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Volume 24, Issue 8 — august 2017  
Realtor News   |   Education   |   Events   |   Government Affairs  |   MLS  |   Membership  |   Appraiser  |   Commercial 

Top Stories

September Is REALTOR Safety Month

Appraisal CE Scheduled for November

Register NOW For Fond du Lac's Golf Luau- August 17th

Oshkosh Golf Outing Returns! Thursday, Sept. 22nd

2017 RANW Neighborhood Outreach Day - Friday, October 27th!

At Home With Diversity Certification Webcast Offered at RANW~ Tuesday, October 3rd

Listing Maintenance/Broker Load Class Offered Aug 23rd and Sept 26th

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September Is REALTOR Safety Month

As part of NAR’s ongoing efforts to keep members safe, September is devoted to kicking off safety efforts and sharing the core components of REALTOR® Safety: knowledge, awareness, and empowerment. To celebrate this month, NAR offers updated online REALTOR® safety resources, including new webinars and seasonal safety tips for brokers to share with members.
Get Involved
~ Download our comprehensive
REALTOR® Safety training presentation.
~ Highlight and share our REALTOR® Safety video series.
~ Visit our Planning Your Safety Strategy page to help develop a strategy.
~ REALTOR® Safety Webinars
~ REALTOR® Safety Materials
~ Field Guide to REALTOR® Safety
~ Visit this comprehensive page on REALTOR® Safety.

Welcome Kristen!

RANW would like to welcome Kristen Hubers as our new Administrative Support.  Kristen was formerly a pre-school teacher (and an admin for a real estate company up north) and is looking for new adventure! Welcome Kristen!

NAR REALTORS Conference ~ Nov 3-6, Chicago

November 3-6 NAR's REALTORS® Conference & Expo will be held at the McCormick Place Convention Center West Building in Chicago, Illinois. This year's theme is "The Sky's the Limit", and, indeed, the event will help REALTORS® rise higher in their real estate careers. 
The REALTORS® Conference & Expo is home to the largest trade show floor in real estate, with 400+ exhibitors and 100,000 square feet expected at the 2017 event.
Click here for registration information and register today!


Appraisal CE Scheduled for November

The following Appraisal CE courses have been scheduled for this Fall at RANW. 

Wednesday, November 8, 2017
Instructor: James Jacobs 
Morning Course: Disclosure vs. Disclaimer (3.5 hours)
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Afternoon Course: Inspections & Relevant Characteristics (3.5 hours)
Time: 1:00 - 4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Instructor: Rob Sherman
Course: 2018/2019 7-Hour National USPAP Update (7 hours)
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Click here for registration information at WRA! 

Two-Day ABR Designation Course

Accredited Buyer's Representative November 13th -14th
Time: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Instructor: Cheryl Eskridge
Location: Classroom webcast at the RANW office
Register here!


Register NOW For Fond du Lac's Golf Luau- August 17th

Don't miss out on this year's luau-themed golf outing: Golf, Sparnfarkel & Lots of Fun!

Thursday, August 17th

Rolling Meadows Golf Course
Only $25 to join in on the fun! 
Click here to register.

Oshkosh Golf Outing set for Thursday, Sept. 21st

The Oshkosh Golf Outing is scheduled for Thursday, September 21st
Tee Off:
Thursday, September 21st
Utica Golf Course, 2230 Knott Rd, Oshkosh
11:00 - 11:45 am
12:00 pm
For details on golf and sponsorships, please contact Lizzy Styles 920-739-9108

Thank You Green Bay Golfers and Sponsors!

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

Hole 1:
Hole 2:
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Hole 10:

Liberty Title & Abstract                 
BMO Harris Bank                 
Nicolet National Bank                       
Cornerstone Mortgage                
Bay Title & Abstract 
Wells Fargo Home Mortgage           Denmark State Bank                     
Greenstone Farm Credit               
Marine Credit Union
Lighthouse Title

Hole 11:
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Guaranteed Rate                      
Sun West Mortgage Company                  
Gowey Abstract & Title                               
Inlanta Mortgage                   
Pillar to Post                           
The Private Bank                                          
Green Bay Press Gazette
Finance of America Mortgage                         Bank Mutual

Driving Range: Finance of America Mortgage
Breakfast:        Closing & Title Services, LLC
Lunch:             Evans Title
Beverages:      Sun West Mortgage

Thank You Green Bay Golfers and Sponsors!

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

Associated Bank

Bank First National 

BLC Community Bank

BMO Harris Bank

Closing & Title Services

East Wisconsin Savings Bank

Evans Title

Fox Communities C.Union

GEC Home Inspections

GreenStone Farm Credit

GSF Mortgage

Guardian Home Inspections

Knight Barry Title Group

Marine Credit Union

Midwest Title

NEW Title

Old National Mortgage

Stewart Title

The Bank of Kaukauna

Verve, A Credit Union

Wells Fargo

Westbury Bank

Wolf River Community Bank 

Women's Council of REALTORS-FV

Hole 11:
Hole 12:
Hole 13:
Hole 14:
Hole 15:
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Hole 19:

Guaranteed Rate                      
Sun West Mortgage Company                  
Gowey Abstract & Title                               
Inlanta Mortgage                   
Pillar to Post                           
The Private Bank                                          
Green Bay Press Gazette
Finance of America Mortgage                         Bank Mutual

Driving Range: Finance of America Mortgage
Breakfast:        Closing & Title Services, LLC
Lunch:             Evans Title
Beverages:      Sun West Mortgage

WRA 2017 Annual Convention ~ Sept 12-13th

The WRA's annual convention is the WRA's showcase event of the year where hundreds of REALTORS® gather together from all corners of the state for classes, networking and fun! With the "Be An MVP: Most Valuable Professional" theme for the convention, you'll learn strategies and ideas to soar to new heights. With all the knowledge you'll gain at the convention, you'll be in a league of your own as you score new clients, new relationships and new success! This year's convention will be September 12-13th at Potawatomi Hotel and Casino in Milwaukee. Click here for details.

Government Affairs

At Home With Diversity Certification Webcast Offered at RANW~ Tuesday, October 3rd

WRA will be offering a webcast of the At Home With Diversity Certification (AHWD) Course on Tuesday, October 3rd at RANW. The course will be instructed by Eric Kodner, AHWD, and will run from 8:30 am to 5 p.m.
The At Home With Diversity (AHWD) educational experience is designed to present a picture of the changing face of the industry. REALTORS® who adapt to increasing cultural diversity and wisely plan to meet the needs of diverse clients gain a competitive edge and expand opportunities.
Click here for a registration flyer.

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.

2017 RANW Neighborhood Outreach Day - Friday, October 27th!

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 mark your calendars! Registration flyers for team sign-up will be coming out soon!


Paragon Updates ~ July 27th

1.  No Showing on Listing=Reminder MLS Rule Section 4.3 B. Availability of Listed Property
Listing brokers shall not misrepresent the availability of access to show or inspect listed property.
If your listing is submitted to MLS, and you have included in the Public Remarks that there are "No Showings" - until a specific date - you are subject to the following per the MLS Rules (Section 4.3B):
~ Requires a written request from Seller (in listing contract or amendment)
~ The showing/access restriction applies to the Listing Company as well.

2.  New yes/no field added for help with processing your listings
New yes/no field added for help with processing your listings timely Paragon has added a new field labeled "Listing Contract included" Yes/No.  At the time you are entering your new listing, you will answer either Yes or No.  It is very Important:  only enter Yes if you will be attaching the listing contract right then, when you are saving this new listing to active, unconfirmed in Paragon. 
: If you enter your new listing this evening into Paragon without a listing contract you will enter "No". Then when you or your office adds the listing contract the next morning after their review, at that time you or your office may check "Yes".
This new field, if used by members correctly will help MLS staff and the iCheck system better process new listings ~ thank you.

3.  Listing Visibility - Is my listing Confirmed Yet?
You do not need to call MLS to see if your listing is confirmed and showing in MLS. Please use the Paragon search Listing Visibility Type for your listings= Unconfirmed and Confirmed.  If it shows:
~ Confirmed (and active) it will be viewable for all members in MLS.
~ Unconfirmed (and active) it will not be viewable by other members in MLS.
(It is not a status -- both the Unconfirmed and Confirmed will have an Active status).
Reminder: a listing will not be able to be processed to a "Confirmed Listing Visibility" until the listing contract is attached to the listing in Paragon.

4.  Assume Identity open for Brokers and OA's
The new Paragon tool for Assume Identity will be turned on for the Company Broker and OAs on August 1st.  An email went out to all Company Brokers and OAs with information on how this will work. 
Reminder if you-your Company Broker and OA do not wish to have this function turned on, please advise RANW MLS.

Assume Identity Tool
Brokers, Managers or OA's may click the Assume Identity tab and it will open to allow you to select-highlight one of your agent's names within your company. The Assume Identity tool will allow you to assist your agents if they are having issues within Paragon and to prepare and print off reports with their information displaying on reports showing their photo and contact info.
At the top of your Paragon home page on the tool bar you will see the icon "Assume Identity".  Click on this and it will take you to the agent name you want to assume identity for and click "Assume".  The screen will change and you will then be in the MLS System as that agent.
IMPORTANT: To resume being logged in as yourself, "Click Here" on the top line of the Assume box and it will take you back to being in Paragon as "You".

Listing Maintenance/Broker Load Class Offered Aug 23rd and Sept 26th

RANW MLS is pleased to offer MLS companies the option to participate in Listing Maintenance (LIM) or 'Broker Load'. Training is required if a company wants to participate. Participation in Listing Maintenance is at the discretion of the participating company broker. The next classes will be at the RANW Office ~ please email MLSTraining@ranw.org if you would like to register:
August 23rd, 1 - 3 pm
September 26th, 10 am - 12 pm

Please click the link to the Paragon Guide of Listing Maintenance: You may also use the link for refresher or new training from the recorded Webinar on LIM from RANW MLS Paragon Training presented March 2017.
To participate in LIM, after you have attended training, reviewed all the materials, and put in place your company policy and procedures, please send the signed LIM Office Participation Form to cdreger@ranw.org. Upon receipt of the completed LIM form your company access will be granted within two (2) business days.

Data Services Available to MLS Member Agents/Salespersons

Effective June 1st, RANW MLS began offering additional services for Agents/Salespersons (with company authorization). Agents/Salespersons have the option of IDX, Voice/Text/Mobile Application, and VOW data feeds.
Forms are available by clicking below:
RANW MLS Data Agreement: for data services
Agent/Salesperson Signature Page and Data Request Form for data feed or IDX requests.

Search Tips for "Total" Fields

Bathrooms: When searching for 1 ½ Bathrooms or more, use the Total Baths search field (not Full Baths or Half Baths), and put 1.1 in the Low field. There is no need to use the High field. Searching the Total Baths field for 1.1 in the Low will give you results that have at least 1 ½ baths.
Garage Size: When searching Total Number of Cars, please note that the search functions are on whole cars, not half. This is necessary to avoid ½ cars being totaled together, making a 1.5 plus 2.5 add up to 4 full cars. The only way to search specifically for additional garage space would be to use the individual garage size fields: Garage 1 # Cars and/or Garage 2 # Cars.

Paragon's Resources > My Links

Recently added to the My Links section for all members:
~ School District Codes
~ Fair Housing Questionable Words and Phrases
~ Accessibility Features form
~ Auction Form
~ Late Listing Waiver Form
~ Limited Service Listing Attachment
~ Property Information Worksheet
~ Seller Exemption form
~ Seller's Property Improvements

Schedule a Showing While Using Paragon Mobile

MLS is pleased to report that Paragon has added “Schedule a Showing” to Paragon Mobile.

RANW MLS Stats Reports Are Back!

The RANW Stats reports can be found under the Resources button in Paragon. These familiar and customized statistical reports that we had on InnoVia (through the icon on the right-hand side of the InnoVia home page) have been added to Paragon. REMINDER that it is very important that closings are reported correctly and timely (within 3 business days per MLS rules) so that your statistical reports can reflect correct information.

Maps and Geo-Coding

Google Maps is Coming to Paragon!
Paragon is working on switching the mapping and geo-coding from Bing to Google. This welcome update is expected to be complete by the end of the first quarter, 2018.
Bing Maps Updated - Some Issues:
The Bing Map service used in the Paragon MLS system was updated to Version 8. This change was mandatory as previous versions of Bing Map are no longer supported by Microsoft. There are some current issues that Bing Map is working through.
~ Bird's Eye Views are not displaying in certain locations, due to removal of outdated imagery in Bing by Microsoft.
~ Automatic View has been removed by Microsoft. As a result, Paragon has matched the Automatic View to the Road View as the conversion to Google Maps has begun.
~ Navigation Controls which allowed the end user to pan in any direction was removed with the Version 8 release. Work is underway to recreate the Bing Pan control previously used.

Printing Issues with Internet Explorer 11

IE 11 users attempting to print in Paragon are sometimes receiving an error. This has been acknowledged by Microsoft as a known issue with the June 2017 security update for Windows. Microsoft is researching this problem, and will report more information when available.

Lockbox Program

Welcome to the Lockbox Program


Creative Results
EXP Realty
Home Run Inspection

Affiliate Home Inspector


New Lockbox System

RANW MLS is reviewing proposals from Supra and Sentrilock for the MLSs new lockbox system. At this time tentative plans are to switch out the old boxes with the new boxes in October, with training also in October. Watch for more information to come!

Set up Your SupraWEB Account and Save Time & Money!!

If you haven't set up SupraWEB you should. It takes a little more than a minute to set up and can save you time & money down the road. When a shackle is released with an eKEY you have the ability to assign an address & MLS # right there on the spot. Now you know where your lockboxes are! Having SupraWEB set up has many useful features that can help streamline lockbox assignment, tracking, and much more.

~ SupraWEB allows Brokers to view lockbox inventory reports, view lockbox activity reports, and view key activity reports for your entire office.
Agents & Brokers ~ SupraWEB for Agents allows you to obtain an authorization code to install the eKEY software if you get a new phone, obtain an update code for a key, manage lockbox inventory and listing information. You can also view, email and schedule activity reports and view and send showing feedback.
Supra WebGuide - Agents
Supra WebGuide - Brokers


RANW Membership Changes

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

Congratulations on Your Retirement!

RANW congratulates the following RANW member on their recent retirement:
~ Mary Ellen Rademann, REALTOR®, Adashun Jones, Inc., Fond du Lac

Congratulations on Your Election!

RANW would like to congratulate Lori Muller, broker/owner of Exit Elite Realty on being named national Women's Council of REALTORS® 2018 Region 2 Regional Vice President.


Events At a Squint

RANW Closed for Holiday
MLS Basics Class
Housing Advocacy Mtg
Green Bay Golf Outing
Listing Maintenance Class
Commercial Council
WCR Meeting


Fox Valley Golf Outing
New Member Orientation
Prof Standards Training
Fond du Lac Golf Outing
WCR Meeting

New Member Orientation
Fox Valley Golf Outing
Fond du Lac Golf Outing
WCR Meeting

2018 RANW
Board of Directors

Michael Kunesh

President - Elect
Judd Stevenson

Jim Smith

Scott Swick

Executive VP
Margery Chapman

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

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