Weekly Notices
Friday, March 29, 2019
STCU Sponsors Open House Weekend 
Download the event logo, pictured above, online here.    
We are delighted to announce and welcome our first Open House Weekend event sponsor:
STCU joins us as our first sponsor for our 2019 Open House Weekend!
Learn more about this sponsor online here
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
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)
  • participate in (purchase) group advertising in The Spokesman-Review and Inlander.
  • make available helium for broker balloons (two 14.9 cu. ft. tanks) both days of the event
A Host House gets:
  • media exposure before and during the event
  • public exposure as an entry point to the event
  • broker 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

SAR Governmental Affairs Brief 
The Washington State Legislature has signaled it may exclude REALTORS® from proposed increases in the State's Business and Occupation Tax (B&O).  
Lawmakers are looking at an across-the-board increase in the B&O tax.  
Originally, the Governor's budget proposed increasing the state B&O tax on services from 1.5 percent to 2.5 percent (a 67% increase).
The state is doing much better than originally projected, with a budget surplus projected to be near $6-billion.  
But state lawmakers believe an additional $1.5 to $2 billion in tax increases are needed.
The Washington REALTORS® Government Affairs team has been working on several other tax areas that will affect the industry, including potential changes in the Real Estate Excise Tax structure, Capital Gains and a potential Sales Tax on Services.
For the latest update on bills that affect REALTORS(R), check out the latest SAR Governmental Affairs Brief online here

Gmail Tips and Tricks 
Gmail by Google is the world's most popular email program: 1.4 billion users. It's robust, simple to set up, easy to use, wickedly fast to search, and for most people, free.   
No wonder it's wildly popular among real estate agents.
Gmail has many unknown and little-used features that can be hugely helpful.  
But like the secret menu at the West Coast chain In-N-Out Burger, most people don't know what's available.
TechHelpline offers a guide to some great Gmail tips and tricks to help boost your business.


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 Three: Troubleshoot some issues that often come up with the form.
Watch the 11-minute video online here: 
Form 22B: Home Sale Contingency - Part 3
Form 22B: Home Sale Contingency - Part 3
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. 
Watch the 16-minute video online here:

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

What is RPR? 

REALTORS ® Property Resource is the nation's largest property database.  
As a new agent, this user-friendly, data-driven platform and business tool should never leave your side. Regular use of RPR will help you help your clients, which can lead to more listings, and hopefully, more deals!
RPR makes it easy for REALTORS ® to stand out from their competition. Using RPR as a real estate business tool will make you a more informed, more savvy, and more efficient REALTOR ®.
Ready to better serve your clients, market yourself like a pro, and grow your brand and business?  


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.


Lunch & Learn: Biggest Legal Issues  

Friday, April 12th

Spend an hour in a room with an attorney at no charge!

Join us for our next Lunch & Learn with attorney Brett Sullivan to go over "avoiding trouble in transactions & HOA updates."

Download the event flyer (pictured above) for more information, 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.
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
Core Curriculum - Current Issues in Washington Residential Real Estate 
Core Curriculum
Current Issues in Washington Residential Real Estate
Thursday, April 11 - Core Curriculum: Current Issues in WA Residential Real Estate - with Sabrina Jones-Schroeder.
Check-in: 8:00 a.m.
Class: 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
at the SAR
3.0 clock hours
Friday, April 12 - TransactionDesk: Basic Sale/Listing Creation - with Eric Johnson.
Check-in: 1:45 p.m.
Class: 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
at the SAR
3.0 clock hours 
Monday, April 22 - TransactionDesk: Basic Sale/Listing Creation - with Eric Johnson.
Check-in: 8:45 a.m.
Class: 9:00 a.m. to noon
at the SAR
3.0 clock hours
Sabrina Jones-Schroeder - Purchase and Sale Agreements instructor 
Statewide Purchase & Sale Agreement
Tuesday, April 16 - Statewide Purchase & Sale Agreement - with Sabrina Jones-Schroeder.
Check-in: 8:15 a.m.
Class: 8:30 to 5:00 p.m.
at the SAR
7.5 clock hours 
Spokane Association of REALTORS(R) - Continuing Education 
Code of Ethics: Standards for Success 
This is the class you need to take
if you are a new REALTOR® 
Tuesday, April 23 - Code of Ethics: Standards for Success - with Linda Miller Sheets.
Check-in: 8:15 a.m.
Class: 8:30 to 4:30 p.m.
at the SAR
7.5 clock hours 

Spokane Association of REALTORS(R) - Continuing Education 
Code of Ethics for Real Estate Professionals 
This is the class you need to take
if you are a renewing REALTOR®   
Thursday, April 25 - Code of Ethics for Real Estate Professionals - with Linda Miller Sheets.
Check-in: 8:15 a.m.
Class: 8:30 to 12:30 p.m.
at the SAR
4.0 clock hours
In This Issue
STCU Sponsors Open House Weekend
SAR Governmental Affairs Brief
Gmail Tips and Tricks
Legal Hotline: Form 22B
What is RPR?
Fair Housing Conference
Lunch & Learn: Biggest Legal Issues
2019 REALTOR® Education
MLS Fees Due
2019 SAR REALTOR Awards: Nominations
2019 SAR Awards Luncheon
Legacy of Service Award
WR: Email Phishing
WCR: What is Happening in Airway Heights?
Member 2 Member
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. 
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!   
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


2019 SAR Awards Luncheon 

Wednesday, May 8th

You are invited to the 2019 Spokane Association of REALTORS® Awards Luncheon - Wednesday, May 8th, at the Ruby River Hotel!
Come honor the 2019 award recipients: REALTOR® of the Year, Steve Flinn REALTOR® Achievement, REALTOR® Community Service, Affiliate of the Year, Partner of the Year, and Citizen of the Year.
The winners of this year's 3rd Grade Poster/Essay Contest on the theme "what my home means to me" will also be announced. 
Download the event flyer (pictured above) with more information, online here
Legacy of Service Award 


Your SAR is now accepting nominations for its 2019 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 26th. 
The 2019 SAR Legacy of Service Award will be presented at the SAR Awards Luncheon on Wednesday, May 8th

Download the information/nomination document (pictured above), online here.
WR: Email Phishing 

Email phishing and spoofing continue to become more sophisticated and the frequency that members receive bogus emails have increased.  
Please note that WR staff and leadership will NEVER send you an email that asks you to:
--send money to staff or leadership; 
--purchase gift cards; 
--send donations to individuals (we will occasionally promote the REALTOR® Relief Foundation after a disaster but we do not solicit for donations to individuals)  
--reveal log on information or passwords.  
When in doubt, please give us a call at 360.943.3100 or email support@warealtor.org 
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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