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Volume 22, Issue 4 — april 2015  
Realtor News   |   Education   |   Events   |   Government Affairs  |   MLS  |   Membership  |   Appraiser  |   Commercial 

Top Stories

April Is Fair Housing Month

Forms Training - New Local Addenda - Wednesday, April 22nd

Accredited Buyer Representative (ABR)- 2-Day Mandatory Class, Apr 15th At RANW

RPR Live Class ~ Tuesday, May 19th at RANW

Timber Rattler Game & Fundraiser to Benefit Make A Wish of Wisconsin - Thur, June 25th

Help Us Celebrate April as the Official Fair Housing Month!

Powerful RPR Resources You Should be Using in 2015

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April Is Fair Housing Month

April 2015 marks the 47th anniversary of the 1968 landmark Fair Housing Act. Each year REALTORS® recognize the significance of this event and reconfirm our commitment to upholding fair housing laws as well as our commitment to offering equal professional service to all in their search for real property.
Check out the
Fair Housing Month Resources page for links to articles and things you can do to celebrate!  See articles about the Fair Housing Conference, Partnership for Success scholarships in the Government Affairs section of this newsletter.

Forms Training - New Local Addenda - Wednesday, April 22nd

RANW members are encouraged to attend a FREE training on the new RANW Addendum A and B to the Offer to Purchase with WRA Staff Attorney Debbie Conrad:

Make-Up Session:


Wednesday, April 22nd
9:00 am - 11:00 am     LaSure's, Oshkosh
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm      Tundra Lodge, Green Bay
Wednesday, May 6th
10:00 am - 12:00 pm  RANW, Appleton (Instructor:  Michael Sewell)
Pre-registration is required. Without pre-registration, your space will not be guaranteed
RANW Addenda A and B have been approved by the WRA Legal Department and the RANW Board of Directors, along with changes to the current RANW Amendment to WB-41 notice ~ thank you to Attorney Debbie Conrad and the Forms Committee: Chair Kevin Purtell, Jack Drzewiecki, Chad Feller, Terry Hilgenberg, Kevin Jones, Pat Klapperich, Shellie Mathe, K.C. Maurer, Lori Muller, Chuck Peeters, Michael Sewell, Mari Timm-Reichel, Margaret Vande Hei, Kris Villars and Barb Yaeger for all of their hard work!
Register today!

Pre-Order Forms from RANW: Offices can pre-order carbonless forms from RANW by clicking here.

zipForms:  Forms will be loaded under the RANW section on April 22nd.  When you log into zipForms a message will appear indicating the new forms have been added and and will prompt you to update.

NAR Safety Webinar ~ Tuesday, April 21st

Adrian Manzanares, a law enforcement officer turned real estate broker, will share strategies on staying safe in an April 21 webinar for REALTORS®. Strategies include situational awareness, position advantage, and command presence. Share registration link. Separately, NAR has several videos for sales associates on staying safe while meeting customers and in other situations.

RANW Bylaw Change Approved by RANW Board of Directors March 31, 2015

RANW Bylaw Change Approved by RANW Board of Directors March 31, 2015 to incorporate changes approved September 25, 2014

Amendments to the Bylaws are approved by the following process:
Article XVI Section 1a: Upon approval of amendments by the Board of Directors, such changes shall be noticed to the membership. Within thirty (30) days from the date of publication, all amendments shall automatically go into effect provided no petition from the membership has been received. If a petition signed by five percent (5%) of the members eligible to vote is received by the Association within thirty (30) days from the date of publication, the amendment(s) in question shall be submitted to the members for a vote, either at a membership meeting, or for a ballot vote by mail, at the option of the Board of Directors. Article XVI Section 3:Amendments to these Bylaws which are mandated by the National Association of REALTORS® shall become effective upon their approval by the Board of Directors at any regular meeting of the Directors at which a quorum is present.
Click here to view the proposed amendment to Bylaws Article X, Section 4  Payment of Financial Obligations/Dues. 

Winnebago Floodplain Information Assistance

The Winnebago County Zoning Office will provide assistance to persons inquiring about floodplain property within the unincorporated area of the County.  This is not a floodplain determination for the purpose of determining if flood insurance is required.  The information must be obtained in person in order to locate the property.  The following will be provided:

Community Number
Base Flood Elevation
Date of the FIRM's index

Panel Number
Elevation datum system
*Copies of Elevation Certificates

FIRM suffix
Base flood elevation

*available at the zoning office for all floodplain construction since 1990
The Zoning Office's general walk-in office hours are 8 - 10 am or by appointment.


Tech Savvy Agent Live Free Seminar ~ Tuesday, April 14th at RANW

REALTOR.com will be hosting "Tech Savvy Agent Live" a free seminar at RANW on Tuesday, April 14th.   Learn about: 
~ How do some top agents and teams close more of their internet leads?
Learn their dialogue & see their tools.    
~ Can't get your foot in the door of that FSBO? Learn what you should provide to build instant rapport.    
~ What's the best way to approach an expired listing? We will give you scripts to showcase your value, and help get the listing.    
~ Are your open houses unproductive? Get examples of what top agents do to obtain REAL contact info from open house prospects!    
Continental Breakfast:
Tuesday, April 14
8:30 am
9:00 am - 12:30 pm
RANW, W6124 Aerotech Drive, Appleton
FREE and includes a complimentary continental breakfast at 8:30 am
Andrew Dorn, National Speaker, VP Events, Move, Inc.
Register here with REALTOR.com

Accredited Buyer Representative (ABR)- 2-Day Mandatory Class, Apr 15th At RANW

The goal of this two-day ABR course is to set the foundation of training, skills, and resources to help real estate professionals succeed in today's marketplace as buyer's representatives.

April 15-16, 2015
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
RANW, W6124 Aerotech Dr, Appleton
Ms. Bonnie J. Dixon, ABR, BPOR, CRB, CRS, GRI
REALTOR® member $250 until 4/2, $260 until 4/15, $280 after 4/15
Non-Member $270 until 4/2, $280 until 4/15, $300 after 4/15
www.wra.org or 800-279-1972

"Effective Negotiating for Real Estate Professionals" ~ Thursday, April 23rd

RANW will be offering a webcast of Performance Management Network (PMN) Designation Course: "Effective Negotiating for Real Estate Professionals" on Thursday, April 23rd at RANW.
Thursday, April 23rd
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Laura Schlecte
Webcast - Appleton: RANW, W614 Aerotech Drive, Appleton
through April 9: $125, after April 9: $135, at the door:$155
WRA will be submitting for 6 hours of elective credits for 2015-2016. This qualifies for ABR elective credit.

"RPR Tools for Building Your Business" Webinar ~ May 4th at RANW

RANW will be hosting a "RPR Tools for Building Your Business" webinar on Monday, May 4th at 1:30 pm at RANW.
REALTORS® across the country are enhancing their business by using the Realtors Property Resource® extensive database. In this informative class, you'll learn how top agents use RPR as their all-in-one data and information source to build their business and impress clients.
After one hour with us you'll be able to generate stunning property reports, conduct a detailed CMA in minutes, research schools and neighborhoods, and more. RPR access is included in your annual NAR dues. There's nothing to buy - no catch! We promise.
Register today.
If you haven't already signed up for RPR, be sure to visit www.narrpr.com, or download RPR Mobile at iPhone apps or Google Play Store. It's free and you'll have easy access to RPR anytime, anywhere -- with the touch of a fingertip.

RPR Live Class ~ Tuesday, May 19th at RANW

RANW will be hosting "Using the REALTORS® Property Resource to Win the Pricing Discussion" on Tuesday, May 19th at RANW.  The class will be held from 12 noon to 2 pm and taught by RPR Instructor Ernie Bottom.
Find out how to use the advanced tools in the Realtors Property Resource to help you correctly price a property.  The use the powerful RPR reports to work with your seller on pricing and market strategy.  Call RANW to register today!


Timber Rattler Game & Fundraiser to Benefit Make A Wish of Wisconsin - Thur, June 25th

Join us for a Timber Rattler Game and fundraiser on Thursday, June 25th at 7:05 pm. Watch for more information on purchasing tickets and event details in upcoming newsletters and on www.ranw.org.

RANW Golf Outings - Save The Dates!

Green Bay
Fox Valley
Fond du Lac
Tuesday,   July 14          
Tuesday,   August 4
Details and date are pending

Royal St. Patrick's GC
Royal St. Patrick's GC

Affordable Homes Tour ~ Saturday, April 25th in Green Bay

The REALTORS® Association of Northeast Wisconsin, WHEDA, the City of Green Bay, Money Smart Week, The Green Bay Press-Gazette, and NeighborWorks Green Bay have teamed up to host the Annual Tour of Affordable Homes on Saturday, April 25th. The self-guided tour will take place Money Smart Week Green Bay which will also feature Homeownership classes in March and April.
Financial Literacy opportunities will be offered at the NeighborWorks Green Bay Homeownership Center ~ these accredited classes will complete the educational requirements for a WHEDA loan and for all grant programs. For more information on the tour, please contact Beth Perdue from the Green Bay Press-Gazette at 920-431-8250 or
bperdue@greenbay.gannett.com, or Sue Premo at 920-593-3714 or sue@nwgreenbay.org.

Thank You Generous RANW Affiliate & Appraiser Sponsors ~ Patronize Them in Your Business!

RANW would like to extend great appreciation to all of the Affiliate and Appraisers Sponsors who made 2013 a banner year.
Platinum Sponsors

Associated Bank, N.A.

Gold Sponsors

BMO Harris Bank                

Evans Title Companies

Silver Sponsors 

First National Bank-FV
Knight-Barry Title

Wells Fargo Home Mortgage
Bay Title & Abstract

Wisconsin Title
Mortgage Headquarters

Bronze Sponsors

NEW Title Service
Wisconsin Title
Liberty Title & Abstract
Nicolet National Bank
Guaranty Title
Verve, A Credit Union
Marine Credit Union
1st Rate Lending
Baylake Bank
Schmitt Title
Fox Valley Savings Bank
US Bank Home Mortgage
Title Trends
Mortgage Headquarters
Executive Mortgage

Closing & Title Services
Guardian Home Inspections
Stewart Title
Home Insight
GSF Mortgage
Stonegate Mortgage
Valley Marketing
National Exchange Bank
Brian's Home Inspection
Lunda Inspections
MK & Associates
GreenStone Farm Credit
North Shore Bank
Universal Home Protection
Cornerstone Mortgage
Denmark State Bank
Bank Mutual

Johnson Bank
Premier Inspection Services
Assurance Title
BLC Community Bank
Valley Title
Ridgeline Home Inspections
Fox Communities CU
Bank of Kaukauna
Top To Bottom Home Inspections
MSI Reverse
Pillar to Post
Waterstone Mortgage
Bank First National
Wisconsin Bank And Trust
United Service Appraisals
Union State Bank

FV Chapter of Women's Council of REALTORS Meeting ~ Thursday, April 9th

Thursday April 9th
11am - 1 pm
Butte des Morts Country Club
Business Resource Meeting - Industry & Legislative Updates
$15 members, $17 guests in advance, $3 more at the door
920-585-5400 or wcrfoxvalley@gmail.com

All are welcome.  Email wcrfoxvalley@gmail.com for more information on becoming a member.  

Questions? Please call the President of the Local Chapter at 920-585-5400.

NAR's Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo ~ May 11-16th

The REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo is where NAR members take an active role to advance the real estate industry, public policy and the association. Join us in Washington, DC, for special issues forums, committee meetings, legislative activities and the industry trade show. Click here for all the details.

Government Affairs

Help Us Celebrate April as the Official Fair Housing Month!

Partnership for Success Program
There is no better time for new agents to participate in an Association sponsored scholarship program. The Partnership for Success Program allows the Wisconsin REALTORS® Association and RANW to take a different approach to promoting diversity in Wisconsin's brokerage community. Through a partnership of the WRA, local associations, the applicant and a sponsoring broker, revolving funds for start-up costs and educational enrichment are used to help candidates of a minority race, color or national origin who have demonstrated a commitment to becoming a successful real estate licensee. For more information,
click here or contact Jennifer Sunstrom at jsunstrom@ranw.org.

2015 Fair Housing Conference
April 23-24, 2015 | Sheraton Madison Hotel | Madison
This year's statewide Fair Housing Conference celebrates 50 years of fair housing in Wisconsin. The conference also addresses relevant information for REALTORS® concerning companion animals for persons with disabilities, fair housing mediation, case law developments and more.

Local Spring Elections ~ Tuesday, April 7th

Elections for local spring races for villages, towns, cities and schools boards will be held on Tuesday April 7th. RANW will post contested races as well as a list of those candidates RANW has supported on a secured link on the RANW website. If you have any questions, please contact the RANW Government Affairs Director at jsunstrom@ranw.org.

2015 REALTOR & Government Day A Huge Success!

A total of 325 members from around the state gathered in Madison on March 11, 2015 to discuss the Association's top legislative priorities. RANW had an exceptional showing with 64 attendees or 20% of the total gathered that day - Thank you to everyone who attended REALTOR® and Government Day this year! Click here for a summary of the issues discussed.


MLS Training Class Schedule

You can access the MLS Training Schedule by clicking herePlease call RANW to register and check the cancellation policy

Mapping Listings

As more and more members are making sure to save their own mapping on their listings, the map-based search becomes more and more reliable, but there is still room for improvement.
When listings are manually mapped, they are guaranteed to come up in the correct location on the map based search and map displays. Only when manually mapped will listings have mapping available for them in WIREX and have the mapping coordinates shared in RANW MLS data feeds. This is extremely important, as members are using map-based searches as part of their Prospect criteria, and members of other MLSs who use WIREX are searching for properties for their buyers as well.
As of March 27, 2015, mapping statistics are as follows:
~ Total Active Residential = 7007 (4347 were Manually Mapped)
~ Total Active Duplex/MultiFamily = 505 (296 were Manually Mapped)
~ Total Active Vacant Land = 5194 (3308 were Manually Mapped)
~ Total Active Business/Commercial/Industrial = 578 (340 were Manually Mapped)
Instructions for how (and why) to manually map and save your mapping is
found here.

Powerful RPR Resources You Should be Using in 2015

With the new year comes a fresh start. A new beginning full of new resolutions, ideas, and plans for all that needs to get accomplished. Many REALTORS® are asking themselves: How can I grow my business? How can I maximize my time? Am I taking advantage of all the tools I have available to me? How can I better compete in my market? How can I spend more time with loved ones and less time in the office? No matter what your 2015 goals are for your business, RPR can help you achieve them. Here we'll countdown the 8 powerful resources within RPR that will help you achieve your 2015 goals, regardless of your specialty. 
8. Sales Comparison Analysis
7. Investment Analysis
6. Home Improvement Tool
5. Company Branding
4. Demographic, Psychographic and Spending Data in RPR Commercial
3. School Data via the Property Report
2. Realtors Valuation Model® (RVM)
1. RPR Mobile™
Click here to access the full article online.

"Why Isn't My Listing Active Yet?"

Listing Maintenance users often call to ask "I saved my listing as Unconfirmed - why isn't it in the system as Active yet?"  Remember, you do have to upload your Listing Contract pages (first and last page of a standard contract) in order for your listing to go into the "to be reviewed" list for our Data Entry staff. Until the Listing Contract is uploaded, the listing will not be reviewed.

Once the Listing Contract has been uploaded, how long will it take to confirm the listing?
It can take anywhere from 30-90 minutes for your listing information and contract to be pulled into the MLS Data Checker program. Once the listing and contract have been received, Data Entry will be able to review your listing - but there be many listings ahead of yours. All listings are handled in date/time order during regular business hours. If you saved the listing and uploaded the listing contract over the weekend, date entry will review and confirm your listing the next business day.

What other items might delay your listing going live in the system?
~ Listing Price on the data sheet or in Listing Maintenance does not match the Listing Contract
~ Municipality entered on the data sheet or in Listing Maintenance does not match the Listing Contract
~ List Date and/or Expiration Date entered on the data sheet or in Listing Maintenance does not match the Listing Contract
~ Public Remarks entered on the data sheet or in Listing Maintenance contain information not allowed by MLS Rules
~ One or more data fields or coded features has "Other" selected, but a description of the "Other" item has not been included in the Public Remarks section of the data sheet or Listing Maintenance
~ Particularly for Listing Maintenance offices, make sure your Listing Contract or Amendment is uploaded under the correct category, and upload it AFTER you enter and save any changes to your listing.

Report Your Pending Date Accurately

Pending (MLS definition): Accepted offer with no contingencies; it is ready to close.
Listings that are Pending (all contingencies have been met) should have the status change reported to MLS within 3 business days per MLS Rules. The Pending Date and Closing Date should not be reported as the same date, and members should not wait until a listing closes to report it as Pending.
Reminder: Days on Market are calculated from the List Date to the Pending Date. When members delay reporting the Pending status, the Days on Market are not calculated correctly. Please make your comps and statistics accurate.

MLS Stats

Don't forget - "MLS Stats" are available to MLS members - it allows members to quickly and easily pull statistical reports from the MLS data. Under the Misc menu, or by using the MLS Stats button on the right side of the My InnoVia screen, members will log in to the stats program with their InnoVia login and password, and then choose from a variety of reporting options.

Stats Talk

To view RANW MLS Year-to-Date, NAR Sales or WRA's comparison to MLS statistics, click on the links below.

MLS Monthly Stats 

NAR Sales Reports

WRA State Comparison

RANW MLS Statistical Reports Affiliate Subscription Contact

Lockbox Program

Welcome to the Lockbox Program


ADIAN Inspections
Ralston Realty

Affiliate Home Inspector



RANW Membership Changes

To view all the current membership changes for RANW, click here.

Sincere Condolences

RANW would like to extend its sincerest condolences to the family, friends, and co-workers of:
Amy Williams in the recent passing of her mother.  Amy is a REALTOR® with RE/MAX 24/7 Real Estate in Appleton.

Congratulations New Member Orientation Attendees!

RANW congratulates the December 4th New Member Orientation attendees and welcomes them as REALTORS® to RANW.

Brian Batterman
Brittany Church
Mary Dallman
Wayne Franzen
Dayton Green
Derek Jefrey
Jill Laskey
Connie Meetz
Maggie Pietsch
Dan Scheiwe
Tricia Stone
Tom Wilson
Janelle Zbleski

Kim Batterman
Dave Coenen
Bill DeBroux
Dan Gallagher
Rich Harper
Alex Kortens
Lauren LeRoy
Cathy Miller
Patrick Plamann
Mary Simons
Elizabeth Swanson
Brad Witt

Andrew Birder
Silvia Cordova
Ryan Ellis
Trevor Gomm
Jason Helling
Mary Krepline
Lisa Maes
Matthew Mulrooney
Nancy Ralston
Katie Steiner
Kelly Viertel
Amy Wuest

Robert Champion
Melissa Cuturia
Donald Elston
Dabney Green
Emily Hollrith
Cody Lancour
Kara Mathison
Sandra Nett
Louis Resch
Tara Stephani
Chad Weininger
Jodi Young

Online Membership Directory - A Great Tool

The RANW Directory is available to members online 24/7! Member and company information is updated daily so you'll always have the most up-to-date information. If you haven't already registered, it's easy to do.  Click here to access.


Commercial Meeting ~ Tuesday, May 5th

RANW will be hosting a meeting for all commercial real estate brokers on Tuesday, May 5, 2015 from 9-10:30 am at RANW.
The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the role the commercial real estate community can play in current and future economic development efforts in Northeast Wisconsin. Specifically, we will be hearing from several guests on the following issues:
~ What are some of the hurdles local economic development specialist are encountering?
~ How can the commercial brokerage community help and work collaboratively with our ED partners?
~ What collaborative efforts are taking place in other areas of the country that could serve as examples?
Please join us on May 5, 2015 to help begin a much-needed discussion on commercial real estate, its relationship to economic development in Northeast Wisconsin, and the possibilities for the future.
If you have any questions about this information meeting, please contact
Jennifer Sunstrom, RANW Government Affairs Director at 920.739.9108.
We look forward to RSVP!



Events At a Squint
VOTE-Spring Elections
WCR Meeting
Tech Savvy Seminar
NAR Safety Seminar
Local Addenda Training
PMN Course Webcast
Fair Housing Conference
Fair Housing Conference
Affordable Homes Tour
RPR Webinar
Commercial Council
NAR Mid Year Meetings
RPR Live Class
Timber Rattler Fundraiser

2015 RANW
Board of Directors

Scott Swick

Jim Smith

Mari Timm-Reichel

Margery Chapman

Diane Campshure 
Debbie Gritt
Pat Kaster
Candace Kriner
Michael Kunesh
Charlene Maurer
Michael Sewell
Jim Smith
Judd Stevenson

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