Weekly Notices
September 29, 2017
Spokane Sales Education Forum

Tuesday, October 3rd

The Spokane Association of REALTORS® is joining with Executive Women International and the Inland Northwest Business Travel Association to sponsor an Education Forum on Tuesday, October 3rdMastering Sales, Service & Prioritization.

Speaker Andy Masters (photo, left) will present on two topics:  How to Kiss Your Customer, and How to Stress Yourself Out, Be Late for Everything and Die Young.
See the event flyer (pictured above) for more information, online here
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Andy has recorded a special invitation for you to join him October 3rd in Spokane!  Watch the two-minute video online here: 

Andy Masters in Spokane!
Andy Masters in Spokane!

This event offers some exciting sponsorship oppor tunities.   
For information on these, see the event flyer (pictured at left), online here

SAR and County Discuss Hirst Decision

Members of the SAR Governmental Affairs committee  met with Spokane County water resources officials, this week, to offer REALTOR ® input on a "Hirst Fix."

The mutual goal is to create a durable solution under current law to work around the Hirst Decision - last year's ruling by the Washington State Supreme Court that effectively shuts down all rural development across Washington state.

Members offered County planners real information from the field as they work to create a water bank for property owners in the Little Spokane River water shed - one of several areas impacted by Hirst in Spokane County.

SAR photo

The meeting (pictured above) was part of an ongoing dialogue between the SAR and Spokane County representatives - specifically Rob Lindsay, Water Programs Manager,  and Mike Hermanson, Water Resources Manager. 

Spokane County commissioners have responded to Hirst with a temporary ordinance which allows most development to continue in Spokane County, with a few exceptions - one being property on/near the Little Spokane River.
The county is talking about creating the Little Spokane Water Bank from an existing Deer Park Farms water right and intends to sell water rights for a potential 3,445 parcels in that water shed.  Water rights are parcel-specific but can be transferred to future owners of that parcel.   Prices would start at $1,000, one time purchase, for a simple water right. 
County Commissioners will see a draft proposal on this water bank next week, then begin deliberations toward its implementation this fall.
The County is considering creating other water banks in other water sheds as a long-term solution to moving forward with rural development in a post-Hirst environment.
See the Spokane County Hirst Decision water resource information page online here

2018 SAR Initial Slate of Candidates

Your SAR Nominating Committee is pleased to announce its initial slate of candidates for 2018 SAR leadership:  
No qualified nominations submitted
David Crosby , EXP Realty
Jack Kestell , Kestell Company
Eric Etzel , Choice Realty
Cynthia Gustafson , John L. Scott Spokane, Inc.
Britney Inglis , Real Estate Marketplace NW, Inc.
Lee McIntyre , 4 Degrees Real Estate
Gina Mosey , RE/MAX Inland Empire
Abbey Parsons , Coldwell Banker Tomlinson V
Bill Richard , Keller Williams Spokane - Branch
Taylor Ward , Synergy Properties
In accordance with Article XV, Section 15.2 of the Association Bylaws, additional candidates may be nominated by the REALTOR® members. 
For those wishing to nominate a REALTOR® member for an Association Officer or Director position, Nominating Petitions will be available from the Association office Monday, October 2nd, through Monday, October 16th. Deadline to return petition is Monday, October 16th!

You will receive Notice on Friday, October 20th, of the "Final Slate of Candidates." 

Voting begins on Monday, October 23rd.

You will receive an email invitation to vote.  When you click on the link for the ballot, it will take you to the Member Portal.  You will need to sign in with your user name and password, and then it will take you to the ballot. 
Deadline to fill out ballots will be Wednesday, November 8th, 4:30 p.m.
Our new leaders will be announced at our Annual Membership Meeting on Thursday, November 9th, at CenterPlace Regional Event Center.


Lunch & Learn: Home Warranties  

What is a Home Warranty and how can it help your business?  We're glad you asked.  The answer will be revealed at the next Lunch and Learn!
Monday, October 23rd
Noon to 1:30 p.m.
with Russel Frans, Old Republic Home Protection 
See the event flyer (pictured above), online here.
REALTOR® Safety Month

September is REALTOR ® Safety Month, an annual reminder to be pro-active in your safety habits as you meet with clients out-and-about in your daily routine.

If you missed the recent safety classes at your SAR, we share here a couple of the resources that were given to attendees.

Be aware.  Be prepared.  Be safe.

 Download the Real Estate Safety Council Personal Safety Guide (pictured above), online here.    
Download the 2017 NAR Member Safety Report (pictured above), online here.
Education Excellence & Quarterly Meeting

Thursday, November 9th
National Speaker
Social Media
Technology Devotee 
It's "not your typical technology class."  That, and our final Quarterly Membership Meeting of the year.
Learn about customer/client service through use of technology and mobile apps, online service and communication, video and its use in real estate business model, and community service.  It's a 7.5 clock hour class with lunch break.   
$40 for everything - if you register by November 3rd.  Or, join us just for lunch and the meeting for $20.
There's much more, so check out the details in the class flyer (pictured above), online here.
2017 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 2017.

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.

The Code of Ethics for Real Estate Professionals 
The Code of Ethics for Real Estate Professionals
Thursday, October 5 - The Code of Ethics for Real Estate Professionals - with Linda Miller Sheets.
Check-in: 12:15 p.m.
Class: 12:30 - 4:30 p.m.
at the SAR
4.0 clock hours
Purchase & Sale Agreement Addenda 
Purchase & Sale Agreement Addenda
Friday, October 6 - Purchase & Sale Agreement Addenda - with Sabrina Jones Schroeder.
Check-in: 8:15 a.m.
Class: 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
at the SAR
6.0 clock hours
Core Curriculum 
Core Curriculum
Tuesday, October 10 - Core Curriculum - with Sabrina Jones-Schroeder.
Check-in: 8:15 a.m.
Class: 8:30 - 11:30 a.m.
at the SAR
3.0 clock hours
The Nekkid Truth - Six Principles for Building a Real Estate Business for a Fulfilling Real Estate Career 
The Nekkid Truth
Six Principles for Building a Real Estate Business
for a Fulfilling Real Estate Career
Wednesday, October 11 - The "Nekkid" Truth: Six Principles of Building a Real Estate Business - with Linda Miller Sheets.
Check-in: noon
Class: 12:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. at the SAR
4.0 clock hours 
Friday, October 13 - Power of Strategy - know the options available and profit (1031 Exchange) - with Annamarie Kooning, Northwest Division Manager with Asset Preservation, Inc..
Check-in: 8:30 a.m.
Class: 9:00 a.m. to noon
at the SAR
3.0 clock hours
In This Issue
Spokane Sales Education Forum
Hirst Decision Dialogue with County
2018 SAR Initial Slate of Candidates
Lunch & Learn: Home Warranties
REALTOR® Safety Month
Education Excellence & Quarterly Meeting
2017 REALTOR® Education
Fourth Quarter MLS Fees Due
Fall Festival of Homes
WCR: Wellness Celebration and Rally
ListHub Report for June
The Oak Tree Seeks Contractor
Don't Raise Taxes on Homeowners
The Voice for Real Estate
RPR Mobile
ListHub Report for June
Market Activity Report - August
Member Roster Update - September



Click on the calendar image below to see

the current SAR calendar showing dates and times

of classes, committees and events. 


The SAR is sad to share the news that long-time member Tom LaLone passed away this week.

SAR photo (2016)
LaLone (photo, right) received the SAR's REALTOR® of the Year award earlier this year from 2016 SAR President Jack Kestell (photo, left).
LaLone was a Gonzaga Prep and Gonzaga University graduate (finance major, philosophy minor) and a broker with John L. Scott in Spokane.   
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Saturday, September 30, 2017 at 10 am at St. Aloysius Catholic Church, 330 East Boone, Spokane, Washington. 
Read more about Tom's life online here
Fourth Quarter MLS Fees Due 


Fourth Quarter MLS fees have been posted to the SAR member portal.   
Your payment is due by September 30th.  
Click here 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! 
Fall Festival of Homes

Our friends at the Spokane Home Builders Association share word of their 13th annual Fall Festival of Homes this and next weekend.

September 29 - October 1
October 6 - October 8
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. daily

This FREE event features new construction homes ranging in price from $199,900 to $800,000 in locations throughout Spokane and surrounding areas.

Neighborhoods include Eagle Ridge, River Ranch, Villages at Stonehill in Liberty Lake, and River Crest at Coyote Rock in Spokane Valley.

Learn more online here.

WCR: October Event

Come to the October Women's Council of REALTORS® event on Thursday, October 5th, to learn about "Projects Transforming the City of Spokane."
 Download the event flyer (pictured above) for more information, online here
The Spokane-Eastern Washington Women's Council of
REALTORS® will convene its popular (and 7th annual) Wellness Celebration and Rally on October 19th.
Makeovers, runway show, luncheon, silent auction, raffle, vendor booths and more!   


Download the event flyer (pictured above), online here.

Pack the Pantry - Final Count

2017 Pack the Pantry event chair Judy Flemmer (Exit Real Estate Professionals) and co-chair Jamie DeHaven (Windermere City Group), report a final count from our recently-completed SAR food drive for 2nd Harvest:
Money collected: $10,722.04

Pounds of food collected: 21,742

The money and poundage we collected translate into 71,728 meals that will be served at local tables.

Thank you to all of our volunteers and donors who helped make this year's event such a success!

Special thanks to our store captains: Stacey Gregory (John L. Scott Spokane Valley), Joel Elgee (Coldwell Banker Scneidmiller), Sara Houk (John L. Scott Spokane), Natalie Ortiz, Taylor Ward (Synergy Properties), Pam Matthews (Windermere City Group), Karyl Emsdorff (Exit Real Estate Professionals), and Tony Byrne (Heritage Home Loans).

The Oak Tree Seeks Contractor

Spokane City Council member Karen Stratton shares word that The Oak Tree - a Spokane non-profit - is seeking a contractor to finish work on five homes in the West Central neighborhood.  The homes were previously scheduled for demolition, then moved for renovation to be low income housing.
Some work has been done; all of the houses need to be finished and made habitable.  Funding is available.
For more information, please contact:    
Rev. Deb Conklin
The Grove Community

Don't Raise Taxes on Homeowners 

As Congress begins to reform our tax code - remember - homeowners already pay 83% of all federal income taxes.

Download this new poster from NAR, online here.


The Voice for Real Estate


Congress must protect the transfer of real property in any reforms to the tax code, a REALTOR® told senators in testimony as the tax reform process got underway in Washington.  
Also covered in the video: flood insurance extension, the impact of the Equifax data breach, protecting against data crimes, professional opportunities after the hurricanes, and why home sales have slowed.
Watch the nine-minute video, The Voice for Real Estate, from NAR, online here: 
The Voice for Real Estate #75
The Voice for Real Estate #75
RPR Mobile

RPR's app is a must have tool for real estate agents who rely on instant access to information while on the road with prospects and customers.  
With more than 338,000 downloads to date, the app provides REALTORS® with hundreds of real estate data sets ranging from property characteristics, photos, tax and mortgage history and valuations to neighborhood and school information, and more.
Now, the app's offerings have been expanded to include Comps Analysis Express--a simple, intuitive interface to create an on-the-go CMA using a phone or tablet.  
Update or install RPR Mobile™ to see for yourself, online here.

ListHub Report for June                        

See the June ListHub report, online here.

Market Activity Report - 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 2017 Snapshot Report (pictured above) online here.








See the 2017 Year-to-date Snapshot Report (pictured above), online here.







Member Roster Update - September   

Updated September 2017

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.  

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