GMAR Weekly Email Digest: 1/21/2019
The Greater Milwaukee Association of REALTORS® Youth Foundation will award 7 $1,000 scholarships to children or grandchildren of GMAR members during 2019. 
Members must have maintained their relationship with the GMAR continuously for at least three (3) years. Deadline is March 29, 2019.
The Military Relocation Professional (MRP) Certification Course is on January 30 th GMAR Office. To register please click here.
When military staff and their families relocate, the services of a real estate professional who understands their needs and timetables makes the transfer easier, faster, and less stressful. This certification focuses on educating real estate professionals about working with current and former military service members to find the housing solutions that best suit their needs and take full advantage of military benefits and support.

The Military Relocation Professional Certification course counts towards earning NAR's Military Relocation Professional Certification as well as one REBAC-elective course toward the ABR® designation.

Benefits for Agents
NAR’s Military Relocation Professional (MRP) certification educates REALTORS® about working with U.S. service members and their families and veterans to find the housing solutions that best suit their needs and to take full advantage of available benefits and support.

After completing the MRP certification, MRP members will:
  • Understand the processes and procedures involved in a military relocation and how these impact service members’ relocation and housing choices
  • Use demographics of the military market to formulate business strategies and determine service offerings for sellers and buyers
  • Provide information to help members through a rent or buy, sell or rent decision-making process
  • Enhance sensitivity to the emotional issues involved when a military family relocates
  • Identify and provide services that help service members sell or find and purchase suitable homes
  • Apply knowledge of the military relocation process to guide service members through the real estate transaction
  • Explain the basics of VA financing
  • Recognize situations in which a buyer is eligible for VA financing

Cost of registration and reservation details will follow. Contact Scott Bush should you have any questions.
Marvin Wasserman passed away on January 7, 2019, at the age of 94. He was a member of the GMAR since 1959.

After serving in WWII in the Army Air Corps, Marvin began a career in real estate spanning over 60 years. One of his many accomplishments, and probably his proudest, was seeing his daughters, Carol Zolot, Amy Evans, and Judy Hearst and grandchildren, Jaime Druck and Ben Elias, become REALTORS as well.

He will be missed.
We still receive calls asking where the store is. The GMAR Realtor store is closed and Minuteman Press in Brookfield is now selling Real Estate Supplies! Visit them at 13680 W. Capitol Drive, M-F 8am-5pm. If you have any questions, feel free to contact them at 262-781-9622.
SentriLock Tips:

1. The only way for SentriLock to know when a showing has ended is if the showing agent opens another SentriLock lock box or if the agent has Location Services turned on all the time on their phone which allows SentriLock to track when the agent has traveled more than ½ mile away from the lock box.  If neither of those options occur SentriLock assumes the agent and buyers have left the listing 90 minutes after the lock box was opened and then generates the “90 minutes have passed” closing notification.

2. If you have an android phone, make sure you have the latest software downloaded. If your phone is having issues connecting to Bluetooth, you will want to turn off the AutoSelect Advertizing on BLE Box which is in your settings in the SentriSmart App. If you have questions about this, please let GMAR or SentriLock know.

3. You can click here t o sign up for a time to pick up your credentials and any lockboxes that you are eligible for. We will also go over how to use the system at this time.

If you need additional lockboxes , you can come to the GMAR office: 12300 W. Center St., Wauwatosa, M-F 8:30am-5:00pm. We will need to verify that you have an active listing so please either bring your signed listing contract or make sure it is showing in the MLS. Lockboxes are only provided for active listings that we can verify (we will not be giving lockboxes for vacant land, rental or commercial properties).

We have compiled a list of frequently asked questions on electronic lockboxes.
February 19th at Jug's Hitching Post in West Bend
Save the date for the GMAR Kettle Moraine Council Mardi Gras Party on February 19th at Jug's Hitching Post. For $10 you receive a drink ticket, heavy hors d'oeuvres and free raffle tickets! We will also be giving out an award for the best Mardi Gras mask.
Wednesday, March 27
2:30 pm to 4:00 pm
Expo Center at Wisconsin State Fair Park 
Please join your colleagues and friends from GMAR for this exclusive member reception and happy hour before the show opens its doors to the public on Wednesday, March 27 from 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm.
Realtor Night is sponsored by  Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD) .
Enjoy complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks, as well as hors d'oeuvres and live musicians rockin' 70's tunes in keeping with the Show theme "Tools Out for Summer" and before we open the doors to the public, be sure take in the breathtaking and unique new feature display designed for this year's Show by Aquatica! 
RSVP required to attend this complimentary GMAR Member event. Please RSVP for yourself and a guest.
We look forward to seeing you there!
REALTOR® & GOVERNMENT DAY - April 24, 2019
Join your colleagues from the GMAR and REALTORS® from across the state as they converge in Madison on Wednesday, April 24 to help shape the laws that impact you and your real estate business. The first 300 registrants are free. Register now by calling or emailing Marne Stuck . (414)778-4929.
Don't want to drive? Ride the bus and enjoy lunch for FREE thanks for our sponsors: Chicago Title, HMS Home Warranty, House To Home Inspections, Landmark Credit Union, and RE/MAX Realty 100. If you are interested in reserving a seat on the bus, please let Marne know when you call to register. Space is limited to 50 passengers. 


January 31st at 11am
GMAR Office: 12300 W. Center St. Wauwatosa
Topic: Foundations & Drainage systems
Sponsored by Homesight Home Inspections (learn) & Chicago Title (lunch)

REALTOR® Training | All Things Title and Closing

Location: GMAR – 12300 W Center St, Wauwatosa
Date: Wednesday, February 13, 2019
Time: 11:45 AM Lunch, class starts promptly at noon

This exclusive Realtor®-only event is designed to help you get a better understanding of what exactly "Title" is and why you should care.
The best title company in the business will cover what Title & Closing companies do for you as the Realtor® and for your clients; they'll also cover what Title Insurance is and why it is so important. The team will also provide helpful information on what you can do to make the title process easy and efficient for both you and your clients.
By knowing this information, you will have more time to focus on new clients and new business, resting assured that your current clients are in good hands.
This will be a very informative and fun class, taught live by some of our favorite title gurus in the business; the folks at 1st Service Title and Closing!
We cannot wait to see you!
For all details and to register (required) : Click Here