Weekly Notices
Friday, August 28, 2020
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Firewise Risk Assessment
Spokane County residents may request a free Firewise Risk Assessment to evaluate a home's risk of catastrophic wildfire damage.
A District Forester will visit your property to evaluate your home's risk.  
The visit takes about an hour.  
In the end, you'll get a list of practical ways to lessen your wildfire risk. 
To schedule a Firewise Risk Assessment of your home site, or if you have questions about protecting your home from a wildfire, contact:   
Ben Peterson at   
You may forward this information to your clients or even include it in your client newsletter. 
2021 SAR Initial Slate of Candidates 
Your SAR Nominating Committee is pleased to announce its initial slate of candidates for 2021 SAR leadership:  
Eric Etzel, Choice Realty
Doug Hagood,Hagood Real Estate and Mortgage
Elizabeth Anders, Professional Realty Services
Gwen Arrand, EXIT Real Estate Professionals
Gregory Barkley, Synergy Properties
Dezda Finn, Dezda Finn Properties, LLC
Bryan Gwynn, Urban Settlements
Britney Inglis, Real Estate Marketplace NW, Inc.
Lee McIntyre, 4 Degrees Real Estate
Additional Candidates 
In accordance with Article XIII, Section 13.2 of the Association Bylaws, additional candidates may be nominated by the REALTOR® members. 
For those wishing to nominate a REALTOR® member for an Association Officer or Director position, Nominating Petitions will be available from the Association office Monday, October 12th through Monday, October 26th. 
Deadline to return petitions is Monday, October 26th!


You will receive Notice on Friday, October 30th of the "Final Slate of Candidates". 

Voting begins on Monday, November 2nd.

Deadline to fill out ballots will be Tuesday, November 17th, at 4:30 p.m.
Our new leaders will be announced at our Annual Membership Meeting on Wednesday, November 18th at CenterPlace Regional Event Center (fingers crossed).
2020 Census 

Americans have until September 30th to respond to the 2020 Census.
Help your clients and others in your community understand why they should take action now.
Nate Johnson, a St. Louis broker and the National Association of REALTORS® public and federal issues liaison, delivers this week's "Pivot in Place" video.  
Watch the new three-minute video online here:
WR Legal Hotline: Offer Confidential

Washington REALTORS® Legal Hotline lawyer Annie Fitzsimmons is on a mission to answer all the questions on the Designated Broker Wish List.

We asked DBs around the state to submit questions or topics of discussion to her via email so she could address them and share them as a Friday Video.

TODAY'S QUESTION: "Recently, a client of mine put the first offer in on a property. I asked the listing broker to please keep us informed if other offers came in so that we could stay in the game. The listing broker informed me that they, 'didn't want to violate state license law by disclosing the terms of any other offers'. I disagree with that. So here's my question: Are the details of a buyer's offer ever confidential? Can the buyer put anything in their offer to make it confidential?"

If you or your Designated Broker would like to have a question addressed, email

Watch Annie's new four-minute video online here:

DBs Wishlist Q&A: Offer Confidential
DBs Wishlist Q&A: Offer Confidential

WR: Legal Symposium 

September 16th & 17th
Washington REALTORS® will be hosting the popular Legal Symposium event virtually!  
Join us for a two-day event on September 16th and 17th (9:00 AM-12:30 PM) as six well-respected Washington real estate attorneys present on topics, such as Best Practices for Drafting Techniques, Broker Drafted Contract Provisions, Landlord Tenant Update, Covid- 19 and Real Estate & Industry Legal Challenges and more.
Find out more about the event and register online here.

NAR wishes to make members aware of the "Lost Wages Assistance (LWA) Program."
This program, created by presidential memorandum this month, authorizes a new program to provide additional supplemental federal support to individuals receiving unemployment benefits, including regular unemployment compensation under state law and Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA), which expanded unemployment to independent contractors.  
NAR has prepared an informational document on this new program (pictured above).
WR: Fall Business Conference 

September 21-25
The Washington REALTORS® 2020 Fall Business Conference will be held virtually, this year, from September 21-25, 2020.  
We will be moving forward with virtual platforms to conduct our committee and board of director meetings, as well as our elections.   
Additional details, including a schedule of events will be coming soon.
REALTOR® Property Resource's® Comparative Market Analysis (CMA) wizard walks you through five simple steps to generate a comparative analysis.
You'll confirm the home's facts, search for and adjust comps (even add your own comps), and land on your own list price.
It's the most sophisticated CMA tool on the market today and the most innovative of your member benefits.
See the RPR CMA wizard in action:
Right Tools, Right Now 
Right Tools, Right Now
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 businesses.
Right Tools, Right Now offers access to webinars, tips for managing finances, educational resources, and more.
SAR Professional Development 

SAR Professional Development 
Please be in touch with Tami at the SAR if you have any questions about classes or your license education requirements, by phone at 326-9222 or by email.

Core Curriculum class
Thursday, September 10th  
1 - 4 p.m.
3 clock hours
Purchase & Sale (two days)
Tuesday, September 15th  
8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. +
Thursday, September 17th
8:30 a.m. - Noon
7.5 clock hours
Success Basics for Landlords & Property Managers  
Monday, September 28th
1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
3.0 clock hours  
What Else Do You Need - PSA Addenda (two days)
Tuesday, September 29th  
9 a.m. - Noon +
Thursday, October 1st
9 a.m. - Noon
6.0 clock hours
May the Forms Be With You
September 9th and 10th (two days)   
7.6 clock hours 
This class (live webinar format), scheduled for September 9th-10th from 10am-2pm, is an expanded version of Statewide Forms 1/2 day and will teach use of the basic statewide residential forms and provide opportunity for students to ask questions relative to any of the statewide forms.  
This class is taught by Annie Fitzsimmons who played a significant role in drafting the statewide forms.    
Every class will be tailored to meet the students at their collective experience level.  
Each class can be very basic or quite advanced, depending on the experience level of the majority of students in attendance.

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
Firewise Risk Assessment
2021 SAR Initial Slate of Candidates
2020 Census
WR Legal Hotline: Offer Confidential
WR: Legal Symposium
NAR: Lost Wages Assistance
WR: Fall Business Conference
Right Tools, Right Now
SAR Professional Development
RPR® Webinars in September
Record High VA Loans
NAR 2020 Profile of Buyers and Sellers
SAR Member Roster Update - July
SAR 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. 
Other regional calendars:
Albertson/Safeway stores have taken a different approach to fund raising for charity this year.  
Unfortunately, they will not be able to sell bags or collect food, so we came up with a great alternative.  
We want to send a "Thank You" to all the stores that have helped us in the past.
This year's event started August 7th and will go through September 18th.  
We would like your office to participate in a "Friendly, Fun Food Fight" competition by signing your office up for a GoFundMe page.   
The winning office who brings in the most money will be presented a nice wall plaque that the office can keep for the year!   
Excited yet?   
Every year our Food Drive is one of the largest of the year for 2nd Harvest. They are very much depending on us.  
With your help, we can make this the biggest "Friendly, Fun Food Fight 2020" competition. If you have any questions, contact the Chair Judy Flemmer 216-1135 or Tami at the SAR 326-9222.
Click the link below to get started with getting your office set up for a GoFundMe for 2nd Harvest!

RPR® Webinars in September
Record High VA Loans

During the first three quarters of fiscal 2020, the VA loan program backed more than 865,000 loans - a record high.  
This is an increase of 114% since the beginning of the 2020 fiscal year. 
Refinance loans are a big portion of the increase, with homeowners looking to lock in lower mortgage rates.
Read more about this in REALTOR® magazine online here

NAR 2020 Profile of Buyers and Sellers

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Here's the big question: Are buyers and sellers still relying on real estate agents in the same way as before COVID-19?
According to recent survey by NAR, the answer is a resounding "yes." In fact, the report found that buyers and sellers are turning to Realtors more than ever before.
Read more about the NAR's 2020 Profile of Buyers and Sellers Report online here

SAR Member Roster Update - July

Updated for July 
Click here to view the latest Member Roster Update (pictured above) - approved by the SAR Board of Directors at its most recent meeting.
Send a message to Brenda at the SAR with any changes.  

SAR 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 2020Market Snapshot Report
(pictured above) online here.

See the 2020 Year to Date Market Snapshot Report (pictured above),  online here.

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