Weekly Notices
September 21, 2018 
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.

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: Payment of Referral Fees 

Washington REALTORS® Legal Hotline attorney Annie Fitzsimmons is back with another video in her series, Real Estate Fundamentals You Should Know.
This week, Annie explains a commonly confused topic: Referral Fees.
Can I offer an incentive to a buyer or seller?  
Can I pay a referral fee to a non-party to incentivize sending a buyer or seller to me and is it contingent on a successful closing?  
Watch Annie's eight-minute video online here:
Payment of Referral Fees
Payment of Referral Fees

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 - Anyone who takes a classroom CRS course during the months of September or October is able to have the first year of membership dues waived (valued at $195.00).  Also if you've been a REALTOR for 10+ years with a total of 150 transactions (or an average of 4 million per year with at least 40 transactions), plus (1) two day class, then you have met the requirements to obtain their CRS designation, under the Pro Program.  
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

Salute our Veterans 

Deadline: Tuesday, October 16th 
The Spokesman-Review is preparing a Salute our Veterans insert to the newspaper on Veterans Day - Sunday, November 11th (pictured above).
The insert will be chock-full of features and information to honor all who serve us in the uniformed services of the United States.
The idea for this insert came from the SAR. 
Advertising opportunities are available - reserve your space by Tuesday, October 16th.
Download the sales sheet 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.  


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.

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.

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 
Monday, October 29 - Lunch & Learn - Common Mistakes and Blunders on the Purchase and Sale Agreement - with Sabrina Jones Schroeder and Ken Sax

Class: Noon to 1:30 p.m. 
The cost is $10 and there are no clock hours. 
In This Issue
Homespotter App Cutoff
REALTOR® Party: I Pledge to Vote
Legal Hotline: Payment of Referral Fees
NAR Tech Edge Coming to Seattle
Income Properties
Salute our Veterans
Education Excellence/Quarterly Meeting
REALTORS® Conference and Expo
September is REALTOR® Safety Month
2018 REALTOR® Education
SAR Leadership Nominations are Open
MLS Fees Due - September 30th
WCR: The Risks of Radon
Fall Tour of Historic Homes
RPR New User Series
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. 
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.   

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!


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


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.

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.



RPR New User Series 


Introducing the RPR New User Series.

Eight straightforward "how-to's" covering everything from simple searches, to gathering data on schools and neighborhoods, mapping, and our ever-popular RPR reports.

Each article includes a breakdown of what you can expect from RPR and how to easily incorporate RPR tools and features into your everyday business operations.

Don't forget, RPR is a benefit of the National Association of REALTORS ®, which means it's already included in your annual dues.

Go to the RPR New User Series 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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