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Volume 22, Issue 2 — february 2015  
Realtor News   |   Education   |   Events   |   Government Affairs  |   MLS  |   Membership  |   Appraiser  |   Commercial 

Top Stories

RANW Spring Session ~ Thursday, March 26th, Bridgewood Resort, Neenah

REALTOR Children Scholarship Application Deadline March 6th

GRI Course 3 Webcasts at RANW ~ February 11-12 and March 24-25, 2015

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

REALTOR & Government Day ~ Wednesday, March 11th

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Free Home Buying 101 Seminar ~ Tuesday, February 17th is FULL

The free Home Buying 101 Seminar on Tuesday, February 17th from 11 am to 1 pm at RANW is FULL and we are no longer taking reservations.

FTC Advisory: Rental Scams

Since the beginning of internet rental sites, there have likely been rental scams. Real estate agents, sellers and renters have been at risk financially or at risk for their safety at the hands of scammers. The FTC developed an online consumer alert in 2009, along with an online complaint process.  If you are aware of a scam, FTC advises you report it to your local law enforcement agency and to the FTC.  For the consumer advisory, or to report an incident to the FTC online, here are the links: 

RANW Spring Session ~ Thursday, March 26th, Bridgewood Resort, Neenah

Attorney Robert Sayas will present "Different Game / Same Rules: Internet and Social Media Marketing for Real Estate Licensees - How to Market Within the Guidelines of the State Regulations and Code of Ethics" during the RANW Spring Session on Thursday, March 26th.
Join us for this expanded educational format highlighting a broad-view look at advertising on Social Media. Regardless of the technology, listing ads and company promos must comply with:
REEB, Code of Ethics, MLS Rules, Trademark, Fair Housing, Anti-Trust, Copyright, RESPA, RegZ, and of course the site's Terms-of-Use and your own Office Policy. Don't miss this information-packed session with everyday applications.  To register,
click here.

2015 Committee Chairs

RANW would like to congratulate the incoming 2015 Committee Chairs and thank the outgoing 2014 Committee Chairs for all of their hard work and dedication to the Association.  Please click here to view a list of 2015 Chairs.


GRI Course 3 Webcasts at RANW ~ February 11-12 and March 24-25, 2015

RANW will be hosting GRI Course 3 Webcasts on February 11-12 and March 24-25, 2015.  Attendees will be able to interact with the instructor in Madison via classroom webcast. 
The course covers important skills necessary to conduct successful listing presentations, price a home to sell, close the transaction, market and promote effectively, as well as business ethics, social media, environmental issues, digital imaging and internet marketing and CRS 201 - Listing Strategies for the Residential Specialist. 
GRI Crs 3 Part 1:
GRI Crs 3 Part 2:
Wednesday-Thursday, February 11-12
Tuesday-Wednesday, March 24-25

8:30am  - 5:00 pm
RANW Appleton Office, W6124 Aerotech Dr., Appleton
Click here for registration and pricing information

REALTOR Children Scholarship Application Deadline March 6th

The selection process is now under way for the 2015 Wisconsin REALTORS® Foundation (WRF) REALTOR® Children's Scholarship program!
This program awards college scholarships to the college-bound children of members of the WRA. The foundation offers ten $750 scholarships. 
If you're a REALTOR® and your son or daughter meets the eligibility criteria, apply today! 
Click here for more information and to download the scholarship application. The application deadline is March 6, 2015.

Seniors Real Estate Specialist (SRES) Course Offered March 4-5th, RANW

The program provides you with the tools & training required to serve this huge & demanding senior market. Course content will help identify the buyer power of generational demographics, provide overview of tax laws, probate & estate planning plus more. The SRES course also qualifies as an ABR Elective course and has been submitted for 6 elective CE credits of the 2015-2016 biennium.

Wednesday-Thursday, March 4th and 5th
8:30 am - 5:00 pm
RANW, W6124 Aerotech Drive, Appleton
Rich Hart
Non-Member $245.00 until 2-18, $255.00 until 3-4, $275.00 after 3-4
REALTOR® member $235.00 until 2-18, $245.00 until 3-4, $265.00 after 3-4
Program Description:
The SRES designation acknowledges REALTORS® who have completed an education program that provides practical real estate training for the over 55 client. This program is above and beyond the education required to earn a real estate license, see below for available courses.

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

This two-day course serves as the core of the Accredited Buyer's Representative (ABR) designation program, which is the benchmark of excellence in buyer representation. The goal of this 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.  Your first year's membership in REBAC is included free with successful completion of the ABR® Designation Course.

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
Upon completing the two-day course and passing the exam, you will have a three-year period during which you must fulfill the educational and experiential requirements to become an ABR Designee. In addition to completing and passing the 2-day course, you must complete one elective course and submit documentation verifying five completed transactions in which you acted solely as a buyer representative (no dual agency).

PMN Designation Webcast: "Effective Negotiating for Real Estate Professionals" ~ Monday, April 23rd

RANW will be offering a webcast of Performance Management Network (PMN) Designation Course:  "Effective Negotiating for Real Estate Professionals" on Monday, April 23rd at RANW.


April 23, 2015
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


FV Chapter of Women's Council of REALTORS Meeting ~ Thursday Feb 12th

Thursday February 12th
11am - 1 pm
Butte des Morts Country Club
Business Resource Meeting - Realtor Safety
$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 920-915-5358.

FV Chapter of Women's Council of REALTORS ~ REALTORS® Got Talent, March 19th


Thursday March 19, 2015
6:00 - 8:00 pm
Do you have a hidden (or maybe not so hidden) talent?  Then this event is for YOU!  We are looking for REALTORS® that want to sing, dance, tell jokes, or entertain a crowd.
Winners will be eligible for a FREE 2015 WRA Annual State Convention pass in September. 

All are welcome.  Questions?  Call 915-5358 or visit www.facebook.com/wcr.foxvalley

Government Affairs

REALTOR & Government Day ~ Wednesday, March 11th

REALTOR® & Government Day is your opportunity to help shape laws that affect you. Through lobbying efforts at the Capitol, you'll meet state lawmakers and have a unique opportunity to advocate for issues like property taxes, property rights, industry standards, regulations and more.
Our success as an industry requires active advocacy by every REALTOR®. In 2014, we demonstrated an impressive show of REALTOR® strength by bringing to Madison over 300 REALTORS® from every corner of the state. With your support and advocacy, 2015 will be a day well remembered at the Capitol. **No charge to the first 300 registrants! Register with

Thank you to all 2014 Direct Giver and RPAC Contributors!

Thanks to a continually improving economy and housing market, we were once again able to meet our 2014 fundraising goal and help elect and reelect candidates who support the real estate industry and private property rights.
The RANW Government Affairs Committee and the RANW Board of Directors, sincerely thank every single person who gave what they could either to RPAC or to the Direct Giver Program. Although we are not able to list all members who so generously support the RPAC program, every single dollar counts!
A special thank you is also extended to the 2014 Government Affairs Committee Chair: Jane Chariton and the entire Government Affairs Committee.
If you have any questions regarding RPAC or Direct Giver, or if you would like to become involved in the Association, please contact Jennifer Sunstrom, RANW Government Affairs Director at jsunstrom@ranw.org or (920)739-9108.

Otto Bytof
Phil Hilgenberg
Ben Lyons
Anne Paulus
Michael Sewell

Dawn Christensen
Terry Hilgenberg
Jerry Lyons
Chuck Peeters
Scott Swick

Jack Drzewiecki
Jeff Jones
Charlene Maurer
Jeff Petersen

Stacey Hennessey
Pat Kaster
K.C. Maurer
Dennis Schwab


Guy Bytof

Jill Hendricks

Sara Schnell


Andy Beiser
Candace Kriner

Tim Besaw
Kevin Purtell

Diane Campshure

Greg Dallaire

Jeff Beck

Judd Stevenson

Barb Yaeger

Terry Bomier
Jim Fletcher
Chris Klein
Harold Peterson
Walt Sinisi

Margery Chapman
John Gabbey
John Koeller
Paul Redemann
Pete Weyenberg

Jill Dickson
Deborah Hietpas
Mike Kunesh
Scott Salan
Jim Zierden
Kevin Dieck
Kitty Jedwabny
Julie Nikolaou
Paul Schmidt

Frank Adashun
Bonita Brandenburg
Tina Dettman-Bielefeldt
Dan Flood
Karen Genett
Pat Klapperich
John Mau
Greg Muller
Tom Rooney
Pauline Smith
Verne Thiel
Karl Volkman
Dave Wilda

Heather Altman
Jane Chariton
Karen Jo Dobyns
Dan Frost
Debbie Gritt
Kevin Loosen
Carey Maurer-Martin
Lori Muller
Lynn Schwarm
David Spanbauer
Jerry Wendland
Sue Wollersheim

Lynda Bacon-Lawlis
John Coughlin
Jack Doemel
Sue Frost
Sue Hietpas
Ron Malueg
Barb McClain
John Riesterer
Betsy Shrift
Ralph Spanbauer
Bill Tollard
Jean Werth

Patrick Bedat-Fitzpatrick
Kathy Curren
Louise Dreier
Keith Garot
Adam Kersten
Therese Massey
Tom Monahan
Dennis Rockow
Jim Smith
Jennifer Sunstrom
Kris Villars
Cindy Weyenberg

RPAC Office Participation Awards - 2014

In an effort to increase the percentage of members who contribute to either RPAC or Direct Giver, the Association is asking brokers to help highlight advocacy and other legislative activity; educating agents about RPAC and why it is so important to their business; setting an example of giving.  These efforts by brokers play a critical role in the overall success of the Association as a whole.
Therefore, RANW and the Government Affairs Committee have established a new recognition program for offices that meet the following participation levels in their individual offices:

Extra Large Office
Large Office
Medium Office
Small Office

26 - 50
11 - 25
5 - 10


The following offices met their required participation level in each of the 4 office categories in 2014 and will be receiving an award at the 2015 RANW annual meeting.

Extra Large Offices
CB The Real Estate Group, Green Bay
Keller Williams Realty
43% participation from 119 agents
40% participation from 65 agents

Large Offices
Adashun Jones, Fond du Lac
Century 21 First Realty
RE/MAX 24/7 Real Estate
50% participation from 40 agents
55% participation from 29 agents
71% participation from 28 agents

Medium Offices
Adashun Jones, Oshkosh
Exit Elite Realty
First Weber Group, Fond du Lac
Klapperich Real Estate
United Country - Udoni & Salan
60% participation from 20 agents
80% participation from 20 agents
67% participation from 18 agents
62% participation from 13 agents
73% participation from 11 agents

Small Offices
CB The Real Estate Group - Corporate
Dallaire Realty
RPM Homes, LLC
Thiel Real Estate
80% participation from 5 agents
80% participation from 5 agents
80% participation from 5 agents
80% participation from 5 agents

The following offices came very close to meeting the required percentage. We appreciate their efforts and encourage them to keep up the good work this year!
CB The Real Estate Group - Greenville
CB The Real Estate Group - John
CB The Real Estate Group - Neenah
Resource One Realty, LLC
Shorewest, Realtors
The Premier Group
57% participation from 21 agents (needed 60%)
47% participation from 45 agents (needed 50%)
48% participation from 33 agents (needed 50%)
47% participation from 43 agents (needed 50%)
47% participation from 38 agents (needed 50%)
4 agents with 100% participation!

RANW's membership is made up of many, many smaller offices with 1, 2, 3, and 4 REALTORS® who regularly contribute to RPAC and Direct Giver. We sincerely thank you for your support. We couldn't do what we do without you!
If you would like more information on how you can help to increase the participation level in your office, please contact Jennifer Sunstrom at jsunstrom@ranw.org or call 920.739.9108.


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

My InnoVia Hotsheet Widget - Can Be Customized!

The Hotsheet widget that appears on the left side of the screen when you first log in to InnoVia can be customized to show Hotsheet data for only those municipalities you select!  By default, the widget shows Hotsheet information for the entire MLS, and if you’d like to continue seeing data for the whole MLS you do not need to make any change. If you do wish to select your own Municipalities for the Hotsheet widget, simply follow the step-by-step instructions.

MLS Stats

Don't forget - "MLS Stats" is 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.

Mapping Your Listing and Data Checker Notifications: Why Am I Getting This Email?

Q:  Why is it important to take time to do manually map your listing?
A:  Your seller's listing will properly show on mapping in InnoVia AND the correct geo-codes links will go with the property when it exports from the MLS into company IDX websites. If your listing is not manually mapped, it will not appear on map displays or be sent to Prospects if a map-based search is used as part of the search criteria.

Q:  I looked at the map and the listing is in the correct place. Isn't that enough?
A:  No. The automated mapping process does a very good job, but the listing still needs to be manually mapped and saved by you or the listing still won't show up correctly in map-displays or in IDX.

Q:  "I already manually mapped my listing!"
A:  Members who use Listing Maintenance are making a habit of manually mapping their listings as soon as they are entered into the MLS, but sometimes receive a Data Checker notification telling them they need to manually map the listing. Why does this happen?

During the listing confirmation process, the listing company and/or Data Entry sometimes has to edit the address fields in order to make the listing conform to MLS Rules and/or match the address on the Listing Contract. Common changes include: editing the street suffix (the member spelled out Drive instead of using DR, or Street instead of ST), the direction field or street number field (the member may have entered 123 N Main St instead of N123 Main St). If any address-related field is edited, the listing will once again run through the automated mapping process, erasing the "manual" geo-code status. Members will then receive a notification to re-map those listings.

Geo-Code Status Now on the Listing Inventory Report

A column has been added to the Listing Inventory report showing the geo-code status of each MLS listing. When members use the Inventory Report, they can view the Geo Status column (far right) and, if the status is anything other than an "O", use the mapping tools on the Inventory Report to manually map their listings.

Lockbox Program

Supra Help Topics

There are many helpful documents and videos that are available on the Supra website. You may directly access the Help page by clicking here.
Help Topics can also be seen on the Supra eKEY app for eKEY users. Swipe to the second page of the app and click on Help.

Please Set up Your SupraWEB Account

If you haven't set up your SupraWEB, you should ~ reap the benefits!
~ SupraWEB for Agents allows you to obtain an update code for a key, manage lockbox inventory and listing information, and obtain an authorization code to install the eKEY software if you get a new phone.
~ SupraWEB allows Brokers to view lockbox inventory reports, view lockbox activity reports for your office and view key activity reports for your office.

You can also view, email and schedule activity reports and view and send showing feedback.  It only takes a minute to set up. Please see links below:
SupraWEB Guide for Brokers
SupraWEB Guide for Agents
Single Sign-On (SSO)-Instructions
SupraWeb Login & Keybox Assignment

Welcome to the Lockbox Program


Expert Real Estate Partners
LaCount Realty & Auction
Franzen Appraisal


Green Bay


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:
Jim Smith in the recent passing of his mother Elaine Smith, a former REALTOR®.  Jim is the Broker/Owner of W.E. Smith Realty in Appleton.

Michael Sewell in the recent passing of his mother.  Michael is a Manager for CB The Real Estate Group's Green Bay office.

Congrats, Kiley

RANW congratulates our Education & Events Director Kiley Mroczynski on the birth of her daughter Rory Rhae!


Appraisal Conference ~ March 17-18, 2015, Wisconsin Dells

Join the WRA for the annual Appraisal Conference, March 17th and 18th, to complete your continuing education and pick up new skills for the industry.  You'll enjoy networking opportunities while listening and learning from the appraisal industry's top experts. And relax! … you won't face the pressure of quizzes and exams at the Appraisal Conference!
For registration information, please
click here.


"Commercial Real Estate Outlook: Will Demand Continue to Lift Prices?" Webinar Feb 5th

With the current turbulence in the economy and world events, some US real estate markets are in flux. What recent developments could affect your planning? We'll discuss:
~ Sectors that are in greatest demand and whether fundamentals support value and prices.
~ The implications for real estate markets of recent regulatory impacts and changes in capital flows.
~ An overview of recent real estate M&A transactions-overall volume and structuring considerations, who is buying and selling, and the spread between bid and ask prices.
Hear results of an outlook report by Deloitte, NAR, Situs, and Real Estate Research Corp. on commercial real estate markets, and learn practical tips for navigating market uncertainty. 
Click here to register.


Need a Closing Gift? Homeowner's Records Portfolios Will Do The Trick!

Give a gift that offers peace of mind. In the event your client should suffer damage, theft or loss of home, the home portfolio will contain all of the important information they need to rebuild their lives. Each padded binder includes:
- a congratulatory letter - just sign your name - envelopes to store property records
- an inventory checklist of household contents - vinyl magnets for emergency numbers
- plastic business card sleeves on inside & outside covers
- easy to follow instructions for organizing important documents Quantity pricing discounts available. Only $21.95 plus tax.



Events At a Squint
Selling Home Seminar
GRI Course 3 Part 1
GRI Course 3 Part 1
WCR Board Meeting
Home Buying 101 Seminar
Commercial Council
Children Scholarship
Realtor & Government Day
New Member Orientation
Appraisal Conference
Appraisal Conference
WCR Realtors Got Talent
GRI Course 3 Part II
GRI Course 3 Part II
RANW Spring Session
PMN Course Webcast

2015 RANW
Board of Directors

Scott Swick

Mari Timm-Reichel

Executive VP
Margery Chapman

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

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