STOP CORONAVIRUS
WEAR YOUR MASK - WASH YOUR HANDS - STAY 6 FT. AWAY
INTERESTED IN GETTING MORE INVOLVED IN THE GMAR?
If you’d like to get involved in the GMAR and offer your expertise, thoughts, and opinions on issues that interest you, check out the various committees and task forces the GMAR currently utilizes. 

  • Equal Opportunity/Fair Housing Committee
  • Kettle Moraine Council
  • Public Policy Task Force
  • REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC)
  • REALTOR® Safety Task Force
  • Statistics Task Force
  • Veterans Task Force
  • Young Professional Network (YPN)
  • Youth Foundation

Please complete an application and the GMAR Executive Committee will review your application to see if there is room on your preferred committee or task force (The size of committees or task forces may be limited). 
PLEASE RETURN YOUR SENTRILOCK LOCKBOXES IF THEY ARE NOT BEING USED
Back in May, the GMAR began working through an audit of the SentriLock lockbox system. 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 lockboxes back, however there are still 4,891 lockboxes out there 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 also keep in mind that if you ever leave the association, your lockboxes will need to be returned as well.
 
If you have any questions on this topic please email Emily Simonelli.
PLEASE PROVIDE SHOWING REPORTS TO THE LISTING AGENT
Promptly providing showing reports is a courtesy that has really fallen off in recent years. Showing reports can contain information that is helpful for both the lister and seller. Through showing time, with e-mail or text, providing a showing report has never been easier. You can also provide a report the old-fashioned way by simply picking up the phone. With today’s technologies, it has never been easier to take a few minutes and provide that valuable report.

Buyer feedback provides valuable information. Sellers want to know what they're doing right and what could be improved (although we know they may not always agree). When potential buyers share the same objectional opinions regarding the old wallpaper or worn out, dated carpeting, that may prompt the sellers to make some changes. The same goes for price. Usually, if a home does not sell, it’s about price. If enough buyers share that opinion, that could influence the seller to make reasonable adjustments to their asking price. 
REALTORS® AND REAL ESTATE ARE ESSENTIAL
Watch the WRA's Cori Lamont and Tom Larson explain the significance of real estate services being deemed "essential" under the "Safer at Home" order.

We will continue to work behind the scenes with Gov. Evers, the Wisconsin Legislature and community leaders to ensure a vibrant and functioning real estate market for our members.

We hope we can count on you to keep real estate "essential" in Wisconsin now and in the future. Please donate anything you can to the REALTORS® Political Action Committee to support our work.
SLATE OF CANDIDATES FOR GMAR DIRECTOR ELECTION
The Nominating Committee has selected the following candidates to be placed on the ballot for the Greater Milwaukee Association of REALTORS® Board of Directors election. Click here to read their bios. There will be four (4) Directors elected to serve three-year terms:
 
  • Robyn Booth, Badger Realty Team 
  • Jose Flores, RE/MAX Lakeside
  • Summer Hill, Shorewest Realtors
  • Sonya Mays, Midwest Executive Realty
  • Mike Polega, RE/MAX Realty 100
  • Jeremy Rynders, Keller Williams
  • Jim Zarek, First Weber Inc.
 
The election will be held by electronic voting in October 11-17, 2020.
UPCOMING CRS DESIGNATION COURSES
The CRS is the highest designation awarded to sales associates in the residential sales field and is awarded based on professional experience and education.

Virtual courses through the Residential Real Estate Council are coming up.

September 25th & October 2nd
Digital Marketing: Establishing a Social Media Brand

October 9th & October 16th
7 Thing Successful Agents Do Differently: A Proven Business System

CONCEALED CARRY COURSE AT THE GMAR
Due to popular demand, MPD Training, LLC, will be providing another Concealed Carry Firearms Safety Course at the GMAR office in October. No previous experience is necessary.
 
OCTOBER 28, 2020 | 12:00 NOON - 4:00 PM
Cost - $50/person
 
 Lunch will be provided by Waterstone Mortgage
 
Due to COVID-19 social distancing regulations, each class will be limited to 9 people.
'RE-ORIENT YOURSELF' : LEGAL HELP
Brush Up on What You Learned 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.

The WRA has a Legal Hotline available to all members. Generally, the Hotline will respond to any question related to real estate practice. You can call the WRA’s Legal Hotline direct toll free at 800-799-4468 or you may submit a question by using the on-line form on the WRA’s web site.
 
Members will also receive the Legal Hottips, which is comprised of Legal Hotline questions and answers that are emailed each week to all members who have submitted their email addresses to the WRA. To submit your email address for the weekly Hottips, please contact Deb McNelly.
METRO MLS UPDATE REGARDING FULL SEARCH VS QUICK SEARCH IN FLEXMLS
Full search will be going away in November of this year. MLS is providing weekly Wednesday webinars to get members familiar with the power of Quick Search. If you or your staff are not currently using Quick Search, please take the time to sign up for a webinar and prepare for the upcoming transition.
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!
In addition to our weekly eNewsletter, the GMAR will be utilizing its social media pages to keep members informed and up-to-date during the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation. Please connect with us through the links to our social platforms below.
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.