Weekly Notices
October 26, 2018 
Final Slate of Candidates 

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.
Voting for this ballot will begin on Monday, October 29th.
You will get an email invitation to vote, which will include a link to your electronic ballot.   

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

SAR-endorsed Candidates 


Your 2018 General Election ballot was mailed last week and should already have arrived in your mailbox.
Your ballot is due on or before Tuesday, November 6th
This year, your Spokane Association of REALTORS®  endorses, and encourages you to vote for, these Eastern Washington/Spokane County candidates and issues:
CONG 05  
Cathy McMorris Rodgers
LEG 03 State Representative Pos. 1  
Marcus Riccelli    
LEG 04 State Representative Pos. 1  
Matt Shea    
LEG 04 State Representative Pos. 2  
Bob McCaslin  
LEG 06 State Senator  
Jeff Holy  
LEG 06 State Representative Pos. 1
Mike Volz      
LEG 07 State Senator  
Shelly Short  
LEG 07
State Representative P os. 1  
Jacqueline Maycumber   
LEG 07
Representative Pos. 2  
Joel Kretz  
Spokane County Commissioner District 2    
Mary Kuney 
Spokane County Commissioner District 3  
Al French  

Spokane County Assessor
Tom Konis   
Spokane County Auditor  
Vicky Dalton  
Spokane County Treasurer  
Michael Baumgartner
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CITY OF SPOKANE - Proposition No. 1
Spokane Public Library general obligation bonds
CITY OF SPOKANE - Advisory Vote
Regarding location of Spokane Public Schools' proposed stadium

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


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.

REALTORS® Conference and Expo 

This year's REALTORS® Conference and Expo will be November 2-5 in Boston!  
Download the conference poster (pictured above) online here.
Check out the event website for all the latest information, online here.  


Text Message Spam is Illegal 

It is illegal to send unsolicited commercial electronic messages to wireless devices, including cell phones and pagers, unless you first get permission from the recipient.

It's also illegal to send unsolicited commercial electronic messages from an auto-dialer - equipment that stores and dials phone numbers using a random or sequential number generator. If you hire a service to do this for you, then both you and your vendor have legal exposure.

Exceptions to the law:
  • Transactional or relationship types of messages. If a company has a relationship with you, it can send you things like statements or warranty information.
  • Non-commercial messages. This includes political surveys or fundraising messages.

If you're getting unsolicited commercial electronic messages, the Federal Trade Commission has some tips to help you can text message spam, and an easy way to file a complaint If you receive unwanted commercial electronic messages, online here

Affordable Housing Advisory Board 

The State of Washington Department of Commerce shares word that it is seeking three individuals to fill vacant positions on its Affordable Housing Advisory Board (AHAB).
Persons with knowledge or experience in the Washington Association of Counties (Western), the residential construction industry, or apartment management and operations are especially encouraged to apply.


RPR: Powerful Map Enhancements 

You can now now get to where you want to go faster with a new map display on the RPR app.

A button on the map screen (pictured above) expands to display a host of icons representing the most popular search features, such as distance, travel time, traffic, schools and more.

To begin, login to your RPR app.

Tap on the neighborhood name displayed at the top of the screen to navigate to the map, and draw your attention to the More icon (...) in the lower right corner of the screen.

Education Excellence/Quarterly Meeting 
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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

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.

Monday, October 29 - Lunch & Learn - Common Mistakes and Blunders on the Purchase and Sale Agreement - with Sabrina Jones Schroeder and Ken Sax.

Class: Noon to 1:30 p.m. 
The cost is $10; there are no clock hours. 
Basic appraisal requirements for loan type with Mary Payne 
Basic appraisal requirements for loan type
with Mary Payne.
Thursday, November 1 - Basic Appraisal Requirements for Loan Type - with Mary Payne.
Check-in: 1:15 p.m.
Class: 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
at the SAR
3.0 clock hours 
Spokane Association of REALTORS(R) - Continuing Education 
Code of Ethics: Standards for Success
Thursday, November 8 - 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 
Core Curriculum - Current Issues in Washington Residential Real Estate 
Core Curriculum
Friday, November 9 - Core Curriculum - with Sabrina Jones-Schroeder.
Check-in: 8:15 a.m.
Class: 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
at the SAR
3.0 clock hours 
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 - 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 
In This Issue
Final Slate of Candidates
SAR Endorsed Candidates
2019 SAR Leadership Opportunities
REALTORS® Conference and Expo
Text Message Spam is Illegal
Affordable Housing Advisory Board
RPR: Powerful Map Enhancements
Education Excellence/Quarterly Meeting
2018 REALTOR® Education
Homesnap App Webinar - NEXT WEEK!
WUCIOA - Part 2
The Question - #3
Unlock the Door - Please Share your Stories!
Effective Facebook Ads
YPN: VA Educational Panel
YPN: 30 Under 30 Class of 2019
WCR: Business Planning with a Purpose
Independent Brokers Christmas Party
SAR Christmas Party
Member Roster Update - September
Market Activity Report - September

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

The general public heard news of a tragic accident in Liberty Lake last Thursday morning, October 18th.

Family, friends, and REALTOR® colleagues quickly learned the rest of the story - that Marilyn Dhaenens had been struck by a hit-and-run driver.

Marilyn was a broker for John L. Scott - Liberty Lake since 2012. She was 61.

A funeral service for Marilyn was held yesterday ( Thursday, October 25th).


Homesnap App Webinar 
Wednesday, October 31

Homesnap App Webinar this Wednesday, October 31, from 9:30 A.M. - 11:00 A.M. - ONLINE ONLY!

The Homesnap Pro training familiarizes agents/brokers with the key features in Homesnap Pro app.

This training focuses on how to navigate the app, how to search properties, and how to interact with your clients.


Understand the New Tax Law 
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We begin, this week, a four-part video series from NAR on how the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act impacts real estate, real estate professionals, and consumers.  
This first video sets up the series and helps us understand the new tax law. 
Then, we'll share three more videos in the series that focus on how the law will impact individuals and families, homeowners, and the real estate industry.
The first video runs seven minutes and is online here:

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


WUCIOA - Part 2  

A new law took effect on July 1, 2018

The Washington Uniform Common Interest Ownership Act is found at RCW 64.90 and is best known by its acronym, WUCIOA (pronounced, "woo-ki-oh-wa"). 

Washington REALTORS ®' Legal Hotline lawyer Annie Fitzsimmons, last week, introduced the WUCIOA law in a new video, with details on how you know a community is a common interest community.

This week, Annie returns with Part 2 of this series where she explains why knowing about WUCIOA is important the transaction, particularly as it pertains to the public offering statement or the resale certificate.

WUCIOA adds additional responsibilities to our Brokers and could affect the timeline of the transaction, so please make sure you and everyone in your office understands this law.

See Annie's new 10-minute video - part two in her WUCIAO series - online here:

WUCIOA Part 2 - Final
WUCIOA Part 2 - Final

Part One of Annie's WUCIOA video series, from last week, is online here. 
Click on the image below to play the 10-minute video:

WUCIOA Part 1 - Extended Edition
WUCIOA Part 1 - Extended Edition

The Question - #3 

SAR Leadership seeks to gain relevant membership information as we seek potential volunteers for task forces and work groups in the coming years.

Your support by answering this survey is appreciated. 

Thank you!

Click the button below, or copy-and-paste the link provided in your web browser, to take the survey:


Please include your name and contact info for a chance to win this month's prize drawing - complimentary first quarter 2019 MLS Fees!

Unlock the Door - Please Share your Stories! 

The stories have started coming in!

We are hearing from REALTORS® from around the state about how the inventory crisis across Washington has severely impacted affordable ownership.

If you have a story to share about the obstacles one of your clients has faced, we want to hear it! Please take a minute and submit it now.

Did you know that according to the Washington Center for Real Estate Research, first-time buyers in King, Snohomish, Pierce and Kittitas Counties face home prices that are nearly double what they can afford?

In many cases we need our own local officials to help solve this crisis, but the state's legislature must play a role as well. To help do that, we need to educate our elected officials about how the lack of affordable housing impacts the residents of our state. So, we are reaching out to REALTORS® across Washington to collect stories that explain how every part of the housing market is affected by this severe lack of inventory.

Sharing these stories from constituents will be a powerful tool to help us motivate state legislators to focus on this critical issue that impacts homeowners and renters, as well as the ability of REALTORS® to help their clients buy and sell property.
Thank you,

Jerry Martin, President
Washington REALTORS®   


Effective Facebook Ads 


Real estate marketing plans routinely include Facebook ads in the mix - in fact, 97-percent of REALTORS® recently surveyed across the country report using it, making Facebook the most popular social media platform in the industry.

How do customers interact with real estate Facebook ads and how can agents best optimize their strategies when it comes to this platform?


YPN: VA Educational Panel 
Wednesday, November 7th
The Spokane Association of REALTORS® Young Professional Network invites you to its VA Educational Panel and Get out to Vote for your SAR Leadership event on Wednesday, November 7th in downtown Spokane.
Learn about VA guidelines for your listings, your buyers, inspections, and appraisals. This event is free but please register below to reserve your seat!

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

YPN: 30 Under 30 Class of 2019  
NAR photo
Do you think you have what it takes?  
Are you under the age of 30?  
Then we want to hear from you.  
If you're making a difference in your clients' lives, supporting the real estate industry, and crushing it in sales, it's time to throw your hat in the ring for the next group of 30 Under 30.  
Apply now through January 11.

WCR: Business Planning with a Purpose 

Thursday, November 8th

The Spokane-Eastern Washington Women's Council of REALTORS® invites you to its November event: Business Planning with a Purpose.

Join guest speaker Sabrina Jones-Schroeder, Broker|Owner - EXIT Real Estate Professionals, as she tackles the question: Where are you going and how are you getting there?

This event is generously sponsored by Envoy Mortgage.

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

Independent Brokers Christmas Party  

Tuesday, December 4th.


SAR Christmas Party  

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 Beats, 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, Homestreet Bank, Stearns Lending, Wells Fargo, WFG National Title Co., Spokane County Title, and Mountain West Bank.

Download the event flyer (pictured above) for sharing in your office, 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 - SEPTEMBER  

Market Activity Reports  

Updated for 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 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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