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Paragon Updates: Release 5.89

By Kerri | June 8, 2022 | Comments Off on Paragon Updates: Release 5.89

Paragon has added several enhancements to the NWIA MLS with their latest software update to version 5.89. All enhancements are designed to help you navigate through the system and enhance your experience with Paragon.  Find a list of the enhancements and links to view videos or PDFs of the new features here on our websiteopens PDF file .

The Paragon MLS Facebook site is also a great place to find the latest news, updates and tips and trick for working in the MLS system.

Burge Announces Retirement Plans

By Kerri | January 20, 2022 | Comments Off on Burge Announces Retirement Plans

NWIA CEO To Step Down At The End Of 2022

Kelly Burge photoAt today’s Northwest Iowa Regional Board of REALTORS® (NWIA) Board of Directors meeting, Kelly Burge announced her intention to step down as the organization’s Chief Executive Officer later this year.  Her retirement will be effective December 31, 2022.

Initially hired in 1999 by the Greater Sioux City Board of REALTORS®, Kelly has served the organization for 23 years, with nearly 21 of those in the role of Executive Director/CEO. Under her leadership the board has grown from 200 members to nearly 500 today. During her tenure the organization has implemented many state and national standards, upgraded technology and MLS systems, navigated a merger and name change, and continually evolved to meet the needs of REALTOR® members and the real estate industry.

Kelly has been looked to as a leader for statewide projects, including the development and implementation of a statewide Professional Standards Hearing process. Her quick wit and sharp sense of humor have brought light and laughter to the board office, and her inclusive style of leadership has benefitted the board for many years.

“Kelly has such a deep knowledge of the NWIA organization and the real estate industry,” said NWIA Board President Lisa Croston. “It will certainly be a challenge to fill her shoes.”

Kelly has announced her plans now to provide the NWIA Board of Directors ample time to determine the process they wish to use for hiring a new leader, and to give sufficient time for the board to conduct a thorough candidate search and interview process.  Kelly will continue in her role as CEO through the balance of 2022, and will transition to training and mentoring her successor once one is identified.

Kelly is looking forward to a vibrant retirement lifestyle beginning in 2023. She has plans to travel, go boating, enjoy her children and grandchildren, and sit in her pajamas and leisurely sip coffee by the fireplace every morning, rather than rushing out the door to get to work.

NWIA’s Board of Directors will provide regular updates to the membership as plans for identifying a new organizational leader evolve. Those with immediate questions are encouraged to contact NWIA President Lisa Croston.

The Warming Shelter Needs Our Help

By Kerri | October 21, 2021 | Comments Off on The Warming Shelter Needs Our Help

The Warming Shelter in Sioux City is a cause that's been close to our hearts for years here at NWIA.  This fall and winter, they need our help as they prepare to open for the upcoming cold weather season. The shelter has a long history of successfully caring for the most vulnerable members of our community by providing assistance and a warm refuge during the cold winter months.

From now to November 12, NWIA will be accepting the following items for the shelter.  Members who prefer can donate cash or check, and NWIA staff will happily purchase needed items on your behalf. 

Items will be delivered to the shelter together by NWIA staff and board members the week of November 15.  We are looking forward to the chance to be of great help as the shelter prepares to open soon.

Please remember that there are NO kitchen services available at the shelter. Items must be individually packaged or microwaveable.

The shelter is currently requesting the following food items:

  • Coffee
  • Hot chocolate
  • Ramen Cup Of Noodles
  • Individually wrapped snacks: crackers, granola bars, fruit cups, chips, etc.)
  • Instant individual oatmeal packets
  • Microwave popcorn bags
  • Breakfast bars or Pop Tarts
  • Bottled water

The shelter is requesting the following non-food items:

  • Disposable paper products: plates, bowls, cutlery
  • Styrofoam coffee cups
  • Napkins or paper towels
  • Liquid laundry soap
  • Medical exam gloves: size medium or extra large
  • Disinfecting wipes or spray
  • All purpose cleaners
  • Ziploc bags: quart and gallon size
  • 55 gallon trash bags
  • Travel sized personal care items: deodorant, shampoo
  • Foot powder
  • Shaving supplies for men and women (razors, creams)
  • ChapStick
  • Large storage tubs
  • New backpacks
  • Men's jeans (any size)
  • New undergarments for men and women

It's our honor to support this worthy cause in the Sioux City community.  Please help us be a blessing to those who need a hand in our area this winter.

**No blankets, sheets, pillows or other bedding is being accepted.**

Paragon Updates: Release 5.85

By Kerri | September 22, 2021 | Comments Off on Paragon Updates: Release 5.85

Paragon has been updated with new features as part of the downtime on September 22.  See below for information about release 5.85 and the latest enhancements to our Paragon MLS System.

All enhancements are designed to help you navigate through the system and enhance your experience with Paragon.  Below is a list of the enhancements and links to view videos or PDFs of the new features. We encourage you to continue reading and let the company know what you think on the  Paragon MLS Facebook site. Also make sure you click “Like” on the Facebook site to view what’s new with Paragon more frequently.

Paragon MLS Updates Release 5.85
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Hello New Members

Hello, New Summer Members

By Anitra Larsen | September 2, 2021 | Comments Off on Hello, New Summer Members

Please join us in welcoming these new members to our NWIA family.  We are delighted these folks have chosen to start their real estate career with us.  These members joined us between June 1 and August 31 of this year.  Their contact information is available in their linked member profiles on our website.

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Say Hello To May’s New Members

By Kerri | June 2, 2021 | Comments Off on Say Hello To May’s New Members

We are delighted to welcome five new members to our organization during the month of May, 2021.  Please join us in greeting these new faces and making them feel welcome in the REALTOR® family.  As always, current contact information for all members is available here on our website in the member directory.

Austin Popken, Bruce Brock Real Estate
Katie Wingert, Century 21 ProLink
Talli Poulsen, J & M Real Estate Group, Inc.
Brian Mathews, Keller Williams Siouxland
Sarah DeBoer, Klein Realty & Auction

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April’s New Members

By Kerri | May 4, 2021 | Comments Off on April’s New Members

Please join us in welcoming the following new members who joined the NWIA REALTOR family recently.  Current contact information for these folks is always available in our online directory here on the website.

Karen Harrison, United Real Estate Solutions
Edgar Lopez Lomeli, FACTOR Realty
Jessica Salcido, Keller Williams Siouxland
Richard “Bryce” Roberts, Realty ONE Group Regency
Angela Nicodemus, Keller Williams Siouxland
Matthew Rector, United Real Estate Solutions

Affiliate Members
Mike McManamy, ToDo List Pro
Chance Bernstrauch, BankFirst

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Welcome To Our Newest Members

By Kerri | April 5, 2021 | Comments Off on Welcome To Our Newest Members

It has been a busy year around the office so far in late 2020 and early 2021, as we have welcomed a number of new members to the NWIA organization.  With the launch of our new association management software, our member lists are updated multiple times every hour from our master database, meaning every agent and affiliate member’s most current contact information is available in the directories located here on our website.  Anytime you need to reach someone, that’s the best place to go for their information.

Please help us welcome these members who have joined us in the last four months.  We are glad you are here, and wish you great success in the real estate industry!

Jessica Jager, Century 21 ProLink
Jazmin Chaidez, Century 21 The Professional Group
Callie Wobbema, Century 21 The Professional Group
Katelyn Irwin, Coldwell Banker Associated Brokers Realty, Inc.
Jessica Alvarez, Epic Realty Inc.
Morgan Andringa, Epic Realty Inc.
Stephanie Mohr, J & M Real Estate Group, Inc.
Mary Hallenbeck, Keller Williams Siouxland
Clinton Puhrmann, Keller Williams Siouxland
Kreighton Stokely, Keller Williams Siouxland
Ashley Lewis, Keller Williams Siouxland
Jennifer Deeds, NextHome TriState Realty
Taylor Nygen, Northwest Realty
Joel McCartan, Rasmus Realty
Kellie Strickholm, RE/MAX Preferred
Kathryn Bauer, Signature Real Estate Group of Iowa
Shelley Stabe, Stabe Realty and Auction
Karen Harrison, United Real Estate Solutions

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Pack A Sack 2020

By Kerri | November 25, 2020 | Comments Off on Pack A Sack 2020

Let’s PACK A SACK For The Warming Shelter or Your Local Food Pantry

Bag of food and event datesUsually at our December board luncheon we do some sort of community project to give back to those in need. With that event cancelled (thanks, corona), we’ve come up with a new idea that doesn’t require you to travel and still allows us to support those in need in our communities.  As we all know, the need for help in 2020 has been great and these local organizations depend on community support.

During the week of December 7 to 11, we’re asking all members to PACK A SACK.  You can shop and pack a sack of items/food, or take the EASY OUT option and send us a check.  We know at this season everyone is busy, and circumstances this year may prevent some of us from going out to the stores to shop.  We get it, so the EASY OUT option is available to all for any reason, and we will be happy to see that the funds are used to support a local organization in your area.

  • If you live/work in the Sioux City metro:
    • PACK A SACK of items for the Warming Shelter. This non-profit accepts no government funding, and yet they have successfully kept Sioux City from having any deaths of homeless individuals for the last eight years.  The Warming Shelter is a very worthy cause that’s deserving of our support.
    • Items of most need are as follows.  For food items, please send only microwavable items. No kitchen facilities or cookware is available.
      • Jeans (all sizes, both genders)
      • Underwear (all sizes, both genders)
      • Winter gloves (all sizes, both genders)
      • Women’s winter coats (all sizes)
      • Microwave popcorn
      • Trail mix or other food to eat “on the go”.
      • Ramen cups or similar microwave heat & serve meals. Must be microwave heat and serve only, no kitchen.
      • Coffee/creamer/sugar packets
      • Bottled water
    • EASY OUT! Don’t want to go shopping? Mail us a check for $20 (or more!) and we’ll go shopping for you!
    • Take a photo with your sack or mailing us your check. Email the picture to us.
    • Sacks can be dropped off outside our office door during business hours. Call and we’ll come out to grab it with no contact. Please don’t leave items out overnight, they will be stolen.
  • If you live/work outside Sioux City:
    • PACK A SACK of food items and deliver it to your community food pantry, or your school’s backpack program for children facing food insecurity. All these organizations are seeing an increase in requests for help due to the season and the effects of the pandemic.
    • EASY OUT! Can’t go shopping? Too much going on to make a trip to the store and deliver food?  We got you covered!  Just mail us a check for $20 (or more!) and we’ll pass the gift along to a food pantry in need.
    • Take a photo with your sack(s) or mailing your check and email it to our office.
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Hello, October’s New Members

By Kerri | November 3, 2020 | Comments Off on Hello, October’s New Members

The market is busy and so are our newest members. Join us as we say hello and welcome to the following members who are new to the NWIA organization. Please take time to introduce yourself to these new professionals.  Contact information for all members is available in the membership directory here on our website.

Austin Fuller, Century 21 ProLink
Jose (Chon) Plascencia, Century 21 ProLink
Jeff Carlson, RE/MAX Preferred
Abby Gray, RE/MAX Prime

Affiliate Members
Monica Fay, Availa Bank
Casey Schaef, Action Moving & Storage (new owner)