Weekly Notices
October 20, 2017
Final Slate of Candidates

Your SAR Nominating Committee announces the final slate of candidates for 2018 SAR leadership and encourages members to vote beginning  
Karene Garlich-Loman, Keller Williams Spokane   
Gina Mosey, RE/MAX Inland Empire   
David Crosby , EXP Realty
Jack Kestell , Kestell Company
Eric Etzel , Choice Realty
Cynthia Gustafson , John L. Scott Spokane, Inc.
Britney Inglis , Real Estate Marketplace NW, Inc.
Lee McIntyre , 4 Degrees Real Estate
Gina Mosey , RE/MAX Inland Empire
Abbey Parsons , Coldwell Banker Tomlinson  
Bill Richard , Keller Williams Spokane - Branch
Taylor Ward , Synergy Properties

Voting begins on Monday, October 23rd.

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 8th, 4:30 p.m.
Our new leaders will be announced at our Annual Membership Meeting on Thursday, November 9th, at CenterPlace Regional Event Center.
Your SAR Communications/Member Services Committee has prepared a 2018 SAR Voter Information Guide to help you make your vote decisions.
In it, each candidate offers a brief statement about who s/he is and what s/he wishes to accomplish, if elected.
Download your copy of the 2018 SAR Leadership Voter Guide (pictured above), online here.
SAR-Endorsed Candidates


Your ballot for the General Election was mailed this week.  You have until November 7th to complete it and mail it in.

Your SAR Governmental Affairs Committee is pleased to announce its endorsed candidates for the 2017 General election.
Endorsements are based on personal interviews and Candidate Verification.  Many hours have been spent by committee members and staff, on your behalf, to make these endorsements:

Spokane City Council:

Timm Benn; District 1, Position 2 
Andy Dunau; District 2, Position 2
Matthew Howes; District 3, Position 2  
Spokane Valley City Council:

Rod Higgins; Position 1 
J. Caleb Collier; Position 2 
Ben Wick; Position 4
Pamela Haley, Position 5
Mike Munch; Position 7

7th Legislative District:

Shelly Short, Senator
Jacquelin Maycumber, Representative, Position 1   


Please consider these candidates first.  Your General Election ballot must be returned with a postmark on or before November 7th to be counted.


Call for Action!

The National Association of REALTORS® issued a Call for Action, this week, directed at all Members of Congress, on the subject of tax reform.  
A tax reform outline, released by a study group in September, doubles the standard deduction and eliminates all personal deductions except the Mortgage Interest Deduction and the deduction for Charitable Contributions.   
The plan eliminates the deduction for State and Local Taxes.  
This one-two punch will deliver a crippling blow to middle class homeowners by removing economic incentives for home ownership and raising taxes by an average of $851.  By doubling the standard deduction, the Mortgage Interest Deduction would only be available to the top 5% of taxpayers.
The 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 print ad on tax reform (pictured above), online here
See NAR's Talking Points on tax reform (pictured above), online here.
REALTORS Will Fight for MID 

The Wall Street Journal wrote an editorial "Tax Reform, if You can Keep It," on September 28th.

NAR says this editorial misses a key point of agreement between the Journal and REALTORS ® - we support fiscally responsible tax cuts.

Unfortunately, that isn't what a careful read of the recently released "framework" for tax reform represents.

REALTORS ® will fight for the Mortgage Interest Deduction.

Defending middle-class homeowners isn't "greedy," because home ownership isn't a "special" interest. It's a common interest.

Read NAR's response in the Wall Street Journal online here.

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 9th.

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.

Lunch & Learn: Home Warranties  

What is a Home Warranty and how can it help your business?  We're glad you asked.  The answer will be revealed at the next Lunch and Learn!
Monday, October 23rd
Noon to 1:30 p.m. - free lunch!
with Russel Frans, Old Republic Home Protection 
See the event flyer (pictured above), 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
Education Excellence & Quarterly Meeting

Thursday, November 9th
National Speaker
Social Media
Technology Devotee 
It's "not your typical technology class."  That, and our final Quarterly Membership Meeting of the year.
Learn about customer/client service through use of technology and mobile apps, online service and communication, video and its use in real estate business model, and community service.  It's a 7.5 clock hour class with lunch break.   
$40 for everything - if you register by November 3rd.  Or, join us just for lunch and the meeting for $20.
There's much more, so check out the details in the class flyer (pictured above), 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.
The Truth about Negotiating 
The Truth about Negotiating
Wednesday, October 25 - The Truth about Negotiating - with Linda Miller Sheets.
Check-in: 1:15 p.m.
Class: 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
at the SAR
3.0 clock hours
Thursday, November 2 - Basic Appraisal Requirements for Loan Type - with Mary Payne.
Check-in: 1:00 p.m.
Class: 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
at the SAR
3.0 clock hours 
Code of Ethics: Standards for Success 
Code of Ethics: Standards for Success
Tuesday, November 7 - Code of Ethics class Standards of 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
Code of Ethics: 
Code of Ethics for Real Estate Professionals 
Friday, November 10 - Code of Ethics for Real Estate Professionals - with Linda Miller Sheets
Check-in: 8:15 a.m.
Class: 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
at the SAR 
4.0 clock hours  
In This Issue
Final Slate of Candidates
SAR-Endorsed Candidates
Call for Action!
REALTORS Will Fight for MID
Annie's Coming to Pullman!
Lunch & Learn: Home Warranties
Lunch & Learn: Business Tax Strategies
Education Excellence & Quarterly Meeting
2017 REALTOR® Education
RPAC Phone Bank
Determination of Non-Significance
Thefts at Open Houses
DOL Advertising Guidelines
WR Leadership Conference
Mobius Gala
Financing Provisions Series
CRS Sell-a-bration
2018 WR Leadership Institute
ListHub - September
Market Activity Report - September
Member Roster Update - October



Click on the calendar image below to see

the current SAR calendar showing dates and times

of classes, committees and events. 

RPAC Phone Bank 


SAR photo

THANK YOU to all of our Member who placed and answered calls for our RPAC Phone-a-thon this week!

Photographed in the SAR classroom during the noon-hour on Wednesday (left to right):  Tom Hormel, Ken Garceau, Marilyn Amato, Craig Hudkins, Cynthia Gustafson (SAR Governmental Affairs Committee Chair), Jolene Baldwin, and Terry Sullivan.

RPAC gives REALTORS® a powerful voice to help develop, advance and implement legislative objectives that affect the real estate business and the ownership and operation of real estate.

RPAC supports pro-REALTOR® candidates running for public office.

You can invest in RPAC online, right now, just click here:


Determination of Non-Significance

Your SAR received, this week, a Determination of Non-Significance from Spokane County concerning Water Resource Inventory Area (WRIA) #55 on the Little Spokane River (North Spokane County). 
This is a big step toward establishing a water bank as a work-around to last year's Hirst Decision by the Washington State Supreme Court that practically shuts down all rural development in Washington State.
We've bundled the three documents in this matter into one PDF file, and offer it to you online here.

Thefts at Open Houses 

Seattle/King County Association of REALTORS® warns its members that the hot housing market is prompting more thefts at open houses, warning real estate professionals and homeowners to stay on alert.

Good advice for Spokane REALTORS® to keep in mind, too.

Read more and see the Seattle TV news repor t online here.


DOL Advertising Guidelines

The Washington State Department of Licensing is just out with its 2017 "Real Estate Advertising Guidelines" to provide the fundamental advertising requirements for real estate professionals in Washington state.
Brokers, managing brokers, licensed assistants and firms are all accountable for compliance with advertising requirements.  

It is critical that all licensees understand the requirements of lawful advertising within the real estate industry.

Download your copy of this document (pictured above) and share it with your team.   
It is available online here

WR Leadership Conference 

Your 2018 Washington REALTORS® Leadership Team is taking shape and getting ready to lead your association in the new year.  Statewide leaders gathered this past weekend for the WR Leadership Conference in Leavenworth.
The Leadership Conference allows leaders from across the state to become acquainted and get a jump on effectively planning their association's activities for the upcoming year; develop and enhance the qualities of good leadership essential to team success and fulfill potential through effective leadership skills training.
SAR photo
The event was convened by WR 2017 President-elect Jerry Martin, who has announced that the statewide theme for his term in 2018 will be: "Growth through Knowledge."

Mobius Gala 

Our friends at Mobius announce their annual gala benefiting Mobius Children's Museum & Science Center:

Friday, November 3rd | 6:30pm - 9:30pm | at Mobius Science Center in downtown Spokane.

Your SAR was a Mobius supporting partner in its formative years.

Join in for an evening of fundraising, hors d'oeuvres, libations, live auction, and a paddle raise. Cocktail attire is requested. Tickets are $50 per person - ticket includes two complimentary drinks.

Find out more and register online here.

Financing Provisions Series   

Washington REALTORS ® Legal Hotline attorney Annie Fitzsimmons continues her four-part video series on Financing Provisions, this week.

In this third video, Annie helps us understand the consequences of when a Buyer's Broker and their Buyer do not get Seller's permission when changing the loan type after the 22A is signed.

See the eight-minute video online here:

Part three
Buyers changing loan types after the Form 22A

Part two of this series is online here:

Part Two
Offers Without a Financing Contingency

Part one of this series is online here: 
Seller's Remedies Provision
Seller's Remedies Provision

CRS Sell-a-bration

The brightest stars in residential real estate will head to Dallas, Texas, February 5-6, 2018, for two days of unparalleled networking opportunities, business-building strategies, and the chance to hear insights from the top-producing agents and industry leaders.
Sell-a-bration is the only event in the industry that is specifically for CRS Designees and Candidates, as well as anyone interested in world-class real estate education.  
This annual event attracts hundreds of top-producing REALTORS® seeking to improve their business and increase their referral networks through high-quality education and networking. 
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.
ListHub - September

The ListHub report for September is now available.
Download the report online here.


Market Activity Report - September      


The SAR Market Activity Report for September is now online.

See the latest full report - a member-exclusive product - and archived full reports - online here.


See the September 2017 Snapshot Report (pictured above) online here.








See the 2017 Year-to-date Snapshot Report (pictured above), online here.







Member Roster Update - September   

Updated October 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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