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Volume 24, Issue 3 — march 2017  
Realtor News   |   Education   |   Events   |   Government Affairs  |   MLS  |   Membership  |   Appraiser  |   Commercial 

Top Stories

Join Us For the Installation Luncheon on Tuesday, April 4th!

CRS 204~ April 5th-6th at RANW

2017 Golf Outings - Mark your calendar!

REALTOR & Government Day - Wednesday, March 15, 2017

New MLS Paragon System Parallel and NEW Live and Webinar Training Class Schedule

Daylight Savings Time Begins March 12th!

REALTOR Emeritus Applications Due by March 1st

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Join Us For the Installation Luncheon on Tuesday, April 4th!

The RANW Membership Luncheon and Installation is being held on Tuesday, April 4, 2017, at The Butte des Morts Country Club in Appleton. We are very pleased to welcome Jonathan Smoke, Chief Economist for realtor.com as our keynote speaker.
Program highlights include the Installation of the 2017 President and Board of Directors; recognition of 2016 Leadership, recognition of the 2016 Platinum Affiliate sponsors; and the introduction of the 2017 Committee Chairs. Registration begins at 11:00 am and the program will run from 11:30 am - 1:15 pm.
Click HERE to reserve your seat! This event is generously sponsored by BMO Harris Bank and Evans Title.

REALTOR® Children Scholarship Deadline is Friday, March 10th

A membership benefit of the Wisconsin REALTORS® Association is the REALTOR® children's college scholarship. In 2017, the Wisconsin REALTORS® Foundation board of directors of the association will award ten (10) $750 scholarships to sons or daughters of Association members. Click here for an application and return it by March 10, 2017, to the Wisconsin REALTORS® Foundation Inc., 4801 Forest Run Road, Suite 201, Madison, WI 53704.
Eligibility criteria
1.  Applicants must be sons or daughters of members of the Wisconsin REALTORS® Association to be considered for a scholarship award. Members must have maintained their relationship with the WRA continuously for at least three (3) years. Members must be current with respect to dues.
2.  Applicants must have applied to at least one accredited two- or four-year college to be considered. Evidence of application is required.
3.  Applicants must submit all materials to the Wisconsin REALTORS® Association by the deadline date of March 10, 2017.
4.  All scholarship awards will be paid directly to applicant. 

NEW! NAR Members Now Have Access to Private Members Medicare Exchange

This product is specifically tailored to individual NAR members who are Medicare-eligible. REALTORS® may use the Members Medicare Exchange to quote, shop and enroll in a variety of Medicare insurance options, including Part C (Medicare Advantage) or Medicare Supplement Insurance (Medigap), and Part D (Prescription Drug). Within the exchange is a resource center that contains a variety of educational tools to assist NAR members in understanding Medicare overall, plan and coverage options available, and cost-saving strategies. RealtorsInsuranceMarketplace.com/Medicare.
The REALTOR Benefits® Program is the official member benefits program of the National Association of REALTORS® connecting members with savings and special offers on products and services just for REALTORS®. Current partner listing and offer details can be found at NAR.realtor/RealtorBenefits or follow on Facebook.

ZipForm Annual Renewal ~ How to Renew

When prompted to renew ZipForms select renew. It should take you to a screen that shows ZipForm6 Standard, $29.95, already in your cart. Simply click on the red “x” next to it to remove it from your cart. Then select the items that show zero for cost and add them to your cart. When you check out your total should be zero. 
As a WRA REALTOR® member, in addition to zipForm Plus and zipTMS, you will gain access to zipForm Mobile and have an unlimited subscription to zipLogix Digital Ink free of charge. 


CRS 204~ April 5th-6th at RANW

CRS 204 "Buying and Selling Income Properties" will be offered through a remote broadcast on Wednesday-Thursday, April 5th & 6th at the RANW office. This high-energy course explores a commonly overlooked method of generating sales, and the results can be life-changing! This class is a must for any real estate professional looking to create wealth through residential real estate investment. Save your spot now!

Seniors Real Estate Specialist Designation Course - April 20th & 21st

The SRES two-day core course will help you learn and build key skills in counseling adults age 50+ through selling their family home, buying rental property, moving to a senior community, among many other issues. Course topics include characteristics of the 50+ market, developing trends of the Baby Boomer generations, how other generations - such as X, Y and Z - emerge to play a vital role toward the new real estate market of tomorrow, and much more.
Sign up today to attend the classroom webcast at the RANW office in Appleton


Installation Luncheon- Tuesday, April 4th

Join us on Tuesday, April 4th for our Installation Luncheon!
Reserve your seats
HERE.  See above for details.

2017 Golf Outings - Mark your calendar!

Mark your calendar for this years golf outings! Click Here

NAR Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo ~ May 15-20th

The REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo is where NAR members take an active role to advance the real estate industry, public policy and the association. REALTORS® come to Washington, DC, for special issues forums, committee meetings, legislative activities and the industry trade show.
Click here for registration and hotel information and conference details.
Also get REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo news and updates via our Facebook page facebook.com/NARLegislative!

10th Annual Name that Tune Event Raises Over $4100!

Thank you for everyone who came out to the 10th Annual Name that Tune Event!  Over $4100 was raised for the New Community Shelter of Green Bay! A special thanks to this year's chair Jill Dickson and our wonderful member sponsors: Evans Title, Finance of America, Johnson Bank and Wells Fargo!

It's Time to Play the Feud! Thursday, March 16th

Women's Council of REALTORS® invites you to get a team together and play the feud on Thursday, March 16th!  Doors open at The Grand Meridian at 5:30 pm and game starts at 6:00 pm sharp. Attached is the registration form if you like to put a team together.  Hurry, space is filling up fast. Only the first 12 teams that register and pay their entry fee, will be playing.
WCR is also looking for sponsors for the event. If you are interested, please contact, Charlie Gehrke or Lori Muller for details.

Government Affairs

REALTOR & Government Day - Wednesday, March 15, 2017

REALTOR® & Government Day is your opportunity to help shape laws that affect you. Through lobbying efforts at the Capitol, you'll meet state lawmakers and have a unique opportunity to advocate for issues like property taxes, property rights, industry standards, regulations and more.
Our success as an industry requires active advocacy by every REALTOR®. In 2016, we demonstrated an impressive show of REALTOR® strength by bringing to Madison over 300 REALTORS® from every corner of the state. With your support and advocacy, 2017 will be a day well remembered at the Capitol.
First 300 Register FREE! (Make sure you enter your member Login)

12:00 - 01:00 p.m.  Registration
01:00 - 01:15 p.m.  Welcome
01:15 - 01:45 p.m.  Gov. Scott Walker (invited)
01:45 - 02:30 p.m.  Issues Briefing
02:30 - 03:00 p.m.  Move to Capitol
03:00 - 04:30 p.m.  Capitol Hill Visits
04:30 - 05:30 p.m.  Reception

Click here for an informational flyer.

Housing Rehab Loan Program

In 2013, the Brown County Planning and Land Services Department began to administer a housing rehabilitation loan program, funded from the Wisconsin Department of Administration and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for the communities in a 10-county region of Northeastern Wisconsin.
The program provides 0% interest, deferred payment loans to homeowners making not more than 80% of the gross county median income depending on household size for home repairs, including such projects as the replacement of roofs, siding, windows, heating and ventilation, septic systems, wells, electrical, plumbing, handicapped accessibility, and lead paint and asbestos abatement. The income limits may be found at the following link
Loan payments are deferred until such time as the home is no longer the principal place of residence for the applicant (typically when the home is sold), at which time the loan becomes payable in full. Repaid funds are then re-loaned through a revolving loan program for new projects within the region. Brown County also administers a similar program for rental properties, except that the terms of the loan are 0% interest for five years with required monthly payments.


Paragon Cutover Changed to March 27th

RANW is pleased to announce that the Cutover to Paragon has been changed to Monday March 27th in the interest of our members and company vendors to allow for more transition and training time before the final switch. FAQ & Transition Guides have been updated with the new dates.  Also additional Live Training classes have been scheduled.

New MLS Paragon System Parallel and NEW Live and Webinar Training Class Schedule

Paragon has now been in parallel mode for a couple weeks and we have a several more weeks to go! This means that we are still currently operating fully in the InnoVia MLS System and only doing certain functions in the new Paragon system, including testing the data converted.  Your input and testing results have been great ~ thank you and please continue to do so!

More Live Instructor-Led Classes with Gary:
Click here to view the upcoming live and webinar class offerings
Click here to register for the live classes

Known Issues:
1. Searching
a. Total Baths - being added. Paragon will be adding to the Search a total bath field and display of the same. If your buyer is looking for a minimum of 1 full and 1 half bath, you would search for 1.1 total baths and would leave the maximum field open which would allow you to get more than 1.1 total baths. The decimal will mark the full and half baths. If you needed to search for at least 2 full baths and 1 half baths, you would search for 2.1 total baths. Another example for display of total baths: 3 full baths and 2 half baths it will display as: 3.2.

2. History
a. Some dates appear incorrectly. Work order open for a fix.
b. Some statuses do not appear correctly.  Example: listing is Active, but showing as Active with Offer

3. Prospecting
a. Updated to allow Active, Pending, and Sold status notifications
b. On March 3rd all your Inactive Prospects that were brought over from InnoVia and are now showing in Paragon as "Active" Status, will be corrected to reflect "Inactive" Status if they were marked "Inactive" in InnoVia.
c. If you are testing the new Prospects system in Paragon, you may want to inform your Prospective Buyers that they may get duplicates and statuses may be off.  


a. MLS has requested that Paragon add auto calculations and adjustments to the CMA program functionality. MLS will update on the timing of this enhancement.

Please note: Photos will increase in size  for better resolution and the max photo count will increase from 25 to 60. Paragon allows up to 10 MB with a minimum resolution of 1280x960. You can also add a Photo Label and a Description for each Listing Image within the scope of current RANW MLS Rules, Section 4.

More to come ~ coming soon:
~ Taxes 
Paragon has obtained the public records from many of our municipalities; these are expected to be updated more often.

~ Action Icons - Paragon is adding more action icons to all of the displays/reports. The majority of these are for your use, but some of them are for your buyers; you can include the community profile icon for your buyer or not. Some will be working now for you and the balance will not work until cutover. 

Associated Docs  Associated Docs 

Community Reports Community Reports 

History History

Map Mapping

Quick View Quick View 

Report Listing Violation Report listing violation 

Supra Keybox Settings Report Supra Keybox report 

cid:image003.png@01D28DE0.4FC4BD50 Paragon Tax

 cid:image002.png@01D28DDD.044671A0  Showing Appointment 

cid:image001.png@01D28DDC.0CE15060 RPR

Cutover ~ What Will Be Included
~ Displays/Reports: Paragon and MLS continue to work on default displays and spreadsheets for your use for all of the property types, including the one-page Agent and Customer displays.
~ Open Houses
~ Associated Docs
~ Action Icons - like the Online Scheduling of appointments (for participating companies)
~ Mobile Paragon
~ LIM - entering your listings, changes and updating your photos

In the works after cutover
~ Home Snap

New MLS Data Fields and New Data Forms

There are new information fields in Paragon. MLS has posted the newly updated data sheets Version February 2017. There is a clean copy along with a copy with yellow highlights indicating the new fields and the changed or new Feature Sections. It is important for you to have good information to use as comps, everyone will be asked to complete the new fields, in Paragon for Active listings by the end of April and also for those Sold listings between January 1, 2016 to date in 2017.
Click here for link Agents and Companies for now, please just print or ensure that you already have a Confidential Full Display spec sheet from Innovia available for your 2016 / 2017 Sold listings so that once we are fully on Paragon you have it to reference.

Paragon Login Page Change

Members please note that the login page will be changing to give you the choice to log in to either RANW MLS or WIREX. We recommend you go directly to RANW MLS - once in Paragon you have the ability to switch back and forth anytime. Click here to see what the screen looks like after you login.

Company Choice = Auto Populate Tax Data into Your Listings

Upon entry of listings into Paragon after Cutover, your Company can have your listings "auto-populate" the tax fields listed below from Paragon's Tax record program. Each broker may decide their own company policy to allow their agents to enter tax information manually, or to have tax fields auto-populated from Paragon's tax info. It is not a function of RANW MLS to police your company choice (companies must inform their agents of the company policy). For each listing you will be able to select auto-populate, or enter tax data manually. If you decide to allow your agents to use the auto-populate function, it will be a choice for each listing at entry. (Note: If you choose auto-populate and want to change the information, you can overwrite it while entering the listing). For companies not participating in LIM-Broker Load, you will need to indicate on the MLS Data Form if you wish to have these fields auto-populated by the Paragon Tax Program. Fields for auto-population from the Paragon tax records:

Zipcode +4
Legal Description (short)
School District
Total Assessment $
Total Acres
Land Value $
Tax Year
Improvements Value $
Net Taxes $
Total Specials $

New Data Sheets

Please see the data sheets on Paragon or on ranw.org. There is a set of blank forms, and a set that has the new or changed fields and feature sections highlighted in yellow. It is helpful to review these changes so you become familiar with the new data for searching and entering listings. Use these forms also to continue to update your existing listings and solds ~ whether or not you are using the LIM (Listing Maintenance) program.

Update Your Accepted Offer Status Within 3 Business Days

A reminder to all listing agents/companies per RANW MLS Rules:
Report Accepted Offers (with or without a bump) within 3 business days. An accepted offer requires an update to the Active status, and allows agents working with buyers to know whether an accepted offer exists. Listings with accepted offers are still Active listing, so showings will still be scheduled, and additional offers may be taken.
When all contingencies to an offer are met and/or if showings are not being scheduled, that listing should be recorded as Pending within 3 business days. The Pending status indicates that all contingencies have been met, and the listing is waiting for the closing. If something happens and the listing offer falls through, the listing should then be brought Back On Market, again, within 3 business days of that occurrence.
When a Pending listing closes, the Closing information must be reported to MLS within 3 business days.
Please note: listing changes should be recorded in the MLS in a timely fashion. A system restriction is being implemented that will not allow backdating of an individual status change date more than 10 calendar days. This means: Don't wait until the listing closes to record the Offer Status or Pending Date, or you will not be able to record these dates accurately.

Lockbox Program

Welcome to the Lockbox Program


Empower Real Estate
Homestead Realty Sales - Iola 
Oskey Realty
Paragon Real Estate Group
Property Outfitters, LLC
WI Flat Fee Homes

MLS Only

Green Bay

Daylight Savings Time Begins March 12th!

When the time changes Sunday, March 12th, the electronic lockbox access hours will change. Currently, access hours are 7 am to 10 pm. Access hours will change to 8 am to 11 pm. Companies can decide to program the lockboxes to  24-hour access or timed access for specific hours. For instructions to activate or de-activate timed access click here.


RANW Membership Changes

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

New Members and Paragon Training/Access

When new REALTOR® members join and have been processed, they will receive an email from Cheryl in Membership including their login/password, id numbers, Orientation information, etc. Once that happens, RANW will add them to Paragon's MindFlash program.  The member will receive an email invite from Mindflash/Paragon to begin the online and/or live Paragon Academy training classes. After the member has completed the training they will have access  the MLS system.

REALTOR Emeritus Applications Due by March 24th

REALTOR® Emeritus is a NAR designation available to any current REALTOR® member in good standing who has been a REALTOR® consistently for at least 40 years in a local board and a member of NAR, who currently serves on a local, state or national association committee.  
~ Applications submitted in the years 2015 through 2019 will require proof of one (1) year of service* at the local, state, or National Association level.
* “Service” is defined as serving as an officer, director, committee member, federal political coordinator, president’s liaison or regional coordinator to a country with which NAR holds a reciprocal agreement.

In some cases, RANW does not have data from the year a REALTOR® joined, so we don't notify members.  If you feel you qualify for REALTOR® Emeritus, please contact Cheryl at
cdreger@ranw.org by March 24, 2017.  RANW will work with you to complete the application and provide evidence of your 40 years and proof of service to submit to NAR.


RPR Offers New Workshops for Commercial REALTORS

With the expansion of Commercial data and reporting to the RPR Mobile™ app, it's more important than ever to provide high value classes to assist agents and brokers with leveraging these powerful tools. Over the coming months, RPR is offering three new classes designed to guide you through using RPR in ways that will save you time, and give your clients a reason to keep coming to you for their commercial real estate needs. The new classes offered by RPR include:

3 Key Benefits to Wow Commercial Clients
~ Provide clients with more data-from property information to consumer details 
~ Save time and money with site selection tools 
~ Work from anywhere with RPR Mobile™
Creating the Perfect Presentation Package
~ Identify the best location and generate reports that will backup your decision
~ Add your knowledge to Property Reports enhancing the listing and public record data 
~  Use Trade Area Reports to reinforce how a community matches your client's needs
Valuing Long Term Real Estate Investments For You and Your Clients
~ Analyze a property to determine its ROI
~ Adjust assumptions affecting property incomes and expenses
~ Compare investment scenarios and export information
To learn more about these new class offerings,
visit the RPR blog.


Events At a Squint

Children Scholarship Due
REALTOR & Gov't Day
WCR Family Feud
New Data Sheets Rqrd
Paragon Trng 20th-23s
WCR Meeting
InnoVia Read Only
Paragon Goes Live!



Paragon Trng 1st-12th
Membership Meeting
CRS 204 Class
CRS 204 Class
SRES Course
SRES Course
New Member Orientation
WCR Meeting

New Member Orientation
NAR Midyear Mtgs Begin
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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