Happy June, everyone!

Your GMAR Executive Committee and FCP Reps just returned from a productive trip to Washington D.C. While there, we met with legislators on a number of topics, including Federal Flood Insurance and Opportunity Zones. I felt they listened to us closely, asked some great questions and in many cases will advocate for us. (Some legislators are a bit more receptive than others, LOL!)
President Trump also spoke to the group and that speech can be found on PBS News Hour or by clicking on the link here: Watch President Trump Address the National Association of REALTORS Convention Here

As we head into the month of June, we look forward to a continued strong selling month, and some family fun too! Personally the Curler family will head to the Smokey Mountains for a nice vacation.

Finally, just a reminder to sign up for the GMAR Golf Outing scheduled for July 9th. It will be a fun time as usual!

Thanks everyone for your hard work and continued commitment to excellence, I appreciate leading this amazing group. 

"Dont worry about failure, worry about the chances you miss when you don't even try" Jack Canfield
Greater Milwaukee Association of REALTORS ® is a charter member of Take Root Milwaukee-a consortium of individuals and organizations dedicated to helping individuals and families realize their dream of homeownership.

In celebration of Homeownership Month, Take Root Milwaukee was joined by Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, ACTS Housing, Housing Resources Inc., and United Community Center on May 31 st  at a City Hall press conference kicking-off National Homeownership Month. Scott Bush, representing GMAR, spoke at the event, focusing on the advantages of homeownership.
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 to find one in your community. There are six food banks serving Wisconsin. Go to 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 .  
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.
If you have have questions about whether you've reached Emeritus status, contact Michelle Kohn .
Take advantage of the June MVP Program offer!  Act by June 15th .

Sign Up for a free 30-day Trial of QuickBooks Self-Employed from Intuit, a REALTOR Benefits® Program Partner

Social Media for REALTORS®; Digital Marketing-Download , PLUS a chance to win a $300 Amazon Gift Card

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  • You have until July 15, 2019 to order your Social Media for REALTORS®; Digital Marketing-Download reward from the REALTOR® Store before it expires.
  • 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.
  • Digital Download Value $11.95, Grand Prize Value $300
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.
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.
RE/MAX Lunch & Learn Series Continues in June
To RSVP for a Lunch and Learn below:

Thursday, June 20th  
LeaderOne Training: ListingBooster User Group | Get Leads
This exclusive Realtor®-only event is designed to help you learn how to use your ListingBooster account to its fullest.

This month, we'll talk about organic leads cultivated by you, for you. You'll learn how to create a consistent stream of closing opportunities and how to nurture them into deals.
We'll start promptly at 10 AM; feel free to arrive early to networking and refreshments. 
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Location:  LeaderOne Financial Corporation-20300 Water Tower Blvd, Ste 215, Brookfield, WI 53045
Date:  Wednesday, June 12th, 2019
Time:  Open House 9:45am-11:00am
For all details and to register (required) Click Here
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