GMAR Weekly Digest
for April 29, 2019
SENTRILOCK REFRESHER
If your office is in need of a SentriLock refresher or there are agents in your office who still need to be trained - GMAR staff will attend one of your office meetings or you can schedule a meeting at the GMAR. Many offices have already reached out to us and have found it very helpful.
 
If you would like to schedule a time, please email  Michelle Kohn .
WI DOT RECRUITS FOR REAL ESTATE SPECIALIST POSITIONS IN WAUKESHA AND EAU CLAIRE or SUPERIOR
The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (DOT) is currently recruiting for two Real Estate Specialist positions (Waukesha, WI and Eau Claire or Superior, WI).
 
DEADLINE TO APPLY: TUESDAY, April 30

Job posting for the positions can be viewed at the link provided below:

SCHOOL DISTRICT OF MENOMONEE FALLS HOSTS TOUR
Please join us for coffee and a tour of the School District of Menomonee Falls with Superintendent, Corey Golla and School Board President, Faith VanderHorst on May 2 from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.
Learn why the School District of Menomonee Falls is internationally recognized as one of the highest-performing school districts in the state and one of the top places to live in Wisconsin. 

The event starts at 9:00 a.m. at the SDMF District Office (W156N8480 Pilgrim Road, Menomonee Falls) with the tour departing at 9:30 a.m.
 
MILITARY RELOCATION PROFESSIONAL (MRP) CERTIFICATION
The Military Relocation Professional (MRP) Certification Course will be offered on May 2 at the GMAR Office (12300 W. Center Street, Milwaukee).

 
When military staff and their families relocate, the services of a real estate professional who understands their needs and timetables makes the transfer easier, faster, and less stressful. This certification focuses on educating real estate professionals about working with current and former military service members to find the housing solutions that best suit their needs and take full advantage of military benefits and support.
 
The Military Relocation Professional Certification course counts towards earning NAR's Military Relocation Professional Certification as well as one REBAC-elective course toward the ABR ® designation.
 
Benefits for Agents
NAR’s Military Relocation Professional (MRP) certification educates REALTORS® about working with U.S. service members and their families and veterans to find the housing solutions that best suit their needs and to take full advantage of available benefits and support.
 
Following completion of the MRP Certification, MRP members will:

  • Understand the processes and procedures involved in a military relocation and how these impact service members’ relocation and housing choices
  • Use demographics of the military market to formulate business strategies and determine service offerings for sellers and buyers
  • Provide information to help members through a rent or buy, sell or rent decision-making process
  • Enhance sensitivity to the emotional issues involved when a military family relocates
  • ·   Identify and provide services that help service members sell or find and purchase suitable homes
  • Apply knowledge of the military relocation process to guide service members through the real estate transaction
  • Explain the basics of VA financing
  • Recognize situations in which a buyer is eligible for VA financing
 
Questions? Please contact Scott Bush at GMAR: scott@gmar.ws
WRF ANNOUNCES REALTOR VOLUNTEER WEEKS FOR 2019
The Wisconsin REALTORS ®  Foundation (WRF) is back with the first of two Wisconsin REALTOR ®  volunteer weeks for 2019. The first Wisconsin  REALTORS ®  Team Up Against Hunger  will be  June 3-7, 2019  with another to follow in November.   As a reminder, the goal of this week is to get REALTORS ®  out in their community volunteering at local food pantries or food banks.

With 1 in 6 Wisconsin children struggling with hunger each day, simply by volunteering one day at a local food pantry of food bank, REALTORS ®  have an opportunity to highlight a cause and their own commitment to addressing hunger in their community. REALTORS ®  are encourage to reach out to affiliates, other members of the community, family and friends to find a time and volunteer together the week of  June 3-7, 2019
 
The goal is simple. Celebrate Junesgiving by volunteering the week of  June 3-7, 2019.
 
When they volunteer that week we just ask they post that week on social media letting their community know. All we ask if for the WRF to be tagged @wirealtorsfoundation.
 
Here are a few FAQs we received last year:

  • Where can Wisconsin’s local food pantries and food banks be found? There are over 1,000 food pantries in Wisconsin. Use WRA’s new search tool at www.wra.org/wrf to find one in your community. There are six food banks serving Wisconsin. Go to www.feedingwi.org to find the one servicing your local food pantries.
  • Who makes the arrangements for volunteering? The one organizing the volunteering should reach out to their local food pantry or food bank representative to arrange the volunteer opportunity.
  • What if a company already volunteers at a local food bank or food pantry? Great! Encourage them to volunteer the week of June 3-7, 2019, tag their company as well as the WRF at @wirealtorsfoundation. REALTORS® volunteering in their community at a local food pantry or food bank and helping to tackle hunger in Wisconsin is the goal.
  • What does the local association need to do? Nothing, something or everything. As the local association you may choose to try organize a day for your members to volunteer that week as an association or challenge them to volunteer independent of your association. The WRF simply asks the association promote Junesgiving; the rest is up to you.
  • Do you have another creative work to promote Junesgiving? Yes. Just let us know what you’re looking for. In addition to the attached video, we have artwork for social media and print. If there’s something outside of those, reach out and we will work together.
 
For those that would like more information about the WRF, we encourage you to visit our recently revamped website  www.wra.org/wrf .  
REALTOR ® EMERITUS QUALIFICATIONS CHANGING
REALTOR ® Emeritus, a special membership status honoring those who have maintained REALTOR ® membership for 40 years or more, will require one year of service at the national level starting in 2020. Previously, one year of service at the local or state level also qualified. 2019 is the final year REALTORS ® with one year of only state or local service will qualify.
 
NAR will be accepting applications to join the associations' committees for 2020, March 1 through May 1, 2019. NAR committees provide opportunities to play a role in steering the association and are a forum for discussion about issues that are impacting NAR and the real estate industry.
 
DEADLINE TO APPLY FOR EMERITUS STATUS IN 2019: OCTOBER 2, 2019
 
If you have have questions about whether you've reached Emeritus status, contact Michelle Kohn.
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS
APRIL MVP PROGRAM REWARDS
There's still time to take advantage of the April MVP Program offer!  Act by Tuesday, April 30 .


Watch your GMAR Weekly Digest for more information on May Rewards...
 

Plus, you will be automatically entered in a drawing to receive a $50 coupon from the REALTOR® Store!

Reward Value: $9.95
PURCHASE REAL ESTATE SUPPLIES
AT MINUTEMAN PRESS - BROOKFIELD
Wondering where the real estate supply store moved to...

The real estate supply store once located in the GMAR office has closed and is now located in Minuteman Press - Brookfield Location ONLY - located at 13680 W. Capitol Drive. Store hours are Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Questions? Contact Minuteman Press Brookfield by phone at (262) 781-9622 today!
IN MEMORY OF WILLIAM (BILL) PALFUSS
William "Bill" C. Palfuss
Reunited with his wife, Joan and daughter Nancy, on Tuesday, April 23, 2019, age 89. Loving Dad of Christine (Gregory) Howard. Proud Gramps of William (Anne) Howard, Jonathon (Kim) Howard, Allen (Liz) Paradies, Jonah Paradies and 6 Great Grandsons. Brother of JoAnne Shefchik and Sharon (Fred) Sickel.

William (Bill) Palfuss was born May 15, 1929. In 1951 Bill got his real estate license and joined his father William C. Palfuss as a sales agent for Palfuss Realty. After serving in the Army for 2 years Bill went back to working at Palfuss Realty. In 1956 he took over the
business when his father passed away. Bill was a Realtor and active broker who participated in many committee’s with the Milwaukee Board of Realtors.  

Visitation will be held at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church; 3970 N. 92nd Street, Milwaukee, on Saturday, May 4, 2019, 10-11 AM. Mass of Christian Burial at 11 AM. In lieu of flowers, memorials appreciated to Greater Milwaukee Association of REALTORS- Youth Foundation, 12300 W. Center Street, Milwaukee, WI 53222.

SentriLock Tips

1. If the SentriSmart App is spinning when trying to access a Lockbox, you can force close the App and reopen it. With an iPhone, double click the home button and swipe up to get out of the App. With an Android phone, in order to force close the App use the following instructions:
  • Open the Settings App
  • Choose Apps
  • On some Samsung phones, touch the General tab atop the Settings app screen, and then choose the Application Manager item.
  • Touch the Running tab to view only active or running apps.
  • Choose the app that’s causing you distress.
  • Touch the Stop or Force Stop button.

2. If you are in an area with bad cell service, your phone may be spinning trying to find service. You can put your phone in airplane mode to make it stop searching, and make sure your Bluetooth is turned on. Then you can open the App and connect to the Lockbox. You do not need cell service to open up a Lockbox, just Bluetooth.

3. If you are going to a closing, you can have the buyers agent bring the Lockbox to the closing (if they are doing a final walk through). You go to Lockbox tools, select the property, click get shackle release code. You can then text or email this code to the buyers agent so they can release the shackle.

4. SentriLock has a great set of "How To" videos which are good refreshers if you need them. Click here to view SentriLock how-to videos .

Click here t o sign-up for a time to pick up your credentials along with any lockboxes that you are eligible for. GMAR Staff will also go over instructions on how to use the system at that time.

One Additional Note from SentriLock...
Beginning summer 2019, SentriLock no longer plans to support Contractor Codes for our Bluetooth ® REALTOR ® lockbox. While a convenient service in the past, the introduction of the One Day Code and more recently, SentriConnect ® for non-agent access, Contractor Codes have fulfilled their usefulness and will be turned off for all Bluetooth ® REALTOR ® lockboxes.

Need additional lockboxes? Stop by the GMAR Office located at 12300 W. Center Street, Wauwatosa, during business hours of Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. GMAR Staff will verify that you have an active listing, so please bring your signed listing contract OR be certain the listing appears in the MLS. Lockboxes will only be provided for active listings that we are able to verify. GMAR will not provide lockboxes for vacant land, rentals or commercial properties.

A list of frequently asked electronic lockbox questions have been compiled and can be viewed by clicking on the box below.
KETTLE MORAINE COUNCIL RPAC AUCTION
WEDNESDAY, MAY 22, 2019 | 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
WEGNER'S CEDAR LAKE INN | 4919 STATE ROAD 144, HARTFORD
Mark your calendars and join the Kettle Moraine Council for their annual RPAC Auction. 
 
WRA's Joe Murray will give a legislative and political report. Then join in the fun of a live auction with Realtor and Auctioneer Shane Schaetzel.
 
SHREDFEST
THURSDAY, MAY 23, 2019
GMAR PARKING LOT | 12300 W. CENTER STREET, WAUWATOSA
Each GMAR member may bring up to 10 boxes or bags to be shredded. Your cardboard boxes and plastic bags are emptied as you arrive and returned to you.  

GMAR YOUTH FOUNDATION BOWLING EVENT
THURSDAY, MAY 23, 2019 | 5:45 PM to 9:30 PM
ROOT RIVER CENTER | 7220 W. RAWSON AVENUE, FRANKLIN
The GMAR Youth Foundation will host the 10 th Annual 9-Pin Tap Bowling Tournament, sponsored by Great Midwest Bank, on Thursday, May 23, 2019 from 5:45 to 9:30 p.m. at the Root River Center.

2019 GMAR GOLF OUTING
TUESDAY, JULY 9, 2019 | 11:00 AM SHOTGUN START
IRONWOOD GOLF COURSE
Registration is now open for the 2019 GMAR Golf Outing! Invite your friends, co-workers, customers, and vendors to join you at Ironwood Golf Course on Tuesday, July 9th!
 
If you're interested in being a sponsor for this event, please email  Michelle Kohn  or call (414) 778-4929.
 
CINCO DE MAYO MAY MIXER
WEDNESDAY, MAY 1, 2019 | 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
JIMMY'S ISLAND GRILL IGUANA BAR
2303 N. MAYFAIR ROAD, MILWAUKEE, WI
Please join the Lending Ladies as spring is in the air. It's a great time to network with others in the industry and possibly get some new leads.

Event is FREE to attend.

Complimentary appetizers and cash bar.

This event is being coordinated by the Lending Ladies.
HABITAT ReStore OFFERS FREE PICK-UP/SALVAGE SERVICES
Habitat for Humanity ReStore picks up donations of gently used furniture, appliances and more for free! Donations are tax deductible and help local families in need of safe, affordable housing. Ideally we want to connect with donors 2-4 weeks before they would like to donate.
    
ReStore's experienced  Deconstruction Services  will even remove kitchen cabinetry! 
 
FIND OUT MORE  or call: 414-316-5651 
REALTOR ® TRAINING
LEVERAGE YOUR LISTINGS FOR LEADS
This exclusive Realtor ® -only event is designed to help you learn how to stop letting third party websites take your information (listings) and sell it back to you and your competition as a lead. There is a better way!
Back by popular demand, we'll cover our automated-system that is designed for our agent-partners to have all these goodies:

  • Dedicated Property Websites directly from your MLS data
  • Social Media Lead Capture
  • Virtual Tours
  • Win Back Your Leads on Zillow
  • Call/Text Capture System
  • and Much More! 

We'll also cover best practices on how to work these leads you generate, what your LeaderOne Loan Officer does to work them alongside you, what automation we employ and, finally, strategies to win back the leads your marketing is generating! 

This class will be a live class taught by the LeaderOne Loan Officer Team. There will also be follow-up meetings monthly after this event for those who want to continue the path of mastering this system.  

We've hit capacity most times this year, so don't wait! Sign up today before the seats are all taken. 

Lunch will be served  at 11:45 with the presentation starting promptly at 12 Noon with a Q & A to follow. You'll be out and on with your day by 1:30 PM at the latest; likely sooner!
We cannot wait to see you! 

Sign up today  before the seats are all taken.
 
We cannot wait to see you! 
 
Location:  GMAR – 12300 W Center St, Milwaukee, WI 53222
Date:  Wednesday, May 8th, 2019
Time:  11:45 AM Lunch, class starts promptly at noon
 
For all details and to register (required) Click Here