Fellow Members,
Happy Holidays!  I hope you're able to take extra time to enjoy this special time of year with friends and family (and eat good food). 
2017 has flown by, and it is hard to believe I am at the end of my year as your GMAR Chairman.  I would like to give a special "thank you" to the GMAR staff for their support this year.  One thing I have learned while networking with brokers from other parts of the country is that many boards do not have an expert staff that is dedicated to their success in the same way as ours!  This is something we can truly be thankful for at this time of year.  I would also like to thank our Board of Directors for good discourse throughout the year.  We moved forward on some very important issues to our industry and local market. 
I hope you're able to join me in welcoming incoming Chair Vickie Kelsall at the Hyatt this Wednesday evening for the Holiday Party!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year,
Mike Kollmansberger
Your 2017 Chairman

Listed below is an example of another annoying scam that is going around. Although this email comes from a "Theresa Baugh," the current scams going around come from different agents from all over the country. We have not heard of any of our members falling victim to these scams, perhaps because they have become so common place, like the Nigerian Prince that wants to give you millions of dollars. However, scams evolve and become more sophisticated.  Please keep the GMAR apprised of any scam emails you receive and we'll alert the members.
My name is Teresa Baugh, a Realtor with PMZ Real Estate in Modesto, CA, I have a client who is interested in buying a property in your area of expertise, Please let me know if you're available to help them out and I will send their contact details and the listings they are interested in.
I look forward to hearing from you!  Have a great day!
PMZ Real Estate
License # 01180170
Direct: (209) 505-1882
1200 East Orangeburg Avenue
Modesto, Ca 95350
Here is a response GMAR members have received from the real Teresa Baugh:  

Thank you for your email, this is a scam of some sort, please do not open anything as I did not send you an email!
If you would, please contact your Board of Realtors and ask that they send out a group email to your agents in your area, as it appears this was sent out possibly to your entire board as well as all over the country.
I have received more than 500 emails/text and emails from agents that received this same message.
This now has been going on for more than two weeks.
Thank you again!
PMZ Real Estate
tbaugh@pmz.com  or
License # 01180170

Direct: (209) 505-1280
Fax: (209) 551-1280
1200 East Orangeburg Avenue

NAR believes this legislation puts home values at risk and dramatically undercuts the incentive to own a home.  Click here to read more.
A new Call For Action from NAR will be issued later today.  If you haven't already signed up to receive CFAs on your phone, please text ACTION to 30644.
The Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce (MMAC) unveiled an online school quality map for all Milwaukee County schools receiving public funds. The map provides an interactive, transparent tool for the community to identify and quantify success and areas in need of improvement in our region's publicly funded schools.
The GMAR store is closing at the end of the day Thursday, December 14th and everything in the store is 50% off. Stop in and stock up!

If you have any questions, please call Alberta: 414-778-4929.
Congratulations to the following GMAR members on receiving an industry designation:
Christianne Camera, RE/MAX Gallery - GRI
Annette Herbert, RE/MAX Service First LLC - PSA
Joseph Massimino, Shorewest, Realtors - ABR
Lindsay Mertz, Shorewest, Realtors - ABR
Barbara Moran, First Weber Inc - ABR
Karen Taylor, Redevelopment Authority of the City of Milwaukee - GRI
Dui White, Shorewest, Realtors - ABR
For more information on designations, click here.

Wednesday December 6th at the Hyatt Regency Hotel Downtown
The Celebration Will Include the Annual Awards For:
Realtor® of the Year - Roxanne Platz, First Weber Inc.
Affiliate of the Year -  A+ Mortgage Services, Inc.
Dedicated Service Award - Laura Kruschka, RE/MAX Realty 100
And the GMAR Board of Directors Installation:
2018 GMAR Chairwoman: Vickie Kelsall, Century 21 Affiliated
Gary Swittel, RE/MAX Realty 100
Jeremy Rynders, Keller Williams
Arthur Mays, Realty Among Friends
Amy Curler, First Weber Inc.
New this year: End your evening with cocktails and conversation after dinner at the rooftop ballroom of the Hyatt with great views of the city! We will have a cash bar as well as sponsored drinks and food. 
REALTOR® & GOVERNEMNT DAY - February 7, 2018
Join your colleagues from the GMAR and REALTORS® from across the state as they converge in Madison on Wednesday, February 7 to help shape the laws that impact you and your real estate business. The first 300 registrants are free. Register now by calling or emailing Marne Stuck. (414)778-4929.
Don't want to drive? Ride the bus and enjoy lunch for FREE thanks for our sponsors: Chicago Title, HMS Home Warranty, House To Home Inspections, Landmark Credit Union, and RE/MAX Realty 100. If you are interested in reserving a seat on the bus, please let Marne know when you call to register.  Space is limited to 50 passengers.  

Become an Envoy Mortgage Certified Realtor to better assist your veteran buyers and grow your VA business! To help get you there, Envoy is now offering our VA Realtor Boot Camp, a nationally recognized program with great post-training reviews.
Some topics which will be covered:
  • How to best relate to veterans
  • Key phrases to learn and use
  • Myth-busting some of the common misconceptions about the program
  • How to grow your business with this program
Location: GMAR - 12300 W Center St, Milwaukee, WI 53222
Date: Thursday, December 14th
Time: 11:45 Lunch, class starts promptly at noon; teaching complete by 1:15 PM with Q&A to follow
To Register (required) and for Full Details visit:

To learn more about local real estate or to become a GMAR member visit gmar.com