MESSAGE FROM CHAIRMAN KEL SVOBODA
The Luck of the REALTOR®. Some are just lucky to have it all. Look how lucky they are.
 
We’ve all heard it before and may have believed it at one point. In real estate, Luck is preparation meeting opportunity. As professionals, we are constantly having to learn and reinvent the way we do business. This gives us the readiness to take advantage of the opportunity in front of us. YPN has done a great job with their monthly Monday Morning Wakeup events at GMAR. The members on the committee volunteer their time to host valuable training for members. Its members like that who make all of us better.
 
GMAR and WRA not only provide resources for education, they give opportunities to put us in front of the consumer. The REALTORS® Home & Garden Show coming up is a great way for members to get in front of past clients and meet potential new home sellers. This month’s history series is about the Home & Garden Show. Thank you to the staff and affiliate members who make sure the event is a success every year. For more information please go to GMAR.com and look under the events tab.

8TH ANNUAL WISCONSIN RESIDENTIAL
REAL ESTATE SUMMIT
Keynote Speaker:
Dr. Lawrence Yun
Chief Economist and Senior Vice President, Research National Association of REALTORS
Washington, DC
Join more than 200 attendees for in-depth discussion about the future of residential real estate in Wisconsin.

Monday, March 23, 2020 | 1:00 - 4:30pm
Italian Community Center, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Conference topics to include:

  • Rare look into national trends from the nation's top housing economist
  • What will impact housing markets in 2020, from coronavirus concerns to interest rates to the Presidential election
  • Millennial buyer panel discussion on attitudes, use of technology, and what they're considering when looking at their first home purchase
  • Update on workforce housing legislation going though Wisconsin

REALTOR ® REP AT THE HOME & GARDEN SHOW

Would you like to greet guests at the REALTORS® Home & Garden Show?
Then register to be a REALTOR® Rep! You will be assigned to an entrance at the show where you will welcome guests and distribute show books. You may also hand out your business card.

If interested, fill out this form and send it to emily@gmar.ws .

*The deadline to sign up is Friday, March 6th.
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 Friday, March 6th
Pick-up is Tuesday, May 5th - right on time for Mother's Day!
2020 WOMENSTRONG EVENT A SUCCESS!
The third annual WomenStrong! event was held at the Italian Community Center on March 4 with nearly 300 attendees. Panelists engaged attendees and provided some great tips and tricks for balancing work and life. We also heard great tips on safety and how you can be more aware. We finished the conference with an “ask the panel” questions where we heard inspiring advice from industry leaders.

The morning keynote address was given by Amy Vetter, CPA, Yogi & Technologists, who inspired everyone with her B3 Method on transforming you career and life.

Thank you to our event sponsors who helped make this year's conference possible:
First Weber, Inc.
Jean Stefaniak
Metro MLS
Shorewest Realtors
The Lending Ladies
Wisconsin Mortgage
ONE-DAY ADMISSION TICKETS AVAILABLE
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Missed the February 26th deadline to order VIP Tickets to provide your customers and clients with complimentary 1-day admission? Industry tickets provide the same admission benefit to your clients and are available only to GMAR members for purchase price of $5 per ticket.  ORDER HERE
 
NOTE: THESE TICKETS DO NOT WORK ON THE REDEMPTION PROCESS USED WITH VIP TICKETS. YOU WILL BE CHARGED FOR ALL INDUSTRY TICKETS PURCHASED REGARDLESS OF WHETHER YOUR CLIENTS REDEEM THEM.

Individual ordering must pick up tickets at the GMAR office.
NEW FEATURES TO SENTRIKEY REAL ESTATE APP
SentriLock has added the following new features to their SentriKey Real Estate app:

  • Showing Instructions
  • Property Details
  • Manually End a Showing
  • My Schedule

Click here to view a brief introductory video on these new features.
Be sure to update your app as soon as possible! The new version for both Android and IOS will be 4.1.0.
2020 ELECTIONS
Are you interested in being more involved with the 2020 elections? Whether you want to support a candidate at the local, state or national level, consider running that contribution through the Direct Giver Program. It is a tool Realtors have to support a candidate or elected official. 
Click here for more information, or contact Marne Stuck.   marne@gmar.ws or 414-778-4929.
EXCLUSIVE MEMBER BENEFITS
The expense-tracking app from Taxbot includes the following features that you are eligible to receive with your WRA membership:
  • Mileage tracking
  • Photo receipts
  • Cloud storage
  • Bank/credit card integration
  • Training library

THURSDAY TAKEAWAY VIDEO SERIES
Check out the most recent edition of WRA's Thursday Takeaway Video Series!

"Power of Attourney"
With Jonathan Sayas

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 from 8am to 5pm. Contact Minuteman Press-Brookfield for more info, (262) 781-9622!

GMAR SOCIAL EVENTS
KETTLE MORAINE COUNCIL LUNCH AND LEARN

Date: Tuesday, March 10th
Time: 11:00am
Location: First Weber Office in West Bend

Lunch will be provided by Shelli Ellis, Wells Fargo Home Mortgage
*RSVP by March 6th to Michelle Kohn


West Bend Villa Park Presentation will be held April 14 th at 11am, more details coming soon
HOME & GARDEN SHOW REALTOR ® RECEPTION

Date: Wednesday, March 25th
Time: 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Location: Expo Center at Wisconsin State Fair Park


BREWERS BASH

Date: Wednesday, April 29th
Time: Party deck opens at 5:10pm | Game starts at 6:40pm
Location: Johnsonville Party Deck

AFFILIATE EVENTS
NAR MILITARY RELOCATION COURSE
DATE: Monday, March 9th
TIME: 9:00am - 4:00pm
LOCATION: GMAR Office - 12300 W. Center St
FEE: $50
This course educates REALTORS on working with U.S. service members and their families and veterans to find the housing solutions that best suit their needs and to take full advantage of available benefits and support.

WOMEN'S COUNCIL OF REALTORS MILWAUKEE METRO
Presents a FREE, member exclusive event
My Path. My Story. How it led to Women's Council of Realtors, and where it has taken me. 
Thursday, March 19, 5:30pm at Fountain Hall in Sturtevant
Join us to hear from Chicago realtor, Women's Council member and national speaker, Sam Powell. As she says, English is her second language because sarcasm is her first, so we're all in for a fun night. Dinner included and cash bar available.

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.
 
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.  
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 .