Weekly Notices
April 21, 2017
Open House Weekend - THIS WEEKEND!     

It's here - our 7th annual Spokane REALTORS® Open House Weekend is this weekend - April 29th & 30th!

This event kicks off the new buying/selling season and offers a great opportunity to bring exposure to your listings and business.

Here's our TV spot - watch for it on KHQ-TV:

Open House Event TV Spot

Our event, this year, is generously sponsored by:

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Download the event logo (pictured above), to help you promote the event with your clients, online here.


Here's a look at all of the prizes in play:
1 - GRAND visitor prize - $1,000 VISA gift card!

1 - GRAND REALTOR® prize - $500 VISA gift card!

10 - REALTOR® participation prizes - there will be ten of these - a $100 gift card to spend at River Park Square in downtown Spokane - with complimentary parking pass included!


This year, we have two event headquarter houses:

4916 East 42nd Avenue  

2015 South Oneida Place

The headquarter houses will serve as our points-of-contact for members of the public and local media who are interested in connecting with us for the Open House Weekend event. 

The headquarter houses will also serve REALTORS® as field offices of the SAR, that weekend, with stocks of sign riders, REALTOR® balloons, helium tanks, and printed contest entry forms.  



List your open house(s) on SpokaneOpen.com.  A house must be listed on SpokaneOpen.com to qualify for the prizes.

Don't know how to do this?  Download the instruction sheet online here, and/or watch this one-minute video tutorial:

How to list a property on SpokaneOpen.com 
How to list a property on SpokaneOpen.com


Promote your open house with SpokaneOpen sign riders (pictured above) and REALTOR® balloons (available at the SAR during office hours, then at the event headquarter houses over the event weekend).

Encourage your guests to complete the Spokane REALTORS® Open House Weekend contest entry form (pictured above), online here

HINT: Print one copy, fill in your information, then run copies for your guests to complete at your open house - each page makes two entry forms, just cut down the middle with a paper cutter or scissors.

This is the form your guests must complete, and you must submit, to be eligible for a prize.

Return your completed contest entry forms to the SAR by 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 2nd.

All contest winners will be selected at the SAR Board of Directors' meeting on Wednesday, May 3rd.  Winners will be notified immediately following the meeting.

Best wishes for a successful Nationwide Open House weekend and good luck on the contest!
Using Live Video


The rise of live video streaming technology on social media has given real estate professionals a powerful new way to promote listings, create brand awareness and attract business.

Video platforms such as Facebook Live make it possible to show a property to potential buyers who might not be able to visit it in person, and they can help you connect with prospective clients you might not otherwise have a chance to meet.

Learn more about using these tools to expand your reach in this video.

Using Live Video to Build Your Real Estate Business

Spokane REALTOR® Awards Luncheon 

Thursday, May 25th

It's time to mark your calendar and plan to attend the 2017 Spokane REALTOR® Awards Luncheon!

This is always such a fun event, when we award this year's awards for REALTOR® of the Year, Steve Flinn REALTOR® Achievement, REALTOR® Community Service, Affiliate of the Year, Partner of the Year, Citizen of the Year, and the winners of this year's Third Grade Poster/Essay contest.

Download the event flyer, suitable for sharing and posting in your office (pictured above), online here.

Broker Liability Series


Washington REALTORS® Legal Hotline lawyer Annie Fitzsimmons continues her Broker Liability series this week with video #6: Sloppy practices.

Annie says she is hearing about many instances where brokers are forgetting some of the most basic practices that are necessary to keep a transaction together, to avoid liability, and to avoid breach of contract.

In this video, Annie lists some of the issues she's seeing and simple practices to keep you out of hot water.

See the eight-minute video online here:

Sloppy Practices
Sloppy Practices

Historic Preservation

Monday, May 22nd 

Enjoy a fun and informative Lunch & Learn event at your SAR with Megan Duvall, Historic Preservation Officer for Spokane city and county, on Monday, May 22nd.

Megan will present on what it means for a property to be listed on a historic register, what it takes to get a property listed on the national, county, and city historic registers, and how you do it.

Great information to have, and information that will make you more valuable to your clients.

See the event flyer online here.

WR Legal Symposium                         

May 24th

The 2017 Washington REALTORS® Legal Symposium
gathers leading real estate attorneys in Washington to share current legal issues affecting the industry & to help our members to stay out of trouble!

This year, we have; Annie Fitzsimmons, Justin Haag, Lars Neste, Doug Tingvall, Chris Osborn, Jeannie Simpson, and Mark Schedler.
7.5 clock hours. 

Details on the Legal Symposium are online here
E-sign with TransactionDesk®

Monday, June 5th 

Enjoy a fun and informative Lunch & Learn event at your SAR with Karene Loman on Monday, June 5th.

Karene will present on E-sign with TransactionDesk®, from creating templates, to filling out the paperwork, and signings.

Great information to learn, or add to what you already know, about this powerful software.

See the event flyer online here.

Spokane CRS Class                         

CRS is coming to town!

CRS 202: Sales Strategies will be taught at CenterPlace Event Center in Spokane Valley on Thursday and Friday, June 8th and 9th.

NOTE: CRS classes may be taken in any order.  You may take this 202 class even if you have never taken a CRS class before.

The Council of Residential Specialists is the largest not-for-profit affiliate of the National Association of REALTORS® -- a professional network of over 32,000 residential real estate professionals in the U.S. and overseas, with one common goal in mind...your success.  
See the event flyer, pictured above, online here.

If you have a question, please call Darlene at 360-901-0307
2017 REALTOR® Education

Quality of Education 
through SAR/WR Education Instructors

Here is the latest class listing from your SAR - offering the best live and local continuing real estate education classes for 2017.

Click on each class title,  underlined in blue, to bring up a flyer for that class - suitable for posting in your office. 

Register for these classes online here: 


Please be in touch with Debbie at the SAR if you have any questions about these classes or your license education requirements, by phone at 326-9222 or by email.


Thursday, May 4 - Uncovering Coverage for Home Warranty - with Beale Luebben.

Check-in: 1:00 p.m.
Class: 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
at the SAR

3.0 clock hours

Friday, May 5 - Home Inspections from the Ground Up - with Matthew Pedersen.

Check-in: 8:15 a.m.
Class: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
at the SAR

7.5 clock hours

In This Issue
Open House Weekend - THIS WEEKEND!
Using Live Video
Spokane REALTOR® Awards Luncheon
Broker Liability Series
Historic Preservation
WR Legal Symposium
E-sign with TransAction Desk®
Spokane CRS Class
2017 REALTOR® Education
Happy Retirement, Patt!
The Voice for Real Estate
Member Safety Report
CCIM Luncheon
WCR May Event
YPN May Event
Mother's Day Open House Tour
Hirst Decision Informational Meeting
ListHub Report for March
Market Activity Report - March
Member Roster Update
Suggestion Box



Click on the calendar image below to see

the current SAR calendar showing dates and times

of classes, committees and events. 


Happy Retirement, Patt!

SAR photo
Patt Donovan (photo, left) has been the Controller with the Spokane Association of REALTORS ® for 20+ years. 

She is retiring and her last day is April 28, 2017

Please join us on Friday, April 28th, to wish her all the best in her retirement.

Friday, April 28th
1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
SAR Office


The Voice for Real Estate

NAR Deputy Chief Lobbyist Jamie Gregory talks about a live town hall meeting he and other lobbyists will host to prepare REALTORS for their upcoming meetings with members of Congress during Washington meetings in May.

Also covered are issues facing VA appraisers, the latest home sales numbers, how to use testimonials to boost your business, and how to bring in more clients by connecting households to down payment assistance.

See the eight-minute video online here:

The Voice for Real Estate
The Voice for Real Estate


Member Safety Report


Ninety-five percent of REALTORS® surveyed nationally have not been a victim of a crime while on the job.

If a REALTOR® does carry a weapon on the job, it's most likely pepper spray.

See the current (2016) Member Safety Report for more information.



Providing immediate answers to client concerns and questions, while in the car or at the curb, will turn the tide in any agent's favor.

And there's an app for that.

Here are the top 12 reported ways that agents use the RPR app to educate buyers.

Download the app on your smartphone today and be prepared to respond to your client's questions tomorrow.


CCIM Luncheon


Certified Commercial Investment Members (CCIM-WA) invites you to its May luncheon for an opportunity to network with chapter leadership, industry peers, and learn more about CCIM in a casual environment.

Wednesday, May 3rd
11:45 a.m. 
Tamarack Public House

Guest speaker will be Jeff K. Johnson, CCIM, SIOR, and President of NAI Black Commercial, Inc., one of Spokane's largest property management and commercial real estate companies.

For more information and registration, click here

WCR May Event 

Thursday, May 4th 

The Spokane - Eastern Washington Chapter of Women's Council of REALTORS® invites you explore the career/family balance - is it myth, mania, or magic - at its next meeting on Thursday, May 4th.

See the event flyer (pictured above) for more details, online here.


YPN May Event 


Tuesday, May 9th
The Spokane Young Professionals Network invites you to hear some fresh and frank assessments on the condition of our city at its next event on Tuesday, May 9th.

See the event flyer (pictured above) for list of guest speakers and location details, online here

Mother's Day Open House Tour

MAC photo
  May 13-14
The Museum of Arts & Culture (MAC) announces details for its 28th annual Mother's Day Open House Tour, the weekend of May 13-14.

This year's tour highlights some of Spokane's historic native rock structures: Glover Mansion, Westminster Congregational Church, C.C. Koerner House, Ralston & Sarah Wilbur House, Vera Water and Power Well House, Blakely Gardens, and Royal Riblet Mansion Grounds (now Arbor Crest Winery).

More details and tickets are online here.

Hirst Decision Informational Meeting 


Spokane County, through our elected Commissioners, is among the most pro-active counties in Washington State when it comes to seeking reasonable solutions to rural water rights, post-Hirst Decision.

The next opportunity for your clients to hear the latest news, and ask questions of our local officials, is Friday, May 19th, at the Spokane County Water Resource Center.

2017 SAR President Jennifer Valerien and Spokane County Water Resource Specialist Toni Taylor join in making a video invitation for your clients to attend:

Hirst Decision Informational Meeting


ListHub Report for March                       

See the March ListHub report, online here.

Market Activity Report - March    


The SAR Market Activity Report for March is now online.

See the latest full report - a member-exclusive product - and archived full reports - online here.



See the March 2017 Snapshot Report (pictured above) online here.









See the 2017 Year-to-date Snapshot Report (pictured above),  online here.







Member Roster Update  
Updated 4/6

Click here to view the latest Member Roster Update - approved by the Board of Directors.

Click here to view the latest list of MLS Subscription Waivers - approved by the Board of Directors.  

Send a message to Angie at the SAR with any changes.  

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