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Paragon Updates: Release 5.91

By Kerri | September 28, 2022 | Comments Off on Paragon Updates: Release 5.91

Paragon has added several enhancements to the NWIA MLS with their latest software update to version 5.91. 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 website.opens PDF file

Paragon also has a video tutorial explaining the new features.

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.

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VA Changes Loan Rules For Veterans

By Kerri | August 30, 2022 | Comments Off on VA Changes Loan Rules For Veterans

The VA has recently announced they will begin to allow veteran borrowers to pay for termite inspections and repairs for VA mortgage loans.  Some of our local purchase agreements have language stating the seller is required to pay for these expenses when VA financing is utilized.

With this change, members are encouraged to inform sellers and make appropriate changes to the language in purchase agreements.

Read the full announcement in the VA Circular found here.opens PDF file

Our thanks to Julie Schmidt at Security National Bank for alerting us to the change.

NWIA Names Jill Wooster As New CEO

By Kerri | July 8, 2022 | Comments Off on NWIA Names Jill Wooster As New CEO

Jill Wooster smiling with two girls in graduation capsAfter an extensive six month search process, the Northwest Iowa Regional Board of REALTORS® has announced the selection of Jill Wooster as the organization’s next Chief Executive Officer. Wooster will replace current CEO Kelly Burge, who has previously announced her intention to retire on December 31, 2022.

Wooster grew up in Mapleton, Iowa, and has lived in Sioux City since 1995. She has an extensive background in organizational leadership, with previous roles at the Sioux City Journal, March of Dimes, 2011 Red Cross Tour of Homes Event Planner, American Heart Association, and as a Mobile Notary Signing Agent.

She says, “Learning from Kelly and the entire team’s experience and knowledge will help educate me to best support you. I look forward to getting to know everyone and working together to provide you with the resources you need to be successful.”

Wooster plans to attend the July 21 NWIA RPAC golf outing at Green Valley Golf Course to meet as many NWIA members as possible.

Wooster will officially begin her role in the NWIA office on September 1. She and Burge will work through a transitional training period through the end of the year, and she will officially assume her full responsibilities as CEO on January 1, 2023.

Beginning in September, Jill can be reached at the NWIA office, (712) 255-8810.

Outside of the office, Jill (pictured above center) is the proud parent of two recent graduates of the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls.

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
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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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REALTOR Members

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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.

REALTOR Members
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