Weekly Notices
Friday, November 9, 2018 

SAR Voting Closes Next Week! 

Voting is open now for you to make your selections for 2019 SAR officers and directors.
An invitation to vote was mailed to you last week. That email includes a link to your electronic ballot.

Deadline to fill out your ballot is Wednesday, November 14th, at 4:30 p.m.

Voting for your 2019 SAR Leadership is easy.   
If you haven't voted already, you may do so right from the MLS Dashboard - look for a VOTE icon like the one at the top of this column:
Your SAR Nominating Committee is pleased to announce its final slate of candidates for 2019 SAR leadership:  
Tom Clark , Kestell Company
Marilyn Amato, Century 21 Beutler & Associates Spokane
Mike Crowley, Spokane Home Buyers
Doug Hagood, Hagood Real Estate & Mortgage
Judy Flemmer , EXIT Real Estate Professionals
Kristy Hamby , Windermere City Group
Sara Houk , John L. Scott, Inc.
Britney Inglis , Real Estate Marketplace NW, Inc.
Donlee Marlin , Live Real Estate, LLC
Lee McIntyre , 4 Degrees Real Estate
Pam Novell , Windermere Manito
Jim Palmer, Jr., Real Estate Marketplace N.W. Inc.
Rick Richard , John L. Scott, Inc.
The SAR has created an Official Voter Information Guide that offers 2018 Association leadership candidate statements (pictured above).
Download your copy here to help you make your ballot decisions.
The members of your 2019 SAR leadership team will be announced at the association's Annual Membership Meeting on Thursday, November 15th at CenterPlace Regional Event Center.

Education Excellence/Quarterly Meeting 
SAR file photo

Thursday, November 15th

Our fourth and final Education Excellence and Quarterly Membership Meeting will take place on Thursday, November 15th, at Centerplace Regional Event Center in Spokane Valley.
The Education Excellence class will be the required NAR Code of Ethics class (4.0 clock hours) which about half of all SAR members still need to take by the end of the year to maintain their REALTOR status.  
Pay just $25 for early registration on or before Monday, November 12th - cost goes up to $40 after that date.
If you'd like to attend just the Breakfast and Membership Meeting, please call Tami at the SAR to reserve your seat: 326-9222.  
Download the event flyer (pictured above), online here

Bylaws Vote  

The Board of Directors of the Association will submit to the membership at the November 15, 2018 Annual Membership meeting a proposed Bylaw change.    
The proposed Bylaw amendment is renaming the Education Committee.
Appointed Committees
Section 18.1 Standing Committees. The President shall annually appoint the members and designate the Chairperson of the Standing Committees. The President-Elect shall designate the Vice Chairperson of each Standing Committee. All such appointments shall be subject to confirmation by the Board of Directors. The Standing Committees shall be:
(a)  Education Committee Professional Development Committee
(b)  Governmental Affairs Committee
(c)  Grievance Committee
(d)  Special Events Committee
(e)  Professional Standards Committee
(f)   Communication/Member Services Committee
(g)  Technology Committee
(h)  Forms Committee
(i) Serving Our Spokane


Spokane Real Estate Excise Tax 
The Spokesman-Review photo
Spokane's strong real estate market has again helped boost city street and other projects.
The city is expected to collect about $7 million in real estate excise taxes for the second year in a row, a significant increase after levels plummeted in the recession starting in 2008.
Gavin Cooley, Spokane's chief financial officer, said revenue from the taxes grew substantially last year, and he projects that by the end of this year the city could bring in close to the same amount.
The article continues online here

NAR Strategic Framework 

The NAR Board of Directors - led by 2018 President
Elizabeth Mendenhall - adopted a five-year strategic framework at its national convention in Boston, last week, to provide a more visionary, holistic, and business-oriented approach reflective of NAR's expanding role in technology and other arenas critical to real estate.
"The new strategic framework represents a common focus and direction for NAR leaders, volunteers, and staff," Heather Ozur, chair of the Strategic Thinking Advisory Committee, told the Board.  
"It provides clear answers to several fundamental questions: Where are we going? What do we stand for? How do we agree to operate? And it captures the essence of both who the organization is and who it seeks to become, and what unique, core value it delivers."

Homesnap: What's New 


Introducing associated documents in Homesnap Pro. 
Now, brokers can access all associated documents while on-the-go.  
Associated documents are available in-app or on the web.
Get the Homesnap Release Update (pictured above), online here.


NAR: Commitment to Excellence 


The National Association of REALTORS ® just launched C2EX: Commitment to Excellence - a cutting-edge program that empowers REALTORS® to evaluate, enhance, and showcase the highest levels of professionalism.  
Members start by taking the self-assessment that measures their proficiency in each of the elements of professionalism, known as the C2EX Competencies.  
Based on their results, the platform will generate customized learning paths, recommend experiences, and provide tools and resources to increase their knowledge and enhance their skillsets.
Find out more in this two-minute video: 
Introducing NAR's Commitment to Excellence Program
Introducing NAR's Commitment to Excellence Program
Then, make the commitment to excellence and take the self assessment, online here.

RPR: On-the-go Access   
On-the-go access to property data, market trends, and client-friendly reporting just got a whole lot easier with RPR's newly optimized app for iPad and Android Tablets. Exclusively for REALTORS®.
Find out more in this two-minute video: 
If you don't yet have the RPR app, you can download it here:


You have until November 26th to claim your .realestate top-level domain.
  .realestate domain names are currently available exclusively to REALTORs®, firms, and boards of NAR or the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) who have an active .realtor™ domain.
.realestate domains will be available to the general public November 26, 2018.
Learn more and claim yours online here


Eight Cool Tech Gifts 

Tech Helpline recently concluded its annual search for affordable, cool, tech tools and gear of the season that real estate agents and brokers would either like to give (great closing gifts) or even receive.   
What did they find? 
Amazon Echo Dot
Key Finder (and Phone Finder)
Cable management sleeves (with zipper) 
Small tech travel bag
Tactical self-defense pen/flashlight/window breaker
Affordable Bluetooth earphones
Reusable notebooks that store your notes in the Cloud 
Car mount for Smartphone
The 2018 Tech Helpline Holiday Gift Guide of tech gifts that are cool, affordable, and highly practical is online here.

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 Tami 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, November 13 -   PSA - What Else do we Need - 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 
Wednesday, November 14 - Lunch & Learn - Inspection Process - with Ken Sax.
Check-in: 11:45 a.m.
Class: Noon to 1:30 p.m.
at the SAR
No clock hours
Spokane Association of REALTORS(R) - Continuing Education 
Code of Ethics: Standards for Success
Tuesday, November 20 - 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 

Sabrina Jones-Schroeder - Purchase and Sale Agreements instructor 
Purchase and Sale Agreement
Thursday, November 29 - Statewide 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 clock hours 
Core Curriculum 
Core Curriculum
Monday, December 10 - Core Curriculum - with Sabrina Jones-Schroeder.
Check-in: 1:15 p.m.
Class: 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
at the SAR
3.0 clock hours 
Code of Ethics for RE Professionals
Code of Ethics for RE Professionals

Tuesday, December 11 - Code of Ethics for RE Professionals - with Linda Miller Sheets.
Check-in: 8:15 a.m.
Class: 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 a.m.
at the SAR
4.0 clock hours 
Code of Ethics: Standards for Success
Code of Ethics: Standards for Success
Tuesday, December 18 - 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 

Statewide Purchase and Sale Agreement
Statewide Purchase and Sale Agreement
Friday, December 21 - Statewide 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 clock hours 
In This Issue
SAR Voting Closes Next Week!
Education Excellence/Quarterly Meeting
Bylaws Vote
Spokane Real Estate Excise Tax
NAR Strategic Framework
Homesnap: What's New
NAR: Commitment to Excellence
RPR: On-the-go Access
Eight Cool Tech Gifts
2018 REALTOR® Education
Top Benefits of NAR Membership
Sunday is Veterans Day
YPN VA Educational Panel
Understand the New Tax Law
2019 SAR Leadership Opportunities
SAR Christmas Party - Tickets Selling Fast!
Member 2 Member
Open Enrollment
Member Roster Update - September
Market Activity Report - October - NEW!

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

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Top Benefits of NAR Membership

Here's a great resource that details the Top Benefits of NAR Membership that can help you in your business.

This tool provides the many resources you need to accelerate your success, including information on the Member Center where you can enjoy all the benefits of membership in the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®.  
Sunday is Veterans Day  

November 11

This Sunday, November 11th, is Veterans Day - a day set aside to celebrate the service of all U.S. military veterans.

The Spokesman-Review photo

You'll find a special Veterans Day insert in this Sunday's edition of The Spokesman-Review, the result of collaboration between the SAR VA Loan Work Group - Don Walker, retired SAR member and Past President - 1985 (above, right) - and The Spokesman-Review ( Scott Baumbach, Classified Advertising Manager (above, left).

The insert features a display ad placed by your Association (pictured below):

The public-facing ad supports veterans with a message directed to home sellers and REALTORS ®, as their broker: " When you list your home for sale, accept the loan type offered to those who protect the land under it. We believe in VA loans."

This ad supports the work of our VA Loan Work Group, convened this past summer, to encourage SAR members to be more active in promoting VA financing with their sellers.

Here is the one-minute video the Work Group commissioned this past summer to help SAR members say, "We believe in VA loans!"

We Believe in VA Financing!
We Believe in VA Financing!

YPN VA Educational Panel 
SAR photo

The SAR Young Professionals Network held a VA Educational Panel at its November meeting, this week (photo above).
Guest speakers included Brad Kennedy, REALTOR ®; Tony Byrne, lender; Michelle Dawson, appraiser; and Kristy Hamby, REALTOR ®.
Each member of the group shared his/her perspective on VA guidelines for listings, working with VA buyers, managing VA inspections and appraisals.
The event was sponsored by Heritage Home Loans and the SAR.  
The event was presented on Facebook Live - you can see a recording online here:

Understand the New Tax Law 
NAR photo
Here is part three in NAR's four-part video series on how the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act impacts real estate, real estate professionals, and consumers.  
This 16-minute video addresses impacts on homeowners: 
Understand the New Tax Law: Video 3 (Home owners) 
Understand the New Tax Law: Video 3 (Home owners)
PART TWO: This 18-minute video addresses impacts on individuals and families: 
Understand the New Tax Law: Video 2 (Individuals and Families) 
Understand the New Tax Law: Video 2
(Individuals and Families)
PART ONE: The first video in this series offers a general understanding of the new tax law. 
This seven minute video is online here:

Understand the New Tax Law: Video 1 (Welcome)
Understand the New Tax Law: Video 1


2019 SAR Leadership Opportunities 
 Your association runs on volunteer power. Here's your chance to plug in and make a difference! 
2019 SAR President Gina Mosey invites you to join her in volunteering to lead our association in the new year.
If you'd like to talk with Gina before you decide how you'd like to volunteer, call her at 953-3410 or e-mail her at glmosey@gmail.com .  
Here are just some of the volunteer opportunities where you can help get the work done:
Budget & Finance 
Communication/Member Services
Governmental Affairs
SOS  (Serving Our Spokane)  
Special Events  
3rd Grade Poster Contest   
Food Drive  
Holiday Party & Auction                      

Deadline to submit your application is Friday, December 7, 2018     

See the 2019 SAR Leadership Opportunities flyer for more information and application (pictured above), online here.

SAR Christmas Party - Tickets Selling Fast! 

Thursday, December 13th.
Centennial Hotel, Skyline Ballroom

Register now before you forget for the 2018 SAR Christmas Party!

This year's event will feature music from DJ Backwoods Beatz, a silent auction, a photo booth, door prizes, hors d'oevres, a no-host bar - and, best of all, you and your best colleagues and friends to celebrate a great year in real estate!

Special thanks to our terrific sponsors this year:
Banner Bank, Condron Homes, Evergeen Home Loans, Homestreet Bank, Stearns Lending, Wells Fargo, WFG National Title Co., Spokane County Title, STCU, and Mountain West Bank.

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

Member 2 Member 

November 12-16

4 Degrees invites all SAR members and friends to participate in its " Socks for Vets" event, next week:

Please bring new, or slightly used, long socks and thermal underwear to either of their two offices, November 12-16, next week.

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

Open Enrollment 

The REALTOR® Insurance Marketplace reminds members that it's open enrollment season for major medical insurance.

During Open Enrollment, anyone can change or enroll in an individual major medical qualified health plan (QHP) for any reason regardless of pre-existing conditions.  
It is a period during which one may freely enroll in or change one's selection of a health insurance plan or another benefit program that is ordinarily subject to restrictions.  
Open enrollment closes December 15th.
Visit the REALTOR® Insurance Marketplace online here.

Member Roster Update - September 

Updated for September

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 - OCTOBER   

Market Activity Reports  

Updated for 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 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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