Weekly Notices
Friday, September 2, 2016

SAR Food Drive - NEXT WEEK!                 

The SAR 2016 Food Drive is Thursday and Friday, next week, September 8th and 9th!

We need volunteers for short two-hour shifts at each of eight Spokane-area Albertsons stores on both days.

Please call the store captain for the location most convenient to you to sign up today - no previous experience required!

Download the event flyer (pictured above)  online here.


See our event on the Second Harvest calendar, online here.

If you'd like to make a cash donation - office or individual, now or any time - visit the event's Crowdrise page online here .


Share this event on your Facebook page, online here:

REALTOR® FUN NIGHT Tickets On Sale Now!


Welcome to the Spokane Association of REALTORS' ® BACK TO THE 80's REALTOR® FUN NIGHT presented by REALTOR.COM ®!

Thursday, September 15th at the Spokane Convention Center Centennial Ballroom.

-- Dress as your favorite 80's personality to enter the costume contest! --

SAR photo


This car - one of only about 6,000 existing DeLorean DMC-12 automobiles built between 1981-1983 - will be the centerpiece of our Back-to-the-80s-themed REALTOR® Fun Night in three weeks!

The DeLorean features several unique design elements, including gullwing doors, stainless steel skin, and a rear-mounted engine. A car just like this one was featured as the time machine in the Back to the Future movie trilogy in the 1980s.

This locally-owned car will be parked on the floor of the Centennial Ballroom at the Spokane Convention Center, spotlit and waiting for you to get your photo taken with it.

Download the REALTOR® Fun Night event flyer (pictured above), online here.

See the two-minute REALTOR® Fun Night promotional video online here:

REALTOR® Fun Night

Enjoy a rockin' 80's party featuring live entertainment by the renowned 80's cover band "The Spazmatics," games, prizes, photo box, popcorn, and costume contest.  Event admission includes a bodacious all-you-can-eat buffet, including pasta station, salad bar, cheese board, dessert raft, and one complimentary drink ticket (cash bar open all night).

Come celebrate a successful year of being a REALTOR ® - you've earned this! 

Invite a colleague or associate, bring a spouse or partner, include a friend or neighbor - the more the merrier!
TICKETS: $50 until September 5th / $65 after September 5th.

Get your tickets in-person at the SAR, online (see below), or on the phone: (509) 326-9222.

We gratefully acknowledge our REALTOR® Fun Night event sponsors:

REALTOR.COM® - Presenting sponsor

Washington Trust Bank - Photo box sponsor

Banner Bank - Costume contest sponsor

Opes Advisors - Games sponsor

Inland Professional Title - Drink ticket sponsor

Laura Wells - Popcorn sponsor

Envoy Mortgage - Dessert raft sponsor

Prime Closing & Home Warranty of America - DeLorean

WR Fall Business Conference
Washington REALTORS® will be holding its 2016 Fall Business Conference in Spokane!

The event will be September 14-16 at the historic  Davenport Hotel.  Online registration is open now where you can learn about the many events that will be happening as part of the conference - including our REALTOR® Fun Night!

Visit the conference website online here.

Washington REALTORS ® will be collecting donations for the Boys & Girls Club of Spokane County at its 2016 Fall Business Conference.  You are encouraged to please bring a cash donation or the following items for donation:
  • Ping Pong Paddles / Balls / Nets
  • Pool Cue Sticks / Pool Balls
  • Board Games / Electronic Games

The Voice for Real Estate

This week in an all-new edition of The Voice for Real Estate:

NAR will launch an education program to help Realtors® better understand investment real estate, both for their clients and themselves, so they can be better positioned come retirement time.

The video also looks at Realtors®' effort to help Louisiana flood victims, how one real estate agent is using a drone in her marketing now that federal commercial drones rules are in effect, and how smart appliances will impact real estate marketing.

See the eight-minute video online here:
The Voice for Real Estate
The Voice for Real Estate
NAR 2017 Leadership


Economic forces, demographic shifts, and technological innovations are reshaping the $3.3 trillion residential and commercial real estate industry.

You need experienced, bold, and diverse leadership to guide the 1.2 million-member National Association of REALTORS® forward.

Meet the 214 individuals who will lead the "REALTOR® Revolution" in 2017. They're working on behalf of you and the property owners you serve.

Find out how they were selected for these key leadership groups, and read their answers to the question: What value will you bring to your role to benefit the membership or industry?

Visit the NAR 2017 Leadership page online here.
University District Open House

The Spokane University District Development Association (UDDA) invites you to an open house on Tuesday, September 6th.

The event will be at the Stay Alfred offices, 123 East Sprague Avenue, from 4 - 6 p.m.

UDDA board members, representing a range of academic institutions, community and business interests, will be present to discuss current approaches to redevelopment and listen to suggestions from the public.

Feedback gathered at this open house will be incorporated into input provided by stakeholders through a recent series of listening sessions hosted by the UDDA.

These ideas will be synthesized into a collective vision of what is possible and revealed at the 2016 University District Magazine release party this October during University District month.

Visit the Spokane University District online here.

Spokane Infill Development
City of Spokane photo
Spokane was recently recognized by Infill Score as a friendlier city than others its size for Spokane's range of housing choice.

As preferences for a more diverse supply of housing and travel choices continue to increase, the City of Spokane recognizes that it must prepare to meet increasing demands for new forms of housing that implement goals and polices found in the City's Comprehensive Plan.

This is why the City has called upon a varied group of stakeholders representing local residents, non-profit organizations, housing financiers, for-profit developers and others to review the City's current housing development tools.

You can add your voice by taking a short survey.

Take the Spokane Infill Development Survey (closes September 12th) online here

FIND Application for MLS Members
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FIND training is coming to Spokane!

Use the power of the FIND application to make research more efficient - save time so that you can focus on making money! 

The FIND application is a serious data tool that gives MLS members access to valuable REALTOR.COM data via an intuitive search engine and a property-centric national database. 

Roger Stewart, MLS Training & Communications Manager with REALTOR.COM, will be at the SAR office twice in September to present FREE training sessions.

Wednesday, September 14th - Basic FIND training
1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the SAR

Friday, September 16th - Basic FIND training
1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the SAR


See the event flyer (pictured above), online here

To register for a session, call the SAR at 326-9222 or click on the button below.

Nominations are Open


Nominations are open for directors to serve on your association board for 2017-2018.
There are five, two-year terms available on the board.

Nominees for directorships must be REALTOR® members who have served on a minimum of two (2) standing committees within the past seven (7) years or on one (1) standing committee within the past three (3) years. 

If a candidate has served on only one (1) standing committee within the past three (3) years that candidate must also attend two (2) Board of Directors meetings within the twelve (12) months prior to running for Director. 

Beginning in 2015, 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 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 23rd.     
If you have questions, please contact Susie Luby at 455-8600 or Sharon Houston at 326-9222.        

Thank you for participating in the leadership of your association!  

Download the 2017-2018 SAR Director nomination form (pictured above), online here.

REALTOR ® Safety - Empower Yourself 

It's here - by popular demand and professional need - a new clock-hour class for REALTOR® safety!

Thursday, September 22nd, 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
at your SAR

Real estate professionals are in dangerous positions every day, young, old, man or woman.  You must equip yourself with basic safety concepts and habits.

Curriculum created and presented by Beale Luebben and Sabrina Jones-Schroeder.

You'll be glad you've taken this invaluable training opportunity!

See the class flyer (pictured above), online here.


Watch a personal welcome to the class from instructors Beale Luebben and Sabrina Jones-Schroeder, online here:

REALTOR Safety - Empower Yourself 
REALTOR® Safety - Empower Yourself

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.

Statewide Purchase & Sale Agreement 
Statewide Purchase & Sale Agreement


Tuesday, September 6 - Statewide Purchase & Sale Agreement - with Sabrina Jones-Schroeder.

Registration: 8:15 a.m.
Class: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
at the SAR

7.5 clock hours


Code of Ethics for Real Estate Professionals 
Code of Ethics for Real Estate Professionals

Tuesday, September 20 - The Code of Ethics for Real Estate Professionals - with Linda Miller Sheets.

NOTE: A Code of Ethics course is required as a condition of retaining your REALTOR® membership with NAR.  It must be repeated every four years.  The current cycle is January 1, 2013 thru Dec. 31, 2016.

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

4.0 clock hours

Current Issues in Washington Real Estate 
Current Issues in Washington Residential Real Estate

Tuesday, September 20 - Current Issues in Washington Residential Real Estate - with Sabrina Jones Schroeder.

NOTE: You must take this Core Curriculum class once every two years for your renewal.  

Registration: 1:00 p.m.
Class: 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
at the SAR

3.0 clock hours

REALTOR® Safety - Empower Yourself

Thursday, September 22 - REALTOR® Safety - Empower Yourself - with Beale Luebben and Sabrina Jones-Schroeder.

ALL NEW CLASS - by popular demand and professional necessity!

Registration: 8:15 a.m.
Class: 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
at the SAR

3.0 clock hours

P&S Agreement Addenda 
PSA Addenda

Thursday, September 22 - What else do we need? Purchase and Sale Agreement Addenda - with Sabrina Jones-Schroeder.

Registration: Noon
Class: 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
at the SAR




In This Issue
SAR Food Drive - NEXT WEEK!
REALTOR® FUN NIGHT - Tickets On Sale Now!
WR Fall Business Conference
The Voice for Real Estate
NAR 2017 Leadership
University District Open House
Spokane Infill Development
FIND Application for MLS Members
Nominations are Open
REALTOR® Safety - Empower Yourself
2016 REALTOR® Education
Labor Day
Our Downtown - "R" Downtown
UAS Cleared for Take-off
Legal Hotline: Inspection Damages
SAR Supports O'Quinn, Kerns
O'Quinn Event
YPN Night Out
Gmail Tip
Member 2 Member
REALTOR.COM Results Summit
WCR Wellness Celebration
Save the Date: SAR Christmas Party
2016 REALTORS® Conference & Expo
ListHub Report for July
Market Activity Report - August - NEW!
Member Roster Update
Suggestion Box



Click on the image below to see the current SAR calendar

showing dates and times of classes, committees and events. 







Labor Day

Your SAR will be closed Monday, September 5th, to keep the Labor Day holiday.

Labor Day became an official national holiday in 1894, following the deaths of American workers at the hands of federal agents during the Pullman railroad strike.

The Spokesman-Review photo

The Spokane Symphony will perform two free outdoor concerts this holiday weekend: Saturday, September 3rd, in Liberty Lake's Pavilion Park, and Monday, September 5th, in Spokane's Comstock Park (photo above).

Click on your preferred location above for more information.

Our Downtown - "R" Downtown


Your SAR and the Downtown Spokane Partnership (DSP) announce a new initiative to help downtown restaurants survive road construction along Lincoln and Monroe streets: Our Downtown - "R" Downtown.

The SAR encourages all REALTORS® and affiliate members of the association to have lunch downtown next week, September 6-9. 
At the end of the week, we challenge the Spokane Homebuilders Association to encourage its members to lunch downtown the week of September 12-16.  Following their week, the Homebuilders will challenge Spokane County and City government to encourage its employees to lunch downtown the week of September 19-23.  Professional organizations will continue to be challenged through the end of construction season this fall.  

Enjoy lunch downtown with a client or friend next week and support this initiative.  Watch the Weekly Notices and local media for updates as Our Downtown - "R" Downtown makes a positive impact on local businesses.

Visit futurespokane.com for updates on construction projects.

Businesses are suffering in downtown Spokane construction zones, and the city is asking the public to help out with their spending power.

Ava Haase bought the Next Door cafe at Lincoln Street and Riverside Avenue last December and is struggling to get through a summer of construction work surrounding her shop.

Haase said business is down by more than half. Her regular customers haven't been venturing out to cross streets that are torn up, but she still needs their support.
"Come eat some sandwiches," she said.

Read the rest of this article in The Spokesman-Reviewonline here.

UAS Cleared for Take-off


It became legal, this week, to fly a small Unmanned Aerial System (UAS, or drone) in the United States for commercial use or incidental to a business (i.e. real estate photography) without a pilot's license.

See the historic FAA news release online here.

In addition to passing an aeronautical knowledge test, registering your aircraft, and complying with certain flight rules, one must request permission from the FAA each and every time before you can fly in any controlled airspace - which is most anywhere in Spokane County.  Permissions can take up to 90 days to process.

Request a waiver/airspace authorization online here.

Visit the FAA's UAS Getting Started website, online here
Legal Hotline: Inspection Damages 


Washington REALTORS ® Legal Hotline attorney
Annie Fitzsimmons is back this week to answer another question from the Legal Hotline Mailbag:

Buyer completes inspection of sellers property and damages sellers property. Sale falls apart. Seller wants to recover the cost of the damages from buyer's earnest money before refunding the earnest money. Is Buyer liable for those damages, and is Seller entitled to Buyer's earnest money?

Hit pause at 0:43 if you'd like to discuss the situation in your office before you hear Annie's answer.

The four-minute video is online here:

Is buyer liable for inspection damages?
Is buyer liable for inspection damages?

SAR Endorses O'Quinn, Kerns

Your SAR Government Affairs Committee has been busy interviewing local candidates for the 2016 elections, and is now actively supporting the candidates it has endorsed for the general election.

Campaign support was delivered, this week, to two of our SAR-endorsed candidates: 

SAR photo

Spokane County Commissioner, District 2 (pictured left to right): 2016 SAR President Susie Luby; Spokane County Commissioner encumbent Shelly O'Quinn; SAR Public Affairs Director Tom McArthur.
SAR photo
Spokane County Commissioner, District 1 (pictured left to right): SAR Public Affairs Director Tom McArthur, Spokane County Commissioner candidate Josh Kerns; SAR Government Affairs Committee chair Eric Johnson.

O'Quinn Event                 

The members of your SAR Government Affairs Committee invite you to join them at a campaign event for its endorsed candidate, Spokane County Commissioner Shelly O'Quinn, on Thursday evening, September 22nd, at the Kendall Yards Welcome Center.

See the event flyer (pictured above) for details, online here.

YPN Night Out                 

The Spokane Young Professionals Network invites you to its YPN Night Out at Zola on Wednesday, September 14th.

Here are four reasons why you should go: free appetizers, door prizes, raffle, and cocktails!

See the event flyer (pictured above) for details, online here.

Gmail Tip                 

From your SAR IT Department -

Some Gmail users are reporting emails from the SAR, including the Weekly Notices, are being routed into their Promotions folder.

This is a new Categories feature for Gmail.

Categories are not a spam folder.

Gmail users may wish to check the Promotions folder for communications.

Additionally, going to Settings, Inbox, allows you to disable Categories and have all these appear in Inbox.

Member 2 Member                 


Inland Professional Title warmly welcomes all SAR members to its fifth-annual Tailgate Party, Thursday, September 8th.


See the event flyer (pictured above) online here

NOTE: Member 2 Member is a member benefit of the Spokane Association of REALTORS®.

It is intended to announce a new product, service, location or affiliate event. If you are a member who wishes to share a message with your fellow members, please email it to Debbie at the SAR:

REALTOR.COM Results Summit

As a member of the Spokane MLS, you are invited to attend the first ever REALTOR.COM Results Summit at The Encore Resort in beautiful Las Vegas,
September 19-20, at a discounted rate!

Find out more about the Results Summit online here.

T o access this special offer, go here and click the green Tickets button in the top right and select the MLS VIP rate of $149.00 (full value is $399.00).

Also remember to book your room here to get the best rate available.

But hurry, this special offer expires August 28th!

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

Save the Date: SAR Christmas Party                 

Temperatures are in the 90s.  There's not a cloud in a big blue sky.  This is a perfect time to have you SAVE THE DATE for our annual Christmas party!

Thursday, December 8th

Red Lion Hotel at the Park in Skyline Ballroom

4:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Tickets are $25 and available in-person at the SAR or online here:

Overnight hotel rooms are available for $72 by calling 1-800-RED-LION (1-800-733-5466) and let them know you are with the Spokane Association of REALTORS ® Christmas Party.   

2016 REALTORS® Conference & Expo   

What's the secret to earning more money in real estate?

Attending the 2016 REALTORS® Conference & Expo, November 4-7 in Orlando, Florida.

Attendees make two times the average real estate income, so you'll be networking with some of the most successful pros in the industry!

Register today at REALTOR.org/Conference. 


Managing brokers - share the conference general flyer with your team members to get them thinking about attending our national convention.


Will the REALTORS® Conference and Expo help your business?  Watch this two-minute video to find out why the answer is "yes!"

Will the REALTORS® Conference & Expo help my business?
Will the REALTORS® Conference & Expo help my business?

ListHub Report for July                      

See the July ListHub report, online here.

Market Activity Report - August


The SAR Market Activity Report for August is now online.

See the latest full report - and archived full reports - online here.



See the August 2016 Snapshot Report (pictured above) online here.









See the 2016 Year-to-date Snapshot report (pictured above) online here.



Member Roster Update 

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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