Weekly Notices
Friday, July 17, 2020
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All 39 Washington State counties are paused where they are in the Safe Start Washington program for at least two weeks due to concerning state-wide coronavirus numbers.  
This means no county will be advancing from its current phase until at least July 28th.  
"I'm extending the pause on our phased approach to reopening through at least July 28th. COVID-19 is continuing to spread in Washington. Counties will pause in their current phases until it's responsible to resume reopening.
This virus isn't going away on its own. We have to beat it."
--Governor Jay Inslee, quoted from his official social media channels on Tuesday 7/14 - the day of the pause.
Read more about this in The Spokesman-Review online here

View the full Face Covering Requirements document from the governor's office (pictured above) online here.  
Updated July 16, 2020
Spokane County remains in Phase 2 of the governor's Safe Start Recovery Plan.
Each county's status is based on five risk assessment areas: COVID-19 activity, testing, healthcare system readiness, case investigations and contact tracing, and the protection of populations at higher risk.
You can check the status of any county, any time, on the state's COVID-19 Risk Assessment Dashboard, online here.

Updated July 7th 

Washington REALTORS® and the Northwest Multiple Listing Service continue to revise the FAQ guidance document for Brokers as information changes.
The current version of this document is new as of July 7th.
Download this document (pictured above) online here  

All Washington REALTORS® COVID-19 resources are online here.

SAR 2020 Endorsements
Your SAR Governmental Affairs Committee is pleased to announce its endorsements, and encourage your support, 
for these candidates in the upcoming 2020 election:
Washington State Legislature  
Sen. Andy Billig                            
Sen. Mike Padden                         
Sen. Mark Schoesler                    
Rep. Marcus Riccelli                       
Rep. Jenny Graham                      
Rep. Mike Volz                              
Rep. Jacquelin Maycumber     
Leonard Christian  

Spokane County Commissioner
Josh Kerns
Mary Kuney

See the SAR formal news release (pictured above), delivered to local media last week, online here.  
These endorsements are based on in-person interviews with each endorsed candidate and careful discernment of each candidate's position on REALTOR® issues such as home ownership, private property rights, and small business advocacy.  
Ballots for the 2020 Primary Election will be mailed on July 15th.
The 2020 Primary Election Day is August 4th. 

DOL Announces New Online System
The Washington State Department of Licensing (DOL) has  launched a new online system for licensees to manage their professional and business licensing information.   
Helpful instructions and videos about Secure Access Washington (SAW) accounts, how to access the new system, setting up an account, and how to link licenses can be found online here
If you are having technical difficulties with the new system, please contact the Command Center at: 360-664-0200 option 7 or email at DOLelicensingsupport@dol.wa.gov.

E-KEY Showing Notifications
Did you know your Supra eKEY can tell you who accessed your listings and when?

Click on the image below to see a two-minute mini-lesson on how this works:

SAR Leadership Nominations Open
Nominations are open for directors to serve on your association board for 2021-2022.
There are five, two-year terms available on the board.

Nominees for directorships must be REALTOR® members of the Association who have:
(i)     served on a minimum of two (2) standing committees within the seven (7) years prior to the time of the election;
(ii)   served on one (1) standing committee within the three (3) years prior to the time of the election; or
(iii)who are currently serving, or within the one (1) year prior to the time of the election have served, as President of the Young Professionals Network or President of the Women's Council of REALTORS®.

If a candidate has served on only one (1) standing committee within the three (3) years prior to the time of the election, that candidate must also attend two (2) Board of Directors meetings within the twelve (12) months prior to running for Director.
To place a name in nomination with the Nominating Committee, please complete the application, offered below.
You may FAX your completed form to the SAR at 324-8650, mail to:  SAR, 1924 N Ash, Spokane, WA 99205, or Email to Sharon@SpokaneRealtor.com by Friday, July 31st.
If you have questions, please contact Tom Clark at 499-9999 or Sharon Houston at 326-9222. 

Thank you for participating in the leadership of your association!     
Download the  2021-2022 SAR Director Nomination Form (pictured above)   online here.
Legal Hotline - Loan Decline Letter 

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 their questions to her via email so she could address them and share them as a Friday Video.  
TODAY'S QUESTION: "When a buyer has a form 22A (Financing Addendum) in the transaction and their loan is declined, but they still have a couple of weeks before closing, can they use the Decline Letter from the first lender in case they don't get the second loan closed in time?"
If you or your Designated Broker would like to have a question addressed, email legalhotline@warealtor.org
Here's Annie's new video - it runs about seven minutes:  
DB's Wishlist Q & A - Loan Decline Letter 
DB's Wishlist Q & A - Loan Decline Letter
RPR Quick Tips 
Introducing RPR Quick Tips.
Every weekday in June, our awesome training team walked viewers (via Facebook) through a valuable RPR skill in one quick session, anywhere from two to seven minutes.  
These are now a video collection where you can easily learn how to create a property flyer, generate mailing labels, refine a home's value, and so much more.
It's a concise way to introduce or reacquaint yourself with the power of RPR, the nation's largest property database that gives REALTORS ® access to real estate data, tools and reports.
Try watching a tip per day or take them all in at once, it's up to you!  
You won't spend a ton of time, but you'll learn some heavyweight skills, shortcuts and strategies.
See 22 Things to do in RPR online here.
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 
Your SAR Professional Development Committee is pleased to announce we will be holding two virtual classes with local instructors this month - see details below.   
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.
Purchase & Sale with Sabrina Jones Schroeder 
Two day Zoom class - both days required
Tuesday 7/21 - 8:30-12:30  
Thursday 7/23 - 8:30-Noon
 7.5 clock hours
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. 
What Else do we Need - PSA Addenda with Sabrina Jones Schroeder.  
Two day Zoom class - both days required
Tuesday 7/28 - 9am-Noon
Thursday 7/30 - 9 am-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.
Thursday, July 23rd
9 a.m.
Planned content (subject to change): 
  • Curating and Creating Content that Works
  • Podcasting for Pennies  
  • How to get Over Your Video Fears 
  • Creating Videos that Work for You 
  • Building Your Social Brand 
  • Best Apps that Works  
Core Curriculum Zoom Class with Sabrina Jones Schroeder
Tuesday, August 4th 
9:00 a.m. to noon
3.0 clock hours

Tax-Reduction Strategies for the Real Estate Professional - with Maine Shafer with Bradford Tax Solutions.
FREE Zoom class
Thursday, August 13
9:30 a.m. - 12:00 noon
No clock hours but great information!

After this seminar, you'll have what you need to bring to your tax accountant, so you qualify for thousands of dollars more in deductions.

Please plan to log in at 9:15 a.m. in case you have to download an app or encounter any login issues. Seminar begins promptly at 9:30 a.m.


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
Pause on Re-opening
SAR 2020 Endorsements
DOL Announces New Online System
E-KEY Showing Notifications
SAR Leadership Nominations Open
Legal Hotline - Loan Decline Letter
RPR Quick Tips
Right Tools, Right Now
SAR Professional Development
Public Health Alert
SAR REALTOR® Blood Drive
Someone is Always Watching
Emerging Technology
SAR 3rd Grade Essay/Poster Contest
Member Roster Update - June
Market Activity Report - June

Click on the calendar image below to see
the current SAR calendar showing dates and times
of classes, committees, and events. 
Other regional calendars:
Public Health Alert
The Washington Poison Center has issued a Public Health Alert concerning hand sanitizers: 
Some alcohol-based hand sanitizers that were manufactured in Mexico have been found to contain a significant amount of methanol, also known as wood alcohol. Due to its toxic effects, methanol is not an accepted ingredient in hand sanitizers, and is dangerous to use-recent updates from the FDA report adverse events among adults and children exposed to contaminated hand sanitizer products, including blindness, hospitalizations, and death.
Download the alert - suitable for sharing and posting in your office (pictured above) - online here. 
SAR REALTOR® Blood Drive
The Inland NW is in critical need of blood donations.   
Because of the shortage, the Spokane Association of REALTORS® will be hosting a  blood drive to help our community.
To participate, please click on the button below.  
Then, in a few days, you will be sent another link to schedule a time that works for you on the Realtors assigned blood drive day.
Thank you!
Your SAR SOS (Serving our Spokane) Committee  
Spokane REALTORS® YPN (Young Professionals Network) 
Someone is Always Watching
SAR photo
#1 Click in Last Week's Notices! 
2020 SAR President Tom Clark, Kestell Company REALTORS® (right, above) and 2020 SAR Communications Committee Chair Laura Branning, EXIT Real Estate Professionals (left, above) have a video message about broker behavior in the field during a time of pandemic.
They share what has been reported to the SAR with some general advice for us all. 
The short message: someone is always watching.
See the new six-minute video online here: 
Be the REALTOR® your clients think you are. 
Be the REALTOR® your clients think you are.


Dan Weisman, NAR's Director of Emerging Technology, recommends tech tools to help your business during these challenging times. 

See his new three-minute video online here:

All National Association of REALTORS® COVID-19 resources are online here.

SAR 3rd Grade Essay/Poster Contest 

The Spokane Association of REALTORS® is pleased to announce the winners of its 3rd Grade Essay/Poster Contest for 2020 on the theme "What my home means to me."  
This annual event attracts dozens of students from public and private elementary schools throughout Spokane County.  
This year's contest included a new challenge of coordinating the creation and submission of the entries during a global pandemic when local schools were closed to in-person classes.  
The association particularly appreciates the additional effort both teachers and students put forward to make this year's contest such a success.  
Thank you to all who entered and our SAR committee members who judged them - and congratulations to our contest winners!
See the top-four essay/poster entries in this year's contest (pictured above) online here

Member Roster Update - June        

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

Market Activity Report - June     

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

See the June 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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