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Volume 26, Issue 11 — november 2019  
Realtor News   |   Education   |   Events   |   Government Affairs  |   MLS  |   Membership  |   Appraiser  |   Commercial 

Top Stories

Discounted Dues Deadline ~ Friday November 15th!!!

Renew Your Membership for 2020 in the New Member Portal!

November is REALTOR Designation Awareness Month

Training on RANW New Addenda for RANW Members ~ Dec 3rd and 5th

"Don't be a Turkey Tour" ~ November 11-15th

Thank You to All RANW Neighborhood Outreach Volunteers & Sponsors!

RANW Holiday Parties are Around the Corner ~ Don't Forget to Register!

New MLS Tool ~ Homesnap Pro Has Arrived!

Changes in Paragon and RANW MLS Policies Coming

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Discounted Dues Deadline ~ Friday November 15th!!!

Don't miss out --pay your renewal dues by the discounted deadline of Friday, November 15th. 
Please pay the original amount on the renewal invoice you received by Nov. 15th to take advantage of the $50 savings. After November 15th, dues increase by $50.
Check out the New Member Portal (article below) for the easiest way to pay online!
Questions? Please email Cheryl at cdreger@ranw.org.
Thank you to our members who've already renewed!

Renew Your Membership for 2020 in the New Member Portal!

Congrats to those of you already venturing into RANW's New Member portal!
Members can pay 2020 dues through the new portal as well as update
personal information in the RANW database. For example, your home address changed? You can update it right on the portal.
Your member IDs are listed too, along with your license number, phone and office info. Easy links to popular websites are also right on the home page, conveniently in one place.
Another great feature for company management is the account lookup for Brokers and Affiliate Designates where you can view members in your office to see if they have paid their renewal dues yet.
Down the road, when other new functions are launched, members will be able to check the calendar for RANW Continuing Education and events and register online and even have a history of your events. And we hope by early next year we'll be offering MLS billing online!
There are lots of features to check out with our new portal.
Log in today using your RANW (MLS) Member ID or NAR ID by or refer back to the link emailed to all members this month.

Congratulations to our 2019 Jim Smith Excellence in Professionalism Winners!

The Excellence in Professionalism Award recognizes overall service to the REALTORS® Association of Northeast Wisconsin. The recipients of this award exemplify high principles of professionalism and promote the Code of Ethics and other industry-specific standards of practice.
This year the award has been renamed posthumously in honor of long-time RANW Member and Volunteer Jim Smith.
Congratulations to this year's winners! 
Jody Kemppainen
Shorewest Realtors, Green Bay

~Green Bay Holiday Committee (Chair 2018-2019) 
~ Special Events Committee Member raising money for
Make-A-Wish Wisconsin
~ Howard Suamico Athletic Department supporter and Salvation Army bell ringer

Mike Hrnak 
Adashun Jones, Inc

~Special Events Committee Member raising money for
Make-A-Wish Wisconsin
~ Oshkosh Golf Committee (Chair 2016-2017) and participant 
~Oshkosh Elks Lodge supporter and Past-President

November is REALTOR Designation Awareness Month

REALTOR® Designation Awareness Month is recognized annually in the month of November. The National Association of REALTORS® encourages members to increase their professionalism, marketability, proficiency, and income through pursuance of an officially endorsed NAR designation or certification.
There is an official NAR designation for practically every specialty area in the real estate industry. Designations and certifications are awarded by each affiliated group upon completion of required courses.
Click here for more information or click here for a complete list of designations.


Training on RANW New Addenda for RANW Members ~ Dec 3rd and 5th

Newly Updated RANW Addenda Forms available ~ Training on New Addenda for RANW Members
Special request - Member Companies do not use the new Offer to Purchase until the new RANW Addenda is on Zipforms

WRA Attorney, Debbi Conrad and RANW Pres-Elect, Michael Sewell

Additional training: If RANW hears from members there is a need, RANW will hold additional training sessions.
RSVP: Please register online 
HERE or call 920-739-9108 by November 26th to ensure a seat and training materials; there is no cost for the training.
The new RANW Addenda A and B to the Offer to Purchase and the RANW Addendum to WB-41 will be available on Zipforms some time in December, prior to the new WB-11 Offer to Purchase mandatory use date of January 1st.

"You don't want to miss this opportunity to learn how the changes to the WRA WB-11 Offer to Purchase and the RANW Addenda A & B work hand in hand with each other. We have tried hard to make sure we revised any areas of concern that members had with the previous RANW Addenda as well as enhanced the forms to coincide with the new Offer to Purchase." -Lori Muller, RANW MLS Forms Committee Chair

WRA has separate training resources available for the new WB-11 Offer to Purchase. Please see https://www.wra.org/FormsUpdate/ for more information. 

Broker Summit ~ December 12th, Waukesha

If you're a manager, owner or broker, the WRA's Broker Summit is just for you! With several great sessions, you'll gain insight into the economy and your practice - relevant for today and tomorrow. You'll learn about boosting your firm's success with marketing, technology and more with information from various workshops offered at Broker Summit. Visit wra.org for details.

How to Thwart 6 Hacking Threats

October was National Cyber Security Awareness Month-a time for cautionary reminders of the digital dangers to your business. Take these steps to keep you and your clients safe from scammers.
Are you doing enough to keep your personal data and that of your clients secure? Recent cyber attacks, including the hacking of the Corcoran Group's computer systems-which exposed agent commissions to company employees-should serve as a wake-up call to the industry. Wire fraud, another prominent problem in the real estate industry, also can cost your clients their entire down payment and unravel transactions in the final minutes.
Real estate was the second-most targeted industry for malware in the second quarter of 2018, according to a report from cyber security firm eSentire. October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month, and security organizations are using this time to raise consciousness about making cyber security a priority in business. REALTOR® Magazine uncovers a few of the vulnerabilities that real estate pros are facing.
Click here to read the full article.
                                              Reprinted from NAR Internal News Service, October 23, 2019.


"Don't be a Turkey Tour" ~ November 11-15th

The "Don't be a Turkey Tour" is November 11-15, 2019. Volunteer opportunities have been reserved on November 12th at six food banks/pantries across Wisconsin. Click here for the map and details. Volunteer at your local food pantry or food bank to help Wisconsin children. Use the link to 2-1-1 Wisconsin or the food pantry locator below to find your local pantry. 

Thank You to All RANW Neighborhood Outreach Volunteers & Sponsors!

Thank you to all the volunteers for RANW's 12th Annual Neighborhood Outreach Day! 276 members were able to help 67 elderly and disabled homeowners through Northeast Wisconsin!! Also a special thank you to our sponsors for providing the volunteers with such a wonderful lunch after a long morning of hard work! Click here for pictures!

Fox Valley:
Green Bay:
Fond du Lac

Marcia Erdman, Evans Title Companies
Jason Herbst, Johnson Bank
Jennifer Bratz, Guaranty Title Services
Keith Snyder, Farmers State Bank
Marcus Butts, Verve, a Credit Union
Barb Schlieve, Assurance Title
Ric Thompson,  Ace Home Inspections, LLC

Thank You to Everyone Who Attended our 2019 Annual Meeting!

Thank you to everyone who made it to our 2019 Annual Meeting on October 22nd. This sold-out lunch featured Keynote Speaker, Bergstrom Automotive CEO, John Bergstrom. Andy Beiser, Mike Kunesh and Ben Lyons were voted into the 2020-2022 RANW Board of Directors. RANW MLS Directors, newly appointed to the reorganized 2019 Board, were introduced. RPAC awards were handed out as well as the Jim Smith Excellence in Professionalism Awards. To view the entire 2019 Annual Report click HERE. This meeting was made possible by our sponsors at Associated Bank and Evans Title Companies.

RANW Holiday Parties are Around the Corner ~ Don't Forget to Register!

Join us as we gather together to celebrate the holiday season!

Green Bay Area Holiday Party -  Thursday, December 12th
Rockwood Terrace (Under Ariens Hill in Titletown District)
5:00pm - 10:00pm
Register by Thursday, December 5th to attend!
Green Bay Holiday Registration-
Click Here to Register!
* Admission is free with the donation of (1) unwrapped gift for Toys-for-Tots

Fond du Lac  Area Holiday Party - Thursday, December 5th
Ziegler Winery
5:00pm - 9:00pm
Register by Wednesday, November 27th to attend!
Fond du Lac Holiday Registration- Click Here to Register!
*Admission is free with the donation of a non-perishable item for Food For Thought

WRA Winter Convention ~ January 2020, Lac du Flambeau

Don't miss one of the WRA's best-kept secrets! Mark your calendar for January 28-29, 2020, and kick off the new year with Winter Convention, featuring motivational speakers, informative workshops, CE, exhibits and winter fun, including a bags tournament, casino gaming and some of the best snowmobiling trails in the state.

Government Affairs

Direct Giver Program

We are in the final stretch of RANW's Direct Giver Fundraising period, and we are just one year out from the 2020 November elections. Given the enormous issues the real estate industry is facing, 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.


New MLS Tool ~ Homesnap Pro Has Arrived!

Instant Info on Any Property and Market Changes:
~New listings, price changes, contracts, sales and off-markets
~Unified property history with all past listings.
~Similar active listings and sales comps
~Accurate school attendance zones and lot boundaries
~Homesnap News Feed featuring client actions and relevant market activity ~Instant CMAs right from your phone.

Integrated Messaging and Communications:
~Share market activity with clients and communicate with other agents through Homesnap's in-app messaging
~Invite clients and contacts to collaborate and connect in their home search.
~Complete directory of every office and agent in the MLS

What's included (for free) in Homesnap Pro?
~Real-time MLS data on your phone (search for properties by commute, draw your own search, search by school district, filter by status, price, beds, baths, etc.)
~Connecting with clients (messaging, sharing properties, seeing homes clients "snap" and favorites)
~See agent-only confidential data from the MLS
~Schedule showings with Showing Time
~Create a rapid CMA
~See agent information
Create a "Homesnap Story" (like an Instagram story) on your Active listings
~Message other agents
~"Snap" a home by taking a photo of it and get all the related information, on ANY property
~Walk the property lines(not available on Android)
~Free leads from consumers exploring your listings on Homesnap.com or in the Homesnap app.

Homesnap Account Setup for New Users:

How to Invite Customers to join you in Homesnap (Vimeo video):

How to Make a Homesnap Story for Your Listing:

Homesnap's Field Guide on How To Use Homesnap:

There are also more free features coming out in a couple months - RANW MLS agents will be able to get unlimited information on off-market properties and see a "Likelihood to List" score on off-market properties (based on length of mortgage, equity, distressed status, etc.) to help you decide which homes to target to get new clients. You will also be able to get unlimited contact information (when available) for the folks in those homes. Homesnap is anticipating this "Next Generation" of Homesnap will come out in December or early next year...

What are the extras in Homesnap Pro+ and Homesnap Ads (at an additional cost)?
~Pro+ subscription (paid annually) means Homesnap will maintain and update your Google Business Profile for you. Automatic posts to keep it active. Reminders to get Google reviews from clients when you have a sale. Search metrics on Google on what your page's traffic looks like. Lead pages for your listings.
~With Homesnap Ads you can promote listings and sales on Facebook, Google, Instagram, and Waze. Either on a per-listing basis, or "subscribe and save " will automatically charge your card and run an ad for you every time you list a home or close a deal. Make sure and select the option you want! Download the app by visitinghomesnap.com/get.

Activate your Homesnap Pro account by signing up as an agent. For technical support, please contact support@homesnap.com or call 1-866-855-2622.

Training questions? Email training@homesnap.com. 

Changes in Paragon and RANW MLS Policies Coming

RANW MLS will be making changes to MLS data, definitions, and policies (expected in early 2020). Details will be provided to members at a later date. Square footage, Building Style and Architecture, Garages, Waterfront, and Address fields are all expected to be updated. Watch for more information coming in next month's newsletter!

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

MLS Basics Class Offered ~ Nov 7th and Dec 3rd

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 by clicking on the date below:
Thursday, November 7th
Tuesday, December 3rd

Listing Maintenance Class ~ Nov 12th and Dec 10th

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 on the class date to access the Google form to register.
Tuesday, November 12th
Tuesday, December 10th

Lockbox Program

Welcome to the Lockbox Program

Milwaukee Executive Realty
Servi Group, Inc.


Milwaukee, WI
New Franken, WI

Supra eKEY Agent Alert Safety Feature

A safety feature in the Supra eKEY app called "Alerts" sends notices to up to 3 pre-determined contacts at the touch of a button. Program emergency contact e-mail addresses and/or phone numbers using SupraWEB. Compose a message to e-mail or text your emergency contacts. If the keyholder needs to alert these contacts during an appointment, the ALERT button is pressed and held on the eKEY for 3 seconds. The pre-defined message is sent to contacts along with a link to a map of the location of the eKEY.
To learn more about the Supra eKEY Safety Alerts Feature, please view Supra's Agent Alert flyer online

Preventative Care for BTLE Lockboxes

1. To avoid jamming the key container, always make sure to put the key in the correct spot. There is a place in the back of the key container that has an image of a key and the no symbol over top of the key. Do not place the key in this area of the key container or the container will jam. A jammed key container often must be cut open by a locksmith and the lockbox destroyed.
2. Also to avoid jamming the key container, do not turn the lockbox upside down when activating the lockbox. This may cause the key(s) inside to transfer to the incorrect part of the lockbox. Instead, make sure to place the lockbox on a door handle and keep upright at all times. If your clients complain about the lockbox possibly harming the exterior of the door, consider purchasing door protectors at the Board office or placing lockbox on a rear or side door. Never leave the lockbox unattached as leased equipment is the responsibility of the Company. Equipment has been stolen or taken in the past.
3. Do not leave lockboxes on the ground or attached to an iron railing. Our main issue with lockboxes in the winter months are shackles unable to release that have been attached to iron railings. These boxes need to be cut off by a locksmith.
4. Companies: Please make sure you're using SupraWEB to assign lockboxes to properties. When lockboxes are properly assigned and inventory organized, fewer lockboxes are lost. Using SupraWEB, your company can also track activity on lockboxes. Please contact RANW MLS if your OA or staff needs assistance in setting up and using SupraWEB.
5. Companies can obtain an Emergency Display Key (DKey) for emergency use only. If an agent breaks his or her phone and needs to use this office DKey, a report must be filled out for each use. These keys are also very useful if a key container is jammed and unable to activate the Bluetooth on a lockbox. Using a DKey, a keyholder can release a shackle on a jammed lockbox. A fob can also be paired with Bluetooth on your smart device in order to release the shackle of a jammed keybox.

Supra Lockbox One Day Code Versus Reciprocal Access

Any nonmember of RANW who is in a MLS participating in WIREX, is eligible for a one-day code for lockboxes in the RANW MLS service area. This does NOT include nonmembers who are members of Central WI MLS, South Central WI MLS or Marinette WI MLS. For example, Metro MLS has Sentrilock lockboxes and DOES NOT have a reciprocal agreement with RANW MLS. So a Metro MLS member looking to show a property in the RANW MLS will need a one-day code in order to access the Supra lockbox. 

Any nonmember in the CENTRAL WI MLS, SOUTH CENTRAL WI MLS or MARINETTE WI MLS is eligible for reciprocal access to the Supra System. Reciprocal access means as a member of an MLS that has the SUPRA system and Supra lockboxes, all that is needed is to submit an application for access to another MLS that also has the Supra system and Supra Lockboxes.  For reciprocal access that will last until participating MLSs Supra Lockbox system expires, please contact your primary MLS for set-up. A member of RANW looking to reciprocate with Central, South Central WI or Marinette WI MLSs should contact RANW MLS at 920-739-9108 or e-mail aschilling@ranw.org.

For further clarification on the One-Day Code, please visit our website: 

For step by step screenshots on how to give a One-Day Code to a nonmember agent, please visit: http://www.ranw.org/pdf/MLS/LockboxesKeys/NonMemberSupralockboxAccess.pdf


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:

~ Conni Duranceau, in her recent passing. Conni was a REALTOR® with Keller Williams Green Bay in De Pere. 

Congratulations on Your Wedding!

RANW congratulates Allie Prenkert on her recent wedding.  Allie is an REALTOR® with Landro Fox Cities Realty in Kimberly.

Congratulations on Your Retirement!

RANW congratulates the following long-time REALTOR® members on their recent retirement:
~ Ron Leeman of Leeman Appraisal Service in Oshkosh
~ Ron Malueg of Exit Elite Realty in Shawano


WRA Offers Members FREE Tech Helpline

WRA 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. 

REALTOR Benefits® Program - Take Advantage of the Savings!

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®.
~ See our limited-time offers
~ View all partners  
~ Learn more about the Program

WRA Offers "Thursday Takeaways" Free Video Series

The WRA has recently launched a new weekly video series, called Thursday Takeaways, which will cover many new topics ranging from forms tips, mortgage and loan information, designations, tech tips, professionalism and anything relevant and new to the real estate industry. Episodes will run five minutes (or less) in length and be pushed through email and all of our social media outlets. New hosts will be featured weekly, typically a REALTOR®, industry expert or someone on the WRA staff.
The first two Episodes are now available and cover WB-11 Form Changes and Password tips. Feel free to lift and share as you see fit. A link to the episodes are below. While the current Episodes are freely-accessible right now, members will eventually be required to login to access them. As always, comments and suggestions are welcome. Access the Program at: wra.org/thursdaytakeaways


APPRAISERS: Customizing Search Screens

A message from Judd Stevenson, Appraiser and President of the RANW
Board of Directors
Dear Fellow Appraiser,
During Appraiser Continuing Education class, I was asked why Paragon doesn't allow searches with just above grade square footage. Paragon does allow searches for just above grade square footage and you can customize your default screen to just have above grade square footage.

Here's how to customize your default screen:
1. On your default screen, click "Customize" it is located at the tool bar at the top of the search square on your computer
2. Then click "Fields"
3. Go to Containers, and then click Secondary Criteria
4. See the SQFT Total Fin Above and Below and mark that,
5. In middle of screen, click "Remove"
6. Now go to the upper left part of box to the Search area and type in SQFT
7. Select SQFT Fin Above Grade
8. Go to the middle and click "Add"
9. Now you can move that search criteria up or down within the Secondary Criteria by clicking the up arrow or down arrow. Personally, I put it at the top of the Secondary Criteria because it's that important to me in my searches.
10. Now go to the upper right corner of that individual box you were moving up/down and click "Apply/Save" and it will now become your default Secondary Criteria selection!!!

Hope this helps those that are interested. For a PDF document of customizing instructions, go to Resources > My Links and open the How to: Customize Search Screens and Results Spreadsheets documents,
click here.

For assistance or technical support, contact Paragon Customer Care at 877-MLS-HELP (877-657-4357) or RANW MLS at (920) 739-9108.


All Paper Forms 50% Off!

Effective immediately, RANW will be offering all paper forms in stock for 50% off! View the forms order price list to see which forms are available HERE. Prices will be reduced by 50% at time of sale.
Please place your orders by e-mailing khubers@ranw.org or aschilling@ranw.org or calling the RANW office Monday-Friday 8:30am-5pm at (920)739-9108.
Once the forms are sold, RANW will no longer re-order and carry paper forms as the WRA has discontinued printing services. Digital Forms are available as a part of your Association membership with Zip Forms online (https://ziplogix.com). To contact Ziplogix, please call 800-383-9805.
First come, first serve. Limited quantities available. Thank you.

Shoe Cover Holder - Perfect for Open Houses!

This heavy-duty canvas holder comes in navy blue (in stock) or dark green (can be ordered) with white printing.
~ Size is 8"x8"x10" when open and 1"x11"x12" when folded flat for storage.
~ Free door hanger included
~ Reusable
~ Impress your clients at your next open house!
~ Call RANW today to order.
~ $14.00 plus tax


Events At a Squint
MLS Basics Class
NAR Conference Begins
Turkey Tour (Nov 11-15)
Listing Maintenance Class
Forms Committee
Discounted Dues Deadline
RANW Office Closed
RANW Office Closed
New Addenda Training
MLS Basics Class
New Addenda Training
Fond du Lac Holiday Party
Listing Maintenance Class
Broker Summit
Green Bay Holiday Party
RANW Closed
RANW Closed
Dues FINAL Deadline
RANW Closed
RANW Closed
WRA Winter Convention
WRA Winter Convention

2019 RANW
Board of Directors

Judd Stevenson

President Elect
Michael Sewell


Pat Kaster

Michael Kunesh

Executive VP
Margery Chapman

Diane Campshure
Candace Kriner 
Charlene Maurer
Jill Dickson-Kesler
Scott Swick

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