STOP CORONAVIRUS
WEAR YOUR MASK - WASH YOUR HANDS - STAY 6 FT. AWAY
RECORDING OF GMAR MEETING ON THE CHANGES TO THE CODE OF ETHICS
Wednesday morning the GMAR hosted a zoom meeting for brokers in the association to learn more about recent changes to the Code of Ethics relative to discrimination and hate speech. Matt Difanis, the 2020 Chair of the NAR Professional Standards Committee gave a presentation on the new policies and cleared up any questions that came up.


If you would like more information on the new policies, the NAR hosts monthly trainings to provide guidance on the changes to the Code of Ethics that were approved by the NAR Board of Directors on November 13, 2020, and to provide an opportunity to ask questions of our policy experts.

All of the past trainings can be found here as well as a registration link for future sessions.
FRAUD ALERT: INSURANCE CALLS NOT FROM NAR
Members of the National Association of REALTORS® have reported receiving unsolicited text and robocalls from various numbers, claiming to represent "NAR health insurance." These calls and texts do not originate from NAR. The association won't make unsolicited outreach to enroll you in an insurance program or otherwise solicit your personal information.

Members may access information about the insurance products available through the REALTOR Benefits® Program and REALTORS® Insurance Place.
VOLUNTEER AT A HABITAT BUILD DAY
Interested in participating in an upcoming Habitat Build day? Depending on the date that you choose your group will either be working on wall panelizing, framing or siding. The maximum group size is five (5) people and you would be working from 8:15am - 3:00pm. Keep in mind that the framing and siding tasks do involve working up on ladders. The COVID safety protocols can be found here.

If interested, please select a date from the lists below and email Michelle Kohn.
Wall Panelizing Days:
  • Thursday, March 4th
  • Friday, March 5th
  • Saturday, March 6th
  • Thursday, March 11th
  • Friday, March 12th
  • Saturday, March 13th
  • Thursday, April 1st

Siding/Framing Days (lotsof ladder work)
  • Saturday, April 17th
  • Wednesday, April 21st
  • Thursday, April 22nd
  • Friday, April 23rd
  • Saturday, April 24th
Framing Days: (some ladder work)
  • Thursday, April 1st
  • Wednesday, April 7th
  • Thursday, April 8th
  • Friday, April 9th
  • Saturday, April 10th
  • Wednesday, April 14th
  • Thursday, April 15th
  • Friday, April 16th
  • Thursday, April 29th
  • Friday, April 30th
PLEASE RETURN YOUR SENTRILOCK LOCKBOXES IF YOU DO NOT PLAN TO USE THEM
Last year the GMAR began working through an audit of the SentriLock lockboxes. Of our 9,000 lockboxes in the association, 8,605 were in members hands. Of those 8,605, only 2,747 were on listings. We did mange to get a good number of the unused lockboxes back, however there are currently 5,367 lockboxes out there in members hands that are not being used on listings.
 
If you are someone who has lockboxes in your possession and you do not plan to use them on your listings, please return them to the GMAR office.

PLEASE NOTE THAT IF YOU DO USE YOUR LOCKBOXES YOU DO NOT HAVE TO RETURN THEM. We encourage the use of SentriLock but have noticed that several agents have an excess amount of lockboxes that have never been used.

If you have any questions on this topic please email Emily Simonelli
REAL TRENDS FEBRUARY 2021 NEWSLETTER AVAILABLE
Shifts in the Real Estate Landscape
Remote work, office space, retail - it all impacts the residential real estate industry

By Steve Murray, Senior Advisor
OPPORTUNITY MKE LANDLORD INFO SESSION
Do you own or manage rental housing in Metropolitan Milwaukee opportunity areas?
 
The current economic climate doesn’t make the rental market easy. For stable tenants and a steady revenue stream consider partnering with Opportunity MKE.

Join us for our Landlord Info Session
February 15, 2021
6:00pm via Zoom

R.E.A.L. MEETING FEBRUARY 25TH
We will be meeting by zoom to discuss the challenges, what is working and what is not in our new world. This will be our first Zoom meeting, so hopefully not too many glitches!

THE DATE: 2/25/2021
TIME: 10:30am-11:30am
(may go longer or shorter depending on how many attend)

Please respond to Bruce Nemovitz if you will attend and use this link to join the call on the 25th.
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 digital 45 minute 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.
 
Join the 700+ 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.  
COVID-19 RESOURCES AVAILABLE TO REALTORS®
DRUG AND ALCOHOL ABUSE RESOURCES
Help.org is dedicated to providing drug and alcohol rehab resources and support. They do this through comprehensive resources and guides, and connecting people with the right treatment programs. If you or someone you know needs help please take advantage of this great tool.
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 or give us a call at 414-778-4929.