Weekly Notices
January 12, 2018
Your SAR will be closed Monday, January 15th,
2018 Legislative Day 

Washington REALTORS® 2018 Legislative Day will be January 17-18 in Olympia.
Our lawmakers want to hear from you.  
YOU represent the constituents of their district.  
YOU represent the real estate industry.  
Come be present on the Hill with fellow REALTORS® and make your voice count...all in one day.  
SAR Governmental Affairs committee members and association leadership are making plans now to attend and help bring the voice of Washington REALTORS® to our elected leaders.
Visit the WR Legislative Day pages online for schedules and more information, online here.    


Spokane Talks Online 

Spokane Talks Online photo

2018 SAR President Ken Sax (left, photo above) talks real estate with host Kent Adams (right, photo above), this week, on Spokane Talks Online.

Ken and Kent talk about wire fraud and fake listings -  both real challenges in the industry across the country.  Ken also responds to the question why he chose to run for association president, addresses the current seller's market, and why winter is a great season to sell.
See the program on Spokane Talks Online any time, online here (the segment with Ken begins at 19:00):

Spokane Talks Online 
Spokane Talks Online - January 10, 2018 

SAR Donates to Blessings 

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If you attended the SAR Christmas Party back in December, you may have contributed to the raffle which raised $8,000 for our 2017 designated charity - Blessings Under the Bridge.

A check for that amount was presented to co-founders Mike and Jessica Kovac (in middle, photo above) at our 2018 Installation of Officers Luncheon. The check was presented by event chair Stephanie Peterson, Windermere City Group (left, photo above) and 2017 SAR President Jennifer Valerien, RE/MAX Inland Empire (right, photo above).

The Kovacs founded Blessings Under the Bridge a decade ago as, what they call, the city's largest homeless outreach program.

Find out more, online here.

2018 Real Estate Market Forum 


SAVE THE DATE for the 31st annual Real Estate Market Forum, covering trends in real estate, construction, and the local economy in the Spokane-Kootenai-Bonner area:

Wednesday, February 21st
at the Coeur d'Alene Resort

More information will be shared here when available.

Protect your Devices  

A pair of CPU flaws known as Meltdown and Spectre can allow hackers to access protected information on your computer's memory.

This could make your passwords, personal photos and email, or anything else you have saved on your computer vulnerable.

The flaws could impact phones, PCs, and servers.

Meltdown, which is considered the more severe flaw, affects "effectively every [Intel] processor since 1995," according to Google security researchers.

Google's Project Zero team discovered that chips from Intel, ARM, and others could allow hackers to access private data from the memory on a device.

That puts many computers at risk since Intel is a major supplier of chips for computers and ARM's architecture is built into the majority of mobile processors.

Read more in REALTOR® magazine, online here.

How Recent Buyers Purchased their Homes 

The majority of buyers who obtained a mortgage last year made a down payment of less than 20 percent, according to the National Association of REALTORS®' 2017 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers.

The median down payment in 2017 was 10 percent, according to the report.

The bulk of buyers' down payments came from their personal savings, but a fraction also came from the sales proceeds of a previous residence or assistance from family or friends.

Among first-time buyers, 61 percent made an average down payment of zero percent to 6 percent, according to the November 2017 REALTORS® Confidence Index Survey.

Read more online here.

2017 NAR Year in Review 

Our industry is in the midst of a revolution.

Who speaks for us?

We are 1.3 million members who speak with one voice through the National Association of REALTORS ® - the largest trade association in North America.

NAR posted to its YouTube channel, this week, a brand-new video that reviews its continued commitment to protecting the American dream of home-ownership.
See the four-minute video online here:
The National Association of REALTORS® 2017 Year in Review 
The National Association of REALTORS®
2017 Year in Review

2018 REALTOR® Broker Summit  

2018 Broker Summit Registration is now OPEN! 
Do not miss this exclusive event for Brokers
April 4-5 in Nashville, TN.  
Connect with industry experts, tech entrepreneurs and top brokers to network, explore current and future trends, and learn how to embrace and leverage the change that surrounds our industry.  
Register by January 26 to secure your spot at the early bird rate!
More information is online here
Webinar: Fair Housing Basics   

FREE webinar:  Fair Housing Basics

Tuesday, January 23
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM PST

An overview of federal and WA state fair housing laws, including protected classes, fair housing rights and responsibilities, reasonable accommodation procedures and examples, and the administrative complaint process.

Register online here.

SAVE THE DATE - Thursday, April 26th - for the 2018 Inland Northwest Fair Housing Conference at the Spokane Convention Center.
Download your copy of the Save the Date flyer - suitable for posting and sharing in your office (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.
for Loan Type 
Basic Appraisal Requirements for Loan Type
Thursday, February 1 - Basic Appraisal Requirements for Loan Type - with Mary Payne  
Check-in: 1:15 p.m. 
Class: 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.   
at the SAR 
3.0 clock hours
Code of Ethics for Real Estate Professionals 
Code of Ethics for Real Estate Professionals
This is the class for renewing members. 
Thursday, February 6 - Code of Ethics for Real Estate Professionals - with Linda Miller Sheets  
Check-in: 12:15 p.m.
Class: 12:30 - 4:30 p.m.
at the SAR 
4.0 clock hours  
Code of Ethics: Standards for Success
Code of Ethics: Standards for Success

Thursday, February 8 - 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
Statewide Purchase & Sale Agreement
Friday, February 9 - 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 
In This Issue
2018 Legislative Day
Spokane Talks Online
SAR Donates to Blessings
2018 Real Estate Market Forum
Protect your Devices
How Recent Buyers Purchased their Homes
2017 NAR Year in Review
2018 REALTOR® Broker Summit
Webinar: Fair Housing Basics
2018 REALTOR® Education
2018 SAR Special Events
WCR January Event
2018 SAR Special Events
North-South Corridor Engagement Hub
Get Started with RPR
North-South Corridor Engagement Hub
Member 2 Member
ListHub - December - NEW!
Member Roster Update - December
Market Activity Report - December - NEW!

Click on the calendar image below to see
the current SAR calendar showing dates and times
of classes, committees and events. 
2018 Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Visit the City of Spokane's Celebrate MLK Day in 2018 events resource page online here.

WCR January Event

DEADLINE: Monday, January 15th   
The Spokane-Eastern Washington Women's Council of REALTORS® invites all SAR members, friends, and guests to attend its "Wine Not be a Member" on Thursday, January 18th, at the new Maryhill Winery in Kendall Yards. 
Enjoy complimentary wine tasting while you learn about the benefits of membership in WCR. 
Download the event flyer (pictured above),  online here.

2018 SAR Special Events

The SAR Special Events Committee will hold the 2018 "Kick-Off" meeting on Wednesday, January 24, at the SAR from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm. 

We invite you to join us for this fun meeting as we will be discussing all of our 2018 events committee's plus any new ideas. 

Learn about the 3rd Grade Poster/Essay Contest Committee,  Golf Tournament Committee,  Food Drive Committee, and Christmas Party Committee. 
No need to RSVP, just show up and join the conversation!

What Agents Wish They'd Known  

Classes, workshops, conferences, and webinars are all valuable to starting and building a career in real estate.

Seasoned agents will tell you, however, that they glean the most important lessons about the business through mistakes and accomplishments accumulated over time.    
REALTOR® Magazine asked real estate pros across the country about the skills and knowledge they wish they'd gained earlier in their careers.   
Here are some of the answers that may help new agents develop a sound footing more quickly.
Read more online here.

Get Started with RPR

When considering adoption of a new business tool, new and seasoned REALTORS® want to know "what will it do for me and how will it help my business?"
Join this webinar to gain a basic understanding of how to use RPR's dynamic data and best-in-class tools to help attract, retain and lead clients to the closing table. 
Topics include:
  • Research properties, markets, neighborhoods, and schools
  • Create branded property, seller's, and market activity reports, valuation workbooks and flyers
  • Tap into RPR's app for on-the-go access
  • Rely on RPR's Learning Center: On demand video tutorials, eBooks, and more!
Remember, RPR is a REALTOR® member benefit and access to RPR is included in your NAR membership.

Wednesday, February 7th at 11 a.m.

Register online here.

North-South Corridor Engagement Hub  

Do you have some good ideas about creating place in and around the remaining five-mile segment of the US 395 North Spokane Corridor (NSC)?

The Washington State Department of Transportation, Eastern Washington University, and City of Spokane Partnership invite your comments on a new NSC Engagement Hub.

The type of information you will find on this site includes:
  • "NSC Place" project
  • Engagement opportunities 
  • Updates and planning outcomes
This site will also provide opportunities for you to provide feedback and participate in the development of ideas online.
Visit the NSC Engagement Hub, online here

Member 2 Member

Member Gene Troy, managing broker with Real Estate Matchmaker, shares word that a GoFundMe account has been established for his brother, Michael Troy, who was recently shot as he performed his property management duties here in Spokane.
Read more about the December 19th incident in The Spokesman-Review, online here

The GoFundMe page for Michael is online here.
Our friends at Spokane County Title share word that they will be celebrating the retirement of Randy McDonald after 34-years of service on Thursday, January 25th.
See the event flyer (pictured above) for more information, online here.
ListHub - December

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

Member Roster Update - November    

Updated December 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.  

Market Activity Report - DECEMBER 


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

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

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

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