GMAR GOLF OUTING HOLE SPONSORSHIPS AVAILABLE
ONLY TWO REMAIN - SIGN UP TODAY!
Event: Annual GMAR Golf Outing
Date: July 9, 2019
Time: Shotgun Start at 11:00 
Location:  Ironwood Golf Course
W270 N6166 Moraine Dr
Sussex, WI 53089 

Gain exposure for your company's products and/or services with attendees of the Annual GMAR Golf Outing through a hole sponsorship at the event. Only two holes remain available for sponsorship. Act today by contacting Michelle Kohn at the GMAR office (michelle@gmar.ws or 414-778-4929).
ARE YOU A DIRECT GIVER?
Even though it is a much quieter election year than 2018, it is still as important to support elected officials who support the real estate industry. Please consider making a contribution to the  Direct Giver Program , which is a unique tool you have as a REALTOR® in Wisconsin, and you can use it to support PRO-REALTOR® elected officials and candidates at all levels of government.
 
Thank you to these GMAR members who have given to the Direct Giver Program this year.  Click here  for a list of 2019 Direct Givers.
 
Please contact  Marne Stuck , your Government Affairs Director at the GMAR if you are interested in becoming a Direct Giver (414-778-4929). 
VETERANS NEED OUR HELP
Calling on members of our organization to assist local Veterans... The Milwaukee Homeless Veteran’s Initiative is in great need of the following items. We hope you'll consider a donation.

  • Shower curtains, liners and rings/hooks
  • Bath towels and wash cloths
  • Toasters
  • Coffee pots
  • Household sized bottles of cleaning supplies such as all-purpose cleaners, pine sol, etc.
  • Dish soap
  • Window cleaner or Windex
  • Garbage cans (smaller sized)
  • Brooms and mops
  • Razors and shaving cream (for men and women)
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Bleach
  • Bike locks
  • Laundry detergent/soap
  • Can openers

The GMAR Veterans Support Committee, will be leading the drive. We appreciate all donations. You may drop items off at the GMAR office, or directly at the Homeless Veteran’s Initiative located at 6317 W. Greenfield Avenue in West Allis.

Please contact Scott Bush at the GMAR office with any questions (414/778-4929; e-mail: scott@gmar.ws) .
CONCEALED CARRY FIREARMS SAFETY COURSE
The GMAR held a series of concealed carry courses for Realtors ® in 2017, and since then, several members have inquired whether the GMAR plans to schedule a future class. If you have an interest in obtaining a concealed carry permit and would like to sign up for a future class at the GMAR, please contact Scott Bush. Scott can be reached at 414/778-4929, or e-mail:  scott@gmar.ws .
 
Please Note: A class will only be scheduled if we have enough members who are interested.
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 .
JUNE MVP PROGRAM REWARDS
THROUGH NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS
Take advantage of the June MVP Program offer!  Act by June 30th .


Current Offer
Valid from June 16 to 30, 2019
YOUR ACTION: Share Homeownership Matters Month with Your Clients

YOUR REWARD:
Social Media for REALTORS: 101+ Do’s and Don’ts –Download
  • Click Here to View The Product
  • You will be sent a unique coupon code from the MVP system to redeem your reward in the Store within 2 business days of taking the action. The product will only become free after logging into the Store and then utilizing the coupon code.
  • You have until July 31, 2019 to order your Social Media for REALTORS: 101+ Do’s and Don’ts –Download reward from the REALTOR® Store before it expires.
  • Digital Download Value $9.95

Details:
June is National Homeownership Month, join us in celebrating! The Consumer Advocacy Outreach Program, Homeownership Matters needs your help to promote homeownership in your community and inspire current and future homeowners to advocate for policies that protect homeownership.

It is easy – share one of the social posts provided along with the images using on the form using #HomeownerHero. In addition to helping protect homeownership now and into the future, you will also receive a digital download of  Social Media for REALTORS: 101+ Do’s and Don’ts –Download

Here is the example Twitter and Facebook copy: 
  • June is National Homeownership Month! Every day we celebrate #Homeownership and each #HomeownerHero who helps protect the American Dream. 
  • Being a #HomeownerHero means advocating for homeownership today, tomorrow, and beyond! 
  • A #HomeownerHero invests in their community, advocates for homeownership, and inspires the next generation of homeowners!

Click the link at the top of this box to act now and share homeownership matters with your clients today!
REAL TRENDS JUNE 2019 NEWSLETTER
The June 2019 issue of the REAL Trends Newsletter is now available. Please click on the link below to read this month's issue.

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!
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.
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.
GMAR ROCK THE BLOCK -
MILWAUKEE HABITAT FOR HUMANITY EVENT
THURSDAY, AUGUST 15, 2019 | 9:00 AM TO 3:00 PM
ALONG 1800 AND 1900 BLOCKS OF WEST 24TH PLACE
During Milwaukee Habitat’s Rock the Block we’ll bring volunteers, materials, and construction staff to the Midtown Neighborhood for a day-long home improvement event. We aim to partner with as many residents on the block as possible to provide free minor exterior repairs and landscaping.

R.S.V.P. to Michelle Kohn via e-mail, michelle@gmar.ws

Types of Projects:
  • Minor exterior repairs
  • Light landscaping
  • Shrubs, flowers and mulch
  • Yard clean-up
  • Porch painting
  • And more!

Benefits
  • Improve curb appeal
  • Impact entire block in one day

GMAR YOUTH FOUNDATION
ANNUAL WINE & BEER TASTING FUNDRAISER
SPONSORED BY THE KETTLE MORAINE COUNCIL
THURSDAY, SEPT. 19, 2019 | 5:00 PM TO 7:30 PM
TERRACE 167 (RICHFIELD)
Join the Kettle Moraine Council for the 2 nd  Annual Wine & Beer Tasting Event to benefit GMAR's Youth Foundation
 
Date: Thursday, September 19, 2019
Time: 5:00 p.m - 7:30 p.m.  
Location: Terrace 167 in Richfield
Cost of Tickets: $25/person (tickets will be available in August)
                       
Click on the link below for information on sponsorship for this event.

ELEMENTS OF A GREAT PHOTOGRAPH
Steps to Taking Great Real Estate Pictures
Doug Loman Photography invites you to attend this session on the steps to taking great real estate pictures.

Topic: Elements of a Great Photograph: Steps to Taking Great Real Estate Pictures
Date: Thursday, June 27, 2019
Time: 10:00 am to 11:00 am
Location: GMAR Office
How to Register: By e-mail to doug@douglomanphotography.com


Topics to be covered:
- Equipment needed
- JPEG versus RAW and the Histogram
- Elements of Architectural Composition
- Shooting in Manual
- Putting it All Together

Other important notes: Attendees are encouraged to bring their own camera, so there is an opportunity to practice real life examples and get feedback where necessary.
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