Weekly Notices
Friday, March 22, 2019
2019 SAR Broker Memorial Awards 
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The SAR presented two annual memorial awards at its first Quarterly Membership meeting of the year, this week, at Center Place in Spokane Valley (above): the James S. Black Memorial Scholarship Award and the Gary Fox Memorial Designated/Managing Broker Award
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The 2019 James S. Black Memorial Scholarship Award honoree is Marcy Mongan with Windermere/Manito LLC (left). Presented by son of namesake, Dave Black (right).
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The 2019 Gary Fox Memorial Designated/Managing Broker Award honoree is Jim Palmer, Jr., with Real Estate Marketplace (left). Presented by last year's honoree Joe Garst with Windermere Real Estate/City Group, LLC (right).  

Also, by unanimous voice vote of the members at today's meeting, the association's bylaws are amended to  
rename the Education Committee to the Professional Development Committee, and split the Communication/Member Services Committee into the Communications Committee and the Membership Committee (two separate committees). 
Please give your personal thanks to these generous sponsors of our event:

SAR Governmental Affairs Brief 
The Washington REALTORS®' Unlock the Door
campaign has resulted in over 20 pieces of housing legislation making it through one side of the legislature.
Now, the Keys to Unlocking the Door to Housing campaign begins. 
For the latest update on bills that affect REALTORS(R), check out the latest SAR Governmental Affairs Brief online here

Legal Hotline: Form 22B  


Washington REALTORS® Legal Hotline lawyer Annie Fitzsimmons is just out with a new Legal Hotline video in her series of Real Estate Fundamentals that You Should Know that covers Form 22B: Home Sale Contingency - the singularly most complicated form in the statewide forms system.  
This video series is broken out in three parts.
This week, we're on Part Two: the buyer who waives the home sale contingency.
Watch the 11-minute video online here: 
Form 22B: Home Sale Contingency - Part 2
Form 22B: Home Sale Contingency - Part 2
Part One: The buyer who satisfies the home sale contingency (link below) 
See the 16-minute video online here:

Form 22B: Home Sale Contingency - Part 1
Form 22B: Home Sale Contingency - Part 1

Part Three: Troubleshoot some issues that often come up with the form (available here next week).

2019 SAR REALTOR Awards: Nominations 
DEADLINE: Friday, April 19TH  
The names to be engraved on the SAR's 2019 REALTOR ® Awards rest in your hands.
Members will decide who will be our
2019 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
Make your nominations known by Friday, April 19th, to be counted in helping to decide this year's awards.
Winners will be announced at the 2019 SAR REALTOR ® Awards Luncheon on Wednesday, May 8th, at Ruby River Hotel (formerly Red Lion River Inn - where we were last year).
Download the 2019 SAR Award Nomination form (pictured above), online here


Lunch & Learn: VA Loans 


Monday, March 25th

Bring your lunch and learn five of the biggest myths surrounding VA loans:
  • zero down equals a "bad buyer"
  • VA loans are hard to close
  • VA loans take too long
  • seller has to pay all the Vet's fees
  • VA appraisals are harder
Tony Byrne with Heritage Home Loans is your instructor.

Download the event flyer (pictured above) for more information, online here.

Fair Housing Conference 

Join us for this educational event held every April in Fair Housing Month.

Who should attend: Property managers, property maintenance staff, landlords, tenants, tenant advocates, real estate brokers, mortgage lenders and originators, social service providers, healthcare providers, attorneys, legal advocates, affordable housing developers, and transitional housing providers.

Choose from 15 breakout sessions ranging from fair housing basics to current specialized topics presented by over 20 knowledgeable fair housing advocates, investigators, landlord / tenant attorneys, social service providers, and industry experts from: the Washington State Human Rights Commission, Northwest Fair Housing Alliance, Intermountain Fair Housing Council, Northwest Justice Project, the WA Dept. of Commerce, Transitions, Refugee Connections, and more!

Explore exhibitor tables to learn about services available to assist you in providing or managing housing, or assisting others in accessing and retaining housing, including applicant screening; support services available for veterans, people with disability, and seniors; pest control; financing.

A buffet lunch is included with the purchase of each ticket.


The Voice for Real Estate 


NAR's 2019 national ad campaign showcases REALTORS®' commitment to their Code of Ethics and advocacy work on behalf of communities.

Recent changes to tax deductions are hurting housing affordability for new buyers.

Real estate remains competitive, NAR's 2019 profile of brokerages finds.

Get help on identifying whether an email that looks to be from NAR is real or a scam.

Home sales are down but contract signings are up, pointing to gains during the spring home buying season.

Watch the eight-minute video online here:

Voice for Real Estate 96: Ad campaign, Affordability, Firms, Scams
Voice for Real Estate 96:
Ad campaign, Affordability, Firms, Scams

Special Discount for Members 
Saturday, August 17th
The SAR Communications/Member Services committee has negotiated a special rate for members and friends to enjoy an evening at the ballpark with the Spokane Indians baseball team this summer:
Saturday, August 17th
Seats: $11 Upper Box
Armed Forces Appreciation and Fireworks Night 
Get your special SAR discounted Spokane Indians Baseball tickets online here
2019 REALTOR® Education

Quality of Education 
through SAR/WR Education Instructors

Here is the latest class listing from your SAR - offering the best live and local continuing real estate education classes for 2019.

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.
Spokane Association of REALTORS(R) - Continuing Education 
Training Superior Instructors 
Tuesday, March 26, and Wednesday, March 27 - Instructor Development Workshop - Training Superior Instructors - with Linda Miller Sheets.
Check-in: 8:00 a.m.
Class: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. both days
at the SAR
15 clock hours
Spokane Association of REALTORS(R) - Continuing Education 
Land & Acreage 200 
Thursday, March 28 - Land & Acreage 200 - with Jim Palmer, Jr.
Check-in: 8:15 a.m.
Class: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
at the SAR
7.5 clock hours
Tuesday, April 9 - Home Inspections from the Ground Up - with Matthew Pederson.
Check-in: 8:15 a.m.
Class: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
at the SAR
7.5 clock hours
In This Issue
2019 SAR REALTOR Awards: Nominations
SAR Governmental Affairs Brief
Legal Hotline: Form 22B
2019 SAR REALTOR Awards: Nominations
Lunch & Learn: VA Loans
Fair Housing Conference
The Voice for Real Estate
Special Discount for Members
2019 REALTOR® Education
Call for Host Houses: Open House Weekend
MLS Fees Due
WCR: What is Happening in Airway Heights?
Special Discount for Members
Member Roster Update - March
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. 
Call for Host Houses: Open House Weekend 
Download the event logo, pictured above, online here.    
Will you have an open house listed for sale on the weekend of April 27-28?
If so, nominate it now as a Host House for our Open House Weekend!
We'll be looking for three Host Houses, this year, to serve as entry points for the public and media, as well as staging areas for member supplies (balloons, sign riders, etc.). 
A Host House must:
  • be within 20-minutes of downtown
  • be available for committee viewing on April 9th 
  • be staged and listed for sale during the event (10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days)
A Host House gets:
  • media exposure before and during the event
  • public exposure as an entry point to the event
  • member exposure as a supply hub for the event

2016 Host House
To nominate your property to the committee as a Host House, please email Katie McDaris Marks, committee chair, with address, brief description, and a photo or two.  
Committee members will visit all Host House nominees on April 9th.
2019 Open House Weekend Host Houses will be announced here in the Weekly Notices on April 12th
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Members of the SAR Board of Directors and Communications/Member Services committee were invited to lunch at The Spokesman-Review, last week (photo above), to serve as a focus group for story ideas for two Open House Weekend newspaper inserts.
Inventory, financing, buy-versus-rent, and other topics were included in the discussion.
Watch for the resulting inserts in both the Saturday and Sunday editions of The Spokesman-Review on April 27th and 28th - our Open House Weekend! 
Sponsors are now being invited to participate with us in our ninth-annual Open House Weekend event in April!
We have seven event sponsorships available - first come, first served, and category exclusive (no competing companies in the same business).
Sponsors will reach 2,200 SAR broker and affiliate members, and more than 500 (expected) currently active Spokane-area home shoppers - and get a list of all contest entry forms as qualified leads! 
Download the event sponsor letter with more details  (pictured above), online here


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!   
WCR: What is Happening in Airway Heights? 

Thursday, April 4th

The Spokane-Eastern Washington Women's Council of REALTORS® invites all members and friends to attend its April event that will ask this question: What is happening in Airway Heights?
Expect to hear these words in the answer: Amazon, Boeing, Fairchild, and Google. 
Speaker will be Todd Coleman, executive director of the Plains-Airport area Public Development Authority.
Download the event flyer (pictured above), online here
Member 2 Member 
Vista Title & Escrow shares word it is in the process of finalizing the purchase of Prime Real Estate Closing and Escrow.
Vista Title & Escrow was formed in 2017. Its acquisition, Prime Real Estate Closing and Escrow, is 23 years old.
"Expansion has been our goal since opening," said Vista Title & Escrow CEO Anthony Carollo. "This acquisition will expand our footprint and deepen our escrow knowledge and experience."
Carollo says the acquisition will double Vista's production capacity.
Member Roster Update - March

Updated for March

Click here to view the latest Member Roster Update - approved by the Board of Directors.

Click here to view the latest list of MLS Subscription Waivers - approved by the Board of Directors.  

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 2019 Market Snapshot Report
(pictured above)   online here.

See the 2019 YEAR-TO-DATE Market Snapshot Report (pictured above),   online here.

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