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NEW OFFICERS INSTALLED

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Contact person: Janie Weston
15344 Pearl Drive
Baxter, MN 56425
218-828-4567
218-829-8178
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NEW OFFICERS INSTALLED
October 2016

The Greater Lakes Association of REALTORS® held their Annual Installation of Officers September 29, 2016 at The Greater Lakes Association of REALTORS® in Baxter. The Minnesota Association of REALTORS® Incoming President Patty Zuzek installed the new officers. Minnesota Association of REALTORS® leadership Tracie Fogelson, President Elect, Chris Galler, CEO and Rod Helm, Past President were also in attendance.

New officers for the 2016- 2017 year are: President Carrie Lee, Keller Williams Realty Professionals, Baxter; President Elect Laurie Moe Geer, Coldwell Banker Cedar Point Realty, Walker; Treasurer Brad Wadsten, Edina Realty, Baxter; Secretary Sandy Swanson, Edina Realty; Past President Jim Fogarty, Lakes & Leisure Realty in Breezy Point; Directors: Galen Johnson, RE/MAX First Choice Real Estate, Park Rapids; Bill Satre, C-21 Brainerd Realty, Becky Sandelands, Sandelands Realty, Garrison, Pete Thomes, Edina Realty; Shayna McCulloch, Elite Title, Baxter; and Minnesota Association of REALTORS® Directors T.J. Simon, Wolff & Simon Real Estate, Park Rapids and Sheila Holley, Edina Realty in Baxter.

Awards were given to Laurie Moe Greer, REALTOR® of the Year, T. J. Simon, REALTOR® Citizen of the Year, GLAR Affiliate of the Year to Shayna McCulloch and Jack Antolak, Positive Realty in Brainerd and Lynn McCarthy, C-21 New Horizons in Little Falls, REALTOR® Emeritus. The Greater Lakes Association of REALTORS® has real estate professionals in Aitkin, Cass, Crow Wing, Hubbard, Mille Lacs and Morrison, Todd and Wadena Counties.

GLAR Officers and Directors

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NAR Call for Action: Urge your Senator to bring HR 3700 Housing Opportunity Through Modernization Act of 2016 to the Floor of the Senate!

Tell the Senate to Get to Work for Future Homebuyers

Key Talking Points

H.R. 3700 was passed by the U.S. House 427-0. Despite passing with NO OBJECTIONS, the U.S. Senate has not acted on H.R. 3700.

This legislation provides significant benefits to taxpayers, homebuyers and the real estate market by:

  • Removing a burdensome and expensive FHA Condo approval process
  • Reducing FHA restrictions on the number of condos available to homebuyers
  • Permanently streamlining Rural Housing Service loan processing

More Information on NAR’s efforts to pass H.R. 3700:

CLICK HERE TO RESPOND TO THE Call For Action Today!

 

REALTORS® Donate to Their Food Shelves

Press Release
Janie Weston, RCE, CEO Greater Lakes Association of REALTORS® 15344 Pearl Drive, Baxter, MN 56401
March 29, 2016
REALTORS® Donate to Their Food Shelves
The Greater Lakes Association of REALTORS® Foundation recently donated $5726 to these area food shelves: Aitkin, Akeley, Brainerd/Baxter, Crosby, Crosslake, Emily, Garrison, Hackensack, Isle, Little Falls, Longville, Motley, Park Rapids, Nisswa/Pequot Lakes, Pierz, Pillager, Sebeka, Staples and Walker. Over the past years, the Foundation has given over $33,000 to their communities.
The Greater Lakes Association of REALTORS® has members in these areas who help consumers purchase and sell their homes. All the members of the Greater Lakes Association of REALTORS® would like you to know that REALTORS® are very involved in their communities. Through their efforts and dues, the Association of REALTORS® presented the following communities with a check to help in their efforts to feed our hungry.
The Greater Lakes Association of REALTORS is located in Baxter, Minnesota and is made up of REALTORS® and Affiliates who service Aitkin, Cass, Crow Wing, Hubbard, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Todd, and Wadena Counties. The Association is governed by a Board of Directors made up of Association Members and Affiliates. The members of this Association adhere to a strict ethical code; as well foster the education of our Membership. The Association provides services to Members including access to the Multiple Listing System (MLS) which houses the listings of our Members and listings from around the state of Minnesota. Other services include education, governmental affairs and networking opportunities.

REALTORS® Volunteer in their Communities

We don’t just live and play here – we give back, too! The Greater Lakes Association of REALTORS® asked their member to document where they are volunteering their time. Our agents and affiliate members were very active in their local communities, volunteering their time to a variety of charitable events and service clubs.  Our members have volunteered for Habitat for Humanity, Schools, City Functions, Parades, Military functions, Health fundraisers, Hospital volunteers, Toys for Tots, Junior Achievement, Boy and Girl Scouts, Church, Meals on Wheels, Community Choirs, County Fairs and many others. Your local REALTORS® are invested in your community. When it’s time to buy or sell, remember to call on your local REALTOR® for professional, expert advice and guidance. 

 

The Greater Lakes Association of REALTORS (GLAR) is located in Baxter, Minnesota and is made up of REALTORS®, Appraisers, and Affiliate members who service Aitkin, Cass, Crow Wing, Hubbard, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Todd, and Wadena Counties. GLAR is an Association of over 520 REALTORS® and Appraisers, and more than 70 Affiliate Members.  The Association is governed by a Board of Directors made up of Association Members and fosters the education of our Membership.  The members of this Association adhere to a strict ethical code and are very involved in their local communities. Other services include networking and service opportunities, placement on our Association website, and a subscription to a weekly email and monthly newsletter.  The Association provides services to Members including access to the Multiple Listing System (MLS) which houses the listings of our Members and listings from around the state of Minnesota. 

MN Court of Appeals Strikes Down Sprinkler Mandate

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

EDINA, MINNESOTA(October 13, 2015) – The Minnesota REALTORS® issued the following statement from MNAR® Chief Executive Officer Chris Galler, following the announcement of the Minnesota Court of Appeals decision in Builders Association of the Twin Cities vs. Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry (DOLI), in which the Court struck down the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry’s administrative rule requiring in-home sprinkler systems on all new residential construction over 4,500 square feet.  Galler said:

“Today, the Minnesota Court of Appeals sided with Minnesota homeowners and rejected the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry’s disastrous rule that has impacted new home construction permits and would have added more than $10,000 to the cost of new construction.”

Galler continued, “By rejecting the arbitrary standards set forth by DOLI, the Court stands with the majority of lawmakers and countless Minnesotans who have stood up in the past few years and voiced opposition against this reckless regulation.”

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GLAR Installation of Officers and Annual Meeting

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NEW OFFICERS INSTALLED

October 2015

The Greater Lakes Association of REALTORS® held their Annual Installation of Officers October 1, 2015 at The Greater Lakes Association of REALTORS® office in Baxter. The Minnesota Association of REALTORS® President Elect Patty Zuzek installed the new officers. New officers for the 2015 – 2016 year are: President T.J. Simon, Wolff & Simon Real Estate, Park Rapids; President Elect Carrie Lee, Keller Williams Realty Professionals, Baxter; Secretary Laurie Moe-Greer, Coldwell Banker Cedar Point Realty, Walker; Treasurer Brad Wadsten, Edina Realty, Baxter; Past President Sheila Holley, Edina Realty, Baxter; Directors: Galen Johnson, RE/MAX First Choice Real Estate, Park Rapids; Jeff Kruschek, RE/MAX Central, Little Falls; Shayna McCulloch, Elite Title, Baxter; Trista Oseland, Weichert REALTORS® Tower Properties, Brainerd; and Becky Sandelands, Sandelands Realty, Garrison.

Awards were presented to Sheila Holley, REALTOR® of the Year, Sandy Smith, REALTOR® Citizen
of the Year, First American Title, GLAR Affiliate of the Year, and Tom Pierce, REALTOR® Emeritus.

The Greater Lakes Association of REALTORS® has real estate professionals in Aitkin, Cass, Crow Wing, Hubbard, Mille Lacs and Morrison, Todd and Wadena Counties.

15344 Pearl Driver, Baxter MN 56425

Telephone 218-828-4567

Fax 218-829-8178

Janie@GreaterLakesRealtors.com

September 2015 MLS Education at GLAR


September 2015 MLS Education at GLAR

GLAR Hosts Advocacy @ Home

The Greater Lakes Association of REALTORS® hosted an educational series called “Advocacy@Home” for REALTORS® and Local, State and Federal Leaders. Minnesota Association of REALTORS® staff Christine Berger, VP of Political Affairs and Kevin Zabel, Director of Political Affairs and Marissa Skuza, GLAR Governmental Affairs Director, provided members with grassroots advocacy tips, and how to connect with elected officials and then work with your Local, State, and Federal leaders to protect homeownership and property rights. Ms. Berger also reviewed with the members the National Association of REALTORS® Best Practices for Choosing REALTOR® Champions program.

Congressman Rick Nolan spoke to the group about the happenings at the Federal Level. Senator Carrie Ruud and Representative Josh Heintzeman talked about issues effecting the state and Baxter Mayor Darrel Olson and Steve Barrows, Baxter City council member talked Baxter City issues.

Also in attendance T.J. Simon, President of the Greater Lakes Association of REALTORS® and Janie Weston, CEO, Greater Lakes Association of REALTORS®.

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NAR Call for Action: Stop Patent Trolls

Click here to respond to the Call for Action

Details:

Tell your U.S. Representative to support H.R. 9, the Innovation Act to stop patent trolls and protect the real estate industry from frivolous lawsuits.

REALTORS® across the country receive threatening demand letters and lawsuits alleging patent infringement based on the use of common business tools such as drop down menus or search alert functions on websites and the scanner function on a copier. These patent trolls buy vague patents and use them to turn everyday business practices into potential lawsuits.

H.R. 9 is scheduled for House floor consideration next week.   Congress must pass this common-sense comprehensive patent litigation reform to protect Main Street businesses and REALTORS® from patent troll abuse.

More information visit http://greaterlakesrealtors.com/about/government-affairs/call-for-action/ or the REALTOR Action Center.

Minnesota Homes Matter Petition Drive

With just over two weeks left of the legislative session, Minnesota Homes Matter is kicking off their “Last Chance” Petition Drive, BUT WE NEED YOUR HELP! So far, more than 10,000 petitions in support of homeownership have been sent to legislators, but we aren’t ready to stop there. Don’t let legislators leave Saint Paul without letting them know one last time that their constituents support homeownership tax benefits, such as the Mortgage Interest Deduction.

With more than 10,000 petitions already being sent to legislators in support of homeownership, we are raising the stakes– our goal is 11,000 by May 18th! We Need Your Help TODAY!

Please, take a minute and sign the petition over at www.mnhomesmatter.com/sign-petition. When you are done signing, go one step further! Forward this email to your clients, colleagues, family and friends and ask them to sign as well.

Again, don’t let legislators end the session without you reminding them that Minnesota Homes Matter!

Sign the Petition

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