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About the Real Property Law Section

The Real Property Law Section provides education and information on real property law issues through seminars, publications, and networking events, as well as advocacy in the Legislature and in precedential cases involving real property law.

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As a member, you will receive the Section’s publication, the Michigan Real Property Review, and the Section's monthly e-Newsletter, which consistently highlights hot topics in Michigan real property law.

Our CLE programs include Summer and Winter Conferences, "Groundbreaker" Breakfast Roundtables, Homeward Bound Series, and "Meet & Greet" programs which provide an opportunity for all members to gather for outstanding educational programming, networking, and most importantly, a lot of fun. To become a member, click here PDF.

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Take the opportunity to get involved by writing for one of our publications, presenting at a conference or seminar, or joining one of the committees that cover virtually every area in real estate law. Click here to find a list and description of our Committees and how you can join, or check out the committees you're already subscribed to.

A Statement from the Real Property Law Section Regarding the COVID-19 Pandemic

On March 23, 2020, Governor Whitmer issued Executive Order 2020-21 (COVID-19).  It is described as the temporary requirement to suspend activities that are not necessary to sustain or protect life.

The Governor declared a state of emergency in Michigan on March 10, 2020.  In accordance with the powers vested in the Governor as a result of the declaration of a state of emergency, and to suppress the spread of COVID-19 and protect the health of the citizens of Michigan, she has issued the Executive Order to direct residents to remain at home or in their place of residence to the maximum extent feasible. The Order continues at least through April 13, 2020.

There are exceptions to the Order as described in Paragraph 7, and further exceptions to the order that include workers who are necessary to protect life or those who conduct minimum basic operations. The former workers are those defined as “critical infrastructure workers” and the latter are workers whose in-person presence is necessary to perform certain limited functions. Please see Paragraph 4 of the Order. The Order further references the description of critical infrastructure workers in the guidance promulgated by the Director of the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency dated March 19, 2020. A link to that guideline is provided here.

Ramifications of the Executive Order will unfold as the pandemic continues but in the meantime, close scrutiny of the Order is strongly recommended in determining what persons, if any, should be working onsite.

When evaluating how to comply with the Executive Order, bear in mind that the Order states: “This order must be construed broadly to prohibit in-person work that is not necessary to sustain or protect life.”

Implementation and enforcement of the Order will be the subject of many conversations now and in the future.

The Real Property Law Section continues to operate but all meetings in the near future will be conducted remotely with call-in functionality. Time will provide more guidance as this experience is negotiated, but in the meantime, be safe and guard your health zealously.

How to Use SBM Connect by David Nykanen, 2016–2017 RPLS Chair


Homeward Bound” 2018-19 “on-demand webcast” now available for those who did not attend the series.

Summer Conference 2019 “on-demand webcast” now available for those who did not attend the conference.


The Michigan Real Property Review provides peer-reviewed, in depth analysis of current topics in real estate law, and is considered a preeminent publication in real estate law in the State of Michigan. Login to view the Review.

Spring-Summer 2019

  • Amendments to the Michigan Construction Lien Act: A Jumpstart to Priority for Design Professionals
  • Public Act 572 Amends Marketable Record Title Act Creating a Clash of Titans with Michigan Recording
  • The FDCPA and the “Meaningful Attorney Involvement” Standard
  • The Michigan State Housing Development Authority
  • Judicial Decisions & Legislation Affecting Real Property

The Section's monthly e-Newsletter highlights hot topics in Michigan real property law.
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