Weekly Notices
Friday, March 20, 2020
The Spokane Association of REALTORS ® is open for business
under new rules ordered by the governor
during the COVID-19 global pandemic.
The doors to our office at 1924 North Ash Street are locked;
members and the public must call ahead for special access. 
Your staff continues to work remotely
and welcomes your virtual contact for service:
(509) 326-9222 
SAR Board Emergency Meeting    
SAR photo
2020 SAR President Tom Clark convened an emergency meeting of the SAR Board of Directors via teleconference, Thursday (pictured above), to make decisions on how the Association will continue to operate and support your business during the governor's ordered shutdown from the COVID-19 global pandemic.  
After the meeting, President Clark recorded this video to share news of the decisions that were made at the meeting.
See the four-minute video online here: 
SAR Operations Continue Virtually under Governor's Shutdown Order - March 20, 2020 
Emergency Meeting of SAR Board  

Under the leadership of your President Tom Clark and your Treasurer Kristy Hamby and with the insight from the Membership Committee a Special Board of Directors meeting was held at noon today via ZOOM, a remote meeting technology.  
The Board of Directors has extended the due date for payment of MLS Fees for 60 days.  
The Board of Directors will be reviewing other options as we continue to manage association business through the COVID-19 pandemic.  
The Association leadership is trying to keep our membership informed about how COVID-19 impacts you and your clients.    
Our biggest priority is making sure you are taking every precaution to ensure the safety of yourself and your loved ones.  
We will periodically be providing bulletins to keep you informed.  
Stay safe.  

SAR Operates Virtually   
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SAR leadership made the unprecedented decision to close the Association office to routine member/public business at close-of-business on Monday, March 16th, due to Washington Governor Jay Inslee's State of Emergency order on gatherings during the COVID-19 global pandemic.
The order prohibits "any number of people from gathering in any public venue," and so we must keep the Association doors locked to be in compliance with that order.
PLEASE KNOW - your Association continues to operate virtually under this order during regular business hours:   
  • Association staff is working remotely to maintain all Association services, including the Spokane Area MLS.
  • your Association continues to welcome and on-board new members by appointment at the Association office.
  • Committees continue to meet via telephone and video conference.
  • Members are redirected to participate in professional development classes online

It is our pleasure to continue to serve you as a valued member of the Association during this difficult time.

Please be in touch if you have a comment, question, or concern.

Your business continues so your Association's business continues:

Telephone: (509) 326-9222

Regular business hours: weekdays, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 


SAR COVID-19 Bulletin 
SAR photo
SAR Executive Vice President Rob Higgins meets with Association staff on Monday, this week (pictured above - seated at a recommended six-foot separation), as he shares operational changes in response to the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic.
The governor's order concerning public venues expires on March 31st, but may be renewed at that time, depending on circumstances.
The SAR COVID-19 Bulletin (pictured below), announcing our closure to the public was emailed to Managing Brokers,  Broker Members, and Affiliate Members on Monday.  

See the SAR COVID-19 Bulletin (pictured above) online here.

SAR Committees Move Online  
SAR Photo

SAR Photo
Your SAR Governmental Affairs committee was the first committee, this week, to hold its regularly scheduled monthly meeting online (photos above) during the COVID-19 restrictions.
SAR Governmental Affairs Director Darin Watkins connected members via Zoom. The Committee otherwise conducted its business normally with an agenda, a briefing packet, discussion on issues, and general member conviviality.
If you serve on an SAR committee, you may be invited to attend via Zoom video conference (as pictured here), or via a telephone conference call.  
Your chair will share instructions on how to attend your committee meeting in the agenda/briefing packet sent to members before each meeting.
Thank you for keeping the business of your association moving forward through this challenging time - your efforts make a vital contribution to the SAR community.

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.

Spring Business Conference 

APRIL 22-24
This event remains on the Washington REALTORS® events calendar.
WR has announced it will revisit the question of convening this event, in light of the ongoing COVID-19 global pandemic, at the end of March.
See conference details and register online here.
County Customer Service Goes Virtual   
In response to Governor and Health Authority mandates limiting public crowd size, the Offices of the Spokane County Treasurer, Auditor, and Assessor will moved their customer service operations to a virtual format effective Thursday March 19th and lasting until May 1st  
Citizens can still receive services online, via email or regular mail, and by phone.
This means citizens wishing to access Treasury, Auditor or Assessor services who arrive on site at the Courthouse will not be served in person at the front counters.   
Citizens who have a complex issue that may require a face-to-face meeting with staff will be able to call or email to schedule an in-person meeting.   
Contact information for Treasurer, Auditor & Assessor Offices:
  • Treasurer: (509) 477-4713 (Property Tax Collection, Excise Taxes)
  • Auditor: (509) 477-2270 (Recording & Marriage Licenses)
  • Auditor: (509) 477-2222 (Vehicle Licensing & Titling)
  • Assessor (509) 477-3698 (Property Assessment, Senior & Disabled Exemptions)
See the Board of County Commissioners order (pictured above) online here


Legal Hotline: Coronavirus Tips for REALTORS®  
Buyers still need to buy and sellers still need to sell.
Washington REALTORS® Legal Hotline lawyer Annie Fitzsimmons brings us a moment of REALTOR ® peace as we face a new reality with COVID-19.  
"Embrace this market and the challenges we're facing today with calm confidence." 
See Annie's new 14-minute video online here: 

Open House Weekend - Stay Tuned   
The SAR Communications Committee will take up the question of what to do with this year's Open House Weekend event when it holds its next meeting on March 31st.  
Members will decide, at that time, whether to cancel the event outright, delay it until the governor's social distancing order is lifted, or do something else.
Stay tuned! 
Inland Northwest Fair Housing Conference 

Thursday, April 23
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 .  

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.
All SAR professional development is cancelled until further notice.
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 Board Emergency Meeting
SAR Operates Virtually
SAR COVID-19 Bulletin
SAR Committees Move Online
Coronavirus - Washington REALTORS®
Coronavirus - A Guide for REALTORS®
Spring Business Conference
County Customer Service Goes Virtual
Legal Hotline: Coronavirus Tips for REALTORS®
Open House Weekend - Stay Tuned
Inland Northwest Fair Housing Conference - CANCELLED
2020 SAR REALTOR® Award Nominations
2020 James S. Black Memorial Scholarship
2020 SAR Legacy of Service Award
SAR Professional Development
Form 22FM - Force Majeure
COVID-19 Local Information
Culture Change in Real Estate
Important Form Revisions
SAR: Legislative Update
NAR Legislative Meetings - CANCELLED
SAR Centennial Book Reprint Question
Member Roster Update - February
Market Activity Report - February

Click on the calendar image below to see
the current SAR calendar showing dates and times
of classes, committees, and events. 
Other regional calendars:
Form 22FM - Force Majeure   

Many real estate attorneys now recommend you begin using Form 22FM in your contracts to manage risk under Force Majeure (an event or effect that can be neither anticipated nor controlled) during the COVID-19 pandemic.  
"Parties to an existing purchase and sale agreement should consider amending their agreement to include Form 22FM.  
Buyers and sellers who are not yet under contract, should consider using Form 22FM with new agreements for the foreseeable future. 
Form 22FM (Force Majeure and Closing Addendum) is currently available on ZipForms and Transaction Desk."   
See the legal bulletin (pictured above) online here.
See the new form (pictured above) online here
COVID-19 Local Information  

Accurate, timely information is critical in times of public emergency - the closer to home the better.  
We offer two links to help you keep up to date on news and information about the COVID-19 situation on the ground in Spokane.
Spokane Regional Health District is the public health authority in Spokane County.   
It has the latest local details on this pandemic, as well as excellent collateral pieces to help you share accurate information about COVID-19 with your audiences. 
Click on the image below to go directly to that page:  

The Spokesman-Review is posting all of its COVID-19 local news reporting outside of its paywall through this pandemic.
You can also sign up for a COVID-19 newsletter that will send breaking news about local COVID-19 directly to your email box. 
Click on the image below to go directly to that page: 
Culture Change in Real Estate  

Real estate brokerages are adapting their businesses and preparing their clients for what could be a chaotic few weeks or months ahead in the housing market.    
In fact, a new article in REALTOR® magazine is headlined: "Coronavirus Forces Culture Change in Real Estate."
Read the full article in REALTOR® magazine online here. 
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.
SAR: Legislative Update 

Several key victories are shaping up in the Washington Legislature.
  • A key win for REALTORS® - a bill to raise the B&O Tax on Services does NOT include REALTORS®.
  • While no bill is officially DEAD until the session ends, there are several (listed below) that have either been dramatically altered or have died for inaction.
NAR Legislative Meetings - CANCELLED  

Due to recent restrictions and recommendations implemented by the federal and Washington, D.C. governments, NAR will deliver previously-planned programming and committee meetings virtually.
With the Centers for Disease Control issuing guidance limiting discretionary travel and large gatherings, and the city of Washington, D.C. instituting a state of emergency to limit the spread of COVID-19, we will no longer hold the 2020 REALTORS® Legislative Meetings and Trade Expo in person from May 11-16 in Washington, D.C.
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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