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Volume 28, Issue 3 — march 2021  
Realtor News   |   Education   |   Events   |   Government Affairs  |   MLS  |   Membership  |   Appraiser  |   Commercial 

Top Stories

Virtual Appraisal CE in March

LGBTQ+ Real Estate Alliance Wisconsin Chapter Presents Wheda Seminar

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

2021 Annual Lockbox Audit Due March 31st

REALTOR Emeritus Applications Due by March 26th

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A Message From The President

When I was the RANW President in 1999, I wrote a column for the newsletter. While I won’t bore you with an entire column every month during this term as President, I thought it would be nice if I could do a brief paragraph for each newsletter. I’m very proud to be serving as your President once again, although things have changed quite a bit in the last 20 years. But one thing I mentioned to everyone in the August 1999 newsletter still rings true, especially with all we’ve been going through the last 12 months, and that’s please remember to be kind to one another. It’s been a stressful year and a little kindness and respect can go a long way to make the day better for everyone. So, stay safe, stay warm, stay busy, and please be kind.
Thank you~ Michael Sewell

President-Elect 2021

RANW would like to extend congratulations and sincere appreciation to Diane Campshure-Walczyk, newly-elected President-Elect of RANW and RANW MLS. Congratulations also to Pat Kaster, elected by the Board as Treasurer. Both officers also serve on the Executive Committee with Michael Sewell, President, and Judd Stevenson, Past-President. Thank you to our officers, and to all our Directors who are listed in the right-side banner.

Winnebago Floodplain Information Assistance

The Winnebago County Zoning Office will provide assistance to persons inquiring about floodplain property within the unincorporated area of the County.  This is not a floodplain determination for the purpose of determining if flood insurance is required.  The information must be obtained in person in order to locate the property.  The following will be provided:

Community Number
Base Flood Elevation
Date of the FIRM's index

Panel Number
Elevation datum system
*Copies of Elevation Certificates

FIRM suffix
Base flood elevation

*available at the zoning office for all floodplain construction since 1990
The Zoning Office's general walk-in office hours are 8 - 10 am or by appointment.

NAR: Major Medical Health Insurance Exchange Open Enrollment

Click here to sign Up for ACA Coverage
A special enrollment period for 2021 ACA-qualified major medical health plans is open through May 15. If you live in a state served by the federal exchange, learn how REALTORS® Insurance Place can help you find coverage. Personal assistance is available.

New Safety Program Resources

Visit the updated REALTOR® Safety Program webpage for new resources specifically designed for members. Begin by checking out the REALTOR® Safety Toolkit where you'll find information and materials to develop or update your safety strategy.

That's Who We R Campaign

"That's Who We R", NAR's national advertising campaign, is launching a whole new series of ads.  The popular campaign helps consumers understand that REALTORS® are real estate experts in their local communities, who abide by NAR's Code of Ethics and fight for real estate dreams and property rights.

In 2021, doors serve as a framework and catalyst to tell stories of human partnership that help unlock future possibilities rooted in property transactions, both commercial and residential. The new TV commercials use an exciting visual technique that allows consumers a peek into a future state where we see clients living their dreams of buying a home or running a business.


Virtual Appraisal CE in March

Looking to earn appraisal CE credits without leaving the house? You're in luck. Next month's slate of virtual CE training gives you everything you need and nothing you don't. No travel, no hotel bookings, no conference center pizza … just real estate appraisal training delivered right to you, wherever you are.
Appraiser CE Courses
Foreclosure Properties ~ March 8: 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Instructor Joshua Walitt
Explore the economic forces currently driving the market and take a deep dive into REO assignments.

2020-21 7-hour National USPAP Update Course ~ March 9-10: 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
(RANW will be working with WRA to schedule a New 2022-2023 Appraiser USPAP Class this October)
Instructor Joshua Walitt
Complete your required USPAP requirement.

Repairs for FHA and VA ~ March 15: 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Instructor Joshua Walitt
Explore the common and not-so-common repairs noted in single-family dwellings.

HUD Handbook 4000.1 ~ March 16-17: 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Instructor Joshua Walitt
Gain a comprehensive overview of HUD Handbook 4000.1 when performing FHA-insured appraisal assignments.

Inconsistencies in Appraisals and Appraisal Reports ~ March 24-25: 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Instructor Tim Andersen
Learn how to remain internally consistent with your appraisal reports despite so many moving parts.

More information
•Location: All courses take place virtually on the Zoom platform
•Credit: Courses submitted for Wisconsin appraiser and assessor credit •Details: See full course descriptions and more
online here


Save the Dates for Upcoming NAR Events

REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo May 10-15, 2021 
REALTORS® come together ritually to learn, network, and help shape housing policy.

C5 Summit Sept. 27-29, 2021 | New York
Join this economic development opportunity for commercial brokers and agents.

REALTORS® Conference & Expo Nov. 12-15, 2021 | San Diego

LGBTQ+ Real Estate Alliance Wisconsin Chapter Presents Wheda Seminar ~ April 23rd

The LGBTQ+ Real Estate Alliance Wisconsin Chapter will be hosting Nicole Kane from WHEDA on Friday, April 23rd from 11 am to 12 noon.  Nicole will be discussing how to get your Wheda offer accepted in this market and answering questions you may have about Wheda.
For a Zoom sign up please email :

Government Affairs

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

NAR RPAC Hall of Fame

Congratulations to K.C. Maurer for his induction at the $25K Level in the Class of 2020 National Association of REALTORS® Hall of Fame!

Thank you K.C. for the many years of generously and loyally supporting the REALTOR® Party!


Paragon: New Action Icon

In Paragon release 5.81, the Action icons column of the spreadsheet has been modified to display a single icon to provide more viewing space for data while maintain access to our system actions and integrations. In addition, a new actions button has been added to the menu bar. 
Click Here for more information about this change.

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! TrustFunds Electronic Earnest Money

Paragon Updates from Release 5.81

Prospecting: The Expiring Notifications dialog window has been enhanced to include Contact Name, Last Accessed Date, and Last Notified Date. A reminder has been added for Agent Preview listings as well. Click here for more info.

LIM-Partial Listings now Auto-Save: Now you can add and maintain Photos, Open Houses, and Documents while adding a listing without having to save it first. Selecting one of these additional actions will automatically save your data as a Partial listing.

Small Fixes and Enhancements: 
- The voice option on the Power Search is currently only valid for the Chrome browser, to avoid confusion, the voice search icon will only display if on the Chrome browser.
- Paragon has standardized references to the CMA Preference Wizard across the CMA module to clarify that you are in the same wizard.
- When uploading photos in Paragon Classic (listing, agent, office logos, etc.), Paragon has simplified the instructions while retaining all of the same functionality.
- When searching and selecting from available reports, it will not show you which report you have selected as your default report for Detail and Search results.
- In the preferences, Paragon has reorganized so that related options are now grouped together.
- Paragon has removed the Log-Off button that was in the Listing Maintenance toolbar.
- When Maintaining a listing, Paragon has added a new Add button so that you can easily have access to add a new listing of any class.

A "Refreshed" RPR Arrived February 24th

Register today to view a 45 minute webinar on the refreshed RPR and all it has to offer including:
~ Learn how REALTOR® input guided the update
~ Get a first look at the new cleaner look, feel and function
~ See how you can search Residential and Commercial properties from one area
~ Check out the redesigned homepage and map/search tools

Realtor.com COVID-19 Housing Market Update

Updated - 2/12/21

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!

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.

RANW MLS Webinars

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

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.

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

Homesnap Training Calendar

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

Lockbox Program

Welcome to the Lockbox Program

Nine-Twenty Realty
VanWychen Builders, LLC & Realty
First Weber, Inc.
Real Broker, LLC
Appleton, WI
Kaukauna, WI
Menominee Falls, WI
Verona, WI

Daylight Savings Time and Lockboxes - Spring Ahead

March 14th, 2020 is daylight savings time. If you have a lockbox that is NOT set to 24-hour access, please note that daylight savings time may effect your ability to open your lockbox. For example, a lockbox programmed to be operable from 6am-10pm will, after daylight savings time, open from 7am-11pm. 

Daylight saving time 2021 in Wisconsin will begin at 2:00 AM CST on Sunday, March 14th and ends at 2:00 AM CST on Sunday, November 8th.

2021 Annual Lockbox Audit Due March 31st

Companies participating in the Lockbox and Key Program received a first notice on February 1, 2021 for the upcoming Lockbox audit. If you did not receive, please check your spam or junk folder.

Lockbox inventory was sent to each participating company. Please check your records for any missing inventory and get the appropriate inventory form back to aschilling@ranw.org and/or khubers@ranw.org.

This form must be signed by the designated MLS participant for the company and returned to RANW MLS by March 31st, 2021.
If you have any questions regarding the annual lockbox audit, please call RANW MLS 920.739.9108

Thank you for your participating in the RANW MLS Lockbox and Key Program!

Give a One-Day Code to access a RANW MLS Lockbox -Learn how easy it is to do this now!

Video instructions - 
*Give Non-Member Access (1 Day Code) to Realtor in another MLS
 who is in WIREX, (This program is not for members already using Supra in South Central MLS, Central MLS, or Marinette MLS.)

Screenshots - 

Please visit our page for more information on this service as well as rules and restrictions. If you are having trouble programming one-day codes, please call the RANW MLS office M-F 8:30am-5pm CST (920)739-9108. Please call RANW MLS to schedule a How-To in advance.

March Supra Training

Brokers/Managers and OAs - Help companies in the Lockbox and Key program utilize the SupraWEB tool in order to track lockbox and key activity and organize lockbox inventory. 

Broker Service - March 16 @ 10:30AM CST
Broker Service - March 17 @ 3:00PM CST REGISTER HERE
Broker Service - March 18 @ 10:30AM CST REGISTER HERE

Can't make the webinars? Please see RANW.org's SupraWEB resource page for previously recorded webinars as well as PowerPoint presentation and video tutorials on the subject. 


RANW Membership Changes

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

REALTOR Emeritus Applications Due by March 26th

REALTOR® Emeritus is a NAR designation available to any current REALTOR® member in good standing who has held membership in the National Association of REALTORS® for a cumulative period of forty (40) years, and has proof of one (1) year of service at the NAR level, is eligible for REALTOR® Emeritus status.

The REALTOR® Emeritus status eligibility requirements are: 
~ Forty (40) years of REALTOR® or REALTOR-ASSOCIATE® (or both) membership. 
~ Proof of one (1) year of service* at the National Association level.
* "Service" is defined as serving as an officer, director, committee member, federal political coordinator, president's liaison or regional coordinator to a country with which NAR holds a reciprocal agreement.

In some cases, RANW does not have data from the year a REALTOR® joined, so we don't notify members.  If you feel you qualify for REALTOR® Emeritus, please contact Cheryl at cdreger@ranw.org March 26, 2021.  RANW will work with you to complete the application and provide evidence of your 40 years and proof of service to submit to NAR on your behalf.


Right Tools, Right Now Has Evolved

Created to support you through difficult times, NAR's Right Tools, Right Now is now a permanent program. Find best-in-class free and greatly discounted tools to help you stay ahead of the curve. Check out this month's offers today.


NAR Real Estate Forecast Summit: Commercial Update ~ March 10th

Please join us for the NAR Real Estate Forecast Summit: Commercial Update! The event takes place March 10, 2021,1 pm-2 pm. The Real Estate Forecast Summit: Commercial Update event, will provide an outlook on the changing commercial real estate market. NAR Chief Economist and SVP Dr. Lawrence Yun and Nariet SVP of Research and Economic Analysis Dr. Calvin Schnure will be featured speakers. The event is free, but registration is needed. The full agenda and lineup of speakers is available here. Register here .


Events At a Squint
Appraisal CE
Appraisal CE
Appraisal CE
Appraisal CE
Appraisal CE
Appraisal CE
Appraisal CE
Appraisal CE
Lockbox Audit Deadline
Paragon Live Web Trainings
Homesnap Live Web Trainings

REALTOR & Govt Day
Paragon Live Web Trainings
Homesnap Live Web Trainings


NAR Legislative/Expo
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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