Weekly Notices
Friday, July 3, 2020
PHASE 1 -> PHASE 2 -> PHASE 3 -> PHASE 4

Washington State Governor Jay Inslee froze all 39 counties in his Safe Start pandemic recovery program, this week, due to a frightening spike in COVID-19 cases all over the state (see Spokane County graph above).  
Also this week, Governor Inslee announced a statewide order for businesses to require face coverings of all employees and customers.
Under this proclamation, businesses may not serve any customer, services or goods, if they do not comply with the state-wide face covering order
Read the latest news in The Spokesman-Review online here
Updated July 2, 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.
Washington REALTORS® and the NWMLS have collaborated to put this training video together to help you re-open your offices safely.
See the 20-minute video online here:  
Covid19 Training for Real Estate Offices 
Covid19 Training for Real Estate Offices

Updated June 24th

Washington REALTORS® and the Northwest Multiple Listing Service have revised the FAQ guidance to include information for Phases 1, 1.5, 2, and 3 for real estate activities based on the latest .  
Download this document (pictured above) online here  



Washington REALTORS® and Northwest MLS have developed resources that firms can use to safely re-open their offices in compliance with the required safety protocols.

Download printable posters, a re-opening plan, and a training PowerPoint.

Take advantage of these materials; we have created them so you don't have to!


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


2020 NAR President-elect Charlie Oppler (pictured) shares tips for keeping COVID-19 safety precautions top-of-mind in your business strategy.

See his new three-minute video online here:

The National Association of REALTORS® is taking orders now - for August delivery - for REALTOR®-branded bottles of antibacterial gel (pictured below)
The offer is for one case (price depends on quantity); each case includes 100 bottles; each bottle contains a half ounce of moisture-bead, FDA approved, antibacterial gel.
The bottle features the REALTOR® logo in blue on a white label.  
All National Association of REALTORS® COVID-19 resources are online here.

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.
INW Fair Housing Conference Fully Virtual

The Northwest Fair Housing Alliance announced this week that its 2020 Inland Northwest Fair Housing Conference will be fully virtual this year.
Instead of events happening all on one day, this year's events are being scheduled between August 27th and October 1st - all online.  
The early edition of the program includes an impressive list of speakers and topics and promises to engage on a number of important aspects of the law.  

NAR Conference & Expo Fully Virtual

The National Association of Realtors® announced Wednesday that the 2020 REALTORS® Conference & Expo, previously scheduled from November 13-16 in New Orleans, will be transitioned to a fully virtual format in light of ongoing health and safety concerns stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic.  

Your association maintains warm and frequent contact with journalists around the city - when events impact real estate, we get in touch with them and they get in touch with us.

When the nation's largest trade association moves its national conference online because of COVID-19, Amy Edelen with The Spokesman-Review knew that was a story.

Spokane-area Realtors planning on attending their national association's annual conference in New Orleans later this year won't get that opportunity.

The National Association of Realtors is canceling its annual conference and expo, transitioning to a virtual format to ensure the safety of its members during the coronavirus pandemic, the trade association announced Wednesday.

About 15 to 20 area Realtors attend the national conference every year, said Tom Clark, president of the Spokane Association of Realtors.

"Unfortunately, we will miss some of the banquets and things like that, but the education opportunities and various meetings with committees and the association can take place virtually," Clark said.  

Read the complete article in The Spokesman-Review online here.
2020 SAR REALTOR® Award Nominations 
REALTOR Awards Trophy
Monday, July 6th  
Applications are now being accepted for all 2020 SAR REALTOR® Awards!
You and your REALTOR® colleagues will decide who will be our honorees for:
2020 REALTOR ® of the Year
Steve Flinn REALTOR ® Achievement 
REALTOR ® Community Service
Affiliate of the Year
Partner of the Year
Spokane's Citizen of the Year

The deadline by which you must submit nominations to the SAR for them to be considered is Monday, July 6th. 
The 2020 SAR REALTOR® Awards will be announced and presented  at the SAR's annual REALTOR® Awards Luncheon at Ruby River Hotel (formerly Red Lion River Hotel) - date to be announced once this is determined.


Download the 2020 SAR REALTOR® Award Nomination Form (pictured above) online here

Legal Hotline - Seller Breach  

We're kicking off a new series!  
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: What does listing broker tell their seller when, after mutual agreement, seller has a change of heart and no longer wants to sell their home? We know when buyer breaches a contract, they forfeit their earnest money; what are the consequences to seller if they decide to breach a contract?  
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 five minutes:  
Designated Broker Wishlist Q&A: Seller Breach 
Designated Broker Wish List Q&A: Seller Breach
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.
Safety Protocols  

Carl Carter, Jr., REALTOR® and Founder of the Beverly Carter Foundation, shares the importance of following safety protocols and best practices while working in the industry.
Hear key tips all real estate professionals should implement into their business to reduce the risk of safety incidents in the industry.  
This webinar recording is from last week - Tuesday, June 23rd - and lasts about an hour.
Beverly & Beyond: The Best Tips Learned Since Losing My Sweet Mom 
Beverly & Beyond:
The Best Tips Learned Since Losing My Sweet Mom
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
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.

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
Spokane Holds at Phase 2
COVID-19 Safety Precautions
E-KEY Showing Notifications
SAR Leadership Nominations Open
INW Fair Housing Conference
NAR Conference & Expo Fully Virtual
2020 SAR REALTOR® Award Nominations
Legal Hotline - Seller Breach
Right Tools, Right Now
Safety Protocols
SAR Professional Development
SAR Closed Today
MLS Fees Due
Someone is Always Watching
SAR 2020 Endorsements
Mask Poster
2019 Gary Fox Memorial Award
2020 James S. Black Memorial Scholarship
Luau on the Bluff - CANCELLED!
Member Roster Update - May
Market Activity Report - May

Click on the calendar image below to see
the current SAR calendar showing dates and times
of classes, committees, and events. 
Other regional calendars:
SAR Closed Today - July 3, 2020
Friday, July 3, 2020
The SAR will be closed today - Friday, July 3 - to keep the Independence Day holiday.
Today is a federal holiday so government offices (there will be no mail) and many businesses will be closed today.
The City of Spokane is making the best of Independence Day during a global pandemic, this year, by offering "drive-in fireworks" on the 4th of July at four locations: Avista Stadium, Ferris High School, Merkel Sports Complex, and Plante's Ferry Sports Stadium.
Parking lots at each venue open at 9:00 p.m.; fireworks start at 10 p.m.

MLS Fees Due
Extended due date July 15, 2020
Third Quarter MLS fees have been posted to the SAR member portal.  

They are due by July 15th.

Please email Brenda at the SAR if you have a question about your fees or contact her by phone at 326-9222.

Thank you!     

Someone is Always Watching
SAR photo
2020 SAR President Tom Clark, Kestell Company REALTORS® (right, above) and 2020 SAR Communications Committee Chair Laura Branning, EXIT Real Estate Professionals (left, above) will be in this space, next week, with a video message about broker behavior in the field during a time of pandemic.
They'll share what has been reported to the SAR with some general advice for us all. 
The short message: someone is always watching.

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:
Leonard Christian (SAR member) 
Washington State Representative, District 4 
Josh Kerns  
Spokane County Commissioner 
Mary Kuney  
Spokane County Commissioner
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, small business taxes, and regulation.
Ballots for the 2020 Primary Election will be mailed on July 15th.
The 2020 Primary Election Day is August 4th

Mask Poster
A face mask requirement is in effect across Washington State until further notice.  
The Washington State Joint Information Center offers this poster (pictured above) to help you remind yourself and colleagues in your office to mask up for yourselves and your clients - the poster is online here.

2019 Gary Fox Memorial Award 
Monday, July 6th 
Nominations are now being accepted for the 2019 Gary Fox Memorial Designated/Managing Broker Award.
This award recognizes a Designated Broker or Managing Broker who serves as an example of loyalty, ethical behavior, and leadership in the real estate profession.

The deadline to submit applications to the SAR is Monday, July 6th.

The 2019 Gary Fox Memorial Designated/Managing Broker Award honoree will be announced and presented  at the SAR's annual REALTOR® Awards Luncheon at Ruby River Hotel (formerly Red Lion River Hotel) - date to be announced once this is determined.


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


2020 James S. Black Memorial Scholarship 
Monday, July 6th 
Applications are now being accepted for the 2020 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 Monday, July 6th.

The 2020 James S. Black Memorial Scholarship will be announced and presented  at the SAR's annual REALTOR® Awards Luncheon at Ruby River Hotel (formerly Red Lion River Hotel) - date to be announced once this is determined.


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

Luau on the Bluff - CANCELLED! 

Eric Reese photo

  The SAR Luau on the Bluff, scheduled for August 6th at Arbor Crest Winery (pictured), is cancelled due to the Corona virus pandemic.
The committee hopes to try again next year.

Member Roster Update - May        

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

Market Activity Report - May       

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

See the May 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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