CALLING ALL MEMBERS: WE NEED YOUR HELP -
PARTICIPATE IN MILWAUKEE HABITAT ROCK THE BLOCK
During Milwaukee Habitat’s Rock the Block GMAR will bring volunteers, materials and construction staff to the Midtown Neighborhood for this 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.

MILWAUKEE HABITAT FOR HUMANITY ROCK THE BLOCK
THURSDAY, AUGUST 15, 2019  |  9:00 AM TO 3:00 PM
ALONG 1800 AND 1900 BLOCKS OF WEST 24TH PLACE

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


R.S.V.P. to Emily Simonelli via e-mail, emily@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.
SCHOOL SUPPLIES DRIVE FOR MILWAUKEE HOMELESS VETERAN'S INITIATIVE
Calling on members of our organization to assist local Veterans... The GMAR is participating in a back to school supplies drive for the Milwaukee Homeless Veterans Initiate (MHVI). As homeless veterans transition into housing, they have very few resources and they will be in need of school supplies for their children. The GMAR is looking to its members to help out by donating new school supplies. The Milwaukee Homeless Veteran’s Initiative is in great need of the following items. We hope you'll consider a donation.

  • Crayons
  • Pencils
  • Pens
  • Notebooks
  • Folders
  • Erasers
  • Glue and glue sticks
  • Ruler
  • Tissue
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Color pencils
  • Theme books

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 6300 W. National Avenue. Or click the link below to make an online monetary donation to support this important cause:


Please contact Scott Bush at the GMAR office with any questions (414/778-4929; e-mail:  scott@gmar.ws) .
THE BEST OF THE LEGAL HOTLINE:
NO CALL, NO FAX, NO TEXT, NO CONTACT
No-call rules - A broker instructed an agent to call a for sale by owner (FSBO) seller and not to worry about no-call rules. The agent understands, though, that real estate agents are supposed to be in compliance with the no-call list when engaging in cold calling. Can the agent ignore the no-call list and contact the FSBO seller?

WE'RE LOOKING FOR A FEW GOOD REALTORS ®
The GMAR Board of Directors will have four positions to fill on this Fall’s ballot. If you would like to run for one of these positions, please complete the application and return it to the GMAR by September 1, 2019.

 
The Board of Directors election will be held electronically from October 13 th  – 19 th , 2019.
 
Questions, feel free to contact the GMAR at 414-778-4929.
WELCOME NEW GMAR DIRECTOR OF MEMBER ENGAGEMENT
Please join us in welcoming the newest member of the GMAR Team, Emily Simonelli. Emily comes to us as our new Director of Member Engagement and is focused on getting members up to speed on SentriLock, assisting with the Home and Garden Show and helping with events.
NAR MVP PROGRAM FOR JULY 2019
Current Offer: Offer from July 1 to 31, 2019

Your Action: Promote the Center for REALTOR® Financial Wellness to Your Members

Your Reward: 2019 Technology Trends Webinar-Download

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.
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. In order to be recognized on all advertising materials, the sponsorship information needs to be in by July 31 st . If you would like to donate a silent auction item for this event, please contact  Kaye Erdman.

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.)