Tom Darger

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Tom Darger is a 25-year plus veteran of the Midland real estate market, and an Associate Broker with experience in residential, Sanford Lake waterfront, vacant land, and commercial properties. Tom participated in the Michigan Realtors® Land Use Academy; he is a Michigan Realtors® trained mediator and has been involved with leadership forums throughout his professional career. He is an active member of the Midland Board of Realtors® in District #4, most recently serving as their Past President Director, RPAC Co-Chair and as a member of the Tri-County Professional Standards Committee, with prior positions of PR Chair, Treasurer, Vice-President, and 2013 President of Board of Directors. He was voted Realtor® of the YEAR for 2013 and then elected by his peers to the Michigan Realtors® Board of Directors in 2014 - 2016 as District #4 Director.

Tom is a lifelong Midland/Michigan resident, working and living in District #4. His education includes a BA from SVSU, and a fellowship from Michigan State University. He and his family have a long standing tradition of service to Midland both with community and public service organizations including the Midland Kiwanis and Midland Kiwanis Foundation, Tom is currently serving as the Midland Kiwanis President Elect. In his time off Tom enjoys the summer months on the lake listening to the Tigers on the old-fashioned radio.

With the 2017 and 2019 Michigan Realtors® Presidents being from small communities (Marquette MI & Marshal MI) Tom feels it’s a good reflection of a huge chunk of the Michigan Realtors® membership. In 2016 the BOD voted unanimously to reserve a NAR directorship for the small board membership. One of the areas Tom would like to see a bit more emphasis placed by the leadership of MR is in the promotion of home ownership, as an investment over time and the economic wealth accruing benefits of being an owner. The over 28,000 Michigan members, with the right creative digital toolbox, could be a public relations army fighting for economic prosperity and the American Dream!

Finally, Tom has some serious reservations about the ever expanding time it takes to close a residential loan and what appears to be an "ATM Transaction" mentality toward the home purchase. He has a strong conviction that the pendulum has swung too far toward easing buyer cancellation options and plans to cast a watchful eye over any discussions to further those efforts.

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