Weekly Notices
October 27, 2017
Final Slate of Candidates

Voting is now open for your 2018 SAR Leadership.  Invitations to vote were emailed to all active members on Monday of this week (October 23).
On the electronic ballot, you will see these candidates and offices as certified by your SAR Nominating Committee:   
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.
Nancy Jones, Windermere North
Lee McIntyre , 4 Degrees Real Estate
Gina Mosey , RE/MAX Inland Empire
Abbey Parsons , Coldwell Banker Tomlinson Spokane Valley 
Bill Richard , Keller Williams Spokane - Branch
Taylor Ward , Synergy Properties


Check your email for your 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: 
Click on the highlighted names to see that candidate's appearance on Candidate Confidential on Spokane Talks Online
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   

Proposition 2:
Your SAR recommends a "no" vote on Proposition 2.

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!

15% with 190 responses
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!

Here are some informational resources on this issue:
Big 6 Tax Reform Framework: Impact on Homeowners 
Big 6 Tax Reform Framework: Impact on Homeowners
See the 23-minute video, produced by NAR, in which NAR analysts walk through what's in the tax reform framework introduced in late September by the Trump Administration and Republican leaders in Congress.

See NAR's print ad on tax reform (pictured above), online here
See NAR's Talking Points on tax reform (pictured above), 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: 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
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.
Basic appraisal requirements for loan type with Mary Payne 
Basic appraisal requirements for loan type
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
Approved for 3.0 clock hours for REALTORS ®; not approved for Appraiser clock hours. 
Code of Ethics: Standards for Success 
Code of Ethics: Standards for Success
Tuesday, November 7 - 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
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  
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
Final Slate of Candidates
SAR-Endorsed Candidates
Call for Action!
Annie's Coming to Pullman!
Lunch & Learn: Business Tax Strategies
2017 REALTOR® Education
Have Lunch with WR President
Education Excellence & Quarterly Meeting
SAR Christmas Party
Mobius Gala
Financing Provisions Series
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. 

Have Lunch with WR President

Have lunch with Washington REALTORS® President Margo Willis in Spokane Valley on Wednesday, November 15th!
She'll be speaking at the Women's Council of REALTORS® Spokane-Eastern Washington November meeting at Spokane Valley Event Center - everyone welcome!
See the event flyer (pictured above) for more information, 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.
Instructor Maura Neill is a rock star among national REALTOR® instructors.  Here she is in a two-minute clip on the stage of the National Association of REALTORS® annual convention:
Maura Neill, REALTOR - Simple Keys to Real Estate Blogging Success
Maura Neill, REALTOR® 
Simple Keys to Real Estate Blogging Success
The cost is $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.
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!
We are pleased to share word that our Platinum Sponsor for the SAR Christmas Party this year is:

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

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 the fourth and final video in this series, Annie discusses how the Buyer's large down payment described in their Financing Contingency may actually be deceptive.

See her eight-minute video online here:

Part Four
Part Four:
Buyer's large down payment
in Form 22A may be deceptive

Part three of this series is 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

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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