Weekly Notices
Friday, June 5, 2020
PHASE 1 -> PHASE 2 -> PHASE 3 -> PHASE 4

Your SAR re-opened its physical office, this week, for the first time since operations were moved online by the governor's order back on March 16th.
We operated virtually for 78 days.
This does not mean we are open for business as it was before the pandemic. You'll see some changes:
  • Masks are required on everyone in the building - members and staff - except at  designated work stations.
  • Sanitizing efforts are increased and continuous - this takes time, please be patient.
  • Physical distancing is required.
  • Staff members are alternating work stations between office and home. If you wish to meet with a specific staff member, please call ahead and make an appointment.
These conditions will remain in effect at least through the end of the year. 
If you are not comfortable with any of these new conditions, we welcome the opportunity to serve you virtually, online or on the phone. Please be in touch:
(509) 326-9222
2020 SAR President Tom Clark visited the SAR, this week, to see how the re-opening of the association's physical office space is coming along.  
All necessary signage, distance markers, hand sanitizer, and plexiglas panels are in place to ensure member, staff, and guest safety. 
During his visit, he recorded a short video to offer an update on several upcoming items, including our Quarterly Meetings and SAR Golf Tournament. 
His video runs about two-minutes, and is online here: 
2020 President Tom Clark message to members
2020 President Tom Clark message to members
Last week's Round-table
Online now! 
How does a city build and re-build following a global pandemic that shuts down nearly every business and leaves an all-time high number of people unemployed?   
Members joined us at the round-table Friday as we sat down with three of the people who will be leading their organizations to do just that.
2020 SAR President Tom Clark welcomed:
Rob Higgins, Executive Vice President 
Spokane Association of REALTORS®
Mark Richard, President and CEO
Downtown Spokane Partnership
Joel White, Executive Officer
Spokane Home Builders Association 
Watch the 40-minute recording online here:  
Round table #10 
Round-table #10
All Spokane Association of REALTORS® COVID-19 resources are online here.  

The Governor's " Safe Start Proclamation" (pictured above) for Washington's phased reopening took effect this week, June 1st.

This includes modifications for real estate activities in counties that have been approved for Phase 2 re-opening (and those approved for modified Phase 1 re-opening). One of those modifications allows for a real estate firm, in a Phase 2 or modified Phase 1 county, to re-open its office in a limited fashion. In order to re-open, a firm must adhere to the many required protocols for real estate, including those for professional services office space working environments. There are additional restrictions for modified Phase 1 counties.
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.
 Of course, firms are not required to re-open and some may choose to delay re-opening until a later date. Firms may also choose to develop their own resources and plans to comply with the Governor's requirements. Note that future phases of the Governor's plan (e.g. Phase 3) will likely have similar requirements for offices to open.

The resources developed by Washington REALTORS® and Northwest MLS include the following, all required by the Order:
Please be sure to thoroughly review the COVID-19 Exposure Control, Mitigation, and Recovery Plan  and make sure that your firm can and will comply with all of the requirements before re-opening. The Plan requires that a site-specific supervisor be designated to monitor the health of workers and apply all components of the Plan.   
The Department of Labor & Industries is charged with ensuring that firms comply with the required protocols in the Order and can issue citations and fines for unsafe workplace conditions. 

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


NAR Chief Economist, Lawrence Yun, shares economic updates and market trends for REALTORS®, buyers, and sellers. 
See his three-minute video online here: 
Navigating the Economy & Housing Market Through COVID-19 
Navigating the Economy & Housing Market
Through COVID-19
All National Association of REALTORS® COVID-19 resources are online here.

WR: Special Bulletin


The appalling and senseless death of George Floyd on a street corner of a great American city, captured on video for all Americans to see, is a terrible tragedy that has sparked a painful but necessary national examination of the systemic social injustice and institutional racism that continues to plague our nation.  
Washington REALTORS®, like so many others, has struggled to find words to express our sympathies for Mr. Floyd's family and to make a meaningful contribution to the ongoing national conversation about justice and equity.  
We know that any words we choose will be imperfect, imprecise and inadequate.  
But we feel we must speak, and so with great humility and respect we add our voice of support to all those who are speaking up.

Read the full Washington REALTORS®  special bulletin online here.


Northwest Passages: Real Estate
SAR Past President Ken Sax was a guest on Northwest Passages, this week, with   The Spokesman-Review  reporter Amy Edelen.

Amy asked Ken about the Spokane real estate market and how recent challenges have affected it.

Watch the video online here - it's about 50-minutes:

Northwest Passages Virtual Forum: Real Estate Broker Ken Sax
Northwest Passages Virtual Forum:
Real Estate Broker Ken Sax

Revaluation Notices Delayed


The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting Spokane County property revaluation and, hence, notices to all property owners - now delayed until August (usually sent this time of year).
These values are used to calculate 2021 property taxes.  
From the assessor's office: " In January, our office had no idea that the corona virus would have such an impact on all of our lives. We feel that it is important to take some additional time to evaluate the effects that governmental restrictions have had on the market value of properties in Spokane County."  
Read the memo we received from Spokane County Assessor Tom Konis, this week (pictured above), online here.  
SAR Bylaws Vote
11:00 a.m. via Zoom 
The Board of Directors of the Spokane Association of REALTORS® is submitting to the membership proposed Bylaw amendments.   
The Bylaws will be voted on by the REALTOR® members present at the  
Virtual General Membership Meeting on
Thursday, June 18, 2020, 11:00 a.m.
Via Zoom

There is no fee for the meeting, but you must register here:
to be entered in some great gift card drawings. 

Please join us!

Click on the button below to join the meeting: 
- OR - copy and paste this link in your browser:  
- OR - enter these credentials on Zoom:
Meeting ID: 830 4966 8054
Password: 589274
There is no fee for the meeting, but you must register to be entered in the gift card drawings.  Please join us!  
See a redline copy of the Restated Bylaws of Spokane Association of REALTORS(pictured above), online here
A Bylaws Presidential Advisory Group (PAG) was formed in 2019 to look at the SAR Bylaws and recommend changes to them so that we only have what is required by NAR, state law and recommendations by our legal counsel included.  
The majority of the current Bylaws that show deleted in the redline copy have been moved to the Policies of the SAR, a new working document.  
We are providing it here for information purposes only.
See a copy of the new Policies of the Spokane Association of REALTORS® (pictured, left) online here.

RPR: Prepare for Upcoming Demand 
Is summer the new spring?  
COVID-19 may have delayed our typical spring market, but the tides are changing.  
As buyers and sellers come back to the market, make sure you're prepared to respond with the right information at the drop of a dime.  
In many areas, inventory is low.  
Both buyers and sellers need to be prepared to respond accordingly and they need your guidance.
Join RPR to learn how Market Activity & Buyer Tour Reports will help your clients successfully react to a changing market.  
With low inventory in many areas, buyers will need to make decisions quickly, and potential sellers may realize this is a great time to list.
Monday, June 8th, at 1:00 p.m.
Tuesday, June 16th, 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 
All SAR professional development classes are postponed for June.  
Continue to watch our calendar and Weekly Notices for classes starting in July.
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.
Washington REALTORS® webinar:  Current Issues in WA Residential Real Estate
Wednesday, June 10th - 9:00 a.m. to noon
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 Re-opens Physical Office
Safe Start Resources
Market Trends
WR: Special Bulletin
Northwest Passages: Real Estate
Revaluation Notices Delayed
SAR Bylaws Vote
Prepare for Upcoming Demand
Right Tools, Right Now
SAR Professional Development
Reopening with Caution
Homebuying Remains Competitive
REALTORS® Pivot to Digital Transactions
2020 SAR REALTOR® Award Nominations
2019 Gary Fox Memorial Award
2020 James S. Black Memorial Scholarship
Member Roster Update - April
Market Activity Report - April

Click on the calendar image below to see
the current SAR calendar showing dates and times
of classes, committees, and events. 
Other regional calendars:
TransactionDesk: Listing Upload Tool
Your SAR is excited to launch the Listing Upload Tool in TransactionDesk.
With one click, you can now create an MLS listing from the property data form in TransactionDesk.
 Click here to download the Listing Upload Tool guide (pictured above).

Homebuying Remains Competitive
The Spokesman-Review asks, in this past Sunday's newspaper: Will the Spokane housing market weather the storm?

The article reports: "But the new normal may not be that much different than the old normal, some local market observers say. They believe the Spokane area will continue to attract buyers, such as retirees and teleworkers, looking to escape larger metros in search of affordability and quality of life - now and post-pandemic."

Read the article, pictured above, online here.

REALTORS® Pivot to Digital Transactions
Coldwell Banker Tomlinson_s Abbey Parsons says technology might be playing a more prominent role now_ but it can_t replace relationships.
Coldwell Banker Tomlinson's Abbey Parsons says technology might be
playing a more prominent role now - but it can't replace relationships.
"Representatives of Spokane real estate companies say the move to digital operations during Gov. Jay Inslee's Stay Home, Stay Safe mandate was a simple shift that required better use of existing technology.
Now that Spokane County has moved to Phase 2 of the Gov. Jay Inslee's Safe Start plan to reopen the economy, those same companies are busy prepping their offices to bring their office staff and agents back."
We asked the Journal of Business to move this article in front of its paywall so that our members can read it.

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

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

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 - April        

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

See the April 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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