Weekly Notices
November 17, 2017
Call for Action!

The House of Representatives, this week, passed H.R. 1, the "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act" - a bill the National Association of REALTORS® calls an all-out assault on homeownership.
NAR President Elizabeth Mendenhall issued the following statement:
It's disappointing to see this legislation move forward, but the real work to shape this debate is just getting started. Realtors® will now look to the Senate as we make our case that the tax reform proposals pending before Congress overwhelmingly remove the tax incentive to purchase and own a home in America.
This is about much more than a cap on the mortgage interest deduction. Rather, it is about whether homeowners will have the rug pulled out from under them with a tax system that suddenly favors renting over owning in a big way.
Make no mistake, middle-class homeowners will see their home values fall if this proposal moves forward, while large corporations walk away with the bulk of the tax cuts.
American homeowners shouldn't have to pay for corporate tax cuts with their home equity. It's a matter of basic fairness; 1.3 million Realtors® have known since the beginning, and America's 75 million homeowners are just beginning to learn, that homeowners will be the ones paying the tab. Realtors® will do our part to spread the word as we work with the Senate to address this impending assault on homeownership.
The National Association of REALTORS® will keep the Call for Action going until the Senate acts on the Tax Reform legislation. 

NAR opposition to the Senate proposal remains unchanged. 

The Call for Action has been updated to ask United States Senators to oppose the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, there will not be a "new" Call for Action. 
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 United States Senate Tax Reform Talking Points (pictured above) online here.
NAR photo
SAR member Terry Sullivan (at right in photo above) - who is NAR's Federal Political Coordinator (FPC) for Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (at left in photo above) - visited with our Member of Congress in the House of Representatives on Wednesday, this week, to personally deliver the REALTOR® message on taxes.
Terry reports:  "This trip was meaningful and well worth the effort.  NAR did a fabulous job of making it happen."

FREE RPR® Classes at SAR
Thursday, November 30th 
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
RPR 2018 

RPR's crackerjack training team is taking what they've learned from you this year and kicking it up a notch for 2018.  
Expect to see new webinars that put the power of RPR directly into your hands.  
Here are the headlines:
  • 7 Tips from RPR Power Users
  • The Ultimate REALTOR App: RPR Mobile
  • Not Enough Inventory? Check out These Tips for Finding New Listings
  • Reigning in Your Pickiest Buyers with RPR Search Tools
  • Don't Blend In! Promote Your Business Using RPR Tools

Find out more about what RPR can do for you, online here

New Member Benefit: Trust Stamp  

The safety tool Trust Stamp is now available to all Realtors® at no charge.  
Trust Stamp develops and deploys proprietary artificial intelligence software to authenticate identity and also analyzes public records and social media to provide a unique color-coded Trust Score.  
After creating the Trust Score, users can improve it by sharing additional information. While personal details behind a Trust Score remain private and under the user's control, the score can easily be shared through the company's unique Trust Stamp.
Learn more about Trust Stamp in a four-minute video online here: 

Trust Stamp Announces Free Safety Tool For All Realtors® 
Trust Stamp Announces Free Safety Tool For All Realtors®
Open Enrollment   


Open Enrollment for Major Medical is November 1 through December 15, 2017.
Now is the time to enroll for 2018 coverage.
This is important to know: If you want your health insurance to start on the first of January, you need to enroll by December 15th, which is soon!
Find out more 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.
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.

Seller Retains Possession after Closing 

Washington REALTORS® Legal Hotline lawyer, Annie Fitzsimmons, is back to answer another member question:

What happens after closing when Seller retains possession of the property.

Is Buyer entitled to a key?

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

Seller Retains Posession after Closing
Seller Retains Possession after Closing

Sexual Harassment Policy

NAR, WR, and the SAR are committed in all areas to providing a work environment that is free from harassment.  
Harassment based upon an individual's sex, race, ethnicity, national origin, age, religion or any other legally protected characteristics will not be tolerated.  
All employees, including supervisors and other management personnel, are expected and required to abide by this policy.   
NAR's General Counsel, Katie Johnson, provides an overview of the Association's Code of Conduct and firm policy against sexual harassment.
See her three-minute video online here: 
NAR's Code of Conduct & Sexual Harassment Policy 
NAR's Code of Conduct & Sexual Harassment Policy
The Voice for Real Estate

House Republican tax reform legislation was introduced as REALTORS® met in Chicago for their 2017 Conference & Expo.  
NAR opposes the legislation because it will hurt homeowners.  
Also, a REALTOR® testified before Congress on how to improve the secondary mortgage market. 
See the new six-minute edition of The Voice for Real Estate online here: 
The Voice for Real Estate #77
The Voice for Real Estate #77

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
Call for Action!
FREE RPR® Classes at SAR
New Member Benefit: Trust Stamp
2018 WR Leadership Institute
Seller Retains Possession after Closing
Sexual Harassment Policy
The Voice for Real Estate
SAR Christmas Party
WR 2017 President Willis Visits Spokane
SAR Christmas Party
Join an SAR Committee in 2018!
Member 2 Member
ListHub - September
Market Activity Report - October
Member Roster Update - November


Your SAR will close at noon on
Wednesday, November 22nd,
and remain closed on
Thursday, November 23rd and
Friday, November 24th,  
to keep the Thanksgiving holiday.



Click on the calendar image below to see

the current SAR calendar showing dates and times

of classes, committees and events. 

NAR 2017 Year in Review 

The National Association of REALTORS® 2017 Year in Review
The National Association of REALTORS®
2017 Year in Review

WR 2017 President Willis Visits Spokane 

SAR photo

Washington REALTORS® 2017 President Margo WIllis (photo above) was in Spokane, this week, to speak about leadership to the Spoakne-Eastern Washington Womens Council of REALTORS® luncheon on Wednesday.
Margo began her remarks at Spokane Valley Event Center by going around the room and asking guests to describe leadership. Many offered the same words: respect, collaboration, encouragement, communication, knowledge.
All of these words helped Margo continue her remarks on how to be the kind of leader that you follow - the title of her presentation.

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!

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

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:

Sapphire Sponsors:

Spokane County Title

Amethyst Sponsor:


Topaz Sponsor:

Shilo King of

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

The Spokane Association of Realtors Young Professionals Network shares word that its members  will convene an SAR Holiday Party Prefunk at the Viking starting at 2:30 p.m., then walk over the the Lincolin Center together - YPN members and non-members welcome!

Download the event flyer (pictured above), online here
You need not RSVP for the Prefunk, but you may click on the Facebook event to share that you're going, online here
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.

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.


ListHub - October

The ListHub report for October 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 - November    

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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