Weekly Notices
September 14, 2018 
WR Fall Business Conference & FUN NIGHT! 

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 the conference online here
The highlight of the Conference is sure to be Fun Night presented by the Spokane Association of REALTORS®!
You can attend Fun Night with or without Conference admission. This year, Fun Night has a Heroes and Villains theme - Thursday, September 27th at the Davenport Grand Hotel!

Fun Night is made possible, in part, by the generous support of these community-minded partners:  

Download your copy of the 2018 Fun Night flyer (pictured above) for sharing with your team members and colleagues, online here.

The more who attend, the more fun we'll have!

Purchase your Fun Night tickets online - right here:

- OR -

We Packed the Pantry! 

SAR photo


THANK YOU to all Spokane Association of REALTORS® members, affiliates, and friends who were out at Spokane-area Albertsons grocery stores last Thursday and Friday for our annual food drive!
Our effort collected food and cash donations to help Second Harvest stock the shelves of partner food banks serving local neighborhoods.
We're counting pounds of food and dollars donated to the food drive now, and will report how we did this year in a future edition of the Weekly Notices.  
SAR photo
If you missed the opportunity to buy a $5 bag at your local Albertsons store during the event (photo above) or make your donation in person, make it online right now with Crowdrise - click on the logo below to enter your donation now:   

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!   
North Monroe Corridor Opens 

Meet on Monroe photo

You may have discovered that the North Monroe Corridor reopened this week - two months ahead of schedule - following a major construction project that began back in April.    
A party celebrating the reopening of the street is planned for this Saturday, September 15, from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.   
See the latest information about the event on the Meet on Monroe Facebook page, online here


Home Prices Leveling Off 

The Spokesman-Review graphic


After climbing steadily for most of the year, homes sale prices in Spokane County appear to be leveling off.
The average price for homes with sales closing in August was $260,800 - nearly unchanged from $259,300 in July, and down from a peak of $268,830 in June, according to the Spokane Association of Realtors.
Read the rest of the article in The Spokesman-Review, online here

Legal Hotline: Buyer's Bump 

Washington REALTORS® Legal Hotline attorney Annie Fitzsimmons is back with another video in her series, Real Estate Fundamentals You Should Know.
When does buyer's bump expire if our calculation is using 48 hours instead of 2 days?  
Annie explores the statewide forms and how they are set up to compute time.
Watch Annie's seven-minute video online here:
When does buyers bump expire?
When does buyer's bump expire?

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 .

Finding the Right Neighborhood 

Finding the right neighborhood for your buyer is easy thanks to the housing, demographic and economic data found within RPR.

Here, we'll run you through the basics on how to help your clients find a home near desired amenities and within commutable distances.

Then, we'll show you how to create an RPR Neighborhood Report that will create a wow factor for your clients.

Let's begin by exploring the Neighborhoods page found at narrpr.com.

Connect to a Computer Remotely

If you ever find yourself needing to access a computer remotely - either attempting to connect to a desktop computer at work or need to assist someone with their computer from afar, this primer is for you.

Whether you have a Microsoft Windows PC or an Apple Mac, let's take a look at the basics

The TechHelpline article continues online here.

25% Off SRES®  and e-PRO®    

NAR's Center for REALTOR® Development online learning platform is offering 25% off your Seniors Real Estate Specialst® (SRES®) designation and your e-PRO® certification during the month of September!
All month long, the online courses leading to these official NAR credentials will be on sale for 25% off their regular prices.  
For more information about these products, see the information below.

Residential RE Webinars 

  September 24-28
The Residential Real Estate Council has a terrific week of free webinars upcoming:
Find out more about these webinars and register online here.

NAR Tech Edge Coming to Seattle  

October 4th
SeaTac Airport Conference Center 

NAR Tech Edge events teach REALTORS® the latest business technology skills and trends changing the real estate industry.  
Register for one of these professional development events and walk out with action items to build your business. 
Find out more about this event 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.   
AND - Those attending this class will be given a special code to register for a free one year Residential Real Estate Council (formerly Council of Residential Specialists) membership. This special offer does not apply to past or lapsed members (meaning they cannot reinstate for free). 
Download the event flyer (pictured above), 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

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.  


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.
What else do we need - Purchase & Sale Agreement Addenda 
Purchase & Sale Agreement Addenda
Tuesday, September 18 - Purchase & Sale Agreement Addenda - with Sabrina Jones Schroeder.
Check-in: 8:15 a.m.
Class: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
at the SAR
6.0 clock hours
Spokane Association of REALTORS(R) - Continuing Education 
Spokane Association of REALTORS(R)
Continuing Education
Tuesday, October 9 - The 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 
In This Issue
WR Fall Business Conference & FUN NIGHT!
We're Packing the Pantry!
North Monroe Corridor Opens
Home Prices Leveling Off
Legal Hotline: Buyer's Bump
Lunch & Learn: Appraisals
Finding the Right Neighborhood
Connect to a Computer Remotely
25% Off SRES® and e-PRO®
Residential RE Webinars
NAR Tech Edge Coming to Seattle
Income Properties
Education Excellence/Quarterly Meeting
REALTORS® Conference and Expo
2018 REALTOR® Education
REALTOR® Safety Webinar.
Homespotter App Cutoff
NAR: Moving with Kids
SAR Leadership Nominations are Open
WCR Golf Tournament
YPN Scavenger Hunt
New SAR Education Director
Fall Tour of Historic Homes
Member Roster Update - September
Market Activity Report - August

Click on the calendar image below to see
the current SAR calendar showing dates and times
of classes, committees and events. 
September is REALTOR® Safety Month 
NAR is just out with its 2018 Member Safety Report that finds nearly a third of Realtors® experience a situation that makes them fear for their personal safety or the safety of their personal information, and that 43 percent of Realtors® choose to carry self-defense weapons.

The most common circumstances that result in fearful situations are open houses, showing vacant and model homes, working with properties that are unlocked or unsecured, and showing homes in remote areas.
Read the full report (pictured above), online here
You have a powerful safety tool in your pocket if you have our new Homesnap Pro app - it features a safety timer.
The Homesnap Pro safety timer will automatically email your selected emergency contacts if, for any reason, you can't. 
Learn more in this one-minute video:
Managing brokers and team leaders - print, post, and share this Stay Safe on the Job Year-round poster (pictured above) to reinforce the REALTOR® safety message with your colleagues in your office.

Visit NAR's REALTOR ® Safety resource page any time, online here.

Homespotter App Cutoff 

The SAR Technology committee reminds members that our access to the Homespotter App will end Monday, October 1st.
Please make sure to re-enter your existing clients into Homesnap Pro in order to stay in touch with them after this transition phase.

NAR: Moving with Kids  

Buying and moving into a new home is already a complicated process, but moving with children adds an entirely different set of requirements and stresses.

The National Association of Realtors®' 2018 Moving with Kids report explores the unique needs of homebuyers and sellers with children under 18.


  • Fifty percent of buyers with children in the home under the age of 18 years said the quality of the school districts is an important factor when purchasing a home and 45 percent said convenience to schools.
  • For buyers with children under the age of 18 years in the home, they purchased larger homes at 2,100 square feet in size with 4 bedrooms and 2 full bathrooms.
  • For 27 percent of buyers with children, child care expenses delayed the home buying process.
  • Compromises that were made by buyers with child care expenses include the size of the home, followed by price, distance from job, condition, and style of home.

Read the full report online here.
Your member dollars make this and other NAR reports possible. Use the content to benefit your business - share the full report with your clients, quote it in your client communications, and excerpt it on your social media channels (with attribution to NAR). 
Read Citation Guidelines for NAR Research & Statistics online here.  
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.   

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.

YPN Scavenger Hunt 

Come network with Washington REALTORS® and join in on Prizes, Karaoke and More!

TIME: 6:00 PM 
WHERE: Davenport Grand Hotel Lobby, 333 W Spokane Falls Blvd

Followed By: 
Social and Karaoke Starting at 7:00 PM 
Tamarack Public House, 912 W Sprague Ave  
Download the event flyer (pictured above) online here. 
RSVP by SEPTEMBER 24th by  


New SAR Education & Special Events  

SAR photo
The SAR as delighted to introduce you to your new Education & Special Events Coordinator, Tami Peterson (pictured above).

"I would like to take this time to introduce myself. I started at the SAR on August 20th as the Education
& Special Events Coordinator. I will try to fill the shoes of Debbie Crowder, as she steps into the next journey of her life and joins the retirement world. Some of the skills I come with to be able to perform this job include - being very detail oriented, able to prioritize my work and handle several task at one time. I am very eager to learn everything Debbie has been doing for 23 years. I hope you will reach out to me if you have any questions. I will do my best to help you or I'll seek help from another team member here at the Spokane Association of REALTORS®. Thank you!"
- Tami Peterson

Tami's past work experience includes A. W. Rehn Associates, The Spokesman-Review, and Inland NW Wildlife Council.

The education coordinator is a big part of what your association does to support your business: programming continuing education classes throughout the year, scheduling Education Excellence and Quarterly Membership Meetings, and supporting special events like the annual SAR Pack the Pantry Food Drive, SAR Golf Tournament, and Christmas Party.

Whenever you have a question about a class, an event, or the status of your continuing education compliance, you may reach Tami at the association office - 326-9222 - or directly by email.

Fall Tour of Historic Homes 

Sunday, September 30th

Spokane Preservation Advocates will present six of Spokane's most beautiful, turn-of-the-century historic homes in its annual Fall Tour of Historic Homes, Sunday, September 30th.

This year's event will focus on houses built in the early 1900's around Corbin Park. 

Find out more about this event, and buy tickets in advance, online here.



Member Roster Update - July-August    

Updated for July-August

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 - AUGUST 

Market Activity Reports  

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


See the AUGUST 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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