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Volume 24, Issue 9 — september 2017  
Realtor News   |   Education   |   Events   |   Government Affairs  |   MLS  |   Membership  |   Appraiser  |   Commercial 

Top Stories

September Is REALTOR Safety Month

Appraisal CE Scheduled for November

Oshkosh Golf Outing Set for Thursday, Sept. 21st

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

Listing Maintenance/Broker Load Class Offered Sept 26th

It's Membership Renewal Time ~ Discounted Dues Deadline is Tuesday, Nov 15th

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Annual Meeting - Tuesday, October 24th 2017

Join us for our 2017 Annual Meeting, Election of 2018 Directors and 2017 Excellence in Professionalism Awards

Date: Tuesday, October 2017 
Location: Holiday Inn Appleton
Time: 10:30am Registration 11:00am Meeting Begins
Cost: $16 per member
Key Note Speaker: " 5 Marketing & Tech Must-Do's for 2018 Business" - Nobu Hata the Director of Member Engagement for the National Association of REALTORS


Notice of Annual Meeting and Election of Directors ~ Tuesday, October 24th

Elections:  Tuesday, October 24, 2017
Location:  Holiday Inn, Appleton
Annual Meeting:  11:00 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.

The election of Directors for the 2018-2020 Board of Directors shall take place on Tuesday, October 24, 2017, at the Holiday Inn, Appleton, WI, during the Business Meeting beginning at 11:00 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 will 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). 

Blood Drive- September 21st @ RANW

Join the Community Service Committee on September 21st as we pair up with The Community Blood Center for a day of giving. 
Location: RANW Office W6124 Aerotech Dr. Appleton
Time: 8am- 12pm
Appointments Preferred: Contact Cindy Weyenberg at weyenbergc@firstweber.com
Click Here for more details! 

REALTORS Promise to Send Help to Texas

As the rains slowly subside in Texas and the full scale of Hurricane Harvey's destruction comes into focus, the National Association of REALTORS® is calling on members nationwide to donate funds to the REALTORS® Relief Foundation to support storm victims. The RRF, whose goal is to help families who have endured catastrophic loss, will use the money for mortgage and rental assistance. Since its launch in 2001, the RRF has raised more than $25 million to provide housing-related aid to victims of disasters around the country, such as wildfires, floods, tornadoes, and hurricanes.
The REALTORS® Relief Foundation distributes one hundred percent of all funds collected to disaster relief causes.
                            Reprinted in part from REALTOR® Magazine, August, 2017

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.

$30K Raised for Make-A-Wish Wisconsin at this Year's Timber Rattler Fundraiser!

The numbers are in and we couldn't be more excited to announce our annual Timber Rattler Fundraiser raised a record breaking $30K for our local Wish Kids! This would not have been possible without our wonderful Special Events Committee, generous sponsors and enthusiastic guests. Thank you!


At Home With Diversity - Certification Course- Oct. 3rd

Join us October 3rd for our At Home with Diversity Certifcation Course. 

Location:    RANW W6124 Aerotech Dr. Appleton
Instructor:  Eric Kodner (classroom webscast)
Time:         8:30am - 5:30pm 
Cost:         $49 thru 9/18  $55 after 9/18

Online Registration at WRA .  Click HERE for more details!

Upcoming RPR Webinar ~ Perfect Pricing with Easy, Accurate CMAs

Join RANW for a free webinar on Wednesday, September 20th at 10:00 am.
Register now! 

RPR’s powerful analysis tools are helping REALTORS® across the country educate and impress clients.  Starting with the AVM or RVM® for a property, we’ll show you how to apply your local market intelligence to refine this starting point with adjustments, addition of home improvement values, subtracting value for needed home improvements, and comparison refinement tools based on market and home conditions. 
From there we’ll create a quick and easy CMA as well as an in-depth Sales Comparison Analysis, demonstrating how to lead clients through the intricacies of market realities with easy-to-understand facts and graphics. 
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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 - 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!


Oshkosh Golf Outing Set for Thursday, Sept. 21st

The Oshkosh Golf Outing is coming up fast! Thursday, September 21st
Tee Off:
Thursday, September 21st
Utica Golf Course, 2230 Knott Rd, Oshkosh
11:00 - 11:45 am
12:00 pm

Mark Your Calendar for This Year's Holiday Parties!

Fond du Lac Holiday Party: Thursday, December 7th at Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts
Green Bay Holiday Party:  Thursday, December 14th at Gather on Broadway

More details to come!

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 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.

Thank you to our Fox Valley & Fond du Lac Golf Sponsors!

Thank you to our wonderful sponsors who made this year's golf outings such a great success!

Fox Valley Golf Sponsors
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

Fond du Lac Golf Sponsors

Associated Bank
BMO Harris Bank
Caliber Home Loans
Guaranty Title Services
Knight Barry Title
Lunda Home Inspection
National Exchange
Schmitt Title
U.S. Bank
Verve, A Credit Union
Waterstone Mortgage
Wisconsin Title

Government Affairs

RANW Legislative Forum - October 26, 2017

Please join us for the annual RANW legislative forum and reception. Similar to the roundtable discussion we have at REALTOR® & Government Day each year in Madison, we are once again hosting a legislative dialogue between the REALTORS® of Northeast Wisconsin and our state elected officials. After our roundtable discussion, please stay for an hors d'oeuvres reception to follow.  

Thursday, October 26, 2017
Discussion 4:00-5:00 pm
5:00-6:00 pm
The Marq, De Pere, WI

You can RSVP to Jennifer Sunstrom at jsunstrom@ranw.org

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

This is a 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! Click for an information flyer, team registration flyer, volunteer agreement and sign up soon!

WRA and NAR Call To Actions

WRA Call To Action - Historic Rehab Tax Credit Program
The WRA has issued a  Call To Action (CTA) asking members to contact their legislators to request that the proposed caps on the historic rehabilitation tax credit program be removed.  The caps would prevent a number of historic rehabilitation projects from moving forward, which would limit the ability of communities to revitalize their older buildings and downtowns.  The CTA will be ongoing for approximately 2 weeks. 
The link can be forwarded to anyone who didn't receive the CFA email.

NAR Call TO Action - National Flood Insurance Program
NAR has issued a Call to Action asking Members of Congress to support H.R. 2874 which reauthorizes the National Flood Insurance Program (NIFP) which is set to expire on September 30, 2017. The link can be forwarded to anyone who didn't receive the CFA email.

Save the Date: February 7, 2018 ~ REALTOR & Government Day

Watch www.ranw.org and future newsletters for details.


MLS and Paragon Updates

Reverse Prospecting - will be automatically enabled Paragon will be updating Reverse Prospecting to enable reverse prospecting on your prospects automatically.  (This is same set up as in Buyer Match in InnoVia system).  The "Alias name" is what is used for Reverse Prospects, if you do not have a name in the Alias field Paragon will use the first name of the Prospect when this is enabled.  You can update the name that is in the Alias field to whatever name/nick-name of choice at any time.  You may also check to not allow or include "Reverse Prospect" for any of your Prospects, at any time. If any of your Prospects are already set to enable Reverse Prospecting, it will be ignored when Paragon enables.  Paragon is to have this working for RANW sometime the week of September 11th.

Paragon and Supra - new tool
Now you can assign a lockbox directly from your listing in Paragon for Supra, saves time and helps keep accurate records ~
click here to see!

Comp Only - new status: Sold=CompOnly
We are pleased to share with you that Paragon has a new status that will allow "Comp Only" listings not to first show as an active listing - but will allow a listing to be entered as Sold-CompOnly.
The MLS Rules have allowed listings that are Comp only to be reported to MLS for many years, but part of the issue is that the listing had to first go in as Active (new) and then change to a Sold - and with a notation placed in Remarks, unfortunately this allowed the listing to go into prospect carts and out to the public data feeds and IDX…No longer will this occur.

Listing Expiration Notices
Your listings due to expire, are now showing on your calendar on your Paragon home page!

Photo Sizes for Paragon (and Zillow)
The maximum photo resolution available for uploading listing photos into Paragon is 1280x960 with a maximum photo file size of 125Kb. If an agent uploads a listing larger than 1280x960, the Paragon system will scale it down.
There is currently no minimum photo size set in the Paragon system, but MLS does, it is 1024 x 768.  Members not using the MLS minimum has caused issues with photos appearing in Paragon that look like thumbnail images on the slide show.  RANW MLS recommends that all members review the slide show after uploading photos to ensure all images will fully fill the screen. (To access the slide show, bring up an Agent Confidential or Customer Full report and click on the main listing photo.)
Small images have also caused issues with those listings that are shared with Zillow.  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.

Paragon System Other New Enhancements

If you didn't catch the new Paragon August 23rd enhancements on MLS System messages, some new conveniences on LIM actions, and also in the CC2.  Please click link here to know all about the CC2-Collab Center for you and your buyers!
For more information and to see a video of the new changes, check them out here -
http://paragonconnect.paragonrels.com/collabcenterupdates-1  and

MLS Reminders

Remember to Geo-Code Your Listings
When listings are entered into MLS, the mapping system does its best to accurately map the listing. It is part of a listing agent and company's responsibility to check and correct the mapping of each listing, and it's easy to do!
1. In Paragon under Listings > Maintain > Listings, click on the Select an Action link. 
2. When the Select an Action window appears, click on Change Geocode.
3. Click-Hold-Drag the pink circle to where the property should be located, and Save the change.

This will ensure that the Geocode Quality setting will be a "1", and your listing is sure to appear correctly on maps and in map-based searches.

Reporting Seller Concessions Correctly
Whenever there are Seller Concessions as part of a sale, these must be reported to MLS in the closing information.  The amount of the Concessions is reported in the required field Seller Concession Amount (if there are no concessions, the amount is zero), and the explanation of what those Concessions are is reported in the Misc Closed Info field.
If there aren't enough character spaces available in the Misc Closed Info field to accurately report the explanation, members should enter "See Private Remarks" and then add the correct concession explanation into the Remarks-Private field before saving the closing information.
After a listing is closed, members cannot edit the information. Double-check all closing fields for accuracy before clicking the Save button.

Do not violate MLS Rules and Lockbox Rules    
An agent is not allowed to use a MLS Lockbox to gain entry into a property OR to take the keys out of the lockbox, (even if the Sellers told you to take the keys out of the box), the lockbox is leased to the Listing Company and you must first gain permission from that company to access the MLS Lockbox for any reason. 

DOM - you are messing up your own statistics - when you accidentally enter wrong dates -
The DOM for sales are calculated by the Pending date, not the accepted offer date, and not the closing date. The RANW MLS Rules state the listing is to be placed in Pending status at the time the listing has all contingencies removed and property is waiting for the closing date.

Offer Status reporting
It is your obligation as part of the MLS Rules to report both statuses of Offer with or without a bump on your listings timely to MLS - not doing so is a violation of MLS Rules. 

Dual or Variable Rate Commission - as indicated in your listing contract must be identified on your listing in MLS per Rules, Section 8.5
Reminder of what this means: Variable rate commission means in basic terms, You-your company is getting paid less by the seller it is sold through your company vs. by a cooperating company (doesn't not affect your offering of cooperating compensation to the other MLS companies). 

Free Live Paragon Webinars ~ Sept 19th and Oct 3rd at 1 pm

Free live Paragon webinars offered will include:

~ Tuesday, September 19th
Collaboration Center

~ Tuesday, October 3rd 
BCAR Paragon Essentials 

Click here to register.

Listing Maintenance/Broker Load Class Offered 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 for the September 26th, 10 am - 12 pm class.

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.

Lockbox Program

Supra update for eKEY users - new Android 8.0

Android recently released operating system 8.0 for phones and tablets. Supra has completed testing of the new OS with the eKEY app and are happy to announce there are no issues.

Paragon and Supra - New Tool

You can now assign a lockbox directly from your listing in Paragon for Supra.  This will save time and help keep accurate records ~ click here to see

New Lockbox System

The Board of Directors are reviewing proposals for the new Lockbox System to be implemented by year end ~ watch for more details soon


RANW Membership Changes

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

Membership Renewal Time Coming Soon!

The annual membership renewal dues will be sent to offices the first week of October. The discounted dues deadline will be Wednesday, November 15th again this year.

Congratulations on Your Retirement!

RANW congratulates the following RANW member on their recent retirement:
~ Terrie Phenicie, REALTOR®, Coldwell Banker Bartels Real Estate, Inc.,  Lakewood

Sincere Condolences

RANW would like to extend its sincerest condolences to the family, friends, and co-workers of:

~ Joann Albrecht, in her recent passing.  Joann was a REALTOR® member with Adashun Jones, Inc. in Fond du Lac. 

~ Mike and Mary Kay Held in the recent passing of their son.  Mike and Mary Kay are both REALTORS® with CB The Real Estate Group in Green Bay.

~ Bill Markee, in his recent passing.  Bill was a Broker/Owner of Midwest Real Estate, Inc. and father-in-law to Doug Villars. Doug is a REALTOR® with RE/MAX On The Water, both in Oshkosh.


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
REALTOR Safety Month
RANW Office Closed for Holiday
SRES Course
SRES Course
Oshkosh Golf Outing

WRA Annual Convention 1st-3rd
ABR Course     
ABR Course 
Neighborhood Outreach Day 
Annual Membership Meeting
Discounted Dues Deadline
RANW Office Closed for Holiday
RANW Office Closed for Holiday

2023 RANW & MLS 
Boards of Directors

RANW & MLS Executive Committee
Michael Sewell

Diane Campshure

Pat Kaster

Judd Stevenson

RANW Directors
Andy Beiser
Jenelle Bruno
Jill Dickson-Kesler
Michael Kunesh
Ben Lyons
K.C. Maurer

MLS Directors
Tyler Jedwabny
Mike Karisny
Michael Kunesh
Lori Muller
Joy Pouwels
Brittany Voigt

Executive VP
Paula Hall

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