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2020 HOUSING STATISTICS
2020 Sales Highest Ever
December Home Sales Up 25.9%
Market Highlights:

  • Despite COVID-19 Pandemic, Market Skyrockets
  • Most Home Sales Ever Recorded
  • Lack of Listings Continues


GMAR PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS FORUM
Learn about the GMAR's Professional Standards Process and the ethical issues impacting the real estate industry.
February 3, 2021
9:00AM (CST)
PANEL

  • Tracy Rucka, Attorney WRA
  • Jeff Joseph, Chairman, GMAR Professional Standards Committee
  • Cindy Fleming, GMAR Professional Standards Committee
  • Scott Bush, Vice President of Operations, GMAR

AGENDA

9:00AM - Introductions and Overview of Forum- Scott Bush
9:15 - Quick Overview of the Professional Standards Process - Scott Bush
9:30 - Legal Hotline, Hot Topics: New Standard of Practice 10-5/Advertising other Brokers’ Listings—Tracy Rucka
10:00 - Break
10:15 - Professional Courtesies—Cindy Fleming
10:45 - Most Common Ethics Violations/Citation Policies for Advertising and Unauthorized Access to Property—Scott Bush/Jeff Joseph 
11:00 - Procuring Cause Review—Jeff Joseph
11:30 - Questions 
Noon - Forum Ends
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
NAR'S CENTER FOR FINANCIAL WELLNESS LIVE : TAX SUMMIT
Learn how to improve personal wealth by spotting opportunities in your tax return, what to do if the IRS comes knocking, and more! In these one hour webinars you'll hear from the experts and get the tips you need to save time and money while reducing your stress.

Real Estate Agents Tax Guide 101
Wednesday, February 3 at 1:00 p.m. CT

What to Do If You’ve Got IRS Trouble
Wednesday, February 10 at 1:00 p.m. CT

Improve Personal Wealth by Spotting Opportunities in Your Tax Return
Wednesday, February 17 at 1:00 p.m. CT

A Deeper Dive into Several Real Estate Tax Topics
Wednesday, February 24 at 1:00 p.m. CT

Register now to attend NAR’s Financial Wellness LIVE: Tax Summit four-part series!
THANK YOU FOR BEING INVOLVED WITH RPAC/DIRECT GIVER
Whether they had election fatigue or not, REALTORS® again showed they were paying attention and were fully engaged in politics. 2020 was a record breaking year for RPAC/Direct Giver fundraising. Thank you to the many members who were involved in the fall elections and to those who contributed to RPAC and supported candidates of their choice through the Direct Giver Program.  
 
Our legislative success on the local, state and national level is because REALTORS continue to engage in elections. 
 
If you are interested in supporting a candidate at the local, state or national level in the future, consider running that contribution through the Direct Giver Program. Click here for more information or contact Marne Stuck by email or call 414-778-4929.
YOUTH FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE
The Greater Milwaukee Association of REALTORS® Youth Foundation will award 7 $1,000 scholarships to children or grandchildren of GMAR members during 2021. 
 
Members must have maintained their relationship with the GMAR continuously for at least three (3) years. Deadline to apply is March 31, 2021.

'RE-ORIENT YOURSELF' : WRA MEMBER BENEFITS
Brush Up on Topics Covered at Orientation
Whether you are a brand new REALTOR® just starting out or have been in the business for years, it never hurts to check back in on the basics and make sure you are taking full advantage of your membership. 
When you become a member of the GMAR, you also become a member of the Wisconsin Realtors Association (WRA). The state association provides several member benefits that you should take advantage of if you have not already done so. Here are some of the major ones to look into. Click for more information.

  • Legal Services
  • Exclusive access to Wisconsin real estate attorneys and real estate law publications.
  • Education
  • Education and products available for every phase in a real estate career.
  • Advocacy
  • Political representation in Madison protecting Wisconsin real estate and homeownership.
  • Housing Statistics
  • The latest median home prices and unit sales across the state.
  • Real Estate News
  • Monthly, weekly and daily updates from association to national news.
  • Exclusive Partners
  • Earn back dues with outside partner company discounts.
NEW FEATURE ON YOUR SENTRIKEY APP
Access By Appointment
Agents who utilize the SentriLock lockbox system now have the option to use a new feature called 'Access by Appointment.' With this setting turned on, your lockbox will only be able to be accessed during scheduled appointments. This setting can be turned on with your SentriKey Real Estate app when assigning a lockbox to a listing.

Click here for more information on how to use this new feature.

*REMINDER: If you are retiring or not renewing your membership for 2021 please return your SentriLock lockboxes to the GMAR office. Not doing so will result in a fine.
WRA'S THURSDAY TAKEAWAYS VIDEO SERIES
Check out the most recent edition of WRA's Thursday Takeaways Video Series!

"Fairhaven: A Fair Housing Simulation"
With Deb Conrad
NAR released a new interactive training platform designed to help combat discrimination in the real estate market. WRA attorney Debbi Conrad explains the benefits of Fairhaven and how you can close transactions while successfully navigating sticky fair housing scenarios.

HABITAT RESTORE OFFERS FREE PICKUP & SALVAGE SERVICES
Habitat for Humanity ReStore picks up donations of gently used furniture, appliances and more for free! Donations are tax deductible and help local families in need of safe, affordable housing. 

ReStore's experienced Deconstruction Services will even remove kitchen cabinetry and more! 
 
FIND OUT MORE or call: 414-316-5651
COVID-19 RESOURCES AVAILABLE TO REALTORS®
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.