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Facebook Rumor on Health Insurance Lien is False

There is a posting being circulated that claims the IRS can attach a lien to a home if the owner fails to comply with the individual mandate under the new health reform law. The posting is wrong.

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Fall Real Estate Market Strong

Sales, listings and prices are all showing positive gains over last year, according to the Ann Arbor Area Board of Realtors. Residential sales for September were up 22 percent at 338 units, over 278 last year. There were 420 new residential listings in September, a gain of 24 percent over last year when there were 339 listings in September 2012.

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2014 MAR District Directors Elected

Congratulatons Vance Shutes, Real Estate One, and Alex Milshteyn, Howard Hanna, for being elected 2014 Michigan Association of REALTORS® District Directors.

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Realtor Safety Widget Bkgd static 2013

A member recently reported an incident regarding a buyer whom she had not yet met. The buyer created a relationship of trust on the phone and on a subsequent call exhibited inappropriate behavior which resulted in police involvement. The area code used by the caller was 609 and the number displayed as out of area.

September is Realtor Safety Month and this incident is a good reminder to use care and caution when meeting clients for the first time. In the case above, the parties never met in person, but the agent was ready to do so.

Know thy client.

"If you're meeting with someone for the first time, like a buyer who called you after seeing one of your ads, you don't know if the person is 'legit' or if he's a criminal looking for new prey," said Matt Lombardi, a National Association of Realtors vice president who helps manage the trade group's National Safety Program.
"So, you need to get as much information about the person as you can before you decide to start working with him or her."
The best bet is to gently insist that the prospect first meet in your office, where you know that you'll be safe and the potential customer will be seen by other agents, Lombardi said.

At a minimum, he added, you'll need to get the person's full name, contact information, and a copy of his driver's license. That way, authorities will know who to look for if something goes wrong later.

Even better, Lombardi said, is to have the office visitor complete NAR's "Prospect Identification Form." The form asks for more detailed information, including the name and phone number of his employer, the type of car he drives, and its plate number.

Check out more safety tips from the National Association of Realtors 


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