Weekly Notices
Friday, July 31, 2020
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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.

Come join the select group of members with their hands on the wheel of our 109-year old organization.

Who better to convince you to participate as a member than members who are participating!

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2020 SAR President Tom Clark (center) recorded a video this week with fellow members and association directors Barb Pielli, Windermere City Group LLC (left), and Ron McIntire, Choice Realty (right), to encourage you to join them in service to your profession and your association.

Watch their seven-minute video online here:

2021-2022 SAR Leadership
2021-2022 SAR Leadership

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.



Washington Governor Jay Inslee, this week, paused indefinitely all 39 Washington counties in his Safe Start recovery program due to the increasing numbers of infection from COVID-19 across the state.

This means Spokane County will stay at Phase 2 for the foreseeable future.

UPDATED July 20th

Spokane County remains paused at Phase 2 in the governor's Safe Start recovery plan; Washington state continues to require face coverings in places of public gathering across the state.   
View the full Face Covering Requirements document from the governor's office (pictured above) online here.   
Updated July 29, 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.

INW Fair Housing Conference - 3.0 Clock Hours! 


2020 Inland Northwest
Fair Housing Virtual Conference

Your association is a proud sponsor of this year's Inland Northwest Fair Housing Virtual Conference, and one of its presenters.  
You'll want to make a special effort - and encourage your future clients - to participate in this session:  
Download the event flyer (pictured above) online here.

Wednesday, August 12th
9 a.m. to noon 
Approved for 3.0 WA DOL Real Estate Clock Hours!
Proudly sponsored by Washington REALTORS® 
There are many other valuable sessions in this year's conference. Check out the entire program to see them all.  
The register button above will take you there. 
SAR 2020 Endorsements
Have you voted your 2020 Primary Election ballot yet?
Only about 15% of Washington voters have yet done so. 
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) 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.  
The 2020 Primary Election Day is August 4th. 

Legal Hotline - Transactions you didn't Service 

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 questions or topics of discussion to her via email so she could address them and share them as a Friday Video.  
TODAY'S QUESTION: "My broker received the following question: 'My family found a house and they don't really need your services. They just want to know if you can write it up for us.' or 'I found a buyer for my house and all I need you to do is write it up for us; can you do that?"  
How would the Legal Hotline respond to those requests? 
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 10-minutes:  
DBs Wishlist QnA: Writing PSAs on Transactions You Didn't Service
DBs Wishlist Q&A:  
Writing PSAs on Transactions You Didn't Service
The ABCs of RPR 

When considering adoption of a new business tool, new and seasoned REALTORS® want to know "what will it do for me and how will it help my business?"
Join this webinar to gain a basic understanding of how to use RPR's dynamic data and best-in-class tools to help attract, retain and lead clients to the closing table.
Tuesday, August 4th, at 11 a.m. 
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.
Core Curriculum with Sabrina Jones-Schroeder
Zoom class  
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.

Purchase & Sale Agreements with Sabrina Jones-Schroeder

Zoom class - must be present both days for credit

Thursday August 20, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Tuesday, August 25; 8:30 a.m. to noon

7.5 clock hours

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
SAR Leadership Nominations Open
Counties Paused Indefinitely
INW Fair Housing Conference
SAR 2020 Endorsements
Legal Hotline - Transations you didn't Service
The ABCs of RPR
Right Tools, Right Now
SAR Professional Development
Pandemic Impact on Local Real Estate
SAR REALTOR® Blood Drive
SAR Member to National Committee
GSI Grant Program Opens
2020 NAR Member Survey
Right Tools, Right Now
SAR Member Roster Update - June
SAR 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:
Pandemic Impact on Local Real Estate
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KXLY-TV multimedia journalist Maher Kawash interviews 2020 SAR president Tom Clark at the association office, this week, about the impacts COVID-19 is having on the local real estate market.
This is what we mean when we say your association is "the voice for real estate in Spokane County."
We've seen how COVID-19 has changed almost everything this year, but that doesn't apply to the housing market.  
Homes are selling at record prices across Spokane and really across the entire U.S. 
Watch the KXLY-TV report online here:
KREM-TV also reported on this topic this week. 
Amid the coronavirus pandemic, people in the Spokane-area who are selling their homes have continued to see a lot of offers.  
With interest rates at a 50 year low, sellers have been getting over 20 offers on their houses.
Watch the KREM-TV report 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) 
SAR Member to National Committee
The National Association of REALTORS® shares word that SAR member Terry Sullivan (pictured) owner/broker of Sullivan Realty Inc. has been appointed to vice chair of its 2021 Business Issues & Policy Committee.  
The purpose of this committee is: To identify, monitor and recommend positions on federal, legislative and regulatory issues that affect the operations of REALTOR® businesses and the ability of NAR to meet REALTOR® needs and to recommend legislative or regulatory strategies in furtherance of those positions.
Congratulations Terry! 


Greater Spokane Incorporated (GSI), the County's designated Associate Development Organization (ADO), launched the OPENTogether Small Business and Non-profit Grant program, this week, to help small businesses and non-profits offset safety and operating costs, rent and other allowable expenses with $10 million of Spokane County-allocated CARES Act dollars.  

Small businesses with fewer than 50 FTE (full-time equivalent) employees and non-profits (with any number of employees) can apply now for a grant of up to $10,000.

These funds are to assist small businesses and non-profits with costs related to business interruption caused by related closures and compliance with COVID-19 public health emergency mandates.

Learn more about this program and apply online here.

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

Dr. Jessica Lautz, NAR's Vice President of Demographics and Behavioral Insights, shares highlights of the 2020 Annual Member Profile and the Market Recovery Survey.

Watch her new three minute video online here:

2020 Member Profile & Market Recovery Survey
2020 Member Profile & Market Recovery Survey

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

Winning the Minds and Hearts of Consumers
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When brokerage and MLS leaders first came together nearly six years ago to discuss the Broker Public Portal (BPP), I had the good fortune of being in the room.  
At the time, real estate search was dominated and operated by ad companies, not brokerage or MLS firms.
The Zillows of the world used our listing data to attract consumers and charged us to connect with customers interested in buying the property.  
Worse, consumers were relying more on what the ad companies had to say than their agent.  
Ad firms were entrenched in the middle, interfering with the relationship between agents and their clients.
It was time to win back consumers.  
To do that, we had to win back real estate search.
Read the excellent RISMedia commentary by Donna Kreps
SAR Member Roster Update - June

Updated for June
 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 - 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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