From: gmar-newsletter@starkmedia.com
Subject: GMAR November Report Online
Date: Tue, Nov 01, 2011


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Volume 8, Issue 11
November 1, 2011
Membership Arbitration & Ethics MLS Governmental Affairs Service Directory Media Room Promotions Resources Youth Foundation Membership | Arbitration & Ethics | MLS | Governmental Affairs | Service Directory Media Room | Promotions | Resources | Youth Foundation
CHAIRMAN'S MESSAGE
Sample Dear Members,

First of all, I’d like to thank you for renewing your membership in the GMAR, and if you haven’t yet please don’t forget to renew. It’s easy, just click here to get started.

Later this month, the GMAR Leadership Team and I are going to the NAR Convention in Anaheim, CA. There is still time to register if you would like to go. Aside from the governance meetings we attend, there are excellent education sessions that will help your business development. Check it out!

At my office meeting last week we talked about Finishing Strong in 2011. I’d like to share some of our discussion with you so you can make the last two months of 2011 as good as can be. Click on the link below.

Sincerely,

Steve Wiedenfeld
2011 Chairman of the Board
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GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS UPDATE
Whether you like it or not, politics in Wisconsin is front and center in the national spotlight and likely will be for...a very long time!

As a leader in the real estate business, you understand the unique and important relationship between your business and lawmaking. Some of you have demonstrated your understanding by investing in your business through your past contributions to the RPAC/Direct Giver Program. The Direct Giver Program is a unique tool we have in Wisconsin and you can use it to support PRO-REALTOR® candidates at all levels of government, from local alderperson to the President of the United States, and everyone in between.
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PAY DUES NOW TO AVOID $50 FEE
Just a reminder to pay your GMAR/WRA/NAR dues by November 30, 2011 to avoid an additional $50.00 fee. Pay online by going to the GMAR website
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CONGRATULATIONS TO NEWLY ELECTED BOARD MEMBERS!
In 2012 we will add two new directors and welcome back two current directors. Congratulations to:
  • Jeff Joseph, Encompass Realty
  • Tina Balaka, Shorewest Realtors
  • Vickie Kelsall, Century 21 Affiliated
  • Roxanne Platz, First Weber Group
Thanks to all the GMAR members who participated in the election.
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HOT TOPIC BROWN BAG SESSIONS
The Hot Topic Brown Bag sessions are one-hour in length and are designed to keep you up-to-date on the latest information and give you the opportunity to ask questions. These sessions are held at the GMAR office from 12:00 noon - 1:00 p.m. Bring your "brown bag" (lunch!)-- we'll provide the beverages and cookies! Space is limited. Please make a reservation by emailing Judy Huschka.
  • November 15 - "Contract Issues & Forms" presented by Cori Lamont, WRA
  • December 14 - "Procuring Cause/Commissions" presented by Scott Bush, GMAR
  • January 11 - "Electronic Signatures" presented by Cori Lamont, WRA
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CONSIDER THE GMAR YOUTH FOUNDATION FOR YOUR CHARITY GIVING
Sample Help create more opportunity for children with a tax deductable contribution to the Greater Milwaukee Association of REALTORS® Youth Foundation. Types of contributions:
  • Regular donations
  • Annual/scheduled cash donations
  • Living Trust donation
Call Scott Bush at the GMAR office for more information (414) 778-4929.
Click here to read more.
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REALTORS® WITH JUNK IN THE TRUNK
Sample REALTORS® unloaded their trunks of old computers and electronics. Some brought truck and trailer loads of stuff including an old swing set, car parts, and office chairs. The menagerie of no longer needed items was dropped off at the GMAR’s “Junk for Juveniles” with proceeds benefiting the Youth Foundation. If you missed Junk for Juveniles--not a problem—you can still take your recyclable items to Action Recyclers, 5329 W. State St. Mention the GMAR Youth Foundation and your scrap will be converted to a Youth Foundation donation.

The GMAR will again hold Junk for Juveniles in the spring.
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GMAR YOUTH FOUNDATION AWARDS GRANTS
Sample The GMAR Youth Foundation, four times each year, awards grants to youth programs in Milwaukee and Waukesha Counties in the areas of arts and culture, social services, and education. These grants are awarded on behalf of GMAR Members.

Congratulations to the following grant recipients:
Click here to see the recipients
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PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS UPDATE
Subordination of Client's Interests to REALTOR®'s Personal Gain

REALTOR® B was a sales associate with XYZ, REALTORS® . To promote XYZ's in-house listings, the firm's principals offered $1000 bonuses to the company's sales associates at time of closing on each of XYZ's listings they sold.

Dr. Z, a recent transferee to the town, entered into a buyer representation agreement with XYZ through REALTOR® B. Dr. Z explained he had specific needs, foremost of which was any home he purchased be convenient for and readily accessible by Dr. Z's spouse who was physically challenged. "Part of my wife's physical conditioning program is swimming," said Dr. Z, "so in addition to everything else, I am looking for a home with a pool-or room to build a pool."

REALTOR® B knew there were a number of homes for sale meeting most of Dr. Z's general specifications, several of which were listed with XYZ.
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PATHWAYS TO PROFESSIONALISM
Two Courtesies to Keep in Mind:

1) It’s that time of the year again! Use sidewalks if weather is bad, take off shoes and boots inside the property, and consider the use of shoe covers in inclement weather.

2) Call if you are delayed or must cancel an appointment or showing.
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CONTINUING EDUCATION
Sample Listed below are continuing education classes being offered in our area by WRA:
  • Nov. 9 - CE3 and CE4
  • Nov. 11 - Elective C and D
  • Nov. 16 - CEAP
For more information on these as well as online and self study courses,
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NAR CHIEF ECONOMIST LAWRENCE YUN TO SPEAK AT GMAR HOUSING SUMMIT
Join us at the REALTOR® Summit on Thursday, November 17th where NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun will share his nationally recognized analysis on the state of the economy. In addition, Vance Edwards, Senior Marketing Program Manager of MGIC will be speaking on cultivating leads among first time home buyers. Following the keynote speakers, attendees have the opportunity to attend two of the following breakout sessions:
• Select Milwaukee Housing Programs
• City of Milwaukee Housing Purchase Programs
• Perfect referral partnership with US Bank

This event is sponsored by US Bank and Freddie Mac.

Click here for more information
INSTALLATION, AWARDS & HOLIDAY BANQUET
INSTALLATION, AWARDS & HOLIDAY BANQUET This year’s event, sponsored by A+ Mortgage Services, will be held on Thursday, December 1, at the Crowne Plaza Wauwatosa, from 5:00 -10:00 p.m. with a sit-down dinner, deluxe coffee bar, and miniature dessert station.

Join us as we celebrate the holidays, install the 2012 Chairman Jeff Joseph along with newly elected directors, and present the 2011 awards.

Click here for more information.
CONGRATULATIONS 2011 GMAR AWARD WINNERS!
  • REALTOR® of the Year – Barb McGill, First Weber Group
  • Affiliate of the Year – Alex Leykin, A+ Mortgage Services
  • Dedicated Service Award – Jim Somers, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
  • Lifetime Achievement Award – Peter Shuttleworth, Retiring Executive Director, Metro MLS
The GMAR will honor the 2011 award winners at the Annual Chairman’s Holiday Party at the Crowne Plaza, Thursday, December 1st.

Click here for reservation information
"READING WITH REALTORS®" - NEEDS REALTORS®!!!
The YPN Milwaukee Chapter fundraising community event is nearing the end. But…we still need you! Volunteers are needed to read to classrooms throughout the week of November 7th (next week). There are locations in Milwaukee and Waukesha counties. Please click here to sign up at VolunteerSpot. And thank you to all of this year’s “Hot Spot” offices that collected books.
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GROW YOUR BUSINESS AT THE 88TH ANNUAL REALTORS® HOME & GARDEN SHOW!
GROW YOUR BUSINESS AT THE 88TH ANNUAL REALTORS® HOME & GARDEN SHOW! As you work to finalize your marketing plans and budget for 2012, why not consider reserving a booth in the nation’s longest running home & garden show?!!

The REALTORS® Home & Garden Show is the place to:
• Meet face-to-face with tens of thousands of potential new customers (90% of show attendees are home owners).
• Generate leads and future business opportunities.
• Build relationships with eager buyers looking to buy or sell their home.

Prime booth space is still available. Participation is open to any company providing quality home and garden-related products or services, so feel free to share this information with your industry colleagues who may also be interested in gaining a competitive advantage and expanding their business.

Contact Beth Smith at (414) 778-4929 or beth@gmar.ws regarding booth availability and/or for more information.

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WISCONSIN REAL ESTATE SUPPLY
WISCONSIN REAL ESTATE SUPPLY Check out our new items: REALTOR® Laptop Skin, REALTOR® iPhone Skin(3G & 3GS ONLY) and Promo Kit – 10 Reasons Why You Should Hire a REALTOR. REMEMBER TO USE YOUR 15% OFF COUPON included with your 2012 membership dues invoice. It's valid through 12/31/11 and a great opportunity to stock up. Visit us at 12300 W. Center Street, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. We're here to help you grow your business!
ARE YOU A FAN OF GMAR ON FACEBOOK?
ARE YOU A FAN OF GMAR ON FACEBOOK? If not, you could be missing out! Many articles are posted on the GMAR Facebook Fan Page daily.
CONGRATULATIONS!
CONGRATULATIONS! We are pleased to announce that the following members have received their ABR certification:
  • Christina Catalanotte, Shorewest Realtors
  • Travis Derby, Shorewest Realtors
  • Debbie Master, Shorewest Realtors
  • Beth Walters, Shorewest Realtors

Click here to read more about certifications
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