Weekly Notices
Friday, October 7, 2016

2017 SAR Leadership Candidates


Your SAR Nominating Committee is pleased to announce its 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, Coldwell Banker Tomlinson South
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
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 10th through Monday, October 24thDeadline to return petition is Monday, October 24th!


You will receive Notice on Friday, October 28th of the "Final Slate of Candidates". 

Voting begins on Monday, October 31st.

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 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.

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.



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.

Legal Hotline: FRAUD ALERT!


Your Was hington REALTORS® Legal Hotline attorney
Annie Fitzsimmons is back this week with a fraud alert.

It concerns yet another real estate scam that we thought had faded but is, in fact, back: the "big name check."  

The four-minute video is online here:

The Big Name Check
The "Big Name Check"
Business Barometer


Greater Spokane Incorporated, the region's Chamber of Commerce, is just out with its Business Barometer report for Quarter 2 2016.

Here are its chapter headings:

Spokane economy continues to hold us better than U.S.

Real Estate demand outpacing supply 

Steady, sustainable employment growth continues

Permitting Valuations increase slightly overall

Retail sales still outpacing wage growth

Passenger levels up at airport

Consumer Price Index remains low

Read the complete Business Barometer report, online here.  
Washington REALTORS® Tech Symposium


October 28, 2016  |   8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

SeaTac Convention Center

SAR member and NAR director Tom Hormel (photo at left) will be one of the presenters!



2017 Leadership Academy


Washington REALTORS® invites applicants for its 2017 Leadership Academy.  

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.

Find out more about Washington REALTORS ® 2017 Leadership Academy, online here.
The Voice for Real Estate


We're not there yet on lower owner-occupancy ratios for FHA condo loans. HUD says it needs more input before making it possible to get federally insured financing for buying a unit in a building with a lot of renters.

Other stories look at help for struggling homeowners through the federal HARP program, which allows owners to refinance or even modify their mortgage if they have little or no equity or are underwater.

The video also looks at the last home sales, and includes a message from the NAR president why real estate professionals should vote in upcoming elections.

And it looks at a new audio podcast called The Takeaway that provides concrete ideas for agents. The first podcast looks at creating a board of directors for your practice.

Watch the latest edition of The Voice for Real Estate (eight minutes long), online here:

The Voice for Real Estate
The Voice for Real Estate

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.


All REALTORS® must complete two-and-a-half hours of Code of Ethics training within each cycle.  The current cycle ends December 31, 2016

Can't remember if you've already taken the NAR Code of Ethics?  You can 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, October 13 - Code of Ethics Standards of Success - with Linda  Miller-Sheets.

Registration: 8:15 a.m.
Class: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
at the SAR

7.5 clock hours

What else do we need? Purchase and Sale Agreement Addenda.  
What else do we need?
Purchase and Sale Agreement Addenda.


October 14 - What Else do we Need - PSA Addenda - with Sabrina Jones-Schroeder.

Registration: 8:15 a.m.
Class: 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
at the SAR

4.0 clock hours

In This Issue
2017 SAR Leadership Candidates - NEW!
Bylaws Vote - NEW!
Annie is Coming to Town!
Legal Hotline: FRAUD ALERT!
Business Barometer - NEW!
Washington REALTORS® Tech Symposium
2017 Leadership Academy - NEW!
The Voice for Real Estate - NEW!
Lunch & Learn: Home Warranty
Lunch & Learn: Common Mistakes
2016 REALTOR® Education
Member 2 Member: Seeking Scary Stories
2016 Election Special - NEW!
Chinese Lantern Festival - NEW!
Bringing Projects to Spokane
WCR Wellness Celebration
REALTORS® Property Resource
Remodeling Impact Report
ListHub Report for August
Market Activity Report - September - NEW!
Member Roster Update - NEW!
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Click on the image below to see the current SAR calendar

showing dates and times of classes, committees and events. 




Member 2 Member: Seeking Scary Stories 


SAR member Ken Sax (photo at left) seeks several REALTOR® guests to share scary stories on his radio program, around Halloween next month - stories from the streets that you found to be particularly frightful - in a funny way.

Interested?  Contact Ken to let him know you'd like to be one of his guests on the show.  Seating is limited so first-come first-served.

Visit the web page for Ken's radio show online here.

2016 Election Special

BlackLensNews just published its 2016 Election Special featuring interviews with many local candidates.

The unedited Q&A format gives readers a chance to hear directly from the candidates whose names will appear on next month's ballot.

See the BlackLensNews 2016 Election Special, online here.

Are you registered to vote?  Are you sure?  Do you know?

You have until October 10th to register online, October 31st to register in-person, yet this year.

Chinese Lantern Festival


Members are talking about the second-annual Chinese Lantern Festival, on now through the end of the month in RiverFront Park.

Some 80,000 people visited the festival during its inaugural season, last year - easily twice the number of people who run Bloomsday.

This year, the festival features more than 30 new lantern displays, traditional Chinese performances, activities and more.

Add a visit to a downtown restaurant or merchant along the Lincoln/Monroe street construction zone and help support struggling local businesses in #RDOWNTOWNSPOKANE.

Find out more about the Chinese Lantern Festival, online here.
Bringing Projects to Spokane                 


Marketing Associates of Spokane will be talking about Bringing Projects to the Spokane Region on October 13th.

Greater Spokane Incorporated CEO Todd Mielke and Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce CEO Katherine Morgan will share the bill as guest speakers at this event, each sharing his/her organization's strategy on bringing investment and development to our region.

More information and electronic registration is online here.

WCR Wellness Celebration                 

The Spokane-Eastern Washington chapter of Women's Council of REALTORS® invites you to its sixth-annual 2016 Wellness Celebration and Rally - October 27th at the Spokane Convention Center.

See the event flyer (pictured above), online here

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!


Remodeling Impact Report                     

NAR is just out with its 2016 Remodeling Impact Report: Outdoor Features.

The report takes a deep dive into the reasons why homeowners complete outdoor remodeling projects, the value of taking on such projects, and the increased happiness experienced by homeowners once a project is completed.

It also contains:
  • The typical cost of 10 outdoor projects, as estimated by members of the National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP).
  • How much appeal each project is likely to have for buyers, according to REALTORS®.
  • How much REALTORS® estimate homeowners can recover on the cost of the outdoor projects if they choose to sell the home.

See the full report, online here.

ListHub Report for August                       

See the August 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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