Weekly Notices
Friday, August 2, 2019
MLS Changes 
The way you report
contingent and pending sales
has changed. 
This issue was brought before the MLS Steering committee by frustrated participants, members and consumers.  
The main complaint stems from the portrayal of homes that are under contract as "Active" on syndicated third-party sites.  
A secondary complaint was various brokers interpreting their contracts as "Contingent" presumably to keep the listing active in the public eye and maximize marketing efforts.  
The change addresses these complaints and also provides some other benefits from the MLS statistical data without sacrificing functionality for members/brokers.

Transactions ultimately fall into two categories:

1) Contingent with a bump clause which should be actively marketed to the public and 2) Pending status that denotes the property is under contract without a bump clause.

CONTINGENT SALE Bump Clause (Check one): ~~Sale of Buyer's House (22B) ~~ Short Sale (22SS)

PENDING SALE No Bump Clause - (Check one): ~~ Pending ~~ Pending Inspection
Click Here for more information on the status changes.
  The way you input Open Houses has also changed!  
In order to reduce confusion for our members, the Open House SpokaneOpen/Public section has been removed from Listing Input screen and the Add/Edit Open House link will be used for Public Open Houses.
Click Here for more information on Open Houses. 
Transforming Neighborhoods 
Register by August 8th!
The Spokane Association of REALTORS® invites and encourages your participation in a community event on housing inventory:  
Transforming Neighborhoods: Strategies and Tools for Addressing Vacant, Abandoned and Deteriorated Properties
When: August 15, 2019
Where: Ramada Spokane International Airport (8909 W Airport Drive)
Now more than ever, communities across the US are using market-based interventions to stabilize neighborhoods.
This training workshop, conducted by the Center for Community Progress, will provide insight on understanding property market dynamics, analyzing data to understand neighborhood conditions, and strategic code enforcement strategies.  
Participants will also learn about available enforcement tools and how they can be applied effectively, efficiently and equitably to address vacant, abandoned, and deteriorated properties.  
The strategies discussed offer a systemic, proactive approach that, when put into action, can make a great impact on your community.  
For more information on the training, see the workshop agenda (pictured above). 
Who Should Attend
The training workshop is the right opportunity for:
  • Local municipal leaders
  • Realtors
  • Property managers
  • Housing professionals
  • Landlords
  • Code enforcement officers
  • Municipal attorneys
  • Community development professionals
  • Civic organizations
  • Tenant and housing advocates
Registration is free and includes a full day of classroom instruction and lunch!   
Don't miss out!  
Register by August 8th!
Spokane Market Among Hottest in Country 
The Spokesman-Review photo
High demand, low inventory and multiple offers on homes are common in Spokane, which has become one of the hottest real estate markets in the nation.
Realtor.com named Spokane the third-hottest housing market in the nation in April - the most current data available from the online real estate listings website.
Ten of the hottest neighborhoods in the state are in Spokane County.
Read more in The Spokesman-Review, online here
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
Annie's Coming to Town! 

SAR photo

Thursday, August 22nd!

Annie's coming to town this summer!

Annie Fitzsimmons, Washington REALTORS® Legal Hotline attorney (pictured above), is coming to Spokane to teach two classes on 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 is $40
Lunch & meeting only - without class - is $20
Lunch  & meeting are included with class registration fee.

Register online through the Member Portal, here:

Legal Hotline: Buyer's Agency Agreement 
Washington REALTORS® Legal Hotline is back with a new episode of its popular One-on-One series.  
This time, WR Legal Hotline lawyer Annie Fitzsimmons and Pili Meyer (Real Estate Instructor and Olympic Peninsula broker with 30+ years of real estate experience) debate the Buyer's Agency Agreement and address some of the stigma around the form. 
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.
Core Curriculum - Current Issues in Washington Residential Real Estate 
Core Curriculum
Tuesday, August 6 - Core Curiculum - with Sabrina Jones Schroeder.
Check-in: 8:00 a.m.
Class: 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.
at the SAR
3.0 clock hours   
Spokane Association of REALTORS(R) - Continuing Education 
Code of Ethics: Standards for Success
For new REA LTORS ®
Thursday, August 8 - Code of Ethics: Standards for success - with Linda Miller Sheets.
Check-in: 8:15 a.m. 
Class: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
at the SAR 
7.5 clock hours   
Monday, August 12
Check-in: 12:45 p.m. 
Class: 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
at the SAR
3.0 clock hours  
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
MLS Changes
Transforming Neighborhoods
Spokane Market Among Hottest in Country
Annie's Coming to Town!
Legal Hotline: How Good Deals Die
Upcoming CRS Classes
2019 REALTOR® Education
Governmental Affairs: Auditor Visits
HomeSnap Pro: What's New
President's Guest Column
Open House Weekend Survey
Member 2 Member
SAR Night at the Ballpark
WCR Golf Tournament
2019 REALTORS® Conference and Expo
Member Roster Update - July
Market Activity Report - June

Click on the calendar image below to see
the current SAR calendar showing dates and times
of classes, committees and events. 
Governmental Affairs: Primary Election 
Primary Election
August 6th 
Your ballot for the 2019 Primary Election is due on or before Tuesday, August 6th.
The SAR endorses, and recommends you vote for, these candidates:
Spokane Mayor: Nadine Woodward
Spokane City Council President: Cindy Wendle
Spokane City Council - POS1: Michael Cathcart
Spokane City Council - POS3: Andy Rathbun
Spokane Valley City Council - POS3 - Arne Woodard 


Realtors are pouring an unprecedented amount of money into Spokane primary campaigns.
The Washington Association of Realtors has thrown substantial support behind mayoral candidate Nadine Woodward and three fresh faces vying for seats on the City Council.
The impetus behind the spike in campaign activity is addressing "a crisis with housing availability and affordability," according to Tom Hormel, chair of the WA Realtors PAC and a member of the Spokane Association of Realtors' government affairs committee.
"That's why we're playing big this year," Hormel said. "We took an opportunity to change the face of the City Council to help get us out of this crisis."
Read more in The Spokesman-Review, online here:  

Visit the Spokane County Elections office for more information on the 2019 Primary Election online here. 
HomeSnap Pro: What's New 

Homesnap Pro: What's New
-Search by multiple statuses
-Add/Remove contingent/pending properties from your search results
-Filter by listing type: Resale, New Construction, Auction, Bank Owned/Foreclosure, and Short Sale
-Net Sheet Calculator for Off Market properties
iOS and Website: Available today
Android: Coming soon
Watch a quick video about these new updates online here:
Homesnap Pro Update: August 1st 2019
Homesnap Pro Update: August 1st 2019
President's Guest Column 

Whenever you hear people express doubts about whether we need the human element in real estate transactions anymore, look up.
Someone may have the most powerful computer in the world - as did NASA for the moon landing 50 years ago this summer - but in the end, it all comes down to the human element to land the deal.
2019 SAR President Gina Mosey writes about this in her guest column in The Spokesman-Review.
Open House Weekend Survey 

What did you think of this year's Open House Weekend event?
Yes, we're asking!
Take a short survey now - everyone who does will be entered in a prize drawing!  
Be sure to include your name so we know who to contact when you win the prize! 

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.

2019 REALTO RS ® Conference and Expo 

Member Roster Update - June

Updated for June

  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 - June 

Market Activity Reports  
Updated for June
(July will be posted next week)  
The SAR Market Activity Report for June is now online.
See the latest full report - a member-exclusive product
- and archived full reports, online here .

See the June 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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