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Keeping it Real… Safe

I’m excited to be getting back to work, and helping to serve you!

As we begin to re-open the Michigan real estate market there are a few things I have to ask in order to keep everyone safe while following CDC, state, and association guidelines. These requests also apply to photos, pre-listing appointments, inspections, final walkthroughs, and any other appointment related to your real estate needs.

First and foremost: Please notify me if any person occupying or entering the property has been exposed to, diagnosed with, or quarantined as a result of COVID-19 or is experiencing fever, cough, shortness of breath or other cold or flu-like symptoms.

For home sellers or prospective home sellers:

  • Prior to and after any appointment or showing, please clean and disinfect all frequently touched surfaces such as doorknobs, handles, light switches, and countertops.
  • For all appointments, please unlock all doors, turn on lights/lamps, and open blinds to let light in and reduce surface contact.
  • For pre-listing walkthroughs, please open all interior doors.
  • For all new listings, please advise if you do not wish to allow in-person showings.
  • For any appointment that you must be present at the home, please remain on the opposite level of the home or exit the structure and maintain a 6 foot distance.
  • Please note that open houses are not allowed at this time.

For home buyers or prospective home buyers:

  • I will be providing a release form for every showing requested that must be signed prior to the showing taking place.
  • Please do not touch any surface or share items (pens, phones, tablets, etc) with others at the showing.
  • Please consider wearing gloves and a mask while viewing the home.
  • Please use hand sanitizer immediately prior to entering the home and upon exiting prior to getting into your car.

For everyone:
Please also note that there are restrictions in place on the number of people (4) that can be present in a home at one time, and those persons must maintain a 6 foot distance at all times. In addition, any conversation with a buyer or seller outside of a showing (where, by law, I must be present with the buyer) will not be conducted in-person. I have text messaging, email, IM, Zoom, phone, and more at my disposal for any needed conversation.

I appreciate your support and help to keep everyone safe.  

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It all started with a sign… complaint

Late last year I was enjoying the best sales year of my career thanks in part to some of the best clients I’ve ever had. That success led to a relationship with some amazing buyers that I helped snag their dream home in my own neighborhood who allowed me to put my sold sign in their yard after closing… which is when things got interesting…

For those who’ve followed my career you know I was a Keller Williams agent. That choice was made largely in part based on their willingness to let their agents advertise as they saw fit (Note: In the state of MI you have to work for a broker for at least 3 years). Then came a new 2017/18 state of Michigan law with very explicit rules around what was and was not allowed in an agents advertising – specifically signage.

… back to that sign in my buyer’s yard… a few weeks after closing I received a letter from our local real estate association that my sign was not in compliance. You see, my name was 1/16 of an inch larger than my broker’s name – which is an unforgivable sin, apparently.

As I stewed over the complaint on a trip to my parents an idea began to take hold. Faced with no other choice then to replace all of my signs (they are not cheap), I refreshed my memory and did some research on the requirements to get a broker’s license in Michigan. Thanks to my amazing clients in 2018 I found myself eligible to sit for the broker’s exam – and this time it was for keeps. Game on!

90 or so hours later I was ready sit for my broker exam, and passed!!! A few forms, signs, and many dollars later FreedomRE is now an independent entity ready to accept clients with the same world class service I’ve always provided (granted, it’s gotten much better as I’ve learned the ropes – apologies to past clients that endured my learning curve – professional photos anyone??).

Anyway, the point of this post is to say “thank you” to whoever the anonymous troll was with nothing better to do with their time than report an insanely minor infraction. Without your push over the edge who knows, maybe I would still be schlepping my old broker with my hard earned commissions.

As always, for those who have put their trust in me to get the job done, I am eternally grateful. For those looking to work with someone that will give them the attention and appreciation they deserve I welcome you. For anyone that refers me to their family member, friend, or co-worker I will never forget you, and promise you I will do everything in my power to get the results desired!

#freedomre #nonstop #lansing #real estate

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Greater Lansing Real Estate

Mark Jacobsen with FreedomRE is your source for real estate in the greater Lansing area. Serving Okemos, Holt, Mason, Haslett, East Lansing, Grand Ledge, DeWitt, Dimondale, Williamston, and more I will be happy to help you with your buying and selling needs!

Don't just take my word for it. Here's what my clients have to say...
"We enjoyed the process of purchasing a house with Mark. We sent him on an adventure all over the greater Lansing area, and he was always prompt, and always ready to explore options with us, whether in Portland, Saint Johns, Okemos, or Howell – even all on the same day! After a small number of showings, Mark clued in on what we were interested in, and it felt like he could tell what we were thinking about each house before we discussed at the end of each showing. Our great experience continued once we were under contract, with Mark guiding us through each step of the process and offering insight with respect to opportunities for negotiation and how the real estate market operates. We especially appreciated how much of the purchase process we could complete online, avoiding exposure during the coronavirus pandemic. We will happily recommend Mark to any of our friends in need of a real estate agent."

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Happy Thanksgiving

I hope you have a very happy Thanksgiving with family, friends, and/or neighbors.

This year I have much to be thankful for, but I am extremely grateful for those of you who have put your faith and trust in me to help you sell or find that home you have or will make many memories in. It’s an honor I don’t take lightly, and for that I give you thanks.

Have a very happy Thanksgiving and Christmas season.You or someone you know looking to buy or sell?

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I know many of my clients are only interested in certain cities in the greater Lansing area. In the interest of providing you only what you want I’ve setup Twitter accounts in the cities I serve so that you can see properties as they become available. Please take a moment to follow the accounts of interest to you…

Okemos: @OkemosRealty

Haslett: @HaslettRealty

East Lansing: @EastLansingRE

Dewitt: @DewittRealty

Holt: @HoltRealty

Williamston: @WilliamstonRE

Lansing: @LansingRealty

Mason: @Mason_Realty

Grand Ledge: @GrandLedge_RE

If you want all of them in one place, feel free to follow my list, or just follow me!

And last, but not least, if you want custom results just for you simply contact me to setup a tailored search!
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A Mobile Friendly Experience

We all have to start somewhere. Still, I’d like to apologize for the less than optimal mobile experience on the site since launch. While it was easy enough to resize the page that shouldn’t be required.

I’m happy to announce that as of today the site loads properly when viewing from the desktop or a smartphone. Now when you follow a link from one of our Twitter accounts or Facebook you will see the home you’re interested in sized for you to view!

Of course, nothing beats seeing a home in person. Please contact me if you’re interested in buying or selling a home in the Greater Lansing area. I’ll make sure your home is seen in the best light.You or someone you know looking to buy or sell?

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Let’s Get Social

Ok, besides saying “hi” if you see me in person, I have a few social media locations you can connect with me on as well.  In trying to provide the absolute best service that I can to you, feel free to like, follow, friend, pin, or just drop a line on…






Of course, as always you can reach me via email using [email protected] or Text/Call 517-252-4440


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