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We are thrilled to announce that Montcalm Association of REALTORS® is providing the FOREWARN service FREE to all members!

FOREWARN is a revolutionary, proactive safety and intelligence application that allows agents to have instant due diligence on prospects. With as little information as a phone number or name, MCAR members can verify a prospect’s identity, criminal records, bankruptcies, address history and property records all in one place, leading to more productive and safer interactions. This is not only critical for your personal safety and efficiency, but also a benefit to home owners with an added layer of protection for their homes and families.

Setting Up Your Free FOREWARN Account

As a MCAR member, setting up your free FOREWARN account is quick and easy!

  1. Just click here and enter your email address when prompted to do so (be sure to use the same address that this email was sent to).
  2. You will receive an activation email from FOREWARN, just open it and click the link as instructed. If you do not see the email, be sure to check your junk/spam folder.
  3. The link takes you to a page where you will enter the last 4 digits of your phone number.
  4. You will be prompted to enter a confirmation code that will have just been texted to that phone number. Upon confirmation you will be prompted to create a password.
  5. Now you are ready to download the FOREWARN app by clicking on the appropriate link below from your mobile device, or searching for FOREWARN in the app store:

Click here from your mobile device for iOS / Apple / iPhone / iPad app

Click here from your mobile device for Android app

  1. You can also log into your FOREWARN account from any web browser via the FOREWARN.com homepage (click ‘Sign In’ at top-right) or via this link: https://app.forewarn.com/

Searching FOREWARN in Seconds

Once you are logged into FOREWARN via the app or browser, you will be ready to find most people by simply searching for their phone number (the default method). FOREWARN will display everyone that has ever been associated with the phone number that you searched and display them in chronological order with the most recent being at the top, so it is normal to see multiple people in the search results. If the person you are looking for is not listed there, then simply switch to the alternate search method which is by name (click the link below the ‘Phone Number’ field).

For a brief video introduction and tutorial on FOREWARN, you can also click here.

FOREWARN Customer Support

If you experience any difficulty setting up your password, logging into FOREWARN, or have questions please reach out to FOREWARN support at 561-757-4551 or support@forewarn.com (Monday – Friday; 9AM-5PM ET)

NAR Approved Code of Ethics Training Due 12/31/18

If you completed your NAR required Code of Ethics in 2017 or so far in 2018, you’re good. If you haven’t there are a few options for you listed below including the FREE, NON CREDIT WORTHY COE training and the $29.95 CREDIT WORTHY COE training. If you aren’t sure if you have completed it within this timeframe, feel free to contact the office otherwise MCAR will be reaching out to those individuals in the coming months to request it be completed.

Click HERE to go to NAR’s site for COE information.

MCAR’s Monthly Newsletters

WELCOME NEW MCAR REALTOR® MEMBERS

JUNE
Tammy Cilibraise, EXIT Colonial House Real Estate

David Hancock, EXIT Colonial House Real Estate

Steven Lott, Legacy Real Estate

John Schab, Coldwell Banker Weir Manuel Hoppough- Greenville



MAY

Evan Breithart, Villegas Group


APRIL

Dustin Angst, Weichert Realtors® Property Mart

Lee Brown, Weichert Realtors® Property Mart

Aaron Chaffin, Legacy Real Estate

Jame Perry, Clarity Realty of Greenville, LLC

Koadi Pritchard, Clarity Realty of Greenville, LLC

Bobbi Scholten, Appleland Realty Carson City

Kendra Thelen, Weichert Realtors® Property Mart


MARCH

Connie McClain, Your Team Realty

Eric Snoek, Villegas Group


FEBRUARY

Norma Andrade, Villegas Group

Jamie Walker, Coldwell Banker Weir Manuel Hoppough, Greenville


JANUARY

Ghazey Aleck, Villegas Group

Ryan Nivison, Villegas Group

COMING SOON: MLS of CHOICE

MCAR in the State & National News!

Since 1969, the REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC) has promoted the election of pro-REALTOR® candidates across the United States. The purpose of RPAC is clear: REALTORS® raise and spend money to elect candidates who understand and support their interests. The money to accomplish this comes from voluntary contributions made by REALTORS®. These are not members’ dues; this is money given freely by REALTORS® in recognition of how important campaign fundraising is to the political process. RPAC doesn’t buy votes. RPAC enables REALTORS® to support candidates that support the issues that are important to their profession and livelihood.

Class of 2017 RCE Designees Honored at the 2018 Association Executive Institute in NC!

CONGRATULATIONS to MCAR’s CEO, Andrea Booker on earning your RCE Designation!
(Andrea is among the 28% of non-MI Realtors staff designees in the State!)
RCE is the only professional designation designed specifically for REALTOR® association executives. The RCE designation exemplifies goal-oriented AEs with drive, experience and commitment to professional growth. Candidates earn the designation by accumulating points through an experience and education based application form and a comprehensive written exam.

2018 Michigan Realtors® Achieve

“As the premiere leadership event of the Michigan Realtors®, Achieve provides leaders of every level with the tools needed to be the change they want to see in their local associations, offices, and communities.”

With topics titled “This Would Be Funny If It Wasn’t Happening To Me”; “How We Lead Matters: The Habits of Highly Effective Boards”; and “Real Estate in the Real World”, having almost the full board in attendance for this leadership event was great! We all took a lot of notes and look forward to implementing much of what we learned at Achieve!

Additionally, at this year’s event, President Chris Ritter and CEO Andrea Booker, accepted an award on behalf of the Association for being over our 2017 RPAC investment monetary goal, set by Michigan Realtors® each year, by 102.49%! Our 2018 goal is $2,291 with 100%+ participation and we thank you in advance for investing in RPAC that helps fight for your right – and your client’s rights- to buy and sell property!

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  • NAR Leadership and Staff Named Real Estate’s 2019 Newsmakers
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    More than 230 real estate professionals were named as “newsmakers” for their role as influencers, crusaders, and trailblazers in the industry. RISMedia, a real estate news and information service, announced its “Class of 2019 Real Estate Newsmakers,” highlighting those in the industry who have made headlines over the past year because of their newsworthy contributions […]

  • Realtors® Applaud Administration’s Calls to End Conservatorship
    by Wes Shaw on October 17, 2018 at 3:59 pm

    Earlier this week, during an address to the Mortgage Bankers Association 2018 Annual Conference in Washington, D.C, Treasury Department Secretary Deputy Craig Phillips reiterated a Trump administration priority to end the conservatorship of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. NAR President Elizabeth Mendenhall, a sixth-generation Realtor® from Columbia, Missouri and CEO of RE/MAX Boone Realty, issued […]

  • Realtors® Applaud Senate Passage of 2018 WRDA Bill
    by Wes Shaw on October 10, 2018 at 6:41 pm

    WASHINGTON (October 10, 2018) – National Association of Realtors® President Elizabeth Mendenhall, a sixth-generation Realtor® from Columbia, Missouri and CEO of RE/MAX Boone Realty, issued the following statement after the Senate today voted to pass S. 3021, America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018. “America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018 ensures the U.S. Army Corps of […]

  • Instant Reaction: September Jobs Report
    by Cole Henry on October 5, 2018 at 1:13 pm

    The following is NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun’s reaction to this morning’s U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) report on the employment situation in September: “Job growth in September was positive yet slower compared to recent months, while the unemployment rate is low at 3.7% and wages are slowly pushing up. However, more jobs and higher […]