Weekly Notices
Friday, April 24, 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 

1:30 p.m.
LIVE on Zoom 
2020 SAR President Tom Clark invites you to join him and a panel of experts for our next President's Round-table event today:  
This week's conversation will begin with the Commissioner of the Washington State Employment Security Department talking about the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) for contractors and self employed individuals that opened this week.
Then, we'll talk with a local economist from the region's oldest national bank for a wider view on the financial burdens our fellow business owners are facing right now, and how the myriad loan/grant programs are making a difference in our community.  
We'll wrap up the roundtable, and the week, with a conversation between a few local brokers who know change is a constant in the arc of a real estate career. Real estate brokers are resilient business owners who associated themselves more than a hundred years ago to share burdens - whatever they might be. 
President Tom's guests will be:    
  • Suzan "Suze" LeVine
    Commissioner, Washington State Employment Security Department

  • Steve Scranton
    Senior Vice President, Chief Investment Officer & Economist, Washington Trust Bank  
  • Corrie Jo Anderson
    Windermere Spokane - North
  • Mike Crowley
    Owner/broker, Spokane Home Buyers
Questions may be emailed in advance to: dwatkins@spokanerealtor.com, or asked live via chat during the event on Friday.  
Click on the Zoom button below, or copy and past the link into your browser, to join the Zoom event:

Webinar ID: 962 7513 3933
Password: 181868
The event will be recorded and posted to the SAR YouTube page. You can watch it online here any time after the event concludes:
Washington REALTORS® Public Policy Director Bill Clarke, Washington REALTORS ® Government Affairs Director Nathan Gorton, and STCU Business Development Officer Jane Larson joined 2020 SAR President Tom Clark at the Round-table, last week.
The group talked about how the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance was (then) coming together and soon to be made available to members to claim online. We also went behind the scenes to understand the process by which REALTORS® became an "essential business (with restrictions)" back in March.   
The video of that conversation is online here - it's about 50-minutes long:
Round table #4 
Round table #4
All Spokane Association of REALTORS® COVID-19 resources are online here.  
Your Spokane Association of REALTORS® Governmental Affairs committee has been combing through the myriad loans, grants, and assistance packages available to businesses during our economic reboot.
See the committee's picks of the best of these online here.   
Pandemic Unemployment Assistance 
Filing Open Now!  
Independent contractors and self employed individuals may now file a claim for lost income due to COVID-19 under the federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program.
This program is being administered locally by the Washington State Employment Security Department.
The department began receiving claims on Monday, April 20th.


Washington Governor Jay Inslee addressed Washingtonians from Olympia in a live video address, Tuesday evening.  
The governor said it is unlikely many restrictions under the "Stay Home, Stay Healthy" order will be modified before May 4.  
Rather, this plan is intended to be a framework for the loosening of restrictions contingent on a steady decrease of the spread of COVID-19.
"It will look more like the turning of the dial than the flip of a switch," Inslee said in the address. "We're going to take steps and then monitor to see whether they work or if we must continue to adapt."
The governor's office released   a five page policy brief, Washington's Recovery Plan (pictured above) at the time of the address.
Get your copy 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.



2020 SAR REALTOR® Award Nominations 
REALTOR Awards Trophy
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 
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 
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 
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 
SAR Professional Development is temporarily being offered in the SAR Virtual Classroom.
The instructors are the same trusted, knowledgeable, and friendly individuals you've come to know and enjoy.
Your business continues so your association's business of supporting you continues, as well.   
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.
Thursday, April 30 - Success Basics for Landlords and Property Managers - with Eric Bessett.
Check-in: 12:45 p.m.
Class: 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Live virtual class via Zoom (details will be emailed at least two days before the class)
3.0 clock hours  
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!
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
Second-quarter MLS Fee Relief
TeleHealth Extended through May 31st
Legal Hotline: Rentals in Pandemic Environment
NAR: REALTORS® Legislative Meetings
Free Virtual Listing Presentation
City Librarians Take the Call
Making the Most of RPR® During COVID-19
Member Roster Update - March
Market Activity Report - March

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

The SAR Board of Directors just approved a new COVID-19 Notice form to be used. It is being added to TransactionDesk and ZipForm platforms but in the interim we have a fillable pdf so you can start using it until the electronic forms are posted.
Please read the Memo from Brian Balch, Layman Law Firm, PLLP and legal counsel on the SAR Forms Committee, explaining the Notice.

Second-quarter MLS Fee Relief

Your second-quarter MLS Fee was due at the end of March .
HOWEVER - your SAR Board of Directors, meeting in emergency session, last week, approved one-time fee relief because of the ongoing COVID-19 situation.
This gives all members a 60 day extension on this deadline.
While MLS Fees remain due and payable now, no one will be cut off for non-payment until after May 31st.
If you'd like to take care of this now, click on the button below:

through May 31st 
In the initial weeks of its introduction, more than 25,000 members and their families are receiving coverage through Members TeleHealthSM.  
Because of the tremendous response, NAR leaders have decided to extend the offer through May 31.  
The Leadership Team cited their strong feeling that REALTORS® and their families should have access to telemedicine at this time.  
Their message to members: "Stay home, stay safe. Nothing is more important than your health and welfare."  
Learn more about TeleHealth and sign up online here.  

The National Association of REALTORS® has relaunched its Right Tools, Right Now program, which offers several business resources-many of which are free-to members to help them in their business.  
Right Tools, Right Now offers access to webinars, tips for managing finances, educational resources, and more.  
All National Association of REALTORS® COVID-19 resources are online here.

Legal Hotline: Rentals in Pandemic Environment 


Washington REALTORS® Legal Hotline attorney
Annie Fitzsimmons is here, this week, with two new videos to answer member questions on rental properties.
Question #1: Can a seller with a tenant-occupied property list, market, and sell said property in today's pandemic environment?  
See Annie's new seven-minute video answer to this question, online here:

Annie 04172020
Annie 04172020

Question #2: How much notice must a landlord give a tenant prior to terminating the month-to-month tenancy so that landlord can sell the property to a buyer tenant-free?

See Annie's new five-minute video answer to this question online here:

Annie 04172020 Video 2
Annie 04172020 Video 2

NAR: REALTORS® Legislative Meetings 

NAR's 2020 Legislative Meetings are soon upon us - virtual committee meetings begin next week; virtual conference sessions begin May 12th.
If time or cost have prevented you from participating in the past, perhaps this year's virtual sessions will be to your advantage for exploring what NAR is doing for your business on the national level.  

REALTORS ® Legislative Meetings
Virtual Committee Meetings: April 27-May 15
Virtual Conference Sessions: May 12-14


Free Virtual Listing Presentation 

Historically, many agents delivered listing presentations in person at the kitchen table.  
With COVID-19, that is not possible, but RPR has a way to do the next best thing -- deliver a customized, branded, virtual listing presentation and then use GoToMeeting, Zoom, Google Hangouts or even the Facetime feature on your phone to have the conversation you would normally have in person.

City Librarians Take the Call 

With its public libraries temporarily closed, the city has redeployed more than a dozen library employees to staff a new, regional helpline that will aid residents and businesses in navigating the complex web of assistance programs sprouting up to alleviate the economic fallout caused by the coronavirus.

The financial helpline can be reached at (509) 625-6650 and will operate Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and offer assistance to any individual or business in the area.

Read The Spokesman-Review article about this online here.

Making the Most of RPR® During COVID-19 

Every Tuesday in April, RPR® is sharing a few tips and tricks to help you make the most of RPR® during the coronavirus outbreak.

Sharing RPR® reports on social media, checking in on past clients, and conducting virtual open houses are just a few tips we will share with you.

While you are quarantining at home, set aside a little 'social distancing" time and join us for our 20 Minute Tuesday series.


April 28 * Conducting Virtual Listing Presentations

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  
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.

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