out the needs of those in the trenches day to day.


Tell us why you want to be on the Board of Directors?

Giving back to the community is important to my person mission in life. ... Continue Reading.

Thursday, September 12, 2019
2020 Board of Directors Nominee: Connie Ferguson
Posted by Amanda Oboza

Connie Ferguson

Century 21 Cedarwood

REALTOR® Member - 12 Years

What do you believe makes you a qualified candidate for the Board of Directors?

I became a REALTOR® at the beginning of the housing crisis and survived by doing what it takes to get the
job done. I’m not afraid to work hard. ... Continue Reading.

Thursday, September 12, 2019
2020 Board of Directors Nominee: Eric Crandall
Posted by Amanda Oboza

Eric Crandall

Weichert REALTORS Emerald Properties

REALTOR® Member - 12 Years

What do you believe makes you a qualified candidate for the Board of Directors?

I have been involved in the real estate industry since 1979 when I bought my first investment property.
I was a member of the Board in the mid 1980’s as a sales associate. I did business for many years as a
non-Realtor and rejoined the Association in 2007. ... Continue Reading.

Thursday, August 22, 2019
2020 Membership Renewal Instructions
Posted by Amanda Oboza

You may have noticed.....annual dues renewal has been sent out.

Unless you joined in August 2019, you MUST renew your membership.

*STEP 1*

Log into the member portal. https://glarportal.ramcoams.net/Login.aspx?ReturnUrl=/

*If you have not made a change to your username and password,

username =NRDS ID, password=last name . (the first letter of which is capitalized)*

If you are being redirected to the logon screen simply select the home tab along the top

*STEP 2*

Once logged in, you should see a green box with your account balance. Click on it.

*STEP 3*

You should see "unpaid orders," select 2020 GLAR Annual Dues and you will see your payment broken down. ... Continue Reading.

Thursday, August 22, 2019
Top 10 Takeaways from the August 2019 GMM
Posted by Amanda Oboza

Top Takeaways: Transforming Relationships August 2019

"If you aren't careful, your body will betray you."

1. Behavioral intelligence allows one to explain existing behavior, predict future behavior, influence and control one's own behavior.

2. 55% of your communication is body language, 38% is tone and only 7% is verbal.

3. ... Continue Reading.

Thursday, June 20, 2019
Top 10 Takeaways from the Spring 2019 Legal Update
Posted by Amanda Oboza

1. Marijuana is still a federal crime, so being involved in a real estate transaction involved in any aspect of the marijuana industry carries the risk of being prosecuted.

2. ... Continue Reading.

Thursday, May 23, 2019
REALTORS® Launch Creation of Hope on the South Side
Posted by Meghan Webber

REALTORS® don’t just sell homes, they help build communities.

On Saturday May 4, members from the Greater Lansing Association of REALTORS® launched its annual Adopt-A-Park project at the South Side Community Coalition.

After several months of planning the project and work days spent assembling equipment, REALTORS® were finally ready to launch a Pop-Up Park to the neighborhood with a party.

“It is a privilege to have the opportunity to give back to communities where we all live, work and play. Strong communities will help build a better future for everyone,” said Erica McAvoy, president of the Greater Lansing Association of REALTORS®.

The Association bought and custom painted two picnic-game tables, a Little Free Library, interactive fence art, reading nook, PVC pipe xylophone, yard Yahtzee, disc golf, permanent hopscotch, Twister, soccer balls and cones, and deck boxes to store all the new equipment long term.

Members of the center and neighborhood were invited to check out the new features, enjoy freshly popped popcorn and a meal from Picnic: A Food Truck. ... Continue Reading.

Thursday, April 25, 2019
April General Membership Meeting: Lose the Excuses. Make Real Money.
Posted by Amanda Oboza

Time Management


1. Every day, write down 3-5 things that MUST be done that day.

2. ... Continue Reading.