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HUMAN TRAFFICKING WEBINAR RECAP
If you were unable to attend the live webinar regarding human trafficking and real estate, the recording can be viewed below.
Human trafficking is an important topic to be aware of in our industry. There is a disturbing amount of cases worldwide and specifically in the Milwaukee area and yet it is not a common issue people like to discuss. We need to educate ourselves on what to look out for in the homes that we are showing that could potentially indicate a dangerous situation and also know who it can be reported to.
What to keep your eye out for
  • High numbers of people in and out of the property
  • Interior locks on doors or windows
  • A controlling seller who insists on being present for showings
  • Tenants in the home who lack knowledge of the neighborhood - victims almost never leave the home unless they're being transported to a new location
  • Children who are not in school during the day and don't appear to be home-schooling
  • Tenants who avoid eye contact or seem overly anxious

Who you can call
This is not an easy thing to talk about but it needs more awareness so that we are able to help when the time comes.
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.
REALTOR® SAFETY AWARENESS QUIZ
September is REALTOR® safety month. Safety is a serious issue for real estate practitioners, but often safety cautionary messages fade into the background when nothing bad is happening around you. It is important to remind real estate practitioners of commonsense techniques that protect against the risks threatening their safety.

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.
 
Additional candidates may be placed on the ballot by a petition signed by at least 5% of GMAR members eligible to vote by September 25, 2020.
 
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

'RE-ORIENT YOURSELF' : ANTITRUST 101
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 your education.

Federal and state antitrust laws are designed to protect competition, and the opportunity of competitors to engage in business free of artificial restrictions on competition. Such restrictions include price fixing agreements, group boycotts, “tying” arrangements, and market allocation arrangements. Antitrust laws also make it illegal to operate a monopoly and abuse the power of one who has a monopolistic market position. Antitrust laws are enforced by the U.S. Department of Justice, the Federal Trade Commission, and similar state agencies and state Attorneys General.

View the video below to 're-orient' yourself on this topic.
WRA CAPITOL INSIGHTS PODCAST SERIES

On September 4, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) declared a temporary halt to residential evictions to prevent the further spread of COVID-19. Congress and President Trump did not, however, provide any additional financial assistance to help tenants and landlords during the moratorium. In this episode of Capitol Insights, the WRA’s Tom Larson and Joe Murray discuss the current number of evictions in Wisconsin as well as what the WRA and landlord associations are doing to educate Congress on the need for additional rental assistance to go along with the nationwide eviction moratorium.
WRA THURSDAY TAKEAWAYS VIDEO SERIES
Check out the most recent edition of WRA's Thursday Takeaway Video Series!
 
"Hotline Expanded Hours"
With Tracy Rucka
Beginning in October 2020 the WRA Legal Hotline will have limited weekend hours. Looking for legal information on the weekend? Hotline attorneys will respond to calls between 1:00pm and 4:30pm on Sundays.

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.
INTERESTED IN BEING A POLL WORKER?
The Wisconsin Elections Commission (WEC) encourages all private citizens to vote and to become involved in the election process.  One of the most rewarding ways to do this is to become an Election Day poll worker. Tuesday, November 3rd is election day.

If you are interested in becoming a poll worker you can apply directly to your town, village or city clerk. Your municipal clerk’s contact information can be found at https://myvote.wi.gov/en-us/MyMunicipalClerk.

There are several different jobs at polling places in Wisconsin, all of which are appointed by municipal clerks:

Election Inspector - Election inspectors help check voters in at the polling place and register them to vote, as well as issuing them ballots. They are trained by the municipal clerk or online WEC, and must be residents of the county where they will be working.

Chief Election Inspector - The Chief Election Inspector serves as the lead election official at a polling place. A Chief Election Inspector must complete online or in-person baseline training which lasts about two hours, and must be residents of the town, village or city where they live.

Greeters or Election Registration Officials (ERO) - Each polling place can have one person appointed as an official Greeter who must be a resident of the county where they serve. They can help at a polling place by making sure voters are in the correct line and assist with sanitization efforts. Both greeters and EROs must take some training before Election Day.

Tabulator - Tabulators assist with ballot counting after the polls close on election day. State law does not make any specific residency requirements of these individuals.

Polling Place Helper - Some elections may need polling place helpers to keep the polling place organized. Depending on the clerk and the election, you may be able to volunteer to help out at a polling place by making sure voters are in the correct lines, assist with enforcing social distancing, and making sure the polling place is properly cleaned throughout the day. Citizens who just want to help with these tasks on election day do not need to meet any training or residency requirements.
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.
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