GMAR GOLF OUTING REGISTRATION STILL OPEN
ONLY 4 FOURSOME OPENINGS LEFT!
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 

Haven't signed up to golf in the 2019 Annual GMAR Golf Outing yet, but still interested? Only 4 foursomes remain open. Sign up today by contacting Michelle Kohn at the GMAR office (michelle@gmar.ws or 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) .
FOCUS ON ENERGY REAL ESTATE AGENT AMBASSADOR PROGRAM
- GIVE YOUR HOME BUYERS AN ENERGY EFFICIENT START
New homeowners are often ready to start making energy efficiency improvements to their homes but don’t know where to begin. That’s where Focus on Energy comes in, offering home energy assessments, incentives and other services that help improve comfort, save energy and add value to their homes. Sign up as a Real Estate Energy Ambassador and you’ll have the tools to bring these opportunities straight to your clients.

Benefits for you
  • No cost opportunity to support your clients
  • Provide exclusive opportunities and offers to your clients, including a $125 voucher off a clean and tune
  • Learn more about energy efficiency and its benefits
  • Support Wisconsin’s state-wide effort to save energy
  • Stand out from your competition

 Benefits for your clients
  • Develop a clear home improvement path
  • Gain access to incentives for energy upgrades
  • Connect with certified contractors
  • Enjoy a more comfortable, energy-efficient home

For more information, click on the Focus on Energy logo above.
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 .
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). 
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 .
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 the link at the top of this box to act now and share homeownership matters with your clients 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
THURSDAY, JUNE 27 | 10:00 AM TO 11:00 AM
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.
GUARANTEED RATE TAKES OVER UPPER DECK AT
MILLER OASIS PAVILION THIS FRIDAY AT SUMMERFEST
FRIDAY, JUNE 28 | 7:00 PM TO 10:00 PM
LEADERONE REALTOR® TRAINING
LISTINGBOOSTER USER GROUP - MOBILE MARKETING MADNESS
WEDNESDAY, JULY 10 | 9:45 AM TO 11:00 AM
Location:  
LeaderOne Financial Corporation
20300 Water Tower Blvd, Ste 215, Brookfield, WI 53045

Date:  Wednesday, July 10th, 2019

Time:  Open House 9:45am-11:00am


This exclusive Realtor®-only event is designed to help you learn how to use your Listing Booster account to its fullest.

Everybody knows you need mobile and you need marketing, but what you need most is conversion! This month you'll learn how to turn mobile and marketing into closed transactions.

We'll start promptly at 10 AM; feel free to arrive early to networking and refreshments.
 

For all details and to register (required) Click Here
FACEBOOK BOOTCAMP FOR REALTORS SESSIONS
Brought to you by HomesighT, Inc.
Tues, July 30-  Facebook Bootcamp for Realtors I
10am-2pm Lunch Included
*Learn how to set up a business Facebook page, maintain it, complete a marketing plan, and stick to it!
Facebook marketing for FREE 101.
E-mail Laura@Myhsight.com to register
(In order to provide individual help, we will only be accepting 10 Realtors for this workshop date)
 
Thursday, August 1st-  Facebook Bootcamp for Realtors II
10am-2pm Lunch Included
*Learn how to get MORE likes/follows on your business page, create posts and schedule them, how to use the insights, and how to increase your Facebook reach!
Facebook marketing for FREE Level II.
E-mail  Laura@myhsight.com  to register
(In order to provide individual help, we will only be accepting 10 Realtors for this workshop date)  
 
Wednesday, August 14th-  Facebook Bootcamp for Realtors III
10am-2pm Lunch Included
*Learn how to use Crello, a free service, to create marketing posts, multi-platform cross posting, a social media growth tracking plan, mastering facebook insights, how to create branded content, and more!
Facebook Marketing for FREE Level III.
E-mail Laura@Myhsight.com to register

(In order to provide individual help, we will only be accepting 10 Realtors for this workshop date.)