Weekly Notices
June 11, 2021

SAR Golf Tournament - July 15th 
Thursday, July 15th
Down River Golf Course 
The annual SAR Golf Tournament is coming soon!
Teams of four will shotgun start at 7:30 a.m. on Thursday, July 15th, at Down River Golf Course.
First-come, first-served - enter today!    
Download the event flyer with more information (pictured above) online here
RPAC: Scream 

Never before has there been a greater need for the REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC).
Our very livelihood during the last year with Covid-19 and continuing on has been dependent on the relationships we built long before this crisis happened. Legislation is constantly moving, changing and evolving.  Our peer volunteers that make up RPAC need us.  It's time we have their backs!    
Think of the nightmare that exists in a parallel universe without RPAC - it would cause you to scream - like in this video:
A Scary Time for REALTORS® 
A Scary Time for REALTORS®
To reiterate the importance of RPAC, consider the following:
  • On the local scene, every one of our Spokane area REALTOR® champions we supported after the primary races has been elected. 
  • On the state level, Washington (RPAC) members have repeatedly been instrumental ensuring REALTORS® remain on the Governor's "Essential Services" list. 
  • On the national scene, Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act that helps REALTORS® with unemployment benefits - employee retention tax credits - and SBA forgivable loans under the Paycheck Protection program.
In the words of the Wa REALTOR® President Tom Hormel (from Spokane!) "RPAC gives us a seat at the table, rather than be on the menu - with elected public officials and REALTOR® candidates."
We will make it through these difficult times together.  
Help us continue to fight for you! 
Legal Hotline: Real Estate Transactions 

Washington REALTORS® Legal Hotline attorney Annie Fitzsimmons is joined by John Manning, the Designated Broker of RE/MAX On Market, in part four of the series called: "Negotiating Real Estate Transactions."
In previous videos, Annie and John explain the four pillars (Communication/Relatedness, Professional Credibility; Promise of Trust; and Clarity of Outcome) for brokers on both the seller's and buyer's side of the transaction.  
In this video, Annie and John role play a scenario so you can see the application of these pillars in action. 
See the new 14-minute video online here:
Negotiating Real Estate Transactions, Part 4
Negotiating Real Estate Transactions, Part 4
Previous parts of this series are on the Washington REALTORS® YouTube channel, online here.
Retirement Summit 
Every Wednesday in July

Are you set for retirement?
Each REALTOR® has a unique vision for retirement.  
Proactive planning is the first step towards bringing that vision to life.  
Register now to attend NAR's Center for REALTOR® Financial Wellness Retirement Summit, featuring Morgan Stanley® experts.  
This four-part virtual series in July will help you shape your vision for retirement and develop steps to ensure your finances are set for the long-term.
Join Mike Engel, Institutional Consulting Director and Director of Corporate Retirement, and Jim Phillips, SVP Wealth Management Financial Advisor and Senior Investment Management Consultant, as they talk about retirement basics, tips for pre-retirees, and investment strategies for independent contractors.  
The event consists of four one-hour webinars, every Wednesday in July.  
The first session:  
Wednesday, July 7th, at 11 a.m.

Retirement Planning Basics  
(Targeted for New Agents)
Saving enough for a comfortable retirement is one of most people's greatest financial goals-and challenges. This session covers the basics, such as planning ahead, learning the essential tenets of investing and understanding popular retirement accounts.
At Home with Diversity 
Friday, June 25th 
The Coeur d'Alene Association of REALTORS® invites all SAR members to share its upcoming "At Home with Diversity" certification course on Friday, June 25th.
AHWD teaches you how to work effectively with diverse populations so you can build business success in today's multicultural real estate market.
This counts towards the ABR designation as an elective course!      
Download the flyer for this event (pictured above) online here.
SAR Professional Development 

SAR Professional Development 

The SAR offers a full schedule of virtual classes to help members satisfy their professional development requirements to keep their REALTOR® status current.
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, June 15th
8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
- and -    
Thursday, June 17th  
8:30 a.m. - 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.  
FREE - Red Flags on Home Inspections, Foundations, Exterior & Interior  
Monday, June 21st
1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. 
Virtual via Zoom
Instructor Vince Vargas from Vargas Inspections
This is a class with lots of good common sense, interesting information, and to help eliminate that dreaded surgery known as a commission-ectomie. When to call for an Inspection and when not to.... What to worry about and what not to worry about... And a little insight into how Home Inspectors find the things they find.
What Else do we need.. PSA Addenda with Sabrina Jones-Schroeder
Tuesday, June 22nd  - 9 a.m. to noon
- and -  
Thursday, June 24th - 9 a.m. to noon
6.0 clock hours   
Two day Zoom class - both days required.
This course focuses 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.
In This Issue
SAR Golf Tournament - July 15th
RPAC: Scream
Legal Hotline: Real Estate Transactions
Retirement Summit
At Home with Diversity
SAR Professional Development
Luau on the Bluff
MLS Fees Due
Median Home Price Surges
Member Benefit: Tech Helpline
WCR & YPN Boat Cruise
SAR Member Roster Update - May - NEW!
SAR Market Activity Report - May - NEW!

Click on the image below to see
the current SAR calendar showing dates and times
of classes, committees, and events. 
Luau on the Bluff
SAR photo
Thank you!
It was a beautiful summer evening last Thursday for our SAR Luau on the Bluff at Arbor Crest Winery.
We had over 175 people in attendance.  
Everyone really seemed to enjoy getting out and seeing each other.  
This was the first in-person event convened by the SAR in more than a year due to the COVID19 pandemic. 
All the proceeds from this event will go to Family Promise of Spokane.
MLS Fees Due 
Due date June 30, 2021
Third Quarter MLS fees have been posted to the SAR member portal.    
Please email Brenda at the SAR if you have a question about your fees or contact her by phone at 326-9222.

Thank you!     
Median Home Price Surges 
Spokane County's median home price showed little signs of slowing in May as it reached another all-time high - $375,000.
The median closing price last month was 29.5% greater than the $289,900 median in May 2020, according to the Spokane Association of Realtors.
Real estate agents say the upward surge of area home prices likely will continue as long as interest rates remain low and buyer demand continues to outpace housing supply.

 Read the entire article in Wednesday's edition of The Spokesman-Review (pictured above), online here.   
Member Benefit: Tech Helpline 


Slow computer?  
Printing issues?  
Smartphone questions?  
The Tech Helpline is available through your membership and offers free unlimited computer help Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.  
You're paying for this in your dues - you may as well get some value for it!
Toll free, online chat, or email.  
You can get help with software, internet, hardware, and other tech tools and gadgets. Email support@techhelpline.com (have your NRDS ID handy) or call 1-866-610-8939. 
WCR & YPN Boat Cruise
Thursday, July 8th
2 p.m. 
It is time for the 3rd Annual Sip & Sail hosted by the The Realtor YPNs and WCRs in Spokane and Coeur d' Alene.  
Join us for a cruise around the lake.  
Have a few drinks and get re-acquainted with your colleagues in the industry.
Hosted By:
The Women's Council of REALTORS® Networks of North Idaho & Spokane Eastern Washington,
the YPN (Young Professionsal Network) of the Coeur d'Alene Association of REALTORS® and the Spokane Association of REALTORS®.
Thank you to our major sponsors:
Payne West Insurance
Title One
Counter Column Accounting
Inland Mortgage Home Loans
Mountain West Bank
State Farm - Tammy Rigsby Agency
Highlands Residential Mortgage
SAR Member Roster Update - May

Updated for May 
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 - 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 2021 Market Snapshot Report
(pictured above) online here.

See the 2021 Year to Date Market Snapshot Report (pictured above),  online here.

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