General Information

Your membership in the Greater Milwaukee Association of REALTORS® gives you access to resources to improve your business and your skills in real estate.  The GMAR works hard to keep the real estate industry healthy and to give you the most up-to-date information on issues which affect you and your clients. Communication is via email, so be sure we have your correct information.

There are an array of services and resources that are available to you as a GMAR member.  We hope you will fully utilize the services we offer to maximize your return on your investment.  Visit our website at www.gmar.com.  If you have any questions at any time, please contact the staff of the GMAR and we will do our best to help you!

Thank you for your support!

GMAR Staff (414-778-4929)

Mike Ruzicka, President – mike@gmar.ws

Scott Bush, VP Operations – scott@gmar.ws

Amanda Falk, VP Promotions – amanda@gmar.ws

Alberta Dhillon, Receptionist – alberta@gmar.ws

Michelle Kohn, VP Membership Services – michelle@gmar.ws

Marne Stück, Governmental Affairs Director – marne@gmar.ws

Karen Brienzo, Staff – karen@gmar.ws

 

2019 Board of Directors

 

Amy Curler – First Weber Group, Realtors – President

Vickie Kelsall – Century 21 Affiliated – Past Chair

Kel Svoboda – First Weber Group, Realtors – President - Elect

Courtney Stefaniak – The Stefaniak Group – Secretary/Treasurer

Kim Curtis – Shorewest Realtors

Ted Dentice – Shorewest Realtors

Judy Hearst – Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

Tammy Maddente – First Weber Group, Realtors

Kathy Martello – RE/MAX Realty 100

Arthur Mays – Realty Among Friends

Roger Rushman – First Weber Group, Realtors

Jeremy Rynders – Keller Williams Realty

Gary Swittel – RE/MAX Realty 100

Tom Sykora – Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

Angela Walters – Realty Executives Integrity

You’re a REALTOR®!

 

Since you are here, you probably already know the difference between a licensed real estate agent and a REALTOR®.  REALTORS® are real estate licensees who are members of the National Association of REALTORS®, who subscribe to a Code of Ethics and who are committed to continuing their education and remaining in-the-know on the latest industry trends. You can help the industry by making sure your clients know you are a REALTOR® and what that means.

 

Who We Are                                                           

  

The Milwaukee Real Estate Board was founded in 1891 by Milwaukeereal estate professionals in order to enhance their business and promote their ethical business practices. The Milwaukee Board of REALTORS® merged with the Waukesha Association of REALTORS® in 1995. Over the years, the association has had several different names.  In 2001 the name became the Greater Milwaukee Association of REALTORS® (GMAR) in order to encompass more of the Greater Milwaukee area.  We currently have approximately 4,000 members in GMAR.

The GMAR is a part of the Wisconsin Association of REALTORS® (WRA) and the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR).

The National Association of REALTORS® was founded in 1908 inChicago,IL as the National Association of Real Estate Exchanges. With 120 founding members, 19 Boards, and one State Association, the National Association of Real Estate Exchanges' objective was "to unite the real estate men ofAmerica for the purpose of effectively exerting a combined influence upon matters affecting real estate interests." The Milwaukee Real Estate Board was one of those 19 founding boards.

In 1974, the name was changed to the National Association of REALTORS®. The Association became the largest trade association in theUnited States in the early 1970s, with over 400,000 members. Today, the NAR has over 1.3 million members, 54 State Associations (includingGuam,Puerto Rico, and theVirgin Islands) and more than 1,600 local Associations.

The National Association of REALTORS® strives to be the collective force influencing and shaping the real estate industry. It seeks to be the leading advocate of the right to own, use, and transfer real property; the acknowledged leader in developing standards for efficient, effective, and ethical real estate business practices; and valued by highly skilled real estate professionals and viewed by them as crucial to their success.


Departments and Their Contacts

  

 

Continuing Education

Contact: WRA Education Department

800-279-1972 or www.wra.org

 

Membership/Social/Educational Events

Contact: Michelle Kohn  

414-778-4929 or michelle@gmar.ws

 

Multiple Listing Service (MLS)

Contact: Dena Jasinski

414-778-5400 or dena@metromls.com

 

Professional Standards (Ethics & Arbitration Issues)

Contact:Scott Bush

414-778-4929 or scott@gmar.ws

 

 

Public Policy and Governmental Affairs

Contact:MarneStück

414-778-4929 or marne@gmar.ws

 

REALTORS® Home & Garden Show

Contact:  Amanda Falk

414-778-4929 or amanda@gmar.ws

 

Youth Foundation

Contact:Scott Bush

414-778-4929 or scott@gmar.ws

 

Accounting

Contact: Stephanie Larson

larson@wra.org

  

Other Important Phone Numbers

National Association of REALTORS®

800-874-6500 or 312-329-8200 or www.realtor.org or www.realtor.com

Wisconsin REALTORS® Association

800-279-1972 or www.wra.org

 

Multiple Listing Service (MLS)

414-778-5400 or Help line: 414-778-5450

 

Department of Safety and Professional Services

877-617-1565 or www.dsps.wi.gov

 


GMAR Shows and Events

                     

The REALTORS® Home & Garden Show                                         

Get hundreds of ideas for your home and garden at the nation’s oldest and Wisconsin’s original home and garden show, The REALTORS® Home and Garden Show where you’ll find the latest in home decorating, home improvement, landscaping and gardening trends and so much more.  Enjoy family fun, over 10,000 square feet of gardens, landscaping, sculpture and fountain displays in The Gardens, a “boutique” shopping experience in the Garden Market, over 350 exhibitors, expert speakers, live cooking demonstrations, fine art and much more.  There’s something for everyone at the REALTORS® Home & Garden Show!

 

GMAR members are encouraged to participate in many ways by exhibiting, sponsorship, volunteering as a REALTOR® Representative, and/or by sending VIP TICKETS to clients, customers and friends. 

 

VIP Tickets

This program is a cost-effective marketing tool available ONLY to GMAR members and is a wonderful way to remain in contact with your customers and clients. Give your clients, prospects and friends VIP Tickets to the 94th REALTORS® Home & Garden Show to be held March 22-31 2019. (closed Monday and Tuesday) at the Wisconsin Exposition Center at State Fair Park. These tickets will be customized with your personal information.  Within 3-4 weeks of the show's end, you will receive an electronic database of those who used your VIP tickets for quick and easy follow-up.

Ticket cost is $20 per 100 tickets when ordered online. You will be charged $4 for each ticket redeemed, up to a maximum of 25% of the tickets you purchased. (i.e. If you purchase 200 tickets, you will be charged up to a maximum of 50 tickets, even if more are actually used).

 

REALTOR® Reps

Volunteer to meet and greet thousands of people at the REALTORS® Home & Garden Show where you’ll have the opportunity to generate leads, network, give attendees your business card as well as attend the show for free!

 

GMAR Golf Outing

Not just for golfers anymore!  This event, held July 9th, gives members a chance to get out on the golf course and have some fun!  After golfing, all members (including those non-golfers) are invited for networking, food, and fun.

 

Chairman’s Holiday Party

This event, held December 4th, celebrates the season and the incoming and outgoing Board of Directors with installation, our Annual Association Awards, food, music and fun.  The membership nominates members for the following awards: REALTOR® of the Year, Affiliate of the Year, Dedicated Service Award, and Lifetime Achievement Award.

 

Women’s Council of REALTORS®

  

The Women’s Council of REALTORS® is a community of real estate professionals creating career opportunities, promoting success strategies and inspiring leadership and individual achievement.The Milwaukee Metro Chapter meets 6-12 times per year, including special events such as a Fashion Show and a Golf Outing.

 

For more information contact Angela Kallay, at 414-412-4088 or akallay@benefit-realty.com