Weekly Notices
December 1, 2017
Last Chance to Save $5! 


Thursday, December 7th
4:00 pm to 8:00 pm
The Lincoln Center
(1316 N Lincoln,
just 1 block north
of the arena off of Monroe)
Monday, December 4th, the price goes from $25 to $30 - don't miss out - register now!

Your SAR Christmas Party Planning Committee is working hard on creating a great evening for us, with time for socializing and networking, a heavy hors d'oeuvres reception, dancing to our DJ, a fun photo booth for you and your friends to get your pictures taken, and a jaw-dropping dessert table!

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

We acknowledge here, and encourage you to thank at your next opportunity, our generous sponsors:

Platinum Sponsor:

Diamond Sponsor:

Photo Booth Sponsor:

Dessert Table Sponsor:

Ruby Sponsors:

Sapphire Sponsors:

Spokane County Title

Amethyst Sponsor:


Topaz Sponsor:

Shilo King of

Tickets are available online now - get yours today and you'll be ready for the party! 

Space is limited - this event typically sells out!  


Tickets are also available for purchase on the SAR website:  spokanerealtor.com

The Spokane Association of Realtors Young Professionals Network shares word that its members  will convene an SAR Holiday Party Prefunk at the Viking starting at 2:30 p.m., then walk over to the Lincolin Center together - YPN members and non-members welcome!

Download the event flyer (pictured above), online here
You need not RSVP for the Prefunk, but you may click on the Facebook event to share that you're going, online here
WCR Holiday Gift Exchange
Thursday, December 7th  
The Spokane-Eastern Washington Women's Council of REALTORS ® welcomes all SAR members to its Favorite Things Holiday Gift Exchange at Darcy's restaurant in Spokane Valley.
See the event flyer (pictured above) for more information, online here
Grid Maps in Stock 

By popular demand - the SAR has reprinted the Spokane and Spokane County grid map (pictured above).

Copies are now available for sale at the SAR, at the price of $3.50 plus tax, per map.

The electronic version (pictured above) is available online here.



Net Neutrality Nixed 

Thursday, December 7
11:00 A.M. Spokane time 

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is expected to strike down net neutrality, the system of rules that tries to create an even playing field on the internet for websites and users.  
NAR supports net neutrality and opposes the FCC plan to end it in mid-December.  
NAR analyst Melanie Wyne explains and answers questions on how net neutrality works and what the real estate industry can expect to happen should it be terminated.  
Impacts are expected to be felt by MLSes, listing sites, associations, brokerages, sales associates, and consumers as internet service providers (ISPs) create fast and slow lanes on the Internet and enter into agreements with some content providers.

.REALTOR Web Address 

Discover the reasons why a REALTOR® should have a .REALTOR web address and explore the different ways it can be used in your business.

See the two-minute video online here:

Why Should I Get a .REALTOR Web Address?
Why Should I Get a .REALTOR Web Address?


2018 Business Plan Webinar    

Thursday, December 14th
10:00 A.M. - 11:00 A.M. PST
Do you want to maximize your impact and income in 2018?

Focusing your thoughts and plans for the New Year does not have to be an overwhelming undertaking.

Join us for this informative webinar as we show you how to create a simple and effective business plan to focus both your personal and professional goals.

Legal Hotline: Who Gets the Earnest Money 

Washington REALTORS® Legal Hotline lawyer Annie Fitzsimmons answers a frequently asked question: "Who's entitled to the Earnest Money?"

Typically, this arises as a Buyer's claim for the Earnest Money under the Financing Contingency, but that decision is hinged on the details of their Lender Letter being in compliance.

See Annie's answer in this new Legal Hotline video:

Who Gets The Earnest Money?
Who Gets The Earnest Money?

The Voice for Real Estate 

The House passed tax reform, and NAR now looks to the Senate bill. NAR opposes both bills because they neutralize the incentive for homeownership.

The House also passed long-term reauthorization and reform of flood insurance, which NAR supports.

Other segments in the video look at team legal issues, the latest home sales numbers, and a new safety web product for real estate professionals.

See more in the new edition of The Voice for Real Estate, online here:

The Voice for Real Estate #78
The Voice for Real Estate #78

Spokane: Our Early History

Looking for an end-of-year closing gift for your clients, or a unique reminder of your services for next year?
Why not give them a book of answers to the questions of why things are the way they are around here. 
Spokane: Our Early History (pictured) - arguably the best book on early Spokane history - was commissioned by your SAR for its centennial in 2011.
A limited number of copies remains available for sale to SAR-members only at the special price of just $7.51 per book - that's a screaming deal on this hard-cover book that lists for $29.95!
You may purchase your books at the SAR - call ahead if you'd like a box waiting for you: 326-9222.  

Co-author Tony Bamonte appeared on C-SPAN's 2017 Cities Tour this past summer to talk about this book.  See that 10-minute video presentation online here:


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.
Code of Ethics: Standards for Success 
Code of Ethics: Standards for Success
Tuesday, December 12 - Code of Ethics: Standards for Success - 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 
Purchase & Sale Agreement 
Purchase & Sale Agreement
Thursday, December 14 - Statewide Purchase & Sale Agreement - with Sabrina Jones-Schroeder.
Check-in: 8:15 a.m.
Class: 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
at the SAR
7.5 clock hours 
Purchase & Sale Addenda 
What Else do we Need: Purchase & Sale Addenda
Tuesday, December 19 - 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   
In This Issue
SAR Christmas Party
WCR Holiday Gift Exchange
2018 Business Plan Webinar
Net Neutrality Nixed
.REALTOR Web Address
2018 Business Plan Webinar
LegalHotline: Who Gets the Earnest Money
The Voice for Real Estate
Spokane: Our Early History
2017 REALTOR® Education
Call for Action!
Join an SAR Committee in 2018!
SAR Members on 2018 NAR Committees
Getting Started with RPR
14 Best Apps for Real Estate
Member 2 Member
Bing Crosby Holiday Film Festival
ListHub - September
Market Activity Report - October
Member Roster Update - November



Click on the calendar image below to see

the current SAR calendar showing dates and times

of classes, committees and events. 

Call for Action!

The House of Representatives, this week, passed H.R. 1, the "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act" - a bill the National Association of REALTORS® calls an all-out assault on homeownership.
NAR President Elizabeth Mendenhall issued the following statement:
It's disappointing to see this legislation move forward, but the real work to shape this debate is just getting started. Realtors® will now look to the Senate as we make our case that the tax reform proposals pending before Congress overwhelmingly remove the tax incentive to purchase and own a home in America.
This is about much more than a cap on the mortgage interest deduction. Rather, it is about whether homeowners will have the rug pulled out from under them with a tax system that suddenly favors renting over owning in a big way.
Make no mistake, middle-class homeowners will see their home values fall if this proposal moves forward, while large corporations walk away with the bulk of the tax cuts.
American homeowners shouldn't have to pay for corporate tax cuts with their home equity. It's a matter of basic fairness; 1.3 million Realtors® have known since the beginning, and America's 75 million homeowners are just beginning to learn, that homeowners will be the ones paying the tab. Realtors® will do our part to spread the word as we work with the Senate to address this impending assault on homeownership.
The National Association of REALTORS® will keep the Call for Action going until the Senate acts on the Tax Reform legislation. 

NAR opposition to the Senate proposal remains unchanged. 

The Call for Action has been updated to ask United States Senators to oppose the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, there will not be a "new" Call for Action. 
The Call for Action letter is pre-written - all you have to do is enter your information and send it in.   
Answer the Call for Action now!

See NAR's United States Senate Tax Reform Talking Points (pictured above) online here.
Join an SAR Committee in 2018! 



The SAR runs on member power. Are you plugged in? 

Members direct nine association committees: Budget & Finance, Communications & Member Services, Education, Forms, Governmental Affairs, Grievance, Serving our Spokane (SOS), Special Events, and Technology.

Join one or more of these committees and make a difference in your association, your profession, and yourself.

Commitments range from just a few hours a year to a few hours a month - there's truly something for everyone!

Download your copy of the committee sign-up form (pictured above) with more information on all of our committees online here.

SAR Members on 2018 NAR Committees  


These local SAR members will be serving on national NAR committees next year (2018):

Terry Sullivan, At-large, Business Issues Policy Committee

Marianne Bornhoft, Vice-chair, Consumer Communications Committee; Vice-chair, Member Communications Committee

Tom Hormel, State Representative, RPAC Major Investor council

Interested in serving on a national committee, work group, or presidential advisory group?

The process begins with creating an Expertise Profile, and you can start working on that now.

NAR's annual committee application process will open again in April of next year for service in 2019.

Getting Started with RPR  

When considering adoption of a new business tool, new and seasoned agents unanimously want to know "what will it do for me and how will it help my business?"

Realtors Property Resource® (RPR®) is designed exclusively for that purpose: to help REALTORS® achieve professional success by providing them with an unparalleled platform of dynamic data and persuasive reports that help attract, retain and lead clients to the closing table.

Get started with RPR online here.

14 Best Apps for Real Estate 

Chances are you're a busy REALTOR® who relies on word of mouth or happenstance to learn about the latest and greatest apps.

If so, the RPR® (Realtors Property Resource®) team is here for you.

Here are 14 top trending real estate apps that we believe will support your core business activities.

The list might even include apps for tasks or practices that you have yet to consider or procrastinated, concerned they are too expensive or too difficult to adopt.

Fear not, almost all of these apps are free or have upgrades starting at just $5 a month.

Read more online here.

Member 2 Member 


Urban Settlements invites all SAR members to attend its Cookies with Santa event on December 2nd.

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

Thursday, December 14th

The Spokane Mortgage Lenders Association (SMLA) invites you to its Annual Holiday Party on Thursday, December 14th, starting at 5 p.m.

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

Affiliate members: promote your events in the Weekly Notices - distributed to 2,000 qualified individuals weekly!

Member 2 Member is a benefit of your association membership.  Submit your event here.


Bing Crosby Holiday Film Festival

Saturday, December 9th 
The 12th Annual Bing Crosby Holiday Film Festival will be held on Saturday, December 9, at the Bing Crosby Theater in downtown Spokane.  
The event will feature some of the best loved films of Spokane's own Bing Crosby, along with a gallery of photos of the famous entertainer, and a special live musical performance by Howard Crosby (son of Bing Crosby's brother Ted) and Spokane's own Hot Club of Spokane, featuring music from the Crosby era.
This year's festival will be especially nostalgic, as it is the 75th anniversary of Bing Crosby's famous recording of White Christmas. 
See the event flyer - pictured above - online here

ListHub - October

The ListHub report for October is now available.
Download the report online here.


Market Activity Report - October       


The SAR Market Activity Report for October is now online.

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


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








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







Member Roster Update - November    

Updated November 2017

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.  

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