Weekly Notices
May 5, 2017
WR Call for Action!


Washington REALTORS® is sounding a Call for Action on two bills currently stalled in the Washington State Legislature that need our attention!

SB 5239, which addresses the impacts of the Supreme Court's Hirst water rights decision, and SB 5254, which improves the Growth Management Act's Buildable Lands Review process and provides funding for low-income and homeless housing programs.

Watch this short video for an explanation of what's in play with these two bills, then TAKE ACTION below!

WR Legislative Affairs Update 
Washington REALTORS® Government Affairs Update


Hirst Decision Update

Washington REALTORS® Public Policy Director Bill Clark provides an update and much needed clarification on the Hirst Decision and WR's support for SB5239.

Update and Clarfication on the Hirst Decision
Update and Clarification on the Hirst Decision



Hirst Decision Informational Meeting 


Spokane County, through our elected Commissioners, is among the most pro-active counties in Washington State when it comes to seeking reasonable solutions to rural water rights, post-Hirst Decision.

The next opportunity for your clients to hear the latest news, and ask questions of our local officials, is Friday, May 19th, at the Spokane County Water Resource Center.

2017 SAR President Jennifer Valerien and Spokane County Water Resource Specialist Toni Taylor join in making a video invitation for your clients to attend:

Hirst Decision Informational Meeting

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

Open House Weekend - WINNERS!    

Congratulations one and all for participating in the 7th annual Spokane REALTORS® Open House Weekend, this past weekend !

We had 156 open houses participating in the event this year.  According to guests surveyed, most learned of our event by property signage and advertising in The Spokesman-Review.

SAR photo
Here's the news on winners . . . 
1 - GRAND visitor prize - $1,000 VISA gift card goes to Marion Bye of Spokane!

1 - GRAND REALTOR® prize - $500 VISA gift card goes to Sherry Spencer, RE/MAX Select Associates!

10 - REALTOR® participation prizes - a $100 gift card to spend at River Park Square in downtown Spokane, includes complimentary parking pass - go to:

Samantha Dallas and Taelor Braun, Windermere Valley; Kim Hynes, Windermere Valley; Kim Gaskin, Live Real Estate; Korey Staley, John L. Scott Spokane; Azley Thorpe, Exit Real Estate Professionals; Guy LaFleur, Windermere Liberty Lake; Todd Spencer, Windermere Valley and Bill White, Windermere Liberty Lake; Patrick Kasper, Windermere Manito; John Sheppard, RE/MAX Inland Empire; and Sara Houk, John L. Scott Spokane.



Our event, this year, was generously sponsored by:

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Thank you for participating in this year's event - especially with the low inventory this spring. 

If you have comments about this year's event - what worked well, what didn't work well - please send an email to the SAR so your feedback can be shared with your Communications/Member Services committee.     
Spokane REALTOR® Awards Luncheon 

Thursday, May 25th

It's time to mark your calendar and plan to attend the 2017 Spokane REALTOR® Awards Luncheon!

This is always such a fun event, when we award this year's awards for REALTOR® of the Year, Steve Flinn REALTOR® Achievement, REALTOR® Community Service, Affiliate of the Year, Partner of the Year, Citizen of the Year, and the winners of this year's Third Grade Poster/Essay contest.

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

Historic Preservation

Monday, May 22nd 

Enjoy a fun and informative Lunch & Learn event at your SAR with Megan Duvall, Historic Preservation Officer for Spokane city and county, on Monday, May 22nd.

Megan will present on what it means for a property to be listed on a historic register, what it takes to get a property listed on the national, county, and city historic registers, and how you do it.

Great information to have, and information that will make you more valuable to your clients.

See the event flyer online here.

WR Legal Symposium                         

May 24th

The 2017 Washington REALTORS® Legal Symposium
gathers leading real estate attorneys in Washington to share current legal issues affecting the industry & to help our members to stay out of trouble!

This year, we have; Annie Fitzsimmons, Justin Haag, Lars Neste, Doug Tingvall, Chris Osborn, Jeannie Simpson, and Mark Schedler.
7.5 clock hours. 

Details on the Legal Symposium are online here
E-sign with TransactionDesk®

Monday, June 5th 

Enjoy a fun and informative Lunch & Learn event at your SAR with Karene Loman on Monday, June 5th.

Karene will present on E-sign with TransactionDesk®, from creating templates, to filling out the paperwork, and signings.

Great information to learn, or add to what you already know, about this powerful software.

See the event flyer online here.

Spokane CRS Class                         

CRS is coming to town!

CRS 202: Sales Strategies will be taught at CenterPlace Event Center in Spokane Valley on Thursday and Friday, June 8th and 9th.

NOTE: CRS classes may be taken in any order.  You may take this 202 class even if you have never taken a CRS class before.

The Council of Residential Specialists is the largest not-for-profit affiliate of the National Association of REALTORS® -- a professional network of over 32,000 residential real estate professionals in the U.S. and overseas, with one common goal in mind...your success.  
See the event flyer, pictured above, online here.

If you have a question, please call Darlene at 360-901-0307
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.


What else do we need - Purchase & Sale Agreement Addenda 
What else do we need -
Purchase & Sale Agreement Addenda

Tuesday, May 16 - 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

Core Curriculum - Current Issues in Washington Residential Real Estate 
Core Curriculum -
Current Issues in Washington Residential Real Estate

Tuesday, May 23
- Core Curriculum - Current Issues in Washington Residential Real Estate - with Sabrina Jones Schroeder.

Check-in:  8:15 a.m.
Class: 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
at the SAR

3.0 clock hours


Purchase and Sale Agreements 
Purchase and Sale Agreements

Friday, June 2 - Purchase and 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 - Standards for Success 
Code of Ethics - Standards for Success

Tuesday, June 13 - 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 


Code of Ethics for Real Estate Professionals  
Code of Ethics for Real Estate Professionals

Tuesday, June 20 - Code of Ethics for Real Estate Professionals - with Linda Miller Sheets.

NAR now requires you to take a Code of Ethics class once before December 31st, next year.

Check-in: 8:15 a.m.
Class: 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
at the SAR

4.0 clock hours

In This Issue
WR Call for Action!
Hirst Decision Update
Hirst Decision Informational Meeting
Open House Weekend - WINNERS!
Spokane REALTOR® Awards Luncheon
Historic Preservation
WR Legal Symposium
E-sign with TransAction Desk®
Spokane CRS Class
2017 REALTOR® Education
YPN May Event
WR Spring Business Conference
REALTORS® Legislative Meetings
Drone Conference Featured
Six Ways to Wow
YPN May Event
Mother's Day Open House Tour
ListHub Report for March
Market Activity Report - APRIL - NEW!
Member Roster Update
Suggestion Box



Click on the calendar image below to see

the current SAR calendar showing dates and times

of classes, committees and events. 


Bloomsday this Weekend


Spokane celebrates its own welcome to spring, this weekend, with the 41st running of Bloomsday - the largest timed road race in the world.

Fox28 has put together a list of what's new with Bloomsday this year - construction challenges top the list.  See the full list online here.

Hotels and restaurants will be busy all weekend, much of downtown Spokane will be closed Saturday night and Sunday morning, to accommodate upwards of 50,000 runners, walkers, and rollers.  

Visit the Bloomsday website for more information, online here.

WR Spring Business Conference


Twenty members of the Spokane Association of REALTORS® went to Cle Elum in April for the Washington REALTORS® (WR) Spring Business Conference. 

2017 SAR President shares a two-minute video wrap-up of the conference, online here:

These members, as well as REALTORS® from across the state, volunteer their time to work on behalf of WR members and our clients. 

For more information and highlights from our Spokane contingent (pictured above),
click here

To see the WR Conference Connector (pictured above),
click here  .

Mark your calendars to attend the WR Fall Business Conference, September 20-22, in Pasco and see first-hand our members at work. 

We would love to have you join us!


REALTORS® Legislative Meetings

REALTORS® and association staff from across the country will meet in Washington, DC, next week (May 15-20) for the annual Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo.

REALTORS® come to Washington, DC, for special issues forums, committee meetings, legislative activities and the industry trade show.

Here are two of the resources NAR has prepared for those participating in the event.  We thought you'd like to see them, too.

See NAR's "Talking Points" members will be sharing with Members, next week (pictured above), online here.

See the latest real estate metrics for our Legislative District, WA-05 (pictured above), online here.

Drone Conference Featured


The site of the first enterprise drone conference in the Northwest?  Spokane.  The first local Association of REALTORS in the U.S. to convene a drone conference?  Spokane's.  The first city in Washington state to deploy drones in a public safety role?  Spokane.

SAR Public Affairs Director Tom McArthur tells more about our recent drone conference as a guest writer in the current edition of the Journal of Business, online here

Six Ways to Wow


It is easy to wow clients during the transaction.

But what about when the transaction is closed or about to close and there are no more problems to solve?

Believe it or not, that is when you can really shine; it is when you are no longer getting paid and when your clients aren't expecting anything from you that you can make the most impact.

It is easy to wow clients during the transaction.

Here are six ways you can leave a lasting impression after the transaction - click here for the article.

YPN May Event 


Tuesday, May 9th
The Spokane Young Professionals Network invites you to hear some fresh and frank assessments on the condition of our city at its next event on Tuesday, May 9th.

See the event flyer (pictured above) for list of guest speakers and location details, online here

Mother's Day Open House Tour

MAC photo
  May 13-14
The Museum of Arts & Culture (MAC) announces details for its 28th annual Mother's Day Open House Tour, the weekend of May 13-14.

This year's tour highlights some of Spokane's historic native rock structures: Glover Mansion, Westminster Congregational Church, C.C. Koerner House, Ralston & Sarah Wilbur House, Vera Water and Power Well House, Blakely Gardens, and Royal Riblet Mansion Grounds (now Arbor Crest Winery).

More details and tickets are online here.

ListHub Report for March                       

See the March ListHub report, online here.

Market Activity Report - April     



The SAR Market Activity Report for April is now online.

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



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










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







Member Roster Update  
Updated 05/17

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 Angie at the SAR with any changes.  

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