Did everyone have a good weekend? I hope so! It was my son's birthday last Thursday, so we celebrated with a little cake and fun on Saturday. We didn't really do anything on Sunday, as we aren't into Valentine's Day. What's your thoughts? Do you love, hate, or feel indifferent about Valentine's Day? (No answer is wrong!)
Membership Meeting - Thursday!!
Don't forget! The February Membership meeting will be held this week Thursday!
Where: Knox's Silver Valley
When: Thursday, Feb. 17th, 2021
Drinks & socializing: 5-6:30pm
The speaker will be Greg Buckley from the City of Two Rivers.
Attending virtually is an option too. Email Katelyn for the link!
A Message From The President: Amy MacMillin
Happy February, I hope you all had a lot of love on Sunday (Valentine's Day);
Hopefully the weather starts warming up and we get seller's wanting to list lots of homes. I do have a theory; when the vaccination becomes more readily available; I feel we may get more people wanting to sell. I personally know a lot of people my age who have aging parents, and we are waiting to get them vaccinated until we allow them to move into assisted living, apartments, nursing homes etc. When that time does come, some of those homes will be ready to list. I also have heard from some people who wanted to wait until it's a bit safer before allowing buyers in their home. Time will tell.
Anyway, what has your board and your president been doing with their time this past month? You have such dedicated directors and executives who gave a lot of their time: revising the membership application, creating an AE handbook and fine tuning the AE's responsibilities (and therefore, the Broker's responsibilities), renewing our contract with Metro, scheduling membership meetings and getting speakers (during COVID), we all attended Professional Standards (a gruelling day long zoom affair), participating in financial review meetings, and keeping up with fair housing issues. These are just the activities I can think of off the top of my head. I am proud of this board and the agents that joined committees to make your membership of value to you.
We are still looking for some techie creative people to join the website committee; if you are that person, please contact Henry Grant or Katlyn. We also need some folks to join Travis Stevens on the golf committee.
Finally, a gentle reminder that according to the MCBR Strategic Plan under Member Services it reads: encourage Realtor members to use Affiliate Members in their work. When possible please do so. . Along that line, I'd like to pass on a request from a home inspector; since the home inspectors do not have access to the MLS; they would appreciate it when they call to set up the inspection that the agent also sent them a fact sheet from the MLS; this will help them out. Thank you.
Stay warm and safe and be prepared for a busy spring. As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please contact me; even if it's just to vent; in the words of the great Dr. Fraiser Crane: I'm listening.
Realtor In Government Day
WRA's Realtor & Government Day will be virtual this year! Log in from wherever you are! (I'm hoping that means many of you will now be able to attend!)
Realtor & Government Day is your opportunity to help shape laws that impact you and your real estate business in Wisconsin. You'll meet state lawmakers and have a unique opportunity to advocate for issues that impact the RE industry here in Wisconsin.
Participating in R&G Day checks off one of our Core Standards!!
April 14th, 2021 - 1:00p-3:00p
If you register through the WRA site, please email me to let me know as well. Thanks!
Did you complete any volunteer time between January 21st and now? If so, fill out a volunteer time tracking form and turn it in to me before noon tomorrow! For every one hour of time you volunteered in the community, you will get one entry into the drawing for a gift card! The winner will be drawn on Thursday at the Membership Meeting!
The following people have applied to be new members with MCBR:
Abby Anderson - Century 21 Aspire
Gaye Zahn - Century 21 Aspire
Melissa Radandt - Keller Williams
Libby Rhode - Keller Williams
Jennifer Last - 1st Anderson
Emily Kahlenberg - Coldwell Banker TREG
Spencer Likas - Choice
If you have any comments or objections to any of these people joining our membership, please email Membership Chair Judy Stuebs at email@example.com, or myself at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What's Up In The Office
Anyone want to take a guess at how many new members we currently have waiting for Wednesday's New Realtor Orientation class? 12! That's right, 12 new people! I've been staying very busy processing their paperwork, getting them set up in the various vendor software, trying to update the contact list, etc. (Hoping to have the newest version of the contact list up in the next few days.)
I've also been staying busy with the Boards and various committees working on projects. Lots of good things in the works!
We still have some openings on a few committees. If you are contemplating getting involved, but aren't exactly sure how, please feel free to reach out to me, and we can find something that is a good fit!
As always, reach out to me if you need assistance with something, or if you have any ideas on how to improve our organization! My door is always open! (Even when it's shut to keep heat in, lol!)
My In-Office Hours This Week:
Tuesday: 7:30a - 4:00p
Wednesday: 7:30a - 4:00p*
Thursday: 7:30a - 12:30p & 3:30p - 8:00p
Friday: 7:30a - ? (Possibly 3pm)
*will be teaching orientation and wont answer phone or emails promptly