Weekly Notices
Friday, February 22, 2019  
2019 James S. Black Memorial Scholarship 
February 22nd 
Applications are now being accepted for the 2019 James S. Black Memorial Scholarship.

This scholarship helps members pay for tuition and expenses leading to professional designations such as GRI, CRS, CPM, SIR, or MAI. 

The deadline to submit applications to the SAR is Friday, February 22nd.

The scholarship will be awarded March 21st  at the SAR's quarterly membership meeting at Centerplace Regional Events Center.


Download the scholarship information/application packet (pictured above) online here

Gary Fox Award   

DEADLINE:   Friday, March 1, 2019     
Your SAR is calling for nominations for the 2018 Gary Fox Memorial Designated/Managing Broker Award to recognize a designated broker or managing broker who serves as an example of loyalty, ethical behavior and leadership in the real estate profession.
Applications for the 2018 award must be submitted by close of business Friday, March 1st.

The award will be presented to its 2018 recipient at the SAR Quarterly Membership Meeting on March 21st.  

Download the award information/nomination packet (pictured above) online here



Thursday, March 7
Doubletree Downtown Hotel  

The Spokane Association of REALTORS® is Signature Sponsor to the Spokane Home Builders Association Real Estate Development and Construction Conference - REDCON - on March 7th.
Join us at this informative panelist discussion to learn more about our areas biggest challenges in front of new development.  
Panels will include elected officials, government planners and administration along with members of the development community in the Spokane area.  
This forum is an opportunity in our region to ask questions and discuss current development, planning and construction issues.

NAHB photo
Attendees will also hear from NAHB Chief Economist, Robert Dietz (pic tured) who will speak on national housing trends and give an economic update.
"Housing affordability in Spokane has declined over the last 5 years as home prices have increased," says Dietz. "However, local affordability conditions remains better than the national average, and much better than coastal metro areas."
Mr. Dietz outlines his remarks as follows: 
  • National economic forecast
  • A focus on the federal reserve, monetary policy and interest rates
  • Local economic and building data, including affordability information
  • Supply-side factors affecting cost and inventory
  • Housing forecast
  • Q&A

Download the event flyer online here.
Go directly to the registration page online here:  




Our Washington REALTORS® Legal Hotline attorney Annie Fitzsimmons is back, this week, with a new video on FIRPTA.
FIRPTA is the Foreign Investment in Real Property Tax Act, 26 U.S.C. § 1445.
This federal law provides that a buyer must withhold 10% of the amount realized by the foreign seller in the sale of an interest in U.S. real property. 
Annie revisits an older video on FIRPTA with an update on best practices and Form 22E. 
Watch the five-minute video online here: 
FIRPTA - Best Practices
FIRPTA - Best Practices

Lunch & Learn: The ABCs of 1031  


Wednesday, February 27th


Welcome to the first SAR Lunch and Learn of 2019: The ABCs of 1031 with Rosemary Warnick, President, Certified Exchange Specialist CES™.

Rosemary will cover: How to determine whether a real estate sale could be a 1031 exchange; basic requirements of a 1031 exchange; stages of the exchange; and answer your questions!

Veteran's Chronicle - Reserve your Space! 


Deadline: March 8th

Here is an excellent place to market your listings that accept VA-Financing!

The Spokesman-Review special monthly insert, Veterans Chronicle, delivers your listing to every print and online reader of The Spokesman-Review, with a unique veteran-centric audience on Friday, March 15th.

This insert is the result of an SAR Work Group that has worked the past two years to move the association closer to a more friendly relationship with our regional veterans.


Education Excellence/Quarterly Meeting 
Thursday, March 21
(Early-bird Registration through March 17) 
Education Excellence and
Quarterly Membership Meeting
Professional Apps, Scripts, and other Tools to Aid the Client and Real Estate Professional - with Mike Selvaggio
Check-in: 8:00 a.m.
Class: 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
with break at 10:00 a.m. for breakfast and meeting
at CenterPlace Event Center in Spokane Valley 
3.0 clock hours  
The Voice for Real Estate #95 


To protect 30-year, fixed-rate mortgages, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac should be given new charters that turn them into utilities with private shareholders and federal backing for catastrophic losses, NAR says.

The association's proposal was introduced at a policy forum it hosted in early February.

Also, using automated texts as part of you marketing could violate do-not-call laws.

If you have clients whose application for a federally backed Rural Housing Service loan got snagged in the shutdown, let NAR know so it can help your clients get priority processing.

Also, a residential and commercial market outlook for 2019.

See the eight-minute video online here:

Voice for Real Estate 95: Mortgage Reform, Texts, Rural Loans, Outlook
Voice for Real Estate 95: Mortgage Reform,
Texts, Rural Loans, Outlook

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
Current Issues in Washington Residential Real Estate
Tuesday, February 26 - Core Curriculum - with Sabrina Jones-Schroeder.
Check-in: 8:30 a.m.
Class: 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
at the SAR
3.0 clock hours
Thursday, March 21 - Quarterly Membership Meeting and Education Excellence - Professional Apps, Scripts, and other Tools to Aid the Client and Real Estate Professional - with Mike Selvaggio
Check-in: 8:00 a.m.
Class: 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
with break at 10:00 a.m. for breakfast and meeting
at CenterPlace Event Center in Spokane Valley 
3.0 clock hours 
Spokane Association of REALTORS(R) - Continuing Education 
Training Superior Instructors 
Tuesday, March 26, and Wednesday, March 27 - Instructor Development Workshop - Training Superior Instructors - with Linda Miller Sheets.
Check-in: 8:00 a.m.
Class: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. both days
at the SAR
15 clock hours
In This Issue
2019 James S. Black Memorial Scholarship
Gary Fox Award
Lunch & Learn: The ABCs of 1031
Veteran's Chronicle
Education Excellence/Quarterly Meeting
The Voice for Real Estate #95
2019 REALTOR® Education
2019 SAR Dues PAST DUE!
019 Real Estate Market Forum
Governmental Affairs Report
Bylaws Vote - 30 Day Notice
2019 Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo
Member Roster Update - January
Member Roster Update - January
Market Activity Report - January
2019 SAR Dues PAST DUE!  

Your SAR dues for 2019 are now past due.
Thank you if you have already paid them!

Dues may still be paid until February 28th but must, now, include the 10% late penalty.  
Click on the image above to pay your SAR dues for 2019 online now, or print your invoice and pay by mail, or pay in person at the SAR: 1924 North Ash Street, Spokane WA 99205.

Click on the calendar image below to see
the current SAR calendar showing dates and times
of classes, committees and events. 
2019 Real Estate Market Forum 

SAR photo
About 700 people attended the Spokane Kootenai Real Estate Market Forum at the Spokane Convention Center, this week.
2019 SAR President Gina Mosey (pictured above) delivered a 15-minute presentation on the state of the residential real estate market in Spokane County.
This very popular event, now in its third decade, is organized by the Spokane-Kootenai Real Estate Research Committee. 
Read more about this event online here.  

Governmental Affairs Report 
WR Legislative Day / SAR photo

Legislative Cut-off Today
The impact of the Unlock the Door Campaign and our Spokane Association of REALTORS® Hill Day appears to have made a profound impact in this year's session.  
Washington lawmakers have introduced a near record number of bills, over 2,000 and counting, with over 300 that include the word "housing."  
Most of these bills will disappear after the legislative cutoff of February 22nd, when any bill that doesn't make it out of committee automatically dies.  
Snow storms have already resulted in several hearings being canceled or postponed.  
See the SAR Governmental Affairs Report for February 20th (pictured above), online here.  
This document was prepared for, and shared with, the members of the SAR Governmental Affairs Committee who held their February meeting at the SAR this week.
SAR photo
The committee's guest speaker, this week, was newly-elected Spokane County Auditor Tom Konis (pictured above) who offered a view of the residential real estate landscape as he sees it from his office.
Mr. Konis mentioned the total assessed value of Spokane County property will soon top $50B, with an average annual growth of 9-13% in recent years.  
This rate of increase in property values is similar to what our own MLS reports (prices up about 12% last year). 


Bylaws Vote - 30 Day Notice 


The Board of Directors of the Association is submitting to the membership at the March 21, 2019, General Membership meeting proposed Bylaw changes.    
The proposed Bylaw amendments are renaming the Education Committee and splitting the Communication/Member Services Committee into two separate committees.

Appointed Committees

Section 18.1 Standing Committees.

The President shall annually appoint the members and designate the Chairperson of the Standing Committees.

The President-Elect shall designate the Vice Chairperson of each Standing Committee.

All such appointments shall be subject to confirmation by the Board of Directors.

The Standing Committees shall be:

(a) Education Committee Professional Development Committee
(b)  Governmental Affairs Committee
(c)  Grievance Committee
(d)  Special Events Committee
(e)  Professional Standards Committee
(f)   Communication /Member Services Committee
(g)  Membership Committee
(h)  Technology Committee
(i)  Forms Committee
(j)  Serving Our Spokane (SOS)

2019 Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo 

Registration Open Now!

Registration is open now for the 2019 REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo in Washington DC!

The REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo is where NAR members take an active role to advance the real estate industry, public policy and the association.

REALTORS® come to Washington, DC, for Capitol Hill visits, special issues forums, committee meetings, legislative activities and the industry trade show.

This year's Legislative Meetings take place May 13-18, 2019, and the REALTORS® Trade Expo takes place
May 15-16, 2019.
The event is held annually in Washington, DC, each May.

WCR: Bowling, Burgers, and Brew 

RSVP Deadline March 5th

The Spokane-Eastern Washington Women's Council of REALTORS® invites all WCR members to attend its March event: Bowling, Burgers, and Brew, March 7th at Players & Spectators in Spokane Valley!

Download the event flyer (pictured above), suitable for sharing and posting in your office, online here.

Member Roster Update - February

Updated for February

Click here to view the latest Member Roster Update - approved by the Board of Directors.

Click here to view the latest list of MLS Subscription Waivers - approved by the Board of Directors.  

Send a message to Brenda at the SAR with any changes.  

Market Activity Report - January   

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

See the JANUARY 2019 Market Snapshot Report
(pictured above)   online here.

See the 2018 YEAR END Market Snapshot Report (pictured above), online here.

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