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Volume 25, Issue 8 — august 2018  
Realtor News   |   Education   |   Events   |   Government Affairs  |   MLS  |   Membership  |   Appraiser  |   Commercial 

Top Stories

RANW "Excellence in Professionalism" Award Nominations Due August 15th

New Licensees Must Complete CE This Biennium

Win a Free Pass to WRA's Annual Convention ~ September 17-18th FREE Pass Drawing

Residential CE Scheduled for October- Appleton & Green Bay Locations- Register Today!

Election Primaries - Tuesday, August 14th

Paragon Release 5.66 ~ Coming Mid August

REALTOR Ethics Requirement Deadline is 12-31-18

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RANW "Excellence in Professionalism" Award Nominations Due August 15th

Help us recognize outstanding RANW members! The Recognition Committee is accepting nominations for the annual Excellence in Professionalism Awards. If you know a REALTOR® or Affiliate member of RANW who has made an outstanding contribution to our local Association this year through RANW committee work or leadership and community involvement (state or national achievements -- optional), please nominate them for an award by contacting Lizzy at lstyles@ranw.org.  Nominations due by Wednesday, August 15th.

New Licensees Must Complete CE This Biennium

According to the DSPS website:
~ If an agent was issued a license before October 1, 2018, they MUST complete the CE hours to renew their real estate licenses prior to December 14th.
~ After October 1, 2018, agents are exempt from completing the required CE for only the December 14, 2018 renewal.

All Real Estate Salespersons will be required to complete the required CE for all renewals after the upcoming 2018 renewal, unless their license was issued after October 1 in an even year.
Click here for details.

NAR Introduces .realestate

Introducing .realestate -the newest unrestricted top-level domain for the real estate industry and a way for REALTORS® to increase visibility into specific aspects of their business. From beachfrontproperty.realestate to luxuryseattle.realestate, the possibilities are endless.
Starting September 18th, REALTORS® with an active .realtor™ domain gain exclusive access to purchase a .realestate web address before it becomes available to the general public on November 27th.
Don't miss out! Visit get.realtor today to claim your FREE* .realtor™ domain in preparation for the pre-sale.*Free for the first year, one per member.

Win a Free Pass to WRA's Annual Convention ~ September 17-18th FREE Pass Drawing

To enter your name into the free convention pass drawing, please email or fax your name, office and phone number to Cheryl at (cdreger@ranw.org or 739-9157). See criteria and submission details click here.


Residential CE Scheduled for October- Appleton & Green Bay Locations- Register Today!

Residential CE will be offered this October in both Appleton & Green Bay! ALL Real Estate Licenses will expire at the end of 2018. In order to renew by the Dec.14th deadline you must complete the (4) Mandatory Courses and (2) Elective Courses. We will be offering these courses LIVE during the month of October in both Appleton and Green Bay. Seating is limited, so don't wait to register!
For more information and to register for Fall LIVE CE click your location of choice below.

Professional Standards Committee Training ~ Wednesday, August 22nd

Just Announced! Professional Standards Committee training will be August 22nd! Watch the newsletter and our website for additional information. We are actively looking for Brokers and REALTORS® that are interested in joining our committee. Please contact Casey at cradtke@ranw.org if you would like additional information about the Professional Standards Committee.


Fond du Lac Golf Outing- Thursday, August 23rd- Register Today

Register now for this year's RANW Fond du Lac Golf Outing!
Date: Thursday, August 23rd
Location: Rolling Meadows Golf Course
Shotgun Start: 1:00 p.m.
Cost: Member $25 Non-Member $35
Come in your favorite farmer themed attire! Award given to Best Decorated Cart & Best Dressed Golfer.
This event SOLD OUT last year- don't wait to register!

Fox Valley Golf Outing- SOLD OUT

We are excited to announce our Fox Valley Golf Outing on August 7th is officially sold out! Thank you to everyone who has registered to golf and to our generous sponsors. We look forward to a fun day on the course!

Oshkosh Golf Outing- Thursday, September 13th - Register today!

Register now for this year's RANW Oshkosh Golf Outing!
Date: Thursday, September 13th
Location: Utica Golf Club
Shotgun Start: 11:00 a.m.
Cost: Member $45 Non-Member $60
Register by August 15th for the EARLY BIRD Price of $40 (members only)
Interested in becoming a sponsor? Contact Lizzy Styles at 920-739-9108 or Lstyles@ranw.org

Women's Council of Fox Valley Golf Outing ~ Thu, August 16th

Women's Council of the Fox Valley (WCR) will be hosting a golf outing on Thursday, August 16th at Westridge Golf Club in Neenah. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to WCR scholarships and leadership opportunities.
Click here for details and registration information.

WRA 2018 Annual Convention ~ Sept 17-18th

Save the date for the WRA's showcase event of the year! The WRA Annual Convention is back in Wisconsin Dells on September 17-18, 2018. During two jam-packed days, hundreds of REALTORS® will gather together from all corners of the state for classes, networking and fun! With the "It's Time to Shine" theme for the convention, you'll learn how to put your best foot forward and shine in your market. You'll leave the convention with good vibes so you'll be ready to take the lead and boogie your way to success. Click here for details.

Thank You Green Bay Golfers and Sponsors!

Thank you to everyone who joined us for a beautiful day of golf. And a special thank you to our generous Green Bay Golf Sponsors for making this event possible!

Hole 1:
Hole 2:
Hole 3:
Hole 4:
Hole 5:
Hole 6:
Hole 7:
Hole 8:
Hole 9:
Hole 10:

Liberty Title & Abstract                 
AmeriCU Mortgage                  
Nicolet National Bank                       
Cornerstone Mortgage                
Bay Title & Abstract 
Wells Fargo Home Mortgage          
Denmark State Bank                     
Greenstone Farm Credit               
Marine Credit Union
Turn Key Home Inspections

Hole 11:
Hole 12:
Hole 13:
Hole 14:
Hole 15:
Hole 16:
Hole 17:
Hole 18:

Guaranteed Rate                      
Dominion Title & Exchange                   
Midwest Title Group                               
Inlanta Mortgage                   
Pillar to Post                           
Associated Bank                                          
Finance of America Mortgage
Huntington National Bank                         

Driving Range: A-Max Home Inspections
Breakfast:        Closing & Title Services, LLC
Lunch:             Evans Title
Co-Dinner:      Bank First National

NAR's REALTORS® Conference & Expo ~ November 2-5, Boston

The REALTORS® Conference & Expo is the largest annual event for the most successful real estate professionals. The event will be in Boston this year, from November 2nd to the 5th.  Registration is now open!

Please click here for registration, seminars, trade and entertainment information for the meetings and expo.

Government Affairs

Election Primaries - Tuesday, August 14th

Don't forget to vote in the Primary Elections to determine who will be on the ballot this November. Since this is a Partisan Primary, you can vote in only one political party which you can declare on the ballot but you still have to vote for the individual candidates on the ballot. Filling in the oval next to your party choice protects your votes in case you accidentally cast a vote for someone in another party.
~ If you choose a party, votes cast in that party will be counted. Votes cast in any other party will not be counted
~ If you do not choose a party, and you vote in more than one party, no votes will be counted.

For a list of candidates and voting FAQ visit:
Wisconsin Vote

Weekly Electronic Government Affairs Report - It's free!

Sign up for an email update each week which includes RANW meeting reminders, REALTORS® issue updates as well as links to news articles relevant to the real estate industry from national, state and local newspapers. If you would like to receive the report, contact Jennifer at jsunstrom@ranw.org.


MLS Basics Class Offered ~ Thursday, Aug 9th & Sept 20th

Every MLS does things a little bit differently, so learn what RANW MLS needs you to know! The MLS Basics class will cover our rules and recommended listing procedures, offer a review of listing data and forms needed to complete your listings, cover some of the basics of using Paragon, and provide info on the Supra lockbox program.
This class is a great supplement to the Listing Input and Maintenance (LIM) training, and can be attended by new as well as long-time members and office admins who might like a refresher course.
Register for MLS Basics from 10 am-12 noon below:
Thursday, August 9th
~ Tuesday, September 11th

Listing Maintenance Class ~ Tuesday, Aug 21st & Sept 11th

LIM (Listing Input and Training) class will be offered on Tuesday, August 21st and Tuesday, September 11th, from 10 am - 12 pm at our RANW office in Appleton. More information on the LIM program can be found on RANW's website here.
Click here to register for Tuesday, August 21st.
Click here to register for Thursday, September 20th.

Reverse Prospecting: How-To Document Updated

Two different options are available for checking your listing statistics and locating those agents who have clients with criteria that matches your listing.

Find the updated how-to document in Paragon under Resources > My Links, or Click Here (

Paragon Release 5.66 ~ Coming Mid August

RANW is pleased to share the following Paragon updates including thenew Rich Text Editor, the CMA improvements, and the new functionality for Print+. These enhancements are coming soon and significantly improve workflows in Paragon!

Rich Text Editor
We've upgraded the Rich Text Editor (RTE) in Paragon to the latest version! While the front-end functionality remains unchanged, you may notice some differences in the layout, including greater flexibility in crafting your messages and the reliability of a RTE designed to work with current internet standards.

CMA ~ 
Check out the following CMA improvements!
~ HyperlinkedMLS#
The MLS# on the CMA Comparable page is now hyperlinked and will open the listing details ina dialog box without having to navigate elsewhere!
~ Adjustments
When makings adjustments, the header section is now locked while scrolling, the adjustmentfield is focused when you click to add a manual adjustment, and there is improved integration with saved adjustments. Horizontal Report ~ Layout
Hooray! The horizontal report has been modified to show only the full listing on a page. If there is not enough room to display a listing, it will pushed to the next page to avoid data being cut off.
~ Available Document Count
Want to know how many documents you can upload to a CMA? When adding a document to a CMA, the dialog box now indicates how many remaining documents may be added.

Generating large PDF files with multiple listings and multiple reports does take time. Now, simply minimize the Print+ dialogue box to run in the background while you continue to work in Paragon.

New Paragon Theme!
We heard you liked new themes. So we got you a new theme. Our latest Paragon banner theme is inspired by the Southwest and incorporates some traditional elements from the region. Watch the clouds fly by and maybe a few more fun items.

Making The Most of Your RANW MLS Searches Easier

RANW MLS is working with Paragon to bring properties in the WIREX database which are located in RANW markets, but are listed by agents who are members of other MLSs – to be included in the RANW main database, not just available through WIREX search. This will make searches of all local listings* more complete and much more convenient for our RANW members. This is expected to be completed by the end of August!
(* RANW Markets: 23 counties: Adams, Brown, Calumet, Dodge, Door, Fond Du Lac, Green Lake, Kewaunee, Lincoln, Manitowoc, Marathon, Marinette, Marquette, Menominee, Oconto, Outagamie, Portage, Shawano, Sheboygan, Waupaca, Waushara, Winnebago, Wood.)

Lockbox Program

New Service for RANW MLS Members: Supra Non-Member Access for WIREX Users

Overview: RANW Member: Are you working with a fellow REALTOR in an MLS in WIREX and want to give them access to a lockbox on your Company listing in the RANW MLS?

Non-member access is NOT for those members who already have reciprocal access through Central WI MLS, South Central WI MLS, La Crosse and/or Western Wisconsin MLS. For a complete list of areas with Supra Reciprocal access, WIREX coverage areas and WRA Board Jurisdictions, click

Non-member access
Supra Keyholders/members of the RANW MLS Lockbox System can use SupraWEB to set up WIREX non-member access. This can be done for as little as 2 hours access to 72 hours access where the non-member can access the lockbox a number of times within the set up time. Click HERE for more information.

Reciprocal Key Access

RANW MEMBERS: RANW MLS has a reciprocal key agreement with Central MLS, South Central Wisconsin MLS (includes Associations/MLSs of Dodge County and Rock Green), La Crosse WI MLS and Western WI MLS.

REALTOR® members of the RANW MLS wanting to show properties in those areas need to call the RANW MLS office at 920-739-9108 or 1-800-817-7657 to request the reciprocal key access. Once Central, South Central, La Crosse or Western WI MLS has authorized access, the MLS member will be notified.

The RANW MLS rules still apply under the special reciprocal Key Agreements and use. To remind you of a few: You must set up a showing, you may not access the property without an appointment, and you may not share your key with any other member.

NON-RANW MEMBERS with a Supra Key:
How to get a Reciprocal Key to show RANW MLS Properties:
1. Contact your primary board office. Central MLS, South Central Wisconsin MLS (includes Associations/MLSs of Dodge County and Rock Green) La Crosse Wisconsin MLS and Western Wisconsin MLS have reciprocal key agreements with the RANW MLS.
        a.) Central WI MLS: 715-693-7326
        b.) South Central WI MLS: 608-240-2801
        c.) La Crosse WI MLS: 608-785-7744
        d.) Western WI MLS: 888-666-6566

Once a key agreement is filled out, signed by your broker and submitted to RANW MLS by Central, South Central, La Crosse or Western we will be able to set up reciprocal access.

Your primary board office will contact you when the key access is set up.

4. You will have to perform an update to your eKEY app in order to sync your smart device to incorporate the change. You must set up a showing, you may not access the RANW MLS property without an appointment, and you may not share your key with any other member or WIREX non-member.

Welcome to the Lockbox Program

Brown County Appraisal LLC
Hanson Appraisal Service
Peace of Mind Home Inspection

MLS Only
Affiliate Home Inspector

Black Creek

Bluetooth and Use of the Supra Lockbox System: Facts to Assist Members Experiencing Bluetooth Issues

What is Bluetooth? Why do I need to know? Why will this information help me at a showing?

Bluetooth- Short-range wireless interconnection of mobile phones, computers, and other electronic devices. Send data from one electronic device to another via Bluetooth. Example: Some cars now offer Bluetooth so you can speak on your phone hands-free. The RANW MLS issues Bluetooth lockboxes that communicate with smart phones/devices wirelessly.

Origin- 1990s: Said to be named after King Harald Bluetooth (910-985), credited with uniting Denmark and Norway, as Bluetooth technology unifies the telecommunications and computing industries.

Why do I need to know this? If you are using a Supra eKEY to open RANW MLS Lockboxes, you will need to know how to turn on the Bluetooth on your smart phone/device as well as activate the Bluetooth on the Lockbox itself.

Bluetooth Lockboxes (Supra iBox BT LE): Our Supra Lockboxes are brand new as of Winter 2017. These lockboxes were designed with Bluetooth technology and are classified as iBox BT LE. The Bluetooth technology built into the lockboxes allow our smart phones and tablets to wirelessly connect to and open the lockboxes. Pushing up on the bottom of the key container until the red light is blinking on the front of the lockbox activates the Bluetooth technology inside of the lockbox. This must be done each time we manipulate the lockbox otherwise the lockbox will remain 'asleep' or inactive.

How to find the Bluetooth on your smart phone/tablet: 
-Find the logo for 'Settings' on your Android, iPhone or Tablet. The logo for settings looks like a grey/silver machine gear on all devices.
-Tap on Bluetooth or Connected Devices and then Bluetooth.
-Tap the button to the right of the Bluetooth field so that it reads 'on' 
-Your Bluetooth is now on and ready to use! There are a variety of products on the market that use Bluetooth to connect wirelessly such as Bluetooth speakers, boat or vehicle radios and speakers, headphones, keyboards, microphones, etc.

Tips and Troubleshooting for Bluetooth and Bluetooth Lockboxes (Supra iBox BT LE):
Example of good practice at a showing:
-Tap update in your eKEY app while you are still at the office or at home. This will ensure your eKEY will be set up for the day.

-Check that your Bluetooth is on and watch videos on how to operate RANW MLS lockboxes before you go. For video tutorials on how to open a lockbox key container and shackle, please click
HERE. Once you are at the video tutorials page, click on the video you wish to view.

-*Go to your showing EARLY to ensure any technical problems you may have are taken care of before your clients arrive.

See common problems and troubleshooting techniques below:

-Check to see if your Bluetooth is on.
-Reset your Bluetooth by tapping the on/off toggle first off and then on.
-Restarting your smart phone/device may allow your device to reset itself and start fresh. (9 times out of 10, this restart will refresh your phone and surpass any technical issues you may be having with eKEY and lockboxes.
-Other Bluetooth devices, paired to your smart phone/device may sporadically interfere with Bluetooth communication to lockboxes. This happens (rarely) when members are using eKEY and also have multiple Bluetooth items paired to their smart phone/device. Most of the time a simple restart of your Bluetooth will fix this issue. If a paired item in your Bluetooth inventory is effecting your eKEY use, you may need to disconnect or unpair this item from your Bluetooth inventory while using eKEY. Disconnect an item by tapping the blue arrow to the right of the device in your Bluetooth inventory. This will bring you to a screen specific to that paired device. Tap Disconnect. If your smart phone/device does not have blue arrows visible in the Bluetooth menu, tap and hold on a Bluetooth device and tap unpair. Restart your smart phone/device.
-Check to see that you are using the right 4-digit pin code to obtain the key(s) out of the lockbox key container. If you have forgotten your pin, you may log into your SupraWEB account at any time (supraekey.com) and get or change this code. If you do not have a SupraWEB account set up, please do so by going to Supraekey.com and click on register for new agents. Once your account is set up, you will see the option to change or view your pin in the options on the left side of the page. For a full SupraWEB guide with helpful screenshots and how-tos, please click HERE.
-If opening a shackle, check to make sure you are using the correct shackle code. These codes are organized and kept by your Company. Each lockbox is assigned a shackle code individual to that box. Also make sure you are pushing up on the key container to activate the Bluetooth technology.

For additional help, please call the RANW MLS Monday-Friday 8:30am-5pm Central Time: 920-739-9108 or e-mail khubers@ranw.org and aschilling@ranw.org. If you are receiving an error code while using eKEY, this would be helpful to include in your call or e-mail. Supra Member Support is also available 7 days/week 7am-9pm Central Time: 877-699-6787.


RANW Membership Changes

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

REALTOR Ethics Requirement Deadline is 12-31-18

REALTORS® are required to complete ethics training of not less than 2 hours, 30 minutes of instructional time within two-year cycles.
The training must meet specific learning objectives and criteria established by the National Association of REALTORS®. A new two-year cycle began January 1, 2017. The deadline for this cycle is December 31, 2018.
Training may be completed through the following options:
~ Residential CE Course 4
~ New Member Orientation class completed January, 2017-December, 2018
~ NAR's Online class -
click here.


NAR Offers $500 Cash Allowance on Qualifying Vehicles

FCA US LLC is the Official Automobile Manufacturer of the National Association of REALTORS®, offering a $500 cash allowance plus an exclusive vehicle maintenance package on the purchase and lease of select Alfa Romeo, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep®, Ram, or FIAT® models.
REALTORS® and family members get a $500 cash allowance towards their purchase or lease of select new models, and may be combined with most local and national incentives. Additionally, REALTORS® receive an exclusive and newly upgraded two-year vehicle maintenance plan with purchase or lease.* View the eligible vehicles tab below for the full line-up of vehicles that now includes 2019 Jeep Cherokee and 2019 Ram 1500.
Click here for details. 


Events At a Squint

Fox Valley Golf Outing
New Member Orientation
MLS Basics
Election Primaries
EPA Award Deadline
WCR of FV Golf Outing
Listing Maintenance Class
Prof Standards Training
Fond du Lac Golf Outing
WCR Meeting


New Member Orientation
MLS Basics
Oshkosh Golf Outing
Listing Maintenance Class
WCR Meeting

CE 1 & 2 - Appleton
CE 1 & 2 - Green Bay
CE 3 & 4 - Appleton
CE 3 & 4 - Green Bay
CE C & D - Appleton
CE C & D - Green Bay
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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