Weekly Notices
October 5, 2018 
2019 SAR Initial Slate of Candidates 

Your SAR Nominating Committee is pleased to announce its initial slate of candidates for 2019 SAR leadership:  
Tom Clark , Kestell Company
No Qualified Nominations Submitted
Mike Crowley , Spokane Home Buyers
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
Additional Candidates  
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 8th through Monday, October 22nd
Deadline to return petitions is Monday, October 22nd!

You will receive Notice on Friday, October 26th of the "Final Slate of Candidates". 

Voting begins on Monday, October 29th.

Deadline to fill out ballots will be Wednesday, November 14th, 4:30 p.m.
Our new leaders will be announced at our Annual Membership Meeting on Thursday, November 15th at CenterPlace Regional Event Center.

WR Leadership Institute   

WR photo
Congratulations to the Class of 2018 Washington REALTORS® Leadership Institute - especially our three SAR members! 
2018 SAR President Ken Sax, 2018 SAR President-elect Gina Mosey, and Abbey Parsons are all members of this year's class.
The class photo (above) was taken at the WR Business Conference in Spokane, last week.
The institute works to: 
  • identify Washington REALTORS® who have demonstrated leadership potential through job-related and community activities.
  • develop leadership skills.
  • increase awareness of real estate and association management issues and challenges.
  • network with leaders across the state who are actively involved in improving our Association and profession.

The institute is seeking applicants to its class of 2019 now.

Fall Festival of Homes 

Our friends at Spokane Home Builders Association are holding their 14th annual Fall Festival of Homes this weekend!
This FREE event features new construction homes ranging in various prices in locations throughout Spokane and surrounding areas.  
Neighborhoods include Eagle Ridge, Deer Park Meadows, ElkRidge Heights, Morningside Heights and The River District Liberty Lake.

Homesnap Pro Webinar  

Wednesday, October 10th 
There will be a Homesnap Pro webinar this Wednesday, October 10, 2018 from 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
The Homesnap Pro training familiarizes agents/brokers with the key features in the Homesnap Pro app.

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


Income Properties  

October 11-12
Keller Williams, 799 S. Stevens St. 

Take this two-day class at your SAR this fall and you'll be able to Identify Income Properties like a Pro!
Learn the secrets to smart real estate investing, and start identifying lucrative opportunities for yourself and your clients.
Earn 15 clock hours of continuing REALTORⓇ education credit and 16 hours of CRS education credit toward your CRS designation.   
AND - Anyone who takes a classroom CRS course during the months of September or October is able to have the first year of membership dues waived (valued at $195.00).  Also if you've been a REALTOR for 10+ years with a total of 150 transactions (or an average of 4 million per year with at least 40 transactions), plus (1) two day class, then you have met the requirements to obtain their CRS designation, under the Pro Program.  
In this class, you will: 
  •  Find out how to analyze a home as an investment property using one of the most popular investor tools the APOD.
  •  Hear how the tax changes of the recent Tax Cut and Jobs Relief Act effects real estate.
  •  Determine how many investment properties you should purchase to make sure you are ready for retirement.
  •  Learn how to position a home as an investment property providing more marketing opportunities.
  • Get online analysis tools that will give you the ability to determine the after tax investment value of a home.
Download the event flyer (pictured above), online here

Salute our Veterans 

Deadline: Tuesday, October 16th 
The Spokesman-Review is preparing a Salute our Veterans insert to the newspaper on Veterans Day - Sunday, November 11th (pictured above).
The insert will be chock-full of features and information to honor all who serve us in the uniformed services of the United States.
The idea for this insert came from the SAR. 
Advertising opportunities are available - reserve your space by Tuesday, October 16th.
Download the sales sheet online here.

The Way of the SEAL 

Monday, October 22nd, 
Develop an unbeatable mindset and be the leader you always knew you could be!
Spend an inspiring lunch hour with Mark Divine, Commander, United States Navy Sea, Air, and Land (SEAL) Teams (retired).
Check-in: 11:30 a.m.
Presentation: Noon to 1:00 p.m.
at the SAR (1924 North Ash Street) 
Lunch is not provided but you may bring your own. First-come first-seated complimentary admission until the room is full. 
All attendees will receive a complimentary signed copy of Mark's book The Way of the Seal as a gift of SAR member Eric Etzel, event organizer.
Download the event flyer (pictured above) for more information, online here


SAR Endorsed Candidates 


Your 2018 General Election ballot will be mailed October 17th. You should see it in your mailbox shortly thereafter.
Your ballot is due on or before Tuesday, November 6th
This year, your Spokane Association of REALTORS® Board of Directors 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
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

20% Business Income Deduction 

NAR photo


One of the biggest wins for REALTORS® in last year's tax reform bill is the new 20 percent business income deduction, also known as Section 199A.  
Almost any self-employed person or owner of a pass-through business (such as an S corporation, limited liability company, or partnership) with eligible income -  which the National Association of REALTORS® made sure includes commissions from real estate sales - can take 20 percent off the top after business expenses are taken out.

The Voice for Real Estate

REALTORS® are stepping up to help after Hurricane Florence.
Are you ready to maximize the new 20% business income deduction?  
What next now that conservatorship of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac is 10 years old?  
How much of an inventory shortage is in your area, how is it affecting affordability, an what can you do to get more homes on the market?  
NAR has a tool that might help your area.  
Social media gives sales associates the most good leads, NAR tech survey shows.  
What's latest on home sales?
Watch the new The Voice for Real Estate nine-minute video online here:
Voice for Real Estate 90: Florence, 20% Deduction, Inv. Shortages 
Voice for Real Estate 90: Florence,
20% Deduction, Inventory Shortages.

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.  


Education Excellence/Quarterly Meeting 
SAR file photo

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.

Sabrina Jones-Schroeder - Purchase and Sale Agreements instructor 
Purchase and Sale Agreement
Thursday, October 25 - 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 
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. 
In This Issue
2019 SAR Initial Slate of Candidates
WR Leadership Institute
Fall Festival of Homes
Homesnap Pro Webinar
Income Properties
Salute our Veterans
The Way of the SEAL
SAR Endorsed Candidates
20% Business Income Deduction
The Voice for Real Estate
REALTORS® Conference and Expo
Education Excellence/Quarterly Meeting
2018 REALTOR® Education
Join the YPN Leadership Team
Cybersecurity Awareness Month
Share your Story
Hacking Washington
Cool Tool
RPR's Awesome Apps
First Snow of the Season
Independent Brokers Christmas Party
SAR Christmas Party
Member Roster Update - September - NEW!
Market Activity Report - September - NEW!

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

Spokane County home prices continued to level off in September after posting sharp gains earlier in the year.

The average sales price was $259,472 last month, down from $260,812 in August, according to figures from the Spokane Association of Realtors.

The median sales price was $235,000 last month, down from $247,500 in August.

Cybersecurity Awareness Month 
October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM), a time to focus on how cybersecurity is a shared responsibility that affects all Americans.

The Department of Homeland Security is just out with its National Cybersecurity Awareness Month 2018 Tookit which includes tips on what individuals and businesses can do to fight this new kind of crime:

Download the new 2018 Cybersecurity Toolkit (pictured above), offering key messaging, articles, social media, and more to promote National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, online here.

The City of Spokane will be posting blogs during cybersecurity month, with information on how to stay safe online.

In addition, the City's Facebook and Twitter channels will feature cyber security tips and tricks all month.

Spokane Mayor David Condon shares more on the city's commitment to cybersecurity in this one-minute video:

Cybersecurity Awareness Month will wrap up with a Secure Spokane event on Saturday, October 27.

The City of Spokane, Community Security Coalition, and Spokane Falls Community College will provide information on how citizens can stay safe online, and information on how small businesses can protect their sensitive information.

Saturday, October 27

9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Where: Building 17, Spokane Falls Community College, 3410 W. Fort George Wright Drive.

Join the YPN Leadership Team 

Share your Story

The housing inventory crisis in Washington has severely impacted affordable ownership opportunities across the state.
In many cases we need the federal government and 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.
Stories from constituents like you will be a powerful tool to help us motivate state legislators to focus on this critical issue that impacts homeowners and renters.
Please take a few minutes to today to share the story. What obstacles did you face? What was the outcome?

Hacking Washington  
Hacking Washington photo


The City of Spokane has launched a new website - Hacking Washington - aimed directly at Seattle residents who can't take it any more.

"In Spokane, affordable housing, short commutes, and a strong job market welcome you.

It's a city surrounded by nature and bathed in sunshine and possibility.

And it's only a 45-minute flight from Sea-Tac airport, so you can enjoy the best things about Seattle - from live sports to popular shows - and fly home in less time than it takes some commuters to drive home in Seattle.

That's #HackingWashington."

Visit Hacking Washington online here.


Cool Tool  


Washington REALTORS® incoming President Dale Chumbley demonstrates how he uses a 360 degree camera to gain a competitive advantage with his listings - and he demos it for us at the new WR building in Olympia.
Watch the new one-minute video online here: 

Marketing Tools: 360 Degree Video Camera
Marketing Tools: 360 Degree Video Camera

RPR's Awesome Apps   


For this year' awesome apps article, we've focused on apps REALTORS ® can use to quickly and effectively ramp up their marketing firepower.

Some of these apps have been around for awhile, while others are new.

Nevertheless, they all provide a unique and polished offering.

RPR shares more online here.


First Snow of the Season  

The Washington State Department of Transportation reported the first snowfall of the season in the state, this week, on Stevens Pass (photo above).

The WSDOT offers a Winter Driving Guide for your own use, and to share with your clients (pictured above).


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, Stearns Lending, Prime Closing, 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.

Presented by your

Spokane Association



Find us on Facebook 


See what's NEW at
Click here!  
Quick Information
Tech Helpline: 866-610-8939

Legal Hotline: 800-562-6027

Washington State Legislature Hotline: 800-562-6000

2018 NAR New Member Orientation
2018 NAR New Member Orientation


2018 SAR Leadership

This weekly newsletter is a member benefit of the

  1924 North Ash Street 
Spokane, Washington 99205
T: 509. 326.9222
F: 509. 324.8650