Weekly Notices
Friday, December 4, 2020
REMINDER: The SAR Offices are open by "appointment only" under government order. Please call in advance so arrangements can be made to accommodate your request.  
(509) 326-9222
2021 SAR Leadership Opportunities 

 Your association runs on volunteer power. Here's your chance to plug in and make a difference! 
2021 SAR President Eric Johnson invites you to join him in volunteering to lead our association in the new year.
If you'd like to talk with Eric before you decide how you'd like to volunteer, call him at 951-9331 or email him at ericj@cbspokane.net.  
Here are just some of the volunteer opportunities where you can help get the work done: 
Budget & Finance 
Professional Development   
Governmental Affairs
SOS  (Serving Our Spokane)  
Special Events  
3rd Grade Poster Contest   
Food Drive  
Holiday Party & Auction                      

Submit your application by Friday, December 4, 2020.      
See the 2021 SAR Leadership Opportunities flyer for more information and an application (pictured above),
WA Notify 



By adding WA Notify to their smartphones, Washington residents will be alerted if they spent time near another WA Notify user who later tests positive for COVID-19.
WA Notify uses privacy-preserving technology jointly developed by Google and Apple and works without collecting or revealing any location or personal data.


2021 SAR Dues Due 
Your 2021 SAR annual dues are due January 1st, 2021.
You should have receive an email regarding this.    
If you did not receive this email, please call the SAR at 326-9222 or continue with the online payment process here. 
To pay your 2021 SAR annual dues online, click on the graphic below, which will bring up the login screen for the SAR member portal:    
Once online, use the Review and Pay Balance section to make your payment online.    
Alternately, you may retrieve an invoice while online to pay by mail send to 1924 North Ash Street, Spokane WA 99205.
Thank you for your continuing membership in your SAR!  
Spokane Housing Action Plan Survey 


The City of Spokane is creating a Housing Action Plan to help increase housing options that are affordable and accessible for people and families of all incomes.

When completed, it will provide a coordinated vision that supports more people being able to find a home that meets their needs with access to opportunities, services and amenities.
If you live or live/work in the City of Spokane, we want to hear about your housing needs, issues and experiences.

This survey should take 10 minutes to complete.

Be assured that this information is being used to further gain insights of the housing needs in the City of Spokane and will not be used for any other purpose.

All responses will be anonymous.
Please complete the survey by December 6, 2020.

Form 35R 

Washington REALTORS® Legal Hotline Lawyer Annie Fitzsimmons and Managing Broker Eric Shull with John L. Scott Kent North, this week, continue a new video series on Form 35R.
The fourth video in this series, Annie and Eric talk about the process of asking seller to make repairs, poorly drafted Form 35Rs, seller's options when buyer makes requests for repairs, properly using Form 34 Addendum/Amendment to the Purchase and Sale Agreement for attaching bids and more.
The 22-minute video is online here: 
Form 35R Part 4
Form 35R Part 4
The third video in this series is loaded with information on additional inspections and requests for repairs or modification.  
This video runs about 15-minutes: 
Form 35R Part 3 
Form 35R Part 3
The second video in the series covers the steps and the differences between the initial inspection period and the additional inspection period.
The video runs about 15-minutes, online here:
Form 35R: Part 2, Initial vs. Additional Inspection Period 
Form 35R: Part 2, Initial vs. Additional Inspection Period

The first video in the series covers a topic that many brokers want clarification on...counting dates, or the Computation of Time.  
Watch the new 16-minute video online here: 
Form 35R Part 1 
Form 35R Part 1
Using Images and Music in your Business 

Photos, video clips and music are great ways to engage your audience on your website, at live or virtual events, and in video tours.  
Follow these best practices to legally use third party creative works in your business, and avoid costly infringement actions.
The four-minute video is online here:   
Window to the Law: Using Images and Music in Your Business
Window to the Law:
Using Images and Music in Your Business

Building Community - Recording 


Thank you to the 100+ REALTORS® that attended our Building Community event on November 19th!  
We had three wonderful speakers who gave our attendees information to help them have important conversations surrounding diversity, equity and inclusion in real estate.  
We were so impressed with our speakers that we thought we'd share the recording for free with all our members (recording is without clock hours).  
Feel free to share with your fellow brokers!
Welcome to Fairhaven 
illustration of city
Pacific Northwesterners may already know about Fairhaven, the historic community just south of Bellingham.

NAR has created another Fairhaven - this one fictional - where REALTORS® work against the clock to sell homes while confronting discrimination in the homebuying process.

This new, immersive online simulation training puts members of the National Association of REALTORS® in the shoes of a client experiencing discrimination as they try to buy a home.

NAR's Fairhaven launched this week.

Take the RPAC® Jeopardy Challenge!  


How well do you know RPAC®?
RPAC® = REALTOR® Political Action Committee
Take the RPAC® Jeopardy Challenge online here.
You'll be surprised to learn how many times "RPAC did that!"  

RPR®'s Year in Review 



Wow, what a year.  
Our personal and professional lives were turned upside down, and there's still plenty of uncertainty in the future.  
However, the real estate business (and many others hopefully) continues to forge ahead, adjust, and maybe even improve.  
As the year winds down, please join us for a look back at 2020.  
We'll review RPR's new and most popular features, share our trainer's top tips, and take a sneak peek at what we have in store for 2021.

This webinar is offered twice:
Tuesday, December 8th, at 11 a.m.
Thursday, December 10th, 10 a.m.
If you can't make the webinar, sign up anyway and get a free recording of the event to watch any time.

New NAR Benefit  


If you're shopping for a major appliance, you may as well grab a discount when you can, right?

REALTORS®, REALTOR® Association employees, and immediate family members have access to the family of GEA brands including Profile™, Cafe™, GE®, Monogram®, Haier, and Hotpoint® appliances through the GE Appliances Store - an exclusive shopping site where you can browse from a variety of high-quality options and finishes to upgrade your home.

At the site you'll find popular appliances for every need:
  • Refrigeration: refrigerators, freezers, wine reserves and beverage centers, icemakers (including the new ice nugget maker)
  • Cooking: ranges, ovens, cooktops, microwave ovens, vent hoods, and more
  • Clean-up: washers, dryers, dishwashers, disposers, and compactors
  • Household: water filters, softeners, and heaters
  • Filters and parts


Marketing Ideas for New REALTORS® 


As a new REALTOR®, you probably have a lot of questions about where to start and how to build your business.

We know that it can be overwhelming, and perhaps even a little confusing with so many options to choose from.

However, RPR® is here to help!

As an NAR Member Benefit, RPR® is available exclusively to REALTORS®.

It provides you access to data, tools and reports that can help you "wow" your clients and close more deals.

In addition to searching for properties, building a comp analysis and sending property reports to clients, it can also help you market yourself to clients and prospects.

With some help from RPR, new agents can focus on establishing and building their businesses by adopting a tool that helps them market to neighborhoods, impress buyers, showcase their professionalism, and nail listing presentations.


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.
What Else do we Need - PSA Addenda with Sabrina Jones Schroeder.  
Two day Zoom class - both days required
Tuesday, December 15 - 9 a.m. - Noon
Thursday, December 17 - 9 a.m. - Noon
This is a six (6) hour course focusing on the addenda which might be added to a Purchase & Sale Agreement - the foundation of the transaction between the buyers and sellers of real estate. Understand the importance of using our local forms including the Spokane Addendum & the Spokane Buyer Representation Agreement.  
Plus, much more.


Success Basics for Landlords and Property Managers with Eric Bessett (Zoom class) 
Wednesday, December 16 - 1-4 p.m.
This course is divided into three distinct sessions: (1) Landlord-Tenant Law (including SB5600), (2) Forms, Notices & other documents (3) Practical, Real-World Best Practices. Come receive a comprehensive overview of how to property navigate the legal, practical and technical landscapes within this housing segment. 
3.0 clock hours  

In This Issue
2021 SAR Leadership Opportunities
WA Notify
2021 SAR Dues Due
Spokane Housing Action Plan Survey
Form 35R
Using Images and Music in your Business
Building Community - Recording
Welcome to Fairhaven
Take the RPAC® Jeopardy Challenge!
RPR®'s Year in Review
New NAR Benefit
Marketing Ideas for New REALTORS®
SAR Professional Development
SAR Blood Drive
Politics of Housing
WR Updates COVID-19 FAQs
SAR Member Roster Update - October
SAR Market Activity Report - October

Click on the calendar image below to see
the current SAR calendar showing dates and times
of classes, committees, and events. 
SAR Blood Drive 

SAR Blood Drive
December 15th and 17th 
Your SAR Serving Our Spokane (SOS) Committee is partnering with the Spokane-Eastern Washington Women's Council of REALTORS®, the Spokane REALTORS® YPN (Young Professionals Network), and Vitalant to hold a two-day Member blood drive to help support our local blood bank at this important time of year.
The blood drive will be held at two sites on two days in December. Pick the one that best suits your schedule and join your fellow REALTORS® in making a difference for those who need your gift of life.

If you can give blood on Tuesday, December 15th, on the north side, please click here.
If you can give blood on Thursday, December 17th, in downtown Spokane, please click here
Get your copy of the event flyer (pictured above) online here
Image from Vitalant
At SAR request, Vitalant has created this custom graphic (above) for members to use on their websites and social media channels.  
Download your copy here and use it however you like to promote your participation in the blood drive and encourage other members to join you!
Politics of Housing 

Monday, December 7th
1:30 p.m.

Join us for a special training session being offered by Washington REALTORS® offered free of cost to Spokane Association of REALTORS® members:
Working with Local Governments in Washington
When: December 7th / 1:30 PM 

Topic: Politics of Housing Training: Spokane REALTORS®
Please click the link below to join the webinar:
Or enter this ID to enter the Zoom room:
Webinar ID: 830 7868 1932

See the event flyer (pictured above), online here.

WR Updates COVID-19 FAQs 


The Governor, last month, announced wide ranging restrictions that went into effect Monday, November 16th, and will remain in effect through Monday, December 14th, to try to curb the surge in new COVID-19 cases in Washington State.

Some of these restrictions will impact residential and commercial real estate operations.

As of Monday, November 16th:
  • All real estate open houses are suspended.
  • Professional services should work from home. If you are unable to work from home, those services will be limited to 25% of building occupancy and closed to the general public.
  • Please note that private home showings are still permitted by appointment with no more than five (5) people, in addition to the broker, on site with strict social distancing.
Thank you to all of the real estate practitioners who have followed the Governor's COVID-19 orders and guidance and practicing real estate in a safe manner.

Real estate professionals have demonstrated to the public that we can conduct business safely and effectively under these guidelines; now, we will do it again.

Our team will continue to work with the Governor's office to help real estate brokers move forward with their business safely.
Get your copy of the new WR COVID-19 Real Estate FAQ Guidance document (pictured above) online here.
See a summary of changes to guidance for real estate practitioners, as of November 16th, directly from the governor's office (pictured above) online here. 
The SAR Governmental Affairs Committee has collected some resources and information on how COVID-19 restrictions affect your business.
To access this page on the SAR website, click here

SAR Member Roster Update - October

Updated for October 
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 - October 

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

See the October 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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