GMAR Weekly Email Digest: 3/11/2019
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It's that time of year again. The tax season is upon us, and if you need some help navigating your taxes, you'll want to check out NAR's Center for REALTOR® Financial Wellness .  This new complimentary resource, designed exclusively to meet the financial planning needs of REALTORS®, can steer you in the right direction.
Just log into  the site , scroll down to the "Search the Center" section, and type in "Tax" to find a variety of tax-prep resources. These easy-to-follow tax pointers, written for the unique needs of REALTORS®, can make this tax season a little less overwhelming. 
  • What tax deductions should real estate professionals know?
  • How much of my commission should I set aside?
  • How can I calculate my business expenses?
  • What are good ways to avoid tax surprises?
  • What is an estate tax?
  • What is a gift tax?
You'll also want to check out the video series on that covers everything you need to know about the new tax laws .
If you're ahead of the game and have already filed your taxes, take some time anyway to navigate the Center for REALTOR® Financial Wellness where you can assess your current financial profile and receive personalized financial planning goals. The site also includes a robust library of budgeting, retirement, investing resources, and more that you'll want to tap into.
Any questions about the Financial Wellness Program, contact Kasey Stewart at
Please see below from Milwaukee Homeless Veterans Initiative:

Through our Home Support program we move formerly homeless veterans into their new living spaces, providing everything they need to set up housekeeping and begin their new lives. When a veteran finally gets an apartment, often through a federal program, he/she is often given the keys and little else with no resources to purchase them. That's where MHVI comes in.
We are fortunate to have many generous donors who provide household items. However, right now, we have an emergent need. Our furniture supply is very low and with some items, we have nothing left.
We are hopeful you will help our veterans, who truly have nothing, by providing a donation of furniture. We are in dire need of (apartment sized):
Kitchen table/Chairs
Coffee Tables/End tables
Sofas/Love seats (under 72 inches)

Our staff will gladly pick up your donation and then deliver it to the veteran. Please call 414-257-4111 for more information. 

The Kettle Moraine Council is hosting an informational meeting with various speakers on title issues. Tuesday March 12th from 11:00am-12:30pm at the West Bend First Weber Office.
The following will be presenting:
  • Jim Ramseyer with Merit Title will present information on Lien and Judgement Issues.
  • Cheri Hipenbecker with Knight Barry Title will discuss Fraud Issues
  • Debbie Wnuk Priority Title will present How To Read a policy and what the different schedules mean. 

We encourage you to come with any title questions that you may have. Lunch will be served.
Please RSVP to Kaye Erdman 262-707-4966
A check for $1,000 will also be donated to Life Of Hope on behalf of the Kettle Moraine Council
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 last year REALTORS® with one year of only state or local service will qualify.

Deadlines to apply for Emeritus status in 2019 are April 2 and Oct. 2

If you have believe you have reached Emeritus status, please contact Michelle Kohn
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.
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. SentriLock has a great set of "how to" videos that are good refreshers if you need some. Click here to watch .

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.

One thing to note from SentriLock:
In the summer of 2019, SentriLock plans to no longer support Contractor Codes for our Bluetooth® REALTOR® lockbox. While a convenient service in the past, with the introduction of the One Day Code and more recently, SentriConnect® for non-agent access, we believe our Contractor Codes have fulfilled their usefulness and we’ll be turning them off for all Bluetooth® REALTOR® lockboxes.

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.
Join your fellow GMAR members on Thursday, March 14 at a Happy Hour and Silent Auction from 4-7pm at Leff's Lucky Town: 7208 W. State Street, Wauwatosa.

Beer, Soda, Wine and Apps are sponsored by Landmark Credit Union and Attorneys Title & Closing Services LLC. All proceeds benefit the GMAR Youth Foundation.

We are in need of silent auction items. Contact Scott Bush if you have any items to contribute.
* Featured Action Item: Milwaukee County Stadium Seat, donated by Don Cohen, Landmark Credit Union
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.
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. 

Held in conjunction with Gallery Night in the Third Ward, Sweet Diner will feature Realtor® artists along with other local artists. Donated works from the participating artists will be available in a silent auction, with proceeds benefiting the Realtors® Youth Foundation.  
The GMAR Youth Foundation is searching for Realtor® artists and other artists to participate. If you are interested, please contact Scott Bush for details: 414/778-4929
Landmark Credit Union will provide a complimentary beer or wine to Realtors® who present their business card.
2019 Brewers Bash
Tuesday, April 30th at 6:40pm vs. Rockies

The GMAR Brewer's Bash will be Tuesday evening, April 30th when the Brewers take on the Rockies.
No worries about the weather-we'll once again be on the Johnsonville Party Deck!
Party Deck/Gates open at 5:10pm - Game time is 6:40pm
Your $55.00 includes:
·       Game ticket
·       All-you-can eat buffet
·       2 free drink tickets
·       Unlimited soft drinks
·       Gift from Event Sponsor A+ Mortgage
·       Chance to win one of 12 - $100 gift cards from Drawing Sponsor: Bell Bank Mortgage
·       Peanuts, Cracker Jacks, candy...courtesy of our Treat Sponsors:
DL Home Inspections & Home Services LLC, House to Home Inspections & The Equitable Bank
Free Bus Transportation provided by the Kettle Moraine Council: 
Make a reservation with  Michelle  no later than Tuesday, April 23rd
  • Washington County Fair Park - 5:00 p.m.
  • US 41/45 & Cty Y/Lannon Road Park and Ride - 5:15 p.m.
  • GMAR - 5:30 p.m.
  • *Bus may leave before end of game
Free shuttle service from Steve's on Bluemound (SOB's), 5841 W. Bluemound Rd, into Miller Park starting around 4:30 p.m. You don't need to make a reservation, but if you have questions, you can contact Joe at (414) 870-8708 (please remember to tip!).
This is a very popular event and the Party Deck has a limited number of seats, click here to register!
Our event sponsor is A+ Mortgage 

Wednesday, May 1, 2019
Location: Italian Community Center
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. 
Even though the real estate industry is predominantly female, women are underrepresented in leadership positions at both the brokerage and senior management levels. The goal of the GMAR's WomenStrong! event is to foster an environment for women to communicate, collaborate, advocate for, and support one another.
Thank you to our sponsors: 
Jean Stefaniak
Shorewest Realtors
The Lending Ladies
Thursday, May 23rd is Shredfest at GMAR Parking Lot

Each GMAR member may bring up to 10 boxes or bags to be shredded. Your cardboard boxes and plastic bags are emptied as you arrive and returned to you.  


The GMAR Youth Foundation will be hosting their 9th Annual 9 Pin Tap Bowling Tournament sponsored by Great Midwest Bank. The event will be on Thursday, May 23rd from 5:45-9:30pm at the Root River Center.

Date: Thursday, May 23, 2019
Time 5:45pm-9:30pm
Location: Root River Center

REALTOR® Training | Renovation Lending: A Contractor's Perspective

 This exclusive Realtor®-only event is designed to help you get a better understanding of what goes into the renovation process from the contractor's perspective. We'll polish it off with a brief recap of renovation lending as well. 

Our favorite general home contracting company, COR Improvements, will be sending over Awesome Rachel Miller to talk to you about what it takes to execute an amazing home remodel while tying that into the offer process for a buyer looking to buy a fixer-upper. It's complicated - we've all heard the stories - but with the right contractor and the right lender, it can be a breeze.

The team at LeaderOne will, then, wrap up the talk with a short recap from a previous Wisdom Wednesday on the renovation lending process. 
Sign up today before the seats are all taken.
We cannot wait to see you!
Location: GMAR – 12300 W Center St, Milwaukee, WI 53222
Date: Wednesday, March 13, 2019
Time: 11:45 AM Lunch, class starts promptly at noon
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