Weekly Notices
Friday, August 16, 2019
Annie's Coming to Town! 

SAR photo

Thursday, August 22nd!


Annie Fitzsimmons, Washington REALTORS® Legal Hotline attorney (pictured above), is coming to Spokane to teach two classes next week, Thursday, August 22nd:   

  • Don't Get Whacked by the WACs
  • Is it Friend or Faux? RE fraud schemes you need to know about

You won't want to miss these interactive and energetic classes with Annie!
See the event flyer (pictured above), online here.

See Annie's personal invitation to SAR members online here:

Annie is coming to Spokane!
Annie is coming to Spokane!

The SAR Quarterly Membership Meeting will be held during the lunch break.

Two classes, meeting, and lunch - $55
(Lunch & meeting - included with class registration fee)

Lunch & meeting only - without class - $20

Register online through the Member Portal, here:

Zombie Houses  

SAR photo

Your SAR convened a workshop in Spokane this week to help improve the local climate for your business: Transforming Neighborhoods: Strategies and Tools for Addressing Vacant, Abandoned and Deteriorated Properties.

The event was held Thursday at the Ramada - Spokane Airport hotel.

Local REALTORS®, Spokane city, Spokane Valley, Spokane County officials and others from the community attended the all-day workshop to learn how to use market-based interventions to stabilize neighborhoods.

The program was funded by an NAR grant, and designed by the Center for Community Progress.


SAR Food Drive - SAVE THE DATE! 
September 5-6 

Spokane Association of REALTORS® members will be out at the Spokane-area Albertsons/Safeway grocery stores on September 5 th & 6 th for their annual food drive!
REALTORS® will be collecting food and cash donations to help Second Harvest stock shelves of partner food banks serving local neighborhoods.
To volunteer for a short, two-hour shift at one of the Albertsons/Safeway stores as REALTORS® Pack the Pantry, please call one of our Store Captains.  
The call list (pictured above) is online here.
If you can't make your donation in person, make it online right now with Crowdrise - click on the logo below to enter your donation:
You can create your own Team Page on Crowdrise for a little competition and bragging rights with other offices.
See the Crowdrise setup instruction flyer (pictured above), online here

Remember for every $1 donated, Second Harvest provides 6 pounds of food - the equivalent of 5 meals for hungry people.
The gift of food changes lives and gives people an opportunity to succeed and thrive!
Thank you for your donation!
NAR iOi 
AUGUST 21-22
in Seattle! 
The National Association of REALTORS® second annual iOi Summit, which stands for Innovation, Opportunity & Investment, brings together over 500 real estate technology minds, investors and REALTOR® members to collaborate, network, and lead change.  
For 2019, the two-day event will be held in Seattle, Washington, beginning with a welcome reception on Tuesday, August 20 and ending on Thursday, August 22 at 4pm.  
Read more and register online here
New Condominium Rule 
The National Association of REALTORS® today commended the Department of Housing and Urban Development for finalizing new Federal Housing Authority condominium loan policies.  
The changes, many of which NAR has championed for over a decade, should yield thousands of new homeownership opportunities and help alleviate affordability restraints impacting markets across the country.
Read more about this online here
The Voice for Real Estate 
The REALTOR® profile is getting larger on Chicago's Magnificent Mile, foreign purchases of U.S. homes dropped significantly in the last 12 months, and young real estate professionals are getting soaked for a good cause.  
Watch the latest edition of The Voice for Real Estate (seven minutes) online here: 
The Voice for Real Estate: Week of Aug. 5
The Voice for Real Estate: Week of Aug. 5
Legal Hotline: Buyer's Agency Agreement 
Washington REALTORS® Legal Hotline One-on-One series continues with PART 3 of a conversation between WR Legal Hotline lawyer Annie Fitzsimmons and Pili Meyer, Real Estate Instructor and Olympic Peninsula broker with 30+ years of real estate experience.  
In this video, Pili and Annie explain the evolution of why it's so essential to use the Buyer's Agency Agreement in today's market.  
They also explore ways to use the agreement to establish a relationship with clients.
Watch the 15-minute video online here:
Legal Hotline One-on-One with Pili Meyer, Part 3
Legal Hotline One-on-One with Pili Meyer, Part 3
Watch the 16-minute video online here: 
Legal Hotline One-on-One with Pili Meyer, Part 2 
Legal Hotline One-on-One with Pili Meyer, Part 2
Watch the 19-minute video online here:
Legal Hotline One-on-One: Annie and Pili Debate the Buyer's Agency Agreement 
Legal Hotline One-on-One:
Annie and Pili Debate the Buyer's Agency Agreement
Upcoming CRS Classes

September 9

7 Things Successful Agents Do Differently: A Proven Business System

Class: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Bow, WA 
8.0 clock hours    
Time is running out
September 10

Mastering Your Time

Class: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Bow, WA 
8.0 clock hours    
October 7
Increase Wealth With Rentals

Class: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Oak Harbor, WA  
8.0 clock hours     
 Click here to view flyer.
October 8 
Tax Strategies

Class: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Oak Harbor, WA  
8.0 clock hours     
October 17-18  
Building a Referral Bases Business

Class: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Spokane, WA  
16.0 clock hours     

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, August 19 - TransactionDesk: Basic Sale/Listing Creation - with Eric Johnson.   
Check-in: 8:45 a.m.
Class: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
at the SAR
3.0 clock hours
Sabrina Jones-Schroeder - Purchase and Sale Agreements instructor
Purchase and Sale Agreement
Tuesday, August 20 - Purchase & Sale Agreement - with
Sabrina Jones-Schroeder.
Check-in: 8:15 a.m.
Class: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
at the SAR
7.5 clock hours  
Tuesday, October 15 - TAX-REDUCTION Strategies for the Real Estate Professional - with Bradford and Company
Morning Class
Check-in:  8:45 a.m.
Class:  9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
at the SAR office    
Afternoon Class
Check-in:  12:45 p.m.
Class:  1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
at the SAR office   
No Clock hours  
In This Issue
Annie's Coming to Town!
Zombie Houses
New Condominium Rule
The Voice for Real Estate
Legal Hotline: How Good Deals Die
Upcoming CRS Classes
2019 REALTOR® Education
Anti-trust Lawsuits
WR Fall Business Conference
America's Hottest: Spokane in Top Ten
Spamming Lawsuits
Ultimate Relocation Packet
Member 2 Member
SAR Night at the Ballpark
WCR Golf Tournament
SAVE THE DATE: SAR Oktoberfest
Member Roster Update - July
Market Activity Report - July

Click on the calendar image below to see
the current SAR calendar showing dates and times
of classes, committees and events. 
Anti-trust Lawsuits 

The National Association of REALTORS® is currently fighting an anti-trust lawsuit against our profession on your behalf. 
The primary allegation is that home sellers are unfairly being required to pay the commissions of buyers' brokers while falsely suggesting the role of buyer broker has diminished over time.
NAR filed a motion to dismiss Moehrl v. NAR in May, which we believe demonstrated that the plaintiff's case was not legally viable.  
In response, the class action attorneys filed an amended complaint in June.
While the new complaint presents additional plaintiffs and allegations, as well as revised arguments, the underlying foundation of it remains the same.  
The plaintiffs' attorneys continue to misunderstand and mischaracterize the pro-competitive, pro-consumer MLS system, which - as you know - is designed first and foremost with the best interests of buyers and sellers in mind. 
Several copycat lawsuits have since popped up around the country. NAR is fighting these as well. 
NAR offers a Frequently Asked Questions document to help you answer questions from your clients and brokers about these lawsuits.
WR Fall Business Conference 

September 18-20 
Washington REALTORS®️ Fall Business conference is an opportunity for members from all over Washington State to gather in one location, network, develop leadership skills and be a part of association governance.  
Members come to this event to help shape the association that works on their behalf and on behalf of property owners all across the state!  
America's Hottest: Spokane in Top Ten   

The nation's hottest real estate markets in July weren't the big, famous cities that most folks would expect.  
But what they lack in glitz, excitement, and skyscrapers, these smaller metropolitan areas more than make up for in affordability, according an analysis of July realtor.com® data.
Spamming Lawsuits 

Have you ever sent text messages like these?
"SAVE SAVE SAVE NOW Many of our listings we get direct buyers. Sellers then will only pay 3%."
"If you are thinking of selling, we may save you 3% comm. we helped many sellers."
"Is your home still for sale? I have 3 qualified buyers for the area. Please let me know, thanks." 
Four lawsuits have been filed against REALTORS® for violating federal telephone consumer protection law so far this year. 
Ultimate Relocation Packet  


Monday, August 19th, 10 a.m.
Wednesday, October 23rd, 12 noon

When people are moving to a new area, they want information on housing trends, neighborhood demographics, and general information on the population and related demographics.

This webinar will show you how to use the following reports to educate your clients:
  • Market Activity Report
  • Neighborhood Report
  • Trade Area Report
  • Property Report
Member 2 Member: Summer Fundraiser 


See the event flyer (pictured above) online here.

SAR Night at the Ballpark 

Saturday, August 17th
Spokane Association of REALTORS®

Game Date:
Saturday, August 17

Armed Forces Appreciation & Fireworks Night 

First Pitch:
6:30 PM 

Gates to the ballpark open one hour prior to first pitch

Tickets just $11!
Download the Spokane Association of REALTORS® Group Night promotional flyer for this event (pictured above) to share with your office colleagues and associates, online here.
WCR Golf Tournament 


See the event flyer (pictured above) online here.

SAVE THE DATE: SAR Oktoberfest       

Thursday, October 24th!

The SAR Christmas Party committee has decided to re-invent our annual member gathering, move it earlier in the year, and change the name.

So, welcome to the first-annual SAR Oktoberfest - Thursday, October 24th!

Member Roster Update - July

Updated for July

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 - July  

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

See the July 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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