GMAR Weekly Email Digest: 4/1/2019
Happy April everyone,
 
We are in full spring market now!
 
It seems everyone is busy and we continue with multiple offers on listings. Keep up the good work and patience!
 
Speaking of patience, have you tried using SentriLock yet? It really is easy and nothing to fear. I have even taught a few people how to use it in 5 min. over the phone.
Contact Michelle or Alberta at GMAR for a quick lesson or refresher: 414-778-4929.
 
We have a lot of great things happening at the GMAR the next few months as you see below.
 
I want to put an invitation out for you to join me at the WomenStrong event May 1st. Network with some amazing Realtor women and be inspired by our dynamic keynote speaker Sara Lebens. Set at the beautiful Italian Community center with breakfast included, it should be a fantastic morning!
 
Also hop on the bus with Marne and crew and head to the Capital for Government day April 24. Your voice matters!
 
Wishing you a strong and successful month.
 
"Every job is a self-portrait of the person who does it. Autograph yours with excellence."- Author unknown.
 
Amy Curler
GMAR Chairwoman  

MILITARY RELOCATION PROFESSIONAL (MRP) CERTIFICATION
The Military Relocation Professional (MRP) Certification Course is being offered on May 2 at the 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
 
Contact Scott Bush should you have any questions. scott@gmar.ws
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.
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.
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.

Click here to watch a short video from WRA’s Chief Lobbyist, Tom Larson, who will highlight the issues we will discuss with our legislators at the State Capitol. 
JOIN US FOR REALTOR GALLERY NIGHT
APRIL 26, 5-9PM AT SWEET DINER, 239 E. CHICAGO STREET
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: scott@gmar.ws 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 
KETTLE MORAINE COUNCIL RPAC AUCTION




Mark your calendars and join the Kettle Moraine Council for their annual RPAC Auction. 
 
When:  Wednesday, May 22, 2019
Where:   Wegner’s Cedar Lake Inn: 4919 State Road 144, Hartford
Time:   5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
 
WRA's Joe Murray will give a legislative and political report. Then join in the fun of a live auction with Realtor and Auctioneer Shane Schaetzel.
 
GMAR WOMENSTRONG! CONFERENCE




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.  

YOUTH FOUNDATION BOWLING EVENT


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

Randy Barwick of Guaranteed Rate invites you to: A Tailgate Event
Location: Miller Park Parking Lot • 1 Brewers Way • Milwaukee, WI
Date: April 7, 2019
Time: Tailgate: 11am
Game time: 1:10 pm

Kick off baseball season with us at Miller Park! Enjoy the Brewers vs Cubs game. Enjoy tailgate style food including brats, hot dogs, and sausages with plenty of water, soda and beer to go around. Take a photo with The Brew Crew's Famous Racing Sausages too!

Learn the advantages of working with Guaranteed Rate. Grow your business with the home purchase experts and top 10 retail mortgage lender.

Contact Randy Barwick for tickets (a limited number available).