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Volume 28, Issue 4 — april 2021  
Realtor News   |   Education   |   Events   |   Government Affairs  |   MLS  |   Membership  |   Appraiser  |   Commercial 

Top Stories

April 6, 2021 Elections

REALTOR & Government Day - 4-14-21 - Virtual!

NEW and Updated MLS Training Documentation!

New Supra Resources!

Emails from RANW and RANW MLS

Member Portal is Open! Update Your Info & Add a Photo

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A Message From The President

Hello, everyone, and welcome to Fair Housing Month! Although the federal Fair Housing Act was passed in 1968, the recent Newsday investigation of real estate practices on Long Island clearly shows that we still have a long way to go before equal opportunity in housing is achieved. We can try to say, "Oh, that's Long Island; we don't have those problems here", but the reality is that discrimination in housing remains ubiquitous. Volumes have been written on this topic, but all I'm going to say here is please be sure to provide equal service to all potential purchasers, without regard to any protected class status. It's the moral thing to do, it's the ethical thing to do, it's the legal thing to do; in every way, it's the right thing to do. And, it will strengthen your business in every way, too! Enjoy the warmer weather and have a good month!
Thank you~ Michael Sewell

April is Fair Housing Month

Fair housing is more than a list of dos and don'ts, rights and penalties, and mandatory continuing education. As stewards of the right to own, use and transfer private property, fair housing protects our livelihood and business as REALTORS® and depends on a free, open market that embraces equal opportunity.

REALTORS® recognize the significance of the Fair Housing Act and reconfirm their commitment to upholding fair housing law as well as their commitment to offering equal professional service to all in their search for real property.

You can
print a copy of the REALTOR® Fair Housing Declaration and post it in your office. And you can take advantage of many new resources from NAR regarding Fair Housing, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI), including the three training sessions below

NAR's Fairhaven - An Innovative Online Simulation Training

In 2020, NAR launched Fairhaven.realtor - an innovative online simulation training, where agents work against the clock to sell homes in the fictional town of Fairhaven, while confronting discrimination in the homebuying process. During the training, learners also walk in the shoes of a homebuyer facing discrimination. The training provides customized feedback that learners can apply to daily business interactions. . It's fun and educational, and you can start the training and come back to it if you don't have time to finish in one setting.

Bias Override: Overcoming Barriers to Fair Housing

NAR also rolled out an implicit bias training video in 2020, which will be followed in 2021 with a three-hour classroom course on interrupting implicit bias in real estate. The mind science experts at the Perception Institute present this online workshop to help members avoid implicit bias in their daily business interactions. Drawing upon the latest evidence-based research, Perception explains how our brains' automatic, instant association of stereotypes with particular groups can cause us to treat those who are different from us unfairly, despite our best intentions and often without our conscious awareness. Perception then applies these concepts to the everyday work of REALTORS®, and offers strategies to override bias in order to convey respect, ensure fairness, and improve business relationships.

Want to go deeper? Take the Implicit Bias test and watch for future offerings from Perception and NAR.

At Home With Diversity®

The At Home With Diversity® (AHWD) certification course teaches REALTORS® how to work effectively with diverse populations so they can build business success in today's multicultural real estate market.

Volunteer leaders and committee members can complete the revamped At Home With Diversity® certification course at no cost by watching a video recording of the course, led by dynamic instructors Robert Morris, AHWD, and Matt Difanis, AHWD.

Upon completion of the AHWD certification course, all leaders will have the opportunity to obtain the AHWD certification with a discounted one-time application fee of $40 through May 31, 2021. (Regular application fee is $75.)
Submit application fee here.

AHWD course overview

Fair Housing Assets

NAR is committed to making housing fair for all. And yet, many don't realize the broad scope of NAR's Code of Ethics and its commitment against all forms of discrimination in housing.

These fair housing social assets are also available through the
Photofy app. Use Photofy to easily personalize pre-loaded campaign content with your photo, logo, or contact information and share to your social media accounts.

Recently Released: "People Will"
The video and digital audio spot reminds consumers that when it comes to housing, REALTORS® believe fairness is worth fighting for. Click here to view the spot. 


RANW Live Events and Gatherings On Hold

It’s hard to believe how time has flown by this past year, and while there’s finally real hope that better days are ahead, there’s still uncertainty about the safety of gathering in large groups. So out of continued concern for the wellbeing of our members, the Board has put a continued hold on planning live networking events and large in-person gatherings. This includes among other things, our golf outings and the Timber Rattlers fundraiser. We’ll keep you updated if those plans change and continue to wish you all the best as we look forward to seeing you in person as soon as we can.

Government Affairs

April 6, 2021 Elections

April Election Update - For information regarding the April 6, 2021 elections in Wisconsin, please visit MyVote.WI.Gov.

Candidates In Contested Local Races
RANW has sent out over 100 candidate questionnaire to all candidates in contested races. Many of them have taken the time to respond and we encourage you to take a few minutes to see if candidates seeking to represent you have responded, and if so, what are their views on issues important to your business and community? To see a list of contested races for counties, cities, villages, and towns throughout Northeast Wisconsin as well as responses from candidates to RANW's candidate survey list click here.

REALTOR & Government Day - 4-14-21 - Virtual!

REALTOR & Government Day
April 14, 2021 - Virtual Event

Please join us for WRA's biggest advocacy events of the year. With an all-new format, you can attend and visit lawmakers virtually, all from the comfort of home. 

Register Now


MLS Rule Revisions

Please click HERE for the updated RANW MLS Rules. The Rules were approved by the RANW MLS Directors to incorporate updates as mandated by NAR, as well as revisions to local rules.
We've included two versions on Paragon - one with changes noted, and a "clean" version with changes incorporated. You can find both versions of the new MLS Rules on Paragon, under Resources>Links> Rules.  Please review the MLS Rules with your agents.
If you have any questions, feel free to reply to this email, or call RANW MLS at 920.739.9108.
Thank you for your attention to these latest revisions to the RANW MLS Rules.

NEW and Updated MLS Training Documentation!

Take a look at the Submit a Listing Detailed Guide (great for new members). 

  • The Submit a Listing Outline is great if you need more of a checklist.
  • LIM Tips and Tricks will help you avoid delays and accidental rules violations.
  • Is there something you would like to learn about that you don't see covered on our training pages, Paragon Resources and recorded webinars or MLS vendor resources? Let us know!

    Why Use TrustFunds to Transfer Earnest Money Electronically?

    If you are already registered, you can transfer Earnest money electronically NOW! If your Broker or Title Company is not on the list of registered Trust Accounts, please email or call them to encourage them to
    sign up so you can route earnest money to their account.

    You'll love electronic earnest money because:
    • It's more secure than a paper check!
    • It's simple and convenient for you and your buyer!
    • You don't have to spend time and money driving around to pick up checks!
    • You can see the real-time status of every payment request!

    Agent Login
    Broker Login

    Add Your Photo/Logo in Paragon

    There is a document in Paragon under Resources > My Links called Tip-Photo Sizes that covers the 3 options for Agent Photos: https://www.ranw.org/media/g0clvon2/tip-photosizes.pdf

    Adding the agent photos and logo is also part of the Paragon Preferences - set-up wizard video is available here: https://player.vimeo.com/external/212665008.hd.mp4?s=26f759a0f61f563b2cd70330878853f3d38f7529&profile_id=174

    Please see the article in the Membership section about adding a photo in the member portal.  It will feed right into Paragon!

    The New RPR!

    Check out RPR's new Learning Center. There you'll find on-demand video tutorials and webinars that will bring you up to speed on how to navigate the site and take advantage of its new tools and features.
    Visit the RPR Learning Center

    Appraiser Request: Don't forget the Seller Improvements Form

    A Seller's Property Improvements Form is very helpful to both buyers and appraisers. Please provide your sellers with this form and submit to the MLS.

    NOTE: SELLER IS NOT REQUIRED TO LIST IMPROVEMENTS TO SELLER'S PROPERTY ON THIS FORM. However, if Seller so chooses, Seller takes total responsibility for the accuracy of the information provided herein by Seller. Seller is encouraged to provide receipts or documentation of work and/or services performed.

    Click HERE for the Seller Improvement Form.

    Realtor.com COVID-19 Housing Market Update - 3/19/21

    RANW MLS Stats at a Glance

    Click HERE for RANW MLS Stats at a Glance! 

    Need more info?
    Want to customize your own reports?
    Click HERE for the How-To!

    RANW MLS Webinars

    Click on the training calendar/link for each vendor to register for free daily or on demand webinars!

    Homesnap Training Calendar

    Visit the Homesnap Training Calendar for April Webinars! https://blog.homesnap.com/livestream-training-with-mariah/

    Realtor.com 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 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.

    Lockbox Program

    Welcome to the Lockbox Program

    NEW Realty Executives, LLC
    O'Brien Real Estate
    LaBelle Real Estate
    REALTOR at Large
    Luxemburg, WI
    Eden, WI
    Oakdale, MN

    New Supra Resources!

     Always assign a lockbox to your listing as best practice.
    Learn how to Assign a Lockbox to a Listing 

    2. Get a new phone or have to reinstall the eKEY app?
    Learn how to get an authorization code right from your device HERE.


    You asked for it! We've made it easier.
    Click HERE for the 2-pager!

    Supra eKEY Safety Alert Feature

    Safety tip for eKEY users:
    The Agent Alert function on your Supra eKEY is important to set up. If you ever find yourself in an unsafe situation, you can alert your contacts to your location at the push of a button! Watch the how-to video

    2021 Lockbox Audit Deadline has Passed

    Thank you so much to companies who have already submitted the 2021 Lockbox Audit. The audit was due to MLS by March 31, 2021. If you have yet to submit the audit, please email aschilling@ranw.org or khubers@ranw.org to avoid being invoiced for the leased equipment from Supra. 


    RANW Membership Changes

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

    Congratulations on Your Wedding!

    Congratulations to the following REALTOR® member on their recent wedding:
    Lori Meyerhofer-Fisher, Beiser Realty, Winneconne

    Member Portal is Open! Update Your Info & Add a Photo

    ~ Login to the member portal with your RANW id or your NRDS number. If you don't remember your ID, click here  
    ~ Click the edit button to the right of "My Profile"
    ~ To change your personal information, choose "Personal". PLEASE do not use all caps in the fields.
    ~ Choose "Photo" then "Update" to upload your photo

    Emails from RANW and RANW MLS

    RANW and RANW MLS send out emails from the following email addresses:

    If you are not receiving these emails, you may need to opt back in to receiving emails from us.

    At the bottom of our emails, it reads:
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    Larger offices and corporations: Please contact your IT department/person to unblock RANW/RANW MLS emails for future correspondence. 

    Emails might also being going to your junk or spam folder. Please check your spam folder frequently in order to avoid missing important announcements.

    Did Your Contact Accidentally "Opt Out" of Receiving Emails from PARAGON?
    Here's how to help them opt back in ~
    click this link. 


    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. 


    New Video: Ask an Appraiser

    View the recorded session as Peter Gallo, Chair of the Real Property Valuation Forum features a panel of residential, commercial, and review appraisers. If you missed the live session and the great Q&A with an impressive panel of Frank Gregoire (2021 NAR Real Property Valuation Vice Chair), Dr. Samuel Henderson, Maureen Sweeney, Michelle Bradley and Claire Aufrance (all active Realtor® appraisers), watch the recording HERE!


    Events At a Squint
    April is Fair Housing Month
    RANW Closed at Noon for holiday
    REALTOR & Govt Day
    Paragon Live Web Trainings
    Homesnap Live Web Trainings


    NAR Legislative Expo
    Paragon Live Web Trainings
    Homesnap Live Web Trainings


    Paragon Live Web Trainings
    Homesnap Live Web Trainings

    2021 RANW & MLS 
    Boards of Directors

    RANW & MLS Executive Committee
    Michael Sewell

    Diane Campshure

    Pat Kaster

    Judd Stevenson

    RANW Directors
    Andy Beiser
    Jill Dickson-Kesler
    Michael Kunesh
    Ben Lyons
    K.C. Maurer

    MLS Directors
    Debbie Gritt
    Michael Kunesh
    Lori Muller
    Brittany Voigt

    Executive VP
    Margery Chapman

    MLS Director
    Lynn Schwarm

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