Weekly Notices
Friday, January 8, 2021
SAR Installs 2021 Leadership

For the first time in its 110 year history, the Spokane Association of REALTORS® installed its new officers and directors virtually, this week.
The no-contact installation event was created to comply with a government order against group assemblies during the COVID-19 global pandemic.
Watch the entire virtual event on the SAR YouTube channel. The program lasts about an hour. 

2021 Washington REALTORS® President Tom Hormel (a Spokane broker) installed the 2021 SAR officers and directors (pictured above):

President-Elect - Eric Etzel
Secretary - Doug Hagood (not present)
Director - Elizabeth Anders
Director - Gwen Arrand
Director - Gregory Barkley (not present)
Director - Dezda Finn
Director - Lee McIntyre
Director - Britney Inglis

Continuing officers and directors are:

Immediate Past-president - Tom Clark
Treasurer - Kristy Hamby
Director - Judy Flemmer
Director - Ron McIntire
Director - Abbey Parsons
Director - Barb Pielli

SAR photo
2021 Washington REALTORS® President Tom Hormel (a Spokane broker) installed 2021 SAR President Eric Johnson (pictured above). President Johnson's theme for the new year is "Better United."

Eric is the second SAR president in his family. His father, Leroy Johnson, was the association president in 1974 - the year of Expo74 World's Fair. Eric's parents watched the event today via Zoom.

SAR photo

2021 Women's Council of REALTORS® National President Pamela Banks (a Florida broker) installed the 2021 Women's Council of REALTORS® (WCR) Spokane-Eastern Washington officers (pictured above):

President - Jennifer Shupe
President Elect - Ken Sax
Treasurer - Cammie Bigham
Secretary - Mindy Jo Lyons
Program Director - Kristy Hamby
Membership Director - Cathy Wahl

SAR photo
2020 Spokane Young Professional's Network President Matt Side (a Spokane broker) installed the 2021 Spokane Young Professional's Network (YPN) officers (pictured above):
President - Bree Campana
President Elect - Chase Baxter
Treasurer - Justin Gray (not present)
Secretary - Joy Wood (not present)
Membership - Tony Byrne
Events - Abbey Parsons
Social Media/Marketing - Stacey K Overtoom
Sponsorship/Procurement - Haydn Halsted
Community Outreach/Diversity - Lacy Thomas
Advisory - Stephanie Johnson
Congratulations to all of our 2021 officers and directors - thank you for stepping up to serve our association and profession! 
And finally . . .
Our prize winners, drawn from those who were connected at the end:

$50         Ron McIntire
$100       Pam Novell
$150       Shannon Grady

2021 SAR Dues Due 
Your 2021 SAR annual dues were 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!  
2021 First Quarter MLS Fees Due 
Your SAR Board of Directors approved, at its December 9th meeting,  a $2.00 per month increase on MLS fees for 2021.  
This will assist in meeting the increased costs of operating SAR's MLS.  
The last increase in MLS fees was six years ago.
1st Quarter MLS Fees for 2021 have been invoiced and posted to the SAR Member Portal.   
Payment must be received on or before January 15, 2021.
To pay your 1st Quarter MLS Fees online, click on the button above, or go to the MLS Dashboard and click on the SAR Payments icon.   
When paying online, please do not combine your Annual SAR Dues with your Quarterly MLS Fees.   
These must be paid separately.
Take the Spokane Community Survey 
The City of Spokane invites you - as a REALTOR® and housing industry professional - to share your feedback on its Housing Action Plan.
The City of Spokane is creating the Housing Action Plan to help increase housing options that are affordable and accessible for people and families of all incomes.  
As Spokane grows, we are facing a gap in housing supply.  
The plan will provide a strategic approach to address current and future housing needs of the Spokane community.  
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.  
This process builds upon previous community discussions and initiatives around infill development, housing quality, and affordable housing funding. 

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.

Go directly to the Fairhaven simulation online here.

Fair Housing: The Way Home 

Thursday, January 28th 
The Whitman County Association of REALTORS® invites you to take a virtual trip to Pullman and join them for a free class: Fair Housing - The Way Home with Paula Monthofer.

Thursday, January 28th
9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
via Zoom
3 clock hours

Download the class flyer (pictured above) online here.

Finance Assistance through SNAP 

SNAP Financial Access shares word that it is now offering 100% financing to first-time home buyers who may have been turned down by conventional lenders - to include buyers who can't afford a down payment and have poor credit.  
Download the flyer (pictured above) online here
Tax Summit 

Begins February 3rd 
Let's face it, filing taxes can cause a lot of anxiety.  
As a new agent, managing tax documents, understanding complex returns, and constant tax law changes makes preparing a tax return a tedious process.  
The Center for REALTOR® Financial Wellness offers a series of four one-hour webinars in which you'll hear from experts and get the tips you need to save time and money while reducing your stress.  
More information about the dates, times, speakers, and content is online here
The express link to register is below: 
100 Days to Greatness® 
Buffini & Company
First course: January 11th 
Your SAR Professional Development committee wants you to know about a great training opportunity coming your way in January: 100 Days to Greatness® presented by Buffini & Company. 
Buffini & Company 100 Days to Greatness program, a new agent training program, provides a step-by-step approach to building your business.  
The program will help set the foundation for a professional career that will withstand the test of time and get you quickly on the road to building a successful real estate business.  
The program is also helpful for those looking to build greater traction in their career.
This program is offered through the NAR REALTOR® Benefits Program. 
Read more about this opportunity and register online here
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.
First Classes of 2021! 
Purchase & Sale  
Monday, January 11th
12:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. 
Thursday, January 14th
8:30 a.m. - noon
via Zoom   
7.5 clock hours 
Must be present both days.  

This mandatory 7.5 hr course will include: An introduction and discussion of intentions, goals and purposes in properly completing the new Purchase & Sale Agreement; the deposit, parties and property; financing and the financing contingencies, title insurance and transfer and inspections; representations and disclosure; and remaining provisions.This class must be taken once every four years. This mandatory course will include: An introduction and discussion of intentions, goals and purposes in properly completing the new Purchase & Sale Agreement; the deposit, parties and property; financing and the financing contingencies, title insurance and transfer and inspections; representations and disclosure; and remaining provisions.This class must be taken once every four years.



Success Basics for Landlords & Property Managers
Wednesday, January 13th
1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
via Zoom  
3.0 clock hours 

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 with Eric Bessett.
In This Issue
SAR Installs 2021 Leadership
2021 SAR Dues PAST DUE
2021 First Quarter MLS Fees Due
Take the Spokane Community Survey
Welcome to Fairhaven
Fair Housing: The Way Home
Finance Assistance through SNAP
Tax Summit
100 Days to Greatness®
SAR Professional Development
Healthy Washington
Legislature Convenes Next Week
SAVE THE DATE: 2021 Hill Day
Candidate Training School
WCR: Advocacy, Housing and Beyond
SAR Member Roster Update - November
SAR Market Activity Report - November

Click on the image below to see
the current SAR calendar showing dates and times
of classes, committees, and events. 
Healthy Washington 
Washington State Governor Jay Inslee, this week, announced "Healthy Washington - Roadmap to Recovery," a COVID-19 phased recovery plan.  
Beginning on January 11 (Monday), the state will follow a regional recovery approach with every region beginning in Phase 1.
This new recovery system aims to safely ease some restrictions while also maintaining crucial hospital capacity, ensuring care for Washingtonians that need it and paving the way for economic recovery.
Legislature Convenes Next Week
Session Convenes January 11th  
The Washington State Legislature will convene its 2021 session on Monday, January 11th - fully virtual this year.
Your Washington REALTORS® governmental affairs team, and your SAR governmental affairs committee, will be keeping an eye on things and updating us on bills that would impact your business as the session proceeds.
Should you like to follow the progress and speak on specific bills during the session, we offer these resources:
Washington State Legislature main page 
REGISTER NOW: 2021 Hill Day

January 18-21 
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, WR members and staff will be unable to make the traditional in-person trek to the Washington State Capitol Building for our hill visits this year.  
WR has adapted and will be hosting a virtual legislative event instead.  
Normally, 400-600 REALTORS® attend the Legislative Day event and with the event being virtual, it will be even more accessible than ever!  
COST: FREE - WR is waiving the fees to attend this year.

Please register in advance. Information about virtual hill visits and instructions and links will be sent to registrants in advance.
Also this year, you can virtually attend the installation event for 2021 Washington REALTORS® president Tom Hormel (an SAR member), and 2021 Washington REALTORS® Vice President for Governmental Affairs Eric Johnson (an SAR member), and the new members of our Washington REALTORS® Board of Directors.
Candidate Training School
Saturday, January 16th
Have you ever thought about taking your passion for REALTOR® issues to a place where you can do something about it?
If you believe strongly in home ownership, private property rights, controlling business regulation and taxes, join us to explore the idea of running for local office.
The Spokane Association of REALTORS® is joining with Spokane Home Builders and Better Spokane to bring you a special candidate training school on Saturday, January 16th, from 10 a.m. to noon.
This virtual event is offered at no charge. 
WCR: Advocacy, Housing and Beyond
Thursday, January 14th, at Noon 
Please join us for our 2021 kickoff event, "Advocacy, Housing and Beyond" with Nathan Gorton and Milissa Rosenau.

Event: "Advocacy, Housing and Beyond"
Event Date: Thursday, January 14th , 2021
Event Time: 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
SAR Member Roster Update - November

Updated for November 
 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 - December 

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

See the December 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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