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  • September 9, 2014 - December 8, 2014 - WI Continuing Education Fall Courses - Click to view schedule and registration form
  • September 18, 2014 - LARA Annual Meeting - RSVP NOW!
  • October 2, 2014 - New Member Orientation

    Important Dates to Remember

  • 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.

    Annual Meeting Scheduled for September 18, 2014

    Please mark September 18 on your calendar. It is the date of our Annual Meeting. Our speaker this year is Tom Larson, WRA Vice President for Legal and Public Affairs. He will update on on the DSPS and Legislative issues that will be before us in this next Legislative Session. I am sure he will give us an update on the Governor’s race also. It should be informing.

    Sign up today and help celebrate with Kent Gabrielsen as he is installed as our 2014-2015 President. Click Here to view the itinerary of the evening.

    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, select Online Services, select Licensing/Credentialing, and select OLAS link at the bottom to right corner of the page.

    Visit our fan page by clicking on the Facebook button on the top our homepage. To keep up to date, just log into your Facebook account and add yourself as a "fan" of the Association. Then, all future announcements posted on our Facebook page will also appear on your "wall".

    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®

    The LARA Newsletter is always available for viewing, downloading, and printing. Keep an eye out for the most recent flyers and announcements. Find out what's happening with the Association and our members by clicking here to open this month's issue.


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