Weekly Notices
November 10, 2017
MEMBER BENEFIT: Free Legal Advice
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2018 SAR Leadership Announced

Newly-elected members of the 2018 SAR Leadership Team were announced at the association's Annual Membership Meeting at CenterPlace in Spokane Valley, this week.
SAR photo
Here are the members of your 2018 SAR Leadership team: 
Gina Mosey , RE/MAX Inland Empire   
David Crosby , American Dream Homes
Jack Kestell , Kestell Company
Eric Etzel , Choice Realty
Cynthia Gustafson , John L. Scott Spokane, Inc.
Abbey Parsons , Coldwell Banker Tomlinson Spokane Valley   
Bill Richard , Keller Williams Spokane - Branch
Taylor Ward , Synergy Properties
The above named individuals will join these continuing leadership team members to complete our 2018 SAR Leadership Team:
President: Ken Sax, Keller Williams Spokane - Main 
Immediate Past President: Jennifer Valerien, RE/MAX Inland Empire 
Continuing Directors:  Mike Crowley, Spokane Home Buyers; Kristy Hamby, Windermere City Group; Karene Loman, Keller Williams Spokane - Main; Pam Novell, Windermere Manito; and Rick Richard, John L. Scott Spokane, Inc. 
Congratulations to all members of our 2018 SAR Leadership Team!
Thank you to all candidates for stepping forward for this year's ballot!  
Call for Action!

Take Action: Contact Your Representative and Senators About Tax Reform 
Take Action:
Contact Your Representative and Senators
about Tax Reform
The National Association of REALTORS®' Call for Action on tax reform remains active a week after it was issued.
NAR believes the bill, released by the House Ways and Means Commitee last week, represents a tax increase on middle-class homeowners. 
"Realtors® believe in the promise of lower tax rates, but this bill is nowhere near as good a deal as the one middle-class homeowners get under current law. Tax hikes and falling home prices are a one-two punch that homeowners simply can't afford," says NAR President William Brown.
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 Tax Reform Talking Points (pictured above) - updated this week - online here.
Strong Housing Market Continues

Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review

Homes continue to sell briskly in Spokane County, with the number of sales in October rising by nearly 20 percent over last year.
The Spokane Association of Realtors reported 803 sales of condos and single-family homes on less than one acre in October, compared to 671 sales during October 2016.
The average sales price was $227,733, a 5.3 percent increase from a year ago.
The median sales price was $209,900, a 5.5 percent increase from October 2016.
See how The Spokesman-Review uses market statistics compiled and reported by your SAR, online here
Lunch & Learn: Business Tax Strategies
Join us for a "Breakfast and Learn" about proven business tax strategies for the real estate professional on Thursday, November 16th!
9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the SAR. 
Learn how to keep more commissions and pay less taxes this year. 
Coffee, water, and donuts will be provided - or bring your own to enjoy while you feed your mind.
See the event flyer (pictured above), online here
FREE RPR® Classes at SAR
REALTORS ® Property Resource (RPR ®) is bringing two free classes to your SAR: Getting Started with RPR® and RPR® Mobile - both on Thursday, November 30th.
See the Getting Started with RPR® event flyer (pictured above) - offered in the morning - online here.  
See the RPR® Mobile flyer (pictured above) - offered in the afternoon - online here

The Spokane Association of REALTORS® tops the list of RPR users in mid-size and large markets across the country! 

For a larger version of this slide, click here.

50-percent of our members use the online member-benefit resource - more than any other mid-size and large market association in the country.

That also means 50% of our members do not use RPR.

What is RPR?  Find out more in this video.

Annie's Coming to Pullman!

Our friends at Whitman County Association of REALTORS ® share news that Washington REALTORS ® Legal Hotline attorney Annie Fitzsimmons will be in the neighborhood on Thursday, November 16th.

She'll be teaching two classes in Pullman: "To Disclose or Not to Disclose (3.5 clock hours)" and "Don't Get Whacked by the WACS (4.0 clock hours)."

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

2017 NAR Profile of Home Buyers/Sellers

Opportunties: solid interest in buying a home, sparked by steady job gains, record low mortgage rates, and higher rents. 
Challenges:  the severe drought in housing supply in much of the country over the past year accelerated price growth and kept many first-time buyers out of the market.
Read NAR's 2017 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers, online here.


See the infographic from the report (pictured above), online here.  
2018 WR Leadership Institute

Leadership development is essential to the long-term health of our Association.  
For that reason, the Washington REALTORS® is accepting applications for the 2018 Leadership Institute.   
Through this program, we will identify emerging REALTOR® leaders, motivate them, and sharpen their leadership skills.   
In return, we expect them to exert a strong, positive influence on the future of the Association and our profession. 
Application deadline:
November 30, 2017 
Session Dates: 
January 31 - February 2, 2018
March 28-30, 2018
May 23-25, 2018 
Learn more and apply online here.
NAR Catalog - Fall Update

NAR has just updated its 2017 NAR Catalog Fall Update (see image above). 

This catalog compiles the best of NAR's member benefits, publications and education, conveniently broken down by section.

Here you will find a full listing of current REALTOR Benefits® Program Partners, savings opportunities and other free offerings available to members only.

This catalog also contains products available for purchase in NAR's online store, along with designations and certifications recognized by NAR,  plus REALTOR® University's Master of Real Estate degree program.

Download your copy 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
2018 SAR Leadership Announced
Call for Action!
Strong Housing Market Continues
Lunch & Learn: Business Tax Strategies
FREE RPR® Classes at SAR
Annie's Coming to Pullman!
2017 NAR Profile of Home Buyers/Sellers
2018 WR Leadership Institute
NAR Catalog - Fall Update
2017 REALTOR® Education
Have Lunch with WR President
SAR Christmas Party
Join an SAR Committee in 2018!
Winter Driving Guide
Gifts and Gadgets under $15
RESPA Dos and Don'ts
Downs Receives NAR Award of Excellence
Member 2 Member
Switching Lenders
ListHub - September
Market Activity Report - October - NEW!
Member Roster Update - October

Veterans Day - November 11th



Click on the calendar image below to see

the current SAR calendar showing dates and times

of classes, committees and events. 

Have Lunch with WR President

Wednesday, November 15th 
Have lunch with Washington REALTORS® President Margo Willis in Spokane Valley on Wednesday, November 15th!
She'll be speaking at the Women's Council of REALTORS® Spokane-Eastern Washington November meeting at Spokane Valley Event Center - everyone welcome!
See the event flyer (pictured above) for more information, online here.
SAR Christmas Party 

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)

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!
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:

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

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, 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.

Winter Driving Guide 

Do you have clients who have never driven on ice or snow before?  They might appreciate your thoughfulness in sending this along and helping them drive safely this winter.

The Washington State Department of Transportation has updated its Winter Driving Guide for this winter (2017-2018), pictured above.

Download your copy online here.

Gifts and Gadgets under $15  

What can you buy for less than $15 at Amazon.com?  
Let's take a look at some cool gifts and gadgets for your office, home, and on the road.  
Some of these items might even make your Holiday "wish list."
Read more in the new TechHelpline blog, online here

RESPA Dos and Don'ts  

Real estate brokers and agents are subject to the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA) when engaging in transactions involving federally related mortgage loans.

RESPA generally prohibits any person from giving or receiving any "thing of value"  in exchange for the referral of settlement service business.

Liabilities for RESPA violations may be severe, ranging from significant fines to imprisonment. 

NAR has prepared RESPA Dos and Don'ts (pictured above) - that offers some guidelines for real estate professionals when engaging in co-marketing activities via social media and other web-based marketing tools.


Downs Receives NAR Award of Excellence 

Ginger Downs - a past controller and interim association executive here at the SAR - is awarded the 2017 National Association of REALTORS® William R. Magel Award of Excellence.

The Magel Award is presented annually to an individual who has truly excelled in his or her role as an association executive of a REALTOR® association.

It is the highest distinction for a REALTOR® AE.

Ginger currently serves as the AE for the Chicago Association of REALTORS®. 

The award was announced at the annual Midyear Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo last week in Washington, D.C.

Member 2 Member 

Skyline Home Loans invites all SAR members to attend its 7th annual Holiday Party on Thursday, November 30th.

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

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

Download the event flyer (pictured above), 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.


Switching Lenders    

Annie Fitzsimmons, Washington REALTORS® Legal Hotline lawyer, shares a question she gets frequently - and answers it:

Is a Buyer allowed to use a Lender, different from the Lender who wrote the Pre-Approval Letter, that was used by the Buyer to, at least in part, persuade the Seller to accept Buyer's offer? Is Buyer required to get pre-approval of Seller before switching Lenders?

See Annie's four-minute video on this topic, online here:

Is Buyer required to get pre-approval of Seller before switching Lenders?
Is Buyer required to get pre-approval of Seller
before switching Lenders?

ListHub - September

The ListHub report for September 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 - September   

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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