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How to Take Better Real Estate Listing Photos

This is the first installment of a series of articles designed to help you sell more properties by showcasing your listings with better photographs. The saying, “A picture is worth a thousand words” is especially true In Real Estate: a picture can be worth thousands of dollars in commissions to you. The quality of your…

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What the Heck is an M&A License?

Michigan M&A License for man laying brick

No, the M is not for Mason! Before getting licensed in Michigan, builders need to decide whether to apply for a Michigan Residential Builders license or an M&A Contractor license.  But many builders don’t even know what an M&A license is. M&A stands for Maintenance and Alteration, but that does NOT mean the M&A Contractor…

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2015 Michigan Residential Code Errors and Conflicts

In the 2015 Michigan Residential Code book some mistakes were found. The following are errors and conflicts that have been identified at this point. The Bureau of Construction Codes (BCC) has reviewed these issues. The Director of Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) has delegated the authority to make, and has approved, the following…

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New York Real Estate License Renewal Requirements

All licensees are required to successfully complete 22.5 hours of approved continuing education, including at least 3 hours of fair housing and/or discrimination in the sale or rental of real property or an interest of real property, within the two-year period immediately preceding a renewal. New York Realtors have a license renewal date of July…

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Do the New EPA Pesticide Rules Apply to You?

Pesticide Regualtions

As of January 2, 2017, new regulations from the EPA that govern pesticides are now in effect. Federal law requires any person who applies or supervises the use of restricted use pesticides (RUPs) to be certified in accordance with EPA regulations and state, territorial and tribal laws. Do these affect you? To answer this question, first…

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Pesticides Blamed for Bumble Bee Losses

Rusty Patched Bumble Bee

On January 11, 2017, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service placed the Rusty Patched Bumble Bee Protected on the Endangered Species list. This is the first time ever that bees have been placed on the list. Part of the official document states, “While the exact cause of the species’ decline is uncertain, the primary causes attributed…

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Online Video Courses for Texas Pesticide Applicators

Online video continuing education courses are now available for pesticide applicators in Texas. The Texas Department of Agriculture has approved a new series of online video training courses for pesticide applicators who need to renew their license and/or certification. The courses are available 24/7 and can be taken from any internet connected device including computers,…

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Nebraska Pesticide Applicators, Complete your Re-certification Course Online!

The Nebraska Department of Agriculture has approved the first and only online video re-certification program for private pesticide applicators. This ground-breaking new program allows private applicators to complete the required continuing education for re-certification from the comfort of their own home. This program is available 24/7, is taught by an actual instructor (Gene Merkl) on…

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