HAPPY NEW YEAR GMAR REALTORS AND AFFILIATES!
 
What a crazy ride we have been on the last couple of years. Many ups and downs depending on which side of the transaction we have been on.  With such limited inventory the tide changed very quickly after the recession and unfortunately, with that, many more complaints and disputes among us.  Mediation and arbitration skyrocketed. 
 
My hope for 2018 is that we all take time to remember that the term Co-broke is short for "Cooperating - Broker".    Meaning; we cooperate to the best of our Clients intentions to bring the parties together for a successful outcome.
 
It also means respecting each other's Client and Customer relationships.  We do not want to put the Consumer at risk by not thoroughly explaining Buyer Agency or by being overzealous in procuring cause cases. 
 
"Six essential qualities that are the key to success: Sincerity, personal integrity, humility, courtesy, wisdom, charity." - Dr. William Menninger
 
Best wishes for a happy, healthy and prosperous 2018!
 
Vickie Kelsall
Your 2018 Chairwoman

 
WHAT THE NEW TAX LAW MEANS FOR REAL ESTATE         
   
Last week, NAR held an informational Facebook Live Event which detailed certain provisions in the newly passed Tax Reform Bill and how they affect you as a real estate practitioner.  Here is a link to the recorded video.

One other resource that may be helpful from NAR is this analysis of how the newly instituted changes to the tax code will affect the real estate industry and individual taxpayers. 
GMAR REALTOR STORE HAS MOVED TO MINUTEMAN PRESS IN BROOKFIELD      
   
The GMAR Realtor store is closed and Minuteman Press in Brookfield is now selling Real Estate Supplies! Visit them at 13680 W. Capitol Drive, M-F 8am-5pm. If you have any questions, feel free to contact them at 262-781-9622.
SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE       
   
The Greater Milwaukee Association of REALTORS® Youth Foundation will award 7 $1,000 scholarships to children or grandchildren of GMAR members during 2018. 
 
Members must have maintained their relationship with the GMAR continuously for at least three (3) years. Deadline is April 1st. 
 
SPOTLIGHT ON MALE AGENTS' SAFETY IN 2017     
   
REALTOR® Safety is an important concept for all real estate professionals to understand, but staying safe in the field is often framed as a particular concern for female agents. Such a mind frame can leave men more vulnerable to attack when they think they have less to worry about.

This year, we addressed safety specifically for male agents in an article that drew a heated debate among commenters and easily skyrocketed to our top safety story of 2017.

Click here to see the five most popular well-being articles of the year, covering not just safety but also health and work-life balance.

Written by NAR on December 29, 2017
JANUARY EDITION OF REAL TRENDS       
   
Click here to read this month's REAL Trends newsletter.
    
Highlights include: How Do You Keep Associates Motivated, Tax Reform, Glassdoor for Real Estate and more! 

 
KETTLE MORAINE COUNCIL MARDI GRAS PARTY
February 6th at Jug's Hitching Post in West Bend
 
 
Save the date for the GMAR Kettle Moraine Council Mardi Gras Party on February 6th at Jug's Hitching Post. For $10 you receive a drink ticket, heavy hors d'oeuvres and free raffle tickets! We will also be giving out an award for the best Mardi Gras mask.
 
Click here to register
 
REALTOR® & GOVERNMENT DAY
February 7, 2018
 
Join your colleagues from the GMAR and REALTORS® from across the state as they converge in Madison on Wednesday, February 7 to help shape the laws that impact you and your real estate business. The first 300 registrants are free. Register now by calling or emailing Marne Stuck. (414)778-4929.
 
 
Don't want to drive? Ride the bus and enjoy lunch for FREE thanks for our sponsors: Chicago Title, HMS Home Warranty, House To Home Inspections, Landmark Credit Union, and RE/MAX Realty 100. If you are interested in reserving a seat on the bus, please let Marne know when you call to register.  Space is limited to 50 passengers.  
 
ST PADDY'S DASH
Presenting Sponsor: A+ Mortgage    
 
Save the date: Sunday, March 11th at Hart Park in Wauwatosa for the 6th Annual St. Paddy's Dash, 5K Run/Walk to benefit the GMAR Youth Foundation.
 
Sponsors and silent auction items are needed -contact Scott Bush at GMAR (414) 778-4929
 

 
ENSURE A STRONG FIRST QUARTER
  
**Free Class for Real Estate Professionals** Learn four simple systems you can implement immediately to ensure a strong first quarter; a rock-solid foundation to 2018. This presentation is brought to you by Envoy Mortgage of Brookfield in conjunction with Partner and Principal Coach at The CORE Training, REETA CASEY; a Top Producing Real Estate Agent from Windermere, Florida.
 
Food will be served at 11:45 AM and the video will begin promptly at noon. Examples of the systems will be handed out and discussed at approximately 12:30 PM. You'll be out and back to your day by 1 PM.
 
Space is limited so sign up today!
 
Location: GMAR - 12300 W Center St, Milwaukee, WI 53222
Date: Wednesday, January 10th
Time: 11:45 Lunch, class starts promptly at noon
To Register (required) and for Full Details visit:  http://www.envoybrookfield.com/WW-01-2018-GMAR
MONTHLY MORTGAGE CONCEPTS FOR REAL ESTATE AGENTS CLASSES
  
New for 2018! Cherry Creek Mortgage is partnering with the GMAR to offer monthly Mortgage Concepts for Real Estate Agents classes. Each individual class will be offered quarterly and they are for both new and experienced agents. The 3 topics will cover appraisals, offers, and general underwriting/loan process.
 
The first class is Thursday, January 18th at 10:00am at the GMAR office and will feature Scott Hamling, AVP of appraisals at Cherry Creek. We will cover how best to set up the appraisal for the most accurate value and how to avoid any unnecessary issues.
 
Please RSVP to Nicole Hanrahan at 414-935-4159 or nhanrahan@ccmclending.com.
Scott's classes have filled up quickly in the past, so please don't delay! 
REAL - REALTOR EXCHANGE AND LEARNING
 
M y Fellow Agents!
 
It is time to reflect and look forward to next year! Time to discuss what worked well and what did not in 2017. Members can discuss trends that are emerging with buyers and sellers.  We will also talk about new ideas for next year and technology we should all be using.
 
As you know, our group is comprised of agents from every real estate company. No one will ever be asked to speak or even introduce themselves , so you can come and just listen!
 
We usually have about 40 agents attending so please respond to this email to let me know if you think you'll be at the meeting. We'll have donuts and coffee. If anyone wants to volunteer to bring donuts that would be great!
 
Meeting: Monday, January 22, 2018
Location: GMAR office on 123rd and Center in Wauwatosa.
Time: 10:30-11:45
 
Please RSVP to Bruce or call 262-242-6177
 
Please bring any ideas or comments that can help your fellow agents navigate our ever-changing market. Hope to see you there!!
 
All the best,
Bruce Nemovitz


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