Weekly Notices
Friday, April 10, 2020
 
 
The Spokane Association of REALTORS ® is open for business 
under the governor's "Stay Home, Stay Healthy" order through at least May 4th.
 
While the association office at 1924 North Ash Street is physically closed,
your staff continues to work remotely and welcomes your contact for service:
 
(509) 326-9222 
 
 

 
 
 
TODAY - FRIDAY, APRIL 10th! 
1:30 p.m.
LIVE on Zoom 
 
The Spokane Association of REALTORS® invites you to join them for a special live Presidents' Roundtable webinar today - Friday - April 10th - at 1:30 p.m. - to feature NAR President Vince Malta, WR President Kitty Wallace, and SAR President Tom Clark discussing the current realities for Washington REALTORS® during the COVID-19 pandemic and the safety of our members conducting limited real estate services during this time of crisis.  
 
Questions may be emailed in advance to: dwatkins@spokanerealtor.com, or asked live via chat during the event on Friday. 
 
HOW TO ACCESS THE WEBINAR:
 
Friday April 10th at 1:30pm PDT
 
Please click on the button below or copy-and-past this link in your browser to join the webinar on Friday:   
 
https://zoom.us/j/478102520?pwd=OGFKZHBwYksweE83TVRadUZVWlNkdz09 
 
 
 
   
Password: 006872   
 
The event will be recorded and posted to the SAR YouTube page. You can watch it online here any time after the event concludes:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
"Thank you for meeting!"
 
"Great thoughts all!! Thank you!"
   
"Great job you guys! Thank you!"
 
"Staying positive and focusing on what we all CAN do is definitely important."
 
"Thank you SAR and for putting this on!"
 
"This was awesome. Answered a lot of questions for me and appreciate the positive vibe."
 
"Thank you everyone!"
 
"Thank you so much for a great and informative webinar!!! :)"
 
 
 
LAST WEEK'S ROUNDTABLE
   
Your SAR held its second Roundtable on Friday (April 3rd) to give members an opportunity to ask questions of Association leadership and feel better informed about their businesses and be better connected to the professional real estate community in Spokane. 
 
This time, 2020 SAR President Tom Clark convened the Roundtable with Sabrina Jones-Schroeder, broker/owner of Exit Real Estate Professionals. Sabrina is a frequent SAR instructor and sits on the Washington State Real Estate Commission; and Eric Johnson, broker/owner of CB Tomlinson, and manager of CB Tomlinson training. Eric is our 2020 SAR President-elect.
 
Watch the one-hour video online here: 
 
 
 
Roundtable #2 
Roundtable #2
   
 
 
 
    
 
 
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All Spokane Association of REALTORS® COVID-19 resources are online here.  
 
 
 
 
   
 
 
There's a new Washington Small Business Emergency Grant that offers up to $10,000 in emergency funding.
 
Also, the IRS has issued new guidance over who is eligible for the upcoming economic impact payment and other tax guidelines.
 
Read more about these business resources online here
 
 
  
 
 
 
The "Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act" or CARES Act, includes two programs of particular interest to REALTO
RS®.  
 
oth of these are NAR links with more information:  
 
 
 
 
 
 
Many national, state, and local governmental agencies are making resources available to businesses during the COVID-19 shutdown.  
 
Your Spokane Association of REALTORS® Governmental Affairs committee is picking the best of these to share with you   online here.   
 
 
  



   
 
 
Updated March 30th 
 
 
 
Washington REALTORS ® makes it easy for you to share with your clients what you can and cannot do as a real estate professional under the governor's "Stay Home, Stay Healthy" order.
 
If you need something to help you and your team comply with the rule, this is it.
 
If you need something to help you push back against a colleague or client who asks you to do more than you should, this is it.
       
 
 
Download your copy of this document (pictured above), online here.  
 
   
 
 
 
 
 
   
 
Updated April 1
 
Professional photographers and staging professionals were added to the list of essential workers, this week. Still, these, too, have restrictions of what they can and cannot do for you. 
 
How do you keep track of who can do what? 
 
No single document can answer every question when it comes to how you should conduct yourself as a real estate broker in Washington State right now.
 
Washington REALTORS® Legal Hotline attorney Annie Fitzsimmons does a great job in sharing the Frequently Asked Questions she's getting - and her answers to them - in this single document.
 
Download your copy of the latest version (pictured above) - updated April 1st - online here
 
   
 
 
 


All Washington REALTORS® COVID-19 resources are   online here.

 


 
 


 
    
NEW!
 
Doing the right thing - for our clients and for our profession - is what sets a REALTOR® apart from anyone else working as a real estate broker.
 
It's what the public expects of us, and what we expect of each other. 
 
NAR President Vince Malta shares an important message about REALTORS®' special responsibility to follow federal, state, and local COVID guidance to help keep their clients and communities safe.
 
See his three-minute message online here: 
 
 
 
Let's All Comply With COVID-19 Guidelines 
Let's All Comply With COVID-19 Guidelines
 
   

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed our lives both personally and professionally.  
 
The National Association of REALTORS® has provided many great resources to support REALTORS® in their businesses.  
 
One area with the potential for confusion is understanding how the layers of regulations and stay-at-home orders intersect - or don't - with NAR's Code of Ethics.
 
 
 
REALTOR® magazine offers some food for ethical thought.   
 
 
 
 
 
 
All National Association of REALTORS® COVID-19 resources are online here.




2020 SAR REALTOR® Award Nominations 
 
 
REALTOR Awards Trophy
 
 
NEW DEADLINE:
Sunday, May 17th 
 
Applications are now being accepted for all 2020 SAR REALTOR® Awards!
 
You and your REALTOR® colleagues will decide who will be our honorees for:
 
2020 REALTOR ® of the Year
Steve Flinn REALTOR ® Achievement 
REALTOR ® Community Service
Affiliate of the Year
Partner of the Year
Spokane's Citizen of the Year
 
 

The deadline by which you must submit nominations to the SAR for them to be considered is Sunday, May 17th. 
 
 
The 2020 SAR REALTOR® Awards will be announced and presented  at the SAR's annual REALTOR® Awards Luncheon at Ruby River Hotel (formerly Red Lion River Hotel) - date to be announced after we are allowed to gather in person again.  
 
 
 


    

Download the 2020 SAR REALTOR® Award Nomination Form (pictured above) online here
 
  
 
 

 
2019 Gary Fox Memorial Award 
   
 
 
NEW DEADLINE:
May 17th 
 
Nominations are now being accepted for the 2019 Gary Fox Memorial Designated/Managing Broker Award.
 
This award recognizes a Designated Broker or Managing Broker who serves as an example of loyalty, ethical behavior, and leadership in the real estate profession.

The deadline to submit applications to the SAR is Sunday, May 17th.

The 2019 Gary Fox Memorial Designated/Managing Broker Award honree will be announced and presented  at the SAR's annual REALTOR® Awards Luncheon at Ruby River Hotel (formerly Red Lion River Hotel) - date to be announced after we are allowed to gather in person again.


   

Download the award information/application packet (pictured above) online here




   
 
 

 
2020 James S. Black Memorial Scholarship 
   
 
 
NEW DEADLINE:
May 17th 
 
Applications are now being accepted for the 2020 James S. Black Memorial Scholarship.

This scholarship helps members pay for tuition and expenses leading to professional designations such as GRI, CRS, CPM, SIR, or MAI. 

The deadline to submit applications to the SAR is Sunday, May 17th.

The 2020 James S. Black Memorial Scholarship will be announced and presented  at the SAR's annual REALTOR® Awards Luncheon at Ruby River Hotel (formerly Red Lion River Hotel) - date to be announced after we are allowed to gather in person again.


   

Download the scholarship information/application packet (pictured above) online here




   
 
 

 
2020 SAR Legacy of Service Award 
   
 
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NEW DEADLINE:
May 17th 
 
 
Your SAR is now accepting nominations for its 2020 SAR Legacy of Service Award.
 
This award is created as a "Lifetime Achievement" award to honor those REALTOR® members who are respected in our profession by colleagues and serve our profession through various Association committees.
 
Additionally, this award honors those who spend the majority of their years as active REALTORS® mentoring newer members, helping to define regulations within our field, all the while giving back to the community.
 
Nominations are due Sunday, May 17th. 
 
The 2019 SAR Legacy of Service Award will be presented at the SAR Awards Luncheon - date to be announced after we are allowed to gather in person again.    
 
 
  
 
  
Download the information/nomination form (pictured above) online here .  
 

 
SAR Professional Development 

SAR Professional Development 
 
 
Coming soon
to the SAR Virtual Classroom!   
   
 
SAR Professional Development classes will return, next week - temporarily in the SAR Virtual Classroom.
 
The instructors are the same trusted, knowledgeable, and friendly individuals you've come to know and enjoy.  
 
The classroom will be virtual for as long as the governor's "Stay Home, Stay Healthy" order remains in effect (at least through May 4th).  
 
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.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Core Curriculum 
Core Curriculum
 
 
NEXT WEEK!
 
 
Tuesday, April 14 - Core Curriculum - with Sabrina Jones-Schroeder
 
This class will be taught in the SAR Virtual Classroom. 
 
Details on this class, and how to join it via Zoom, will be emailed to you two days before the session.
 
8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. 
 
3.0 clock hours  
 
 
 
 
 
Sabrina Jones-Schroeder - Purchase and Sale Agreements instructor 
Statewide Purchase and Sale Agreement
 
 
 
Tuesday, April 21 & Wednesday, April 23 - Statewide Purchase & Sale Agreement - with Sabrina Jones-Schroeder.
 
This class will be taught in the SAR Virtual Classroom.
 
Details on this class, and how to join it via Zoom, will be emailed to you two days before the session.
 
8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday; 8:30 a.m. to Noon on Thursday. 
 
7.5 clock hours (divided across two days of virtual instruction)  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
FREE!
  
 
NEW SAR MEMBERS may take the first Code of Ethics training at no charge on the NAR website during the governor's "Stay Home, Stay Well" order. 

New members are normally required to take their first Code of Ethics class in person at the SAR.

All Members are required to take a Code of Ethics class once in a three-year cycle; the current cycle ends December 31, 2021 .
 
Do you know if you're current?
 
You can check your status and take the class online right now. 
 
See what's available online here
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
All SAR professional development is cancelled until further notice.
 
To stay current with your continuing education requirements, please visit The CE Shop - Washington REALTORS®' preferred vendor for online continuing education. 
 
These are state-approved, self-paced courses that you can take in the comfort of your own home or anywhere you have internet access. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

In This Issue
Join us at the Presidents' Roundtable - TODAY!
Washington REALTORS® FAQ - UPDATED APRIL 1
NAR: Doing the Right Thing
2020 SAR REALTOR® Award Nominations
2020 Gary Fox Memorial Award
2020 James S. Black Memorial Scholarship
2020 SAR Legacy of Service Award
SAR Professional Development
SAR CALENDAR
NAR 2020 Fair Housing Poster
COVID-19 Spokane Community Resources
COVID-19 Spokane Community Resources
COVID-19 Local Information
Making the Most of RPR® During COVID-19
Make your Virtual Meetings more Productive
Member Roster Update - March
Market Activity Report - February
NAR 2020 Census Poster

SAR CALENDAR
 
Click on the calendar image below to see
the current SAR calendar showing dates and times
of classes, committees, and events. 
 
 
 
 
 
Other regional calendars:
 
 
 
 
 
 
    
NAR 2020 Fair Housing Poster 
 


 
Fair Housing Month

Observed each April to commemorate the landmark 1968 Fair Housing Act in which U.S. law was established that prohibited discrimination in housing.

Annually, NAR creates a poster that state and local real estate associations may print, use or distribute to promote the REALTOR® commitment to Fair Housing.

NAR's 2020 Fair Housing poster (pictured above) is available online here.



 
 
 
 
Property Tax Extension 
 

 

The Spokane County Treasurer's office has granted an extension of the first half property tax deadline.

The first half 2020 property tax payment deadline in Spokane County will be extended from April 30 th to June 15th.

This would be something good to share with your clients who are in houses and paying property taxes in Spokane County.




 
 
 
 
COVID-19 Spokane Community Resources
 



During the COVID-19 quarantine, questions crop up every day:

Can I apply for unemployment? 

 How can I feed my kids? 

Where  can I go with help for the rent? 

Here is a list of resources to help  Spokane-area residents navigate life during coronavirus compiled by The Spokesman Review COVID-19 Spokane Community Resources.

This full-page color effort offers a list of community resources that may be useful to you, someone in your family or immediate circle, or perhaps something you'd like to share with your clients just to keep in touch.





Download the PDF copy of the page (pictured above), online here.


 
 
 
 
COVID-19 Local Information  
 



Accurate, timely information is critical in times of public emergency - the closer to home the better.  
 
We offer two links to help you keep up to date on news and information about the COVID-19 situation on the ground in Spokane.
 
 
 
Spokane Regional Health District is the public health authority in Spokane County.   
 
It has the latest local details on this pandemic, as well as excellent collateral pieces to help you share accurate information about COVID-19 with your audiences. 
   
Click on the image below to go directly to that page:  
 



 
The Spokesman-Review is posting all of its COVID-19 local news reporting outside of its paywall through this pandemic.
 
You can also sign up for a COVID-19 newsletter that will send breaking news about local COVID-19 directly to your email box. 
 
Click on the image below to go directly to that page: 
   
 
 
 
 
 
Making the Most of RPR® During COVID-19 
   
 

 
RPR® wants to help you continue to serve your clients and customers by making the most of its tools and features.  
 
Each Tuesday in April, RPR® will share a few tips and tricks to help you make the most of its terrific resources during the coronavirus outbreak.
 
The online sessions will touch on how to share reports on social media, check in on past clients, and conduct virtual open houses - the only way you can hold one right now.
 
While you are quarantining at home, set aside a little 'social distancing" time and join us for our 20 Minute Tuesday series.
 
 
  
 
 
  
 
 
Make your Virtual Meetings more Productive 
   
NAR photo
 
 
Well-run online meetings can be extremely beneficial.  
 
According to the Harvard Business Review, online meetings can be even more effective than in-person meetings when done right. 
 
Remote meetings are inherently different from in-person meetings, and this means they are often poorly run. That's a serious concern even in normal times, but in times like these, it can be disastrous. It's crucial that agents and brokers get meetings right-right away.
 
Luckily, there are plenty of simple things you can do to make online meetings as impactful as possible.
series.
 
 
 
Read "Ten Ways to Make Virtual Meetings more Productive" in the current edition of REALTOR® magazine, online here
 
   
 
 
  
 
 
Member Roster Update - March       
 


Updated for March
 
Click here to view the latest Member Roster Update (pictured above) - approved by the Board of Directors at its February meeting.
   
Send a message to Brenda at the SAR with any changes.  







Market Activity Report - March       
         

Market Activity Reports  
 
   
NEW!
Updated for March 
  
 
The SAR Market Activity Report for March is now online.
 
See the latest full report - a member-exclusive product
- and archived full reports, online here .
 
 
 
 
   



See the March 2020   Market Snapshot Report
(pictured above) online here.






See the 2020 Year to Date Market Snapshot Report (pictured above),   online here.



NAR 2020 Census Poster  

    


Download NAR's 2020 Census poster (pictured above), online here.




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