Weekly Notices
Friday, May 14, 2021

Local Real Estate Prices Set Record 

Spokane County's median-home price broke records again in April as it soared to a historic high of $356,500.

The April average-home price represents a 27.3% increase over the mark for April 2020, which was $280,091, according to data provided from the Spokane Association of Realtors.

The new median closing price also came in higher than March, which was $341,750.

While the median home price has continued to climb as a result of demand outpacing the number of available properties, it remains below the western region's median home price, which includes larger metro areas, such as Los Angeles, Seattle and Las Vegas.

The median price in the West was $493,300 in March, according to the National Association of Realtors. April data is not yet available.

Read the full article in The Spokesman-Review, online here.



Legal Hotline: Disturbing Trend 

Washington REALTORS® Legal Hotline attorney Annie Fitzsimmons shares a new video to talk about a disturbing trend that could become a very big Anti-Trust problem in our industry. 
See her new three-minute video online here:
Legal Hotline: Disturbing Trend That Could Become An Anti-Trust Problem
Legal Hotline:
Disturbing Trend that Could Become an Anti-Trust Problem
2021 SAR REALTOR® Awards Nominations 
Deadline: June 1st
Applications are now being accepted for all 2021 SAR REALTOR® Awards!  
You and your REALTOR® colleagues will decide who will be our honorees for:
2021 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
The deadline by which you must submit nominations to the SAR for them to be considered is Tuesday, June 1st.
The 2021 SAR REALTOR® Awards will be announced and presented at the SAR's Quarterly Meeting & Luncheon at Centerplace - August 19th.  
More details to come! 

2020 Gary Fox Memorial Award 
Deadline: June 1st
Nominations are now being accepted for the 2020 Gary Fox Memorial Designated/Managing Broker Award.
This award recognizes a Designated Broker or Managing Broker who serves as an example of loyalty, ethical behavior, and leadership in the real estate profession.
The deadline to submit applications to the SAR is Tuesday, June 1st.
The 2020 Gary Fox Memorial Designated/Managing Broker Award honoree will be announced and presented  at the SAR's Quarterly Meeting & Luncheon at Centerplace - August 19th.  
More details to come! 
2021 James S. Black Memorial Scholarship 
Deadline: June 1st
Applications are now being accepted for the 2021 James S. Black Memorial Scholarship.

This scholarship helps members pay for tuition and expenses leading to professional designations such as GRI, CRS, CPM, SIR, or MAI. 
The deadline to submit applications to the SAR is Tuesday, June 1st.
The 2021 James S. Black Memorial Scholarship will be announced and presented at the SAR's Quarterly Meeting & Luncheon at Centerplace - August 19th.
More details soon! 
2021 SAR Legacy of Service Award 
Deadline: June 1st
Your SAR is now accepting nominations for its 2021SAR 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.
The deadline to submit nominations to the SAR is Tuesday, June 1st.
The 2021 SAR Legacy of Service Award will be presented at the SAR's Quarterly Meeting & Luncheon at Centerplace - August 19th    
We'll have more details to share soon! 
Virtual Legal Symposium 
May 25-26 

Washington REALTORS® is excited to bring another quality education symposium featuring seven industry lawyers presenting on current events in real estate.  
The lawyers will cover recent RLTA Amendments by the Legislature, the latest forms revisions, "Crazy Things in Crazy Markets," and more.
Up to 7.5 clock hours are available, depending on attendance. 
RPR Maps 
Next week!
Tuesday, May 18th
11 a.m.

RPR Maps can be a powerful tool in your tool belt.

In this 45 minute webinar, you'll use RPR maps to serve your buyers and find new clients by:
  • Learning the basics of starting a property or area search
  • Refining your searches by zooming in on areas based on local geographies
  • How to search for properties within Opportunity Zones
  • How to perform school searches

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.
Bloopers and Blunders with Ken Sax 
Bloopers and Blunders with Ken Sax
Monday, May 17th

Biggest Bloopers & Blunders we make in our Statewide Forms!
Mon May 17th 1pm-4:30pm
3.5 clock hours
Instructor: Ken Sax
You'll want to check out this class and learn what the bloopers are and how to avoid making the same mistakes!
Don't be that broker!!
Ken Sax has been teaching the Purchase & Sale class since 2010. He's very passionate about REALTORS being experts on this... after all, your clients think you are!  
See Ken's personal video invitation to join his class, above. 
Ken will be discussing Forms - 21, 50, 51, 22A. 22EF, 22B, 39, 22Q, 35/35R, 35E and 36.
Your Code of Ethics & Fair Housing Intro
(2) Day class
Tues May 18th    8:30-12:30
Weds May 19th 8:30-Noon
7.5 clock hours
Instructor: Mike Crowley
This class is required for all NEW Brokers.
Why Ethics?
Professionalism means conducting yourself ethically and with integrity and competence. It results in satisfied clients and customers. It's good business!

Course Goal -You will gain knowledge of the REALTORS® Code of Ethics that will help you . . .
Fulfill your essential responsibilities as a REALTOR®,
Enjoy a successful career based on the highest principles of your profession, and
Develop appropriate responses and solutions to the most pressing dilemmas you will face as a REALTOR®.
Mon June 24th 1-4pm
3.0 clock hours
Instructor: Sabrina Jones-Schroeder
This class will go over what you need to know for the new 2021 forms revisions and any current industry updates.
Don't miss this very informative class on the new form changes.
In This Issue
Local Real Estate Prices Set Record
Legal Hotline: Disturbing Trend
2021 SAR REALTOR® Awards Nominations
2020 Gary Fox Memorial Award
2021 James S. Black Memorial Scholarship
2021 SAR Legacy of Service Award
Virtual Legal Symposium
RPR Maps
SAR Professional Development
2021 Fair Housing Conference
e-PRO® Certification
SAR Blood Drive
Luau on the Bluff
SAR Member Roster Update - April
SAR Market Activity Report - April

Click on the image below to see
the current SAR calendar showing dates and times
of classes, committees, and events. 
2021 Fair Housing Conference 
May 20 & 27 
The Northwest Fair Housing Alliance will hold a virtual housing conference, 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Thursday May 20, and 8:30-11:30 a.m. Thursday, May 27, online.  
On the first day of the conference, guests will learn about protecting immigrant and refugee neighbors from discrimination, housing justice for formerly incarcerated people, and supporting vulnerable and underserved populations in accessing and maintaining housing.  
The conference is free to attend.
See the entire schedule and register online here. 
Special SAR event!
5:30 p.m.; Thursday, May 27th
Join the session on Equitable Home-ownership Opportunities presented by the Spokane Association of REALTORS® at the 2021 Inland Northwest Housing Virtual Conference online here:
e-PRO® Certification 
May 25 & 26
NAR's e-PRO® certification program was developed to help real estate professionals broaden their technology skills and compete effectively in today's market.  
Gain practical knowledge in advanced digital marketing techniques and promote your expertise to consumers with the e-PRO® certification.
Designed for real estate professionals at all experience levels. Gain the confidence and knowledge in seeing these transactions through with the following tools:
  • Direct distressed sellers to finance, tax, and legal professionals
  • Qualify sellers for short sales
  • Develop a short sale package
  • Negotiate with lenders
  • Tap into buyer demand
  • Safeguard your commission
  • Limit risk
  • Protect buyers
Live Virtual e-PRO® 2-Day Certification Program
May 25-26, 2021 * 8am-3pm PDT
Instructor: Craig Grant
Cost: $149 (reg. $219)
SAR Blood Drive 
Tuesday, June 8th!
Our next blood drive will be June 8th at the SAR on the bus!  
Please schedule your donation by calling 1.877.258.4825 or visit
Luau on the Bluff 
Thursday, June 3
First Live Gathering of 2021!
Thank you to our Sponsors:  
Banner Bank
Condron Homes
Flagstar Bank
Spokane County Title
Spokane Teachers Credit Union
Synergy One Lending

The SAR proudly presents the Luau on the Bluff - our first live REALTOR® event of 2021!

The evening will include some great Pacific Island-inspired food, live music, silent auction, door prizes, a "best-dressed" contest, and a gorgeous sunset view of the valley!  
Tickets $35 through May 26th; or at the door on June 3rd - $50.
Proceeds from our event will be going to Family Promise of Spokane.
SAR Member Roster Update - April

Updated for April  
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 - 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 2021 Market Snapshot Report
(pictured above) online here.

See the 2021 Year to Date Market Snapshot Report (pictured above),  online here.

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