GMAR WEEKLY eNEWSLETTER
Dear GMAR Members,
 
Earlier this week we started Black History Month. As President Gerald Ford said in 1976 when he officially recognized Black History Month, we need to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of Black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.” As REALTORS® his words are a reminder that we have to uphold the REALTOR® Code of Ethics and Fair Housing laws every day.
 
We’re coming up fast on REALTOR® & Government Day, next Wednesday, February 9th. It’s back in person and always a great opportunity to meet with lawmakers and advocate for our profession face-to-face. For more info, click here.
 
2022 is a license renewal year. Remember your license is through the State of Wisconsin and your REALTOR® membership is through the GMAR. So, get a head start on the 18 hours of CE each of us needs before December 14th to keep our license. A great way to start is by checking out the WRA’s Continuing Education website. This is a great time of year to get a head start on your CE.
 
Finally, I attended the WRA Directors meeting last week and there was a lot of discussion surrounding three areas they plan to concentrate on in 2022: Local Advocacy, focusing on broker and industry needs; Professionalism, improve member professional behavior through effective messaging, enhanced training and use of professional standards services; and, Member Experience, create a new department of consumer and member experience, focusing on world class service to consumers and members. I’m looking forward to see it all roll out.
 
Thank you for being a GMAR member.
 
Sincerely,

Kim Curtis
2022 Chairwoman of the Board 
Government Day Is Back in Person in Madison
Save the date: February 9, 2022 
 
Advocacy starts with your voice: the REALTOR® voice. Make it heard on February 9 in Madison at the 2022 REALTOR® & Government Day (RGD).
 
When REALTORS® speak, lawmakers listen
RGD is your chance to meet with lawmakers in person and advocate for your business, your industry, and your clients. REALTORS® from across Wisconsin come together in unity to shape the future and maintain a thriving industry.
 
Event highlights
  • Capitol issues update from the WRA public affairs team
  • Address by Gov. Tony Evers (invited to the event)
  • Meet with your lawmakers at the Capitol building
Event details
  • Date/time: February 9, 2022 / 12:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
  • Location: Madison Concourse Hotel in downtown Madison
  • Registration cost: Free

Don’t miss this chance to use your voice to advocate for Wisconsin real estate.
 
You may register online here or by contacting Marne Stuck by email at marne@gmar.com or phone at 414-778-4929.
 
There will be no bus for GMAR members for 2022 REALTOR & Government Day. 
The WRA is dedicated to improving the diversity, equity and inclusion within our communities and industry. One specific component of this endeavor is to help educate our members and the public about implicit bias. Read More Here
The GMAR will be collecting donations on February 16, 2022, at the WomenStrong Conference. Please bring your donations of new and gently used items to our event in support of this cause. All items donated will be provided to the Repairers of the Breach located on W. Vliet Street.

If you can not make the event and would like to donate, you can drop off items at the GMAR office before event.
THE REALTOR® STORE ADVANTAGE

The REALTOR® Store is YOUR one-stop shop for educational tools and resources to boost your business. We offer physical and digital products plus REALTOR® focused webinars that break down the latest housing trends.
 
Shop the REALTOR® Store today at https://store.realtor/ for all the educational products and resources you need to boost your business and save 10% when you use code 10OFFAEMVP by March 31, 2022.
WRA CAPITAL INSIGHTS EPISODE 36:
THE FINAL COUNTDOWN
WHAT'S COMING UP IN THE WINTER REALTOR® MAGAZINE?
The winter edition of REALTOR® Magazine will be out soon. Here are some good articles in the issue:
2022 Economic Outlook: Take the Good With the Bad
Investors and move-up buyers will keep home sales humming, but inflation and other issues could be hurdles. Read More Here
Over the last decade, the United States grew at its slowest rate since the 1930s, and minorities made up almost all of that population growth. Read More Here
A 2017 book by Tom Nichols, The Death of Expertise, explains how the digital revolution has helped foster a culture of skepticism. Read More Here
GMAR FLOWERS FOR SCHOLARS
Order hanging baskets and/or flower pots at a great price and for a good cause!
$10 from each plant ordered will go towards the GMAR Youth Foundation college scholarship program.

Order deadline is Tuesday, March 1, 2022
Pick-up is Tuesday, May 3rd - right on time for Mother's Day!

UPCOMING GMAR EVENTS
GMAR WOMENSTRONG CONFERENCE
Date: Wednesday, February 16, 2022
Location: Brookfield Conference Center, 325 S. Moorland Rd., Brookfield
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
 
Join us at the WomenStrong! Conference at the Brookfield Conference Center on Feb 16th! A conference devoted to giving powerful women bold tools to take their careers to the next level.

Registration deadline is February 7, 2022 

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
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.
LOOKING TO GROW YOUR NETWORK AND IMPACT?
Since 2010, members of Take Root Milwaukee have worked collectively to help thousands of individuals and families in the Milwaukee area obtain, and maintain homeownership. Become a member today to belong to an established and dedicated network of lenders, neighborhood organizations, HUD-certified counseling agencies, Realtors, and City of Milwaukee housing departments who can assist with referrals, idea-sharing, brand promotion, and more. Learn more here.
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, (262) 781-9622!
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Greater Milwaukee Association of REALTORS®
12300 W. Center Street Milwaukee, WI 53222
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