Weekly Notices
Friday, October 14, 2016

The National Weather Service has issued a Wind Advisory in effect from 2:00 AM - 6:00 PM Friday, 10/14, that could cause power outages and trees to go down. Check out the latest weather update here. We are actively monitoring the situation and will post updates.  This is a good time to secure any loose items outside that may get thrown by the wind. This is also a good time to take a look at your preparedness kit and especially make sure you have extra batteries on hand and potentially some hand warmers since it has been nice and chilly the past couple days.


State Supreme Court on Water Rights

Temple of Justice / Olympia

Your SAR shares word of a recent Washington State Supreme Court opinion in a water rights case.  Oral arguments were heard in October of 2015.  The opinion was filed last week ( October 6th).

Washington REALTORS® submitted an Amicus Curiae in this case, last year, on behalf of its REALTOR® members statewide. 

The opinion - 6 to 3 - is not favorable to our position.

Washington REALTORS ® is working on a statement to offer guidance to members statewide, for release next week.  Your SAR Governmental Affairs Committee is meeting with Department of Ecology and Spokane County representatives to offer guidance to members locally, also for release next week.

See the full text of the opinion in the case:
Whatcom County v. W. Wash. Growth Mgmt. Hr'gs Bd., online here
Justice Stephens writes in his dissenting remarks:  The majority's holding pushes a massive, and likely insurmountable, burden onto individuals applying for a building permit.  This was not the legislature's intent when it enacted RCW 19.27.097.

2017 SAR Leadership Candidates

Your SAR Nominating Committee is pleased to announce its 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
In accordance with Article XV, Section 15.2 of the Association Bylaws, additional candidates may be nominated by the REALTOR® members. 
For those wishing to nominate a REALTOR® member for an Association Officer or Director position, Nominating Petitions will be available from the Association office Monday, October 10th through Monday, October 24thDeadline to return petition is Monday, October 24th!


You will receive Notice on Friday, October 28th of the "Final Slate of Candidates". 

Voting begins on Monday, October 31st.

You will receive an email invitation to vote.  When you click on the link for the ballot, it will take you to the Member Portal.  You will need to sign in with your user name and password and then it will take you to the ballot. 
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.

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.



Annie is Coming to Town!               

SAR photo

Annie is coming to town!

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.

Spokane Talks Live about Real Estate         

SAR President-elect Jennifer Valerien joined host Kent Adams on SpokaneTalksLive, this week, for a conversation on local real estate - sharing news on the state of the market, why consumers should hire a professional when buying/selling real estate, and the value a REALTOR® brings to the table in a real estate transaction - all good things to include in your own conversations with clients.

SAR photo

See and hear the program online below (NOTE: the recording starts a couple of minutes into the conversation - and the fellow with the guitar is the guest after Jennifer):
Spokane Talks Live
Spokane Talks Live

Washington REALTORS® Tech Symposium

October 28, 2016  |   8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

SeaTac Convention Center

SAR member and NAR director Tom Hormel (photo at left) will be one of the presenters!



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!


Lunch & Learn: Home Warranty


Welcome to Lunch & Learn at your SAR:  What is a Home Warranty and How can it Help my Business?

Monday, November 7th, at your SAR.

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

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.


What else do we need? Purchase and Sale Agreement Addenda.  
What else do we need?
Purchase and Sale Agreement Addenda.


Friday, October 14 - What Else do we Need - PSA Addenda - with Sabrina Jones-Schroeder.

Registration: 8:15 a.m.
Class: 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
at the SAR

4.0 clock hours

Land and Acreage 200 
Land and Acreage 200


Tuesday, October 18 - Land and Acreage 200 - with Jim Palmer, Jr.

Registration: 8:15 a.m.
Class: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
at the SAR

7.5 clock hours

Code of Ethics - Standards for Success 
Code of Ethics - Standards for Success


Thursday, November 3 - Code of Ethics - Standards for Success - with Linda Miller Sheets.

Registration: 8:15 a.m.
Class: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 a.m.
at the SAR

7.5 clock hours 
In This Issue
State Supreme Court on Water Rights
2017 SAR Leadership Candidates
Bylaws Vote
Annie is Coming to Town!
Spokane Talks Live about Real Estate
Washington REALTORS® Tech Symposium
REALTORS® Property Resource
Lunch & Learn: Home Warranty
Lunch & Learn: Common Mistakes
2016 REALTOR® Education
2016 General Election - NEW!
NAR Announces New Member Benefit
WCR Wellness Celebration
Urban Pumpkin Patch - NEW!
ListHub Report for September - NEW!
Market Activity Report - September
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. 




2016 General Election                 

Ballots for the 2016 General Election will be mailed next week.  You may see yours in your mailbox before the weekend.

There are three ways to return your ballot:
  • Mail: Ballots must be postmarked by Election Day, November 8th.  One First Class Stamp is required.
  • Drop Box: Drop Boxes open 20 days prior to Election Day and will close at 8:00 PM on Election Day, November 8th.  No postage required.  View Drop Box Locations.
  • Voter Service Center: Voter Service Centers are open 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM on Election Day, November 8th, only. View Voter Service Center Locations.

Your SAR Governmental Affairs Committee has interviewed many of the candidates whose names you will see on your ballot, selecting those who have, or are expected to have, favorable positions on REALTOR ® issues.  Members encourage you to consider first these SAR-endorsed candidates as you mark your ballot:

U.S. Representative (District 5):
Cathy McMorris Rodgers

Legislative District 3
State Senator: Andy Billig
State Representative (Position 1): Marcus Riccelli
State Representative (Position 2): Timm Ormsby 

Legislative District 4
State Senator: Mike Padden
State Representative (Position 1): Matt Shea 
State Representative (Position 2): Bob McCaslin

Legislative District 6  
State Representative (Position 1): Mike Volz 
State Representative (Position 2): Jeff Holy

Legislative District 7
State Representative (Position 1): Shelly Short
State Representative (Position 2): Joel Kretz

Legislative District 9
State Senator: Mark Schoesler
State Representative (Position 1): Mary Dye
State Representative (Position 2): Joe Schmick

Spokane County
Commissioner (District 1): Josh Kerns
Commissioner (District 2): Shelly O'Quinn  

Visit the The Spokesman-Review's Washington State Election Center online here:


NAR Announces New Member Benefit     

NAR members now save with discounts from Intuit.

Organize your finances and make tax prep a breeze with member savings on QuickBooks® Self-Employed and America's #1 best-selling online tax software, TurboTax®.

Get both products together to maximize your savings, your deductions, and your refund with the QuickBooks Self-Employed + TurboTax bundle.

This offer is available through NAR's REALTOR Benefits® Program: 

See the NAR flyer on this new member benefit (pictured above), online here.  

WCR Wellness Celebration                 

The Spokane-Eastern Washington chapter of Women's Council of REALTORS® invites you to its sixth-annual 2016 Wellness Celebration and Rally - October 27th at the Spokane Convention Center.

Tickets are $35 and available through October 17th, online here:   

See the event flyer (pictured above), online here

Urban Pumpkin Patch                       

Project Hope will be offering an urban pumpkin patch on an empty lot in the West Central neighborhood - not far from the association office (700 North Ash Street) - through the end of the month:

October 15th - 30th
Thursdays and Fridays 3pm-6:30pm
Saturdays and Sundays 9am-6:30pm

Project Hope provides valuable job skills to area youth and gives participants a sense of pride and ownership
in their community.

The event website is online here: 

ListHub Report for September                        

See the September ListHub report, online here.

Market Activity Report - September


The SAR Market Activity Report for September is now online.

See the latest full report - and archived full reports - online here.




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








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



Member Roster Update  - NEW! 
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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