GMAR WEEKLY eNEWSLETTER
Dear GMAR Members,

It’s April and that means it’s Fair Housing Month. I’d like to encourage you to use the Equal Housing Opportunity logo in your advertising, website, etc. You can download it here, free. NAR also has a plethora of social media posts, ads, copy, and other resources for you to use, also free, just click here to access them.

Additionally, on May 10th - 11th, the GMAR will be sponsoring the A Home For Everyone Conference at the Hyatt Hotel in Milwaukee. The 2022 conference theme is The Year of Advocacy and will feature speakers such as NAR’s very own Bryan Greene, VP of Policy Advocacy. I encourage all of you to join us there!

April also means that it’s election time. As you know, the GMAR and WRA are very active in government affairs and we would not be nearly as effective as we are without your support and contributions to RPAC. Thank you! The GMAR endorsed the newly elected Mayor of Milwaukee, Cavalier Johnson. And WRA endorsed Maria Lazar.

Finally, the GMAR has been focusing on keeping our social pages up to date with the latest news and events along with helpful industry-related information that you can share with your network. We’ve created a 'Members Only' Facebook group where we post association news and events. You can use this page as a way to connect with fellow REALTORS® as well as reach out to the GMAR staff with any comments or questions. We also have an Instagram account with the information you can use to push out to your clients.

Happy Passover and Happy Easter to everyone! 

Kim Curtis
2022 Chairwomen of the Board
Discrimination in the real estate industry is real and ongoing. You, as community leaders, have the opportunity to be a part of the transformative solution, providing equal service to all.

April is Fair Housing Month and a great time to affirm you’re helping to build thriving, inclusive communities. Fair housing impacts all NAR members, all markets, and all neighborhoods.
The GMAR is running low on SentriLock lockboxes at our office. If you have extra lockboxes that you are not currently using we ask that you please return them to the GMAR office. We would be happy to pick them up at your office if that is more convenient.
 
If you have any questions or would like to arrange a pickup, please contact Joanna Tusing at joanna@gmar.com
LIFE IS A MARATHON CELEBRATE YOUR VICTORIES
Dear Member,

Foreclosure equity theft is now out the door, thanks to you!
 
On March 31, Gov. Tony Evers signed another WRA priority from REALTOR® & Government Day (RGD) into law because of your efforts on February 9, 2022. With the passage of the new foreclosure equity theft law, Wis. Act 216, YOU helped end Wisconsin's longstanding legal authority allowing counties to keep the net proceeds on tax foreclosures of non-homestead properties, like commercial, farms and vacant land.
 
Foreclosure equity theft joins 40-year access easements and homeowners associations (HOAs) as issues YOU advocated for at RGD that have been signed into law! Only one more RGD issue left to go, which is SB 629/AB 603, shovel-ready workforce housing sites.
 
Thank you again for attending RGD and advocating for the real estate industry and private property rights.
 
Sincerely,
 
Tom Larson
Executive Vice President
Wisconsin REALTORS® Association
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY GROUP CONSTRUCTION
Saturday, June 4, 2022
 
The GMAR is hosting a small group of up to 8 volunteers to work on flooring for Habitat for Humanity on Saturday, June 4, 2022.
 
To volunteer go to: http://groups.mkehabitat.volunteerhub.com/events/index. Use join code "GMAR" when prompted (note: each volunteer will "create an account" as a user (or sign in if the system has been used previously) AND register for the event).
 
  • Volunteers must be at least 16 years old.
  • Volunteers will receive one email about creating an account.
  • During the registration process, volunteers will have the opportunity to receive an email with confirmation materials.
  • A reminder email with the same information is also sent 2 days ahead of time.
  • Having each individual's contact information allows us to be in contact in case of changes in the day or bad weather.
  • Volunteers can contact Beth at bvangorp@milwaukeehabitat.org if they have any problems with the system.
  • COVID-19 Information – the safety of volunteers, staff, and homeowners is of primary importance. Following Milwaukee Habitat COVID Safety is required of all volunteers, homeowners, and staff. Read more in our Milwaukee Habitat COVID-19 On-Site Safety Protocol We have recently updated our policy and masks are optional but strongly recommended for those who haven’t yet been fully vaccinated. 
The Wisconsin REALTORS® Association is holding “Spring” into Career Development Courses. Agents can sharpen their skills with the spring training lineup.

Designations
  • ABR (Accredited Buyer's Representative) April 13-14
  • CCIM (Certified Commercial Investment Member)
  • CIPS (Certified International Property Specialist)
  • CRB (Certified Real Estate Brokerage Manager)  
  • CRS (Certified Residential Specialist)
  • GREEN (Green Designation)
  • GRI (Graduate, REALTOR® Institute)  
  • PMN (Performance Management Network)
  • SRES (Seniors Real Estate Specialist)
  • SRS (Seller Representative Specialist) June 2-3
Certifications  
  • AHWD (At Home With Diversity) April 27-28
  • BPOR (Broker Price Opinion Resource)
  • MRP (Military Relocation Professional) 
  • PSA (Pricing Strategy Advisor) April 21-22
  • RENE (Real Estate Negotiation Expert) 
  • RSPS (Resort and Second-home Property Specialist) May 16-17
  • SFR (Short Sales and Foreclosure Resource)

BECOME A FAIRHAVEN GRADUATE TODAY
Fairhaven is the National Association of REALTORS®' interactive fair housing training platform that uses the immersive power of storytelling to deliver powerful lessons to help promote equity in the housing market. During the training, you navigate real-life transaction simulations that confront challenging fair housing dilemmas, apply and assess your knowledge, and further your expertise by receiving valuable feedback.

This innovative training platform is available to all 1.4 million NAR members at no additional cost. Be an advocate for fair housing and the future of our industry. Commit to combating discrimination in real estate.

Get started by visiting fairhaven.realtor to explore the fictional town of Fairhaven and assess how well you are adhering to fair housing principles.
APRIL 2022 WISCONSIN REAL ESTATE MAGAZINE
Boosting Your Business With Diversity And Inclusion:
A great first step is to ensure that any potential client who encounters your website or other marketing sees that you work with individuals of all backgrounds.
Past Segregation Lives With Us Today:
Discrimination in housing in the early 20th century was pervasive, due to the actions of federal, state, and local governments along with lenders, developers, REALTORS®, and private parties. This was not “de facto” segregation resulting from individuals choosing where they wanted to live based on the skin color of their neighbors, but rather it was the result of government policies. Read More Here
Fair Housing Quiz 2022:
1. What should the broker do if a buyer asks if the neighborhood is “good” or if there are “nice kids” in the schools?
2. Standard of Practice 10-5 prohibits REALTORS® from using harassing speech, hate speech, epithets, or slurs based on the protected classes of Article 10 with respect to all of their activities. Which of the following would likely not violate Article 10-5?
UPCOMING GMAR EVENTS
GMAR YOUTH FOUNDATION PAINT AND SIP
The GMAR's Youth Foundation is hosting an in-person paint and sip event with step-by-step instructions from VIBEZ Creative Art Space.
Date: Thursday, April 21, 2022, 6pm-8pm
Location: 5300 S 76th St., Greendale, WI
Cost: $40/person *Limited to 28 participants*


Thank you to our sponsors Landmark Credit Union, Land Title Service, Milwaukee Homesight Inspection Service, Merit Title, Scott Bush, and Bank of England. More sponsors are welcome if interested.

LUNCH AND LEARN
Sponsored by the GMAR Kettle Moraine Council
Shelli Ellis Prosperity Mortgage
Barb Gish Merit Title

Presenters:
Michelle Zoeller Vogds, Realty Executives Integrity
 Sharayah Fromstein, Keller Williams Prestige Realty
Tuesday, April 26th
Location: Slinger House
11:00am-12:00pm: Social Media Discussion
12:00-12:30pm: Lunch
Contact michelle@gmar to RSVP (the deadline for registering is April 15, 2022)
GMAR SAFETY TRAINING SEMINAR
In this fast-paced, dynamic market, your safety has never been more important. The Greater Milwaukee Association of Realtors is hosting a series of important Safety Training.

Five 2 hours classes:
Time 5:30-7:30 PM each day
April 6 and 12 (Self-Defense and Awareness)
April 19 (CPR/ AED Certification)
April 26 and May 3 (Weapon Safety/ WI CCW)

Food provided by our Sponsors at some classes
All classes are packaged at $125

NAR'S MILITARY RELOCATION PROFESSIONAL COURSE
When military staff and their families relocate, the services of a real estate professional who understands their needs and timetables make the transfer easier, faster, and less stressful.

The Military Relocation Professional Certification Course educates REALTORS® about working with U.S. Service Members and their families, as well as veterans to find the housing solutions that best suit their needs and allow them to take full advantage of all available benefits and support.

For more questions about this course contact michelle@gmar.com
For more information and to sign up for a time slot please click here.
9 PIN TAP BOWLING TOURNAMENT
Come join the fun at the 12th annual 9 Pin Tap Bowling Tournament sponsored by Great Midwest Bank. Proceeds benefit the GMAR Youth Foundation.
 
Date: Thursday, May 12, 2022
Time: 6pm - 9:30pm
Location: Root River Center - 7220 W Rawson Ave.
 
GMAR MEMBERS ONLY FACEBOOK GROUP
Join our members-only Facebook group if you have not already done so. This group was created for our members to connect with each other and discuss industry-related questions/concerns as well as to keep you informed on association news and updates. If there are any specific topics you would like to see more of please let us know!
JOB POSTINGS
Client Care Specialist
Homesight Inspection
Closing Coordinator/Office Manager
Lake Country Flat Fee
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 above for current postings.  If you have a job opening that you would like to add, please email Mary Xiong.
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 editions 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). Store hours are M-F between 8:30 AM and 5 PM. Contact Minuteman Press-Brookfield for more info at (262) 781-9622!
Comments, Suggestions, or Questions?...
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