Mark your Calendar for our 2018 RANW Golf Outings
Registration Open - FALL Residential CE - Appleton & Green Bay
Thank You for Making Our June 8th Timber Rattlers Game/Fundraiser Such a HUGE Success!
REALTOR Ethics Requirement Deadline is 12-31-18
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Mark your Calendar for our 2018 RANW Golf Outings
Join us this summer for our Annual RANW Golf Outings!
Green Bay: Wednesday, July 18th at Brown Country Golf Course
Fox Valley: Tuesday, August 7th at Royal Saint Patrick's Golf Links
Fond du Lac: Thursday, August 23rd at Rolling Meadows Golf Course
Oshkosh: Thursday, September 13th at Utica Golf Course
More details will be available in the upcoming weeks at www.ranw.org
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.
*UPDATED 7/6/18: WRA Condition Report Updates - Required July 1st
Recent legislation has required changes to a number of forms created by WRA. Below, please see a brief summary of those forms.
Real Estate Condition Report (RECR), the Vacant Land Disclosure Report (VLDR) Recent legislation modified the RECR, the VLDR. The new forms are required to be used effective July 1, 2018.
Previously, the WRA created a two-page RECR (WRA-CR "Condition Report") and a three-page RECR (WRA-SCR "Seller Condition Report"). The three-page form included supplemental explanation information for the seller. The law now includes such explanations and therefore, WRA has created only one RECR (Real Estate Condition Report).
Briefly, changes to the form include: the seller being posed a question rather than a statement; the form has checkboxes rather than lines; the report has been redesigned by offering categories such as structural and mechanical; environmental; well, septic and storage tanks; taxes, special assessment, permits; and land use. The form also provides examples to the seller examples of what types of defects might be included; offers explanation of yes responses in each section of the form rather than one for all explanations of yes responses; provides a statement reminding sellers that licensees are not permitted to answer seller's questions about whether an item is or is not a defect; and includes new disclosures.
All sellers required to complete a RECR or VLDRmust use the new report as of July 1, 2018. Any seller who has completed a RECRor VLDR prior to July 1, 2018 is not required to amend or complete a new report;only those who are completing a RECR or VLDR on July 1, 2018 and forward. If alisting is signed prior to July 1, 2018 but is not effective until July 1,2018, then the seller would need to complete the RECR or VLDR effective July 1,2018.
ImportantCorrection: Updated Info from WRA:New versions of the RECR and VLDR with the updated content must be used when condition reports are furnished to buyers on or after July 1, 2018. For any reports already given out to buyers before July 1, there is no need to go back and provide a new form. If the buyer has been provided the RECR or VLDR before July 1, 2018, no further action need be taken. If the seller has completed the old RECR or VLDR before July 1, 2018, and the buyer will not be provided the RECR or VLDR until July 1, 2018, or after, then the seller must complete a new RECR or VLDR. Brokers with existing listings should be going back to the sellers and having them complete one of the new versions of the RECR/VLDR and use that starting July 1.
All sellers required to complete a RECR or VLDR must use the new report as of July 1, 2018. Any seller who has completed a RECR or VLDR prior to July 1, 2018 is not required to amend or complete a new report; only those who are completing a RECR or VLDR on July 1, 2018 and forward. If a listing is signed prior to July 1, 2018 but is not effective until July 1, 2018, then the seller would need to complete the RECR or VLDR effective July 1, 2018.
Seller Refusal/Statement Regarding the Condition Report (SRR) This form often serves as written evidence, when license law requires licensees shall ask the seller to provide written responses to the licensee's inquiry about the condition of the property. Generally, this response takes the form of a RECR or a seller disclosure report. However, when a seller refuses to complete a report and sell "as is," best practice for the listing firm would be to obtain written evidence that the licensee asked about the condition of the property and the seller refused to answer. This form has been subtly updated to reflect terminology update and entity signatures and acknowledgements.
Real Estate Condition Report - Farm (Farm RECR) The Farm RECR, based off of the RECR includes the revisions to the RECR as well as few additional farm-centric disclosures. For instance, the farm RECR includes: Property definition: provides the report applies to the land, dwellings, barns and outbuildings; Adds to storage of hazardous or toxic substances on neighboring properties: including dumpsites on the property where pesticides, herbicides, fertilizer or other toxic or hazardous materials or containers for these materials were dispose of in violation of manufacturer's or government guidelines or other law regulating said disposal; Wells adds: out-of-service wells and cisterns not closed/abandoned according to applicable regulations, and atrazine; Encroachments: references noncompliance with fence laws (See Wis. Stat. Ch. 90); Federal, state, or local regulations: includes and livestock siting violations (Wis. Admin. Code Ch. ATCP 51); Other defects: adds substantial crop damage from disease, insects, soil contamination, wildlife or other causes, diseased trees, or substantial injuries or disease in livestock on the property or neighboring properties; and Includes the Note: Any sales contract provision requiring inspection of a residential dumbwaiter or elevator must be performed by a state-licensed elevator inspect
Separate legislation also effective July 1, 2018 made modifications to the Condominium Executive Summary. The revised Executive Summary includes new legislatively required items: the date of preparation, whether the association has a first right of purchase, any transfer fee, any disclosure material fee and any payoff statement fee.
For more information about the changes, here are some links for the WRA's forms related articles:
• Main magazine: www.wra.org/WREM/June2018
• RECR article: www.wra.org/WREM/June18/RECR
• VLDR article: www.wra.org/WREM/June18/VLDR
• Executive Summary: www.wra.org/WREM/July2018
• Hotline article (covers RECR): www.wra.org/WREM/June18/Hotline
To view a sample of the changes please click HERE.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like additional information about the Professional Standards Committee.
RANW Bylaws Changes Approved by RANW Board of Directors June 26, 2018
These RANW Bylaws amendments were approved by the RANW Board of Directors on June 26, 2018.
Amendments to the Bylaws are approved by the following process:
Article XVI Section 1a: Upon approval of amendments by the Board of Directors, such changes shall be noticed to the membership. Within thirty (30) days from the date of publication, all amendments shall automatically go into effect provided no petition from the membership has been received. If a petition signed by five percent (5%) of the members eligible to vote is received by the Association within thirty (30) days from the date of publication, the amendment(s) in question shall be submitted to the members for a vote, either at a membership meeting, or for a ballot vote by mail, at the option of the Board of Directors. Article XVI Section 3: Amendments to these Bylaws which are mandated by the National Association of REALTORS® shall become effective upon their approval by the Board of Directors at any regular meeting of the Directors at which a quorum is present. RANW Bylaw changes
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.
For more information and to register for Fall LIVE CE click your location of choice below.
Fox Valley Golf Outing- August 7th - Register Today!
Registration is now open for this year's RANW Fox Valley Golf Outing!
Date: Tuesday, August 7th
Location: Roayl Saint Patrick's Golf Links
Shotgun Start: 9:30 a.m.
Cost: Member $75 Non-Member $90
Register by July 10th for the Early Bird Price of $65 (members only)
Interested in being a sponsor? Contact Lizzy Styles at 920-739.9108 or Lstyles@ranw.org
Green Bay Golf Outing- Wednesday, July 18th at Brown County Golf Course- Register Today!
Registration is now open for this year's RANW Green Bay Golf Outing!
Date: Wednesday, July 18th
Location: Brown County Golf Course
Shotgun Start: 10:30 a.m.
Cost: Member $80 Non-Member $100
Register: by June 13th for the Early Bird Price of $70 (members only)
Click HERE to Register!
Interested in being a sponsor? Contact Lizzy Styles 920-739-9108 or Lstyles@ranw.org.
Women's Council of the Fox Valley Hosts "Wine on the Water" ~ Fri, July 27th
Join the Women's Council of the Fox Valley (WCR) at Wine on the Water!
For details, please email: email@example.com or Sara Whitley at firstname.lastname@example.org
|Friday, July 27th|
5 pm - 9 pm
The East Side Club, 3735 Monona Dr, Madison, WI 53714|
Special Performance by "Funky Chunky"
Fond du Lac Golf Outing- Thursday, August 23rd- Register Today
Registration is now open 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!
Thank You for Making Our June 7th Timber Rattlers Game/Fundraiser Such a HUGE Success!
For the 2nd year in a row The SOLD OUT RANW Timber Rattlers Fundraiser raised over $30,0000 for Make-A-Wish Wisconsin. Thank you to the generous sponsors, those who donated prizes, the committee and the 800 people who purchased a ticket to help support this great cause!
Thank you to our generous sponsors!
Evans Title Companies
Finance of America Mortgage
Nicolet National Bank
Old National Bank
Ace Home Inspections
Assurance Title Services
Bank First National
Basement Repair Specialists
BMO Harris Bank
GEC Home Inspections
Guardian Home Inspections
Liberty Title & Abstract
Stewart Title Company
U.S. Bank Home Mortgage
Waterstone Mortgage Corporation
A-Max Home Inspections
Basten Home Inspection
Bay Title & Abstract
Brian's Home Inspection
Bristol Morgan Bank
Closing & Title Service
Denmark State Bank
Hansen Home Inspection Services
Herrling Clark Law Firm
Midwest Title Group
The House Detective
Top Notch Home & Foundation
Women's Council of Realtors-FV
Wells Fargo Home Mortgage
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.
Call for Action Seeks Flood Insurance Extension
The National Flood Insurance Program expires July 31st. Last week, NAR
issued a Call for Action asking REALTORS® to urge their members of Congress to pass an extension to prevent the program from lapsing. The CFA also asks lawmakers to pass reforms that will improve the program for the long-term.
Summer is Here - Time to Give to Direct Giver Program!
Summer is RANW's Direct Giver Fundraising period, and we are far short of meeting our goal. Given the importance of the upcoming November elections and pending issues such as reauthorizing the National Flood Insurance Program, 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.
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 email@example.com.
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: 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.
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.
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.
MLS Basics Class Offered ~ Tuesday, July 10th
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.
Click here to register for MLS Basics on Tuesday, July 10th, 10 am-12 noon.
Listing Maintenance Class ~ Thursday, July 19th
LIM (Listing Input and Training) class will be offered on Thursday, July 19th, 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 Thursday, July 19th.
RPR Form Builders & Resources Now Available
The process of building lead forms and pages can be complex. Form builders and other resources from RPR® can make it easier. The link will take you to "8 Powerful Resources for Building a Lead Capture System" article.
MLS Note: Real Estate Condition Reports (RECR) and Vacant Land Disclosure Reports (VLDR) Changes
Paragon has a new document slot titled: July 2018 RE Condition Report 2017 Wis. Act 338, which is effective July 1, 2018, and updates the contents of the Real Estate Condition Reports (RECR) and Vacant Land Disclosure Reports (VLDR). The legislation focuses on when a report is furnished to the buyer and tells us a report needs to be on an updated form if the buyer is furnished with the report on or after July 1, 2018. Sellers should not provide buyers a copy of the new form until July 1, 2018.
A new document slot has been added to Associated Documents to allow members to upload the new July 2018 Real Estate Condition Report (on or after July 1). Members are asked to use this new label ONLY IF uploading the new version. This new label will allow members to see whether a new Condition Report has been added.
Please see article in REALTOR News section of this newsletter.
Paragon 5.65 Release - New Items
The 5.65 release is here! Check out the new features below.
This new widget will help highlight new and existing Paragon functionality available to all users. Here you will find "did you knows?", tipsand tricks, as well as new features and updates designed to help you create a more efficient workflow and improve your experience in Paragon.
Quick Link to Last Searched Address
By popular request, Paragon now has the ability to select from the last five addresses pinned on the map. Just click the down arrow next to address and users can also select from key default addresses including Agent physical address, Agent mailing address, Agent office address, and board address (where applicable).
Long Description of Lookup Values
In order to aid new Agents who haven't yet memorized lookup codes, users now have the ability to enable long descriptions of lookup values. This option is off by default and can be enabled in the search options section of your user preferences.
Secured URL for Paragon and Email Notifications
In keeping with internet and security standards, Paragon and email notifications (Publink) are being upgraded to display in full SSL throughout those applications. In a future release, additional features such as Mobile, IDX, and the Client Collaboration Center will also be enhanced to full SSL. For the non-techies, Paragon is upgrading its security to protect you and your Clients' data.
New Construction Options Explained
RANW MLS now has 3 separate Yes/No fields that can be used to describe new construction listings. Of the 3 different options, only one can be marked as a Yes on any individual listing. See below for details on when each item would be used:
New Construction=Yes would be used if a home has been completed, and never lived in.
Under Construction=Yes would be if a home is not yet completed, but does at least have a street address and completed foundation.
To Be Built with Lot=Yes would be a lot with building plans (spec home) - a property that is not yet under construction.
For all of these new construction types, the estimated completion date and Builder Name are also required.
Important: Once the property has been completed (or sold), it should be moved to New Construction. This keeps the MLS data integrity accurate and up-to-date for active and comparable searches.
Hotsheet vs. Market Monitor
Paragon has provided some details for RANW MLS members on the differences and similarities between the Hotsheet and the Market Monitor. The Listing Visibility field (Unconfirmed vs. Confirmed) and the definition of "New" for each tool are the items that can make these confusing.
Listings will not appear on the Market Monitor or the Hotsheet until they're Confirmed; but once the listing is confirmed, all prior changes can be seen on the Market Monitor or the Hotsheet by including the date the changes were actually made.
Hotsheet: The Hotsheet logs a listing as "New" when the listing is first created by the user (the "true" input date), but this "new" listing will not be viewable on the Hotsheet until it is confirmed by MLS staff.
Market Monitor: Listings are not shown on the Market Monitor under "New" until they are Confirmed. When a listing is Confirmed, a field rule updates the input date to the date the listing was Confirmed, which causes the listing to be added to the "New" section of the Market Monitor. This update of the input date via field rule does NOT update the "true" input date as far as the Hotsheet is concerned.
If a listing is input by the user and Confirmed by MLS Staff on the same day, the listing will appear in both the "New" section of the Market Monitor and the "New" section of a Hotsheet Search.
If a listing is input by the user but does not get Confirmed by MLS Staff until the next day (or later), the listing would show as "New" on the Hotsheet for the date it was input by the user - even if that date has already passed - but "New" on the Market Monitor for the date the listing was Confirmed by staff.
10/19/17 - Listing is created
10/19/17 - Price is changed
10/23/17 - Expiration Date is changed
10/24/17 - Listing is Confirmed by staff
For the above listing, running a Hotsheet prior to when the listing was Confirmed on 10/24 would not return any results for this listing. After 10/24, the above changes will be returned in a Hotsheet search if the date the change was made is included in the specified time range. i.e. to see the Price Change, the Hotsheet search must include the date 10/19.
Similarly, for the above listing on the Market Monitor, it would be added as "New" when the listing was confirmed on 10/24. After the listing is confirmed, it could be found in the Price Change section as long as the "Days" back go far enough back to include 10/19.
WIREX and Door County MLS
The Door County MLS recently voted to cease participation in WIREX. Effective July 1st, all Door County listings, offices and agents will be removed from WIREX.
Jammed Key Containers - Tips and Tricks
RANW has had a number of jammed key containers reported and returned. Here are some tips to prevent jamming the key container:
1. The Supra Bluetooth Lockboxes can hold up to five keys.
2. Do not turn the lockbox upside down when keys are already inside. This happens often when keyholders are attaching the lockbox to a doorknob. Try attaching the shackle to the doorknob and then placing keys in the key container. This will help you remember not to turn the lockbox upside down.
3. No rubber bands or key rings in the key containers. Labeling keys with stickers is fine.
4. Place the keys in the appropriate part of the key container. This is easy to find as it is labeled with a sticker depicting a key.
5. If your key container is jammed and the bluetooth cannot be activated, you can still release the shackle with a fob from the old iBoxes or with a loaner DisplayKEY from RANW. Contact information below.
6. Please remember not to display the shackle code on any lockboxes. Any Supra keyholder can walk off with your lockbox if he or she has the shackle code.
Having a lockbox cut off is very expensive. Utilizing these tips can save your office up to $100 in locksmith fees. If you have a lockbox that is jammed, please call RANW before tampering with the equipment.
Kristen Hubers or Angela Schilling
RANW Membership Changes
To view all the current membership changes for RANW click here.
Congratulations on Your Retirement!
RANW congratulates Jerry Alderton, REALTOR® Emeritus, with Coldwell Banker The Real Estate Group in Green Bay on his recent retirement.
RANW would like to extend its sincerest condolences to the family, friends, and co-workers of:
~ Frank Fameree, in the his recent passing. Frank was a REALTOR® for many years, most recently with Coldwell Banker The Real Estate Group in Green Bay.
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.
New Fair Housing Resources
NAR opposes discrimination in housing based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status sexual orientation, gender identity, and national origin. This policy is embodied in NAR's Code of Ethics. NAR also authorizes sanctions in response to a finding that a member has violated any fair housing law, including local and state laws that prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. NAR policy is to support equal opportunity on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity and the NAR Code of Ethics was amended in 2010 and 2013, to include this updated policy.
News resources about the positive impact fair housing has had on real estate are available in a video about the future of fair housing, along with a series of inspiring stories.
|Events At a Squint|
RANW Closed for Holiday
MLS Basics Class
Housing Advocacy Mtg
Green Bay Golf Outing
Listing Maintenance Class
|Fox Valley Golf Outing
New Member Orientation
Prof Standards Training
Fond du Lac Golf Outing
|New Member Orientation
Fox Valley Golf Outing
Fond du Lac Golf Outing
Board of Directors
President - Elect