GMAR Weekly Email Digest: 10/22/2018
THE RESULTS ARE IN FOR THE GMAR BOARD OF DIRECTORS ELECTION

 



 Thank you to all the candidates who ran for the GMAR Board of Directors this year. In 2019 we will add three new directors and welcome back one current director.
Congratulations to:
Kim Curtis, Shorewest Realtors
Ted Dentice, Shorewest Realtors
Judy Hearst, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
Angela Walters, Realty Executives Integrity
 
Thanks to all the GMAR members who participated in the election.
THE DIRECT GIVER PROGRAM
In this election year, it has never been more important to support elected officials who support the real estate industry. The Direct Giver Program 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 2018 Direct Givers.
 
Please contact  Marne Stuck , your Government Affairs Director at the GMAR if you are interested in becoming a Direct Giver and would like to support a candidate. 
GMAR VETERAN'S SUPPORT GROUP NEEDS YOUR HELP
The GMAR Veteran’s Support Group is again helping the Milwaukee Homeless Veteran’s Initiate (MHVI) with collecting the items they need to help veterans in need.
 
Any of the smaller items on the list can be dropped off at the GMAR office, 12300 W. Center St. You may also drop off items at the MHVI, 6300 W. National Ave. You may also call for a pick-up for larger items at 414/257-4111.    
 
GMAR members have been very helpful in 2017 and 2018 in providing must needed donations. Let’s keep up the good work! 
REALTOR ® PARTY ELECTION COVERAGE 2018
Two Facebook Live webcasts will help you and your members stay up on how REALTOR® champions fare in upcoming midterm elections. Starting at 8 p.m., Eastern, on election night, Nov. 6, NAR will be going live every hour with updates on candidate and issue races important to real estate . The following day, Nov. 7, NAR will be providing expert analyses on what the results mean for the industry. Join the conversation by following the Realtor Party on Facebook and Twitter and using the hashtags #REALTORSVote and #REALTORParty.
DO YOU KNOW OF A GMAR MEMBER DESERVING OF RECOGNTION?
The GMAR Awards Committee is requesting nominations to honor GMAR members for the following 2018 awards:

REALTOR® of the Year
Dedicated Service Award
Affiliate of the Year

Nominations are due by November 6, 2018 to Scott Bush
 
Click here to read more about these awards, and download the nomination forms.
OPEN ENROLLMENT: TIME TO LOOK AT HEALTH INS.
Open enrollment is Nov. 1 to Dec. 15 and it’s an opportunity for your members to look at their health insurance and determine if it meets their needs, says Allan Dechert, vice chair of NAR’s Insurance Committee, in the latest Voice for Real Estate news video from NAR. The video also looks at what’s slowing down efforts to create association health plans for real estate professionals and the IRS’s clarification that meals related to business entertainment remain deductible.  
REMINDER TO RENEW YOUR LICENSE BY 12/14/18
The Wisconsin Department of Safety & Professional Services requires 18 hours of continuing education between December 15, 2016 and December 14, 2018. Courses 1, 2, 3 and 4 are mandatory as well as two courses from the list of Elective Topics.
Mandatory Courses  (All licensees must take courses 1-4)
Course 1 - Wisconsin Listing Contracts (Mandatory)
Course 2 - Wisconsin Offers to Purchase (Mandatory)
Course 3 - Wisconsin New Developments (Mandatory)
Course 4 - Ethics and Best Practices* (Mandatory)
Elective Topics  (Licensees must take two of the following)
Elective A - New Construction
Elective B - Wisconsin Investment Property and Property Management
Elective C - Financing
Elective D - Other Wisconsin Approved Forms

Live courses  and  Distance Learning  are available through the WRA. 

To renew , the DSPS requires that you provide the following as proof that you have completed CE:
Course title
Name of school or provider
Course date
Number of credit hours received for each course
The DSPS does not require the completion certificate you receive when you complete the course exam. The DSPS performs random audits to verify completion of CE courses as submitted to the DSPS. If the DSPS discovers that a licensee falsified a renewal application, the licensee is subject to discipline and possible license revocation.
If you do not successfully complete the 18 hours of CE, you may not renew your license or engage in real estate practice until the CE requirements are met. If you do not renew your license, your license will be inactive, and you cannot practice.
BE A PART OF MAKING THE LENDING PROCESS EASIER!
REAL trends is seeking your help with understanding the U.S. mortgage industry as it relates to residential real estate sales professionals and teams. They have constructed a simple survey for real estate sales professionals and teams asking fundamental questions about mortgage tools and resources, and relationships between real estate sales professionals and mortgage lenders. They also want to know the difficulties experienced by real estate professionals with the lending process.
BUY REAL ESTATE SUPPLIES AT MINUTEMAN PRESS IN BROOKFIELD
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.
If you were not able to attend the Sentrilock training, you can click here to 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. Sentrilock went live on October 1st.

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.
GMAR HOLIDAY PARTY!

The GMAR Holiday Party will be held on Thursday, November 29th at the Hyatt Regency Downtown.



The celebration will include the GMAR Board of Director Installation:
2018 GMAR Chairwoman: Amy Curler, First Weber
Kim Curtis, Shorewest Realtors
 Ted Dentice, Shorewest Realtors
                              Judy Hearst, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
                Angela Walters, Realty Executives Integrity



BRIAN BUFFINI'S SUCCESS TOUR
Join us for a live broadcast of real estate's top training event and get ready for a business and life changing experience, hosted by master trainer J'aime Nowak. Real estate expert and master motivator, Brian Buffini, will share proven strategies to help you build a rock solid business. Born without limbs for no medical reason, Nick Vujicic, President and Founder of Life without Limbs, will share his core message - that no mater your circumstance, you can overcome! Don't miss the Success Tour!
Wells Fargo Home Mortgage is proud to sponsor Brian Buffini's Success Tour.

When: Wednesday, October 24, 2018
Time: 10:00am - 2:30pm
Location: Wells Fargo Funds Management Group: 100 Heritage Reserve, Menomonee Falls, WI 53051
*light lunch provided. Park in East team member parking lot.


Contact Helene Parker for more information.  
 
"LEAVE YOUR EGO AT THE DOOR" LIVE REALTOR WEBINAR WITH LEIGH BROWN
Join us for a Live Webinar with the one and only Leigh Brown!
For a long time, traditional real estate training has focused on being broker- and/or agent-centric. Leigh says that now is the time to create an experience for the modern home seller that is client-centric. In this class, Leigh gives you a glimpse at what data sources are available (and what do they mean to the homeowner) and she will teach you how to use data to help a homeowner make great decisions about listing their property. Leigh guarantees that your listing presentation will never be the same… and your clients will be thrilled about that!
Light beverage refreshments will be served. This event is pre-booking only, no at the door sales and has limited seating. How often can you get to see a top real estate speaker for less than $50 for a full hour of training?

When: Tuesday, November 13
Time: 12:30-1:48pm
Location: North Shore Bank - Brookfield Square: 15700 West Bluemound Road, Brookfield, WI 53005

SOLUTIONS FOR CLIENTS WITH HOME GOODS THEY NO LONGER NEED  

Habitat ReStore Offers Free Pickup & 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. 

  
ReStore's experienced  Deconstruction Services  will even remove kitchen cabinetry and more! 
 
FIND OUT MORE  or call: 414-316-5651