GMAR CHAIRWOMAN'S MESSAGE
Happy May, everyone!

Days are staying light out longer and showings in the evening are now easier!
 
April was a great month here at GMAR! We sent a bus full of members to the State Capital for Government day where we presented to our legislators on home affordability/tax increase, seller's home surveillance, first time home buyers savings accounts and DSPS Website upgrades.

The end of April brought a fun Brewers Bash and we kicked off the month of May with the 2019 "WomenStrong!" conference. A super well-attended and well-received event. Thanks to all of the amazing ladies on our presentation panels.

On May 22nd, the GMAR RPAC Auction will take place at Mueller's Linden Inn on Big Cedar Lake. We need your help with auction items and attendance! Did you know your purchases can qualify for direct giver funds? Please contact Marne at the GMAR office (414-778-4929 or marne@gmar.ws) for more details. Event reservation information can be found in the newsletter below.

Wishing you success in all your endeavors,

Amy Curler
Chairwoman, GMAR Board of Directors
First Weber Inc.

"The greatest pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do" -Walter Bagehot
GMAR YOUTH FOUNDATION AWARDS GRANTS
Four times each year, the GMAR Youth Foundation awards grants to youth programs in Milwaukee, Washington and Waukesha Counties in the areas of arts and culture, social services and education. Congratulations to the following grant recipients:

Arts and Culture
Down Syndrome of Wisconsin ($1,000)
Wild Space Dance ($1,000)
Above the Clouds ($1,500)
Hmong American Friendship, Inc. ($1,000)
                       
Education
Unity in Motion ($500)
Victory Garden Initiative ($500)
Code the Way ($500)
St. Joseph Academy ($750)
Milwaukee Christian Center ($750)
All Hands Boat works ($750)
Risen Savior Lutheran ($750)
Peace Learning Center of Milwaukee ($750)
Teens Grow Greens, Inc ($750)   

Social Services
Life Striders ($1,000)
Variety-The Children’s Charity ($1,500)
Project of Concern of Cudahy St. Francis ($1,000)
Cops and Kids ($1,000)
CORE El Centro ($1,500)
Down syndrome of Wisconsin ($500)

History of the GMAR Youth Foundation
In the early 1950’s Nolan Kenney, a pioneer in Milwaukee real estate, and his friend Arthur L. Richards, builder of the Wisconsin and Maryland Hotels, Marshall Hall apartments, and the Empire Building discussed arranging his real estate holdings and considered the Milwaukee Board of REALTORS® a logical beneficiary. In 1951 the Milwaukee Board of REALTORS® Youth Foundation, Inc. (now the Greater Milwaukee Association of REALTORS® Youth Foundation) was created, with Nolan Kenney heading it. When Arthur Richards died in 1955, the title to the Marshall Hall Apartments was transferred to the Milwaukee Board of Realtors with simple instructions that the income be used to assist the city’s youth. The buildings have been sold and the funds invested. Since that time, many worthwhile projects in Milwaukee, Waukesha and Washington Counties have been funded through the GMAR’s Youth Foundation, Inc. 
 
Consider the GMAR Youth Foundation for your Charity Giving
Help create more opportunity for children with a tax deductible contribution to the Greater Milwaukee Association of REALTORS® Youth Foundation. 

Types of contributions:
  • One-time cash donation
  • Annual cash donation
  • Living Trust Donation
 
Call Scott Bush at the GMAR office for more information: 414/778-4929.
2019 WOMENSTRONG EVENT A SUCESS!
The second annual WomenStrong! event was held at the Italian Community Center on May 1 st  with 245 attendees. Panelists engaged attendees and provided some great tips and tricks for balancing work and life.

The morning keynote address was given by Sara Lebens, of Lebens Advisory Group, who inspired everyone with ways to identify, network and engage strategic partners.

Thank you to our event sponsors who helped make this year's conference possible:

Shorewest Realtors
The Lending Ladies
Metro MLS
Jean Stefaniak
GMAR BREWER GAME HIGHLIGHTS
With more than 250 GMAR members in attendance, it was a great win for the Brewers on April 30 th  as they took on the Colorado Rockies! Thanks to all who joined us on the Johnsonville Party Deck for this fun and exciting event!

A Special Thank You to our Event Sponsors:

A+ Mortgage
Bell Bank Mortgage
House to Home Inspections
The Equitable Bank
DL Inspections & Home Services LLC
REALTOR ® BENEFITS PROGRAM
Designed with you in mind, the REALTOR Benefits Program is your official member benefits resource, bringing you savings and unique offers on products and services just for REALTORS.

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.
 
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
MAY MVP PROGRAM REWARDS
Take advantage of the May MVP Program offer!  Act by May 14th .


What is Your May Reward?...

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!
RealTrends May 2019 Newsletter
Your 2019 May Edition of REAL Trends Newsletter is ready.  

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 and Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow will join us.
 
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.
NEW CONSTRUCTION & HOUSING
AFFORDABILITY IN TODAY'S MARKET
FRIDAY, MAY 10, 2019 | 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
GMAR | 12300 W. CENTER STREET, WAUWATOSA, WI 53222
Cost: RRC Member Price: FREE / Non-Member Price: FREE

Event Description: 
* Why Construction Costs are Out of Control
* 12 Challenges to Housing Affordability
* Solutions to Housing Affordability

Lunch will be provided. Space is limited!

Thank you to our sponsor Wisconsin Title, Closing & Credit Services!

RRC Maintenance Credit Hours available: 1


Questions? Please contact:
Tonya Thomsen
tthomsen@realtyexecutives.com
Cancellation Policy
No cancellation policy
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 
National Chocolate Chip Day Bake Off (No baking required)
Friends, family, new and old, join the team at LeaderOne Financial for our first annual National Chocolate Chip Day Bake Off! We only need judges, not bakers! 

Bring your taste buds by anytime between 12:30 PM and 4:30 PM on Wednesday May 15th to this LeaderOne-Sunshine Squad-Sponsored Bake Off competition where the only rule is that Chocolate Chips must be an ingredient in the entry. Each LeaderOne team member plans to have several entries for you to sample before you cast your vote for Most Creative and Most Delicious. 

This event is open to anyone and everyone, with or without an affinity for sweets. This is a free event, but please let us know you're coming by getting a ticket here on Eventbrite. The ticket will show the start time of 12:30 PM but you're welcome to come and go as you please between 12:30 PM and 4:30 PM. 

We cannot wait to see you! 

 
Location:  LeaderOne Financial Corporation-20300 Water Tower Blvd, Ste 215, Brookfield, WI 53045
Date:  Wednesday, May 15th, 2019
Time:  Open House 12:30-4:30pm
 
For all details and to register (required) Click Here