Weekly Notices
Friday, March 5, 2021

Forms Classes
Friday, March 12th
All scheduled forms classes with WR are full, as is next week's SAR class with Annie on Friday, March 12th. 
Send an email if you'd like to be put on the wait list for future classes:
Forms revisions were published for use by members on March 3rd
Washington REALTORS® offers a recording of one of Annie's recent forms classes - it's the same content as a live class but does not qualify for clock hours.
If you'd like to watch it, the three-hour class is online here: 
New Forms, Hot Topics & Other Industry Fun 
New Forms, Hot Topics & Other Industry Fun
Forms Changes 

Many revised and new NWMLS/Statewide forms were released this week, on Wednesday, March 3, 2021.  
There are significant revisions to the Purchase and Sale Agreements, the Financing Addendum, the Inspection Addendum, and the Escalation Addendum.  
Other forms revisions are not substantive and include minor clarifications and updates to outdated vernacular.  

Legal Bulletin 219, which summarizes the forms revisions, and SAMPLE versions of the revised forms are linked below for review purposes - in both clean and redline formats:
Many forms are available for order in hard copy from NWMLS - please allow extra time for printing and shipping.  
The forms were published for use on TransactionDesk on March 3, 2021.   
RPR®: Redisigned, Reorganized, Refreshed 


Based on input from REALTORS® like you, RPR® has launched a refreshed and simplified version of its website.  
Experience the updated RPR® today!
RPR: Refreshed Version Live Now! 
For just over a decade, REALTORS® have relied on RPR to give them access to real estate data, powerful tools and client-friendly reports.  
The new, "refreshed" version, that went live on February 24th, offers the same excellent features REALTORS® have come to expect, but with many new elements and enhancements created with one user in mind-the REALTOR®.
Check out this thiree-minute video where NAR President Charlie Oppler covers the major highlights:
NAR President Charlie Oppler Walks REALTORS® Through the new RPR 
NAR President Charlie Oppler
Walks REALTORS® Through the new RPR
Tech HelpLine: Save Time with Three Apps  


Ensuring you continue to remain productive is vital for closing transactions today and building new business tomorrow.  
You can increase your efficiency while still building future business if you get a little help.  
The good news is there is technology available today that you can use to help you speed up or simplify some time-consuming tasks.
Tech HelpLine (a Washington REALTORS® Member benefit) shares three apps that can help you save time, make you more efficient, and help you build future business online here.

Face masks, hand sanitizer, PPE packs, and other REALTOR®-branded items are in stock and available now from the REALTOR® Team Store.

Check out the entire inventory of REALTOR® COVID-19 tools online here.

Dangerous Business Practices 
Washington REALTORS® Legal Hotline lawyer Annie Fitzsimmons is seeing some dangerous business practices occurring in this seller's market.

So, this week, Annie continues a new video series with RE/MAX Integrity Owner Broker Paul Blumenstetter to focus on these dangerous practices with a goal of helping us all avoid them.

In Part 6 of this series, Annie and Paul talk about seeing instructions from Listing Broker that the buyer write their offer to include a term that the buyer's earnest money will be released to the seller upon mutual acceptance. They'll cover the inherent risks in this practice.

The 11-minute video is online here:

Dangerous Business Practices in a Sellers Market, Part 6
Dangerous Business Practices
in a Sellers Market, Part 6

In Part 5 of this series, Annie and Paul discuss the practice of listing brokers with offer instructions suggesting that the buyers remove the "Information Verification" paragraph from Form 21. Contrary to what some brokers believe, they explain WHY the Information Verification Provision is actually beneficial to the seller.

The video runs about 10-minutes:

Dangerous Business Practices in a Sellers Market, Part 5
Dangerous Business Practices in a Sellers Market, Part 5

The fourth video in this series is online here - Annie and Paul talk about the risks for both sellers and buyers who have pre-inspections performed on properties for sale.

The video runs about 15-minutes:

Dangerous Business Practices in a Sellers Market, Part 4
Dangerous Business Practices in a Sellers Market, Part 4

The third video in this series is online here - Annie and Paul discuss the dangerous practice of buyers, who are often frustrated that they're unable to get a property, who choose to make offers that waive all inspections. They'll cover risks to the buyer, buyer's broker, and listing broker.

The video runs about 17-minutes:

Dangerous Business Practices in a Sellers Market Part 3
Dangerous Business Practices in a Sellers Market Part 3

The second video in this series is on-line here - in this video, Annie and Paul discuss dangerous practices on behalf of buyer broker's and how to protect yourself and your firm from future lawsuits if your buyer decides to make risky offers.

The video runs about nine-minutes:

Dangerous Business Practices in a Sellers Market Part 2
Dangerous Business Practices in a Sellers Market Part 2

The first video in this series is online here - it covers things Annie is seeing from listing brokers.

The video runs about 20-minutes:

Dangerous Business Practices in a Sellers Market, Part 1
Dangerous Business Practices in a Sellers Market, Part 1
SAR Professional Development 

SAR Professional Development 
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.
Purchase & Sale with Sabrina Jones Schroeder 
Two day Zoom class - both days required
Tuesday 3/9             8:30 am - 12:30 pm  
Thursday 3/11         8:30 am - Noon
This mandatory course will include: An introduction and discussion of intentions, goals and purposes in properly completing the new Purchase & Sale Agreement; the deposit, parties and property; financing and the financing contingencies, title insurance and transfer and inspections; representations and disclosure; and remaining provisions.
This class must be taken once every four years. 

Success Basics for Landlords and Property Managers with Eric Bessett (Zoom class) 
Wednesday 3/17     1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
This course is divided into three distinct sessions: (1) Landlord-Tenant Law (including SB5600), (2) Forms, Notices & other documents (3) Practical, Real-World Best Practices. Come receive a comprehensive overview of how to property navigate the legal, practical and technical landscapes within this housing segment. 
3.0 clock hours  

Enter code 199WB and get
all of 2021's webinars for $199!
In This Issue
Forms Classes
Forms Changes
RPR®: Redisigned, Reorganized, Refreshed
RPR®: Refreshed Version Live Now!
Tech HelpLine: Save Time with Three Apps
REALTOR® Team Store - Open Now!
Dangerous Business Practices
SAR Professional Development
MLS Fees Due
Shocking History of Real Estate
SAR Quarterly Blood Drive
Remote Audits
Member Value Plus
WR Spring Business Conference
2021 NAR Legislative Days
SAR Member Roster Update - February - NEW!
SAR Market Activity Report - January

Click on the 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!      

Shocking History of Real Estate 

Thursday, March 11
FREE 90-minute Presentation 

The Residential Real Estate Council of Washington presents: Shocking History of Real Estate that All Agents Need to Know - Thursday, March 11th, at 5 p.m.

What's so shocking about the history of real estate?  
Look at this - a 1946 Deed of Sale from here in Washington state with these words: "This property shall not be resold, leased, rented or occupied except to or by persons of the Aryan race." 

We invite you to an open and candid discussion of historical policies that all REALTORS® should know.
Sadly, our industry was a part of racial segregation, red lining, and other disturbing practices that took place during the recent century.
As REALTORS®, we need to know this history and all be advocates for a better future.
FREE 90-minute event!  
All welcome; RRC membership not required; earn 1 CRS designation maintenance credit.
The panel discussion will feature Mark Kitabayashi, Lennox Scott, and Margo Wheeler, with moderator: Sloan Hunter.

SAR Quarterly Blood Drive 

Choose your time/place to give: 
Thursday, March 25 (downtown) 
Tuesday, March 30 (north) 


The Spokane-Eastern Washington Women's Council of REALTORS®, the Spokane Association of REALTORS®, and the Spokane REALTORS® YPN are partnering with Vitalant for an SAR Quarterly Blood Drive!

Reserve a time on Thursday, March 25th downtown.

Reserve a time on Tuesday, March 30th north.

Donating blood is one of the easiest ways to give back to your community - donate today!

Download the event flyer (pictured above) for posting
in your office and sharing with your colleagues online here.

Remote Audits 

Starting next week! 
The Washington State Department of Licensing (DOL) Real Estate Audit Unit has announced that it will begin conducting audits remotely starting on March 8, 2021.  
Until further notice, audits will be conducted remotely, instead of in-person at its license location.
Read an FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) document about this online here.  
Member Value Plus 

  March 1-15 Offer on Now!
Do this by March 15th:
Register for Buffini & Company's Weekly Digest brought to you by REALTOR® Benefits Program partner Buffini & Company.
Brian Buffini's Real Estate Report - a $295 value!
Learn more about NAR's Member Value Plus (MVP) Program. 

WR Spring Business Conference 

April 19-23


The Washington REALTORS® Spring Business Conference will be virtual and will take place
April 19-23, 2021.

The Conference will include guest speakers open to the entire membership, the WR Awards Ceremony, and our association business meetings.

Mark your calendars and stay tuned for more details in the coming weeks!

2021 NAR Legislative Days 

May 3-14
Registration Open Now! 
After careful consideration, the 2021 REALTORS® Legislative Meetings, now scheduled for May 3-14, 2021, will be virtual this year.  
Please view this video message from NAR President Charlie Oppler for more information surrounding this decision.   
2021 REALTORS® Legislative Meetings Going Virtual 
2021 REALTORS® Legislative Meetings Going Virtual
Registration is open now! 
The event website is online here.
SAR Member Roster Update - February

Updated for February 
Click here to view the latest Member Roster Update (pictured above) - approved by the SAR Board of Directors at its most recent meeting.
Send a message to Brenda at the SAR with any changes.  

SAR Market Activity Report - January 

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

See the January 2021 Market Snapshot Report
(pictured above) online here.

See the 2020 Year End Market Snapshot Report (pictured above),  online here.

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2021 SAR Leadership

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