Sessions marked with an * are private/invitation only events. You do not need to select your knowledge session in advance. However, space is limited so plan on arriving at least 5 minutes prior to the start of each session. All CE qualified sessions will be submitted for CE Marketplace certification. Sessions that appear with the CE Marketplace hours next to their titles have received the certification and are audit proof for all licensed attendees. (ex: 2.0 hrs.) You must be scanned in and out of CE Marketplace certified sessions to receive credit.

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM · Vandenberg B

Leadership Academy*

For more information:
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5:00 - 7:00 PM · Sky 1, Cygnus 27

WCR Reception

A mixer for WCR members to meet, greet and network with other WCR members from around the state. Also open to non-members interested in finding out more about WCR.

For more information:
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8:30 AM - 12:00 PM · Governors Room

WCR General Membership Meeting

General membership meeting for all WCR members.

For more information:
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM · Registration 1 & 2

The Convention Concierge · Sponsored by McClelland & Anderson

Let Michigan Realtors® staff be your one stop source to registration, questions, answers and navigation during The Convention.

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11:00 AM - 3:30 PM · Center Concourse

Welcome to The Convention - connect with fellow industry professionals • Sponsored by Realcomp II Ltd & Chemical Bank

Start things off networking, a photo opp by Realcomp II Ltd, and a beverage thanks to Chemical Bank.

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11:00 AM - 12:40 PM · Ambassador East

OK Google, How Do I Grow My Business? - Juanita McDowell • CE Marketplace Certified 2.0 hrs

Juanita McDowell · InMotion Consulting, LLC

Learn Google's free services and apps for leads, marketing, business management, and how to stay on top of the market.

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11:00 AM - 12:40 PM · Gerald R. Ford Ballroom

How to Make a Windfall from the "Boomers" - Rosemarie Rossetti • CE Marketplace Certified 2.0 hrs

Rosemarie Rossetti · Universal Design Living Laboratory

Learn the secrets of attracting listings and buyers for the lucrative age 50+ market as they downsize and ease into retirement.

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11:00 AM - 12:40 PM · Pantlind Ballroom

Repeating Session: Fraud, Data Security and NPI - Tom Cronkright • CE Marketplace Certified Legal 2.0 hrs

Tom Cronkright · Sun Title Agency

See how data security directs the planning process for any org to avoid falling victim to fraud and data security breaches. Repeat session on 9/29 @9am

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12:45 - 2:00 PM · Ambassador West

RPAC Investor Appreciation Luncheon*

RPAC $200+ investors: attend this luncheon with special guest Governor Rick Snyder and hear the latest on MI politics & celebrate awards. RSVP reqd.

To see if you are on the invitation list
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1:45 - 3:25 PM · Ambassador East

Tighten It Up! Cybersecurity & Privacy - Juanita McDowell • Sponsored by Chemical Bank · CE Marketplace Certified Legal 2.0 hrs

Juanita McDowell · InMotion Consulting, LLC

Avoid hacks & security issues and protect yourself and your biz to preserve your reputation and avoid legal liability.

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1:45 - 3:25 PM · Gerald R. Ford Ballroom

Translate Green Products & Features into Green Reward$! - Rosemarie Rossetti • CE Marketplace Certified 2.0 hrs

Rosemarie Rossetti · Universal Design Living Laboratory

Identify in-demand green features that work for old homes and new while increasing value at the same time.

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1:45 - 3:25 PM · Pantlind Ballroom

Strategic Planning, Sales and Turning Past Clients into Future Referral Sources - Tom Cronkright • CE Marketplace Certified 2.0 hrs

Tom Cronkright · Sun Title Agency

Create a brand that people identify with and remember so past clients become future referral sources.

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2:00 - 3:45 PM · DeVos Place - Chase Boardroom

Honor n' Mingle Reception* · Sponsored by America's Preferred Home Warranty

This invitation only reception honors Michigan Realtor® of the Year nominees, as they celebrate this great accomplishment with 2017 Michigan Realtors® President, Jason Copeman.

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4:00 - 5:30 PM · DeVos Place - Ballroom CD

Grand Assembly · Sponsored by Century 21

Ken Schmidt · Harley-Davidson Motor Company

Join in on the opening session and keynote address by Ken Schmidt plus awards and graduation. Includes installation of 2018 Michigan Realtors® President, Sara Lipnitz.

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5:30 - 7:00 PM · DeVos Place - Ballroom AB

Welcome Reception in the Expo · Sponsored by Greater Regional Alliance of Realtors®

Open to all, complimentary hors d'oeuvres and one drink ticket per attendee. Get your complimentary drink ticket from the booth of one of the following sponsors.

Welcome Reception Sponsor, Greater Regional Alliance of Realtors® (Booth 86)
Beverage Sponsor,Wells Fargo (Booths 72 & 73)

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6:30 - 8:30 PM · Imperial Ballroom

CRS Reception · Sponsored by CRS

Do you hold your CRS designation and have an interest in learning how to be more involved? Would you like to know more about earning your CRS? Come network and learn more from your CRS hosts. Open to all.

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6:30 - 7:30 PM · Pantlind Ballroom

RPAC Major Investor Reception*

This invitation only event celebrates those investing in the future of the real estate through their 2017 RPAC investments of $1,000.

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9:00 PM - 12:00 AM · Atwater Brewery

YPN Synergy Series - The Convention • Sponsored by Guaranteed Rate

Join other young professionals in the industry for an evening of networking and fun to wrap up day one of The Convention! Wear your event name tag and bring plenty of business cards.

Sponsored by Guaranteed Rate

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6:45 - 7:45 AM · Amway Lyon Street Entrance

Art Dart Fun Running/Walking Tour

Pre-register for the GR Running & Walking Tour with Sara Lipnitz to find Art Prize pieces with cool stops along the way. Rain or shine! This event is located under the Skywalk to DeVos Place

Running Tour and Walking Tour will take place simultaneously.

*Pre-registration is required. Tours will take place rain or shine.*

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7:15 AM - 5:00 PM · Registration 1 & 2

The Convention Concierge · Sponsored by McClelland & Anderson

Let Michigan Realtors® staff be your one stop registration and question and answer source during The Convention.

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8:00 - 9:00 AM · DeVos Ballroom AB

Energy Boost with the Exhibitors

Enjoy coffee, and a light breakfast of individual yogurts, trail mix, Grand Plaza dried cherry granola bars and fresh fruit as you get your morning steps in with the exhibitors.

See who is exhibiting:
Michigan Realtors® Expo Floor Plan

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9:00 - 9:50 AM · DeVos Ballroom CD

Rise & Shine Keynote - Zap the Gap - Meagan Johnson · Sponsored by MSHDA • CE Marketplace Certified 1.0 hr

Meagan Johnson · Johnson Training Group

Zap the Generational Gap! and learn how to work with and among the many generations in today’s workplace & marketplace.

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10:00 - 11:40 AM · Ambassador East

From Boomers to Linksters - How to Work with each Generation - Meagan Johnson • Sponsored by Century 21 • CE Marketplace Certified 2.0 hrs

Meagan Johnson · Johnson Training Group

Learn how and why you have to understand every generation’s very different housing needs so you can effectively serve.

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10:00 - 11:40 AM · Ambassador West

Repeating Session: Running Your Business in a Low Inventory Market - Maura Neill • CE Marketplace Certified 2.0 hrs

Maura Neill · Maura Neill

A low inv market means shifting your skill set. How will you adjust? Bonus: Explore the psych of unrealistic sellers, angry buyers. Repeat session on 9/28 @1:15 pm

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10:00 - 11:40 AM · Pantlind Ballroom

New Strategies in Representing the Investment Buyer - Marcie Roggow • CE Marketplace Certified 2.0 hrs

Marcie Roggow · Creative Learning Concepts LLC.

Learn how to identify investment buyers and market to them so they see how real estate is the investment of choice and how to tap in.

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10:00 - 10:50 AM · Emerald Room

INNOVATE: Achieving Success in HUD Sales Today - Marcia Toms, Sage Acquisitions • CE Marketplace Certified 1.0 hr

Marcia Toms · Sage Acquisitions

Here’s an advanced edition of the original Successfully Selling HUD Homes class, for a deeper understanding of the HUD sales process.

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10:00 - 10:50 AM · Pearl Room

INNOVATE: How to Grow Your Business with 1031 Exchanges - Mark Baker, Real Estate Leadership Academy • CE Marketplace Certified 1.0 hr

Mark Baker · Real Estate Leadership Academy

What’s a 1031 exchange? Learn all about this tax deferment method for investment or business property owners.  

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10:00 - 10:50 AM · Vandenberg Room

Professionalism for REALTORS® in the Changing Online Landscape - Furhad Waquad • CE Marketplace Certified 1.0 hr

Here is an introduction to the .REALTOR top-level domain and suite of website, email and tool options exclusively for REALTORS®.

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11:00 AM - 2:00 PM · DeVos Ballroom AB

Expo Open

Browse the expo floor and learn about the exciting new products and services this year's exhibitors have to offer!

See who is exhibiting:
Michigan Realtors® Expo Floor Plan

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11:00 AM - 2:00 PM · DeVos Ballroom AB

RPAC Auction in the Expo

Start your biding early but come back often to secure top bid for great items. Bidding will pause for the afternoon expo recess. Stop back when expo re-opens at 3:30 PM.

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11:00 AM - 2:00 PM · DeVos Ballroom AB

Speaker Spot

Marki Lemons · Marki, Furhad Waquad, and Meagan Johnson · Johnson Training Group

Located just inside the entrance of the expo area, you will have a chance meet some of the convention speakers and purchase some of their books and merchandise.

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11:00 - 11:50 AM · Emerald Room

INNOVATE: The New HUD - Introducing E-Signature on HUD Contracts - Marcia Toms, Sage Acquisitions • CE Marketplace Certified 1.0 hr

Marcia Toms · Sage Acquisitions

Submitting electronically-signed contract pkgs per HUD’s requirements is A MUST. Learn every step to get it right in this session.

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11:00 - 11:50 AM · Pearl Room

INNOVATE: Crush-It with Disruption: How to Create Reactions & Close Business - Kristi Kennelly, Realtor.com • CE Marketplace Certified 1.0 hr

Kristi Kennelly · Realtor.com

In this session we’ll review the common philosophies of top agents, coaches and speakers…then go one step further to offer tactical advice so you can immediately get noticed in your market.

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11:00 - 11:50 AM · Vandenberg Room

Navigating the NAR

Carol Griffith · Griffith Realty, Pat Vredevoogd Combs · Coldwell Banker AJS Schmidt, Kevin Sears · National Association of Realtors®, Tracy Kasper · National Association of Realtors®, and Sara Lipnitz · Max Broock Realtors®

Join us for this panel discussion on how to navigate NAR from Realtors® who are experts at it.  

Moderator: Sara Lipnitz
Panelists: Carol Griffith, Pat Vredevoodgd Combs, Kevin Sears, Tracy Kasper

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12:00 - 1:15 PM · DeVos Ballroom AB

Networking Lunch in the Expo

Attendees enjoy a complimentary strolling lunch in the expo while networking with fellow attendees and exhibitors.

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1:00 - 4:00 PM · Governors Room

MRAEC Meeting & Knowledge Session

General membership meeting and educational program created by and for Realtor® Association executives and staff.

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1:15 - 2:55 PM · Ambassador East

All Things Facebook (Including Ads) - Marki Lemons • CE Marketplace Certified 2.0 hrs

Marki Lemons · Marki

Learn how to set up your Facebook accounts to promote yourself and your brand while building & maintaining fans.

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1:15 - 2:55 PM · Ambassador West

Repeat Session: Running Your Business in a Low Inventory Market - Maura Neill • CE Marketplace Certified 2.0 hrs

Maura Neill · Maura Neill

A low inv market means shifting your skill set. How will you adjust? Bonus: Explore the psych of unrealistic sellers, angry buyers. This a repeat of the session held on Thursday, September 28 at at 10:00 AM

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1:15 - 2:55 PM · Pantlind Ballroom

Top Policy Issues Facing Brokerages Today - Marcie Roggow • Sponsored by Art Van Furniture • CE Marketplace Certified Legal 2.0 hrs

Marcie Roggow · Creative Learning Concepts LLC.

Risk Management: create policy and procedures to avoid breach of fiduciary duties, ethical concerns and commissions from lawsuits within NAR Legal Scan.
 

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1:15 - 2:55 PM · Vandenberg Room

How to Explode Your Commercial Real Estate Prospecting Now! - Jim Gillespie • CE Marketplace Certified 2.0 hrs

Jim Gillespie · Advanced Commercial Real Estate Coaching

How to: Create lasting relationships in commercial real estate to turn prospects into clients and happy clients into referrals.

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1:15 - 2:05 PM · Emerald Room

INNOVATE: Branding, Co-Branding and Expanding - "The Art of Reciprocity" - Bubba Mills, Corcoran Consulting & Coaching • CE Marketplace Certified 1.0 hr

Bubba Mills · Corcoran Consulting & Coaching

Learn the power of “The Art Of Reciprocity” with Bubba and launch your business into a new stratosphere today!

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1:15 - 2:05 PM · Pearl Room

INNOVATE: Financing for Rural Home Purchase and Repair - Aileen Waldron, USDA • CE Marketplace Certified 1.0 hr

Aileen Waldron · USDA Rural Development

USDA Rural Development finances home purchases and improvements at fixed int rates + no $$$ down to assistance families in Michigan. Learn how!

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2:45 - 3:45 PM · Haldane Room

NAR Directors Meeting*

Gathering of 2017 NAR Directors to review current NAR issues.

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3:00 - 4:30 PM · Ruby Room

The YPN Perspective

New this year! Attend TED Talk styled sessions featuring topics important to young professionals in the industry. Learn about the new YPN Mentor Program.

Speakers:
Asa Fleming, NAR Leadership Academy
Gene Szpeinski
Ashley Dietch-Schaefer
Matt Liston

All Realtors® and affiliates welcome to attend.

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3:15 - 5:00 PM · Pantlind Ballroom

Broker Idea Exchange* - Can We Talk? - Marcie Roggow • CE Marketplace Certified 2.0 hrs

Marcie Roggow · Creative Learning Concepts LLC.

It's time for those Broker to Salesperson conversations. Difficult or simple, it's the best way to make sure everyone is on the right track to ensure success.

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3:15 - 4:55 PM · Ambassador East

Instantly Increase Your Sales with Instagram - Marki Lemons • CE Marketplace Certified 2.0 hrs

Marki Lemons · Marki

Learn how to use Instagram, Pinterest, and Flickr with great SEO to show off your listings and community for the world to see.

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3:15 - 4:55 PM · Ambassador West

Co-op(eration): Improving Customer Service Through Synergy with Your Competition - Maura Neill • CE Marketplace Certified 2.0 hrs

Maura Neill · Maura Neill

Explore building better relationships with other agents and leveraging them to benefit clients, yourself, our industry.

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3:15 - 4:55 PM · Vandenberg Room

How to Become the Listing King in Your Territory - Jim Gillespie • CE Marketplace Certified 2.0 hrs

Jim Gillespie · Advanced Commercial Real Estate Coaching

Rule the land by posting more for sale signs! This course will explain the importance of increasing your listing inventory and how it will help you to be more successful in the real estate industry.

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3:15 - 4:05 PM · Emerald Room

INNOVATE: The Un-Sick House (Indoor Air Quality) - Randall Patterson, Pillar to Post • CE Marketplace Certified 1.0 hr

Randall Patterson · Pillar To Post

Indoor air is outdoor air with indoor pollutants added. Learn how to successfully improve indoor air in homes.

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3:15 - 4:05 PM · Pearl Room

INNOVATE: Intro to RPR: From Desktop to Smartphone - Ernie Bottom, RPR • CE Marketplace Certified 1.0 hr

Ernie Bottom · RPR

Learn how top agents use Realtors Property Resource® as their all-in-one data and information source to build their business and impress clients.

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3:30 - 6:00 PM · DeVos Ballroom AB

Expo Open

Browse the expo floor and learn about the exciting new products and services this year's exhibitors have to offer!

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Michigan Realtors® Expo Floor Plan

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3:30 - 6:00 PM · DeVos Ballroom AB

RPAC Auction in the Expo

Make sure to revisit the RPAC Auction often to ensure you are in the top spot when the bidding ends. Tables start closing at 5:07 PM, live auction items start at 5:30 PM.

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5:00 - 6:00 PM · DeVos Ballroom AB

Happy Hour in the Expo

Don't miss all the excitement of the final hour of the expo! Connect with the exhibitors you've missed, learn if you've won a fabulous exhibitor prize giveaway, and bid for a win on the RPAC auction items. Exhibitor prize giveaway announcements begin at 5:15 PM, RPAC auction tables start closing at 5:07 PM and live auction starts at 5:30 PM. Get your complimentary drink ticket from the booth of one of the bar sponsors.

Quicken Loans (Booth 54)
Best Homes Title Agency (Booth 62 )

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5:00 - 5:30 PM · DeVos Ballroom AB

Meet the NAR Director Candidates

An introduction of the current NAR Director Candidates.

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6:00 - 6:30 PM · The Kitchen by Wolfgang Puck - Lake Michigan Room

Michigan Realtors® Past President Meeting*

Annual meeting of Michigan Realtors® Past Presidents. Invitation only event.

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6:30 - 9:00 PM · The Kitchen by Wolfgang Puck - Lake Huron & Superior Rooms

Michigan Realtors® Past President Reception & Dinner*

Gathering of Michigan Realtors® Past Presidents to celebrate their years of service to the association. Invitation only event.

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8:00 - 11:59 PM · Imperial Ballroom

Realtor® Royale - Sponsored by Caliber Home Loans

Let loose like the Mad Hatter at the Realtor® Royale! Join the festivities in a hat adorn with all things Realtor®. Follow the lights to the dance floor where DJ Chuck will play your favorite music as you dance the night away, because We’re All Mad Here! Complimentary Drink tickets given away in the expo on Thursday afternoon.

Costumes are always enjoyed but not required.

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7:30 - 9:00 AM · Center Concourse

The Final Morning Breakfast

Final day! Enjoy a delicious breakfast 7:30-8:30 am and coffee service until 9:00 am.

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7:30 - 9:00 AM · Pantlind Ballroom

Delegate Body - Check-In Begins at 7:30 AM

The Delegate Body Meeting is held annually for Delegates who are appointed by their local associations. All members are welcome to attend.

For delegate questions,
Contact Michigan Realtors®

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8:00 - 11:00 AM · Registration 1 & 2

The Convention Concierge · Sponsored by McClelland & Anderson

Let Michigan Realtors® staff be your one stop registration and question and answer source during The Convention.

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9:00 - 10:40 AM · Ambassador East

Fraud, Data Security and NPI - Tom Cronkright • CE Marketplace Certified Legal 2.0 hrs

Tom Cronkright · Sun Title Agency

See how data security directs the planning process for any organization to avoid falling victim to fraud and data security breaches. This a repeat of the session held on 9/27 @1:45 pm

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9:00 - 9:50 AM · Ambassador West

Vacation Panel Discussion

Jay DeBruyn · Shores of South Haven, Tom Hemingway · Bluefish Vacation Rentals, David Pierson · McClelland & Anderson, LLP, and Brian Westrin · Michigan Realtors®

Moderator: Brian Westrin
Panelists: David Pierson, Tom Hemingway, Jay DeBruyn

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10:50 AM - 12:30 PM · Ambassador East

The Internet of Things & Real Estate - Chris Coté • CE Marketplace Certified 2.0 hrs

Chris Coté · Center for Realtor® Technology

Learn everything: energy efficiency, security, safety, quality of life, smart home devices, and what to know when transferring ownership.
 

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10:50 AM - 12:30 PM · Ambassador West

Within the Law • CE Marketplace Certified Legal 2.0 hrs

Gail Anderson · McClelland & Anderson, Brian Westrin · Michigan Realtors®, and Greg McClelland · McClelland & Anderson

Join Michigan Realtors® legal counsel for current issues affecting the industry so you can protect yourself and build your business.

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12:15 - 12:45 PM · Grand Foyer

Realtors® Send Off

Attendees head home, ready to share fresh new ideas with their offices and communities after a few action packed days of learning and networking.

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