Weekly Notices
September 7, 2018 
More than 1,000 SAR REALTORⓇ members still need to take a Code of Ethics class before the end of the year to maintain their active status.If this is you, please check the local class listings here in the Weekly Notices for classroom training, or visit the NAR Code of Ethics resource page for online training. Miss the deadline and you risk being dropped as a REALTOR and cut off from the Spokane MLS.  
We're Packing the Pantry! 


Spokane Association of REALTORS® members are out at the Spokane-area Albertsons grocery stores today for our annual food drive.
REALTORS® are collecting food and cash donations to help Second Harvest stock the shelves of partner food banks serving local neighborhoods.
SAR photo
Spotted at the Spokane Valley (Pines Road) Albertsons, where Tony Byrne (Heritage Home Loans) is the store captain, are (left to right, photo above): Kristine Hanson (Coldwell Banker Tomlinson), Shelley Champagne (Coldwell Banker Tomlinson), and Tana Ryan with iHeart Media.
If you can't 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!   

Ken Sax photo
2018 SAR President Ken Sax (right, photo above) and Julie Humphreys (center, photo above) with 2nd Harvest talked about our Pack The Pantry Food Drive on KQNT590 Radio with host, Teresa Lukens (left, photo above). 
The group shared how the event works, why REALTORS ® get involved, and how much of a difference it makes for  people in need.
Listen to the entire half-hour program online here:

WR Fall Business Conference 

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 it, online here
With or without the conference, plan to attend Fun Night with a Heroes and Villains theme - Thursday, September 27th at the Davenport Grand Hotel!
Our event this year 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), online here.


Purchase your Fun Night tickets online - right here:

- OR -

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.

Legal Hotline: Seller's Disclosure Act 

Washington REALTORS® Legal Hotline attorney Annie Fitzsimmons is back with another video on Real Estate Fundamentals You Should Know.
In this video, Annie answers a common question: Is my seller exempt from the Seller's Disclosure Act?
Watch Annie's 11-minute video online here:
Sellers Disclosure Act
Sellers Disclosure Act

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.

Liveable Communities 

Thursday, September 13th
6-8 p.m.
The Spokane Regional Transportation Council (SRTC) is bringing Joe Minicozzi to Spokane to talk about creating livable communities; developing urban neighborhoods that can provide a tax boost to municipalities; and the tie between real estate, transportation and economic growth.
This event is free to the public at the Spokane Regional Business Center (SRBC) - 801 West Riverside Avenue - in downtown Spokane.
Download the event flyer (pictured above), 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.

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 .

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.  
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.
Tuesday, September 11 - Uncovering Coverage for Home Warranty - with Beale Luebben.
Check-in: 8:15 a.m.
Class: 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
at the SAR
3.0 clock hours
Tuesday, September 11 - REALTOR® Safety - Empower Yourself - with Beale Luebben.
Check-in: 1:15 p.m.
Class: 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
at the SAR
3.0 clock hours 
Thursday, September 13 - Home Inspections from the Ground Up - with Matthew Pederson.
Check-in: 8:15 a.m.
Class: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 
at the SAR
7.5 clock hours
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
We're Packing the Pantry!
WR Fall Business Conference
Homespotter App Cutoff
Legal Hotline: Seller's Disclosure Act
25% Off SRES® and e-PRO®
Liveable Communities
Residential RE Webinars
Lunch & Learn: Appraisals
Income Properties
Education Excellence/Quarterly Meeting
REALTORS® Conference and Expo
2018 REALTOR® Education
REALTOR® Safety Webinar.
SAR Board Meeting Report - September
SAR Leadership Nominations are Open
Real Estate Talk
Waterfront Homes Affordable
Friends of Manito Plant Sale
YPN Food Drive
WCR Golf Tournament
Member Roster Update - September - NEW!
Market Activity Report - August - NEW!

Click on the calendar image below to see
the current SAR calendar showing dates and times
of classes, committees and events. 
REALTOR® Safety Webinar 
A Day in the Life: Habits to Keep You Safe on the Job 
Wednesday, September 12th at 11:00 AM PDT

Managing brokers and team leaders - print, post, and share this "Fall into Safety" poster to reinforce the REALTOR® safety message with your colleagues in your office.
SAR Board Meeting Report  - September 

2018 SAR President Ken Sax convened the scheduled September 2018 meeting of your association's Board of Directors on Wednesday, this week.
Breaking News: Your Board of Directors, after receiving input from the Budget and Finance Committee, approved a one-time reduction of $44.00 in MLS Fees for this upcoming 4th Quarter. Your Board of Directors are continually looking for ways to benefit the membership. With the number of users of the MLS running ahead of the 2018 budgeted number, this one-time reduction in MLS fees is something the Directors feel our budget can absorb. Your MLS fees will return to their normal level for first quarter 2019.
The Board of Directors elected Eric Johnson to the National Association of REALTORS® Board of Directors for a one year term beginning December 1, 2019. Under NAR Director Entitlement Policy, once a local Association has a primary membership count of 2,000 as of July 31 that local Association is entitled to a NAR Director position. This is Spokane's second time we have been entitled to a NAR Directorship. The last time was in 2007.
The board approved a one-time investment of $3,000 with the Spokane Police Department and Gonzaga University to complete a qualitative analysis of how neighborhoods improve when zombie houses are returned to viable properties. Details on this project will be shared here in the Weekly Notices this fall. 
The SAR Board of Directors schedules its meetings on the first Wednesday of every month at the SAR.
Please be in touch with your president or any director if you have questions about your association's leadership - the 2018 SAR Leadership Directory is 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.   

Real Estate Talk 

The SAR sponsors Real Estate Talk with Ken Sax on Spokane Talks.

2018 SAR President Ken Sax hosts this discussion program that brings fresh and fun conversations about real estate to listeners online, any time.

This week, Ken sits down with Cory Spolski with Gold Crown Construction, to talk about easy and inexpensive ways to prepare your house before putting it on the market.

Watch this week's program online here:

Real Estate Talk: Boost your home's value
Real Estate Talk: Boost your home's value

Waterfront Homes Affordable 

The Spokesman-Review photo


Waterfront prices in Spokane and Stevens counties are up by more than 12 percent over last year, with an average median price of $400,000, according to the Spokane MLS. A non-waterfront home in Spokane costs more than $235,000, according to a July report from the Spokane Association of Realtors.

But compared with larger metro areas, waterfront is still fairly affordable in the area, said Ken Sax, president of the Spokane Association of Realtors and designated broker for Keller Williams Realty.

"There are a lot of people coming in from Western Washington because, when you look at Seattle or Los Angeles, are you going to pay $5 million for waterfront or $650,000?" he said.

Read the full article in The Spokesman-Review, online here.

Friends of Manito Plant Sale 


Have clients who are looking to replace or add to the plants around their homes?
Recommend they visit a local event that has become a tradition: the Friends of Manito Plant Sale, this Saturday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Proceeds benefit Manito Park - ranked the number one tourist destination in the city by the website Trip Advisor. 
More than 500 varieties of plants will be on sale including shrubs, vines, grasses, plants for sun and shade, along with succulents, and houseplants.  
Look for Geranium Rozanne - the 2008 Perennial Plant of the Year, an extremely long bloomer with electric violet flowers!

For more information and a complete listing of plants for sale, visit:  

YPN Food Drive  

RSVP by September 10th
YPN in the Spokane Community!  
Here's your chance as YPN to give back to the Spokane Community through the 2nd Harvest Bite 2 Go program.  
We need Volunteers on September 12th to help us pack food for kids.  
Spaces are limited, and we have two different time slots available for you to choose.  
Sign up below to reserve your spot today!
Download the event flyer (pictured above), online here.
Register as a volunteer for the event, 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.

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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