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Volume 24, Issue 12 — december 2017  
Realtor News   |   Education   |   Events   |   Government Affairs  |   MLS  |   Membership  |   Appraiser  |   Commercial 

Top Stories

Final Dues Deadline for All Members ~ Sunday, December 31st

RANW Holiday Parties are around the corner, don't forget to register!

WRA Broker Summit ~ Thursday, December 7th, Milwaukee

REALTOR & Government Day - Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Paragon's "Collab Center" Webinar Offered December 8th

New Lockbox System Implementation Underway

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Final Dues Deadline for All Members ~ Sunday, December 31st

The final dues deadline to maintain membership for 2018 is Sunday, December 31st.  Please add $50 to the dues amount, as the early discount has passed. 

Easy Ways to Pay
- Pay by VISA/MC online at
www.ranw.org - See red Pay Dues Online" button
- Mail or drop off personal/certified check/money order made payable to RANW* including the bottom portion of the statement
- Please be sure that RPAC is not paid from an account that is incorporated - see RPAC insert in dues statement.  

* Reminder:  Please remember that the last two days of the year, December 30th and 31st, fall on a weekend, so please pay online OR have the Post Office hand stamp a postmark prior to the weekend.

Questions?  Please email Cheryl at cdreger@ranw.org
Thank you to our members who've already renewed!


Real Estate Continuing Education Scheduled for February

We will be hosting Live Real Estate CE this coming February at our Appleton office. Classes are currently scheduled for Tuesday, February 6th, 13th and 20th. Registration will open in the coming weeks. Please look for updates at www.RANW.org and the WRA website. 


RANW Holiday Parties are around the corner, don't forget to register!

Join us as we gather together to celebrate the holiday season!

Fond du Lac Area Holiday Party-  Thursday, December 7th 
The Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts. 5:00pm - 9:30pm 
Register by Thursday, November 30th to attend! FDL Holiday Registration
* Admission is free with the donation of non-perishable item for Food For Thought

Green Bay Area Holiday Party- Thursday, December 14th 
Gather on Broadway 5:00pm - 10:00pm 
Register by Thursday, December 7th to attend! Green Bay Holiday Registration
*Admission is free with the donation of (1) unwrapped gift for Toys-for-Tots

WRA Broker Summit ~ Thursday, December 7th, Milwaukee

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 for details

WRA Winter Convention 2018 ~ January 23-25, 2018

Join us for the WRA’s best-kept secret: the winter convention! Whether you’re interested in 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 tricks for your business in the new year. And, you’ll have time for fun too! Click here for details.

Government Affairs

REALTOR & Government Day - Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Please mark your calendars for the 2018 REALTOR® & Government Day - Wednesday, February 7, 2018, at the Monona Terrace and Convention Center in Madison from 1:00 pm - 5:30 pm.

Apology - Coldwell Banker TREG Oshkosh Met It's RPAC Goal for 2016

Coldwell Banker The Real Estate Group's Oshkosh office should have been recognized and received a plaque for meeting their 2016 RPAC fundraising goal for the medium size office category. Please help RANW in congratulating them!


RPR Webinar ~ Tuesday, Dec 5th, 3 pm

RPR Presents:  "Perfect Pricing with Easy, Accurate CMAs"
Click the link to join the webinar at the specified time and date:  This link should not be shared with others; it is unique to you. Before joining, be sure to check system requirements to avoid any connection issues.
2. Choose one of the following audio options:
TO USE YOUR COMPUTER'S AUDIO: When the webinar begins, you will be connected to audio using your computer's microphone and speakers (VoIP). A headset is recommended.
OR-- TO USE YOUR TELEPHONE: If you prefer to use your phone, you must select "Use Telephone" after joining the webinar and call in using the numbers below. United States: +1 (562) 247-8422 Access Code: 342-672-548 Audio PIN: Shown after joining the webinar

Open House Watermark - Where Does it Appear?

When entering an open house, the Open House Watermark should appear within approximately 10 minutes after the addition of the open house.
In order for the watermark to display, the photo placeholder area has to be at least 320 pixels wide on whatever report you are viewing. On the Agent Confidential report, for example, the photo placeholder is 320 wide x 240 tall. Photos will be scaled proportionally to take up as much of the photo frame as possible on each report, but some reports do not have a wide enough photo placeholder so the Open House Watermark cannot be seen. Reports that DO show the Watermark include: Agent Confidential, Customer Full, Customer Full 36, all 3 Flyers, and the Tablet. Reports that do NOT show the Watermark include: All Fields Detail, Customer MLS View, the spreadsheets, the galleries, and the multi-ups.
Reminder that MLS guidelines state photos uploaded to Paragon should have a minimum resolution of 1024x768, and taken in landscape orientation. In order for a photo to appear on Zillow, the resolution must be larger than 330x220. If a smaller image is uploaded to a listing, it will not appear on Zillow’s website.

Listing Accuracy has Declined - Please Review your Listings

There has been a sharp increase in reports from members of incorrect listing data on both active and sold properties. This increase is directly in proportion with the increase in companies and agents entering and maintaining their own listings. It appears that members are not always double-checking their new listings for accuracy, and typographical errors are occurring.
Reports of incorrect numbers of bedrooms and baths, finished square feet and garage size information, Heating/Cooling and other features either reported incorrectly or not at all, and typos in Remarks and Directions are causing confusion. Sold listings are affected as well, with the Pending status not being reported accurately or in a timely fashion (skewing DOM statistics), along with increasing errors in selling prices, selling agents, and seller concessions amounts.
Anyone can make a mistake, or have a finger slip on the keyboard – which makes it even more important to review your listing carefully before hitting the “Save” button. Accurate listing information makes it possible for other members to find the best listings for their buyers, for market analyses, and for appraisals. Help the MLS help you by taking an extra few minutes to ensure listing accuracy.

Upload Documents ONLY after a Listing Has Been Saved

Please do not upload documents to "partial" listings. Only upload documents after the listing has been saved to the MLS, and has received an 8-digit MLS number.
Members adding docs to a partial listing is causing issues, and it only causes issues for viewing if the documents were uploaded to a "partial" listing, before the listing was saved to MLS and received an MLS number.
You may add documents when a listing is "UnConfirmed or Confirmed" not when it is a partial.

Choosing Your "Preferred Phone" in Paragon

In Paragon under Preferences/Collab Center/Agent Information, there is a place where you can choose which phone number you want to use as your “Preferred” phone.  It appears the default is the Office phone. 
As long as you have provided all the necessary phone numbers to Membership when you applied, you can go under Preferences and pick the phone number you want to use as your “preferred” phone.

Listing Maintenance Class LIM Offered Dec 12th

Listing Maintenance Class LIM class is Tuesday, December 12th, 1:30-3:30, please register with RANW MLS.

Paragon's "Collab Center" Webinar Offered December 8th

Paragon will host a "Live" webinar on the "Collab Center" Friday, December 8th, from 1:30-3:30 pm. Mark your calendar and click to register: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/338503733199246594

Lockbox Program

Welcome to the Lockbox Program


Kos Company, Realtors


Green Bay

RANW MLS SUPRA New Bluetooth iBoxes and Keys

Thank you to companies, members and staff for making this a successful lockbox system change!
Click here for the newest updates on RANW MLS's new Bluetooth iBoxes and ekeys.

Pick-Up & Return of Old Lockboxes by the Company ~ Important Steps and Dates

RANW appreciates your support and cooperation in the exchange of your company's new Bluetooth iBoxes with the old iBoxes, as well as your encouragement of the agents' use of the new system and Keys. Please follow these important deadlines and steps to complete the return of old iBoxes.


RANW Membership Changes

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

Congratulations, K.C. Maurer!

RANW congratulates K.C. Maurer on his recent nomination as one of NAR's 2018 regional vice presidents.  K.C. will cover Wisconsin, Region 7: Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin and serve on the Executive Committee of NAR.

Congratulations, REALTOR Emeritus Recipient!

RANW would like to congratulate Karl Volkman, of First Weber, Inc. in Appleton who was granted the REALTOR® Emeritus designation from NAR at their meetings in November.

Any member who has held membership in the National Association as a REALTOR® for a cumulative period of 40 years in one or more Associations of REALTORS® is eligible for REALTOR® Emeritus status and a waiver of local, state and national dues. As of January 1, 2015, the policy now requires service on a local, state or national association committee as well. 

Congratulations, Michael Sewell

Congratulates to Michael Sewell on his new position on the WRA Executive Committee for 2018.

Congratulations Lori Muller

Congrats also to Lori Muller on her position on the Executive Committee of the National Women’s Council as Region 2 RVP.


WRA Offers Members FREE Tech Helpline

WRA now offers free access to the WRA Tech Helpline as part of your REALTOR® or Affiliate Designate membership. This technical support helpline can assist you with computer-related issues in your office, including support on PCs, Macs, tablet machines, smartphones and more. The service is free and is part of your WRA membership. The April edition of the Wisconsin Real Estate Magazine should have included a personalized contact information card for the helpline.
This new benefit provides you with on-demand access to computer support professionals for quicker, less frustrating resolutions to your technology problems. Not only does the helpline keep your office running more smoothly, but it also minimizes downtime, saves in computer maintenance costs, provides greater business confidence, and ultimately, gives you more time to stay focused on transactions and less time troubleshooting technical issues.
Try the service today! One or two phone calls to the WRA Tech Helpline could help pay for membership in itself.
Click here for more details.

Reprinted in part from Wisconsin Real Estate Magazine, April 2017


Shoe Cover Holder - Perfect for Open Houses!

This heavy-duty canvas holder comes in navy blue (in stock) or dark green (can be ordered) with white printing.
~ Size is 8"x8"x10" when open and 1"x11"x12" when folded flat for storage.
~ Reusable
~ Impress your clients at your next open house!
~ Call RANW today to order. ~ $13.00 plus tax


Events At a Squint

RPR Webinar
New Member Orientation
WRA Broker Summit
Fond du Lac Holiday Party
Collab Center Webinar
Listing Maintenance Trng
Green Bay Holiday Party
RANW Closed for Holiday
RANW Closed for Holiday
WCR Meeting
FINAL Dues Deadline



RANW Closed for Holiday
RANW Closed for Holiday
RPR Webinar
New Member Orientation
WRA Winter Convention

REALTOR & Gov't Day
WCR Meeting

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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