December 14, 2014 - WI License Renewal Due Date with the DSPS.
Wisconsin Real Estate Continuing Education
LARA's mission is to help members better serve their clients by offering a high standard of real estate learning. Every course offered through LARA is carefully designed by WRA to help students further their knowledge of the industry so they can offer their clients professional service and expertise that is second-to-none.
All Wisconsin real estate licenses expire on a biennial schedule and must be renewed by December 14 of the even-numbered years. License renewal requires 18 hours of continuing education (CE).
Starting September 9th, LARA will be offering real estate residential CE video classes on a regular basis through December, and these classes are approved and satisfy the Department of Safety and Professional Services (DSPS) CE requirement. Additionally, all of the video courses are approved for MN credit. Seating per course is 12 students so register early to get your preferred dates!
Mandatory 2013-2014 Courses:
Course 1 – Wisconsin Listings
Course 2 – Wisconsin Offers
Course 3 – Wisconsin New Developments
Course 4 – Contingencies in Wisconsin Approved Offer Forms
Additionally, Licensees must take two electives. LARA will be offering Elective A (Bank-owned (REO), Foreclosures, and Short Sale Transactions in Wisconsin) and Elective D (Agency Roles with Buyers in Wisconsin).
Click Here to access the registration form and Fall calendar of dates.
Change Form is Now Electronic
Great news for La Crosse MLS users – the MLS Change Form is now electronic. Rather than completing the antiquated handwritten form, you now have the opportunity to complete and submit your Change Forms online.
To access the online Change Form, From the left hand menu, select “Submit Change Form” under “Multiple Listing Service”. This will bring up an online form in your browser to enter your change information.
Before electronically submitting your form to MLS, you also have the opportunity to enter up to two emails that will receive a PDF copy of your online Change Form once submitted. After submission, please fax over any supporting paperwork such as an amendment (if required) for the change you’re requesting.
This update compliments the electronic Profile Sheets already available for use (also found on our homepage). If you have not already moved away from the paper forms, we encourage you to do so. The electronic Profile Sheet & Change Form submission system is designed to catch user errors and/or missing information potentially avoiding delays in your listings being entered into MLS. The clarity and quality of an electronic Profile Sheet also enables faster entry into the MLS system and reduces the likelihood of entry errors as at times, faxes or handwriting can be difficult to read.
Should you have any troubles with the online change form submission system or have any questions please contact the board office right away.
LARA Golf Outing Recap
Many thanks to all the people who participated in this year’s annual LARA Golf Outing and Awards Dinner at Cedar Creek. The weather was P-E-R-F-E-C-T for a day on the course and attendance was high. As always, Cedar Creek did an outstanding job with the dinner portion of the event.
Without our Hole and Special Event Sponsors, this event would not be possible. Thank you very much to the following companies for their sponsorship, time, participation and support:
All American Home Inspections, LLC; Altra Federal Credit Union; Associated Bank; BMO Harris Bank; Bremer Bank; Community Credit Union; Coulee Bank; Firefighters Credit Union; First American Title Company; La Crosse Tribune; Marine Credit Union; Merchant's Bank; Midwest Professional Appraisal; New Castle Title Company; PHI Home Inspection; Re/Max First Choice; Scholze Home Inspection; Schubert Bros. Pest Control; State Bank Financial; Town N' Country Title & Wells Fargo.
Special Event Sponsors: Villa Margarita – The Title Company, Inc.; Golf Bingo – Associated Bank & Find “Bubba” Official Bubba Watson Golf Club Cover – Gull Legal, LLC.
In addition, $280.00 Dollars AND a tote full of food was raised for WAFER through the Food Drive and Golfer’s Emergency Kits.
For the 50/50 Drawing, $326.00 was raised to be included in the School Supply Drive. Congratulations & thank you to Casey Tomten (The Title Company) who contributed his split of $325.00 back to the drive.
Bingo Winners: The BINGO Winners for 2014 were the team of Anastasia Gentry, Brad Gentry, Kathy Petranek & Tony Farve.
Congratulations to Linda Sherry, Duane Sherry, Mary Strang & Thomas Ostrem! They are this years LARA Golf Champions and will take ownership of our “traveling” golf trophy until the 2015 event.
Our Committee: Many thanks to Golf Chairperson Casey Weiss of Access Commercial Real Estate, Inc., Charlie Johnson of Westland Insurance Services, Brian Benson of Benson Real Estate, LLC, Rod Hamilton of Century 21 Affiliated, Dave Jones of Associated Bank, Sue Malin of Associated Bank and Marty Holub of The Title Company and Steve Lillestrand of Coldwell Banker River Valley, REALTORS. Your hard work in planning this event is appreciated!
Click Here to see event photos on our Facebook Page
DSPS Launches Online Application Program
Effective January 2014, real estate brokers, real estate salespersons, real estate business entities, and timeshare salespersons may apply for licensure and pay fees online via the Online Licensure Application System (OLAS).
OLAS reduces processing time for applicants as well as allows for timely and efficient communication. New applicants are encouraged to apply online using OLAS, however the traditional paper method is still acceptable.
To access, go to dsps.wi.gov, select Online Services, select Licensing/Credentialing, and select OLAS link at the bottom to right corner of the page.
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Submit Your Open Houses Online
By submitting your Open House form via this website, you take the guess work out of checking to make sure that all of the required information has been entered. This ensures that your Open House will be processed in a timely manner. Online submission also allows you to receive an automatic confirmation email at up to two email addresses. Remember to call the Association Office to make sure we've received all of your Open Houses. To fill out your Open House Directory Form, click here.
Most Current Issue of the River City REALTOR®
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