Weekly Notices
Friday, April 5, 2019
Fair Housing Month  


April is Fair Housing month.

This year, your SAR Fair Housing sub-committee partners with the Black Lens newspaper to create a special insert celebrating the Fair Housing Act in its 50th year.

Courtesy Johnson Presidential Library

President Lyndon Johnson signs the Civil Rights Act of 1968 on April 11, 1968 (pictured above).

The Act prohibits discrimination concerning the sale, rental, and financing of housing based on race, religion, national origin, sex, (and as amended) handicap and family status. Title VIII of the Act is also known as the Fair Housing Act (of 1968).

Last year, NAR kicked off a year-long celebration of the act at its 50th anniversary.

This year, your SAR Fair Housing sub-committee, chaired by member Britney Inglis, is proud to share a special insert to the Black Lens newspaper available now at your SAR - pick up a bundle to stock your office and share with your clients!

The committee thanks Black Lens Editor and Publisher Sandy Williams for her generous assistance in building this valuable addition to the local conversation on Fair Housing - be sure to look for the full-page, full-color ad supporting the SAR's commitment to Fair Housing!

Read the electronic copy of the special Spokane Association of REALTORS® and Black Lens News insert on Fair Housing online here.

Join NAR's commemoration of the Fair Housing Act.  
Watch this video to learn about the law, how it makes our industry and country stronger, and the work that is still to be done.  
We ask all members of the REALTOR® family to join us in this commemoration and stand together with us in this commitment.
Watch NAR's six-minute overview of Fair Housing, online here: 
An Overview of the Fair Housing Act
An Overview of the Fair Housing Act

Fair Housing Conference 


Join us for this educational event held every April in Fair Housing Month.

Who should attend: Property managers, property maintenance staff, landlords, tenants, tenant advocates, real estate brokers, mortgage lenders and originators, social service providers, healthcare providers, attorneys, legal advocates, affordable housing developers, and transitional housing providers.

Choose from 15 breakout sessions ranging from fair housing basics to current specialized topics presented by over 20 knowledgeable fair housing advocates, investigators, landlord / tenant attorneys, social service providers, and industry experts from: the Washington State Human Rights Commission, Northwest Fair Housing Alliance, Intermountain Fair Housing Council, Northwest Justice Project, the WA Dept. of Commerce, Transitions, Refugee Connections, and more!

Explore exhibitor tables to learn about services available to assist you in providing or managing housing, or assisting others in accessing and retaining housing, including applicant screening; support services available for veterans, people with disability, and seniors; pest control; financing.

A buffet lunch is included with the purchase of each ticket.


2019 SAR REALTOR® Awards: Nominations 
DEADLINE: 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.
SAR Governmental Affairs Brief 
Taxes take center stage as Washington State Lawmakers work to increase spending.
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
Generational Trends Report 
Downsizing is losing its appeal, and most home buyers are supersizing their home again to accommodate a growing number of people under one roof, according to the National Association of REALTORS®' newly released 2019 Home Buyers and Sellers Generational Trends Report.
NAR has created an info-graphic from its 2019 Home Buyers and Sellers Generational Trends Report (pictured above). 
Member Benefit: TurboTax Discounts 

NAR members get exclusive discounts on TurboTax federal products.

TurboTax is up to date on the latest tax laws and guarantees 100% accurate calculations and your maximum refund.

The following TurboTax discounts are available to NAR members and their families:
  • Save $10 on TurboTax Deluxe or Deluxe Live: Maximize tax deductions and credits
  • Save $15 on TurboTax Premier or Premier Live: Best for those with investments and rental property.
  • Save $20 on TurboTax Self-Employed or Self-Employed Live: Uncover industry-specific deductions, including those unique to real estate professionals. And with Self-Employed Live, you get live CPA or EA guidance onscreen from tax experts in your industry, on demand and year-round.

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.


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.
Tuesday, April 9 - 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
Core Curriculum - Current Issues in Washington Residential Real Estate 
Core Curriculum
Current Issues in Washington Residential Real Estate
Thursday, April 11 - Core Curriculum: Current Issues in WA Residential Real Estate - with Sabrina Jones-Schroeder.
Check-in: 8:00 a.m.
Class: 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
at the SAR
3.0 clock hours
Friday, April 12 - TransactionDesk: Basic Sale/Listing Creation - with Eric Johnson.
Check-in: 1:45 p.m.
Class: 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
at the SAR
3.0 clock hours 
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
Fair Housing Month
Fair Housing Conference
2019 SAR REALTOR® Awards: Nominations
Legacy of Service Award
SAR Governmental Affairs Brief
Generational Trends Report
Member Benefit: TurboTax Discounts
Lunch & Learn: Biggest Legal Issues
2019 REALTOR® Education
STCU Sponsors Open House Weekend
Open House Tips & Tricks
2019 SAR Awards Luncheon
WR: Legal Symposium
Member Roster Update - March
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. 
The SAR extends its condolences to the family and friends of Tex Hess, formerly with RE/MAX of Spokane.   
Tex passed away on March 29, 2019.   
A Celebration of Life will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday April 7, 2019 at Lutheran Church of the Master, 4800 Ramsey Road, Coeur d'Alene.  
Donations can be made to the Schneidmiller Hospice House at www.hospiceofnorthidaho.org and the Lewy Body Dementia Association at www.lbda.org.
STCU Sponsors Open House Weekend 
Download the event logo, pictured above, online here.    
Nominate your Open!   
Will you have an open house listed for sale on the weekend of April 27-28?
If so, nominate it now as a Host House for our Open House Weekend!
We'll be looking for three Host Houses, this year, to serve as entry points for the public and media, as well as staging areas for member supplies (balloons, sign riders, etc.). 
A Host House must:
  • be within 20-minutes of downtown
  • be available for committee viewing on April 9th 
  • be staged and listed for sale during the event (10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days)
  • participate in (purchase) group advertising in The Spokesman-Review and Inlander.
  • make available helium for broker balloons (two 14.9 cu. ft. tanks) both days of the event
A Host House gets:
  • media exposure before and during the event
  • public exposure as an entry point to the event
  • broker exposure as a supply hub for the event

2016 Host House
To nominate your property to the committee as a Host House, please email Katie McDaris Marks, committee chair, with address, brief description, and a photo or two.  
Committee members will visit all Host House nominees on April 9th.
2019 Open House Weekend Host Houses will be announced here in the Weekly Notices on April 12th
We are delighted to announce and welcome our first Open House Weekend event sponsor:
STCU joins us as our first sponsor for our 2019 Open House Weekend!
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

April 26th 
Join your colleagues at an Open House Weekend pre-function on Thursday, 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. 
Open House Tips & Tricks 

Join us for this insightful look into how RPR's dynamic data, impressive reporting tools, and one-of-a-kind app will engage, capture and retain clients at your next open house.  
Learn everything there is to know about the area, create wow-factor marketing materials, and pick up a few good icebreaker ideas for making a positive and lasting impression on your soon-to-be new clients 

This webinar will show you how to:

  • Gain an encyclopedic knowledge of the neighborhood, schools, amenities and quality of life surrounding your listing
  • Master the art of creating marketing materials that will build your brand and create a wow factor for your open house guests
  • Use the RPR Mobile App to answer questions on the spot



2019 SAR Awards Luncheon 

Wednesday, May 8th

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
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


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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