Subject: GMAR February Report Online
Date: Sat, Feb 01, 2014

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Jan 29, 2014 | Volume 11, Issue 2
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Hello Fellow Members,

February is already here and all the indicators say that 2014 will be a great year for real estate. Home sales were up 9.9% in 2013 and the average home price was up $14,492 in the 4-County area. That's awesome!! Be sure that you get out there and get your share of the business!

The best way of doing that is by contacting your sphere and making sure they think of you when they engage in a real estate conversation (and everyone does!). Consider offering your contacts tickets to the upcoming REALTORS® Home & Garden Show on March 21st-30th. To order tickets click here!

• You can order a pack of 100 tickets for only $10.00, and they are personalized with your contact information. Send them to all your potential clients. You only pay $4.00 for the ones that are used, up to 25% of what you ordered. (So if you order 100 tickets and 80 are used, you only pay for the 25 tickets at $4.00 each!!)

• Otherwise, these tickets are $8 at the door!

• What a great way to 'Give' to your contacts.

Also, don't forget REALTOR® & Government Day this month on Wednesday, February 26th. It's a great way to network and help shape laws that impact you and your real estate business. I've participated in this event for years and have always felt it a very worthwhile way to advocate for issues that impact our business. Please join me on the 26th, there is great power in numbers!


Bob Larson
2014 Chairman of the Board


The 2014 REALTOR® Economic Summit was held Monday, January 20th at Marquette University’s Alumni Memorial Union.

The goal of the summit was to help explain what happened in the regional real estate market during 2013 and what we can look forward to in 2014, as well as look at some of the underlying drivers conditions driving the housing market.

If you weren't able to attend the event, click here for additional information including links to the speakers presentations.

Again, a big thank you to North Shore Bank for sponsoring this successful event!


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We don't know when spring will arrive, but we do know when the REALTORS® "spring like" Home & Garden Show will arrive.

March 21st-30th at the WI Exposition Center-State Fair Park.

If you know of a business that could benefit from being a part of the show, please let us know. Anything you can do to promote the show is appreciated. Income from the show helps keep the GMAR portion of your dues down.

90th Home & Garden Show dates: March 21-30, 2014!


Order your personalized VIP tickets for the REALTORS® Home & Garden Show (March 21-30) as a "soft" contact for your client base.

They offer 3 targeted opportunities to touch people:

• A "Contact me for..." email.
• Send or deliver the requested tickets.
• Follow up with "Hope you enjoy ..."

The marketing results are proven and the affordable cost is recouped many times with the added business.

Click here to read more about VIP tickets and how to order.


Sunday, March 16, 2014
11:00 a.m. Hart Park

Click here to register as an individual or put together a team! Just $25 for an individual and $20 for each team member (4 or more.)

Each participant will receive a race-day shirt and be entered into a drawing to be held after the race for 3 great prizes.

Kringle, snacks and coffee will be available at the race site. The awards ceremony will immediately follow the race with trophies to the top male and female overall. Medals will be awarded to the top 3 in each age group. Enjoy free Green Beer donated by Leff's Lucky Town! Post race party at Leff's following the awards.

Follow this link for additional information.

REALTOR® & Government Day

What are you waiting for?

REALTOR® & Government Day is Wednesday, February 26th. Consider joining your colleagues from GMAR and Realtors® from across the state as they converge in Madison to help shape the laws that impact you and your real estate business. The first registrants are free. Register now by calling or emailing Marne Struck. (414)778-4929 or

Don't want to drive? There will be bus transportation via Coach USA available for GMAR members to and from Madison. The ride is at no cost thanks to HMS Warranty, Landmark Credit Union, and RE/MAX Realty 100 for sponsoring the transportation cost. If you are interested in reserving a seat on the bus, please let Marne know when you call to register. Thanks also to Chicago Title, who will sponsor lunch for GMAR members who ride the bus.

Women's Council of REALTORS® Art Night Out!

There is an artist in all of us just waiting to get out!
Come and paint your own masterpiece at Uptown Art Uncorked on Thursday, February 13th, 2014.
Uptown Art Uncorked offers easy and fun instruction that allows you to create your very own work of art.
Doors open at 4:30pm and the painting session begins at 5:00pm. Cost is $40 and includes painting, food and drinks.

Uptown Art is located at W249 N5267 Executive Drive, Sussex. Corner of HWY 164 and Lisbon Road (Hwy K).

To sign up, go to :

Click on the calendar. Go to February 13th, and click on event to register.

Contact Scott Bush for more information


We are in the business of "good will", and in creating positive impressions that will lead to referrals.

By offering a closing gift, we can solidify the lasting impression we worked hard to develop.

But what makes the best token of appreciation? Because the business of offering a referral is tightly regulated, it is helpful to be informed on what constitutes an appropriate gift.

For tips and examples on thoughtful giving, follow this link


Mark your calendars now to join your fellow GMAR members and guests at Miller Park on Monday, June 2nd for the annual Brewers Bash.

Brewers vs. Twins game starts at 7:10pm.

Watch for more details later on regarding the all-you-can-eat buffet on the Dew Deck, drinks, and your game ticket.


Some changes have been made to the Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice.

Articles include:

• Standard of Practice 3-2
• Article 10
• Standard of Practice 10-2
• Standard of Practice 11-1

The revisions in full can be found by visiting this link.

Questions or concerns? Contact Scott Bush


Would you like a coupon for 25% off in the store? Purchase 300 VIP tickets for the Home & Garden Show!

Brewer schedules are on order and expected in early March. Watch your email to find out when they are available for purchase.

Visit us Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. at 12300 W. Center Street or online at

Questions? Call (414) 778-4929


• February 26- REALTOR® & Government day

• March 16- St. Paddy's Day Dash

• March 21-30 REALTORS® Home & Garden Show

• June 2- Brewers Bash

• July 17 GMAR Golf Outing

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