Weekly Notices
April 13, 2018

2018 Open House Weekend 


Friday, April 13th 
to nominate your open 
as a headquarter house!

Sponsored by:

- and -


SAR photo

The headquarter house (last year's pictured above) serves as a point-of-contact for the media and public, as well as a supply station (balloons, sign riders, etc.) for SAR members during the weekend event when the SAR is closed.

The headquarter house will be promoted to the media, public, and SAR members before and during the event, and receive excellent media exposure.
To nominate your listing(s), please email event chair
Bill Richard with address, listing details, and photos by next Friday, April 13th

This year, we are seeking four headquarter houses - one each north side, south side, valley, and west plains.

Each listing must be active on the Spokane County MLS, available for offers, and included on the official event website, SpokaneOpen.com, the weekend of the event, April 28-29.

SAR members may take advantage of special negotiated rates with the Inlander and The Spokesman-Review for our open house weekend event.

This is optional, but a great way to be sure your participating open(s) get maximum exposure during the event.

Spaces are limited - reserve yours now!

See each flyer below for details.

The Inlander offer (pictured above) is online here.

The Spokesman-Review offer (pictured above) is online here.

DOWNLOAD the event logo (pictured above) for your website and social media channels online here.


We're seeking sponsors for our event now, businesses who can appreciate the exposure of getting in front of 2,000 association members and hundreds of active homebuyers.

Sponsorship opportunities begin at $250/month (minimum six-month commitment) for a banner ad on our official event website, SpokaneOpen.com.

Download and share our letter to event sponsors (pictured above) online here, then share it with potential event sponsors.


Fair Housing Proclamation 

Washington Governor Jay Inslee, this week, signed a Proclamation declaring April as Fair Housing Month.

Thank you to our Governor and our Legislators for reaffirming Washington State's commitment to the Fair Housing Act.

Also, a big thank you to all the REALTORS® who advocated for this!
See the proclamation, pictured above, online here.

WARNING: Possible Phishing 


WARNING: If you receive an email claiming to be from "REALTOR® Party via DocuSign" it is not from NAR.

The email contains an attachment.  

Do not open any attachments or click any of the links, which may ask for passwords.

The National Association of REALTORS® will never ask you for your DocuSign credentials.

Please delete this email if you see it.

If you've opened the email and entered your DocuSign credentials, you should log into DocuSign and change your password immediately.
Learn more online here.

REALTOR® Brand Evolution

The iconic REALTOR® block R logo was created in 1973, when the majority of NAR's current 1.3 million members were under 10 years old.

Since that time, the real estate industry and the REALTOR® organization have changed dramatically with advancements in technology and new consumer expectations.
While your business has evolved over these past 45 years, the logo that represents you today is the same as it was in 1973.

Our new REALTOR® block R logo (pictured above) maintains the equity and recognition of the current bold, powerful and trusted trademark, yet modernized to meet the realities of today's marketplace and digital distribution.

We've referred to the new logo as a "new dimension," which reflects an organization that has become more dynamic, fast-moving, member-centric and future focused. 
Learn more online here.

WCR Event in Coeur d'Alene 

Tuesday, April 17th

The Coeur d'Alene Women's Council of REALTORS® invites all SAR members to make the short drive across the border after work, next week, to enjoy an evening program: Martinis and Makeovers on Tuesday, April 17th.


Download the event flyer (pictured above) with more information online here

CRS Complimentary Coffee


Calling all CRS agents!

Come and hear about the National CRS Conference highlights with CRS agents Joanne Pettit of John L. Scott and BethAnn Long of RE/MAX Inland Empire.

We will be sharing our best take-aways from this amazing conference, and sharing Business Building tips for CRS agents.

This is the first of Quarterly networking gatherings for CRS agents.  

Thursday, April 19th
8:30-9:30 a.m.
at Forza Coffee near Gonzaga University
1028 N. Hamilton.

LIMITED SEATING (reserve your spot TODAY by email: bethannlong@gmail.com

This event is made possible by the generous support of Curran Long, Caliber Home Loans. Curran Long, Loan Consultant, NMLS ID 1577800.

Seven Things  


Coming April 23!

The Coeur d'Alene Association of REALTORS® invites you to its CRS class, "7 things Successful Agents do Differently: A Proven Business System," at its offices on April 23rd.

This course demonstrates those things that successful agents do different from the average agent.

It gives specific strategies and marketing systems to move their business to the next stage of success both professionally and financially.

Attendees will learn how to organize their real estate career like a business, learn how to leverage their market statistics, learn how to plan for retirement and learn how to implement marketing to make these things happen.

Agents of all experience level will find benefit in discovering how to take their business to the next stage of success.

Learn more and register online here.

Spring Business Conference 


COMING UP: April 18-20

Join hundreds of REALTORS® from all over Washington State for our three-day, semi-annual business conference April 18-20 at the Seattle Airport Marriott.

Network, participate, share, and grow!

Learn more and register online here.

Legal Hotline: Winning the Offer Battle

Washington REALTORS® Legal Hotline lawyer Annie Fitzsimmons kicks off a new series!

In part 1 of this series, imagine that your buyer cast too much caution to the wind and found themselves forfeiting earnest money, or maybe regretting having paid too much for the property, or possibly found that the property was riddled with conditions that they weren't aware of.

If your buyer loses that battle, you as the agent could be the collateral damage in the loss of that war.

Buyer might be likely to blame you saying that you failed to caution them sufficiently about the risk they were undertaking.

Annie wants to talk about some of the standards that are considered to be buyer protections.

See Annie's new seven-minute video online here:   
Winning the Offer Battle Without Losing the War - Part 1
Winning the Offer Battle without Losing the War
Part 1
Washington REALTORS® Leadership Tour
Wednesday, May 2nd

You'll want to save the date - Wednesday, May 2nd - for the Washington REALTORS ® Leadership Tour!

This luncheon event at CenterPlace Event Center in Spokane Valley will feature our  2018 Washington REALTORS ® President Jerry Martin (pictured), our Washington REALTORS ® President-elect Dale Chumbley, and Washington REALTORS ® CEO S teve Francks.

This will be a casual luncheon with time for you to hear from and personally meet key members of your state leadership team.

CRS 204: Buying Selling Income Properties   

OCTOBER 11 & 12

CRS 204 - Buying and Selling Income Properties at the Spokane Association of REALTORS®.    
Registration fee will be $250 for CRS members and $295 for Non-CRS members.
2018 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 2018.

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.

Current Issues in Washington Residential Real Estate 
Current Issues in Washington Residential Real Estate


Thursday, April 19 - Current Issues in WA Residential Real Estate - with Sabrina Jones-Schroeder.

Check-in: 8:15 a.m.
Class: 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
at the SAR

3.0 clock hours  

Statewide Purchase & Sale Agreement 
What Else do we Need - PSA Addenda

Thursday, April 26 - What Else do we Need - PSA Addenda - with Sabrina Jones-Schroeder.

Check-in: 8:15 a.m.
Class: 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
at the SAR

6.0 clock hours    

Friday, May 4 - Power of Strategy: Section 1031Tax Exchange - with Annamarie Kooning

Check-in: 8:15 a.m.
Class: 8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
at the SAR

3.0 clock hours 

In This Issue
2018 Open House Weekend
Fair Housing Proclamation
WARNING: Possible Phishing
REALTOR® Brand Evolution
WCR Event in Coeur d'Alene
CRS Complimentary Coffee
Seven Things
Spring Business Conference
Legal Hotline: Winning the Offer Battle
Washington REALTORS® Leadership Tour
CRS 204: Buying Selling Income Properties
2018 REALTOR® Education
2018 SAR REALTOR® Awards Luncheon
The Question March-April
INW Fair Housing Conference
Fair Housing Focus
At Home with Diversity
Fair Housing Month
Lunch & Learn: Home Warranties
Clubhouse Update
Member Roster Update - APRIL
Market Activity Report - MARCH

Click on the calendar image below to see
the current SAR calendar showing dates and times
of classes, committees and events. 

The SAR extends its sympathy and condolences to Shane O'Neill and BethAnn Long, both of RE/MAX Inland Empire. 

Shane and Bethann's brother Kevin passed away on Thursday, April 5, 2018

A celebration of Kevin's life will be held on Monday, April 16th, at 11:00 a.m. at Summit Church, 1801 E. 29th Avenue, Spokane.

Reception following the service.

In lieu of flowers please donate to a 
charity of your choice  in Kevin's name.



The names to be engraved on the SAR's 2018 REALTOR® Awards rest in your hands.

Members will decide who will be our

2018 REALTOR® of the Year
Steve Flinn REALTOR® Achievement
REALTOR® Community Service
Affiliate of the Year
Partner of the Year
Spokane's Citizen of the Year

Make your nominations known by April 20th to be counted in deciding this year's awards.

Winners will be announced at the 2018 SAR REALTOR Awards luncheon.

Download the SAR REALTOR® Awards nomination form online here.

Then . . .

Save the date - May 10th - for the 2018 Spokane Association of REALTORS® Awards Luncheon to hear who has earned this year's awards.

Registration is available now, online here:

The Question March-April     

SAR leadership has decided to re-open the MARCH/APRIL edition of The Question for greater member participation.



Of these three things, what is the most important to you?
  • Technology
  • Legal, Governmental / Public Policy, Regulatory Issues affecting REALTORS
  • Effective Communication between the SAR and Membership

You may also receive "The Question" via an email. 

If you have already answered, thank you for responding. 

If you haven't answered, please take it now through one of these three ways.

- OR -

Download, print and respond to The Question on paper (pictured above) - online here - then mail or deliver your completed survey to:

Spokane Association of REALTORS ®
1924 North Ash Street
Spokane, WA 99205

- OR -

You may also email your response to Sharon at the SAR, or call her with your response at 326-9222.

Responses will be shared with all members in a future edition of the Weekly Notices.

Thank you!

INW Fair Housing Conference     

Thursday, April 26th

Registration is now open for the 2018 Inland Northwest Fair Housing Conference on Thursday, April 26th at the Spokane Convention Center.

We are celebrating 50 years of the Fair Housing Act!

Participants can learn about fair housing basics, tenant/landlord law, and more.

Not sure which session track to choose? Review the Suggested Session Tracks by Profession/Experience Guide!

More information is online here.

Fair Housing Focus 

Three events led to passage of the Fair Housing Act on April 11, 1968: the role of housing in the civil rights push, the Kerner Commission report on urban unrest, and the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

NAR Director of Broadcasting Stephen Gasque walks through the dynamic events that resulted in the movement to increase housing fairness for all Americans.

See this new three-minute video online here:

Fair Housing Focus: Upheaval Led to Landmark Law
Fair Housing Focus:
Upheaval Led to Landmark Law

NAR has created an excellent video to share the story of Fair Housing and why it is important for all real estate brokers to have it in mind every day on the job.

Watch the 17-minute NAR Housing Point video by clicking on the image above.

At Home with Diversity 

NAR offers a 6.0 credit-hour class that is a perfect fit to our celebration of Fair Housing's 50th anniversary.

At Home With Diversity® is an educational experience designed to present a picture of the changing face of the real estate industry.

More importantly, the class teaches how real estate professionals can increase their sensitivity and adaptability to future market trends.

Additionally, you will learn to thrive as an effective service provider and community leader.

The course addresses issues of diversity, fair housing, and cultural differences.

All three subjects are closely related and have value for real estate professionals who must serve diverse local markets.

Learn more and take this class online here.

Fair Housing Month    

April is Fair Housing Month.

This year is the 50th anniversary of Fair Housing.

Download the Fair Housing poster (pictured above) online here.

Learn more about this landmark law at its golden anniversary online here.

Lunch & Learn: Home Warranties 

Monday, May 14th

Join an informative and fun mid-day panel discussion on home warranties, featuring three of the most knowledgeable local experts in the business: Russel Frans, Beale Luebben, and Kelly Quinn.

Monday, May 14th at noon at the SAR.

See the event flyer with more information online here.

Clubhouse Update 

ITS BEEN BUSY here in the Clubhouse. 

This March, we served over one hundred sixty children. 

That's around seventy above our monthly average of ninety children. 

Word is spreading of our wonderful space of care and our average monthly census is showing the difference.

We can't say it enough, thank you for giving of your time and just being here.


The Children's Clubhouse at Sacred Heart Children's Hospital is a community service of your Spokane Association of REALTORS ®.

Read more in the April edition of the Clubhouse newsletter online here.

Member Roster Update - April    

Updated APRIL 2018

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 Brenda at the SAR with any changes.  

Market Activity Report - MARCH  

Market Activity Reports  

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 2018 Market Snapshot Report (pictured above) online here.

See the 2018 YEAR-TO-DATE Market Snapshot Report (pictured above), online here.

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