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In today’s real estate market, you need to work with a real estate professional you can trust. Tom Schindler is dedicated to providing the absolute finest service and expertise possible for my clients. Whether you are buying or selling your first home, your primary residence, a second home, or relocating to a new neighborhood or thinking about building your dream home, Tom can help make your home ownership dreams come true.

Tom Schindler is a lifetime resident of Jackson, Michigan and has been actively involved in the real estate industry for more than 31 plus years. Tom’s experience includes representing home buyers and sellers in all price ranges and areas in Jackson and the surrounding counties.

Tom is a licensed realtor and specializes in listing and selling executive level properties throughout the Jackson and surrounding areas. He is considered a relocation expert, working with human resource personnel of major corporations assisting with key employees transferring to the Jackson area.  Because of his extensive knowledge of the city and surrounding communities, Tom’s professional relocation services are in top demand.

Whether in the buying or selling process, my website is packed full of information to help you.

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Thomas was a very knowledgeable and professional agent. I am a young home buyer and I will definitely call Tom for future purchase and sale of my homes. J. Crist
Tom Schindler has sold two homes for me over the last seven years. Both homes were in Michigan and I live in Arizona. He has above average technology skills which made these sales possible and easy for me. Tom has many excellent contacts in Jackson and is well respected in the community. He was always in contact with me and responded to my calls to him immediately. Even though home sales in the area were slow at the time, he was able to sell my homes in a short amount of time and at a good price. I would recommend Tom in the future to anyone. Mary Ellen S.
Tom, was excellent in helping me buy my second rental unit. He has and will be my Realtor. He goes up &'beyond for his customer, and that's what I want as a customer. I would highly recommend him. J. Susskind
Tom did a great job helping us find our new home. We were from out of town and he helped find the right area of town that fit our lifestyle. Enjoyed his personality and perspective on the homes we looked at. Barry J.
Tom worked diligently and patiently for several years to find me my dream home. He made the home buying process as simple and stress-free as possible and was always responsive and knowledgeable to my many questions. Tom is the best realtor in the area and I would not hesitate to recommend his services. Ellen V.
He made EXCELLENT pre listing recommendations that really made an amazing difference and costed very little to implement. He had a great pricing recommendation to get more traffic. He went above and beyond the call as we were out of town during very critical times. He was very professional. He handled some unusual circumstances much better than I did. Overall, great job. Sold the house in less than 90 days in a not peak selling season. You will be happy you listed with him. He does what he says he is going to do, when he says he will do it. S. Ford
Tom helped us buy a home in Jackson while we were still living in Pennsylvania. He was very helpful and went above and beyond in his efforts to assist us. He is very knowledgeable about the Jackson market and I would highly recommend him for anyone's real estate needs. Jerry C.
Tom Schindler sold our home quickly and handled every aspect of the process with the utmost integrity. I have since recommended him to friends/family in the market of buying/selling a home and will definitely leverage his expertise and professionalism for all of my future real estate needs. Tracy M.
Tom worked with me to help me buy my first home. He assisted me every step of the way, with patience, and wisdom from many years of real estate experience. Tom knows the local area very well, and has a calm, "no pressure" demeanor that I appreciate. I will go to him again for my real estate needs. Matt D.
Tom made our home buying experience far greater than we expected. He understood what we wanted and was pivotal in us buying our dream home. We couldn't be happier with his services and won't hesitate to recommend him to others. Brian K.
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Can an EU Rule Impact Your Real Estate Business? It Might

What authority does the European Union have over your real estate business? That’s a tricky question, but an E.U. rule that takes effect next month could end up affecting your business in some manner. That’s because any European that comes to your web site to browse listings will be covered by what’s called the GDPR. That stands for General Data Protection Regulation and it won’t let your web site drop a cookie on a European’s computer unless you get affirmative consent. That means a box that says something like, “We use cookies. OK if we put one on your computer?,” has to pop up when someone from the European Economic Area comes to your web site. What’s more, if you process data on a European you have to be ready to delete that data if you’re requested to. That means you have to have a way to identify  that data so you can take the action requested.

As you can imagine, how the EU would enforce this is a big, unanswered question. There will probably be litigation, too. So, it’s possible it will be a while before anything actually happens that affects U.S. businesses. But there are other things to keep in mind. First, the United States might align its rules with the E.U. Second, regardless of that, many U.S. businesses might align their online privacy and security  practices with the E.U. model, regardless of enforcement. That means you’ll probably see more U.S. companies asking for affirmative consent when anyone comes to their web sites. Third, there could be alignment with European rules on data processing, too.

This is all speculation. The rule is real but it’s actual impact here can’t be fully known yet. But you can see where things are heading and it’s not a bad idea to take steps to be prepared for however things shake out.

NAR will be hosting a Facebook Live webcast next week, on Tuesday, April 24, at 1 p.m., Central time (2 p.m., Eastern time) to walk you through what’s happening and what you might do to be ready. The presenters will be Finley Maxson, NAR senior counsel, and Liz Sturrock, NAR vice president of information technology. They’ll be talking with Meg White, managing editor of REALTOR® Magazine.

You’re encouraged to ask questions. Here’s more information on the event: EU Privacy Rule: Are You Impacted?

How Suburbanization Impacts Rural Home Loans

Federally backed home loans from the Rural Housing Service have been called one of the the government’s best kept secrets because buyers can get safe, affordable mortgage financing in areas where few other loan options are available. The underwriting requirements are considered both strong and reasonable, and, maybe most important, homes that wouldn’t be eligible for loans by conventional lenders are often eligible under the federal program. That’s because RHS recognizes that in rural areas, houses are not always built to meet the needs of suburban or urban buyers. The agency’s old name—Farmers Home Administration (FmHA)—says a lot about where the agency is coming from.

That’s why it’s significant that the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which oversees RHS, undertook a reassessment of what constitutes a rural area. That assessment was just completed and in about two months—June 4—a new map of rural areas takes affect. When it does, some areas that used to be considered rural are no longer considered that. One example is Ashburn, Va. Like so many areas in Northern Virginia, it’s being swallowed up by the D.C. metropolitan area. It’s now another suburb.

That means households who might struggle to get financing to buy a home can no longer count on direct or guaranteed loans from RHS. They’ll have to find conventional financing or maybe try FHA.

The good news for buyers in many of these new suburbs is their choice in lenders has probably increased along with the area’s population. In other words, maybe RHS is less needed now, because conventional lenders have moved in to take advantage of the area’s growth. But every area is different. There are probably a number of areas where the choice in lenders hasn’t kept up with growth, so the RHS loans will be missed.

In any case, it makes sense to learn if your area has been affected. The latest Voice for Real Estate news video from NAR talks about this and walks you through how you can see the status of your area.

The video also looks at some things FEMA is doing to encourage growth in private flood insurance options. Thanks in large part to a new consumer advocate in the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the agency said it will allow homeowners to drop their federal coverage and get private coverage instead without incurring any penalty. Prior to this change, you couldn’t do that. You had to keep your federal coverage even if you found cheaper or better private coverage. That consumer advocate, by the way, is there in large part thanks to NAR, which made sure it was part of flood insurance reform legislation that passed a few years ago. We’re now seeing the benefits of that.

In another change, insurance companies that offer the federal coverage can now also offer a private alternative. Again, that wasn’t allowed before. There are a few more improvements like that. The video walks you through them.

Also in the video is an update on competition in the real estate industry. You might recall that it was 10 years ago that NAR and the U.S. Department of Justice entered into an agreement to make sure virtual office websites (VOWs) are treated the same as brick and mortar brokerages in obtaining MLS data to share with people. That agreement expires later this year and the first of two workshops was held in Washington looking at the state of competition today. NAR Associate General Counsel Ralph Holmen (retired) participated in that workshop and made the point that the VOW business model wasn’t a big part of the market 10 years ago and is even smaller today, in part because it involves creating a client relationship with people who want to look at listings on your site. For many brokerages, it’s easier just to offer up listings without having to set up that client relationship first. NAR has said it doesn’t plan to change its VOW policy when that DOJ agreement expires.

The video also excerpts from the NAR Broker Summit that was held in Nashville earlier this month and also introduces a monthly video series NAR is launching for the year, Fair Housing Focus. The video is part of NAR’s recognition of the 50-year anniversary of the Fair Housing Act.

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Infrastructure Improvement Means Real Estate Activity

When the Trump administration released its $1.5 trillion infrastructure plan last month, it set in motion a multi-year process that could eventually lead to considerable investment in communities. Of course, Congress must pass legislation to make much of it happen. Although there are some parts that the administration can do on its own, a lot of the plan will require both authorizing and funding legislation, so how close we get to that $1.5 trillion goal is dependent on what lawmakers can agree on in the next year or two.

Regardless, with the country’s roads, bridges, waterways, dams, and other public projects aging, some projects will be getting funds in the years ahead whether or not the plan is all or partly enacted. The question for you is, how will you get involved? Will you get involved upfront, when projects are in the planning stages, or will you get involved after projects get going? Often, bridge replacement means land transactions, because it’s not unusual for a replacement bridge to be built alongside the existing bridge. That means government might have to acquire or condemn nearby property. Or if a road is widened—will that involve acquisition or condemnation of land?

Property values tend to go up after infrastructure improvements are made. In northern Virginia, expansion of the metropolitan subway system had a tremendous impact on property values along the new tracks. Huge condo, apartment, retail, office, and mixed-use projects followed. It triggered a real estate boom.

The administration’s infrastructure plan is featured in the latest Voice for Real Estate news video from NAR. Access that segment now.

The video also looks at why NAR supports the banking reform bill that passed the Senate a couple of weeks ago, why passage of long-term reform of federal flood insurance is just as much about improving communities as it is about continuation of insurance policies, and why Congress needs to make mortgage debt forgiveness relief a permanent part of the tax code. Cyber crime and association health plans are covered, too.

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