Weekly Notices
September 21, 2018 
WR Fall Business Conference & FUN NIGHT! 

Costume contest,
giant trike races,
party pong,
corn hole,
giant jenga,
giant connect 4,
live music,
and fantastic food!

Thursday, September 27th 

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®!

2018 SAR President Ken Sax and "Poison Ivy" offer a personal invitation to join them at the event. Click on the image below to play a short video: 
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 -

Social Media for Businesses 

Tuesday, September 25
Want to maximize your success when using social media to promote your business?

Spokane Valley's Economic Development Division is partnering with StartUp Spokane and Tinderbox Consulting's Josh King to host a free "lunch and learn" workshop from Noon to 1 p.m., Tuesday, September 25, at Spokane Valley City H all, 10210 East Sprague Avenue.
The workshop will focus on helping businesses connect more successfully with customers via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other social media sites. Bring a sack lunch and lots of questions.

Email Taylor Dillard to register or call 720-5333.

We Believe in VA Financing! 


About 10% of the nearly 20,000 home loans processed in Spokane, last year, were VA loans.  
If you're not encouraging your buyers to look at offers made with VA financing, they - and you - are missing out on nearly 2,000 active buyers in the Spokane area in a typical year.

2018 SAR President Ken Sax shares some of the benefits of VA financing in his guest column, last weekend, in The Spokesman Review (see image above).


Read his complete guest column online here.

 Watch the video referenced in the article online here:
We Believe in VA Financing! 
We Believe in VA Financing!
REALTOR® Party: I Pledge to Vote 

The work we do as REALTORS®, and as an organization, is noble, good, and lasting.  
Voting is opportunity to exemplify and solidify this point.
  • 470 seats in the U.S. Congress (35 Senate seats and all 435 House seats)
  • 298 state executive seats up for election across 43 states
  • 69 seats on state supreme courts are up for election.
  • 166 statewide ballot measures in 38 states.
  • Elections are being held in 49 of the 100 largest cities by population in 2018.
  • Dozens of mayoral offices and city council seats across the country.
  • 925 school board seats up for grabs across 26 states
This November, the National Association of REALTORS® wants to make sure your voice is heard: PLEDGE TO VOTE IN THIS YEAR'S ELECTIONS!

Legal Hotline: Time of Possession

Washington REALTORS® Legal Hotline attorney Annie Fitzsimmons is back with another video in her series, Real Estate Fundamentals You Should Know.
This week, Annie discusses "the time of day that possession occurs on the date of possession."   
Watch Annie's six-minute video online here:
When is Time of Possession?
When is Time of Possession?

Window to the Law: Listing Photos 

NAR is out with a new Window to the Law video - this one on Copyright Best Practices for Listing Photos.
From the video description: Learn about copyright best practices for listing photographs, including obtaining the necessary rights in photos and understanding the rights granted to third parties, such as MLSs.
The video, transcript, and slide presentation are online here.

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.

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 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).  
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

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 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.
Spokane Association of REALTORS(R) - Continuing Education 
Code of Ethics: Standards for Success
Tuesday, September 25th - Code of Ethics: Standards for Success - with Linda Miller Sheets.
Check-in: 8:15 a..m.
Class: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
at the SAR
7.5 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 
Spokane Association of REALTORS(R) - Continuing Education 
Code of Ethics: Standards for Success
Tuesday, October 16 - Code of Ethics: Standards for Success - with Linda Miller Sheets.
Check-in: 8:15 a.m.
Class: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
at the SAR
7.5 clock hours  
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 
In This Issue
WR Fall Business Conference & FUN NIGHT!
Social Media for Businesses
We Believe in VA Financing!
REALTOR® Party: I Pledge to Vote
Legal Hotline: Buyer's Bump
Window to the Law: Listing Photos
Residential RE Webinars
Homespotter App Cutoff
NAR Tech Edge Coming to Seattle
Income Properties
Education Excellence/Quarterly Meeting
REALTORS® Conference and Expo
2018 REALTOR® Education
September is REALTOR® Safety Month
WCR Golf Tournament
WCR: Fall Conference
YPN Scavenger Hunt
SAR Leadership Nominations are Open
Valleyfest - THIS WEEKEND!
Fall Tour of Historic Homes
WCR: The Risks of Radon
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 has a three-minute video - Personal Safety Tips for Real Estate Professionals - that would be a great way to start your day today.

This video highlights safety protocols that all REALTORS® should implement into their daily routine and follow with every client, every day, every time.
See the video 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.

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.

MLS Fees Due 

Due September 30th

Fourth Quarter MLS fees have been posted to the SAR member portal. 

Your payment is due by September 30th.

Click on the button above to pay online now. 

Please email Brenda at the SAR if you have a question about your fees or contact her by phone at 326-9222.

Thank you!

WCR: Fall Conference 

Tuesday, September 25th

The Spokane Eastern Washington Chapter of Women's Council of REALTORS invites all SAR members, affiliate members, and friends to its 2018 Fall Conference - Tuesday, September 25th, at the Davenport Grand Hotel. 
The Women's Council General Membership Meeting is from 4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. and everyone is welcome!

There will be a $10 cover at the door for Non-Women's Council Members.

Our Special Guest Speaker is Terry Fossum (pictured at left) who is a leadership expert, television personality, adventurer, philanthropist and more.  
If you ever caught an episode of the FOX hit show, "Kicking and Screaming," you likely already know Terry!

He has an inspiring talk planned for us all about overcoming obstacles -- you're not going to want to miss this!


Tuesday, October 2nd
Our friends at Spokane Home Builders Association invite all SAR members to attend a VIP REALTOUR of this year's Fall Festival of Homes - Tuesday, October 2nd, at 7:30 a.m.
This year's event begins at Eagle Ridge and will feature 12 homes by 8 builders.  
Event is free and includes continental breakfast & mimosas and lunch! 
Download your copy of the event flyer (pictured above), online here


YPN Scavenger Hunt 

Wednesday, September 26th
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  


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.   




September 21-23

Valleyfest is this weekend!

Valleyfest is an annual tradition bringing the greater region together since 1990.

The community-wide celebration is held each September at Mirabeau Point Park and CenterPlace Regional Event Center in the Spokane Valley.

Live entertainment for the entire family, an opportunity to meet and have fun with friends, and recognize area youth for their talents.

Visit the Valleyfest website for more information, online here.
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.



WCR: The Risks of Radon 

Thursday, October 4th

The Spokane-Eastern Washington Women's Council of REALTORSⓇ invites you to attend its October program: The Risks of Radon - a discussion on how to protect your clients and yourself from Spokane's radon issues.

Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that can cause lung cancer. 

Download your copy of the event flyer (pictured above), 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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