Weekly Notices
Friday, April 3, 2020
The Spokane Association of REALTORS ® is open for business  
under the governor's "Stay Home, Stay Healthy" order of March 25th.
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 

BREAKING NEWS: Governor Inslee, last (Thursday) night, declared he is extending his "Stay Home, Stay Healthy" order into the first week of May. Read about this in The Spokesman-Review online here.

TODAY AT 1:30 p.m.  
BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND - 2020 SAR President Tom Clark invites you to participate in his second Roundtable - Friday, April 3rd, at 1:30 p.m. - to go over the latest information for Brokers and answer questions from Members as we proceed prudently under the governor's "Stay Home, Stay Healthy" order.
This week's guests at the Roundtable will be:  
  • 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.
  • Eric Johnson, broker/owner of CB Tomlinson, and manager of CB Tomlinson training. Eric is our 2020 SAR President-elect.
The first time we did this, our Zoom "room" was limited to the first 100 people who connected. We have since upgraded our service level and can now include the first 1,000 people who connect.
ASK A QUESTION by typing it in the chat area - we'll get to as many as time permits.  
Here's how you connect with us: 

DOWNLOAD and install the free Zoom software
GO directly to the Zoom event page
Our event ID is:
137 243 812 
Our event password is:  
You may also call in with your telephone :  
and enter e vent # 137 243 812
A recording of the meeting will be posted to the SAR's YouTube page after the event concludes. The button below will take you there:

All Spokane Association of REALTORS® COVID-19 resources are online here.  
Last year, few people around the world had ever heard of Zoom. Last month, the video teleconference platform supported 200-million daily meeting participants - including many SAR members.
Zoom offers a wealth of resources to help you become a proficient convener or participant on the service - find them online here.  
The "Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act" or CARES Act, includes two programs of particular interest to REALTO RS®. Both 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.   

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.  
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.



In response to the current health crisis, NAR is funding 2-months of access to Members TeleHealth at no cost to our members, via the Right Tools, Right Now program.
Members TeleHealth provides access to a network of more than 2,300 board-certified physicians, who can address non-emergency medical issues via smartphone, tablet or computer.
Enrollment in the NAR-funded benefit is limited, so we ask that you check first with your insurance provider, even if it's Medicare, as you may already have access to telemedicine.
In light of the challenges presented by COVID-19  , and its impact on the real estate industry, NAR is taking steps to support members through these uncertain times.

The  Right Tools, Right Now initiative, which was activated once before in 2009, makes new and existing NAR products and services available for  FREE or at significant discounts - right now - and is available to all REALTORS®.

The program includes products, resources and services from all areas of the Association, including:

Visit NAR's Right Tools, Right Now website online here.

All National Association of REALTORS® COVID-19 resources are online here.

April is Fair Housing Month 

April is Fair Housing Month.
While the Inland Northwest Fair Housing Conference is cancelled, this year (due to the ongoing COVID-19 global pandemic), REALTORS® keep Fair Housing alive in their businesses all year. 
Landlords and property managers now have guidance from the Department of Housing and Urban Development to help them meet the requirements of providing persons with disabilities who require an assistance animal equal opportunities under the Fair Housing Act.
Watch the new NAR Window to the Law video about this, online here: 
Window to the Law: Fair Housing Assistance Animal Guidance 
Window to the Law:
Fair Housing Assistance Animal Guidance

Open House Weekend - Postponed  
The SAR Communications Committee, at its March meeting this week, decided unanimously to postpone indefinitely the Spokane REALTORS® 10th Annual Open House Weekend, scheduled for April 25-26, 2020.
The committee, necessarily, takes this action to comply with the governor's ongoing "Stay Home, Stay Healthy" order and continuing concern over the continuing COVID-19 global pandemic.
"It was clear that going forward with the event as scheduled was not an option," said Committee Chair Laura Branning. "We're disappointed to have to postpone this event but it's important to point out that we haven't cancelled it. This gives us something to look forward to - perhaps late summer or early fall when we can all get out of our houses again!"   
2020 SAR REALTOR® Award Nominations 
REALTOR Awards Trophy
DEADLINE: Friday, April 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 Friday, April 17th. 
The 2020 SAR REALTOR® Awards will be announced and presented on Thursday, May 7th, at the SAR's annual REALTOR® Awards Luncheon at Ruby River Hotel (formerly Red Lion River Hotel).  


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

2019 Gary Fox Memorial Award 
DEADLINE: April 20th     
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 Monday, April 20th.

The 2019 Gary Fox Memorial Designated/Managing Broker Award honree will be announced and presented on Thursday, May 7th, at the SAR's annual REALTOR® Awards Luncheon at Ruby River Hotel (formerly Red Lion River Hotel).


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


2020 James S. Black Memorial Scholarship 
DEADLINE: April 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 Friday, April 17th.

The 2020 James S. Black Memorial Scholarship will be announced and presented on Thursday, May 7th, at the SAR's annual REALTOR® Awards Luncheon at Ruby River Hotel (formerly Red Lion River Hotel).


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


2020 SAR Legacy of Service Award 
DEADLINE: Friday, April 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 Friday, April 17th. 
The 2019 SAR Legacy of Service Award will be presented at the SAR Awards Luncheon on Thursday, May 7th.   
Download the information/nomination form (pictured above) online here .  

RPR® Online Educational Resources

Use this downtime to up your skills!
Turn this extra time into an opportunity to bolster your business skills by utilizing RPR® online educational resources.    
Check out the Introduction to RPR® webinar online here.
You'll get an overview of all the capabilities and uses RPR® offers, and a detailed "how-to" on signing up and creating an account.
If you're ready to dive right in and pick a webinar that interests you, click here.    
SAR Professional Development 

SAR Professional Development 
SAR professional development classes and events are pretty much on hold during the governor's "Stay Home, Stay Healthy" order.
You can continue to exercise your brain, however, with some terrific online professional development resources.
We've put together a short list of some of the best - with links - on the SAR Website, 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.
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
Roundtable #2
NAR Right Tools, Right Now
April is Fair Housing Month
Open House Weekend - POSTPONED!
2020 SAR REALTOR® Award Nominations
2020 Gary Fox Memorial Award
2020 James S. Black Memorial Scholarship
2020 SAR Legacy of Service Award
RPR® Online Educational Resources
SAR Professional Development
County Property Tax Deadline Extended
Form 22FM - Force Majeure
2nd Quarter MLS Fee Due - Fee Relief
A New Day for High Touch
COVID-19 Spokane Community Resources
COVID-19 Local Information
FREE Copy of "Your Website"
Member Roster Update - February
Market Activity Report - February

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

Spokane County property owners now have an additional month and a half to pay their property taxes due to financial hardship caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Spokane County Treasurer's Office, which collects taxes on behalf of every government in Spokane County, including cities, fire districts and school districts, has extended the tax collection deadline from April 30 to June 15.
Read more in The Spokesman-Review, online here.
The Spokane County Treasurer's office offers additional information about this that is important to know, online here.
Form 22FM - Force Majeure   

Many real estate attorneys now recommend you begin using Form 22FM in your contracts to manage risk under Force Majeure (an event or effect that can be neither anticipated nor controlled) during the COVID-19 pandemic.  
"Parties to an existing purchase and sale agreement should consider amending their agreement to include Form 22FM.  
Buyers and sellers who are not yet under contract, should consider using Form 22FM with new agreements for the foreseeable future. 
Form 22FM (Force Majeure and Closing Addendum) is currently available on ZipForms and Transaction Desk."    
Washington REALTORS Legal Hotline attorney Annie Fitzsimmons offers this five minute video with her advice on using this form in your business:
New from NWMLS: Form 22FM - Force Majeure and Closing Addendum
New from NWMLS:
Form 22FM - Force Majeure and Closing Addendum
See the legal bulletin (pictured above) online here.
See the new form (pictured above) online here
2nd 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:

A New Day for High Touch 

The Spokesman-Review generously provides SAR's sitting president with space inside the real estate section for a monthly column.

Sunday, the newspaper offered the entire front page of the real estate section to our president.

Read our president's guest column, "A New Day for High Touch," (pictured above), online here

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: 
FREE Copy of "Your Website" 

Receive a free digital copy of Social Media for REALTORS®: Your Website compliments of NAR's Member Value Plus (MVP) Program by taking this short survey online now:
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 - February      

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

See the February 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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