Weekly Notices
Friday, June 19, 2020
 
 
 
PHASE 1 -> PHASE 2 -> PHASE 3 -> PHASE 4
 
 
SAR Leadership Nominations Open
    
 
   
NEW!
DUE BY FRIDAY, JULY 31ST
 
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.
 
 
 
 
 
 

   

 
 
NEW! 
 
 
Spokane County Health Officer Bob Lutz declined a request from the Spokane County Commissioners to start the process of moving Spokane County into Phase 3 of the state's reopening plan.
 


The article continues in The Spokesman-Review, online here.
 
 
 
 
All Spokane Association of REALTORS® COVID-19 resources are online here.  
 
 
 
    

   
 
 
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.
 
 
 
 
     
NEW!
 
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
 
 
 
 
 

NEW!
Updated June 18th
 

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  


 



WR/NWMLS TOOLKIT FOR RE-OPENING YOUR OFFICES SAFELY:

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.
 
 


 
   
 
Lesley Muchow, NAR Deputy General Counsel and Vice President of Legal Affairs, examines legal best practices to help navigate through COVID-19. 
 
See her three-minute video online here: 
   
 
Addressing Legal Concerns During COVID-19  
Addressing Legal Concerns During COVID-19
 
 
 
 
 
 
NEW!

The National Association of REALTORS® is taking orders now - for August delivery - for REALTOR®-branded bottles of antibac 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, antibaterial gel.
 
The bottle features the REALTOR® logo in blue on a white label. 
 
 
All National Association of REALTORS® COVID-19 resources are online here.




2020 SAR REALTOR® Award Nominations 
 
 
REALTOR Awards Trophy
 
 
NEW DEADLINE:
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
 
  

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.
 
 
 
Home Sales Drop
 
 
  
NEW!
Home sales in Spokane County dropped in May amid the coronavirus pandemic, but a shortage of properties on the market continued to push up prices.
 
Spokane County home sales were down 27.1% when compared to May 2019.  
 
More than 501 single-family homes and condominiums on less than 1 acre sold in May, compared with 687 homes a year prior, according to data from the Spokane Association of Realtors.
 
The median closing price in Spokane County increased 10.2% in May to $289,900, compared to $263,000 in May 2019, according to the association.
 
 
 
The article continues in The Spokesman-Review online here
      
 
 
Real Estate Talk
 
   
NEW!
Your SAR is "the voice of real estate in Spokane County."
 
Each year, for the past 109 years, the association's president, elected by its members, takes our voice on the road and talks about real estate with audiences in, around, and beyond our area.
 
2020 SAR President Tom Clark was the guest of Ken Sax (himself a managing broker member of the SAR) on his program Real Estate Talk, this week, on Spokane Talks which delivers online content around the world.
 
The two talked about the current state of our market, the continuing challenge of low inventory, and how COVID-19 may leave lasting changes on the real estate landscape. 
 
Hear their 20-minute conversation online here:     
 


Real Estate Talk : Current State of the Market 
Real Estate Talk : Current State of the Market
  


 
 
SAR Professional Development 

SAR Professional Development 
 
All SAR professional development classes are paused indefinitely.   
 
We'll announce here and on the SAR FaceBook page when classes will be offered again - hopefully in the fall. 
 
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.
 
 
 
 
 
NEXT WEEK!
FREE! 
 
 
Beverly & Beyond: The Best Tips Learned Since Losing My Sweet Mom

Tuesday, June 23, 2020; 11 a.m. - noon

Instructor: Carl Carter, Jr., REALTOR® and Founder of the Beverly Carter Foundation

In this free REALTOR® Safety webinar from the National Association of REALTORS®, 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.

Join us to hear key tips all real estate professionals should implement into their business to reduce the risk of safety incidents in the industry.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Washington REALTORS® webinar:
Internet Correct: Etiquette & Ethics in The Ethers

Wednesday, June 24th - 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
 
3.0 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
"No way to Phase 3"
Safe Start Resources
Legal Best-practices
2020 SAR REALTOR® Award Nominations
Right Tools, Right Now
Home Sales Drop
Real Estate Talk
SAR Professional Development
SAR CALENDAR
MLS Fees Due
First-ever Virtual Membership Meeting
2019 Gary Fox Memorial Award
2020 James S. Black Memorial Scholarship
Member Roster Update - May
Market Activity Report - May

SAR CALENDAR
 
Click on the calendar image below to see
the current SAR calendar showing dates and times
of classes, committees, and events. 
 
 
 
 
 
Other regional calendars:
 
    
 
 
 
    
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!     


 
 
First-ever Virtual Membership Meeting
   
SAR photo
 
   
NEW!
Your association held its first-ever virtual membership meeting, this week. If you attended, your image appeared in the SAR classroom even if you didn't (photo above).
 
SAR photo
 
 
2020 SAR President Tom Clark convened the meeting at 11 a.m. Thursday and adjourned it just 15 minutes later - it is believed to be the shortest-ever SAR membership meeting.
 
About 50 members participated in the meeting Thursday, via Zoom.  
 
SAR Executive Vice President Rob Higgins and SAR Assistant Executive Officer and MLS Director Sharon Houston supported the meeting in person - displaying required physical distancing and masking protocols (pictured above). 

The main order of business was to approve last year's proposed Bylaw changes that resulted from the work of a Presidential Advisory Group (PAG) appointed by 2019 President Gina Mosey as one of her priority items for her year.  
 
Tom Hormel served as chair of the PAG. Members of the PAG included: Tom Hormel, chair; Marilyn Amato, Mike Crowley, Cynthia Gustafson, Kristy Hamby, Nancy Jones, Jeannette Karis, and 2019 President Gina Mosey.
 
The changes incorporated guidance from NAR's Model Bylaws and input from our corporate attorney to insure compliance with State law.
 
 
Board of Directors meeting minutes are available to members online here
 

 
 
2019 Gary Fox Memorial Award 
 
  
 
 
NEW DEADLINE:
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 
 
  
 
 
NEW DEADLINE:
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
  

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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