Weekly Notices
July 20, 2018
NFIP Call For Action! 

Flooding isn't a big deal in Washington state, statistically speaking (see map above) - until it hits you.

FEMA reports 21 flood events in Spokane County over the past 20 years - about one a year. Floods can, and do, happen here.

Advocating for the real estate industry and consumers across the country is one of our core strengths as an organization.

So, when NAR asks members to support a Call for Action to urge Congress to renew the National Flood Insurance Program before July 31st, it's for us - as REALTORS® and good neighbors.

Tell Congress to Renew NFIP
before July 31st!

87 (7%) Spokane REALTORS®
have responded to date 

Legal Hotline: Earnest Money 


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

In episode two, this week, Annie covers THREE fundamental Earnest Money issues.

See the new 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?

REALTORⓇ Ranks Rise  

The number of residential real estate agents in the Spokane and Coeur d'Alene markets is rising.  
Some industry professionals say the Spokane housing market remains healthy but saturated with agents, and others say the Coeur d'Alene market is downright bursting with brokers.
Rob Higgins, executive vice president of the Spokane Association of Realtors, says the organization has more than 2,000 Realtors as members, up from about 1,940 at the beginning of the year.  
By the end of this year, Higgins projects the association will involve about 2,100 Realtors, but that number doesn't outpace the prerecession membership peak of roughly 2,300 Realtors, probably around 2007, he says.
Even so, that's a substantial membership increase from a low point of roughly 1,400 Realtors in 2012.  

Read the complete article in the Journal of Business, online here.

Lunch & Learn: Reverse Mortgages 

Monday, July 23rd

Learn how your buyers can use a reverse mortgage to purchase their next home.

Georgina Olson with Mortgage Solutions Financial will show you how to increase your buyers' purchasing power without a traditional monthly payment.

Complimentary lunch included!

Download the event flyer - suitable for posting in your office and sharing with your colleagues -   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 .

REALTOR® User Names 

What's your username?

Does it comply with the trademark usage rules?

All of these hypothetical usernames are unacceptable under NAR guidelines:





In fact, there is a specific rule that prohibits use of the trademark REALTOR® with any descriptive words or phrases.

Download the NAR Membership Marks Manual, 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.

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, August 2 - Current Issues in Washington Residential Real Estate - with Sabrina Jones-Schroeder.
Check-in: 1:00 p.m.
Class: 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
at the SAR
3.0 clock hours 
Land and Acreage 200 
Land and Acreage 200
Thursday, August 9 - Land & Acreage 200 - with Jim Palmer, Jr  
Check-in: 8:15 a.m.
Class: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
at the SAR  
7.5 clock hours 
What Else Do We Need
Purchase & Sale Agreement Addenda
Tuesday, August 14 - 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
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 
In This Issue
NFIP Call For Action!
Legal Hotline: Earnest Money
Lunch & Learn: Reverse Mortgages
Lunch & Learn: Appraisals
REALTOR® User Names
Real Estate Innovation Conference
2018 REALTOR® Education
Primary Election Ballots in the Mail
REALTORS® Conference and Expo
SAR Retirement / Job Opportunities
Speed Networking
Annie's Coming to Town!
WR Fall Business Conference
Member Roster Update - June
Market Activity Report - June

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

Your Washington primary election ballot will arrive in the next few days, if it hasn't already.

As a registered voter in Washington state, you are one of the nearly 4.3 million people who will be getting one - which must be returned by August 7th.

For the first time since the state went to all-mail voting, you will have the postage covered if you choose to mail your ballot back.

The ballot includes candidates for Congress, the Legislature, county offices and judicial positions.

Under the state's top two system, the two candidates with the most votes advance to the general election, regardless of party preference.

We'll publish a complete list of all SAR-endorsed candidates for the primary election in next week's edition of the Weekly Notices.


REALTORS® Conference and Expo 

The 2018 REALTORS® Conference and Expo will be in Boston, this year, November 2-5.
The conference experience is about education, networking, motivation and fun!  
Choose from 100 education sessions to learn about strategies and solutions that meet your clients' needs.  
Then, browse the industry's largest trade show, with over 400 exhibitors, to find products and services that will help you conduct business more efficiently.  
Make time to attend special events, as they provide a fun way to network with peers in a casual atmosphere.  
You will return home with the knowledge, tools and contacts to be successful in this competitive business.
Download the conference poster (pictured above) online here.
Check out the event website for all the latest information, online here.  


SAR Retirement / Job Opportunities   

We congratulate Debbie Crowder, SAR Education and Special Events Coordinator, who announces her retirement after 23 years at the SAR.
The strong organization of, and warm welcome to, our many classes and events over the years is credit, in large part, to Debbie's many efforts behind the scenes.  
We will miss Debbie and her enthusiasm for her job immensely - and wish her many healthy and happy years in retirement with husband Dave. 
A retirement reception for Debbie will be announced later this summer.
With Debbie's pending retirement, the association is seeking a qualified individual to continue in this position.
If you, or someone you know, is interested in exploring this full-time opportunity at the SAR, please contact Rob Higgins at 326-9222. Rob will be in touch with interested candidates the week of July 23rd.  
Also, the SAR is seeking a Governmental Affairs staff person to administer our governmental affairs program. 
If you, or someone you know, has an interest and background in government and/or public policy, please contact Rob Higgins at 326-9222. Rob will be in touch with interested candidates the week of July 23rd

Speed Networking  

August 9th!

Save the afternoon of Thursday, August 9th, on your calendar to join a Speed Networking event sponsored by Women's Council of REALTORS® and Young Professionals Network!
Download a printable version of the event flyer (pictured above), online here.

Annie's Coming to Town! 

SAR photo

Thursday, August 16th

Annie's coming to town this summer! 
Annie Fitzsimmons, Washington REALTORS® Legal Hotline attorney (pictured above) is coming to Spokane with her new class "The Hotline vs. The Bottom Line."

You won't want to miss this interactive and energetic class with Annie and a panel of Spokane Association of REALTORS® Designated Brokers.  

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

Register online through the Member Portal, here:

WR Fall Business Conference 

September 26-28, 2018

Washington REALTORS ® Fall Business Conference is coming to Spokane this year - September 26-28 - at the Davenport Grand Hotel!

Online registration will be open August 10.
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!

Learn more about the 2018 Fun night, online here.

Then purchase your tickets online - right here:

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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 - JUNE  

Market Activity Reports  

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


See the JUNE 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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