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For millions of moderate-income home buyers, there’s an important money-saving question looming in 2017: Will Congress reinstate deductions for mortgage insurance premiums as part of its overhaul of the federal tax code?

The authorization for this benefit to middle-income owners expired on Dec. 31, 2016. As a result, it will not be available for borrowers during 2017 and beyond unless reauthorized through congressional action.

Mortgage insurance premiums are charged by lenders when borrowers make a down payment of less than 20%.

After careful deliberation of many quality applicants the Traverse Area Association of REALTORS® (TAAR) has selected Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Northwestern Michigan as its Primary Nonprofit Partner for the next two years

In this partnership, the TAAR members will become a prominent Corporate Sponsor of Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Northwestern Michigan, volunteer to mentor children, support and participate in events, and strengthen community partnerships of Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Northwestern Michigan in the region.

Making the decision to buy your first home is exciting. Being prepared to make it happen is crucial. Here are some steps to make the process flow smoothly.

Your credit history and credit score are the biggest factors lenders use to determine whether you’re a risky borrower. As you get ready to apply for a mortgage, check your credit report, and if needed, file written disputes to eliminate errors.

As anticipated, the Fed raised the Fed Funds Rate by 0.25% on Wednesday, December 14th. They are now predicting three rate hikes in 2017, up from the two forecasted in September. They also said that inflation has increased since earlier this year, but it is still below the Fed's 2% long run objective.

The hike is likely to have minimal effect on the average homeowner, whose monthly mortgage payment would only increase by $25, according to a recent Zillow analysis.

The average hours worked in Michigan to cover a monthly Mortgage are among the lowest in the country at  32.44 hours a month of an average income to cover an average monthly mortgage payment with the Median Home Listing Price at $149,000, 30-year fixed-mortgage rate at 3.68%, Monthly mortgage payment at $763, and Household income at $49,087. 

Learn more about how Michigan home affordability stacks up in the U.S.  at GOBankingRates.com

2017 Annual Strawberries & Toast Affiliate EXPO

2017 Annual TAAR/Affiliate Golf Outing

Affiliate After Hours & Chili Cook-Off Competition

Joe Minicozzi Grand Traverse County 3D Economic Analysis Presentation

Joe Minicozzi Grand Traverse County 3D Economic Analysis Presentation

Joe Minicozzi Grand Traverse County 3D Economic Analysis Presentation

Lunch & Learn - Retirement Planning for REALTORS®

Lunch & Learn - RADON (A WCR-hosted Event)

**CANCELLED** Continuing Education Class + Code of Ethics CADILLAC

Lunch & Learn - Fractional Ownership Real Estate

Lunch & Learn - Send Out Cards Appreciation Marketing

Lunch & Learn - IDX Websites for Realtors

Lunch & Learn - Digital Marketing for Realtors (SCORE)

Lunch & Learn - The Wellness Champions

TAAR REALTOR® Safety Series - Homeowner Safety

TAAR REALTOR Safety Series - 2 Hour Hands on Personal

Lunch & Learn - Small Business Marketing for Realtors (SCORE)

Lunch & Learn - THE MOLDY TRUTH / What REALTORS need to know

TAAR REALTOR Safety Series - Personal Safety

SOLD OUT!! - TAAR REALTOR Safety Series - Personal Safety

Lunch & Learn - Facebook for Your Real Estate Business - Capital Title

Lunch & Learn - Non-Public Information

6 Credit Continuing Education Class + Code of Ethics

6 Credit Continuing Education Class + Code of Ethics

6 Credit Continuing Education Class

TAAR Welcomes NAR Economist Lawrence Yun

2016 Annual General Membership Meeting

2016 Annual TAAR Christmas Party

2016 TAAR Affiliate Appreciation Event - TAILGATE PARTY!!!

2016 Annual TAAR/Affiliate Golf Outing

Affiliate After Hours & Chili Cook-off Competition

Lunch & Learn - "Ask the Underwriter"

2016 TAAR Strawberries & Toast

Lunch & Learn - Educating Your Client on the Lending Process

Lunch & Learn - REVERSE MORTGAGES

SOLD OUT!! Lunch & Learn - Septic and Sewer Inspections

TAAR Meet and Greet - Caberfae Peaks Cadillac

MSHDA/RD Free Con-Ed - "Delivering the Dream"

Lunch & Learn - Customer Service Techniques - Traverse City State Bank

Lunch & Learn - Professional Women in Building

Lunch & Learn - On-Air Advertising Strategies

Lunch & Learn "CFPB Changes"

Business On Tap - TAAR After Hours Event / National Cherry Festival

TAAR Affiliate After Hours - We're Going WEST! Hotel Frankfort

Lunch & Learn "The Buy and Sell Agreement"

Lunch & Learn "Reverse Mortgages for Purchase"

LUNCH & LEARN - "Underwriting Updates and Conditions" - 5/3 Bank

Independence Day Observed - TAAR Office Closed

MSHDA / RD Con-Ed Training (2 CE Credits)

Presidents Day and Washington's Birthday

LUNCH & LEARN - "Reverse Mortgages for Purchase" - Lunch Provided!

LUNCH & LEARN - "New Dawn in Closings - 2015" - Lunch Provided!

2015 Annual TAAR Realtor/Affiliate Golf Outing

Memorial Day - TAAR CLOSED

LUNCH & LEARN - "Time Traps" - Traverse City State Bank

Christmas Eve - TAAR CLOSING EARLY

LUNCH & LEARN - The Homeowner's Policy - Mid-American Title

Conservation Easement LEGAL Workshop - GTRLC

Conservation Easements Workshop - GTRLC

Lunch & Learn Workshop - Send Out Cards

TAAR Affiliate After Hours - Affiliate Appreciation

Fair Housing Workshop for Rental Professionals

Lunch & Learn - HomeStyle Renovation Loans

Technology Training for Realtors

LUNCH & LEARN - Ways to Resolve Down Payment Issues

LUNCH & LEARN CANCELLED - VA Loans

WCR Home Tour - TAAR Conference Center

WCR Home Tour - TAAR Conference Center

Seller Representative Specialist (SRS) Designation Training

Robert's Rules / Parliamentary Procedures

2014 Annual TAAR Affiliate/Realtor Golf Outing

CON-ED Course - MSHDA & RURAL DEVELOPMENT

CON-ED Course - "Road to Good Credit"