L ocal restaurant recommendations from the Executive Committee

The G MAR is preparing for a SentriLock lockbox audit

The REALTOR® Fair Housing Program
The National Association of REALTORS® has developed a Fair Housing Program to provide resources and guidance to REALTORS® in ensuring equal professional services for all people. The term REALTOR® identifies a licensed professional in real estate who is a member of the National Association of REALTORS®. Not all licensed real estate brokers and salespersons are members of the National Association, and only those who are may identify themselves as REALTORS®. They conduct their business and activities in accordance with a strict Code of Ethics.

The Code of Ethics Article 10  of the National Association of REALTORS® Code of Ethics provides that, "REALTORS® shall not deny equal professional services to any person for reasons of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, national origin, sexual orientation, or gender identity. REALTORS® shall not be parties to any plan or agreement to discriminate against a person or persons on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, national origin, sexual orientation, or gender identity. REALTORS®, in their real estate employment practices, shall not discriminate against any person or persons on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, national origin, sexual orientation, or gender identity."
A REALTOR® pledges to conduct business in keeping with the spirit and letter of the Code of Ethics. Article 10 imposes obligations upon REALTORS® and is also a firm statement of support for equal opportunity in housing.

If You Suspect Discrimination

Call the Local Board of REALTORS®:  Local Boards of REALTORS® will accept complaints alleging violations of the Code of Ethics filed by a home seeker who alleges discriminatory treatment in the availability, purchase or rental of housing. Local Boards of REALTORS® have a responsibility to enforce the Code of Ethics through professional standards procedures and corrective action in cases where a violation of the Code of Ethics is proven to have occurred.

Call the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development:  Complaints alleging discrimination in housing may be filed with the nearest office of the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) or by contacting them at  http://www.hud.gov (link is external) .
LOCAL BUSINESSES NEED OUR SUPPORT
Get out and support a local business this week by ordering takeout from some of these restaurant recommendations from the Executive Committee .

Kel Svoboda - Jose's Blue Sombrero (3 locations)
Wauwatosa - 7615 W State St, Wauwatosa, WI 53213
Fox Point - 8617 N Port Washington Rd, Fox Point, WI 53217
Brookfield - 20371 W Bluemound Rd, Brookfield, WI 53045

Courtney Stefaniak - Capri di Nuovo
8340 W Beloit Rd, West Allis, WI 53219

Amy Curler - The Norbert
115 S Main St, West Bend, WI 53095

Kim Curtis - The Stillery
W204N14025 W Fond Du Lac Ave, Richfield, WI 53076
FREE WEBINARS FROM REAL ESTATE'S TOP SPEAKERS
Introducing EDTalks: New Speaker Education Showcase

The WRA's newest education product offers a collection of video webinars from real estate expert speakers and instructors who have graced the WRA center stage at live association events. Whatever the topic, these great minds are here to motivate, inspire and humor you, but most of all, help you in your real estate business.

No registration fees. No commitments.

Just pick your favorite topic, watch and learn. Be sure to check the EDTalks webpage often as the list of free webinars will grow with new material from speakers who have been featured at previous WRA events.
THE GMAR IS PREPARING FOR A SENTRILOCK LOCKBOX AUDIT
The GMAR is in the midst of conducting an audit of the SentriLock lockbox system. SentriLock has urged us to conduct an audit periodically, because, over time, some agents build up an excess of boxes compared to the number of listings they have had recently.
 
The GMAR has 9,000 lockboxes as part of its SentriLock lease. There are 8,605 in members’ hands, but only 2,747 on listings right now.
 
In order to assure that there are enough boxes to put on upcoming listings, the GMAR will be sending each member an email with a target number of lockboxes for them to hold on to. We’re basing the target number on the average number of listings members have had over the last 6 months.
 
We are very aware that listings may have slowed recently, and we will make every effort to make sure each member has an adequate number of boxes in the short-term, as well as access to additional boxes in the future.
 
Thank you in advance for your cooperation as we undertake our first SentriLock audit in the next few weeks. If you have any questions, please contact Emily or Alberta .
COVID-19 RESOURCES AVAILABLE TO REALTORS®
HOW CAN YOU HELP DURING THE PANDEMIC?
REMINDER TO RENEW YOUR LICENSE BY 12/14/20
To maintain real estate licenses in the state of Wisconsin, real estate licensees must complete 18 hours of continuing educations (CE) every two years. The 18 hours must include completion of 3 hours for each of the 6 required course topics listed below. There are no longer elective courses as part of the 18 required hours.

Mandatory Courses (all six required)
  • Course 1: Wisconsin Listing Contracts
  • Course 2: Wisconsin Offers to Purchase
  • Course 3: Wisconsin New Developments
  • Course 4: Wisconsin Real Estate Ethics and Consumer Protection
  • Course 5: Wisconsin Real Estate Law and Practice
  • Course 6: Wisconsin Real Estate Transactions

Live Courses and Distance Learning are offered through the WRA .
THURSDAY TAKEAWAYS VIDEO SERIES
Check out the most recent edition of WRA's Thursday Takeaway Video Series!
 
"New MLS Policy Questions"
With Chris Carillo
The new MLS policy put in place last November created a flood of questions to the WRA Legal Hotline. Metro MLS CEO Chris Carillo answers some of the frequently asked questions regarding the policy and how it impacts your business.
 
JOIN THE WEEKLY 'QUICK SEARCH CHALLENGE' WITH METRO MLS
Are you ready for the Full Search Sunset in November? Metro MLS has a great way for you to be ready by participating in the Quick Search Challenge! A new challenge will be available every week that will get you moving in the right direction. By completing the challenge, you will be entered into a weekly drawing for a $30 Amazon Gift Card! Watch for your Flex Tips to receive this weeks challenge!
STAND OUT AS A FOCUS ON ENERGY AMBASSADOR
Looking for new ways to bring added value to your clients? Consider becoming 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 a one-hour training 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.
 
Join the 600+ Wisconsin real estate professionals already offering these informational resources and exclusive perks to their clients. For more information, visit focusonenergy.com/ambassador or email ambassador@focusonenergy.com. You can also call Nancy Alberte, local Focus on Energy representative, at 608.358.8212 with questions.  
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). Currently, the store will be available for online, email and phone orders only. Please email us with your order the day before. We will select your items ahead of time, email you an invoice, and have them ready for you to pick up at our front door. Pick up time is M-F between 9 AM and 4 PM.
Contact Minuteman Press-Brookfield for more info, (262) 781-9622!
AFFILIATE EVENTS
Keep More of Your Income in 2020: Free Remote Program
Tax-Reduction Strategies for the Real Estate Professional

After this seminar, you’ll have what you need to bring to your tax accountant, so you qualify for thousands of dollars more in deductions.

Friday, June 12, 2020
9:30am - 12:00pm
Hosted by Kelly Clark with Bradford Tax Solutions

THE FOLLOWING GMAR SOCIAL EVENTS HAVE BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO THE COVID-19 SOCIAL DISTANCING REGULATIONS
Shredfest
Brewers Bash
Golf Outing
KMC RPAC Auction (will be rescheduled)
In addition to our weekly eNewsletter, the GMAR will be utilizing its social media pages to keep members informed and up-to-date during the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation. Please connect with us through the links to our social platforms below.
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 .