Weekly Notices
Friday, November 11, 2016 

Annie Comes to Town - NEXT WEEK!

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Annie comes to town NEXT WEEK!

Mark your calendar now and plan to join us on Thursday, November 17th, when your Washington REALTORS® attorney Annie Fitzsimmons makes a return appearance in Spokane with her new class: Put a S.O.C. in it = Standard of Care.

This Education Excellence series class comes with 7.5 clock hours, and meets your Purchase & Sale Agreement requirement. 

It will be paired with our last Quarterly Membership meeting of the year at Centerplace Regional Event Center in Spokane Valley.

See the event flyer (pictured above) online here.

RPAC Phone-a-thon                       

We are having an RPAC Phone-a-thon!

RPAC is your REALTOR® Political Action Committee.

Local members will be volunteering and calling soon for your investment.

When: Wednesday November 16th (NEXT WEEK!)
Time: 1-5PM

Thank you in advance for taking our calls and your investment into RPAC!

Rather invest online?  Click below to do that now: 


RPAC logo
Learn more about RPAC online here.  

Duty to Investigate

Washington REALTORS® Legal Hotline lawyer Annie Fitzsimmons is asked if a REALTOR ® has a duty to investigate a property - or even a duty to investigate how buyer can use a property  - and whether or not a buyer can use it in the way they want to use it.

In this six-minute video, Annie talks about your obligations and possible pitfalls.

Duty to Investigate
Duty to Investigate


REALTORS® Property Resource


Join us for an RPR Basics class at your SAR, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., on Friday, November 11th!

RPR's dynamic data and client friendly reports help REALTORS® achieve professional success. In
this free workshop you will learn:
  • Search hundreds of datasets on more than 160 million on-and-off market properties
  • Easy Access to Powerful Data Tools including distressed properties and schools
  • Create the ultimate listing package with RPR's Comp Analysis tool
  • Send customized and branded reports... anywhere, anytime
  • And Mobile too!


Voting Open for SAR Leadership


You should have, by now, received an email invitation to vote.  When you click on the link for the ballot, you will go to the Member Portal.  There, sign in with your user name and password (included in the email), then your ballot will appear.

If you did not receive your email to vote, you can log in to your MLS Dashboard (button below) and choose the SAR Voting icon to be automatically logged in.

Deadline to fill out ballots will be Wednesday, November 16th, 4:30 p.m.
Our new leaders will be announced at our Annual Membership Meeting on Thursday, November 17th, at CenterPlace Regional Event Center.

Here is your final slate of candidates for 2017 SAR leadership:  
Tom Hormel, RE/MAX Inland Empire
Ken Sax, Keller Williams Spokane - Main
Tom Clark, Kestell Company
Mike Crowley, Spokane Home Buyers
Kristy Hamby, Windermere Cornerstone
Sara Houk, John L. Scott, Spokane, Inc.
To m LaLone, John L. Scott, Spokane, Inc.
Karene Loman, Keller Williams Realty 
Ron McIntire, Choice Realty
Pamela Novell, Windermere Manito
Rick Richard, John L. Scott, Spokane, Inc.
Samantha Russell, Live Real Estate, LLC
Taylor Ward, Synergy Properties


Your SAR has prepared a 2017 Association Leadership Voter Information Guide (pictured above) that features photos and statements from each of the candidates.


Bylaws Vote



The Board of Directors of the Association is submitting to the membership at the November 17, 2016 Annual Membership meeting a proposed Bylaw change.   The proposed Bylaw amendment is revising the make-up of the Budget and Finance Committee.
Budget and Finance Committee

Section 13.4 Procedure. The Treasurer shall serve as Chairperson of the Budget and Finance Committee. The regular and special meetings of the Budget and Finance Committee shall be held at such time and place as the Committee Chairperson or the Board of Directors may from time to time designate. The Committee shall fix its own procedural rules governing its affairs and the conduct thereof. The President, President-Elect, immediate past Treasurer , and the Executive Vice President of the association shall be ex-officio members of the Budget and Finance Committee.  


Lunch & Learn: Common Mistakes


Welcome to Lunch & Learn at your SAR:  Common Mistakes and Blunders on the Purchase and Sale Agreement.

Monday, November 14th, at your SAR.

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

2016 REALTOR® Education

Quality of Education 
through SAR/WR Education Instructors

Here is the latest class listing of your SAR - offering the best live and local continuing real estate education classes for 2016.

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.


REALTORS® are required to complete ethics training of not less than 2 hours, 30 minutes of instructional time within four-year cycles. The training must meet specific learning objectives and criteria established by the National Association of REALTORS®.
The current four-year cycle will end Dec. 31, 2016.
Check your COE status - log in to your member portal page to verify your member profile or call us at the SAR: 326-9222.

Check out NAR's Code of Ethics training online here


Purchase & Sale Agreement
Purchase & Sale Agreement

Friday, December 2nd - Purchase & Sale Agreement - with Sabrina Jones-Schroeder.

: 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, December 13th - Code of Ethics: Standards for Success - with Linda Miller Sheets.

This is the class to take if you are a new REALTOR®.

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

Wednesday, December 14th - The Code of Ethics for Real Estate Professionals - with Linda Miller Sheets.

This is the class to take if you are a renewing REALTOR®.

Check-in: noon
Class: 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
at the SAR

4.0 clock hours

In This Issue
Annie Comes to Town - NEXT WEEK!
RPAC Phone-a-thon - NEXT WEEK!
Duty to Investigate
REALTORS® Property Resource
Voting Opens for SAR Leadership
Bylaws Vote
Lunch & Learn: Common Mistakes
2016 REALTOR® Education
Today is Veterans Day
NAR 2016 Annual Report
Top Ten List for 2017
City Leaf Pickup
SAR Christmas Party
Member 2 Member
ListHub Report for October
Market Activity Report - October
Member Roster Update
Suggestion Box



Click on the image below to see the current SAR calendar

showing dates and times of classes, committees and events. 


Today is Veterans Day - November 11th

There are approximately 23.2 million military veterans in the United States.
Thank at least one of them today.

Download the Veterans Day 2016 poster (pictured above) online here

NAR 2016 Annual Report                       

The REALTOR® brand reflects a promise to do business ethically and fairly. NAR helps its members deliver on that promise and serves as a powerful advocate for the $3.3 trillion real estate industry.

This new "2016 Year in Review" video highlights many of the association's accomplishments and activities over the year, including the rollout of the "Get Realtor" ad campaign, the association's partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of America, the passage of legislation to expand condo financing, and the centennial celebration of the term REALTOR®.

President Tom Salomone had a fitting theme for the year "... And Then Some." In 2016, NAR also acted forcefully with technology partner Move Inc. to protect its members intellectual property rights and pushed back against patent trolls. Wholly owned subsidiary RPR delivered technology that promises to be a gamechanger for MLSs and brokers.

See the four-minute NAR 2016 Annual Report online here: 

NAR 2016 Annual Report 
NAR 2016 Annual Report

Visit the NAR 2016 Annual Report website for a detailed look at the year-in-review of your national association, online here.

Top Ten List for 2017                       

Housing affordability, demographic shifts, and e-commerce's impact on retail spaces are among the top pressing issues Realtors® should be knowledgeable about heading into 2017.

That's according to a forum on the emerging trends affecting real estate at the 2016 REALTORS® Conference & Expo, last week, in Orlando, Florida.

According to Counselors of Real Estate®, the full top 10 issues affecting real estate going into 2017 are:
  • The changing global economy
  • Debt capital market retrenchment
  • Demographic shifts
  • Densification/urbanization
  • The political environment
  • Housing affordability and credit constraints
  • The disappearing middle class
  • Energy
  • The sharing and virtual economy
  • The rise of experiential retail
Read more online here.
City Leaf Pickup                        

The City of Spokane begins its leaf pickup effort this week.  City sweepers will be driving all over town removing leaves that have fallen naturally in the street.

Sweeping began November 9th and will continue seven days a week until all streets are cleared - 7 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

If you park on the street during these hours, please check the map to learn when the city will be coming through your neighborhood so you can make alternate plans to park your car on the day the leaf sweeper will be down your street.
 Read more about city leaf pickup online here
SAR Christmas Party    

Thursday, December 8th, from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m.  
Hotel RL Spokane at the Park (Red Lion)

See the event flyer (pictured above) - suitable for sharing with your colleagues and posting in your office - online here.


Member 2 Member                         


Coldwell Banker Tomlinson invites all SAR members to an open house for its new office in Spokane Valley:

Thursday, December 1st, from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.  
1419 North Argonne Road


ListHub Report for October                       


See the October ListHub 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 2016 Snapshot Report (pictured above) online here.








See the 2016 Year-to-date Snapshot report (pictured above) online here.



Member Roster Update  
Click here to view the latest Member Roster Update - listing new and resigned members and companies.

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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