JOIN OUR NEW MEMBERS ONLY FACEBOOK GROUP
In effort to expand our communications with the membership we have created a new 'members only' Facebook group. In this group we will share the latest news and events going on in the association along with sending out our weekly newsletter. Please request access to join and share with your teams so that we can get as many members on there as possible.
LOW INVENTORY, INTEREST RATES AFFECTING HOUSING MARKET AFTER RECORD SALES
January home sales in Wisconsin increased by nearly 10 percent compared to last winter. The median price of homes have increased as well. Listen in as Realtors Courtney Stefaniak and Deb Hanson discuss the unique situation of the housing market and what buyers and sellers should know on Wisconsin Public Radio's Morning Show
SENTRIKEY REAL ESTATE SYSTEM UPDATES
Beginning Monday, March 15th you will see some changes in the SentriKey Real Estate system. Watch the short video below to learn about the latest updates or click here for more information.
9TH ANNUAL WISCONSIN RESIDENTIAL REAL ESTATE SUMMIT
NAVIGATING THE HOMEBUYERS LANDSCAPE
Join us for a short economic summit hosted by Chase on March 17, 2021 from 11:00am - 12:00pm. There will be speakers from Freddie Mac, Take Root Milwaukee and the GMAR.
The following topics will be discussed:

  • Industry Barrier & Opportunities
  • Strategies to Help Homebuyers and Professionals
  • Empowering for an Explosive 2021

MILITARY RELOCATION PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATION COURSES AT THE GMAR
This certification focuses on educating real estate professionals about working with current and former military service members to find the housing solutions that best suit their needs and take full advantage of military benefits and support. 

This course will be held in person at the GMAR office on April 21st from 9:00am - 4:00pm.

In order to keep everyone socially distant we will only be allowing eight (8) attendees and masks will be required.

GMAR YOUTH FOUNDATION PAINT AND SIP
VIRTUAL EVENT
The GMAR's Youth Foundation is hosting a virtual paint and sip event with step by step instructions from VIBEZ Creative Art Space.

DATE: Thursday, April 22nd from 6:00 - 8:00PM
COST: $40/person

The cost includes your canvas, paints and brushes, along with a bottle of wine and a raffle ticket for a prize drawing. We will be painting the Milwaukee Skyline (image below).
Thank you to Milwaukee HomesighT Inc., Land Title Services and Merit Title for sponsoring this event. More sponsors are welcome if interested!

FURNITURE FOR VETERANS NEEDED
Do you have sellers looking for a restore to dispose of household goods?
Please see below from Milwaukee Homeless Veterans Initiative:
 
Through our Home Support program we move formerly homeless veterans into their new living spaces, providing everything they need to set up housekeeping and begin their new lives. When a veteran finally gets an apartment, often through a federal program, he/she is often given the keys and little else with no resources to purchase them. That's where MHVI comes in.
 
We are fortunate to have many generous donors who provide household items. However, right now, we have an emergent need. Our furniture supply is very low and with some items, we have nothing left.
 
We are hopeful you will help our veterans, who truly have nothing, by providing a donation of furniture. We are in dire need of (apartment sized):
  • Beds
  • Kitchen table/Chairs
  • Coffee Tables/End tables
  • Sofas/Love seats (under 72 inches)
 
Our staff will gladly pick up your donation and then deliver it to the veteran. Please call 414-257-4111 for more information. 
JOIN US FOR REALTOR® & GOVERNMENT DAY 2021
On April 14, join us virtually for FREE to advocate for issues that matter to you and your clients. View the video below where fellow Wisconsin REALTOR® Jean Stefaniak discusses why property tax caps and finding alternative revenue sources to fund local government and schools is important.
GMAR SPRING SHREDFEST MAY 13
Shredfest has been scheduled for Thursday, May 13th with the following regulations:

  • Anyone dropping off boxes must stay in their car
  • The GMAR staff will unload your boxes and will be masked
 
For more information and to sign up for a time slot please click here
SPRING REALTOR® EVENT
If you plan on attending, please take this survey to help us cater the event to your needs and interests.
TAX-REDUCTION STRATEGIES FOR THE REAL ESTATE PROFESSIONAL
Get a fresh start and keep more of your income in 2021!

Friday April 2, 2021
9:30am - 12:00pm via Zoom

Topics to be discussed:
  • How to power boost and optimize your 2021 tax deductions
  • Why new COVID-19 Law reinforces the need to claim all business tax deductions
  • Why you may want to buy a new or pre-owned car sooner than you think
  • How to deduct all of your family's medical costs as a real estate business expense
  • How to safely quality your home office for big tax deductions
  • The new and improved food and beverage deductions for real estate professionals that you probably don't know about

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.