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Volume 26, Issue 5 — may 2019  
Realtor News   |   Education   |   Events   |   Government Affairs  |   MLS  |   Membership  |   Appraiser  |   Commercial 

Top Stories

RANW Timber Rattlers Fundraiser: June 20th - Get Your Tickets Today!

Mark Your Calendar for RANW's 2019 RANW Golf Outings

Coming in 2019 - Paragon Connect

Changing Your Paragon Password

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Bylaw Changes Approved by RANW Directors April 18, 2019

RANW Bylaw and Membership Policy Amendments Approved by RANW Board of Directors on April 18, 2019 - new language in bold and underline

Amendment 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. 

Bylaws Change Approved by RANW Board of Directors April 18, 2019
ARTICLE XI. Section 5(d)
(a) Additionally, the Nominating Committee shall nominate for election by the Association Board of Directors, one candidate for each place to be filled on the Board of Directors of the subsidiary Multiple Listing Service corporation, subject to the qualifications and restrictions in the Bylaws of the MLS. The Nominating Committee, subject to approval of the Association Board of Directors, may require an application from and/or interview of candidates. The report of the Nominating Committee shall be sent to the Association Board of Directors at least three one weeks preceding the election of MLS Directors. The election of MLS Directors shall take place by the end of October of each year, or by the Annual Meeting of the Association. (6/18)

Article XII Meetings. Section 4 
Add: Minutes of RANW Membership Meetings. Minutes of Membership Meetings shall be approved at the next regular meeting of the RANW Board of Directors.


Professional Standards Committee Training ~ Thursday, May 23rd

Professional Standards Committee training will be Thursday, May 23rd, from 9 am-12 pm and 1-4 pm! Watch the website for additional information. All committees require significant real estate experience and in-depth knowledge of the Code of Ethics, and annual training in the professional standards process. 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.

WRA's Annual Convention ~ September 10-11th, Wisconsin Dells

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! 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!
Click here for more information.


RANW Timber Rattlers Fundraiser: June 20th -Get Your Tickets Today!

Join us on Thursday, June 20th for our annual RANW Timber Rattlers fundraiser benefiting Make-a-Wish Wisconsin. Tickets WILL sell out, so get yours today! Click HERE to purchase tickets!

Date: Thursday, June 20th
Location: Fox Cities Stadium
Dinner & Raffles: 4:30 pm (under the tent!) 
Game:  7:05 pm
Dinner: Includes (2) Drink Tickets, Raffles and Pre-Game fun for the entire family!
Proceeds: 100% of net proceeds will benefit Make-A-Wish Wisconsin
Price: $25/ adults & $15/ kids 12 and under.

Click HERE to learn more about the kids & wishes granted through our 2018 fundraiser! Want more information about sponsoring or donating a prize? Contact Caryn Reinthaler at creinthaler@ranw.org or call 920-739-9108.

Mark your Calendars ~ Upcoming Popular RANW Events!

Thursday, June 20th
Wednesday, July 17th
Tuesday, August 6th
Thursday, August 22nd
Thursday, September 12th
Thursday, December 5th
Thursday, December 12th
Timber Rattler Make-A-Wish Fundraiser
Green Bay Golf Outing
Fox Valley Golf Outing
Fond du Lac Golf Outing
Oshkosh Golf Outing

Fond du Lac Holiday Party
Green Bay Holiday Party

Mark your Calendar for our 2019 RANW Golf Outings

Join us this summer for our Annual RANW Golf Outings!

Green Bay:   Wednesday, July 17th at Brown Country Golf Course
Fox Valley:   Tuesday, August 6th at Royal Saint Patrick's Golf Links
Fond du Lac: Thursday, August 22nd at Rolling Meadows Golf Course
Oshkosh:      Thursday, September 12th at Utica Golf Course

All Appraiser Lunch & Program ~ Tuesday, April 30th

Thank you to all the appraisers, the Appraiser Committee and special guest Attorney Sarah Norberg (DSPS) for attending the luncheon and program on April 30th! 

Government Affairs

Another Successful REALTOR & Government Day

On April 24, 2019 over 400 REALTORS® from around the state gathered for WRA's annual REALTOR® & Government lobby day in Madison. Northeast Wisconsin was also well represented with almost 50 RANW members. Thank you to everyone for taking time out of your busy schedules to further our advocacy mission!
As part of this day, RANW members met with legislators and their staff in the Assembly Parlor of the capitol to discuss four issues WRA is currently working on: Property tax relief; First Time Home Buyer Savings Accounts; Upgrades to the DSPS website; and Seller surveillance during showings. You can view the complete talking points on these issues
Once again, REALTORS® demonstrated the collective strength and influence the industry has in shaping laws and public policy that affects home ownership and property rights in Wisconsin.

Attention Brokers - Office Visits

Please consider adding a legislative update to your next office meeting agenda. I would welcome the opportunity to speak to your agents about the association's legislative priories for this session and how RPAC and Direct Giver contributions can make a difference to our success as an industry. 
As brokers, you have a unique opportunity to encourage agents within your office to get involved. Your example and encouragement sends a very strong message about the importance of supporting the advocacy effort of theAssociation. To schedule an office visit, please contact me at jsunstrom@ranw.org or call 920.739.9108.

Calling All Direct Givers!

May marks the start of RANW's official Direct Giver fundraising season. Although you can contribute to Direct Giver anytime during the year, we try to raise funds by mid-summer. So, if you are one of our loyal yearly contributors to Direct Giver, or are thinking of becoming a Direct Giver this year, please don't wait to send in your contribution! You can contribute in one of two ways:
1) Send a personal check payable to WRA Direct Giver (minimum of $100) and mail to RANW, W6124 Aerotech Drive, Appleton WI 54914
2) Pay
via credit card online or call Jennifer at 920.739.9108 and she will call in your information to WRA.


Coming in 2019 - Paragon Connect

Black Knight is proud to introduce Paragon Connect, a new, easy-to-use mobile application that complements our Paragon MLS system. Paragon Connect integrates seamlessly with the Paragon Collaboration Center Consumer Portal, allowing agents to better service their customers. Agents can manage their contacts, setup buyer access to the Collaboration Center Portal, view buyer and seller activity, perform property searches and much more-all on the go!

Manage contacts and clients
  • Manage Collaboration Center client portals
  • View and track client activity
  • Respond to client requests on the go
  • Perform mobile-optimized property searches, including finger-draw shapes
  • Perform hotsheet, tour and open house searches

    Paragon Connect is expected to fully launch later this year.
  • Paragon Updates in Release 5.70

    On April 24, 2019, Paragon rolled out some interesting updates! The Agent Level Enhancements include:

    Search - Power Search Voice Recognition  ~ introducing an exciting new "Live Prototype" feature - Voice Recognition for Power Search

    Search - Power Search Tab ~ updated label for the Power Search tab 

    Search - Map Tab and Results Tab ~ an updated Property Search user interface brings easy access to the Map Search.

    Quick Search - Load Last Search ~ ability to recall and run a previous Quick Search.

    Quick Search - Save Quick Search ~ option to Save and recall a Quick Search.

    CMA - Warning Message if Cover Letter Exceeds Allotted Space ~ when combined images and text in CMA Cover Letter exceeds the space allotted in the finalized document, a warning message will display.

    CMA - Tool Tip for Suggested List Price ~ a tool tip on the CMA Presentation > Comparable Price Analysis page points out where to find the Suggested List Price.

    Email Notifications ~ extra line breaks removed in Rich Text Editor
    The rich text editor for Email Notifications has been corrected to stop adding additional line breaks when editing.

    General - Updated User Interface on Tabs ~ enjoy an updated look to Paragon tabs and sub-tabs!

    Click here for an Agent Brochure describing these updates: 

    Click here for detailed release notes on these changes: 

    Changing Your Paragon Password

    Members can change their Paragon password any time by going under Preferences > User > LoginMaintenance.

    HomeBot Webinars

    Homebot is an optional tool offered through Paragon.  It is a sellers marketing tool designed to provide homeowners with data to better understand their home and how they can build wealth. The monthly report has a 68% open rate and will generate more activity between you and homeowners.
    If you don't provide your prospects with data, they will go onto the internet to find it. Homebot provides a property specific report that provides information the homeowner will not easily find only line while reinforcing you as the local market expert. In addition, we've integrated Homebot into Paragon for easy client registration. Taking 30 minutes to learn more will help improve your business.
    ~ CMA appointments to validate the value of their home
    ~ Options to save on interest payments or lower their monthly payment
    ~ How to use their equity to move up or invest in another property
    ~ Built in Social Media marketing
    ~ Agent landing page for lead generation
    ~ Activity tracking and reporting
    ~ Much more

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    Listing Maintenance Class ~ Tuesdays, May 21st and June 11th

    LIM (Listing Input and Training) class will be offered on the following Tuesdays 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, May 21st
    Click here to register for Tuesday, June 11th

    MLS Basics Class Offered ~ May 14th and June 16th

    Every MLS may do 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:
    Click here to register for Tuesday, May 14th
    ~ Click here to register for Thursday, June 6th

    Free RPR Webinars for Residential and Commercial Agents and Brokers

    Join these workshops to learn how to leverage these two powerful REALTOR® business tools to your advantage. Learn to easily set-up and connect your RPR and zipForm accounts, and then how to improve your business efficiencies by moving seamlessly between the two.
    Click here for an overview of all the various free webinars that RPR offers to REALTORS® or click on a specific specialized link below:
    Commercial Agents
    Residential Agents

    Lockbox Program

    Welcome to the Lockbox Program

    Lakeview Home Inspections
    Approved Home Inspections
    Home Buyers Marketing II 

     Affiliate Home Inspector
    Affiliate Home Inspector

    Little Chute
    Sun Prairie

    How to Obtain an Authorization Code - Set up Your SupraWEB Account

    If you get a new phone and need an authorization code to activate the eKEY app, you have the ability to do so via your SupraWEB account. It takes just a couple of minutes to set it up. For step by step instructions please click here.

    Supra eKEY Agent Alerts Feature

    Agent Alert is a convenient feature built into Supra's eKEY®, providing peace of mind for agents anywhere they carry their Supra wireless key. With the press of a button, agents have a simple and discreet method to send an alert message to priority contacts. The message and up to three contacts are set up in advance. Holding the alert button automatically sends the message to the contacts.  The message can be sent as an email or text message.  For more info click here.

    SupraWEB for Brokers - Valuable Tools for Broker/Managers

    SupraWEB allows Brokers/Managers to manage keyboxes and run reports for keyboxes assigned to your offices' inventory and the inventory of the agents that belong to those offices.  It also allows you to run key activity reports and send messages to all keyholders within your office. For the SupraWEB Guide click here.


    RANW Membership Changes

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

    Sincere Condolences

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

    ~ Jim Smith in his recent passing. Jim was Treasurer, Past-President and a Director on the boards of RANW and MLS; he served in many leadership roles over the years. Jim was broker owner of W.E. Smith Realty, Inc., in Appleton. 


    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


    RPR Expands Commercial Focus in 2019

    Since 2012, RPR has offered REALTORS® an exclusive resource to support clients and customers in the commercial marketplace. In an industry of rapidly evolving technology and strong competition, RPR has consistently worked to improve its commercial resources, including the RPR Commercial Mobile app.
    In 2019, RPR is further expanding its commercial programs and features through:
    ~ Expanded licensing of commercial data
    ~ High value commercial product integrations
    ~ New strategic outreach programs focused on building stronger relationships with commercial brokers and franchisers.
    Click here to learn more.


    Events At a Squint
    Forms Committee Meeting
    NAR Mid Year Meetings
    MLS Basics Class
    Listing Maintenance Class
    MLS Committee Meeting
    Prof Standards Training
    WCR Meeting
    Listing Maintenance Class
    New Member Orientation
    MLS Basics Class
    Make-A-Wish Fundraiser
    WCR Meeting
    RANW Closed for Holiday
    Green Bay Golf Outing

    2019 RANW
    Board of Directors

    Judd Stevenson

    President Elect
    Michael Sewell


    Pat Kaster

    Michael Kunesh

    Executive VP
    Margery Chapman

    Candace Kriner 
    Charlene Maurer
    Jill Dickson-Kesler

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