GMAR Weekly Email Digest: 3/18/2019
The GMAR’s very own Caitlin Dennis is one of 50 finalists for REALTOR® Magazine's 30 under 30! 
Today through Friday, March 22 nd members can vote for Caitlin to be one of the few selected for the 2019 class of “30 Under 30.” One vote can be cast per day per IP address. 
Please vote every day on all your devices! 

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. 
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.

NAR will be accepting applications to join the associations' committees for 2020 from March 1 through May 1. NAR committees provide opportunities to play a role in steering the association and are a forum for discussion about issues that are impacting NAR and the real estate industry.

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.
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 | Building Your Business Through Referrals

This exclusive Realtor®-only event is designed to help you learn how to better give and receive referrals in a way that's bound to double your conversion rate on those referrals.

We all know that referrals are the lifeblood of our businesses, but are they really being exchanged well? We'll learn to do that well and we'll learn, too, about the best types of follow-ups and thank you's once the referral has been made. 

This class will be a live class taught by an amazing  guest speaker, Michael Rampolla, a Certified SPEARity Coach . We've seen Michael give this talk in the past and we know you'll love what he has to teach you.
By knowing this information, you'll be far more impactful in your referral giving and receiving; when this is done well, it leaves a lasting impression and a much higher conversion as well. 

We've hit capacity most times this year, so don't wait! Sign up today before the seats are all taken. 

Lunch will be served  at 11:45 with the presentation starting promptly at 12 Noon with a Q & A to follow. You'll be out and on with your day by 1:30 PM at the latest; likely sooner!
Sign up today before the seats are all taken.

Location: GMAR – 12300 W Center St, Milwaukee, WI 53222
Date: Wednesday, April 10th, 2019
Time: 11:45 AM Lunch, class starts promptly at noon
For all details and to register (required) : Click Here