Weekly Notices
April 7, 2017

(Updated to correct a missing links)

Sponsor the Open House Weekend!   

Make plans now to participate in the 7th annual Spokane REALTORS® Open House 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.

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

Looking to reach a qualified audience of home buyers and the REALTORS® representing them?  Then you'll want to sponsor the Spokane REALTORS® Open House Weekend!

We are sending a letter (pictured above, online here) inviting affiliate members and friends to join us.

Sponsorship is offered at $2,500 for up to five event sponsors who will be featured prominently in all event promotion between now and the event on April 29-30.

It's the largest residential real estate promotion event of the year - be a part of it with us! 

We are seeking a headquarter house for the event - a listed residence, close to town, with easy access and parking - where media representatives can get event information and photos, and where association members can get supplies through the weekend (contest entry forms, REALTOR® balloons, etc.).

SAR photo

The headquarter house we used last year (pictured above) sold quickly as a direct result of the exposure it received during our event.

If you have a listing you would like to offer as this year's headquarter house for the Spokane REALTORS® Open House Weekend, please send address, photo, and brief description to Tony Byrne via email here.


Deadline to submit your listing for consideration is 9 a.m. on Monday, April 10th.

Meanwhile, start thinking about these (optional) event-specific marketing opportunities offered by our advertising partners, the Inlander and The Spokesman-Review:

Download the Inlander flyer (pictured above), online here.

Download The Spokesman-Review flyer (pictured above), online here.

Broker Liability Series


Washington REALTORS® Legal Hotline lawyer Annie Fitzsimmons continues her Broker Liability series this week with video #3: the risky business with home inspections.

See the 10-minute video online here:

Broker Liability: Risky Business with Inspections
Broker Liability: Risky Business with Inspections

The Voice for Real Estate           

Mixed signals on the economy.

Home sales are down while contract signings are up.

The one common statistic, though, is that households want to buy. They just can't always find much inventory to look at and often homes are out of their price range.

The Voice for Real Estate for the week of April 3 also looks at the coming tax reform debate, how reauthorization of federal flood insurance is shaping up, and the challenges facing the appraisal industry.

A quick look at the AE Institute in Denver is covered as well.

See the six-minute video online here:

The Voice for Real Estate #65 
The Voice for Real Estate #65

WR Spring Business Conference

April 12-14

The 2017 Washington REALTORS® Spring Business Conference will be held at Suncadia Resort in Cle Elum on April 12th-14th.

Details on the Spring Business Conference are online here
WR Business Symposium                         

April 27th

The 2017 Washington REALTORS ® Business Symposium is proud to announce nationally recognized speaker Jackie Leavenworth will be spending the day with us and sharing her knowledge, energy, and passion for real estate.

Jackie will present two of her most-demanded classes:
Negotiations: The Games People Play, and It's a Price War to the Door.

Details on the Business Symposium are 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 Leste, Doug Tingvall, Chris Osborn, Jeannie Simpson, and Mark Schedler.
7.5 clock hours. 

Details on the Legal Symposium are 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.

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.

What else do we Need:  
What else do we Need: 
Purchase & Sale Agreement Addenda 


Tuesday, April 11 - What else do we Need: Purchase & Sale Agreement 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

April is Fair Housing Month!
Don't Miss this Class!

Wednesday, April 12 -   All is FAIR in Love and Real Estate - Guidlines to Fair Housing - with Beale Luebben.

Check-in: 12:30 p.m.
Class: 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
at the SAR

3.5 clock hours  

Purchase & Sale Agreement 
Statewide Purchase & Sale Agreement

Tuesday, April 18 - Statewide Purchase & Sale Agreement - with Sabrina Jones Schroeder.

Check-in: 8:15 a.m.
Class: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
at the SAR

7.5 clock hours


Rural Property 101 
Land and Acreage 101 - Rural Property

Thursday, April 20 - Land and Acreage 101 - Rural Property - with Jim Palmer, Jr.

Check-in: 8:15 a.m.
Class: 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.,
at the SAR

4.0 clock hours

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
Seeking Headquarter House
Broker Liability Series
The Voice for Real Estate
WR Spring Business Conference
WR Business Symposium
WR Legal Symposium
Spokane CRS Class
2017 REALTOR® Education
April is Fair Housing Month
2017 NAR Fair Housing Poster
Spokane Housing Development
2017 SAR Awards
REALTORS® Federal Credit Union
ListHub Report for January
Market Activity Report - March - NEW!
Member Roster Update - NEW!
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Click on the calendar image below to see

the current SAR calendar showing dates and times

of classes, committees and events. 


April is Fair Housing Month

April is Fair Housing Month, a dedicated time when we bring special attention to the Fair Housing Act, part of the Civil Rights Act of 1968.

The Fair Housing Act prohibits discrimination in housing because of these protected classes:

  • Race
  • Color
  • Religion
  • National origin
  • Sex
  • Familial status/parental status
  • Handicap/disability

The State of Washington adds these protected classes:
  • Gender identity
  • Sexual orientation
  • Creed
  • Marital status
  • Veteran or military status

The City of Spokane adds this protected class:
  • Sexual orientation

2017 Washington REALTORS® President Margo Wheeler Willis (pictured at left) reminds us that REALTORS® are the leading advocates for housing and protecting the dream of home ownership, and we join the nation every year in recognizing Fair Housing Month in April.

Read her article on Fair Housing online here.

Washington REALTORS ® Legal Hotline lawyer Annie Fitzsimmons discusses compliance with federal and state Fair Housing Laws.

This video is the first in a series to share with the entire office.

Did you know your receptionist is subject to Fair Housing violations?

Learn more about this and the protected classes in this six-minute video:

Fair Housing Act: Protected Classes
Fair Housing Act: Protected Classes

2017 NAR Fair Housing Poster           

The National Association of REALTORS ® creates a poster for Fair Housing month every year.

This year, NAR's Fair Housing poster has a historical theme that gives some perspective on the history of fair housing rights in our country.

Download your copy of the poster (pictured above), suitable for posting in your office, online here.


Spokane Housing Development           

The City of Spokane invites you to attend a Spokane Housing Development Training event on Thursday, April 20th.

Session topics to include: economic conditions, demographic trends, and who lives in Spokane.

Download the event flyer (pictured above), online here.


2017 SAR Awards                            

DEADLINE: April 21st

Nominations are now open for the 2017 Spokane Association of REALTORS® annual awards.

Awards available for nomination are: REALTOR® of the Year; Steve Flinn REALTOR® Achievement; REALTOR® Community Service; Affiliate of the Year; Partner of the Year; and Spokane's Citizen of the Year.

Winners will be announced at the annual SAR Spring Awards Luncheon on May 25 at the Hotel RL River Inn .

Download the 2017 SAR Awards nomination form, pictured above, online here.

REALTORS® Federal Credit Union

Learn about the Top 10 Reasons to Join REALTORS® Federal Credit Union, a Division of Northwest Federal Credit Union.

Watch this two-minute video online here: 
Top Ten Reasons to join RFCU
Top Ten Reasons to join RFCU

ListHub Report for January                         

See the January 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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