Weekly Notices
June 8, 2018

SAR Primary Endorsements 

The SAR is now making endorsements to local legislative candidates whose names you will see on the 2018 Primary Election Ballot.
Here are a couple of early endorsements for candidates your association has endorsed in the past, as decided by the SAR Governmental Affairs committee. 
Your ballot will be mailed on July 20th, and must be returned by Tuesday, August 7th
Tom Hormel photo
SAR member Tom Hormel (left, photo above) serves as Key Contact for Washington State Representative Matt Shea (right, photo above).  
Your SAR endorses Rep. Shea to continue as 4th District Representative, Position 1 in the upcoming primary election. 
Meet this candidate online here.  

SAR photo
SAR Member Michael Baker (right, photo above) serves as Key Contact for Washington State Representative Jeff Holy (left, photo above).
Your SAR endorses Rep. Holy to continue as 6th District Representative in the upcoming primary election.  
Meet this candidate online here

New Homesnap Pro MLS App 

Our new MLS mobile application (app) Homesnap Pro is now serving members.

SAR member Patrick Kendrick with Audubon Realty LLC says:  " Thank you so much. This app is a beautiful game changer! :)"
SAR photo

We've offered one round of training on the app so far, both in person at the SAR (photo above) and online. 

We'll offer a second round if demand suggests - please be in touch with Edward here at the SAR to put your name on the list, if you're interested - email here or call 326-9222.  
Get your Homesnap Pro App online here:

The old Homespotter app will remain functional for the next few weeks as you become comfortable with this new platform.
You'll want to re-enter your existing clients into Homesnap Pro in order to stay in touch with them after this transition phase.

Legal Hotline: Winning the Offer Battle

Washington REALTORS® Legal Hotline lawyer Annie Fitzsimmons is back with Part 9 of her new video series: Winning the Offer Battle Without Losing the War.   
This week, Annie brings up the topic of "Delayed Seller Possession."  
It gets tricky under Washington law.
Watch her new six-minute video online here: 
Buyer's Offer of Delayed Seller Possession
Buyer's Offer of Delayed Seller Possession 
Part 9 
Part 8:
Annie talks about home sale contingencies - Buyer wants to buy a house but needs to sell his/her house first.
Watch the eight-minute video online here:  
To Form 22B or not 22B 
To Form 22B or not 22B
Part 8 
Part 7:  
Annie discusses why you want to warn your buyers before they abandon reviewing the HOA Docs.
Watch the five-minute video online here:  
Buyer choosing not to review HOA documents? Part 7 
Buyer choosing not to review HOA documents? 
Part 7

PART 6:  
Annie talks about instances of the misuse of Form 22AD by Buyer's Broker.

Watch the eight-minute video online here: 

Misuse of Form 22AD 
Misuse of Form 22AD
Part #6 

Part 5:

Buyer wants to make an offer more attractive to the Seller by waiving inspection contingencies.

Annie explains the extraordinary risks to buyer and also answers the question: "Does a buyer, who does not include an Inspection Contingency, still have the right to conduct an 'Information Only' inspection?"

Watch her nine-minute video online here:

Buyer's Choice 
Waiving Inspection Contingencies
Part #5

Annie discusses buyers who need financing but don't want to include a financing contingency in their offer in order to make the offer more attractive.

What are the risks to buyer and buyer's broker?

Annie gives points to consider before proceeding in this manner.

Her nine-minute video is online here:

The Risks of Not Including Financing Contingency When Buyer is Reliant Upon Financing 
The Risks of Not Including Financing Contingency when Buyer is Reliant Upon Financing
Part #4


Brokers have been writing some pretty unrealistic closing dates (a "fast" closing) on their Buyer's offers in the hopes of making their offer stand out to the Seller.

In this episode, Annie goes over potential risks for the Buyer.

Watch the six-minute video online here:

Brokers Writing Unrealistic Closing  
Brokers Writing Unrealistic Closing Dates
on Buyers' Offers
Part #3


In this video, Annie talks about which line on Page 6 of Form 17 buyer should sign.

Watch the 10-minute video online here:

Winning the Offer Battle - Part 2 
Winning the Offer Battle without Loosing the War 
Part #2


In part 1 of this series, imagine that your buyer cast too much caution to the wind and found themselves forfeiting earnest money, or maybe regretting having paid too much for the property, or possibly found that the property was riddled with conditions that they weren't aware of.

If your buyer loses that battle, you as the agent could be the collateral damage in the loss of that war.

Buyer might be likely to blame you saying that you failed to caution them sufficiently about the risk they were undertaking.

Annie wants to talk about some of the standards that are considered to be buyer protections.

See Annie's new seven-minute video online here:   
Winning the Offer Battle Without Losing the War - Part 1 
Winning the Offer Battle without Losing the War
Part #1
Lunch & Learn: Speaking "Investor" 

Monday, June 11th

This fast-paced, information-packed class will give you a working knowledge of the benefits of investing in rental real estate.

Gain more business by speaking "investor" with Eric Bessett and Tara Ostlind from Madison Real Estate and Property Management with this Lunch & Learn event on Monday, June 11th.

Find out more online here.

RPR Relocation Packet 

Tuesday, June 19th
11 a.m.

Create the Ultimate Relocation Packet With RPR

Join this online webinar to find out how to research an area for your clients and generate reports that highlight pivotal information in just a matter of minutes!

We'll show you how to use the following reports to educate your clients:
  • Market Activity Report
  • Neighborhood Report
  • Trade Area Report
  • Property Report

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.

Core Curriculum 
Core Curriculum

Friday, June 8 - 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

Purchase & Sale Agreement
Purchase & Sale Agreement
Tuesday, J une 12 - 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 hours
Code of Ethics: Standards for Success
Code of Ethics: Standards for Success
Wednesday, June 13 - Code of Ethics: Standards for Success - with Linda Miller Sheets.
Check-in: 8:15 a.m. 
Class: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 
at the SAR
7.5 hours  
Code of Ethics for Real Estate Professionals
Code of Ethics for Real Estate Professionals
Thursday, June 14 - Code of Ethics for Real Estate Professionals - with Linda Miller Sheets
Check-in: 8:15 a.m. 
Class: 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 
at the SAR
4.0 hours   
Land and Acreage 101
Land and Acreage 101
Tuesday, June 19 - Land and Acreage 101 - with Jim Palmer, Jr.
Check-in: 8:15 a.m. 
Class: 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 
at the SAR
4.0 hours
Code of Ethics: Standards for Success
Code of Ethics: Standards for Success
Thursday, July 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 hours 
In This Issue
SAR Primary Endorsements
New Homesnap Pro MLS App
Legal Hotline: Winning the Offer Battle
Lunch & Learn: Speaking "Investor"
RPR Relocation Packet
2018 REALTOR® Education
The Question #2
MLS Fees Due
Flag Day
Friends of Manito Spring Plant Sale
June is Home Ownership Month
Small Business Workshop
Tribal Member Homeownership
SAR Golf Tournament
Annie's Coming to Town!
WR Fall Business Conference
Member Roster Update - May - NEW!
Market Activity Report - May - NEW!

Click on the calendar image below to see
the current SAR calendar showing dates and times
of classes, committees and events. 
The Question #2 

Ken Sax
2018 SAR President
Hello, REALTORS ®:

We had tremendous response to our latest edition of The Question: 775 members responded to The Question - #2 - that's one-third of our total membership!

If you took the minute to answer The Question, here's how your answers ranked:

When asked, " Where do  you want the Spokane Association of REALTORS® to focus on with technology," the top three answers were: Paragon/MLS, Mobile apps, and Transaction Desk.

See a larger version of the results (pictured above), online here.

We're also reading through many narrative comments submitted by members.

We'll begin answering those next week here in the Weekly Notices.

Thank you to all members who took time to answer The Question!
We'll be back soon with The Question - #3 and another opportunity to win!


Nicole Alby with Windermere Chewelah is our winner of a complimentary quarter of MLS fees for answering The Question - #2!
See the drawing as it happened at this week's Board of Directors' meeting, online here:
SAR video

MLS Fees Due 


Third Quarter MLS fees have been posted to the SAR member portal. 

Your payment is due by June 30th.

Click on the button above to pay online now. 

Please email Brenda at the SAR if you have a question about your fees or contact her by phone at 326-9222.

Thank you!

Flag Day 

Thursday, June 14th

Flag Day marks the day Congress adopted the flag of the United States - June 14, 1777.
Congress voted for Flag Day to be a permanent national holiday in 1949.

Friends of Manito Spring Plant Sale 


The Friends of Manito 2018 Spring Plant Sale is this weekend - Saturday, June 9th.

There will be an amazing selection, new to the market cultivars, hard to find perennials, shrubs, vines, ornamental grasses, vines, and tropicals - and all sales go to support horticultural efforts in Manito Park.
More information is online here.

June is Home Ownership Month 

June is
Homeownership Month!

June is Homeownership month -  time to celebrate and promote the American Dream of owning a home!
NAR has created a new 2018 Homeownership Month graphic (pictured above) for you to share on your website and social media channels - we've already posted it to the SAR Facebook page
Download this graphic and others to support Homeownership Month, online here
See the new one-minute 2018 Homeownership Month video online here - and feel free to share it! 
2018 Homeownership Month
2018 Homeownership Month

Small Business Workshop 

Wednesday, June 20th

Triple-Nine Digital - created by The Spokesman-Review marketing division and named for its address: 999 West Riverside Avenue - will be offering a free small business workshop on Wednesday, June 20th.

First session: 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Second session: 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Beverages and light fare provided.

The workshop will cover these topics:

Google Virtual Tours
How to Claim your Business with Google
How to show up in Google Search Results
Manage your Business Reputation
Digital Advertising Process
How to Grow Your Business with Online Marketing  

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


Tribal Member Homeownership 

Tuesday, June 19th

The Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco invites you to participate in a Spokane meeting to discuss how homeownership opportunities can be expanded for enrolled tribal members.

During this meeting, we will discuss how tribes can collaborate with local lenders to provide tribal members access to down payment assistance and other homeownership resources available through the Washington State Housing Finance Commission and financial institution members of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines.
Tuesday, June 19th
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. 
Spokane Downtown Public Library
906 West Main Ave

SAR Golf Tournament 

  Thursday, July 19th

The 2018 SAR Golf Tournament is coming soon!

This year's event will be Thursday, July 19th, at Down River Golf Course.

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

Member Roster Update - May 

Updated for May

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 - MAY 

Market Activity Reports  

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


See the MAY 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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