Weekly Notices
Friday, March 6, 2020
Coronavirus - A Guide for REALTORS® 
NAR, this week, published "Coronavirus - A Guide for REALTORS®
The document comes in response to the growing concerns about COVID -19, commonly referred to as coronavirus.
NAR is providing this guidance to help REALTORS® respond to the coronavirus' s potential impact on the real estate industry.

"Lowest Rate in History" 
Freddie Mac , this week, released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey ® (PMMS ® ), showing that the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) averaged the lowest rate in its survey's history which dates back to 1971.
The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 3.29 percent with an average 0.7 point for the week ending March 5, 2020, down from last week when it averaged 3.45 percent. A year ago at this time, the 30-year FRM averaged 4.41 percent.

See the Freddie Mac news release - pictured above - online here.

Education Excellence/Membership Meeting   
SAR photo
Welcome to the first Education Excellence event and Quarterly Membership Meeting of the new year!
Instructor Sabrina Jones-Schroeder will teach her excellent Core Curriculum class: Current Issues in Washington Real Estate (3.0 clock hours).
We'll take a mid-morning break for brunch, convene a short Quarterly Membership Meeting, then return to the class.
You'll be done by 1:00 p.m.   
Early-bird registration ends March 11th. 
We gratefully acknowledge our sponsors for this Education Excellence presentation:
Washington State
Home Inspectors 
See the event flyer (pictured above), suitable for posting and sharing in your office, online here
SAR Bylaws Vote  
The Board of Directors of the Spokane Association of REALTORS® is submitting to the membership proposed Bylaw amendments.   
The Bylaws will be voted on by the REALTOR® members present at the General Membership Meeting on  
Thursday, March 19, 2020
at CenterPlace
See a redline copy of the Restated Bylaws of Spokane Association of REALTORS® (pictured above), online here.  
Legal Hotline: Extra Paperwork 
Washington REALTORS® Legal Hotline lawyer Annie Fitzsimmons addresses this question from a member...  
A married buyer is purchasing separately from their spouse for whatever reason (the spouse's name will not be on the title).  
The question comes from the listing broker:  
"How do I protect my seller to make sure that we don't experience problems when we get to the closing table?"  
Annie explains how that scenario plays out in Washington...which happens to be a community property state.   
See the new eight-minute video online here: 

NAR Cybersecurity Check-list 

Cybercrime can be devastating to real estate professionals and their clients.  
This checklist offers some best practices to help you 
curb the risk of cybercrime.  
Because data protection and cybersecurity laws differ across the country, NAR recommends that you work with an attorney licensed in your state to help you develop cybersecurity-related programs, policies, and materials.
Download a copy of NAR's Cybersecurity Check-list (pictured above), online here
RPAC: Register to Vote  

FACT: 224 Spokane County REALTORS® are not registered to vote .
FACT: It takes fewer than two minutes to register to vote.
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.

Code of Ethics: Standards for Success 
Code of Ethics: Standards for Success
This is the class for new Brokers
Tuesday, March 10 - Code of Ethics: Standards for Success - with Linda Miller Sheets.
Check-in: 8:!5 a.m.
Class: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
at the SAR
7.5 clock hours

Wednesday, March 11 - Radon in Real Estate - with David Gerard.
Check-in: 11:45 a.m.
Class: Noon - 3:00 p.m. 
at the SAR
3.0 clock hours  
Code of Ethics for Real Estate Professionals 
The Code of Ethics for Real Estate Professionals
This is the class for continuing Brokers
Thursday, March 12 - The Code of Ethics for Real Estate Professionals - with Linda Miller Sheets.
Check-in: 8:15 a.m.
Class: 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
at the SAR
4.0 clock hours 
Thursday, March 12 - Success Basics for Landlords and Property Managers - with Eric Bessett.
Check-in: 1:15 p.m.
Class: 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
at the SAR 
3.0 clock hours 
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 
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
Coronavirus - A Guide for REALTORS®
Education Excellence/Membership Meeting
SAR Bylaws Vote
Legal Hotline: Extra Paperwork
NAR Cybersecurity Check-list
RPAC: Register to Vote
SAR Professional Development
Spring Forward
MLS Fees Due March 30th!
Former Rep. Nethercutt Honored
Crime Free Rental Properties
Spring Business Conference
SAVE THE DATE: Open House Weekend!
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:
Spring Forward   
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!    
Former Rep. Nethercutt Honored 

Hundreds of people gathered at the Davenport Hotel on Tuesday night for what was billed as an "Epic Celebration of George Nethercutt."
The former Republican congressman, who unseated Speaker of the House Tom Foley in 1994, also was recognized as an attorney, author, columnist, philanthropist, family man and proud Washington State University alumnus.
Those gathered to honor him included politicians, business owners and members of his book club.  
The event was led by his former press secretary, Tom McArthur, who spoke briefly of his time with the congressman.  
Editor's note: Tom McArthur is our Public Affairs Director at the SAR.
The SAR helped sponsor the event that was attended by SAR members Tom Hormel (Washington REALTORS® President-elect), and Terry Sullivan (who served as Rep. Nethercutt's Federal Political Coordinator). 
Read the article in The Spokesman-Review (pictured above), online here
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.  
Spring Business Conference 

APRIL 22-24
Online registration open now! 
See conference details and register 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.
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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