Weekly Notices
Friday, October 28, 2016

Final Slate of Candidates


Your SAR Nominating Committee is pleased to announce the final 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

Voting begins on Monday, October 31st.

You will receive an email invitation to vote.  When you click on the link for the ballot, you will go to the Member Portal.  There, sign in with your user name and password (included in the email), then your ballot will appear. 
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.


Your SAR has prepared a 2017 Association Leadership Voter Information Guide (pictured above) that features photos and statements from each of the candidates.

Hirst Decision Resources

The news is mostly reported, now, on the Hirst Decision - the recent Washington State Supreme Court action  that shuts down the ability to use new private wells for residential development in Washington state.

Next month, we'll offer an archive of Hirst Decision resources on the SAR website for your future reference as you and your clients work through the impacts of this case.

See the full text of the Decision (pictured above) online here:

Whatcom County v. Hirst


Washington REALTORS ® offers an excellent bulletin on the Hirst Decision you can share with your clients (pictured above), online here


Tom Hormel photo

A standing-room-only crowd overflowed into the lobby outside the Spokane County Commissioners Hearing Room on Wednesday night (photo above). The issue was water, and the subject was the soon-to-be infamous Hirst Decision.

In a 6-3 opinion issued Oct. 6, the Washington state Supreme Court effectively blocked development throughout the state.

Read Hirst Decision on well-drilling effectively blocks development throughout the state, in The Spokesman-Review, online here.

See the entire Spokane County Public Meeting from October 19th, online here:

Public Meeting - October 19th
Spokane County Public Meeting - October 19th

To determine in which watershed a parcel of land resides in Spokane County - and find a wealth of additional information on that parcel - use SCOUT - online here.

FHA Eases Condo Financing Rules 

FHA, this week, lowered the owner-occupancy requirement on condominiums from 50 percent to 35 percent.

The move allows more condo buyers to qualify for FHA-insured loans. It applies only to projects that meet certain capital reserve requirements.

Read the Washington REALTORS® update on this issue, online here.

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.

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.


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 

Code of Ethics 
Code of Ethics


Tuesday, November 8th
  - 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

Core Curriculum 
Core Curriculum

Tuesday, November 8th - 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


Purchase & Sale Agreement 
Purchase & Sale Agreement

Thursday, November 10th - 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
Final Slate of Candidates
Hirst Decision Resources
FHA Eases Condo Financing Rules
Annie is Coming to Town!
Lunch & Learn: Home Warranty
Lunch & Learn: Common Mistakes
2016 REALTOR® Education
2016 General Election
Legal Hotline Mailbag: Blank Spaces
No Working Smoke Detector
Spooky Stories
Bylaws Vote
REALTORS® Property Resource
Member 2 Member
ListHub Report for September
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 were mailed this week.  Now, you need to fill yours out and return it on or by close-of-business November 8th!

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:


Legal Hotline Mailbag: Blank Spaces

Washington REALTORS® Legal Hotline lawyer Annie Fitzsimmons is back to alert Brokers to a practice that can get them into a lot of trouble.

Most Brokers are familiar with blank spaces, and default language on a variety of forms.

However, some Brokers are speeding through forms that other Brokers have prepared without paying attention to blank spaces.

Annie discusses some of the potential problems that can arise from this in a five-minute video, online here:

Legal Hotline
Legal Hotline
No Working Smoke Detector                        

Dan Pelle_The Spokesman-Review photo

A 3-year-old boy who died in a fire late Friday night in Hillyard was found huddled with his dog, who stayed by his side, and a teddy bear.

"They died together," said Spokane Fire Department Assistant Fire Chief Brian Schaeffer.

Perhaps you read this heart-breaking story in the news, last week.

Investigators discovered the house did have a smoke detector, but it did not have a battery.
The Spokane Fire Department will provide smoke detectors and batteries to households in our area that  cannot afford them. Contact your nearest fire station to access this offer. 

The Spokane Fire Department Foundation accepts donations to support this and other fire education and prevention programs.
Spooky Stories                    

SAR photo

What's your scariest story as a REALTOR®?

SAR member Ken Sax, host of Real Estate Radio on Spokane Talks Online, asked that question of three local REALTORS® and got three spooky stories - and added one of his own - all just right to enjoy with your pumpkin spice latte the week before Halloween.

Listen to the podcast online here
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.  


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!


Member 2 Member                         

Exit Real Estate invites members to support its blanket drive on November 4th and 5th at your local Fred Meyer store.

You can drop off your new and gently used blankets at the Exit Real Estate tables in either store, for distribution through Transitions this winter.   

Download the event flyer with more information, 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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