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Volume 23, Issue 11 — november 2016  
Realtor News   |   Education   |   Events   |   Government Affairs  |   MLS  |   Membership  |   Appraiser  |   Commercial 

Top Stories

RANW Video CE Series - Last Chance! November 10, 15, 17

It's Membership Renewal Time ~ Discounted Dues Deadline is Tuesday, Nov 15th

NAR Ethics Training Deadline ~ Fulfill Your Ethics Obligation by 12-31-16

DSPS Real Estate License Renewal Deadline ~ Wednesday, December 14th

November is REALTOR Designation Awareness Month

RANW Green Bay Area Holiday Party ~ Thursday, Dec. 1st

RANW Fond du Lac Area Holiday Party ~ Thursday, Dec. 8th, 5-11 pm

Don't Forget to Vote - Tuesday, November 8th

Thank You to All RANW Neighborhood Outreach Volunteers and Sponsors!

Don't Get Stuck Outside the Box! Keep Checking Lockbox Batteries and Work Together

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RANW Video CE Series - Last Chance! November 10, 15, 17

RANW will offer Residential VIDEO CE classes on November 10th, 15th and 17th at the RANW Appleton office. Licensees must complete four mandatory courses and two electives before December 14th 2016!

COURSES WILL FILL QUICKLY! Only 60 spots open in each class. Please CLICK HERE for a registration flyer.

It's Membership Renewal Time ~ Discounted Dues Deadline is Tuesday, Nov 15th

Pay discounted dues amount by November 15, 2016 and save $50!

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 including the bottom portion of the statement in the return envelope provided
- Please be sure that RPAC is not paid from an account that is incorporated ("inc" or "corporation")
- 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.orgThank you to members who've already renewed!

NAR Ethics Training Deadline ~ Fulfill Your Ethics Obligation by 12-31-16

Under NAR policy, all REALTORS® are required to complete 2.5 hours of quadrennial ethics training between 1-1-13 and 12-31-16.  If you do not fulfill your membership ethics requirement by 12-31-16, you will lose your REALTOR® membership and consequently your company's access to MLS if you are also an MLS Participant.  ONLY qualified Continuing Education and New Member Orientation courses comply ~ see below:

Courses that DO Comply:
2015-16 Residential & Commercial CE Course 4 "Ethics & Fair Housing in Wisconsin" taught by:
~ RANW's Video CE Course #4
~ *Laurel Stone School of Real Estate/Continuing Ed Express
~ *First Class Real Estate School/Continuing Ed Express
~ *Fox Valley Technical College
~ *Northeast Wisconsin Technical College
~ *Moraine Park Technical College
~ *McKissock.com
~ RANW's New Member Orientation (taken 1-1-13 through 12-31-16)
FREE NAR online Ethics Course ~ for new and existing REALTORS

*If you've taken your CE through anyone OTHER THAN RANW or WRA, you will need to mail or email a copy of the Course 4 completion certificate to Cheryl at cdreger@ranw.org.

DSPS Real Estate License Renewal Deadline ~ Wednesday, December 14th

The Wisconsin Department of Safety & Professional Services (DSPS) license renewal deadline is fast approaching! The DSPS requires the completion of four mandatory and two elective CE courses to renew your real estate license by 12-14-16. When licensees renew online they will be asked to confirm course title, school/sponsor, course dates and CE hours. For more information on how to check at www.wra.org for classes you've taken, click here and enter your myWRA login and password.

2016 REALTORS Conference & Expo ~ Nov 4-7 in Orlando

Educate, innovate, celebrate! 2016 REALTORS® Conference & Expo, Nov 4-7 in Orlando. This year's theme is "Educate. Innovate. Celebrate!", and, indeed, the event will help REALTORS® get educated on future market trends and provide them the chance to test out all the new innovations changing real estate, as well as celebrate the industry. Click here for registration information.


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.
Click here for more information.

2016 WRA Broker Summit ~ Thursday, December 8th

If you're a manager, owner or broker, the WRA's Broker Summit is just for you! With several great sessions, you'll gain insight into the economy and your practice - relevant for today and tomorrow. You'll learn about boosting your firm's success with marketing, technology and more with information from various workshops offered at Broker Summit. Click here to register. 


Congratulations to our 2016 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! 
Charlene Maurer
RE/MAX 24/7 RE

~ Current RANW Director
~ Former MLS Committee Chair
~ Gov't Affairs, Prof Standards & Neighborhood Outreach
~ WRA Convention, Public Policy & Foundation
~ WiREx & Paragon Work Groups & MLS Committee

Andy Beiser
Designated REALTOR® 
Beiser Realty, LLC

~ MLS Committee, Past Equal Opp Chair & WRA Convention
~ Winneconne Board Trustee & Finance Chair
~ Park Board & Public Works Committee
~ Winneconne Area Community Foundation Director

Jill Hendricks
Designated REALTOR® 
Vision Realty & Dev

Little Chute

~ RANW Housing Advocacy, Gov't Affairs, Local Election / 
~ MLS Paragon Work Group
~ WRA Public Policy & Past Director
~ Past-President of Brown County Builders & Valley Home
   Builders Director

RANW Green Bay Area Holiday Party ~ Thursday, Dec. 1st


Thursday, December 1st
5 pm - 10 pm
Gather on Broadway, 139 N Broadway, Green Bay 
Music, hors d'oeuvres and mingling
FREE Due to the generosity of so many of our RANW Affiliate Companies
Please bring an unwrapped toy for the Toys for Tots program
RSVP to mchapman@ranw.org ~ RSVPs will be entered into prize drawings 
Must be present to win!
Click here for details

RANW Fond du Lac Area Holiday Party ~ Thursday, Dec. 8th, 5-11 pm

~ Holiday Fun & Games (!)
~ Ugly Holiday Sweater Contest
~ DJ entertainment
~ $10/member in advance - plus you can bring one guest for just $10 more
~ Includes hearty hors d'oeuvres, drink ticket and a chance to win a Door Prize - plus some of the proceeds will go to Solutions Center
~ Registrations paid by Nov. 1st will be included in a special Early Bird Drawing ~ Final registration deadline November 21st
Click here for the registration flier

Women's Council of REALTORS Fox Valley ~ Thursday, November 17th


Thursday, November 17th
Registration: 4:30 pm, Meeting:  5:00 pm
The Grand Meridian, Appleton
Train Your Brain by Roger Seip, Freedom Personal Dev
Members: $15, Non-Members: $17, dinner included

Barbara Laib 920-585-5400; Charlie Gehrke 920-858-0454 or wcrfoxvalley@gmail.com

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 920-585-5400.

Government Affairs

Don't Forget to Vote - Tuesday, November 8th

In case you haven't heard, we have a big election day coming up including the Presidential race and federal and state races all the way down the ticket. If you would like to know who the Association supports based on real estate related issues, please see the WRA Voter Guide. Also, if you need more information on voting and polling locations please visit the Wisconsin Election Commission Website.

Your Help Is Needed

We are entering November and have only two months to meet our RPAC Fundraising Goal for 2016. If you have not already contributed, please consider doing so today by either mailing a personal check made out to RPAC and sending it to: RPAC Wisconsin, 4801 Forest Run Road, Suite 201, Madison, WI 53704 OR paying online via credit card here.

Wisconsin's Direct Giver Program

The WRA Direct Giver Program provides an alternative to an RPAC contribution for members who wish to retain full control and direction over who will receive their political contributions and wish to give personal contributions to candidates for local and state elections and at the same time benefit the REALTORS® Association.

Direct Giver Process

1. Solicitations: The minimum contribution to the Direct Giver Program is $100.00.
2. Checks: Only personal checks (not business checks) can be used and must be made to the WRA Direct Giver Program (not RPAC). Checks can be sent to RANW, W6124 Aerotech Dr., Appleton, WI 54914.
3. Credit Cards: You may also pay on-line via credit card.
Click here and login to the WRA site. Or you can call Jennifer at 920.739.9108 with your credit card information and she will take care of it.
4. Control: Contributions to the Direct Giver Program are deposited in a separate bank account from RPAC contributions. Structurally, the WRA then acts like a bank, with disbursements permitted only with the explicit authorization of the contributor. That is, you retain full control on how your direct giver money is spent.
5. Directing Contributions: Contributors may at any time direct their contributions, in whole or in part, to any candidate for local, state or federal office. When disbursing funds, contributors can email or call RANW or WRA to indicate how they wish their money to be distributed.

NOTE*** For those of you who like to make a DIRECT GIVER contribution online, please make sure that you are using the WRA website option for Direct Givers. NAR does not provide an option for Direct Giver and any payments online through the NAR website will only count as an RPAC contribution and cannot be forwarded into your Direct Giver account. If you have any questions, please contact Jennifer Sunstrom at 920.739.9108 and she can assist you.

Although the 2016 election is almost here, we still need more members to become Direct Givers for 2016 to both help us meet our fundraising goal as well as to have members donations for local April Spring Elections.

Thank You to All RANW Neighborhood Outreach Volunteers and Sponsors!

Thank you to all the volunteers for RANW's 10th Annual Neighborhood Outreach Day! 218 members were able to help 51 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 and Paul Wagner, Wisconsin Home Inspections
Please view awesome photos of the day here:  
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"Change is Coming" - MLS Newsletter

Watch your email for the upcoming "Change is Coming"
MLS Newsletter with an updated timeline on RANW's Paragon MLS
project and other MLS company updates. Click here to view the most recent
Paragon newsletter from RANW MLS

Coming Soon! IDX Approved for Agent Websites

Agent members of RANW MLS will soon have the option to include IDX on their agent websites (with their broker/manager's approval). New agreements should be available by the end of November -- MLS Participants will be notified.

Photos - MLS Rules 4.3

As the weather and the season changes, members are encouraged to update their listing photos. Be sure to abide by the MLS Rules & Regulations for listing photos and virtual tours (Section 4.3 of the MLS Rules & Regulations).
~ In particular make sure that your listing photos do not include "branding" such as having the company sign in the image, and that any photo used is your own or one you for which you have obtained rights to use for MLS.
~ Members may not use another member's photo from a previous listing.
~ Listing photos must be at least 1024x768 (pixel size), in JPG format, and under 8 Mb in size.
~ There is no need to downsize photos for the MLS - these guidelines will allow the majority of photos to be successfully uploaded. Review your listings and update your photos now.

Reporting Selling Information Correctly

During RANW MLS's regular monitoring of sold information, our staff may come across listings where the List Price and Selling Price are significantly different. If the reason for the difference is not noted in the Selling Information or Remarks, MLS staff will contact the listing office to inquire about this price difference. MLS often finds that an extra lot was sold or not sold, or there were concessions that were not noted, or the Selling Price may have been entered in error.
FHA, WHEDA, and VA loans almost always have closing costs that were provided by the Seller, but members sometimes forget to include those in their Sold Information.
Because listings are used in appraisals and as comparable listings when pricing properties and creating a market analysis, it is very important that MLS data is correct and complete for all Members. Forgetting to include these closing costs can skew the data as well as throw off statistical information for all Northeast Wisconsin and the state. Please make sure that you are reporting those closing costs when entering or reporting closing information for your listing.

MLS Stats

Don't forget - "MLS Stats" are available to MLS members - the program 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. Check the 2015 year end for the entire MLS or specific municipalities.

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

Don't Get Stuck Outside the Box! Keep Checking Lockbox Batteries and Work Together

Your lockboxes may be nearing the end of their life cycle. To get us through until the new boxes are in place, we offer the following recommendations:
Extra Boxes: Many companies currently have an overage of lockboxes allotted to them. Those extra boxes may have a lower battery % reading, and should be swapped out with the boxes you now have on properties. IF, however, you have boxes under 10%, please let MLS know and we will exchange those boxes for you.
At Showings:
Help extend the system for everyone -- Even if it is a co-op listing--if you see the battery % shows low, please let that listing agent know they need to replace the box ~ You would want to hear from a fellow Realtor wouldn't you?

Checking Box % With eKEY only:
1) Battery % shows in the eKEY Support or Keybox log after obtaining keys. This can be viewed by swiping to the 2nd screen and then selecting the yellow "About" button, then Logs. (all companies or agents)
2) Battery % shows after releasing the shackle (listing company/agent only)

Checking Box % With a DisplayKEY:
1) Select Release Shackle on DisplayKEY 
2) Battery % shows after releasing the shackle (listing company/agent only)

Checking Box % With SupraWEB:
Battery % shows on SupraWEB Office Keybox Reports that can be run by Brokers. It can also be seen by agents by selecting Listings and then Keyboxes.

**Important Note - SupraWEB Reports may not be accurate if agents with Display Keys are not using a cradle to update. The key has to be put on the cradle in order for the data in the key to transmit to Supra. This is a critical time for Agents to be cradling their keys if they have not been doing so, as this will ensure that Brokers can run accurate SupraWeb reports for tracking lockboxes. Many Companies have cradles at the office ~ please encourage use!

To Replace a low battery % lockbox:
If the lockbox battery is 10% or below, the Company should contact RANW MLS to ask if they can exchange box(es) with MLS. If you have questions or need assistance contact: Angela:
aschilling@ranw.org, or 920.739.9108, 920.494.8010, or 800.817.7657.

Thank you for your patience and support, and for working together until a new system is in place this coming summer!


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:
~ Larry Wagner in the his recent passing. Larry was a long-time REALTOR® with Wagner Appraisal in Fond du Lac.

Congratulations on Your Retirement!

RANW congratulates the following RANW members on their recent retirement:
~ Corky Hellyer, Designated REALTOR®, CB The Real Estate Group-Fish Creek, Fish Creek 

~ Carol Hernke, REALTOR®, First Weber Group, Oshkosh

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.



Events At a Squint
NAR Annual Convention
V O T E !!!
Discount Dues Deadline
Women's Council FV Mtg
RANW Closed for Holiday
RANW Closed for Holiday

New Member Orientation
Green Bay Holiday Party
WCR Installation
WRA Broker Summit
V O T E !!!!
License Renewal Deadline
Fond du Lac Holiday Party
RANW Closed for Holiday
RANW Closed for Holiday
RANW Closed for Holiday

RANW Closed for Holiday
Women's Council FV Mtg


2016 RANW
Board of Directors

Scott Swick

President - Elect
Michael Kunesh

Jim Smith

Past - President
Mari Timm-Reichel

Executive Vice President
Margery Chapman

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

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