Weekly Notices
Friday, January 3, 2020
2020 SAR Installation Luncheon 
Thursday, January 9th!

It's time for your association's annual renewal ritual with the 2020 SAR Leadership Installation of Officers and Member Luncheon on Thursday, January 9th!
Join your colleagues and friends as we say thank you to Gina Mosey for her service to the association as immediate past president and install Tom Clark as our association's 2020 president - our 109th president in association history. 
Download the event flyer for this event (pictured above), online here. 

New State Laws Effective January 1st 
The Spokesman-Review photo
New state laws, effective January 1st, will affect your work as a REALTOR® in Washington:
  • The real estate excise tax changes fom a flat 1.28% of the sales price to a sliding scale. For the first $500,000, the tax is 1.1%; for the amount between $500,000 to $1.5 million, the tax is 1.28%; for the amount between $1.5 million and $3 million it's 2.75%, and for the amount over $3 million it's 3%.
  • A person buying a home without any smoke detectors installed in it must be provided at least one smoke detector by the seller.
  • The buyer of a home near a working forest must be notified by the seller, with an explanation to the buyer that normal forest practices are protected against lawsuits under the state Right to Farm Act.
  • Children must be in a booster seat until they are four feet nine inches tall, or 13 years old, whichever comes first - think clients with children in your car.


Broker Load of Closed Sales in Paragon
Beginning on Monday, January 6, 2020, closed sales can be reported directly in the Paragon system by staff and brokers
with listing input access.
  • Closed sales must be reported by the next business day after recording.
  • FSBO sales must still be sent to the SAR/MLS for closed sales reporting.
  • Duplicate listings may only be reported once. Send an email to the SAR/MLS and the SAR/MLS staff will remove the duplicate listing from the system.
  • Closed sales may still be emailed or faxed to the SAR/MLS office to be input at no charge.
  • Closed Sales must continue to be reported by 10 a.m. on the first working day of the month to ensure that they are included in the monthly statistical reports. (For example, all January 2020 sales must be reported by 10 a.m. on February 3, 2020 to be included in the January numbers.)
2020 WR Legislative Day 

January 22-23!
REGISTER NOW for the 2020 Washington REALTORS® Legislative Day in Olympia - January 22-23, next year.
Washington REALTOR® CEO Steve Francks and Government Affairs Director Nathan Gorton give us a sneak preview of the upcoming Legislative Session, REALTOR® priorities and how members can participate in this annual event.   
Watch their five-minute video online here:  

Legislative Update
Legislative Update

The Washington REALTORS® Legislative Day is a long-standing tradition among broker members in Washington state.
In 2019, the REALTOR® message was "Unlock the Door for Affordable Home Ownership!"  

WR photo
SAR members joined member colleagues from across the state to deliver that message to the steps of the Capitol building (photo above) and directly to elected Members in face-to-face meetings with every Spokane-area legislator.  
The Washington REALTORS® Legislative Day, or "Hill Day." is a chance for you to take the voice of Washington REALTORS® directly to lawmakers in our state capital as they begin their session as we did last year. 
"Why should I go?"  
Listen to the answer Spokane broker member Judy Flemmer answers that question in this two-minute video:

Washington REALTORS® Legislative Day - You should go! 
Washington REALTORS® Legislative Day
You should go!
The SAR Governmental Affairs Committee offers an illustrated review of the National, State, and Local Governmental Affairs efforts Members have made in support of the Spokane Association REALTORS® and our clients.
It's good to be reminded of what we accomplished together last year, and what we will set out to accomplish this year.


2019's Big Takeaways for RE 
REALTOR® magazine photo
REALTOR® magazine has complied a list of some of the biggest real estate topics that made headlines in 2019 - and makes predictions for 2020.
The magazine's crystal ball shows expected developments in the housing crunch, the rise of the ibuyer, MLS disputes growing louder, data in-security, and how the property technology space will accelerate.

Remodeling for your Sellers 
Washington REALTORS® Legal Hotline attorney Annie Fitzsimmons begins 2020 with a video to help you see an issue more clearly - whether or not it's a good idea for you to be doing any remodeling work for your Sellers.
What do you say - yes or no?
This is probably the shortest, most definitive answer Annie has ever offered to a Legal Hotline question. 
See what Annie says in this five-minute video:

Can the Broker handle remodeling of Seller's Bathroom?
Can the Broker handle remodeling
of Seller's Bathroom?


2020 at the Children's Clubhouse 

There is a lot of red in the January volunteer calendar at the Children's Clubhouse.
The SAR has been instrumental in keeping this valuable resource open at Sacred Heart Children's Hospital - it offers a playroom for siblings of children who undergo treatment at the hospital. The playhouse gives kids time to be kids at a time of family stress.
Will any of these open volunteer opportunities work for you? 
See the January 2020 Children's Clubhouse Volunteers calendar (pictured above), online here.     
Contact Jennifer Richardson at the hospital to put your name on an open volunteer sh ift - 474-5469
If you are not yet a Children's Clubhouse volunteer and want to sign up, read more here

Committee Service Tumbler 

SAR photo

If you served on an SAR committee last year (2019) please be sure to pick up a tumbler (pictured above) on your next visit to the SAR if you didn't get one at your last committee meeting of the year.
The handy-sized tumbler will keep hot beverages hot, cold beverages cold, or hold your pens/pencils on your desk in fine style. 
This is a gift of your SAR Board of Directors to acknowledge the hundreds of volunteer hours so many Members cheerfully give to keep the SAR running smoothly all year.
Founded in 1911, the Spokane Association of REALTORS® is recognized locally and state-wide as one of the top local REALTOR® associations in the Pacific Northwest - thanks to its terrific Members and staff.
If you served on a committee last year, THANK YOU - and remember to come in and pick up your tumbler!   

2020 REALTOR® Education


Quality of Education 
through SAR/WR Education Instructors

THANK YOU for a great year with Continuing Education classes and Lunch & Learn events at your SAR!
Our classes and events bring the best local and state instructors/presenters here to Spokane to make it easy and affordable for you to stay current in your profession.   
You'll see below our class offerings planned, so far, for 2020. 

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.
Code of Ethics: Standards for Success
Tuesday, January 7 - 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, January 13 - Transaction Desk - with Eric Johnson.
Registration: 8:45 a.m.
Class: 9:00 a.m. to Noon
at the SAR
3.0 clock hours  
Code of Ethics for Real Estate Professionals 
Code of Ethics for Real Estate Professionals
Tuesday, January 14 - Code of Ethics for Real Estate Professionals - with Linda Miller Sheets.
Check-in: 8:15 a.m.
Class: 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
at the SAR
4.0 clock hours  
Wednesday, January 29 - Basics for Landlords and Property Managers - with Eric Bessett.
Check-in: 12:34 p.m.
Class: 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
at the SAR  
3.0 clock hours 
Statewide Purchase and Sale Agreement 
Statewide Purchase and Sale Agreement
Thursday, January 30 - Statewide 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
In This Issue
2020 SAR Installation Luncheon
New State Laws Effective January 1st
Broker Load of Closed Sales in Paragon
2020 WR Legislative Day
2019's Big Takeaways for RE
Remodeling for your Sellers
2020 at the Children's Clubhouse
Committee Service Tumbler
2019 REALTOR® Education
2020 SAR Dues Due
2020 COE
Veterans Chronicle
2020 SAR Dues Due
SAR 109th Year
Member Roster Update - December
Market Activity Report - November

Click on the calendar image below to see
the current SAR calendar showing dates and times
of classes, committees, and events. 
2020 SAR Dues Due  

Your 2020 SAR annual dues were due January 1st, 2020.
In order to avoid the 10% late penalty please make sure you pay them by January 31, 2020.     
To pay your 2020 SAR annual dues online, click on the button 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, or you may pay in person at the SAR:
1924 North Ash Street.
Thank you for your continuing membership in your SAR!    

2020 COE 

"Under all is the land."
What important document begins with these words?
If you guessed the REALTOR® Code of Ethics, you are correct!
The Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice of the National Association of REALTORS® was adopted in 1913 as one of the first codifications of ethical duties adopted by any business group.  
The Code ensures that consumers are served by requiring REALTORS® to cooperate with each other in furthering clients' best interests.
NAR has just released its newly updated version of our COE for 2020, effective January 1st.  
Download your copy of the brand-new 2020 REALTOR® Code of Ethics for posting in your office online here

Veterans Chronicle 

Our friends at The Spokesman-Review share word that their Vete rans Chronicle - an idea the SAR brought to the newspaper two years ago - will continue and expand in the new year.
This monthly insert to the daily newspaper "will have even more content, more tips for veterans' benefits, and more success stories of local veterans," according to The Spokesman-Review.
This would be a great opportunity for you to promote your business to this important and growing local population.  
Download the flyer with details about this opportunity (pictured above) online here

WCR: Wine Not be a Member 

Thursday, January 16th      
Hello Fellow REALTORS® and Industry Partners,
Get ready for the first membership mixer of 2020 at our new location at Nectar Catering and Events on Stevens! 
This event sells out so get your free tickets now at   https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wine-not-be-a-member-tickets-87389236559  to RSVP and get a drink on us!    


SAR 109th Year 
2020 will be the 109th year of the Spokane Association of REALTORS®.
The SAR began as the Spokane Realty Board over lunch in Davenport's Restaurant on the first of September in 1911.
To help celebrate its centennial in 2011, the SAR commissioned Under All is the Land (pictured above).
You can watch this 30-minute video online here.
Under All Is The Land - Spokane Association of REALTORS® Centennial Video 
Under All Is The Land
Spokane Association of REALTORS® Centennial Video

Member Roster Update - December

Updated for December

Click here to view the latest Member Roster Update (pictured above) - approved by the Board of Directors at its December meeting.

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

Market Activity Report - November   

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

See the November 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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