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Volume 24, Issue 11 — november 2017  
Realtor News   |   Education   |   Events   |   Government Affairs  |   MLS  |   Membership  |   Appraiser  |   Commercial 

Top Stories

November is REALTOR Designation Awareness Month

2018 Committee Sign Up - Get Involved!

Appraisal CE Scheduled for Nov 8th and 15th

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

NAR REALTORS Conference ~ Nov 3-6, Chicago

WRA Broker Summit ~ Thursday, December 7th, Milwaukee

Main Photo in MLS - Change in Rules

New Lockbox System Implementation Underway

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Discounted Dues Deadline is Wednesday, Nov 15th

The discounted dues deadline is Wednesday, November 15th again this year. Please pay the original amount on the renewal invoice you received by Nov. 15th to take advantage of the $50 savings. After November 15th, dues go up $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/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.  

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

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.

Join a 2018 Committee! Be A Part of YOUR Association

RANW members are encouraged to become involved with the Association through participation on one or more of our various committees. To learn about 2018 RANW Committees and to sign up to be considered for a committee, please click here.

Congratulations to our 2017 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! 
Debbie Gritt
Coldwell Banker TREG

~ Current RANW Director
~ MLS Committee Chair
~ RANW Neighborhood Outreach Area Captain 
~ RANW Professional Standards Committee
~ RANW Local Elections/Issued Committee

Jason Herbst
Johnson Bank
Green Bay

~ RANW Green Bay Golf Chair
~ Member of RANW Special Events Committee
~ Associate Director of the Brown County Home Builders           Association 
~ Community Reinvestment Committee- NeighborWorks GB

Michele Haensgen
 Associated Bank
Fond du Lac

~ RANW Fond du Lac Golf Chair
~ Former RANW Fond du Lac Holiday Party Chair
~ Fond du Lac Noon Kiwanis- Golf Committee Chair 
~ Fond du Lac Home Builders Association- Golf Commitee         Chair 

Thank You to All RANW Neighborhood Outreach Volunteers and Sponsors!

Thank you to all the volunteers for RANW's 10th Annual Neighborhood Outreach Day! 325 members were able to help 70 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! Click on the links below for pictures!
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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, Verve, a Credit Union
Barb Schlieve, Assurance Title
Paul Wagner,  Wisconsin Home Inspections, LLC


Appraisal CE Scheduled for Nov 8th and 15th

The following Appraisal CE courses are being offered this month!
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 - Nov 13-14th

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!

Escape the cold, Las Vegas CE is back!

Already sick of the cold? Complete your CE Requirements in Sin City! Courses will be offered from February 19th - 21st. Click HERE for more information on Destination CE.


Thank you to everyone who attended our 2017 Annual Meeting

Thank you to everyone who made it to our 2017 Annual Meeting Luncheon on October 24th. It was a completely sold out lunch, thanks in large part to our wonderfully entertaining Keynote Speaker, Nobu Hata, Director of Member Engagement for The National Association of REALTORS®. This meeting was made possible by our sponsors at BMO Harris Bank and Evans Title Companies. 

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

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!

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.

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

Government Affairs

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.


Main Photo in MLS - Change in Rules

RANW MLS rules have changed so that the main photo can be of the exterior-main structure. Main photo does not need to be the front of the property.

Paragon Updates

Scheduling Appointments with Showing Time in Paragon
1) Action icon in Listing Maintenance under "Select an Action" (set up scheduling for a listing)
2) The icon under Listings Maintenance > Select an Action allows the agent to configure the showing settings for that listing - it allows the user access to the same settings they would get by logging into the Showing Time dashboard (outside of Paragon).

Collaboration Center Notifications
Collaboration center notifications have been updated to include a fresh, new responsive design format. In order to retain the template styling and maintain a professional and consistent look, the Rich Text Editor has been replaced with a text box to ensure consistency in the font and formatting when typing a message in the Collaboration Center Notifications. E-mail Signature functionality has been removed from the Collaboration Center notification dialog as all of the pertinent Agent Contact info is now included in the updated Template both at the top and the bottom of the New Template.
In order to support the new Notification Email formats, the rich text editor (which contains options for formatting, adding images, etc.) has been removed. This ensures that the formatting within the Notification Email remains consistent. Users still have the ability to customize the text in the Collaboration Center Notifications, but will not need to worry about formatting.
The new Notification Email template also removes the need for a custom email signature, as the template is designed to use your agent photo, office logo, email, phone, and even your social networking links when available.
PLEASE NOTE: if you use the Notification Settings Message Body, please review your setup in Contacts > View/Manage Contacts. Your existing text will be retained, but any formatting you included will be removed.

Auto-Save Added to CMA Wizard
When creating or modifying a CMA in the CMA Wizard, your progress will be saved automatically when you use the Next\Back buttons or when you click on a Step in the CMA Wizard.

Subject Property: New Combined Maintain and Convert Feature
A new streamlined way to maintain and convert subject property listings is all in one place. The action option to convert a subject property has been removed and all properties can be maintained and/or converted by selecting the Maintain Subject Property hyperlink. When an agent or broker maintains a subject property, the option to convert is automatically displayed in the Functions ribbon. Saving changes to the subject property listing is done via the Save Subject Property button. The Required Only function ribbon option will display all fields to save a subject property or convert it with one click.
Note: The Maintain Subject Property link will be updated to "Maintain/Convert Subject Property" in an upcoming release to make it more descriptive.

Legacy Email Notification Reminder
The legacy email notification setup process allows you to send notifications to your buyers when changes occur within the saved search. However, when you first setup an email notification, the initial list of listings is not sent to your prospective buyer. The agent must manually send these listings. To help remind the agents about sending the initial email list, a pop-up message will present itself after an email notification is set up. This pop-up message confirms that the email notification was setup and reminds the agent to send that initial list of listings. In addition to the reminder, we include a link that will open a new tab with all of the listings from that saved search. This allows the agent to quickly email those listings to their prospective buyer.

Listing Maintenance Class ~ Nov. 7th & Dec. 12th, 1:30-3:30 pm

Training Class
RANW MLS is offering MLS companies the option to participate in Listing Maintenance (LIM) or 'Broker Load'. Participation in Listing Maintenance is at the discretion of the participating company broker.
click here and fill out the online form if you would like to register: 

Office Participation Paperwork

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. 

Lot Square Footage Auto-Calculation Going Away

RANW has requested Paragon to no longer auto-calculate the Lot square footage on properties, this was due to the appearance of a shortage of the amount due to decimals and calculation.  The two fields of Lot Square Footage and Lot Size (and their sources) will remain as optional fields with the Acres field being the primary required field.  This change will occur the week of October 16th.

RPR Webinar ~ Tuesday, Dec. 5th

"Perfect Pricing with Easy, Accurate CMAs from RPR"
Join RPR on Tuesday, December 5th from 2-3 pm and learn all about CMAs in RPR.

Click here to join the December 5th webinar

Lockbox Program

New Lockbox System Implementation Underway

 ~ Training and New Services: Supra will be here the week of November 13th to assist with training, key and box exchanges. Members register now by clicking here. Sessions are at RANW in Appleton, Radisson, Green Bay, or Hilton Garden Inn, Oshkosh. Attendance is encouraged!  Even if you have an eKEY you will learn valuable new tools to use with SupraWEB and the new eKEY PRO service all ekey users are receiving! 

~ New Bluetooth iBoxes: The new Bluetooth iBoxes are due to arrive the week of October 30th to begin the "Exchange". Offices with over 50 lockboxes, the new iBoxes will be delivered to your office. Offices with fewer than 50, please contact RANW to make arrangements for courier or pickup or when you attend training the week of Nov 13th!

~ Exchange or Transition from DisplayKEYS: With the DisplayKEY option not available for regular use, MLS and Supra will be allowing a transition period for current D-Key users. Members who have a DisplayKEY have the option to keep their D-Key through February 2018 while they transition to a Smartphone/eKEY App. To encourage the change now, those members switching their DisplayKEY equipment by November 17th will have the $50.00 equipment credit applied to their Company's monthly MLS invoice.

~ eKEY Device Options: Device options include any Bluetooth-compatible Apple or Android smartphone, tablet, iPad or iPod on the Supra compatible device list - without a fob on the new Bluetooth iBoxes! Use of the eKEY does not need cell service or the internet at a property as long as the device has been updated prior via the internet.

~ Emergency Company DisplayKEY: The Company Broker Participant will have the option to have an emergency DisplayKEY for the office to lend out to current Keyholders (only) in case an eKEY is not working or lost - you may do this the week of Nov 13th also.

~ Old iBoxes: You will have until the week of December 4th to return all of your old lockboxes to RANW.  Don't get caught paying for missing boxes.

More Details: For all the details of the new Supra Lockbox System and Company box  click on link.

Complete FAQ for all Members:

Company DR, Company OA's, Managers, Agents, Appraisers & Home Company Lockbox Exchange Info 

For questions or assistance please contact RANW MLS, email: lockboxes@ranw.org or call: 920.739.9108 ~ thank you for registering now!!


RANW Membership Changes

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


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


Events At a Squint

Election Day - VOTE!
MLS Basics Class
Discount Dues DEADLINE
Listing Maintenance Trng
RANW Closed for Holiday
RANW Closed for Holiday
Commercial Council Mtg


Government Affairs Mtg
RANW Closed for Holiday
RANW Closed for Holiday
Final Dues Deadline
RANW Closed for Holiday


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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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