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705, 2020

Spring 2020: Our Newest Members

By |May 7th, 2020|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Spring 2020: Our Newest Members

This spring we welcomed the following new members to the NWIA family.  As always, contact information for these folks and all members is available in the membership directory on our website.

Dorinda Oostenink, Epic Realty
Tim Bajema, Midwest Inspections and Testing (Affiliate)
Rob Emerson, Re/Max Preferred

505, 2020

2020 Membership Survey Results

By |May 5th, 2020|Categories: News|Comments Off on 2020 Membership Survey Results

NWIA offered a membership survey to all board members during April, 2020.  The Board of Directors and NWIA staff will use these results to plan future activities.  We thank everyone who took time to participate, and are happy to share the results with the membership.

Members are reminded they never need to wait for a survey to share their thoughts.  NWIA staff and the Board of Directors welcome feedback and  suggestions, and we invite our members to email or call anytime.

Results of the survey are viewable here.  Open ended text responses are in the second half of the report.

804, 2020

Suggested Protocols For Showings During COVID-19

By |April 8th, 2020|Categories: News|Comments Off on Suggested Protocols For Showings During COVID-19

NWIA Suggested Protocol For Showings

Household cleaning supplies on a counter top

  • If buyers or sellers are feeling ill, or showing symptoms of illness, please DO NOT SHOW.
  • Agents should only allow true buyers inside a property as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.
  • Children, parents, friends, colleagues and others should not be permitted at showings.
  • If a party makes an offer, additional viewings can be arranged at a later date.

Sellers And Seller Agent

  • If possible, turn all lights on and open all closet doors and some kitchen cabinets.
  • If sellers have additional safety requests, please notify the buyers agent when scheduling a showing.
  • Additional information may be placed in the showing instructions box in the MLS.

Buyers And Buyers Agent

  • If the home is vacant or sellers are unable to prepare the house for showing (by turning on lights, opening doors, etc.) please use gloves or disinfectant wipes and do so yourself.
  • If sellers request gloves be worn or disinfectant be used when entering house, please comply and ensure your clients do as well.
  • Do not open appliances. This can be done during the home inspection process.
  • Refrain from touching surfaces.
  • Clients should not be permitted to use restrooms in a property.
  • Leave everything as you found it.
  • Clean the lockbox with disinfecting wipes or spray both before and after accessing it, and when leaving the property.

All MLS Members

  • Normally NWIA’s MLS rules do not allow listings to stay in active status if showings are not allowed. Obviously, these are not normal times.
  • If a seller still wishes for their property to be marketed yet they are not comfortable with in-person showings, NWIA will allow the property to stay in active status. “No Showings At This Time” should be noted in the showing instructions.
  • Please note, this policy may change in the future as the pandemic evolves.

REMEMBER – everyone may not have symptoms, but we can all be carriers of this virus. Please do your part to protect our REALTOR family, and the clients who trust us with some of their life’s largest investments.

Photo by Kelly Sikkema on Unsplash

204, 2020

New Members In March

By |April 2nd, 2020|Categories: News|Comments Off on New Members In March

Welcome to the following new members who joined our organization in March.  We always enjoy seeing new faces in our association.  Please take time to welcome these members as you have opportunity. Contact information is in the member directory on our website.

Shauna Hovey, Keller Williams Siouxland
Omar Salcedo, Realty Associates
Jennifer Martinez-Alvarez, Keller Williams Siouxland
Karlie Throckmorton, Realty One Group Regency
Troy Griese Coldwell, Banker Associated Brokers
Dorinda Oostenink, Epic Realty

2403, 2020

Downtime? Online Learning During COVID-19!

By |March 24th, 2020|Categories: News|Comments Off on Downtime? Online Learning During COVID-19!

Vertical portrait of a funny school girl wearing nerdy eyeglassesMany of us are working hard to make the most of our time during the current crisis.  Working now to equip yourself with new skills that will benefit you in the future is a great way to invest your time.  Consider these options for distance learning when you find yourself with some time on your hands.

Homesnap Pro University: Online learning with how-to tutorials, agent “deep dives” on topics of interest.  Includes a slew of upcoming webinars.

Up Your Skills In Paragon! Paragon has brought back their live webinar series with a full calendar of online training sessions.

NAR’s Right Tools, Right Now: NAR has relaunched this program in support of members at this critical time. It makes new and existing NAR products available for free, or at significant discounts.  There are webinars, education courses, digital tools and more.

Realtors Property Resource (RPR): With a large online learning library and a powerful tool just for REALTORS, investing in a little RPR learning is a valuable way to use this downtime to up your game. RPR is a benefit that’s included in your NAR membership. It gives REALTORS® access to data, tools and reports that can help you wow your clients and close more deals.  They are providing all types of ways for you to get started:

  • Live Webinars: Sign up to participate in an RPR live education class
  • Watch Now Webinars: Recorded webinars that you can watch and control at your own pace
  • Video Tutorials: This introductory learning series includes 13 courses, each lasting less than 10 minutes. Each course has a printer-friendly handout, too
  • Quick Start Guides: Brief, one to two page “cheat sheets” that show you how, step-by-step, to complete specific tasks within RPR
  • eBooks: Downloadable, PDFs that show you, with plenty of detail, how to use RPR to conduct real estate business, such direct mail and geographic farming
  • RPR Blog: Get news, tips, tricks, how-to’s, product announcements and more via our blog entries and articles

Commitment To Excellence (C2EX):  This is a great time to work toward completion of your C2EX endorsement!  There is no better way to show clients you are committed to the highest levels of professionalism in the industry than by achieving your C2EX.  This learning is FREE to all REALTOR members, and you can start and stop modules as time allows.

Online learning with the Iowa Association of REALTORS:  IAR offers a number of online classes through the ReSmarts platform.  If you need to catch up on a few CE credits, this is a great resource to use right now. Most classes are a very nominal fee and CE credit is available.  IAR is working to add more remote learning opportunities in the coming days, watch for more details.

2003, 2020

Conducting Business During COVID-19

By |March 20th, 2020|Categories: News|Comments Off on Conducting Business During COVID-19

The following information is shared as a courtesy to all NWIA members by the team at Century 21 ProLink. Below is the protocol they will be using under current circumstances. This document is being made available to all members to encourage evaluation of current operations and consideration of creating similar standards.  NWIA does not require any of these items be implemented, they are being passed along as suggestions for agents and offices to consider during these unprecedented times.

Wholesale adoption of the document below is allowed, if desired. Our thanks to the Century 21 ProLink team for their generosity in sharing.

Working with Sellers
When meeting with Sellers, use the following dialogue to demonstrate that CENTURY 21 ProLink has embraced the social responsibility inherent in the present circumstances by creating a set of protocols designed to minimize the risk and spread of the CV, and to garner client buy-in as a participant in the effort.

  • Company buy-in: “Our Company has established a protocol to help minimize the risk of exposure to the virus and the risk of spreading the virus.”
  • Agent buy-in: “I’d like to do my small part by being sure I follow the protocol because it’s so important right now.”
  • Client buy-in: “So, if you don’t mind, we’ll just do the things they’ve asked me to do. Is that alright with you?”

At the Listing Appointment

  • Advise the clients that our Company has established a showing protocol that you will follow: see Below
  • Discuss the Open House/Brokers Open protocol should open houses be scheduled in the future. (3/18/2020 none being scheduled indefinitely.)
  • Ask the Sellers to keep you advised during the listing of any change in their circumstances that may lead them to believe that a household member has been exposed to, or may have contracted, the coronavirus.
  • Ask if Seller has been out of the country or state recently.
  • Safety precautions and showing instructions will be posted for Buyer’s Agents and Buyers.
  • Discuss how many people will be allowed at each showing.

Listing in MLS

  • In the Remarks section of the MLS listing, request that Buyer Agent and his/her clients follow the protocol they’ll see upon entering the home.

Also, request that the Agent refrains from showing the home if the Agent/Clients are sick with a cough or sneezing.

Showings: Listings

  • Discuss with your Sellers their concerns and what measures you can take in their home.
  • Confirm how many people are allowed at the showing and convey that to the Buyer’s Agent.
  • Sellers-turn on lights and open closet doors prior rather than have buyers doing so, and/or ask them to wipe off all door knobs and lights switches prior and following showings and the open house.
  • Instructions for buyers agents & buyers will be posted at the door to look-do not touch surfaces, open doors, etc
  • For your own precaution, Buyer Agents should have wipes if you are turning on lights, open doors, handling keys etc
  • Enlist the Seller’s participation by having them agree to keep a Protocol Station adequately stocked with the supplies referenced below. It is suggested that this is supplied by the Listing Agent:
  • Set up the “Protocol Station” at the entrance to the home with:
    • Hand sanitizer
    • Alternative: hand soap, paper towels and a wastebasket readily available at the kitchen sink.
    • Gloves
    • Tissues

Open Houses or Brokers Open–When scheduled again in the future:

  • The Protocol Station (detailed below) will be a permanent fixture at the entrance to the home during the listing.
  • Always enlist the Seller’s participation by having them agree to keep the Protocol Station adequately stocked with the supplies referenced below.
  • Set up the “Protocol Station” at the entrance to the home with hand sanitizer, (alternative: hand soap, paper towels and a wastebasket readily available at the kitchen sink) gloves, tissues.
  • Guest Log requesting/containing:
    • Agent Name
    • Agent Brokerage
    • Question: “Guest protocol followed? Y/N”
    • Shoe covers
  • Instruction for Agent/Guests to, upon entering the home, make use of the items set out at the Protocol Station and complete the Guest Log.
  • For Open Houses and Brokers Open, limit the number of guests in the home at any one time.
  • The number of guests allowed in at one time will be at your discretion, keeping in mind that the idea is to practice Social Distancing and avoid individuals congregating in any one location.
  • Do not leave listing feature sheets at the listing for visiting Buyers and their Agent.
  • At Open Houses and Brokers Opens hand out listing feature sheets to visitors rather than leaving them in a stack at one or more locations.
  • Don’t pass the pen for signing in at the open house-Agent should sign in all you are entering

Working With Buyers

When meeting with Buyers, use the following dialogue to demonstrate that CENTURY 21 Prolink has embraced the social responsibility inherent in the present circumstances by creating a set of protocols designed to minimize the risk and spread of the CV, and to garner client buy-in as a participant in the effort.

  • Company buy-in: “Our Company has established a protocol to help minimize the risk of exposure to the virus and the risk of spreading the virus.”
  • Agent buy-in: “I’d like to do my small part by being sure I follow the protocol because it’s so important right now.”
  • Client buy-in: “So, if you don’t mind, we’ll just do the things they’ve asked me to do. Is that alright with you?”

Meeting Clients in the Office

  • Before meeting with clients, clean the table you will be using with an anti-bacterial/anti-viral wipe.
  • Have your clients use the hand sanitizer upon entering the office.
  • Once in a conference room:
    • Advise the client that the office, including the conference rooms, are being sanitized on an ongoing, periodic basis throughout the day.
    • Have tissues and hand sanitizer on the table and readily available to the client.
    • Point out the location of the wastebasket where tissues and other refuse can be deposited
  • After your meeting:
    • Clean all items from the table and dispose of all trash.
    • Collect all coffee cups and similar items and deposit them in the kitchen dishwasher.
    • Clean the table with a sanitizing wipe.
  • Use hand sanitizer upon exiting the office.
  • Front doors will be locked in both offices. Please schedule a time to meet with your clients and be available for when they arrive.

Showing Homes

  • When making an appointment, advise the Listing Agent that our Company follows a CV protocol to limit the risk of spreading the virus. Explain what steps are taken.
  • Confirm with Listing Agent how many people are allowed in the home at a time and abide by sellers wishes.
  • Before entering the home, have all parties use hand sanitizer.
  • Offer a new pair of disposable gloves to your clients.
  • Have a small plastic bag available in your pocket or purse for disposal of the gloves upon exiting the home.
  • Require that your client look only while inside the house, do not open doors, turn on lights, etc.
  • Use hand sanitizer upon exiting the home.
  • For your own precaution, Buyer Agents should have wipes if you are turning on lights, open doors, handling keys etc. Preferably Sellers should have this done prior to the showing but realistically this will not always happen.
  • You may ask clients or others about their recent travel, particularly to areas identified as having an increased risk of coronavirus. To avoid potential fair housing issues, be sure to ask all clients the same screening questions based on current, factual information from public health authorities.
  • You may refuse to drive clients who show signs of illness or reveal recent travel to areas of increased risk of coronavirus, or you may instead decide to stop driving clients in your car altogether, and simply arrange to meet clients at a property. If you do continue to drive clients in your car, it is a good idea to frequently clean and disinfect surfaces like door handles and seat belt latches, and to ask clients to use hand sanitizer when getting in and out of the car.
1303, 2020

Changes To Our March Events

By |March 13th, 2020|Categories: News|Comments Off on Changes To Our March Events

NWIA has several schedule updates in light of current events.

Our quarterly board lunch that was scheduled for March 19 in Sioux City has been cancelled and will not be rescheduled. Our next lunch is set for May 21 in Sioux City.

The NWIA Board of Directors will meet as scheduled at 10 AM on March 19, but the meeting will be held via Zoom teleconference rather than in person at the board office. Anyone wishing to observe should contact Kelly at the office for the link to join the meeting remotely.

The Real Estate Negotiation Expert (RENE) class that had been scheduled for March 24 & 25 in Sioux City with Adorna Carroll has been postponed to September 9 and 10. See our March 12 email for additional details important to registered members.

Decisions about the status of our April events will be made as time goes on.  Current COVID-19 guidance for REALTORS is available here from NAR.

203, 2020

NWIA MLS Rule Changes & Reminders

By |March 2nd, 2020|Categories: News|Comments Off on NWIA MLS Rule Changes & Reminders

The NWIA MLS has recently made some rule changes, and we offer a few rule reminders that are important for all members to know and use.

AC/Pending Status
Your MLS Committee and Board of Directors have been hard at work for months on the topic of how to best communicate MLS listings that have accepted offers in which the seller wishes to continue to show the property. After many hours of deliberation, the Board, based on the recommendation of the MLS Committee, has made the decision to eliminate Active Contingent (AC) status. It will be replaced with a new status titled “Pending Continue to Show”.

Why the change?
AC status seemed to be confusing to both the REALTOR members and the public. The terminology “Active Contingent” implies that the property is available or “active” when in fact it is only available for back-up offers. Properties in this status were also showing up on some of the third-party sites as available for purchase which is misleading. The public generally understands the meaning of the word “pending” and we feel the change will add transparency to our industry. “Active Contingent” listings were also skewing days on market which was painting an inaccurate picture of our market. Moving forward both “Active” and “Pending to Continue to Show” listings will be syndicated to the third-party sites.

Effective immediately when a seller accepts an offer, it is mandatory to place the listing in one the following statuses:

  • Pending to Continue To Show: Place the property in this status only if the seller wishes to continue to show the property. If at any time during the escrow process the seller expresses that they no longer wish to show the property, then the status should be changed to “Pending”. Examples of a seller no longer wishing to show the property include, buyers removing inspection and financing contingencies or a seller no longer desiring to do the prep work that a showing often entails.
  • Pending No Showings: The seller has stated that they no longer wish to show their home since they have an accepted offer.

Regardless of the status, the seller is free to accept back up offers any time up until the time of closing. Code of Ethics and license law also require that all offers submitted be presented to the seller unless the seller waives the right to do so in writing.

What about existing AC status listings?
Depending on whether or not your sellers want to continue to show the home or pass on any further showings will dictate which status is best suited for the listing. Again, they wish to continue to show, move the property into “Pending Continue to Show”. If they no longer wish to open their home, then simply change it to “Pending No Showings”. All AC listngs must be changed to a pending status no later than March 13. Board staff is more than happy to help you make these changes if needed.

Subject to the Sale Offers
There continues to be confusion on how sellers who have accepted subject to the sale of the buyer’s property shall be marketed. If the accepted offer has a first right of refusal period, then the property shall remain “Active” with the first right of refusal time frame fully disclosed in the MLS. There is a built in feature within Paragon in which administration must add “Subject to the Sale” with the appropriate first right of refusal period.

Room Descriptions and Room Floors
Please, please, please add your room descriptions (living, dining, kitchen, bedroom, etc…) and the floor in which the room is located when entering your listings. Buyers and agents alike want this information and it also increases the likelihood that listings will be shown to prospective buyers. Room measurements are optional.

NAR Clear Cooperation Rule
As previously announced NAR has implemented the Clear Cooperation Rule in which a listing must be entered into the MLS the next business day following an executed listing agreement.

The rule states: “Within one (1) business day of marketing a property to the public, the listing broker must submit the listing to the MLS for cooperation…

This new NAR rule doesn’t really change the ways in which our board disseminates listings as we have been administering our listings in the following manner for quite some time:

  • Listing Procedure: Listings of real or personal property of the following types, which are listed for sale subject to a real estate broker’s license, located within the service area of the Board of REALTORS®, taken by Participants on Exclusive right to sell listing forms and Exclusive Agency listing forms, shall be delivered to Multiple Listing Service by 10:00 am CST the second board office business day after all necessary signatures of seller(s) have been obtained.
  • Exception: If a listing is advertised on any other *media form, listing must be entered into the MLS by 10:00 am CST the next Board Office Business Day, along with a copy of the signed listing agreement. *Media forms include, but are not limited to all social media, signs in yards, print ads.

To make sure we are compliant with the MLS cooperation time frames, the following penalties will be assessed when a listing is not entered into the MLS within the proper time frame.

  • 1st Offense $500
  • 2nd Offense $1000
  • 3rd and all future Offenses $1500

The fines will be billed to broker who can make the determination on how to handle within their own office. We do understand that there may be the very infrequent occasion in which a violation takes place. In that circumstance, a broker can attend the Board of Directors meeting and explain the situation. It will be up to the members of the Board of Directors to determine if a fine should be waived.

This rule does not apply to Open Listings as they are not allowed in our MLS.

Private Listings
To fully comply with the NAR rule, Private Listings shall not be advertised. This includes all print, digital, and social media advertising as well as yard signs.

Other MLS Violations
The fee structure for other MLS violations and mistakes remains the same. The board office will notify the offending agent of the discrepancy and the agent will have 24 hours to remedy the situation. If the listing is not corrected within 24 hours, a $50 fine to the broker will be assessed.

Questions? Need More Info?
All of our MLS rules exist in Paragon. Look in the upper right corner for “MLS Documents” in white print. All the rules live there for your download and printing needs.

203, 2020

New Faces In February: Welcome To NWIA!

By |March 2nd, 2020|Categories: News|Tags: , , |Comments Off on New Faces In February: Welcome To NWIA!

Say hello to the following new folks who have recently joined our organization! We’re glad you are here.  Contact information is available in the membership directory here on our website.

Darin Miller, MB Radon Solutions (Affiliate)
Michael Manning, Dakota Realty
Diane Plum, Factor Realty
David Soroka, C21 ProLink
Aaron Bircher, Bircher & Associates (ReMax Prime)
Jessica Tadlock, Century 21 ProLink
Geneva Miesner, McGuire Auction
Mark Glienke, Signature Real Estate Group of Iowa
Jamie Friedel, Keller Williams Siouxland
Jennifer Hiller, Century 21 ProLink

302, 2020

Our Recent New Members

By |February 3rd, 2020|Categories: News|Comments Off on Our Recent New Members

The new year often brings us a few new faces, which is always enjoyable.  Say hello to the following REALTOR members who have recently joined our organization! We’re glad you are here.  Contact information for these folks is available in the member directory here on our website.

Hope Feiner, Keller Williams Siouxland
Dean Fjeld, Northwest Realty
Tara Salmen, Keller Williams Siouxland
Peggy Sitzmann, Lance Sitzmann Real Estate
Aaron Tyler, Keller Williams Siouxland
Colleen (Callie) Wockenfuss, Keller Williams Siouxland
Dixie Gors, United Real Estate Solutions