GMAR Weekly Email Digest: 12/10/2018
FAKE PHONE SOLICITATIONS
Adding your phone number(s) to t he Do Not Call List may help thwart unwanted and illegal phone solicitations.
NEW PHISHING ATTEMPT
Many National Association of REALTORS® members received a solicitation, purportedly from the REALTOR® Party, asking for donations to fund medical expenses for a young girl. This solicitation is not from the REALTOR® Party or the National Association of REALTORS®. NAR never solicits donations for personal or individual charities. 
If you received this "Help Support Diana Recovery" solicitation, you should delete the email without clicking on any links. Anyone who sent money to a link in the email should file a complaint with the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center at www.ic3.gov.  (Copy and paste the URL into your browser.)
The National Association of REALTORS® is working to identify and report the sender. We urge members and state and local association staff to be on alert for email and online fraud. Visit nar.realtor  for resources on cyberfraud and cybersecurity best practices. 
SAVE THE DATE
GMAR is planning on scheduling The Military Relocation Professional (MRP) Certification Course on January 30 th GMAR Office 
 
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. scott@gmar.ws
DECEMBER EDITION OF REAL TRENDS
H ighlights include: September Home Prices Increased 5.6 Percent, The Importance of Clean Data in a Sale, CFPB Identifies New Priorities and more! 
 
HAVE YOU PAID YOUR MEMBERSHIP DUES?
For those who haven't yet paid your GMAR/WRA/NAR dues for 2019, be sure to do so no later than December 31, 2018.
 
WRA counsel has informed us that to comply with their bylaws, an application fee MUST be charged for anyone paying dues after December 31, 2018.
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 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. 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.
SELF DEFENSE CLASS

Join us for an event presented by seasoned self defense educators. This will include what to do, what not to do and followed by hands on examples and demonstrations.

February 14, 2019
11:30 - Networking
12:00 - Lunch/ Presentation
12:30 - Hands on Demonstration
Co-Hosted by GMAR
 
Location Details:
WCTC
Pewaukee, Wisconsin 


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