Weekly Notices
Friday, March 13, 2020
Education Excellence/Membership Meeting   
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The SAR Education Excellence / Quarterly Membership Meeting scheduled for next week - Thursday, March 19th - is cancelled.
SAR leadership makes this decision in response to the Coronavirus situation, based on advice and counsel from various trusted partners - including local and state health officials and Washington REALTORS®.
If you have already paid for this class on your credit card, you will receive an automatic refund of the full amount.
Meanwhile, if you need a Core Curriculum class for your business, we recommend taking it from the CE Shop - a Washington REALTORS® preferred vendor. 
Go directly to this class in the catalog online here
Enter PROMO CODE MAR25 for a 25% discount. 
Coronavirus - Washington REALTORS® 
"We are suspending all non-essential staff and leadership travel at the State Association level through March 31.  
We are also cancelling or rescheduling WR classes, meetings and other events between now and the end of March.  
We will revisit this situation at that time and make any adjustments as warranted."  
Kitty Wallace, 2020 Washington REALTORS® President  
Washington REALTORS® has collected a variety of resources on Coronavirus of particular value to REALTORS® in Washington state .
Visit this resource online here


Coronavirus - A Guide for REALTORS® 
NAR, last week, published "Coronavirus - A Guide for REALTORS®
The document comes in response to the growing concerns about COVID -19, commonly referred to as Corona Virus.
NAR is providing this guidance to help REALTORS® respond to the Corona Virus' s potential impact on the real estate industry.

The National Association of REALTORS®, this week, published a flash survey of members on the impact the Coronavirus is having on their market.  
The survey was delivered to 70,036 residential members including 7,000 members in the states of California and Washington.  
The report looks at the effects on mortgage rates, buyer interest, and seller behavior.
Among the findings: 
  • Almost 8 out of 10 (78%) said there has been no change in buyer interest due to the coronavirus.
  • Nearly 9 in 10 members (87%) said coronavirus has not affected the number of homes on the market.
Download your copy of this report (pictured above) online here.

2020 SAR REALTOR® Award Nominations 
REALTOR Awards Trophy
DEADLINE: Friday, April 17th     
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 Friday, April 17th. 
The 2020 SAR REALTOR® Awards will be announced and presented on Thursday, May 7th, at the SAR's annual REALTOR® Awards Luncheon at Ruby River Hotel (formerly Red Lion River Hotel).  


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

2020 James S. Black Memorial Scholarship 
DEADLINE: April 17th     
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 Friday, April 17th.

The 2020 James S. Black Memorial Scholarship will be announced and presented on Thursday, May 7th, at the SAR's annual REALTOR® Awards Luncheon at Ruby River Hotel (formerly Red Lion River Hotel).


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


2020 SAR Legacy of Service Award 
DEADLINE: Friday, April 17th     
Your SAR is now accepting nominations for its 2020 SAR Legacy of Service Award.
This award is created as a "Lifetime Achievement" award to honor those REALTOR® members who are respected in our profession by colleagues and serve our profession through various Association committees.
Additionally, this award honors those who spend the majority of their years as active REALTORS® mentoring newer members, helping to define regulations within our field, all the while giving back to the community.
Nominations are due Friday, April 17th. 
The 2019 SAR Legacy of Service Award will be presented at the SAR Awards Luncheon on Thursday, May 7th.   
Download the information/nomination form (pictured above) online here .  

Legal Hotline: Service and Comfort Animals 
The Fair Housing Act recently received a number of revisions.  
One of the topics trending on the Legal Hotline concerns comfort animals.
Washington REALTORS® Legal Hotline lawyer Annie Fitzsimmons brings us clarifications on these new revisions.  
We recorded highlights from her recent class on this topic and others so that you can stay informed. 
See the new 22-minute video online here: 
Fair Housing: Service and Comfort Animals NEW 
Fair Housing: Service and Comfort Animals NEW

Spring Business Conference 

APRIL 22-24
Online registration open now! 
See conference details and register online here.
SAR Professional Development 

SAR Professional Development 
SAR professional development classes and events bring the best local and state instructors/presenters here to Spokane to make it easy and affordable for you to stay current in your profession.   
Click on each class title,  underlined in blue, to bring up a flyer for that class - suitable for posting in your office. 

Register for these classes online here: 

Please be in touch with Tami at the SAR if you have any questions about these classes or your license education requirements, by phone at 326-9222 or by email.
Purchase and Sale Agreement 
Statewide Purchase & Sale Agreement
Tuesday, March 17 - Statewide Purchase & Sale Agreement - with Sabrina Jones-Schroeder.
Check-in: 8:15 a.m.
Class: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
at the SAR
7.5 clock hours 
Tuesday, March 17 - CRB (Certified Real Estate Brokerage Manager) - with Adorna Carroll.
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
in Kennewick, WA
7.5 clock hours
Wednesday and Thursday, March 18 & 19 - SRS (Seller Representative Specialist - with Adorna Carroll.
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. both days
in Kennewick, WA   
16 clock hours  
Purchase & Sale Agreement Addenda
Purchase & Sale Agreement Addenda
Tuesday, March 24 - Purchase & Sale Agreement Addenda - with Sabrina Jones-Schroeder.
Check-in: 8:15 a.m.
Class: 8:30 a/,/ tp 3:30 p.m.
at the SAR
6.0 clock hours 
Training Superior Instructors
Training Superior Instructors
Wednesday March 25 & Thursday March 26 - Instructor Development Workshop - with Linda Miller Sheets.
Check-in (both days): 8:15 a.m.
Class (both days): 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
at the SAR
15.0 clock hours 
Tuesday, March 31 - Successfully Selling HUD Homes - with Grace Chiquette.
Check-in: 8:45 a.m.
Class: 9:00 a.m. to Noon
at the SAR
3.0 clock hours
Thursday, July 9 - Marketing Strategy and Lead Generation - with Jan Ellingson.
8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
in Kennewick, WA
7.5 clock hours 
Don't see what you're looking for here?
Washington REALTORS® has partnered with The CE Shop, the leader in online real estate education, to provide you with the highest quality Continuing Education courses.  
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
Education Excellence/Membership Meeting - CANCELLED
Coronavirus - Washington REALTORS®
Coronavirus - A Guide for REALTORS®
Legal Hotline: Extra Paperwork
2020 James S. Black Memorial Scholarship
2020 SAR Legacy of Service Award
Legal Hotline: Service and Comfort Animals
Spring Business Conference
SAR Professional Development
MLS Fees Due March 30th!
Important Form Revisions
Crime Free Rental Properties
Inland Northwest Fair Housing Conference
SAVE THE DATE: Open House Weekend!
SAR Centennial Book Reprint Question
Member Roster Update - February - NEW!
Market Activity Report - February - NEW!

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 

Second Quarter MLS fees have been posted to the SAR member portal.  

They are due by March 30th.

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

Thank you!    
Important Form Revisions 

The Spokane Addendum to Purchase and Sale Agreement (SAR-SA) is revised and now available on TransactionDesk and ZipForms.   
Please read the Memo from Brian Balch, Layman Law Firm, PLLP, explaining the revisions.
Crime Free Rental Properties  

March 19th & 26th  
Spokane Police is reaching out to area landlords with a workshop on crime free rental properties.
From the flyer: "Worried about crime in your rental unit? Not sure how to deal with current issues or prevent future problems? Come to our two-day training and learn what you can do to keep your units save and desirable for tenants."   
Download the event flyer (pictured above), online here.  
Inland Northwest Fair Housing Conference 

Thursday, April 23
Spokane Convention Center 
Plan to participate in the 2020 Inland Northwest Fair Housing Conference - this year sponsored, with a panel presentation, by your Spokane Association of REALTORS®!
The SAR panel presentation - Why Owning a Home is More Important than Ever - runs from 10:30 a.m. to noon.
The program description: New information reveals why owning your own home is more important than ever before. Join us for a panel discussion to learn how you can learn more about achieving the dream of home ownership. 
See the draft agenda (pictured above) online here . 
SAVE THE DATE: Open House Weekend!  

APRIL 25-26 
The 10th annual Spokane REALTORS® Open House Weekend is coming April 25-26 2020!
See The Spokesman-Review special marketing opportunity for Spokane REALTORS® (pictured above), online here.
SAR Centennial Book Reprint Question 

The first printing of our centennial book - pictured above - is almost depleted.
Members have been using the hard-cover book as a closing gift since the SAR commissioned it for its centennial in 2011.
The SAR Board of Directors seeks member guidance on whether to reprint or not for continued exclusive member use.
Will you please tell us what you think in this one question survey? 

Member Roster Update - February      

Updated for February
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 - February      

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

See the February 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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