Weekly Notices
Friday, April 12, 2019
Spokane #14 on Hot List 

The 20 Hottest Housing Markets in March: New Leaders Emerge

REALTOR.COM® is just out with its newest list of the Top 20 Hottest Housing Markets - Spokane is #14!

A year ago, realtor.com®'s list was dominated by California markets. But a slowdown in Western markets and big cities has been benefiting the Midwest, which is often known for greater affordability in its housing.

"Historically, there wasn't much demand in those areas," says Danielle Hale, realtor.com®'s chief economist. "Now that home prices are higher across the board, people are looking to those [more wallet-friendly] areas to buy."

Spokane is super affordable with a median home price of $245,800 - up 12.2% over last year - compared to the national listing price of $300,000. It attracts a lot of younger buyers.

Read the full article in REALTOR® magazine, online here.

2019 SAR REALTOR® Awards: Nominations 
Friday, April 19TH  
The names to be engraved on the SAR's 2019 REALTOR ® Awards rest in your hands.
Members will decide who will be our
2019 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
Make your nominations known by Friday, April 19th, to be counted in helping to decide this year's awards.
Winners will be announced at the 2019 SAR REALTOR ® Awards Luncheon on Wednesday, May 8th, at Ruby River Hotel (formerly Red Lion River Inn - where we were last year).
Download the 2019 SAR Award Nomination form (pictured above), online here


Legacy of Service Award 


Your SAR is now accepting nominations for its 2019 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 Friday, April 26th. 
The 2019 SAR Legacy of Service Award will be presented at the SAR Awards Luncheon on Wednesday, May 8th

Download the information/nomination document (pictured above), online here.
Lunch & Learn: Biggest Legal Issues  

Friday, April 12th

Spend an hour in a room with an attorney at no charge!

Join us for our next Lunch & Learn with attorney Brett Sullivan to go over "avoiding trouble in transactions & HOA updates."

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


WR: Legal Symposium 

Thursday, May 30th

The Washington REALTOR® Legal Symposium features SIX real estate attorneys from around the state.  
This event sells out so we've moved it to an even bigger venue in SeaTac. REALTORS® and real estate licensees from all over the state, join us for a day of real estate legal education focused on current trends and issues. 7.5 CE, parking, and lunch are included.

WR Legal Hotline Lawyer Annie Fitzsimmons
Justin Haag, General Counsel for the NWMLS
Mark Schedler, Williams Kastner
Hunter Jeffers, Stoel Rives
Chris Osborn, Stoel Rives
David Daniel, Demco Law Firm


SAR Governmental Affairs Brief 
Condo reform takes a major step forward as lawmakers look to wrap up this year's legislative session
For the latest update on bills that affect REALTORS®, check out the latest SAR Governmental Affairs Brief online here.   
Washington REALTORS® Governmental Affairs Director Nathan Gorton and Washongton State Senator Guy Palumbo (D-Maltby) update on us on the Unlock the Door for Affordable Homeownership campaign and the progress we've made to push housing policy issues to the forefront this session.
Watch the new seven-minute video online here: 
Legislative Update with Senator Palumbo 
Legislative Update with Senator Palumbo
Home Sales Take Dramatic Drop 

While home prices in Spokane County were on the upswing in March, sales dropped dramatically compared to last year.

Home sales declined more than 24% compared to March 2018, marking the largest year-over-year decrease in five years, according to data from the Spokane Association of Realtors.

Association Executive Director Rob Higgins attributed the drop in March home sales to poor weather in February and more activity in the market in March 2018.

"It's my belief that numbers will look better in the second half of this year," he said.

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


Free REALTOR ® Safety Webinar 

Tuesday, April 23rd
11 a.m.

Webinar: Harness Your Mental Strength

Harness Your Mental Strength is a free REALTOR® Safety webinar from the National Association of REALTORS®.  
Hear from Danielle Martin, Founder and Ambassador of True Boundaries, as she promotes personal protection, confidence building, and empowerment.
2019 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 2019.

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.
Monday, April 22 - TransactionDesk: Basic Sale/Listing Creation - with Eric Johnson.
Check-in: 8:45 a.m.
Class: 9:00 a.m. to noon
at the SAR
3.0 clock hours
Sabrina Jones-Schroeder - Purchase and Sale Agreements instructor 
Statewide Purchase & Sale Agreement
Tuesday, April 16 - Statewide Purchase & Sale Agreement - with Sabrina Jones-Schroeder.
Check-in: 8:15 a.m.
Class: 8:30 to 5:00 p.m.
at the SAR
7.5 clock hours 
Spokane Association of REALTORS(R) - Continuing Education 
Code of Ethics: Standards for Success 
This is the class you need to take
if you are a new REALTOR® 
Tuesday, April 23 - Code of Ethics: Standards for Success - with Linda Miller Sheets.
Check-in: 8:15 a.m.
Class: 8:30 to 4:30 p.m.
at the SAR
7.5 clock hours 

Spokane Association of REALTORS(R) - Continuing Education 
Code of Ethics for Real Estate Professionals 
This is the class you need to take
if you are a renewing REALTOR®   
Thursday, April 25 - Code of Ethics for Real Estate Professionals - with Linda Miller Sheets.
Check-in: 8:15 a.m.
Class: 8:30 to 12:30 p.m.
at the SAR
4.0 clock hours
In This Issue
Spokane #14 on Hot List
2019 SAR REALTOR® Awards: Nominations
Legacy of Service Award
Lunch & Learn: Biggest Legal Issues
WR: Legal Symposium
SAR Governmental Affairs Brief
Home Sales Take Dramatic Drop
Free REALTOR® Safety Webinar
2019 REALTOR® Education
STCU Sponsors Open House Weekend
2019 SAR Awards Luncheon
Member Roster Update - April - NEW!
Market Activity Report - March - NEW!

Click on the calendar image below to see
the current SAR calendar showing dates and times
of classes, committees and events. 
Lexington Homes on Open House Weekend 
Download the event logo, pictured above, online here.    
We are delighted to announce and welcome our second 2019 Open House Weekend event sponsor, exclusively in the builder category:
Learn more about this sponsor online here.
STCU signed on as our first 2019 Open House Weekend sponsor, exclusively in the lender category:
Learn more about this sponsor online here
We have seven event sponsorships available - first come, first served, and category exclusive (no competing companies in the same business).
Sponsors will reach 2,200 SAR broker and affiliate members, and more than 500 (expected) currently active Spokane-area home shoppers - and get a list of all contest entry forms as qualified leads! 
Download the event sponsor letter with more details  (pictured above), online here

Friday, April 26th 
Join your colleagues at an Open House Weekend pre-function on Friday, April 26th, from 3-6 p.m. at the Tamarack Public House.
It's going to be a Spring Selling Season Kickoff Party and a place to get your REALTOR ® balloons, sign riders, and pre-printed contest entry forms for Open House Weekend. 
This event is generously sponsored by Willamette Valley Bank. 
2019 SAR Awards Luncheon 

Wednesday, May 8th
Noon - 1:30 p.m. 

You are invited to the 2019 Spokane Association of REALTORS® Awards Luncheon - Wednesday, May 8th, at the Ruby River Hotel!
Come honor the 2019 award recipients: REALTOR® of the Year, Steve Flinn REALTOR® Achievement, REALTOR® Community Service, Affiliate of the Year, Partner of the Year, and Citizen of the Year.
The winners of this year's 3rd Grade Poster/Essay Contest on the theme "what my home means to me" will also be announced. 
Download the event flyer (pictured above) with more information, online here
Member Roster Update - April 

Updated for April

Click here to view the latest Member Roster Update - approved by the Board of Directors.

Send a message to Brenda at the SAR with any changes.  

Market Activity Report - March     

Market Activity Reports  
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 2019 Market Snapshot Report
(pictured above)   online here.

See the 2019 YEAR-TO-DATE Market Snapshot Report (pictured above),   online here.

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