Weekly Notices
August 17, 2018 

More than 1,000 SAR REALTORⓇ members still need to take a Code of Ethics class before the end of the year to maintain their active status.
If this is you, please check the local class listings here in the Weekly Notices for classroom training, or visit the NAR Code of Ethics resource page for online training.
Miss the deadline and you risk being dropped as a REALTOR and cut off from the Spokane MLS. 
We Believe in VA Financing 


A new video premiered at this week's Quarterly Membership Meeting of the Spokane Association of REALTORS® featuring members who declared "We believe in VA financing!"
The video is the result of a work group convened to respond to community concern that some Spokane REALTORS® are not presenting United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) financing as an option to sellers in their client communication.
Feel free to copy and share this video with your office and team members - because we believe in VA financing! 
See the one-minute video online here: 
We Believe in VA Financing!
We Believe in VA Financing!

SAR Tops RPR User List 

Members of the Spokane Association of REALTORS® MLS are using RPR (REALTOR® Property Resource) more than the members of any other mid-size and large market in the country!
53.7% of all SAR members are using this online resource of the National Association of REALTORS®. The national average is 41.2%. 
"The SAR served as a beta test site for RPR when it was being created seven years ago," says Rob Higgins, executive vice president of the association. "It's exciting to see something we helped create serving our members, and REALTORS® across the country, so well."   
RPR offers comprehensive data, powerful analytics, and client-friendly reports for each of NAR's constituencies
  • 100% Owned by REALTORS®

    Created by NAR for the sole purpose of providing REALTORS® with the data they need to meet the demands of clients.
  • Exclusively for REALTORS®

    No third party or public access ... guaranteed. The only way a non-REALTOR® has access to the data in RPR is through an RPR report that has been created, branded and sent by a REALTOR®.
  • No Cost Member Benefit

    RPR is an invaluable member benefit offered exclusively to REALTORS® at no additional cost. RPR services every segment of the real estate industry: Residential, Commercial, Brokers, Appraisers, Associations and MLSs.    
Find out what you're missing - visit RPR online here.

SAR Food Drive - Save the Date!  

September 6-7
Spokane Association of REALTORS® members will be out at the Spokane-area Albertsons grocery stores on September 6th and 7th for their annual food drive.
REALTORS® will be collecting food and cash donations to help Second Harvest stock the shelves of partner food banks serving local neighborhoods.
To volunteer for a short, two-hour shift at one of the Albertsons stores as REALTORS® Pack the Pantry, please call one of our Store Captains. The call list (pictured above) is online here. 
If you can't make your donation in person, make it online right now with Crowdrise - click on the logo below to enter your donation:   

Remember for every $1 donated, Second Harvest provides 6 pounds of food - the equivalent of 5 meals for hungry people.  
The gift of food changes lives and gives people an opportunity to succeed and thrive.  
Thank you for your donation!   

Legal Hotline: Email Provision in Form 21 


Washington REALTORS ® Legal Hotline lawyer Annie Fitzsimmons continues a new series titled: "Real Estate Fundamentals You Should Know."

In episode six, Annie covers the email provision in Form 21.

See the new five-minute video, online here:

EPisode 6: Email Delivery Provision (Form 21)
Email Delivery Provision (Form 21)

EPISODE 5: Annie talks about the Pending Sale Contingency Addendum (Form 22Q) and mistakes listing brokers make.

See Annie's six-minute video, online here:

Pending Sale Contingency Addendum - Form 22Q
Pending Sale Contingency Addendum - Form 22Q

EPISODE 4: Annie explores fundamentals related to the Inspection Contingency Form 35 and the Computation of Time Provision Form 21.

See Annie's 10-minute video online here:

Fundamentals Related to the Inspection Contingency - Form 35
Fundamentals Related to the
Inspection Contingency - Form 35

EPISODE 3: Whom do you represent in a transaction?

See Annie's five-minute video on this topic online here:

Ep[isode 3:
Episode 3: Whom do you represent in a transaction?

EPISODE 2: Annie covers THREE fundamental Earnest Money issues.

See the 10-minute video online here:

Episode 2:
Episode 2: Three Fundamental Earnest Money Issues

EPISODE 1: Annie kicks off this series with some very common misconceptions on Mutual Acceptance.

See her eight-minute video online here:

When is the Date of Mutual Acceptance? 
Episode 1: When is the Date of Mutual Acceptance?

The Voice for Real Estate 

Flood insurance is extended.

Lots of opportunities in commercial investment in smaller markets.

Home sales slow as inventories remain a problem.

More agents are in the business.

Fewer international investors are buying U.S. homes.

The upcoming iOi Summit promises competitive advantage.

See the new seven-minute Voice for Real Estate, online here:

Voice for Real Estate 88: Flood, Agents, Commercial, iOi
Voice for Real Estate 88:
Flood, Agents, Commercial, iOi

Lunch & Learn: Reverse Mortgage 

Monday, August 27th
Noon - 1:30 p.m. 
at the SAR 

Back by popular demand!
Learn how to increase your Buyer's purchasing power without a traditional monthly payment.
Come hear Georgina Olsen with Mortgage Solutions Financial speak about the Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) and how it can help you market to your senior buyers. 
Complimentary lunch provided.
See the event flyer (pictured above) with more information online here.

Lunch & Learn: Appraisals 

Monday, September 17th

Come and hear Amy Chitwood with Amy Chitwood Valuations share some valuable information on how appraisers measure houses, derive adjustments, and other facets of home appraisals. Your questions will be welcome, too! 
Bring your lunch, if you'd like; coffee and water provided. 
See the event flyer (pictured above) with more information online here .

Real Estate Innovation Conference 

August 29-30 

Check out the inaugural Real Estate Innovation, Opportunity & Investment  Summit, August 29-30 in San Francisco!
The event will bring together technology innovators, capital investors, and real estate professionals for the next century of opportunity, covering topics like artificial intelligence, digital privacy, and regulatory forces affecting innovation in real estate. 
Visit the event website for more information and registration, online here.

Income Properties  

October 11-12
at the SAR

Take this two-day class at your SAR this fall and you'll be able to Identify Income Properties like a Pro!
Learn the secrets to smart real estate investing, and start identifying lucrative opportunities for yourself and your clients.
Earn 15 clock hours of continuing REALTORⓇ education credit and 16 hours of CRS education credit toward your CRS designation.  
Download the event flyer (pictured above), online here

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.
Purchase & Sale Agreement 
Purchase & Sale Agreement
Tuesday, August 21 - 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
Code of Ethics 
Code of Ethics
Thursday, August 23 - Code of Ethics - with Linda Miller Sheets.
Check-in: 8:15 a.m.
Class: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
at the SAR
7.5 clock hours   
Tuesday, September 11 - Uncovering Coverage for Home Warranty - with Beale Luebben.
Check-in: 8:15 a.m.
Class: 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
at the SAR
3.0 clock hours
Tuesday, September 11 - REALTOR® Safety - Empower Yourself - with Beale Luebben.
Check-in: 1:15 p.m.
Class: 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
at the SAR
3.0 clock hours 
In This Issue
We Believe in VA Financing
SAR Tops RPR User List
SAR Food Drive
Legal Hotline: Earnest Money
The Voice for Real Estate
Lunch & Learn: Reverse Mortgage
Lunch & Learn: Appraisals
Real Estate Innovation Conference
Income Properties
2018 REALTOR® Education
Happy Retirement, Debbie!
WR Fall Business Conference
Most Affordable Outdoorsy City
2018 NAR Member Profile
Center for REALTORⓇ Financial Wellness
WCR Golf Tournament
Member 2 Member
REALTORS® Conference and Expo
Member Roster Update - June
Market Activity Report - JULY - NEW!

Spokane will hold its 23rd annual Unity in the Community celebration in Riverfront Park tomorrow ( Saturday, August 18th).

Download the event poster (pictured above) for more information, online here.

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

SAR photo

Happy retirement, Debbie!

SAR Education/Special Events Director Debbie Crowder (photo above, right) presided over her final event for the association, this week, at CenterPlace Event Center in Spokane Valley.

CenterPlace Coordinator Carol Carter (photo above, left) presented Debbie with a bouquet of roses in cheerful congratulations.

Come say "thank you" to Debbie as she retires from the SAR after 23 years of service:

Debbie Crowder Retirement
Open House / Reception
Thursday, August 30th
4-6 p.m.
at the Red Lion River Inn (North Division)
Light hors d'oeuvres

"Debbie has established a very special relationship with our members, especially our affiliate members, in her position at the Association. Her positive attitude and attention to detail are hallmarks of her work. We will miss Debbie immensely and at the same time wish her the very best in her retirement years with Dave and the family."

Rob Higgins, Executive Vice President
Spokane Association of REALTORS® 

WR Fall Business Conference 

Online registration open now!
September 26-28, 2018

Washington REALTORS ® Fall Business Conference is coming to Spokane this year - September 26-28 - at the Davenport Grand Hotel!
Learn all about it, online here
With or without the conference, plan to attend Fun Night with a Heroes and Villains theme - Thursday, September 27th at the Davenport Grand Hotel!

Download your copy of the 2018 Fun Night flyer (pictured above), online here.

Then, purchase your tickets online - right here:

- OR -

Most Affordable Outdoorsy City  

Let's say you were looking for an American city with affordable housing that also offered these outdoorsy amenities:

  • Share of homes with outdoor patios, outdoor kitchens, and decks
  • Bicycle-friendliness rating
  • Per capita kayaking, rafting, and outdoor gear stores
  • Number of campgrounds
  • Share of restaurants with outdoor seating
  • Per capita of conservation scientists and foresters (sign of heavy park presence)
  • Number of national parks in the state
  • Percentage of residents who live within a 10-minute walk of a park

The editors at REALTOR.COM ® just completed such a search and you're living in their top pick  .

2018 NAR Member Profile 

Who are REALTORS®?
Here's what we know about us, according to the 2018 National Association of REALTORS® Member Profile
  • 65% of REALTORS® were licensed sales agents
  • 21% held broker licenses
  • 15% held broker associate licenses
  • The typical REALTOR® had 10 years of experience.
  • 80% of REALTORS® were very certain they would remain active as a real estate professional for two more years.

See the info graphic (pictured above), online here.

Download the document online here.

Center for REALTORⓇ Financial Wellness 

Did you know that 42% of REALTORS® are NOT prepared for a financial emergency and 43% are NOT saving for retirement?  
That's why the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (NAR) created the Center for REALTOR® Financial Wellness.  
This new program will help you be financially solvent and independent, both in your career and at retirement.
The Center for REALTOR® Financial Wellness is a comprehensive online resource that has something to offer all NAR members no matter your level of professional expertise or stage of financial planning.

Visit the Center for REALTORⓇ Financial Wellness online here.

WCR Golf Tournament 

Friday, September 21st

The Spokane-Eastern Washington Women's Council of REALTORSⓇ reminds that it will be hosting its 2018 Golf Tournament at Downriver Golf Course on the afternoon of Friday, September 21st.
Download your copy of the event flyer (pictured above), online here.

Member 2 Member 

The Spokane Mortgage Lenders Association invites all SAR members to its 2nd annual Poker Tournament:  
Friday, October 19th 
Northern Quest Resort and Casino.
Download the event flyer (pictured above) for more information, online here.


REALTORS® Conference and Expo 

The SAR has available two complimentary Premier Access Passes that include unlimited access to all educational sessions and the expo floor on all four days of the event, plus access to Saturday's General Session and Sunday's Inspirational Program and Celebrity Concert - a $450 value! (Transportation, lodging, and meals not included).  
To be entered in the drawing for these passes, please email the SAR:
Two winners will be drawn at the September SAR Board of Directors meeting from among eligible entries submitted by close of business on September 4th.
One pass per member, please.
Download the conference poster (pictured above) online here.
Check out the event website for all the latest information, online here.  


Member Roster Update - June 

Updated for June

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 - JULY 

Market Activity Reports  

Updated for July
The SAR Market Activity Report for JULY is now online.
See the latest full report - a member-exclusive product
- and archived full reports, online here .


See the JULY 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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