Weekly Notices
Friday, May 10, 2019
2019 Spokane REALTOR® Awards
REALTOR Awards Trophy
The Spokane Association of REALTORS® presented its 2019 REALTOR® Awards, this week, at the Ruby River Hotel (formerly Red Lion River Inn) in downtown Spokane.
More than 100 members and guests enjoyed the 90-minute program which also included the presentation of the winning entries from the SAR's Third Grade Essay/Poster contest (see separate item in this newsletter).
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REALTOR® of the Year
Tom Hormel, second from right in photo above; presented by Marilyn Amato, SAR Secretary, third from right in photo above. Also pictured above (left to right): Andrea, spouse; Grace, daughter; Kelsey, daughter; and Gina Mosey, 2019 SAR President, at right in photo above.
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Steve Flinn REALTOR® Achievement Award  
Doug Juliano, at right in photo above; presented by Cynthia Gustafson, who received the award last year. Also in photo: 2019 SAR President Gina Mosey, center in photo above.  
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REALTOR® Community Service Award (two awards)
Kolby Schoenrock, at center in photo above; presented by Past President Patti McKerricher-Boyd. Also pictured: Jenna Schoenrock, spouse, at left in photo above.  
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Kristy Hamby, at right in photo above; presented by Gina Mosey, 2019 SAR President, at left in photo above.  
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Affiliate of the Year

Stephanie Johnson, First American Title and Escrow, at left in photo above; presented by Gina Mosey, 2019 SAR President, at right in photo above.  
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Partner of the Year Award
Barbara Powers, owner/publisher/editor, Exchange, at left in photo above; presented by Gina Mosey, 2019 SAR President, at right in photo above.  
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Spokane Citizen of the Year Award

Sandra Williams, owner/publisher/editor, Black Lens, at left in photo above; presented by Gina Mosey, 2019 SAR President, at right in photo above.  
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Legacy of Service Award

Terry Sullivan, at center in photo above; presented by Tom Hormel, at right in photo above, Washington REALTORS® First Vice-president. Also pictured, Kathleen Sullivan, spouse, at left in photo above. 
Prize Winners Announced!
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Our Open House Weekend prizes were presented to the winners this week:
The grand prize winner who receives a $500 cash card is:
Lacey Mills, Spokane, in photo above, to the right of the REALTOR® logo.   
Pictured above (left to right): Kelly Bennett, STCU; Gina Mosey, 2019 SAR President; Lacey Mills, grand prize winner; Katie McDaris Marks, Communications Committee Chair; Jason Hunnel, Lexington Homes; Tammi Thomas, Realty ONE Group Eclipse, broker winner.  
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The listing broker of the winning open house who receives a $250 cash card is:
Tammi Thomas, Realty ONE Group Eclipse, in photo above, to the right of the REALTOR® logo.   
SAR Communications Committee chair, Katie McDaris Marks, shares this fun fact about our winner:
"Just wanted to share this cool story with everyone.  
Our grand prize winner not only fell in love with the house at the open house, but they bought it!
She asked me the address (as they did look at a couple over the weekend) and she said that was their lucky house.    
I would definitely agree!
Just wanted to let everyone know!
Thank you all for all of your hard work putting this together!"

The participating brokers who each receive a crisp new Grant ($50) are:
Kathy Main, RE/MAX of Spokane
Cody Snow, KW Spokane
Lee Ann Simon, R. H. Cooke & Associates
Kyle Crowley, Windermere/Manito
Shannon Bottler, R. H. Cooke & Associates  
All winners were drawn and announced at the SAR Board of Directors' meeting on May 1st.   
The Spokesman-Review made a spectacular effort to support our Open House Weekend, this year - as it has the past several years - with real-estate focused inserts in both its Saturday and Sunday editions.
The earned-media value of this exceeds $120,000. 
Both are offered in electronic format here:
The SATURDAY edition insert (pictured above) is online here

The SUNDAY edition insert is online here

We are delighted to have two sponsors to our Spokane REALTORS ® Open House Weekend event this year:    
Learn more about this exclusive builder sponsor online here.
 And . . .  
Learn more about this exclusive lender sponsor online here
Opportunity Zones 

Thursday, May 16
1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Learn how the creation of Opportunity Zones open opportunities for businesses, investors, and property owners.

Opportunity Zones were added to the tax code by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act on December 22, 2017.

An Opportunity Zone is an economically-distressed community where new investments, under certain conditions, may be eligible for preferential tax treatment.

The City of Spokane and the University District Development Association will present, and take questions on, Opportunity Zones at this community workshop.

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

SAR Governmental Affairs Brief 


From GMA Density, to Residential Tenant Protections, several key housing bills still await the Governor's signature.


Legislative Update With Big Wins This Session 
Washington REALTORS® CEO, Steve Francks, and Government Affairs Director, Nathan Gorton, discuss our successes and goals arising from the latest legislative session, including getting REALTORS® exempt from the B&O Tax increase, defeating a dual agency bill, protecting REALTORS® Independent Contractor Status and more.
See the new 16-minute PART ONE video, online here: 
Legislative Update With Big Wins This Session 
Legislative Update With Big Wins This Session

Washington REALTORS® CEO, Steve Francks, and Government Affairs Director, Nathan Gorton, are back for PART TWO on the discussion of our successes and goals arising from the latest legislative session.  
In this video, they talk more about the legislative successes surrounding the Unlock the Door for Affordable Homeownership campaign.  
They also explain legislation around condominium liability reform, self-help housing, government assisted housing programs, responsible urban density & cluster zoning and homelessness and housing policy issues.
See the new 12-minute PART TWO video online here
Legislative Update 2019 - Part 2
Legislative Update 2019 - Part 2
WR: Legal Symposium 

Thursday, May 30th

The Washington REALTOR® Legal Symposium features SIX real estate attorneys from around the state.  
This event sells out so we've moved it to an even bigger venue in SeaTac. REALTORS® and real estate licensees from all over the state, join us for a day of real estate legal education focused on current trends and issues. 7.5 CE, parking, and lunch are included.

WR Legal Hotline Lawyer Annie Fitzsimmons
Justin Haag, General Counsel for the NWMLS
Mark Schedler, Williams Kastner
Hunter Jeffers, Stoel Rives
Chris Osborn, Stoel Rives
David Daniel, Demco Law Firm


Back It Up! 

Agents and brokers are typically extraordinarily busy during this time of year, driven by a surge in market activity and deal-driven deadlines.

If backing up your hard drive keeps getting pushed down your "To Do" list, it's time to make sure you automate this process completely.

The good news is you don't have to back up the data on your hard drive manually.

That's the least efficient way to save data.

And the best news: the options to back it all up are now easier to set up, faster to accomplish, and less expensive than they have ever been.

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.

Friday, May 10th - Transaction Desk - with Eric Johnson.
Check-in: 8:45 a.m.
Class: 9:00 a.m. to noon
at the SAR
3.0 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, May 14 - Code of Ethics - Standards for Success - with Linda Miller Sheets.
Check-in: 8:15 a.m.
Class: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
at the SAR
7.5 clock hours
What else do we need - Purchase & Sale Agreement Addenda 
Purchase & Sale Agreement Addenda
This is the class so many have been asking for!  
Tuesday, May 21 - Purchase & Sale Agreement Addenda - with Sabrina Jones Schroeder.
Check-in: 8:15 a.m.
Class: 8:30 to 3:30 p.m.
at the SAR
6.0 clock hours 
Thursday, May 30Success Basics for Landlords and Property Managers - with Eric Bessett.
Check-in: 12:45 p.m.
Class: 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
at the SAR
3.0 clock hours
In This Issue
2019 Spokane REALTOR® Awards
Prize Winners Announced!
Opportunity Zones - NEXT WEEK!
SAR Governmental Affairs Brief - NEW!
Legislative Update With Big Wins This Session - NEW!
WR: Legal Symposium
Back It Up!
2019 REALTOR® Education
Third Grade Essay/Poster Contest
Member Roster Update - May
2019 REALTORS® Conference & Expo
SAR Golf Tournament
Historic Homes Tour - THIS WEEKEND!
Member Roster Update - May
Market Activity Report - April

Click on the calendar image below to see
the current SAR calendar showing dates and times
of classes, committees and events. 

The SAR extends condolences and sympathy to the family and friends of John Nugent, Sr., formerly of N & N Realty. 

John passed away May 3, 2019. 

A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday May 11, 2019, at 11 a.m. at John Rogers High School, 1622 E Wellesley with a reception to follow. 

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to JRRAFF (John R. Rogers Alumni and Friends Foundation), 1615 S Lloyd Ln, Spokane WA 99212.

Third Grade Essay/Poster Contest 

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The SAR Third Grade Essay/Poster Committee joyfully announces the winners of its 2019 contest - which were displayed at the SAR Awards Luncheon, this week.
Pictured above, left to right: Riley, Sunrise Elementary - First Place; Alli, Great Northern School - Third Place; Maddie, Meadow Ridge Elementary - Fourth Place (not pictured - poster held by Glen Carey, SAR Third Grade Essay/Poster Contest Committee Chair); Kinzie, Chattaroy Elementary - Second Place.

First Place

FIRST PLACE (pictured above)
Riley - Sunrise Elementary
My home is very special. It keeps me safe and warm. It keeps me from the rain, snow, and hail. When I'm home, it's like a blanket. This is what my home means to me.

Second Place

SECOND PLACE (pictured above)
Kinzie - Chattaroy Elementary
My home is special because your best memories are there. My family also supports me when I have rough days at school. In my room I have a playful pup. She loves to wrestle and play. Sometimes I let her sleep with me. I know my is my home sweet home.

Third Place

THIRD PLACE (pictured above)
Alli - Great Northern School
My home means so much to me because I grew up there. There are a lot of memories and history in my house. My house is full of laughter and love. My house is very important to me because when I am in my house I know my two sisters and parents love me. And that's all that matters.

Fourth Place

FOURTH PLACE (pictured above)
Maddie - Meadow Ridge Elementary
My home is a fun place to be loved and to laugh. If someone is sad the blues is wiped out of them in no-time. My family loves me no matter what. Me and my sisters go in our backyard and swing together while telling jokes. Sometimes we laugh so hard we can't breathe. My home is very important.

The 1st Place winner receives an ice cream party for his/her classroom.
We offer a special thank you to Ben & Jerry's for generously donating the Ice Cream Party!

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Reproductions of this year's Third Grade Essay/Poster contest winning entries are now framed and displayed in the lobby of the SAR (pictured above), and will remain up until next year's event.
This gesture offers a celebration of our annual contest committee effort, and a reminder of the importance of the work our member REALTORS® do in our community bringing families home every day. 

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Homeowners love the service so much, they will actively invite friends and family to register and generate new referral business to you.

To sign up for Homebot, log into Paragon, click on the "Resource" tab and select "Access Homebot."

New Committee: Membership 

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The SAR Membership Committee was convened for the first time, this week, by chair Kristy Hamby (pictured above).

This new committee was created by the vote of members earlier this year to split the Communications / Member Services committee into two separate committees.

The new committee is charged with informing members of the benefits of association membership, advising new member orientation and onboarding, and managing the annual REALTOR® awards.

If you'd like to find out more about SAR membership and how to best communicate its value to members, please join the committee's next meeting - Wednesday, June 26th, at 12:30 p.m. at the SAR.


2019 REALTORS® Conference & Expo 

"Imagine the Possibilities" is the theme for this year's event.  
The tagline and design concept is meant to be inspirational and fun.  
It connects with San Francisco's culture and vibe - both past and present - in that the city has been (and continues to be) known for opportunity and innovation.

This is also what attendees can expect at this year's event - the opportunity to obtain innovative tools that will enhance their businesses.

IMAGINE what four days can do for you!

SAR Golf Tournament 

Thursday, July 18th
Down River Golf Course 

The annual SAR Golf Tournament is coming soon!
Teams of four will shotgun start at 7:30 a.m. on Thursday, July 18th, at Down River Golf Course.
 First-come, first-served - enter today!  
See the event flyer, pictured above, online here
Historic Homes Tour 


The Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture (MAC) holds its 30th-annual Mothers' Day Tour of Historic Homes this weekend!

This year's event features five wonderful homes in Spokane's historic Rockwood neighborhood.

The homes are in a variety of architectural styles and built dates, with an eclectic blend from mansions to bungalows.  

Member Roster Update - May 

Updated for May

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

Send a message to Brenda at the SAR with any changes.  

Market Activity Report - April      

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

See the APRIL 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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