GMAR WEEKLY eNEWSLETTER
Hello GMAR Members,
 
Listings are tight, again, this year which means REALTORS® are super competitive on their clients’ behalf. You may be faced with “opportunities” to cut corners. But take a deep breath and remember we still need to be courteous to one another and maintain our professionalism. This market won't last forever, but your reputation will, so preserve it.
 
While the Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice of the National Association establishes objective, enforceable ethical standards governing the professional conduct of REALTORS®, it does not address issues of courtesy or etiquette. That’s why the GMAR came up with Pathways to Professionalism several years ago. Regardless of your years of experience, it’s a good idea to review the “Golden Rules” of being a REALTOR®.
 
Did you realize that the GMAR is 130 years old this year?! You are a member of one of the oldest real estate organizations in the entire country. In fact, the GMAR was a teenager when NAR was formed in Chicago in 1908. And to celebrate, we’ve created an anniversary logo. I would like you help us promote the stability and experience of this august organization to your clients and colleagues. You can download the logo here and use it in your email signature, on promotional material, Facebook, etc. Plaster it all over!
 
June is Homeownership Month, when we promote the benefits of homeownership and recommit to creating opportunities for future homeowners and NAR has a useful website full of info for you.
 
June is also Pride Month and last year NAR announced a partnership with the LGBTQ+ Real Estate Alliance. If you’re interested in serving the LBGTQ+ community, check out this NAR study using data from its Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers to analyze the differences between lesbian, gay, bisexual, and heterosexual buyers and sellers. Approximately 7% of buyers and sellers in the Greater Milwaukee area identify as LGBTQ.
 
Finally, I’d like to wish all the dads in the GMAR a Happy Father’s Day on June 19th!
 
As always, if you have any suggestions, comments or ideas for me or the GMAR staff, please let me know.
 
Sincerely,
 
Kim Curtis
2022 Chairwoman 

WRA REALTOR LEGISLATIVE REPORT
On March 8, 2022, the Wisconsin Legislature adjourned and ended the 2021-22 legislative session, capping off a very productive session for the WRA. In the end, the WRA passed 14 top legislative priorities on a variety of issues affecting all sectors of the real estate industry. Our success was made possible by your participation in our advocacy efforts, such as REALTOR® & Government Day, responding to calls to action and your contributions to the REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC). Your participation makes a real difference. Thank you!
REAL ESTATE CONTINUING EDUCATION
2021-22 Biennium Deadline: December 14, 2022
REQUIREMENTS: 6 MANDATORY COURSES  3 CREDITS EACH  18 TOTAL HOURS  EVERY 2 YEARS

THAT'S WHY WE INVEST IN RPAC
RPAC stands for the REALTORS® Political Action Committee. A PAC is a legal means by which interested individuals with common goals, like a trade association, band together for the purposes of political action. The best way to positively impact issues such as property taxes, health care, and property rights is through RPAC, a real estate professional's vehicle for political action. Here are some of our Members and why they have invested in RPAC.
DOWN PAYMENT ASSISTANCE
$10,000

Jefferson County • Ozaukee County
Washington County • Waukesha County

  • This grant is an additional tool for homebuyers to use to secure their goal of homeownership.
  • The grant is forgiven after a relatively short time frame of only 5 years.
  • It can be used toward closing costs, upfront mortgage insurance premiums, and/or down payment.
  • It’s a HUD-funded program that can be used as a stand-alone option or layered with other grant programs. It can be used on secondary market loans as well as with “in-house” loans.
  • The borrower applies for first mortgage financing from a participating lender. The lender reserves funds from Waukesha County. 
  • The borrowers must qualify with a total household income at or below 80% of the county median income. 
For more information contact:
Debbie Narus - Housing Program Coordinator
Waukesha County Community Development
262-896-8170 / dnarus@waukeshacounty.gov
FREE VETERANS HOME BUYING SEMINAR
The Veteran Home Buying Seminar will be hosted by the Department of Veteran Affairs, hosted by the home loan specialist Mark Lee.

Sponsored by the Veterans support committee of the Greater Milwaukee Association of REALTORS®.

Contact Bill Meisel To Register
UPCOMING GMAR EVENTS
Join your fellow GMAR members for Happy Hour and Silent Auction Thursday, June 9, 2022, 4 pm- 7 pm at Leff's Lucky Town: 7208 W. State Street, Wauwatosa.

Pizza sponsored by Wisconsin Title, Closing and Credit Services and Beer and Soda sponsored by Fidelity National Title.


We are looking for event sponsors and Silent auction items. Proceeds from this event will benefit the GMAR’s Youth Foundation.

Contact Scott Bush for more information: scott@gmar.com/414-778-4929
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.
HABITAT RESTORE OFFERS
FREE PICKUP AND 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.
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!
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Greater Milwaukee Association of REALTORS®
12300 W. Center Street Milwaukee, WI 53222
414-778-4929 | www.GMAR.com