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Volume 23, Issue 9 — september 2016  
Realtor News   |   Education   |   Events   |   Government Affairs  |   MLS  |   Membership  |   Appraiser  |   Commercial 

Top Stories

September Is REALTOR Safety Month

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

"Get Smart About Smart Homes and Your Safety" ~ Free Safety Webinar, September 14th

Full Series CE in October in Appleton & Green Bay! PLUS Fulfill Ethics Requirement with Course 4!

Fond du Lac Golf Outing NEXT WEEK~ Thursday September 8th ~ Register Today!

Oshkosh Golf Outing Returns! Thursday, Sept. 22nd

2016 RANW Neighborhood Outreach Day - Friday, October 21st!

MLS Area Field Will Be Removed on Tuesday, October 4th

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September Is REALTOR Safety Month

As part of NAR's ongoing efforts to keep its members safe, the Association dedicates September as REALTOR® Safety Month.

REALTOR® Safety Site
NAR's dedicated Safety pages offer a number of great resources to help members operate their businesses safely including:
~ Regularly occurring safety webinars - see the free seminar in Education section
~ Safety-related articles in NAR's publications, on its websites, and elsewhere ~ Presentations for managers available through REALTOR.org banners and widgets to display on websites other checklists 
~ Handouts for agents to share with clients and colleagues
Click here to access the site

Notice of Annual Meeting and Election of Directors ~ Tuesday, October 25th

Elections by voice or hand vote on Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Location:  Holiday Inn, Appleton
Annual Meeting:  11:30 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.

The election of Directors for the 2017-2019 Board of Directors shall take place on Tuesday, October 25, 2016, at the Holiday Inn, Appleton, WI, during the Business Meeting beginning at 11:30 a.m.  Elections shall be by RANW REALTOR® Members by voice or hand vote, or by ballot if there is more than one nomination per Director position to be filled; and all votes shall be cast in person. Any ballot shall contain the names of all candidates and the position for which they are nominated. Nominating Committee Slate is to be announced no later than three weeks preceding the Election. Additional candidates for the offices to be filled may be placed in nomination by a petition signed by at least 10% of the RANW REALTOR® members. The petition shall be filed with the Secretary at least two weeks before the election at which time REALTOR® members will be notified of such additional nominations.  No write-in nominations or nominations from the floor shall be accepted (ref: RANW Bylaws Article XI). 
2016 RANW Directors: REALTORS® nominated for election by RANW REALTOR® membership for a Director position on the Board of Directors, 3-Year Term Effective January 1, 2017 (3 positions):
Michael Kunesh           Debbie Gritt         Candace Kriner

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.

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:
~ *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 though 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.

Annual Meeting & Election ~ Tuesday, October 25th

Mark your calendar for the RANW Annual Membership and Election meeting to be held Tuesday, October 25th at the Holiday Inn in Appleton. This event also hosts the election of members nominated to serve on the 2017 Board of Directors, as well as the awards for Excellence in Professionalism.

11:00 a.m.
11:30 a.m.
11:45 a.m.
11:50 a.m.
12:00 p.m.
12:30 p.m.
1:15 p.m.
Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Holiday Inn, Appleton

Business Meeting Begins
Excellence in Professionalism Awards
Speaker/Panel: Carol Kraft, Assistant U.S. Attorney along with a panel of REALTORS®
This event is sponsored by Evans Title Companies and BMO Harris Bank.

A registration form will be online soon


"Get Smart About Smart Homes and Your Safety" ~ Free Safety Webinar, September 14th

Join NAR in celebrating September as Safety Month by registering for a free webinar instructed by Tara Christianson, on September 14th at 1 p.m.
Being safe starts at home, and by now we're familiar with most of the usual safety measures homeowners take - deadbolts, window locks, even basic security systems. But, in this brave new world of technology, what about smart home devices? What do you, as REALTORS®, need to know about these devices to best inform and protect your clients? What do you need to know for yourself to ensure your own safety? You may learn some things that open your eyes, and you'll definitely walk away with knowledge you can start using immediately.

Full Series CE in October in Appleton & Green Bay! PLUS Fulfill Ethics Requirement with Course 4!

RANW will offer a full series of Residential Continuing Education in Appleton and Green Bay in October.
2016 is the last year to completed NAR's mandated Ethics training to maintain REALTOR® membership AND December 14th is the deadline to renew any real estate licenses with the DSPS.

Tuesday, October 4th
Thursday, October 6th 
Tuesday, October 11th
Thursday, October 13th
Tuesday, October 18th
Thursday, October 20th

CE Course 1 and 2
CE Course 1 and 2
CE Course 3 and 4
CE Course 3 and 4
CE Elective A and C
CE Elective A and C

Tundra Lodge
Tundra Lodge
Tundra Lodge

Green Bay
Green Bay
Green Bay

For details and a registration flyer,
click here.

Accredited Buyer Representative (ABR)- 2-Day Webcast, Oct 27-28th at RANW

The ABR two-day core course will provide you with the tools and know-how to represent buyer-clients in real estate transactions and provide them the same level of service that sellers typically enjoy. This course also offers ideas and methods for building a buyer-representation business, forming buyer relationships, winning repeat business and referrals, and more.

October 27-28, 2016
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
RANW, W6124 Aerotech Dr, Appleton
Ms. Bonnie J. Dixon, ABR, BPOR, CRB, CRS, GRI
REALTOR® member $270
www.wra.org or 800-279-1972


Fond du Lac Golf Outing NEXT WEEK~ Thursday September 8th ~ Register Today!

The Fond du Lac Area Golf Outing is ON for Thursday afternoon September 8th at Rolling Meadows! Registration: 12:00 pm Shotgun: 1:00pm. Click here for registration details.

Oshkosh Golf Outing Returns! Thursday, Sept. 22nd

The Oshkosh Golf Outing is back and will be Thursday, September 22nd.
Tee Off:
Thursday, September 22nd
Utica Golf Course, 2230 Knott Rd, Oshkosh
11:00 - 11:45 am
12:00 pm
For details on golf and sponsorships, please contact Mike Hrnak (920-379-4959) or Jeff Beck (920-642-3600).
Click here for a registration form.

Women's Council of REALTORS Fox Valley ~ September 21st



Wednesday, September 21st
4 p.m. to ?
Waverly Beach, Menasha, WI
Networking Event - come join other REALTORS® and Affiliates to enjoy a cocktail and networking
Food/refreshments on your own

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.

Women's Council of REALTORS~ Installation of 2017 Officers PLUS a Lip Sync Battle


Thursday, December 1st
5:30 pm
The Grand Meridian, Appleton
Installation of 2017 Officers PLUS a Lip Sync Battle
$20/person includes appetizers and one drink ticket
Charlie Gehrke 920-858-0454 or Barb Laib 920-585-5400

Join in the celebration of the installation of our 2017 Officers, and join in on the competition to see who is the Lip Sync Champion.

Thank You Fox Valley Golfers and Sponsors!

Thank you to all the golfers and sponsors for making this outing great!

Hole 1:
Hole 2:
Hole 3:
Hole 4:
Hole 5:
Hole 6:
Hole 7:
Hole 8:
Hole 9:
Hole 10:

Westbury Bank                  
Amerispec Inspection Service    Women's Council of Realtors-FV 
The Bank of Kaukauna
GEC Home Inspections           
BLC Community Bank                   
Greenstone Farm Credit               
Evans Title Company
Bank Mutual

Hole 11:
Hole 12:
Hole 13:
Hole 14:
Hole 15:
Hole 16:
Hole 17:
Hole 18:
Hole 19:

Wisconsin Title                    
NEW Title                   
Town & Country Title                               
BMO Harris Bank                   
Marine Credit Union                          
Knight-Barry Title Group
Verve, A Credit Union
Closing & Title Services
GSF Mortgage

Registration Table: Wells Fargo Home Mortgage
Driving Range:      Associated Bank
Breakfast:             Stewart Title Company
Lunch:                  Bank First National
Beverages:            Associated Bank
Dinner:                 Co-sponsored by Guardian Home Inspections & Fox Communities Credit Union

Government Affairs

2016 RANW Neighborhood Outreach Day - Friday, October 21st!

This is great opportunity for RANW members to volunteer to help homeowners in your community by raking lawns and other fall lawn maintenance tasks for elderly and disabled residents in your market area. If you are interested, please sign up ASAP so we can determine how many homeowners we can help.  Lunch will be provided…you supply the fun!
Click on the following links
information flyer and registration sheet to sign up as teams of 4-5 people, or contact Jennifer at jsunstrom@ranw.org and she will help get you signed up with a team.

Wisconsin's Direct Giver Program

We are in the final stretch of RANW's Direct Giver Fundraising period, and we have only reached 50% of our goal. Soon we will be sending out the Association dues bills and then Direct Giver contributions "fall off the radar". Given the enormous issues the real estate industry is facing, we need your support now more than ever, so please send in your Direct Giver checks today. 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.
- 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 is $100.00.
2. Checks: 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.


MLS Training Class Schedule

You can access the MLS Training Schedule by clicking herePlease call RANW to register for one of our classes including:
~ MLS: The Basics
~ Prospect Manager/Buyer Match
~ Listing Maintenance
Class descriptions can be found here.

New Paragon MLS System Coming Soon!

For the latest Paragon system information, please click here.

MLS Area Field Will Be Removed on Tuesday, October 4th

MLS has been reminding members to update their Saved Search criteria (including Prospects and Hotsheets) to use a different geographic locator field such as County, Municipality, School District, zip code, and/or mapping. If these saved searches have not been updated, the MLS Area removal will leave those searches with no geographic criteria at all.  Please see the helpful information below, as previously shared via the RANW Newsletter and InnoVia's Board News:

MLS Areas Are Going Away - How to Search Without Them
The MLS Area field will disappear from the MLS mid-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.

Showing Reminders - Leave Enough Time for Multiple Showings

MLS wants to remind REALTORS® to leave enough time in between when setting up multiple showing appointments ~ so the Sellers don't come home at 4:05, if you had a schedule of 3:00-4:00, and you are all still there...!

Realtor.com App

Start searching right with the most accurate real estate app for homes or apartments for sale or for rent. Realtor.com® is the only app to get real estate listings sourced directly from over 800 MLS's -- 90% of listings refreshed every 15 minutes. Why should your buyers use realtor.com®?
~ 90% of listings updated every 15 minutes. All the rest updated at least once a day.
~ Quickly swipe to see rich and detailed photos of real estate properties that interest you.
~ Property listing details now include property tax, sales history and more school information including ratings for each house.
~Draw your own custom search area right on the Bing map
~ Add open houses directly to your calendar from the listing (open house search is started from the Home screen)
~ Search nearby homes for sale, open homes, recently sold homes, apartments for rent, and houses for rent all from the photocentric and data-filled home screen
~ Filter out pending listings from your search.
~ Sign-in to save searches and listings. Access them again on your mobile phone, tablet, PC or at

Minimum Photo Size Changed September 1, 2016 - Why Important

MLS has recommended a minimum pixel size of 1024x768 for all listing photos. On September 1, that recommendation became a requirement. If members attempt to upload or clone a photo that is smaller than the minimum 1024x768, an error message will appear on the screen. This increase in size is needed to support the high-resolution gallery images, and will also allow a clearer image to be shared in IDX, in WIREX, and in data feeds. Listing photos will still need to be in .JPG format, and under 8Mb in file size.

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

Supra Showing Notification Change - Please Note

Supra made a small change to the sending address for showing notifications. The showing notifications will come from SupraShowings@utc.com instead of SupraShowings.UnmonitoredMailbox@fs.utc.com. This shorter email address helps contain showing notifications to one text message. This change went into effect on Thursday, August 18. If you aren't receiving showing notifications and you think you should be, check the email address you have specified to receive showing notifications in SupraWEB and check your spam folder to make sure that SupraShowings@utc.com is not blocked.

How to Find Your eKEY Serial Number

If you need to call Supra's call center for assistance with your Supra key, you will be asked to provide your eKEY serial number.

To locate your eKEY serial number, open the eKEY app on your smartphone or tablet. At the top of the screen you will see either eKEY Basic or eKEY Professional followed by your key serial number.

Important! Record your eKEY serial # somewhere in a safe place so if you get a new smartphone or need to re-install the eKEY app, you'll be able to locate your eKEY serial number.


RANW Membership Changes

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

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.


REALTOR Benefits Program - Your Official Benefits Resource!

Designed with you in mind, the REALTOR Benefits® Program is your official member benefits resource, bringing you discounts and unique offers on products and services just for REALTORS®. Since Program Partners are carefully selected, you can be assured they understand the unique needs of real estate professionals and are committed to your success. Whether for your professional or personal needs, make www.REALTOR.org/RealtorBenefits the first place you stop when you shop.

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Events At a Squint
RANW Closed for Holiday
New Member Orientation
WRA Convention
WRA Convention
Oshkosh Golf Outing
Listing Maintenance Class
WCR Meeting



At Home Diversity Course
Blood Drive
Annual Meeting
WCR Meeting
Legislative Forum
Neighborhood Outreach

Appraiser CE
ABR Course
ABR Course
Discount Dues Deadline
Appraiser CE

2017 RANW
Board of Directors

Michael Kunesh

Jim Smith

Scott Swick

Executive VP
Margery Chapman

Diane Campshure-Walczyk 
Debbie Gritt
Pat Kaster
Candace Kriner
Charlene Maurer
Mari Reichel
Michael Sewell
Judd Stevenson

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