DSPS Real Estate License Renewal Deadline ~ Monday, December 14th
The Wisconsin Department of Safety & Professional Services (DSPS) license renewal deadline is fast approaching!
The DSPS will notify licensees through email, so it is important to make sure your contact information is up-to-date with the DSPS. The license renewal will open up approximately six weeks before the due date, so around early November. The DSPS will send out a courtesy reminder email at that time. After the renewal has begun, licensees will be able to log in and renew their real estate sales or brokers licenses at the following link: User Log-in If you do not know your PIN, please use the link below: Pin Look-up
License Renewal & CE Upload
The DSPS requires the completion of four mandatory and two elective CE courses to renew your real estate license by 12-14-20.
When licensees renew online they will be asked to confirm course title, school/sponsor, course dates and CE hours. For more information on how to check at www.wra.org for classes you've taken, click here and enter your myWRA login and password.
Need Help Renewing? ~ Thursday Takeaway Video: https://www.wra.org/thursdaytakeaways/episode55/
~ Online Step by Step Video: www.wra.org/licenserenewalvideo
FINAL RANW Dues Deadline is Thursday, Dec 31st
The final dues deadline is Thursday, December 31st. The easiest way to pay is online at www.ranw.org. The red dues button links to a new member portal, but the process is the same: just use your member ID or NRDS number and follow the steps. More features of the member portal will be launched in the next few months. Watch www.ranw.org and the newsletter for updates.
Thank you for your membership!
NAR Approves Changes to Code of Ethics Article 10 and Statement of Policy 29
NAR's Board of Directors on November 13th approved a series of recommendations that extend the application of Article 10 of the Code of Ethics to discriminatory speech and conduct both related to and outside of members' real estate practices, strengthening REALTORS®' commitment to upholding fair housing ideals.
Article 10 prohibits REALTORS® from discriminating on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, national origin, sexual orientation, or gender identity in the provision of professional services and in employment practices. The NAR Board approved a new Standard of Practice under the Article, 10-5, that states, "REALTORS® must not use harassing speech, hate speech, epithets, or slurs" against members of those protected classes.
The NAR Board also approved a change to professional standards Policy #29, expanding the Code of Ethics' applicability to all of a member's activities (unless otherwise provided for in specific Articles) and added guidance to the Code of Ethics and Arbitration Manual to help professional standards hearing panels apply the new standard.
Finally, NAR Directors approved a revision to the NAR Bylaws, expanding the definition of "public trust" to include all discrimination against the protected classes under Article 10, along with all fraud, and clarifying Associations' requirements in sharing with the state real estate licensing authority, final ethics decisions holding REALTORS® in violation of the Code of Ethics in instances involving real estate-related activities and transactions where there is reason to believe the public trust may have been violated.
The NAR Board made these changes effective immediately, although the changes cannot be applied to speech or conduct that occurred before the effective date. More information, along with an FAQ, can be found here.
RANW Directors Elected
The following slate of nominees previously presented by the Nominating Committee for election to the RANW Board of Directors has been deemed by the Board to be uncontested and elected to the 2021 RANW Board: Michael Sewell, Pat Kaster, Diane Campshure-Walczyk, K.C. Maurer. The members are elected for a three-year term effective January 2021. Thank you for your service to RANW!
Thank You to All RANW Neighborhood Outreach Volunteers & Sponsors!
Thank you to all the volunteers for RANW's 13th Annual Neighborhood Outreach Day! A total of 154 members were able to help 39 elderly and disabled homeowners through Northeast Wisconsin!! Click here for pictures!
RANW Holiday Parties Canceled for 2020
Reposting in case you missed it that the 2020 RANW Holiday Parties were canceled due to the ongoing pandemic. We know how much planning goes into these annual events and we thank our members and our holiday committees for being so understanding. We'll hope for better days in 2021!
RPAC - Have You Backed Your Industry This Year?
RPAC is critical to REALTORS®. Each session there are up to 4,000 bills introduced in the state legislature, and many of them impact the real estate industry, property owners, and the quality of life in communities across Wisconsin.
RPAC does not buy votes, but it does help to elect candidates that support housing and real estate interests. To learn more about some of the legislative victories WRA has secured read the 2020 WRA Legislative Report.
It's not too late to invest in your industry. You can pay RPAC online today!
MLS RULE: Report Offer Statuses Within 24 Hours
Section 4.15 Contingencies Applicable to Listings-Reporting of Offer Statuses reads, in part: All Offer Status changes … shall be specified and reported to the MLS … within 24 hours (excepting weekends, holidays, and postal holidays)…. Listings that include a provision that such disclosures may not be made through MLS, even if directed by the seller, are ineligible for inclusion in MLS. Listings stating such a restriction will not be accepted, and if amended with such restrictions after filing, listing will be withdrawn by MLS.
When all contingencies to the Accepted Offer have been met, the listing should be placed in the Pending status until it closes. Days on Market is calculated from the List Date to the Pending Date.
NAR & DOJ Settlement on MLS Policies
The National Association of REALTORS (NAR) recently advised members of a lawsuit filed by the Department of Justice against NAR over certain MLS policies; a settlement was subsequently reached by both parties. NAR President Charlie Oppler and NAR General Counsel Katie Johnson issued a statement regarding the settlement. The intro to the statement follows.
STATEMENT from National Association of REALTORS (NAR):
"Today, NAR reached an agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to make certain changes to the Code of Ethics and NAR MLS policies regarding providing information about commissions and MLS participation. We are making these changes to address questions raised by the DOJ, and even though NAR disagrees with the DOJ's characterization of our rules and policies, by reaching this agreement NAR will be able to remain focused on supporting our members as they preserve, protect, and advance the American dream of homeownership.
Although the exact language is still being finalized, most of the changes seek to more explicitly state what is already the spirit and intent of NAR's Code of Ethics and MLS policies regarding providing information about commissions and MLS participation."
Additional info on the settlement with the DOJ and what changes are expected can be found in the REALTOR® Magazine and on NAR's Website. (There is also a video on the website.)
MLS Policy Changes Approved by NAR - Effective Early 2021
NAR's Board of Directors approved eight recommendations (unrelated to the DOJ settlement) on November 13th aimed at bringing more consistent standards to REALTOR®-owned MLSs across the country regardless of size. The recommendations strengthen accountability on the part of both MLSs and their Participants (broker members) and subscribers (agents or brokers affiliated with a participant) in four areas: Compliance, Data, Governance and Services. Under NAR policy, Participants are required to submit accurate listing data and correct known errors. The new standards emphasize this obligation and outline specific administrative and other enforcement procedures of MLS Rules regarding data accuracy, as well as cooperation.
Under the new rules, MLS participants and subscribers who receive more than a minimum number of administrative sanctions in a year will be required to attend a hearing(s) for subsequent infractions; their broker would be notified and would also need to attend any hearing. And for data errors, the recommendations would require MLSs to have the option of processing complaints without revealing the complainant's name. RANW MLS already has this in place with the "police" function in Paragon. NAR also clarified policy requiring MLSs to include in any API data feeds the same access and information as in RETS data feeds. And in an administrative clarification, MLSs must display customer service and technical support contact information on their websites. Consistent with NAR's ACT fair housing action plan, MLSs are now also required to put in place a process for identifying potential fair housing law violations in listing content and advising participants and subscribers to remove or correct potential violations. RANW MLS has had a screening process in place for many years.
The required rules go into effect January 1, 2021, and the local implementation deadline is March 1, 2021.
Realtor.com COVID-19 Housing Market Update
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How the Pending Status Affects Your DOM
DOM (Days on Market) for RANW MLS listings is calculated from the List Date to the Pending Date, which would be the date any/all contingencies to an accepted offer have been met, and the listing is no longer taking offers (see definition from MLS Rules below). The status change from an Active status to the Pending status must, by MLS Rules, be submitted to MLS or entered into LIM immediately upon occurrence. When a listing is put into the Pending status, the clock stops on the DOM calculation. If something were to happen at that last minute that caused the sale to fall through, the listing can be brought back to Active and the time spent in the Pending status would not be counted in the DOM.
From MLS Rules & Regulations, Section 4.15:
PENDING: Accepted Offer with no contingencies; it is ready to close. Pending properties are also are included in the RETS feeds for posting by most member and public websites. Pending date to be entered immediately, not to wait for posting closed information in MLS.
Transfer Earnest Money Electronically with TrustFunds!
How does it work?
Electronic Earnest Money Agent Benefits Sign in to Paragon and visit your TrustFunds login page in your Resources tab! You can also click on the logo for TrustFunds on any MLS listing to transfer earnest money!
Realtor.com December Training Sessions
Please visit Realtor.com for the most recent on-demand and scheduled live training. If you see a subject that interests you, click on the title on the page and register! On demand videos are recorded and available at anytime.
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 below 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 Brokers
FREE Live Paragon Webinars!
Black Knight (Paragon) has brought back a regularly scheduled series of webinars. These FREE, live webinars will help you get much-needed information to continue being productivity in an ever-changing work environment. Click here for the webinar calendar. Please visit or follow on Facebook @ParagonMLS.
Welcome to the Lockbox Program
Mann & Associates Real Estate
Showing Notes in SupraWEB and Supra eKEY
Supra's monthly how-to video is here!
This month we feature a how-to video for Showing Notes. Click HERE to watch the video.
Important — To set up a showing note in SupraWEB:
· The MLS must be sending listing information to Supra
· The listing must be assigned to a keybox
· The agent must be the primary agent on the listing
To view all the current membership changes for RANW click here.
RANW would like to extend its sincerest condolences to thefamily, friends, and co-workers of:
~ Deborah Taylor of D & D Realty, LLC in her recent passing.
Congratulations on Your Retirement!
RANW congratulates the following REALTOR® and Affiliate members on their recent retirement:
~ Sarah Hoppe, 5 Star Appraisal, LLC, Green Bay
~ Bill Johnson, Coldwell Banker Real Estate Group, Green Bay
Ethics Deadline is 12-31-21-Report Crs 4 Early
A new three-year ethics cycle began January 1, 2019, and the deadline for this has been extended to December 31, 2021.
REALTORS® are required by NAR to complete ethics training of not less than 2 hours, 30 minutes of instructional time within three-year cycle. The training must meet specific learning objectives and criteria established by the National Association of REALTORS®. Training may be completed through the following options:
~ CE Course 4- Ethics & Best Practices (send Crs 4 certificate to RANW)
~ New Member Orientation class completed January, 2019-December, 2021
~ NAR's Online class - click here.
Congratulations on Your Wedding!
Congratulations to the following REALTOR® member on their recent wedding:
~ Krista Schaefer,Adashun Jones, Fond du Lac
New Member Benefit! Introducing REALTORS Group Life Insurance
Help safeguard your family's future. Group term life insurance is now available for NAR members through the REALTOR Benefits® Program and NAR's REALTORS® Insurance Place platform:
~ REALTORS® Group Term Life Insurance
~ REALTORS® Mature Group Term Life Insurance
~ REALTORS® Group AD&D (Accidental Death & Dismemberment) Insurance
For generations, life insurance has proven to be a cost-effective way to help protect families from the economic impact of losing a loved one. If you have a spouse, children, or other family members depending on you, group term life insurance can be an easy and cost-effective way to make sure money is available to help them cover expenses after you're gone.
Member benefits include negotiated group rates, and there are a range of coverage amounts available. Your spouse or domestic partner is also eligible, and once insured coverage can last through age 95 regardless of changes in health.
NAR Teams with Buffini & Company to Offer Exclusive Member Pricing
Announcing 100 Days to Greatness®, a unique training program offered through NAR's REALTOR Benefits® Program.
As part of our continued efforts to provide valuable resources for members, NAR is partnering with Buffini & Company to launch 100 Days to Greatness®. This 14-week program combines video-based training from industry expert Brian Buffini, role-playing exercises, and action steps focused on real-life scenarios participants can put into practice quickly for business success.
The course is aimed at newer agents looking for a firm foundation and those returning to the business after a hiatus—but the program will also serve those looking to jumpstart their business and take it to the next level. Brokers can explore a companion program that offers an opportunity to support their agents completing the course, as a mentor/facilitator.
Learn more about this program and the exclusive offer available through the REALTOR Benefits® Program at nar.realtor/realtorbenefits/buffini today!
Take a Quick Break for Quick Insight
Have you checked out the Thursday Takeaways video series yet? The WRA's newest online training series is your weekly guide to learn what's relevant in the industry and cutting-edge for your business. Plus, the video series is free with your WRA membership! Episode topics The series has episodes already available, covering topics like:
~ WB-11 changes
~ REALTOR® professionalism
~ MLS policies
~ Protected buyers
~ REALTOR® diversity
~ Designations and training
~ And many more Access the Program here
Save on GE Appliances with Your NAR Member Benefits
Exclusive for REALTORS®! Receive exceptional savings on GE Appliances’ extensive line of high-quality home appliances to fit your budget and style. This new REALTOR Benefits® Program offer provides savings on popular products, including Profile™, Cafe™, GE®, Monogram®, Haier, and Hotpoint® appliances:
• Wall ovens
• Washers and dryers
• Air conditioners, and more
In-home delivery, installation, and haul-away services are also offered, where available. Plus, once you set up your account, you can refer clients, friends, and family members to pass along the same great NAR member discounts, where available. Bonus Savings! Opt-in for the GE Appliances Store email communications to be the first to know about special sales events for REALTORS® during peak savings times such as Black Friday events, holiday promotions, and more.
Events At a Squint
DSPS License Renewal Deadline
Membership Renewal Deadline
RANW Closed for Holiday
RANW Closed for Holiday
Paragon Live Web Trainings
Homesnap Live Web Trainings
RANW Closed for Holiday
RANw Closed for Holiday
Paragon Live Web Trainings
Homesnap Live Web Trainings
Paragon Live Web Trainings
Homesnap Live Web Trainings
2020 RANW & MLS
Boards of Directors
RANW & MLS Executive Committee President
RANW Directors Andy Beiser
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