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Volume 22, Issue 11 — november 2015  
Realtor News   |   Education   |   Events   |   Government Affairs  |   MLS  |   Membership  |   Appraiser  |   Commercial 

Top Stories

Discounted Dues Deadline ~ Pay by November 15th and Save!

November is REALTOR Designation Awareness Month

RPR Webinar: "Hit the Bull's-eye on Perfect Pricing with RPR" ~ Thu, Nov 5th, 1-2 pm

Congratulations to our 2015 Excellence in Professionalism Winners!

Thank You to All RANW Neighborhood Outreach Volunteers and Sponsors!

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Discounted Dues Deadline ~ Pay by November 15th and Save!

Pay discounted dues amount by November 15, 2015 and save $50!
The discounted dues deadline is Sunday, November 15th.

Easy Ways to Pay
- Pay by VISA/MC online at
www.ranw.org - See red Pay Dues Online" button
- Mail or drop off personal or certified check or money order made payable to RANW
- Please include the bottom portion of the statement in the return envelope provided
- If paying dues and RPAC together, company checks with INC, LLC, LLP, SC, cannot be accepted by law.    
- If making a separate RPAC donation:
  Personal check to: "RPAC-Wisconsin", 4801 Forest Run Rd, Ste 201, Madison, WI 53704-7337
   OR charge card online: Visit and log onto this site.  

Questions?  Please call Cheryl at RANW (920-739-9108) or email her at cdreger@ranw.org.

Be A Part of YOUR Association - Join a Committee in 2016!

RANW members are encouraged to become involved with the Association through participation on one or more of our various committees. To learn about 2016 RANW Committees and to sign up to be considered for a committee, please click here.


RPR Webinar: "Hit the Bull's-eye on Perfect Pricing with RPR" ~ Thu, Nov 5th, 1-2 pm

REALTORS® across the country are enhancing their business by using the Realtors Property Resource (RPR) extensive database. In this 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 you'll be able to:
~ Create quick and easy CMAs and in-depth Sales Comparison Analyses in just minutes!
~ Lead clients through the intricacies of market realities with easy-to-understand facts and graphics.
~ Use RPR's Investment Analysis Tool to create an analysis for any type of client.
Register today!

November is REALTOR Designation Awareness Month

REALTOR® Designation Awareness Month is recognized annually in the month of November. The National Association of REALTORS® encourages members to increase their professionalism, marketability, proficiency, and income through pursuance of an officially endorsed NAR designation or certification.
There is an official NAR designation for practically every specialty area in the real estate industry. Designations and certifications are awarded by each affiliated group upon completion of required courses. Access a 
complete list of NAR Designations at the NAR's REALTOR® University.

NAR Offers Safety Video for Consumers

NAR’s REALTOR® Safety Program has published a new video, “Real Estate, Safety and You,” to educate consumers about the safety precautions their real estate agent may take.


Congratulations to our 2015 Excellence in Professionalism Winners!

The Excellence in Professionalism Award recognizes overall service to the REALTORS® Association of Northeast Wisconsin. The recipients of this award exemplify high principles of professionalism and promote the Code of Ethics and other industry-specific standards of practice. Congratulations to this year's winners! 

Scott Swick
First Weber, Inc.
Fond du Lac

~ Current RANW President
~ Past RANW Treasurer and Secretary
~ RANW Federal Political Coordinator
~ MLS Committee

Jeff Beck
Beiser Realty, LLC

~ Former RANW Oshkosh Golf  Chair
~ Former RANW RPAC Chair
~ RANW Government Affairs Committee


Kevin Loosen

Coldwell Banker The Real Estate Group


~ Former RANW Fox Valley Golf Chair
~ RANW political affairs volunteer
~ Valley Home Builders Members Services and
   Parade Committee member

NAR's REALTORS Conference & Expo ~ San Diego, CA, November 13-16th

NAR's REALTORS® Conference & Expo will be held in at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, CA, November 13-16th. This year's theme is "Be Here, It's Your Time to Shine". This annual four-day event includes:
~ Four days packed with 100 education sessions and dozens of special networking events.
~ The trade show is the largest in the industry, with 400 exhibitors.
~ Unlimited networking and referral-building opportunities, including special events, networking lounges, and the expo show floor
Click here for details and registration information.

Free Fair Housing Training Seminar for Rental Property Managers ~ Tuesday, Nov. 17th

The Fair Housing Center of Northeast Wisconsin will be holding a free Fair Housing Training seminar for rental property managers on Tuesday, November 17 from 6 - 8 pm at the Appleton Public Library.
The seminar will include information about the protected classes and prohibited practices delineated by local, state and federal fair housing laws; reasonable accommodations and modifications for tenants with disabilities; advertising rental units in compliance with fair housing laws; non-discriminatory negotiation with prospective tenants, and much more.
You must call 920-560-4620 to register.
Attached is the flyer with full details.

RANW Green Bay Holiday Party ~ Wednesday, December 9th

Wednesday, December 9th
Titletown Brewery, 200 Dousman St, Green Bay
Music, hors d'oeuvres and mingling
Please bring an unwrapped toy for the Toys for Tots program
Due to the generosity of RANW Affiliate Companies, this party is free of charge
RSVP to kmroczynski@ranw.org 
RSVPs will be entered into prize drawings* - must be present to win!

RANW Fond du Lac Holiday Party ~ Thursday, December 10th

Thursday, December 10th
Whispering Springs Golf Course, 380 Whispering Springs Dr, Fond du Lac
5-10 pm
Dueling Pianos, appetizers and mingling
Please bring new children's snow pants, boots or jackets for all ages & sexes to be donated to the Solutions Center
Due to the generosity of RANW Affiliate Companies, this party is free of charge
RSVP to Kiley at kmroczynski@ranw.org

WRA's Winter Convention ~ January 26-28, 2016

Join us for the WRA's best-kept secret: the winter convention! This convention will be held at Lake of the Torches in Lac du Flambeau. Whether you're interested in continuing education courses, networking, browsing exhibits, or having fun - you'll find it all here! With something for everyone in this three-day event, you'll gain insight and learn new ideas about technology, Web marketing, time management and more. And, you'll have time for fun, too with the Welcome Party, DJ and Chili Cook-off!

FV Chapter of Women's Council of REALTORS ~ Thursday, November 19th

Thursday, November 19th
Butte des Morts Country Club
Membership Awards, Networking
$15 members, $17 guests, $3 more at the door
920-915-5358, 920-585-5400 or wcrfoxvalley@gmail.com

WCR will be hosting a Bowl A Thon from 6-9PM on Wednesday, November 18th at Sabre Lanes - ALL ARE WELCOME!  Visit our Facebook page.

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.

Government Affairs

Thank You to All RANW Neighborhood Outreach Volunteers and Sponsors!

Thank you to all the volunteers for RANW's 8th Annual Neighborhood Outreach Day! 192 members were able to help 39 elderly and disabled homeowners through Northeast Wisconsin!!
Also a special thank you to our sponsors for providing the volunteers with such a wonderful lunch after a long morning of hard work!
Fox Valley
Green Bay
Fond du Lac

Marcia Erdman, Evans Title Companies
Jason Herbst, Johnson Bank
Ryan Basler, Guaranty Title Services
Keith Snyder, Farmers State Bank
Marcus Butts, Citizensfirst Credit Union; Barb Schlieve, Assurance Title; Paul Wagner, Wisconsin Home Inspections
Please visit the RANW Website for sample forms you can provide to an elderly or disabled person you think might need help with fall yard chores. To view
page 1 and page 2 of awesome photos of the day!

Win an iwatch!

Help us improve our response to NAR Calls to Action and potentially win an iwatch by signing up for NAR's text alerts here.


MLS Training Class Schedule

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

Larger Photo View in InnoVia

A new photo viewer has been released in InnoVia that shows listing photos in a larger screen size. This photo viewer works best when photos uploaded into InnoVia are a minimum of 1024x768 pixels. Smaller photos currently in the system are not stretched to fit; they simply do not fill the entire screen area.
In order for this photo viewer to work correctly, InnoVia’s photo upload tool has been changed to require all photos be a minimum of 1024x768 (an increase from the previous minimum recommendation of 580x436). If members try to upload a photo that is smaller than 1024x768, they now see an error message informing them that their photo is not large enough to be uploaded.
Photos still need to be in JPG format, and under 8Mb in file size. If you are taking pictures with your phone, be sure that photos are taken at 2 megapixels or more. (This setting will give you a resolution of 1600x1200.) If you use a professional photographer, please pass on this new size information.
To see the new photo gallery – click on the main property photo from a Confidential Full or Customer display, or on one of the gallery photos on a Customer with Gallery display.  This new larger view is now available in Prospect Carts as well.

MLS Areas Are Going Away - How to Search Without Them

The MLS Area field will disappear from the MLS early in 2016. This field will no longer appear on data sheets or listing maintenance, and will no longer be searchable. In preparation for this change, MLS recommends that members begin using other geographic search fields such as County, Municipality, Municipal Sub-Area, School District, Zip Code and/or a Map-Based Search for all saved searches including Prospects and Hotsheets.
Members can also set up saved searches with common parameters, such as selected municipalities or mapped areas. Having this information saved in the system will make it very easy to retrieve and build on, rather than having to enter the geographic area from scratch every time.
For general Search Criteria help, including how to use pick lists (County, Municipality, School District, Municipal Sub-Area),
see our How To Search document.
For additional information on the Drill Down tools used for County, Municipality and School District, see our document here.
For details on the Municipal Sub-Areas, which were designed to mimic some of the MLS Area Numbers, review the information here.
Click here for instructions on how to Save and Retrieve Search Criteria. 
The best way to pinpoint locations for your client's searches is to use a Map-Based Search. Using the Polygon, Circle, and Rectangle drawing tools allow you to specify an exact area (or multiple areas on the same map) where properties will be located in your search results. Map-Based Searches can be used for any property type search, for Hotsheets, AND for Prospect Manager! Find step-by-step instructions here.
Make sure YOUR listings are found when other members use Map-Based Searches! Check and manually save your listing's location via the Listing Inventory report

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
- order now!

Lockbox Program

Get a Jump On The MLS Annual Lockbox Audit

If you want to see a list of your current lockbox inventory you can do so via SupraWEB any time.  Brokers have access to view all of the company’s lockbox activity as well as their agents’ key activity for their offices. Instructions for setting up SupraWEB are included in the link below. For more information regarding tracking your lockboxes, please click on the links below.
~ http://www.supraekey.com/Documents/KeyboxAssistant.pdf
RANW MLS also can run an inventory report for you at any time. If you have any questions or need any assistance setting up your SupraWEB or running reports, please contact RANW MLS:  Angela aschilling@ranw.org or Mindy msnell@ranw.org.

Reminder: You Can Modify Your Electronic Lockbox Access Hours

With the time change on Sunday, November 1st, the electronic lockbox access hours have changed. Access hours are now 7 am-10 pm (Access hours are currently 8 am-11 pm). Lockboxes can be programmed to allow timed access for specific hours or  for 24-hour access. To activate or deactivate timed access, do the following:
1. Press Enter to turn on your DisplayKEY
2. Scroll to the Programming option and press Enter.
3. Select 1 to activate timed access hours, or select 2 to activate 24-hour access.
4. Enter the lockbox shackle code and press Enter. You have 5 minutes to program the lockbox before your DisplayKEY powers down.
5. Point your DisplayKEY at the lockbox. 4 quick beeps indicate the operation was successful.
1. Go into the eKEY app and select inventory
2. Select the serial number of the lockbox you want to program
3. Select Edit and make sure timed access is turned on
4. Click on the arrow next to the access hours times
5. Set start and end times; save
6. Select program, enter shackle code and point fob at lockbox


RANW Membership Changes

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

Congratulations on Your New Granddaughter!

Congratulations to Mike Hrnak on the arrival of a new granddaughter.  Mike is a REALTOR® with Adashun Jones, Inc. in Oshkosh.

Congratulations on Your Retirement!

RANW congratulates the following RANW members on their recent retirement:

~ Ruth Trudell, (REALTOR®) Ruth Trudell Realty, Oconto Falls
~ Laura Seefeldt, (Affiliate) Johnson Bank, Green Bay

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. Member and Company License number rosters have been added to assist members with the new TRID regulations!
If you haven't already registered to use the online directory, it's easy to do.
Click here to access.


5 Amazing RPR Commercial Tools to Try Right Now

A multi-dimensional approach to real estate, either as a commercial or residential practitioner, can serve as the tipping point for winning that all-important listing, landing new clients, and pinpointing the perfect location for a business venture. From basic property facts to advanced economic, market and consumer indicators; one powerful, all-inclusive data platform is all you need to thoroughly understand and execute the needs of your client. Here are the top five RPR tools used by the country's most versatile REALTORS®:
1.  Property Facts: Your Changes
2.  Map Points of Interest (POI)
3.  Consumer Segmentation
4.  Market Analyses
5.  Report Generator

Click here for the entire article.


Protect Clients' Doors

Protect your client's door with a padded door protector!  Protectors are in stock at RANW today and only cost $3.50 plus tax.  Need a larger order?  Just call RANW today.



Events At a Squint
RPR Webinar
Oshkosh Golf Meeting
NAR Convention
Discount Dues Deadline
Housing Advocacy Mtg
WCR Meeting & Luncheon
Commercial Council
RANW Closed for Holiday
RANW Closed for Holiday
New Member Orientation
GB Holiday Party
FdL Holiday Party
WCR Meeting
RANW Closed for Holiday
RANW Closed for Holiday
RANW Closed for Holiday
RANW Closed for Holiday
WCR Meeting

2015 RANW
Board of Directors

Scott Swick

Jim Smith

Mari Timm-Reichel

Executive Vice President
Margery Chapman

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

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