GMAR WEEKLY UPDATES
ARE YOU A DIRECT GIVER?
Even though it is a much quieter election year than 2020, it is still as important to support elected officials who support the real estate industry. 

Please consider making a contribution to the Direct Giver Program, which 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.

Contact Marne Stuck if you have any questions.  
INTERVIEW WITH CHUDNOW DRUCK VALUATION, INC.
In an attempt to answer raising questions on appraisals in the current market, GMAR President Mike Ruzicka speaks with the team at Chudnow Druck Valuation, Inc.
Chudnow Druck also said that they are, “starting to see clauses written into offers that proactively deal with the possibility of the property not appraising out. That is an excellent sign of a proactive REALTOR®,” they said. Lenders are being forced to get creative with some of their financing and, likewise, some REALTORS® are being more creative with their offers. To the extent that the highest offer may not be selected in a bidding war; maybe the 2nd or even 3rd highest has a better chance of going through the whole process, due to financing, ability to put that additional cash down, etc.
GMAR YOUTH FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES 2021 SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS
The Greater Milwaukee Association of REALTORS® Youth Foundation has awarded eight $1,000 college scholarships this year. Congratulations to following 2021 scholarship recipients!!
Candidate
Faiz Ahmed
Julia Blankenship
Ella Grintjes
Isabella Halcomb
Colton Martell
Kelsey Miller
Andrea Schwalbach
Laura Zautner
GMAR Member
Mehreen Sulaiman
Scott Heyerdahl
Nancy Grintjes
Nina Lyon-Halcomb
Reneene Martell
Jodi Miller
Joseph Schwalbach
Elizabeth Kruepke
The next opportunity to submit applications for the GMAR Youth Foundation Scholarship will be January 2022.
APRIL IS FAIR HOUSING MONTH
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SEND US YOUR VACCINATION SELFIE
If you’ve recently had a COVID-19 vaccine, send us a selfie!
If you have one from when you received your shot, with your vaccine card, or just you post-vaccine, please send it to us so we can add it to our Facebook and Instagram accounts, and encourage all REALTORS® to get their vaccine. Please send your pictures to Emily Simonelli if you would like it posted.
UPCOMING GMAR EVENTS
Shredfest has been scheduled for Thursday, May 13th with the following regulations:

·   Anyone dropping off boxes must stay in their car
·   The GMAR staff will unload your boxes and will be masked
 
For more information and to sign up for a time slot please click here.


If you are interested in sponsorship opportunities for this event please contact Michelle Kohn or call 414-778-4929.
UPCOMING AFFILIATE EVENTS
UNLIMITED PRIMARY HEALTHCARE WEBINAR
Thursday, April 29 from 10am-11am | Register today!

Join us for a webinar on unique access to unlimited primary healthcare for only $60 per month, with no copays and no deductibles. Total healthcare solutions are available, as well as vision and, yes, even pet, insurance.

John Harder from MyFamilyPCP will be discussing different healthcare options for our members and taking questions.
STAND OUT AS A FOCUS ON ENERGY AMBASSADOR

Give your homebuyers an energy-efficient start as a FOCUS ON ENERGY® Ambassador.

Focus on Energy partners with utilities across Wisconsin to provide resources and incentives for energy efficient home products, equipment, and improvement projects.
 
Once you complete the exclusive online GMAR Workshop and enroll as an Ambassador, you can start offering your clients access to new energy efficiency expertise and exclusive perks, including a Welcome Kit with a $125 heating and cooling tune-up voucher and a helpful Home Energy & Maintenance Guide. The kit is co-branded with your business information and sent to your clients on your behalf, at no cost to you, providing an extra touch and added value.
 
For more information, visit focusonenergy.com/ambassador or email
Steve Pipson, Focus on Energy representative also available at 608.571.5875
JOB POSTINGS
If your office is hiring for an administrative position that does not require a real estate license, we would be happy to share that information with the membership. See below for current openings. If you have a job opening that you would like to add, please email Emily Simonelli.
Sales Support Administer
Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC
Full Time - 40 hours per week
GMAR PARTNERS WITH DISCOVER MILWAUKEE RELOCATION GUIDE
The GMAR is once again sponsoring the Discover Milwaukee Relocation Guide. Covering Milwaukee, Waukesha, Ozaukee, Washington and Racine counties, it is the Greater Milwaukee region’s #1 source for anyone looking to move or relocate to Wisconsin’s largest metro area.
 
You can provide a free copy of the Relocation Guide to your relocating clients and customers and share the website and digital edition as well.
Limited quantities of the publication are available at the GMAR office, or by contacting Metro Business Publications at pcanon@discovermilwaukee.com.
 
The purpose of the Relocation Guide is to create a complete package about moving to metro Milwaukee. Information is organized in easy-to-use sections, offering new residents everything they need at their fingertips:
  • Quality of Life
  • Things To Do
  • Average home price and details for communities
  • Career Opportunities
  • Schools and Education
  • Financing a Home
  • Helpful Information
 
GMAR members also have the opportunity to highlight their experience and expertise in a special section for Relocation Specialists. For rate information, contact Maribeth Delforge at 262-796-0224, or mbdelforge@discovermilwaukee.com.
REAL ESTATE SUPPLY STORE NOW AT
MINUTEMAN PRESS - BROOKFIELD
The real estate supply store is now located ONLY at Minuteman Press - Brookfield location (13680 W. Capitol Drive). The store is back open with COVID-19 protection measures in place. Online orders are still encouraged. Store hours are M-F between 8:30 AM and 5 PM.
Contact Minuteman Press-Brookfield for more info, (262) 781-9622!
Comments, Suggestions or Questions?...
Let us know how the GMAR can improve what we offer to you as members of our organization. Your feedback helps us to make quality improvements to our programs and benefits, so we appreciate it! Click here to e-mail your feedback to the GMAR.
Greater Milwaukee Association of REALTORS®
12300 W. Center Street Milwaukee, WI 53222
414-778-4929 | www.GMAR.com