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Volume 25, Issue 2 — february 2018  
Realtor News   |   Education   |   Events   |   Government Affairs  |   MLS  |   Membership  |   Appraiser  |   Commercial 

Top Stories

REALTOR Ethics Requirement Deadline is 12-31-18

Space still available for Live CE classes on 13th and 20th!

Upcoming RPR Webinars ~ Thursdays, Feb 15th & April 12th

Join Us February 15th For "Name That Tune" Event Benefiting New Community Shelter!

Spring Session & Member Lunch and Learn ~ Thursday, March 15th, Bridgewood Resort, Neenah

Upgrade from DisplayKEY/Cradle to the eKEY App on Your Smart Phone!

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Forms Revisions

The following WB Forms have been approved, are currently being revised or have been removed. 
Approved Forms (mandatory use date 1-1-18)
~ WB-4   Residential Condo Listing Contract - Exclusive Right to Sell
~ WB-5   Commercial Listing Contract - Exclusive Right to Sell
~ WB-2   Farm Listing Contract - Exclusive Right to Sell
~ WB-3   Vacant Land Listing Contract - Exclusive Right to Sell
~ WB-6   Business Listing Contract  - Exclusive Right to Sell
~ WB-37 Residential Lease Listing Contract

Currently being revised: 

~  WB-28 Cooperative Agreement
~  New WB Commercial Cooperative Agreement for Buyer Agency 
~  WB-11 Residential Offer to Purchase

Eliminated as an approved form:
~  WB-8 Time Share Listing Contract

zipForms Plus Renewal Instructions

It's that time of the year again! If you have opened your zipForm® Plus account recently, you may have received a notification to renew your subscription.  The renewal is required to confirm and renew your account. There is no additional fee, and the process is simple and easy.
Click here for detailed instructions.

2018 Events & Education Calendar

Check out our 2018 Events & Education Calendar, to see what we have in store for 2018! 

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.


Space Still Available in Live CE Classes on February 13th and 20th!

Residential CE courses on Tuesday, February 13th (Courses 3 & 4) and Tuesday, February 20th ( Electives A & C) still have room available. Sign up for 1 class or all 4 classes! Order of classes doesn't matter, start checking this off your To-Do List today! Classes are held at our RANW Office in Appleton. Register HERE or visit www.RANW.org for more details!
** ALL Real Estate Licenses EXPIRE at the end of 2018.

Appraisal Conference- March 12-13, Kalahari Resort & Convention Center, Wisconsin Dells

Join Wisconsin-wide fellow appraisers to complete CE and pick up new skills for the industry. You'll enjoy networking opportunities while listening and learning from the appraisal industry's top experts. And relax! … you won't face the pressure of quizzes and exams at the Appraisal Conference! For more information and to register go to  www.WRA.org

Upcoming RPR Webinars ~ Thursdays, Feb 15th & April 12th

RPR will offer "Perfect Pricing with Easy, Accurate CMAs from RPR" webinars on Thursday, February 15th and Thursday, April 12th, both at 10 am.

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.

Click here for the February 15th webinar
Click here for the April 12th webinar


Join Us February 15th For "Name That Tune" Event Benefiting New Community Shelter!

Name that Tune" event is back Thursday, February 15th at the Green Bay Distillery. Register HERE to participate in this hilarious event benefiting the New Community Shelter. Space is limited, you must pre-register to participate!


Green Bay Distillery, 835 Potts Ave, Ashwaubenon, WI 54304
Registration:  6:30 pm    Start: 7:00 pm 
$20 *100% of registration fees go to New Community Shelter

Spring Session & Member Lunch and Learn~ Thursday, March 15th, Bridgewood Resort, Neenah

Join us Thursday, March 15th, for this year's RANW Spring Session & Member Lunch and Learn.
Topic: The Tax reform law and the impact on individuals and businesses in the Real Estate world.  
Cost: $16 per member. Includes lunch
Location: Bridgewood Resort, Neenah
Time: 11 a.m. Registration/ 11:30 a.m. -1:00 p.m. Program, Lunch and Q&A
Form more information and to register 
Click here

Government Affairs

Outagamie County Register of Deeds Parcel Identification Number Requirements

Please see the memo regarding for all conveyance documents recorded at the Register of Deeds office effective January 1, 2018. 
If you have any questions please feel free to contact Sarah Van Camp, Outagamie County Register of Deeds, 410 S. Walnut St Appleton, WI 54911 or 920-832-5117. 

Thank You to all 2017 Direct Giver and RPAC Contributors!

Not only were we able to exceed our fundraising goal for 2017, but we had one of the highest participation rates in the state at 49%!!! Slowly, but surely we are moving closer to having each member financially support the association's advocacy efforts and help elect and reelect candidates who support the real estate industry and private property rights.

The RANW Government Affairs Committee and the RANW Board of Directors, sincerely thank every single person who gave what they could either to RPAC or to the DirectGiver Program. Although we are not able to list all members who so generously support the RPAC program, every single dollar counts! A special thank you is also extended to the 2017 Government Affairs Committee Chair: Sue Hietpas and the entire Government Affairs Committee, as well as so many brokers who have helped highlight the importance of RPAC to their agents. If you have any questions regarding RPAC or Direct Giver, or if you would like to become involved in the Association, please contact Jennifer Sunstrom, RANW Government Affairs Director at jsunstrom@ranw.org or (920)739-9108

$1300 - $1500
Andrew Beiser

Dawn Christensen

Jack Drzewiecki

Brittany Voigt


Greg Dallaire
Stacey Hennessey
Phil Hilgenberg

Terry Hilgenberg
Pat Kaster
Ben Lyons

Jerry Lyons
KC Maurer
Lori Muller

Sara Schnell
Michael Sewell
Scott Swick

Terry Bomier
Margery Chapman
Mike Kunesh
Barb Laib
John Schnell

Keith Sippel

Diane Campshure

Jim Fletcher

Taylor Hansen


Amy Alexander
Jeff Beck
Dennis Biggar
Tina Bunker
Jill Hendricks

Candace Kriner
Gerry O'Connor
Anne Paulus
Tom Rooney
Scott Salan

Paul Schmidt
Jim Seefeldt
Pauline Smith
Judd Stevenson

Jennifer Sunstrom
Kris Villars
Karl Volkman
Jim Zierden


Kelli Arndt
Mary Bosio
Bonita Brandenburg
John Coughlin
Kathy Curren
Richard DeKleyn
Tina Dettman-Bielefeldt
Jill Dickson
Dawne Digmann
Jack Doemel
Joe Dooley
Louise Dreier
Karen Genett
Elaine Graf

Debbie Gritt
Sue Hietpas
Michael Karisny
Pat Klapperich
Barbara Knickel
Jim Liesner
Kevin Loosen
Therese Massey
Skye Meidam
Julie Nikolaou
Joseph O'Connor
Thomas O'Connor
Michelle Plass
Gail Popp

Brenda Purdy
Paul Redemann
John Riesterer
Dennis Rockow
Lynn Schwarm
Walt Sinisi
Jim Smith
David Spanbauer
Mari Timm-Reichel
Doug Villars
Jerry Wendland
Cindy Weyenberg
Pete Weyenberg
Amy Williams
Barb Yaeger

RPAC Office Participation Awards - 2017

In an effort to increase the percentage of members who contribute to either RPAC or Direct Giver, the Association is asking brokers to help highlight advocacy and other legislative activity; educating agents about RPAC and why it is so important to their business; setting an example of giving.  These efforts by brokers play a critical role in the overall success of the Association as a whole.
Therefore, RANW and the Government Affairs Committee have established a recognition program for offices that meet the following participation levels in their individual offices: * Note these levels:

Extra Large Office
Large Office
Medium Office
Small Office

26 - 50
11 - 25
5 - 10


The following offices met their required participation level in each of the 4 office categories in 2017 and will be receiving an award at the 2018 RANW annual meeting.

Extra Large Offices
Century 21 Ace Realty (Appleton) - 50% participation
Coldwell Banker (Green Bay) - 52% participation
Keller Williams Realty (Fox Cities) - 50% participation
Shorewest REALTORS - (Green Bay) - 50% participation

Large Offices
Century 21 Affiliated First Realty (Appleton) - 58% participation
First Weber (Appleton) - 65% participation
First Weber (Fond du Lac) - 62% participation

Medium Offices
Beiser Realty (Winneconne) - 77% participation
Coldwell Banker TREG (Oshkosh) - 92% participation
Symes Realty(Green Bay) - 82% participation
United Country Udoni & Salan (Waupaca) - 85%

Small Offices

Thiel Real Estate (Chilton) - 83% participation
Coldwell Banker TREG (Shawano) - 88% participation

RANW's membership is made up of many, many smaller offices with 1, 2, 3, and 4 REALTORS® who regularly contribute to RPAC and Direct Giver. We sincerely thank you for your support. We couldn't do what we do without you!

If you would like more information on how you can help to increase the participation level in your office, please contact Jennifer Sunstrom at
jsunstrom@ranw.org or call 920.739.9108.

Still Time to Register! REALTOR & Government Day - February 7, 2018

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 2017, we demonstrated an impressive showing of REALTOR® strength by bringing to Madison over 300 REALTORS® from every corner of the state. With your support and advocacy, 2018 will be a day well remembered at the Capitol.
Register here

12:30 - 1:00 p.m.    Registration
  1:00 - 1:15 p.m.    Welcome
  1:15 - 1:45 p.m.    Address by Gov. Walker
  1:45 - 2:45 p.m.    Issues Briefing
  2:45 - 3:00 p.m.    Move to Capitol 
  3:00 - 4:30 p.m.    Capitol Hill Visits
  4:30 - 5:30 p.m.    Reception


MLS Reminder

Put Vacant Land Lot # in the Lot # field, not in the Street Address line.

Agent Photos in Paragon - 3 Places to Upload/Check Image

Within the Paragon program, there are three different places where Agent Photos can be uploaded - to appear on displays/reports/spec sheets, to the Email Signature, and to the Collab Center. Each photo placeholder is slightly different in size. When uploading the agent photo initially (under Preferences), the following apply:
1. 1280 X 960 Max resolution - system will compress higher resolution photos
2. JPG, PNG & GIF file types allowed - will be converted to JPG once uploaded
3. Special Characters (& , * , / , etc.) cannot be used in the file name.
4. There are no dimension requirements i.e. the photo can be rectangular or square. The agent photos on the report views will pull from the photo uploaded to the user's preferences. The default agent image dimensions on a report are 150 x 115 (rectangular), though those dimensions are customizable. For example, the Customer Full report currently has the agent image size set to 92 x 92 (square) and the Customer MLS View has the agent image size set to 147 x 112 (rectangular). The agent image will scale to fit the image size set on each report and will be limited by the larger dimension -- i.e the photo will be scaled down to fit and will not "stretch" to fit.
When setting up an email signature, the default agent photo size inserted is 105 x 117 (mostly square). The dimensions are customizable and can be edited, and the photo should scale to fit (and not stretch). The photo in the email signature can be customized by the user, and doesn't necessarily have to be the image from their Preferences.
On Collab Center, the image is stretched to fit the 100 x 100 image box, which can cause distortion on a rectangular image. The Collab Center image pulls from the user's Collab Center Preferences > About Me. Collab Center is the only location where the image proportions are absolute and can't currently be changed, so if an agent wants to have a single agent photo that works in all locations they will want to go with a photo that is more square than rectangular.

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.
There are multiple places you can choose a Preferred Phone number. In Paragon’s Preferences area, there are wizards that can lead you through different settings, allowing you to customize Paragon to your needs. You can re-do your Preferences Wizards at any time.

How to Find Agent Sales Production

Member agents can go to Resources > Statistical Reporting, and then use the "MLS Statistics" report.  Choose the desired Date Range, and select any other criteria needed before building the report. 
This report gives the numbers, but does not identify listings by MLS number; if that level of detail is needed, then a broker/manager with their higher security level must run the "Sales Detail" report for the agent (also available under Resources > Statistical Reporting).

How to Run a Reverse Prospecting Report for your Listing

Reverse Prospecting reports give detailed information for an individual listing, letting a listing agent know how that listing is doing as far as matching saved searches or contact records, how many times the listing has been emailed from Paragon, and various hit count statistics.
To run a Reverse Prospecting report, select Listings > Maintain Listings, find the individual listing in the results, then choose Select an Action and then Activity Report.

Did Your Contact Accidentally "Opt Out" of Receiving Emails?

Here's how to help them opt back in ~ click here
Enter the Contact's email address in the box provided, and then click the "Next" button in the lower right corner of the screen.
Make sure the radio button "Any agent using this software" is selected, and then click the "Next" button in the lower right corner of the screen.
This will generate an email to your Contact.
The Contact must open the email and click on the confirmation link within 72 hours to opt back in to receiving email from the Paragon system.  If your contact does not click to confirm within that timeframe, you will need to repeat these steps.

Lockbox Program

Upgrade from DisplayKEY/Cradle to the eKEY App on Your Smart Phone!

Time to upgrade from the DisplayKEY and cradle to the eKEY app on your smart phone!  PLEASE Upgrade before Friday, February 23rd.  If the leased equipment is not returned by February 28th to RANW, you will be billed for it.

It takes less than 10 minutes and costs nothing to upgrade! All you need is a compatible smart phone or tablet.
Make sure you check the
compatible devices listed here:
1.) You will need to return your DisplayKEY and cradle to the board office directly or via courier location. We will need this equipment in order to upgrade you.
2.) RANW will need to assign a serial number in order for you to activate your eKEY app, so please contact us today!
E-mail or call RANW for courier locations or to make an appointment:
Please contact Angela or Kristen at 920-739-9108 or email khubers@ranw.org or aschilling@ranw.org.

Lockboxes Are For Doorknobs

RANW is consistently getting reports of lockboxes on railings or on the ground. Lockboxes are intended for use on doorknobs. We sell door protectors at a very reasonable price here at RANW, if your clients are worried about the lockbox damaging the exterior of the door.
Placing lockboxes on railings can jam the shackle and leaves them more exposed to the elements. Leaving lockboxes on the ground in the winter is also not the best practice for obvious reasons. Getting lockboxes cut off by the locksmith can cost up to $100 per box.

Welcome to the Lockbox Program


Central Wisconsin Appraisal of Waupaca
Empire Home Inspection
Hansen Investments
Apex Homestead Inspections
TAF Realty Group (3078)
Homestead Inspections (2465)

Affiliate Home Inspector
Affiliate Home Inspector
Affiliate Home Inspector

Fond du Lac
Green Bay


RANW Membership Changes

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

Online License Applications/Payments at DSPS

The Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services (DSPS) Online Licensure Application System (OLAS) was created to allow applicants for licensure to apply online in order to reduce processing time. 
Applicants may change or update information until the application is submitted for processing.
If information needs to be updated or revised after the application has been submitted, you will need to email any necessary updates to DSPSOLAS@wi.gov. If an incomplete application is inactive for 90 days, it will be purged from the system. 

Congratulations 2018 Committee Chairs

RANW congratulates our 2018 Committee Chairs. Thank you for your dedication to RANW!
Commercial Council
Government Affairs & RPAC
Housing Advocacy 
Multiple Listing Service 
Professional Standards Chair 
Professional Standards Vice-Chair
Professional Standards Mediation
Fond du Lac Golf Outing 
Fond du Lac Holiday Party 
Fox Valley Golf Outing 
Green Bay Community Service 
Green Bay Golf Outing 
Green Bay Holiday Party
Special Events Fundraiser 
Oshkosh Golf Outing
Judd Stevenson      
Tim Besaw               
Mike Kunesh            
Jim Smith                 
Lori Muller
Sue Hietpas              
Pete Weyenberg      
Debbie Gritt              
Tomi Nelson
Al Lamers
Linda Marx
Keith Sippel              
Adam Turiff
Sheri Lefeber
Amy Tiefke                  
Sara Thomack
Jill Dickson                
Jason Herbst             
Jody Kempainnen 
Duane Murphy
Julie Luker

Congratulations on Your Retirement!

RANW congratulates the following RANW member on their recent retirement:
Mary Campion, REALTOR®, Campion Realty, Townsend

Sincere Condolences

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

~ Judd Stevenson, in the recent passing of Judd's brother-in-law.  Judd is a REALTOR® member with Stevenson Appraisal in Neenah and President-Elect for RANW.


New WRA Mobile App Available

Access the entire WRA Legal Hottips library! Plus, with the WRA mobile app, an inquiry to the WRA Legal Hotline is just a click away, right at your fingertips. Search "WRA mobile" in the app store or Google Play to download.

NAR's REALTOR Member Benefits - Save Now!

Designed with you in mind, the REALTOR Benefits® Program is your official member benefits resource, bringing you savings and unique offers on products and services just for REALTORS®. Click on the picture to learn more!

Your Vision Is Important ~ Protect it With REALTORS® Vision Plans

These are the only vision plans designed exclusively for REALTORS®, and they start for as little as $12.70 per month. As an NAR member, plans are available to you anytime online OR you can give us a call at 1.844.316.8090 and we will do the work for you!
REALTORS® lnsurance Marketplace is a proud partner in the REALTOR Benefits® Program through the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®.


Upcoming Commercial RPR Webinars

Click on the titles to register for upcoming RPR webinars specifically designed for commercial REALTORS®.

Introduction to RPR Commercial
Valuing Long Term Real Estate Investments for You and Your Clients
3 Key Benefits to Wow Commercial Clients
Creating the Perfect Presentation Package


Events At a Squint

New Member Orientation
Listing Maintenance Trng
Government Affairs Mtg
Appraisal Conference
Appraisal Conference
Spring Session
WCR Meeting
RANW Closes at Noon


Fair Housing Month
RPR Webinar
WCR Meeting
Commercial Council

NAR Mid-Year Conf

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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