Weekly Notices
Friday, May 15, 2020
The Spokane Association of REALTORS ® is open for virtual business 
under the governor's "Stay Home, Stay Healthy" order until further notice.
While the association office at 1924 North Ash Street is physically closed,
your staff continues to work remotely and welcomes your contact for service:
(509) 326-9222 


FRIDAY, May 15th
3:00 p.m.
LIVE on Zoom 
Join 2020 SAR President Tom Clark as we begin our conversations about Phase 2 of re-opening Washington State from the governor's Stay Home, Stay Healthy order - that includes REALTORS®.  
Our guest will be Bob Lutz, MD, the Public Health Officer with our Spokane County Health District. President Tom interviewed Dr. Lutz, for the first time, back in March. Then, the doctor had some valuable advice for REALTORS® just as the state was being shut down. Now, as we plan to open up again, we'll check back with Dr. Lutz and learn what new advice he has for REALTORS®.
Questions may be emailed in advance to: dwatkins@spokanerealtor.com, or asked live via chat during the event on Friday.  
To join the round-table, click on the Zoom button below and enter password 967843.

Or, go to Zoom and enter these credentials:  

    Webinar ID: 862 9169 4501
    Password: 967843
The event will be recorded and posted to the SAR YouTube page. You can watch it online here any time after the event concludes:
2020 Spokane Association of REALTORS® President Tom Clark and his co-host 2020 Women's Council of REALTORS® President Jennifer Shupe welcomed U.S. Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers to the Round-table to talk about federal assistance that is now flowing through financial institutions across the country to local businesses and independent contractors - and new legislation that is making its way through our national legislature to spend even more on pandemic relief.
Also, we held a second Q&A session with the Washington State Employment Security Department on Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA). This time, our guest was the department's Lead Policy Analyst Mariana Hernandez with whom we dove deeper into your questions to help more members make progress on their PUA claims.
See the video of this past Friday's Round-table, online here - it lasts about an hour: 
Round Table #7 
Round Table #7
All Spokane Association of REALTORS® COVID-19 resources are online here.  

This chart is included in the report linked below
REALTORS® across Washington State expect to resume full activity June 1st under Phase 2 of Governor Inslee's phased approach to re-opening our state.
Washington REALTORS® shares it is working on specific guidance for members and expects to release that document next week.  
Meanwhile, if your business includes serving clients in an office setting, you'll need to have a written procedure for professional services activity before you can open.  
This document is quite lengthy (five pages) and what you are required to do is very complicated so the sooner you get started on making these changes to your workplace, and writing them into your policy document, the better off you'll be come opening day.

Read the governor's guidance on re-opening professional services (pictured above) online here.
Download the complete Safe Start Washington document (pictured above) online here.
All Washington REALTORS® COVID-19 resources are   online here.

SAR Governmental Affairs Committee Update  
2020 SAR Governmental Affairs Committee Chair Britney Inglis shares an update on the work of this SAR committee, so far this year, and the value it brings to all REALTORS® in Washington State - even you!
Watch the new one-minute video online here: 
SAR Governmental Affairs Committee Update - Spring 2020
SAR Governmental Affairs Committee Update - Spring 2020

2020 SAR REALTOR® Award Nominations 
REALTOR Awards Trophy
Sunday, May 17th 
Applications are now being accepted for all 2020 SAR REALTOR® Awards!
You and your REALTOR® colleagues will decide who will be our honorees for:
2020 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 Sunday, May 17th. 
The 2020 SAR REALTOR® Awards will be announced and presented  at the SAR's annual REALTOR® Awards Luncheon at Ruby River Hotel (formerly Red Lion River Hotel) - date to be announced after we are allowed to gather in person again.  


Download the 2020 SAR REALTOR® Award Nomination Form (pictured above) online here

2019 Gary Fox Memorial Award 
May 17th 
Nominations are now being accepted for the 2019 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 Sunday, May 17th.

The 2019 Gary Fox Memorial Designated/Managing Broker Award honree will be announced and presented  at the SAR's annual REALTOR® Awards Luncheon at Ruby River Hotel (formerly Red Lion River Hotel) - date to be announced after we are allowed to gather in person again.


Download the award information/application packet (pictured above) online here


2020 James S. Black Memorial Scholarship 
May 17th 
Applications are now being accepted for the 2020 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 Sunday, May 17th.

The 2020 James S. Black Memorial Scholarship will be announced and presented  at the SAR's annual REALTOR® Awards Luncheon at Ruby River Hotel (formerly Red Lion River Hotel) - date to be announced after we are allowed to gather in person again.


Download the scholarship information/application packet (pictured above) online here


2020 SAR Legacy of Service Award 
May 17th 
Your SAR is now accepting nominations for its 2020 SAR 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 Sunday, May 17th. 
The 2019 SAR Legacy of Service Award will be presented at the SAR Awards Luncheon - date to be announced after we are allowed to gather in person again.    
Download the information/nomination form (pictured above) online here .  

Entrepreneur's Financial Health 
The Center for REALTOR® Financial Wellness offers a new webinar, next week:
Improving an Entrepreneurs' Financial Health  
Thursday, May 21, 2020 at 11 a.m.
Having an inconsistent income can lead to stress and anxiety resulting in emotional decision making.  
In this webinar, you'll learn how to make a plan for your money that is informed by behavioral economic principles so that financial stability is achieved or maintained.  
Shift your thinking from scarcity to abundance through identifying financial roadblocks and ways to overcome them. 
SAR Professional Development 

SAR Professional Development 
SAR Professional Development is temporarily being offered in the SAR Virtual Classroom.
The instructors are the same trusted, knowledgeable, and friendly individuals you've come to know and enjoy.
Your business continues so your association's business of supporting you continues, as well.   
The classroom will be virtual for as long as the governor's "Stay Home, Stay Healthy" order remains in effect (at least through May 4th).  
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.

What Else do we need.... PSA Addenda (2 day class)
Tues 5/26 8:30-11:30
Thurs 5/28 8:30-11:30
Free Class with clock hours

Success Basics for Landlords & Property Managers
Fri 5/29 1pm-4pm
Free Class with clock hours
May 20, 22, 27 & 29  
1:00 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. each day
via Zoom virtual classroom
* Get approved for teaching real estate clock-hour     approved courses
* Receive 15 clock hours of continuing education credits.  
* Learn from the only Washington's only National REALTOR® Educator of the Year.  
* Gain invaluable strategies; worth so much more than just clock hours or certification. 
Washington REALTORS® announces free CE webinar classes!
In an effort to assist members with meeting their continuing education needs while under the Stay Home, Stay Healthy order, WR is offering three webinars in May at no charge to members.  
Attend NAR Code of Ethics (3.0 CE) on May 15th; Top Shelf Business Practices (3.0 CE) on May 20th; Internet Correct: Etiquette & Ethics in the Ethers (3.0 CE) on May 27th.
Find more details and links to register online here. 
NEW SAR MEMBERS may take the first Code of Ethics training at no charge on the NAR website during the governor's "Stay Home, Stay Well" order. 

New members are normally required to take their first Code of Ethics class in person at the SAR.

All Members are required to take a Code of Ethics class once in a three-year cycle; the current cycle ends December 31, 2021 .
Do you know if you're current?
You can check your status and take the class online right now. 
See what's available online here
All SAR professional development is cancelled until further notice.
To stay current with your continuing education requirements, please visit The CE Shop - Washington REALTORS®' preferred vendor for online continuing education. 
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
Join us at the Presidents' Roundtable - TODAY!
Safe Start Washington
SAR Governmental Affairs Committee Update
2020 SAR REALTOR® Award Nominations
2020 Gary Fox Memorial Award
2020 James S. Black Memorial Scholarship
2020 SAR Legacy of Service Award
Entrepreneur's Financial Health
SAR Professional Development
Preparing to Re-open your Business
COVID-19 and Real Estate
SAR Bylaws Vote
Second-quarter MLS Fee Relief
5 Cs of a Successful Farming Strategy
2020 SAR Golf Tournament
Member Roster Update - April - NEW!
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. 
Other regional calendars:
2020 National Association of REALTORS® President
Vince Malta was a Round-table guest with SAR members back in the middle of the shutdown.
He offered some encouraging words, then: we needed to stay focused and stay professional; things were going to get better. 
Now, President Vince is back with a video for all REALTORS® as we prepare to re-open our businesses:
"Many times people ask me, 'When are we going to go back to business as usual.' Well, my friends, this is the new norm. Business is not going to start off like turning on a light switch. It's gonna be more like a dimmer switch that is gradually gonna come on."
Watch his four-minute video online here:    
Next Steps: Preparing to Reopen Your Business 
Next Steps: Preparing to Reopen Your Business

NAR has created a COVID-19 Workplace Re-entry Checklist to make going back to the office a little easier.
Get your copy of this document (pictured above) online here.

A new NAR survey of its m embers shows more than 3 in 4 potential sellers - 77% - are preparing to sell their homes following the end of stay-at-home orders, with half completing do-it-yourself home improvement projects.  
The survey also finds that nearly 3 in 4 REALTORS® currently working with sellers this week - 73% - reported their clients haven't reduced listing prices to attract buyers.  
Get your copy of NAR's Economic Pulse Flash Survey online here.  
All National Association of REALTORS® COVID-19 resources are online here.

COVID-19 and Real Estate
The May-June edition of REALTOR® magazine is out this week with this cover story: How COVID-19 is Changing your Business
The COVID-19 pandemic dealt a blow to real estate, as it did to nearly every industry, but in their effort to overcome the challenges real estate brokerages and agents displayed resilience, creativity, and drive.  
As people adjusted to nationwide sheltering and wondered whether their work would be deemed an "essential service," real estate professionals persevered and found physical isolation often led to broader and deeper engagement with their clients and contacts than they'd had before the crisis.  
Read the electronic version of REALTOR® magazine 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, June 18, 2020
Via Zoom
Watch for details in your Weekly Notices next week. You'll be able to pre-register for the meeting and be entered in a drawing for some awesome gift cards!
See a redline copy of the Restated Bylaws of Spokane Association of REALTORS(pictured above), online here .    
A Bylaws Presidential Advisory Group (PAG) was formed in 2019 to look at the SAR Bylaws and recommend changes to them so that we only have what is required by NAR, state law and recommendations by our legal counsel included.  
The majority of the current Bylaws that show deleted in the redline copy have been moved to the Policies of the SAR, a new working document.  
We are providing it here for information purposes only.
See a copy of the new Policies of the Spokane Association of REALTORS® (pictured, left) online here.

Second-quarter MLS Fee Relief

Your SAR Board of Directors has approved one-time fee relief for Second Quarter Dues - adding 60 days to the due date - because of the ongoing COVID-19 situation.
This means your payment for Second Quarter Dues is due at the end of this month, May 31st.
If you'd like to take care of this now, click on the button below:

RPR: 5 Cs of a Successful Farming Strategy 
Nowhere is there a more streamlined, single source of data and reports that fulfill every aspect of a successful farming campaign. From targeting and analyzing the marketability of potential neighborhoods to resources that help you "break the ice" with homeowners, it's all here.
We'll show you a five-point plan for creating and cultivating a solid neighborhood prospecting strategy.
  1. Calculate the marketability of your target zone
  2. Create a customized farm area using search tools and maps
  3. Converse with homeowners using the RPR app and reports
  4. Convey your value to For-Sale-By-Owner listings
  5. Cultivate brand awareness with reports that peak homeowner interest
Join us for tips and how RPR can help you hone your farming techniques.

2020 SAR Golf Tournament 

The 2020 SAR Golf Tournament is re-scheduled to Wednesday, September 30th.
Please mark your calendar now - we'll have more details this fall.
Member Roster Update - April        

Updated for April
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 - 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 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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