Weekly Notices
August 24, 2018 
The SAR will close early next week (3:45 p.m. on Thursday, August 30th)
so that staff may attend Debbie's retirement reception. 

More than 1,000 SAR REALTORⓇ members still need to take a Code of Ethics class before the end of the year to maintain their active status.
If this is you, please check the local class listings here in the Weekly Notices for classroom training, or visit the NAR Code of Ethics resource page for online training.
Miss the deadline and you risk being dropped as a REALTOR and cut off from the Spokane MLS. 
SAR Leadership Nominations are Open 

Nominations are open for directors to serve on your association board for 2019-2020.
There are five, two-year terms available on the board.

Nominees for directorships must be REALTOR® members of the Association who have: (i) served on a minimum of two (2) standing committees within the seven (7) years prior to the time of the election; (ii) served on one (1) standing committee within the three (3) years prior to the time of the election; or (iii) who are currently serving, or within the one (1) year prior to the time of the election have served, as President of the Young Professionals Network or President of the Women's Council of REALTORS®.
If a candidate has served on only one (1) standing committee within the three (3) years prior to the time of the election, that candidate must also attend two (2) Board of Directors meetings within the twelve (12) months prior to running for Director.
Candidate committee attendance must be at a minimum of 80%, inclusive of excused absences, in order for service on said committee to be used to meet eligibility requirements.

To place a name in nomination with the Nominating Committee, please complete the application, offered below.
You may FAX your completed form to the SAR at 324-8650, mail to:  SAR, 1924 N Ash, Spokane, WA 99205, or Email to Sharon@SpokaneRealtor.com by 
Friday, September 28th.
If you have questions, please contact Ken Sax at 879-1636 or Sharon Houston at 326-9222.        

Thank you for participating in the leadership of your association!    
Download the 2019-2020 SAR Director nomination form (pictured above), online here.   

It's Time to Pack the Pantry! 

September 6-7
Spokane Association of REALTORS® members will be out at the Spokane-area Albertsons grocery stores on September 6th and 7th for our annual food drive.
REALTORS® will be collecting food and cash donations to help Second Harvest stock the shelves of partner food banks serving local neighborhoods.
To volunteer for a short, two-hour shift at one of the Albertsons stores as REALTORS® Pack the Pantry, please call one of our Store Captains. The call list (pictured above) is online here. 
If you can't make your donation in person, make it online right now with Crowdrise - click on the logo below to enter your donation:   

Remember for every $1 donated, Second Harvest provides 6 pounds of food - the equivalent of 5 meals for hungry people.  
The gift of food changes lives and gives people an opportunity to succeed and thrive.  
Thank you for your donation!   

Election Update 

Eric Johnson photo

General Election
Tuesday, November 6th

Spokane County reports 46% of Spokane County voters returned their ballots in the recently completed Primary Election.  
The top two candidates in all contested races and all unopposed candidates now move forward to the general election for your consideration on Tuesday, November 6th.  
Meanwhile, your SAR Governmental Affairs Committee will keep in touch with its endorsed candidates including Washington State Rep. Marcus Riccelli (WA03) (left, photo above) and his SAR Key Contact, Eric Johnson (right, photo above).   
We'll be out with the 2018 SAR Endorsed Candidates list as we near the November General Election. 

We Believe in VA Financing 


A new video premiered at this week's Quarterly Membership Meeting of the Spokane Association of REALTORS® featuring members who declared "We believe in VA financing!"
The video is the result of a work group convened to respond to community concern that some Spokane REALTORS® are not presenting United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) financing as an option to sellers in their client communication.
Feel free to copy and share this video with your office and team members - because we believe in VA financing! 
See the one-minute video online here: 
We Believe in VA Financing!
We Believe in VA Financing!

Wire Transfer Fraud

The FBI reports it is aware of more than 78,000 incidents of wire transfer fraud in the past five years, with a dollar loss of more than $12 million.
Business E-mail Compromise (BEC)/E-mail Account Compromise (EAC) is a sophisticated scam targeting both businesses and individuals performing wire transfer payments.
The scam is frequently carried out when a subject compromises legitimate business e-mail accounts through social engineering or computer intrusion techniques to conduct unauthorized transfers of funds.
The scam may not always be associated with a request for transfer of funds.  
A variation of the scam involves compromising legitimate business e-mail accounts and requesting Personally Identifiable Information (PII) or Wage and Tax Statement (W-2) forms for employees.
Read the FBI Public Service Announcement about this online here.

Liveable Communities 

Thursday, September 13th
6-8 p.m.

The Spokane Regional Transportation Council (SRTC) is bringing Joe Minicozzi to Spokane to talk about creating livable communities; developing urban neighborhoods that can provide a tax boost to municipalities; and the tie between real estate, transportation and economic growth.
This event is free to the public at the Spokane Regional Business Center (SRBC) - 801 West Riverside Avenue - in downtown Spokane.
Download the event flyer (pictured above), online here.

Lunch & Learn: Reverse Mortgage 

Monday, August 27th
Noon - 1:30 p.m. 
at the SAR 

Back by popular demand!
Learn how to increase your Buyer's purchasing power without a traditional monthly payment.
Come hear Georgina Olsen with Mortgage Solutions Financial speak about the Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) and how it can help you market to your senior buyers. 
Complimentary lunch provided.
See the event flyer (pictured above) with more information online here.

Lunch & Learn: Appraisals 

Monday, September 17th

Come and hear Amy Chitwood with Amy Chitwood Valuations share some valuable information on how appraisers measure houses, derive adjustments, and other facets of home appraisals. Your questions will be welcome, too! 
Bring your lunch, if you'd like; coffee and water provided. 
See the event flyer (pictured above) with more information online here .

Income Properties  

October 11-12
at the SAR

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.  
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 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.
Tuesday, September 11 - Uncovering Coverage for Home Warranty - with Beale Luebben.
Check-in: 8:15 a.m.
Class: 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
at the SAR
3.0 clock hours
Tuesday, September 11 - REALTOR® Safety - Empower Yourself - with Beale Luebben.
Check-in: 1:15 p.m.
Class: 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
at the SAR
3.0 clock hours 
In This Issue
SAR Leadership Nominations are Open
It's Time to Pack the Pantry!
Election Update
We Believe in VA Financing
Wire Transfer Fraud
Liveable Communities
Lunch & Learn: Reverse Mortgage
Lunch & Learn: Appraisals
Income Properties
2018 REALTOR® Education
Happy Retirement, Debbie!
WR Fall Business Conference
WCR Golf Tournament
Member 2 Member
REALTORS® Conference and Expo
Member Roster Update - June
Market Activity Report - JULY - NEW!

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


Come say "thank you" to SAR Education/Special Events Director Debbie Crowder (pictured at left) as she retires from the SAR after 23 years of service:

Debbie Crowder Retirement
Open House / Reception
Thursday, August 30th
4-6 p.m.
at the Red Lion River Inn (North Division)
Light hors d'oeuvres

"Debbie has established a very special relationship with our members, especially our affiliate members, in her position at the Association. Her positive attitude and attention to detail are hallmarks of her work. We will miss Debbie immensely and at the same time wish her the very best in her retirement years with Dave and the family."

Rob Higgins, Executive Vice President
Spokane Association of REALTORS® 
WR Fall Business Conference 

Online registration open now!
September 26-28, 2018

Washington REALTORS ® Fall Business Conference is coming to Spokane this year - September 26-28 - at the Davenport Grand Hotel!
Learn all about it, online here
With or without the conference, plan to attend Fun Night with a Heroes and Villains theme - Thursday, September 27th at the Davenport Grand Hotel!

Download your copy of the 2018 Fun Night flyer (pictured above), online here.

Then, purchase your tickets online - right here:

- OR -


Coming September 18th

The new .realestate Internet domain will launch to individual REALTORS®, firms and boards of NAR, and the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA), for an exclusive 60-day pre-sale period at 8 a.m. on September 18th.

As .realestate is an unrestricted top-level domain, this provides you with the opportunity to get your company or brokerage name before someone else does.  
Standard .realestate domains will be available for $69/year.  
A list of premium domains and pricing will be available in late August.  
Act fast because November 26th, .realestate domains will be internationally available to the the general public.

In order to get .realestate domains during the member pre-sale, you must have an active .realtor™ domain.  
Claim your .realestate domain online here.  

WCR Golf Tournament 

Friday, September 21st

The Spokane-Eastern Washington Women's Council of REALTORSⓇ reminds that it will be hosting its 2018 Golf Tournament at Downriver Golf Course on the afternoon of Friday, September 21st.
Download your copy of the event flyer (pictured above), online here.

Member 2 Member 

The Spokane Mortgage Lenders Association invites all SAR members to its 2nd annual Poker Tournament:  
Friday, October 19th 
Northern Quest Resort and Casino.
Download the event flyer (pictured above) for more information, online here.


REALTORS® Conference and Expo 

The SAR has available two complimentary Premier Access Passes that include unlimited access to all educational sessions and the expo floor on all four days of the event, plus access to Saturday's General Session and Sunday's Inspirational Program and Celebrity Concert - a $450 value! (Transportation, lodging, and meals not included).  
To be entered in the drawing for these passes, please email the SAR:
Two winners will be drawn at the September SAR Board of Directors meeting from among eligible entries submitted by close of business on September 4th.
One pass per member, please.
Download the conference poster (pictured above) online here.
Check out the event website for all the latest information, online here.  


Member Roster Update - June 

Updated for June

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 - JULY 

Market Activity Reports  

Updated for July
The SAR Market Activity Report for JULY is now online.
See the latest full report - a member-exclusive product
- and archived full reports, online here .


See the JULY 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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