Weekly Notices
Friday, May 22, 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 
PHASE 1 -> PHASE 2 -> PHASE 3 -> PHASE 4


FRIDAY, May 22nd
1:30 p.m.
LIVE on Zoom 
2020 SAR President Tom Clark welcomes Washington REALTORS® Legal Hotline attorney Annie Fitzsimmons to the Round-table today as we begin our conversations about Phase 2 of re-opening Washington State from the governor's Stay Home, Stay Healthy order.  
For properties - Phase 2 Easing applies to the location of a property, so if you are a broker for a property in Stevens County, for example, you're there! If you are a broker for a property in Spokane County, you're not there yet.   
For brokerages - Phase 2 Easing applies to the location of that brokerage, so if your office is in Spokane County, your office is not yet approved to open for business - your virtual office must continue. 
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 pa ssword 422005 .

Or, go to Zoom and enter these credentials:  

    Webinar ID:  850 9995 7159 
    Password:  422005
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 SAR President Tom Clark and 2020 YPN President Matt Side convened our 8th Round-table discussion with SAR Governmental Affairs Director Darin Watkins, this past Friday, with a conversation about Phase 2 easing from the governor's Stay Home, Stay Healthy order - that includes REALTORS®.  
At the Round-table with our distinguished panel was Bob Lutz, MD, the Public Health Officer with Spokane County Health District.  
Dr. Lutz offered some valuable advice for REALTORS® just as the state was being shut down.  
Now, as we plan to open up again, we check back with Dr. Lutz to learn what new advice he has for REALTORS®.
See the video of this past Friday's Round-table, online here - it lasts 45-minutes: 
Round table #8 
Round table #8
The Spokesman-Review photo
Spokane County Health Officer Dr. Bob Lutz issued a directive on Wednesday that says residents must wear face coverings at indoor or confined public settings when they will be within 6 feet of another person with whom they don't live.
The directive takes effect immediately.
Read more about this in The Spokesman-Review, online here
All Spokane Association of REALTORS® COVID-19 resources are online here.  

Phase 2 Easing
Washington State Governor Jay Inslee announced Tuesday, this week, that Spokane County may apply for Phase 2 status as part of his recovery plan under the Stay Home, Stay Healthy order.  
The county has applied; a response from the governor is expected soon.  
This is slightly sooner than his previous announcement that Phase 2 could begin statewide on June 1st.   
Approved Phase 2 counties are permitted to conduct limited commercial real estate activities.  
Also, real estate offices in Phase 2 counties may re-open to the public pursuant to specific guidelines that will be issued very soon.
Phase 2 county applications will be approved based on various data points including, but not limited to, the number of new Covid-19 infections.  
To date, this review and decision process is completed within a week, which means that many counties will be permitted to engage in Phase 2 activities in the very near future.   
WHEN PHASE 2 IS PERMITTED brokers will be able to conduct real estate business in Washington state IF they comply with five pages of requirements. 
The governor's proclamation from Tuesday (5/19) and list of requirements are offered here:   

Washington REALTORS® Legal Hotline attorney, Annie Fitzsimmons, offers a new video to share where we are - as a state - in Phase 2 easing.
REMEMBER - this is what's coming, not what is. 
Legal Hotline Video: Phase 2 (05/20/20) 
Legal Hotline Video: Phase 2 (05/20/20)
Washington REALTORS® has updated its Frequently Asked Questions document so you can begin to think about and plan how you will conduct business under Phase 2 easing.
Download that document (pictured above) online here
All Washington REALTORS® COVID-19 resources are   online here.

Home Buying and Selling during the Pandemic
Technology and good-old-fashioned creativity are helping agents, buyers, and sellers abide by COVID-19 health and safety practices while getting deals done.
Some buyers are touring houses virtually.  
Others visit in person while remaining at least six feet from their agent.  
Sellers are hosting open houses on Facebook Live.  
Appraisers are doing drive-by valuations.  
Buyers are watching inspections via video call.  
Masked and gloved notaries are getting signatures on doorsteps.

Houselogic offers a new article that captures what home buying and selling during the pandemic looks like.

The Spokane Association of REALTORS® Young Professionals Network invites all SAR members and friends to join it in supporting an effort to benefit ACCOIN - American Childhood Cancer Organization Inland Northwest.
All you have to do to be a hero is purchase gift cards from select local businesses.
Download the event flyer (pictured above) for more information, online here
RPR: Discover New Prospects and Listings   
Watch Anytime Webinar!

Looking to build your listing inventory?  
Many REALTORS ® are using RPR as a great resource for prospecting.  
Join us for this class where you will learn effective ways to leverage RPR to target potential sellers and build inventory.
We'll focus on how you can:
  • Leverage your circle of influence
  • Spark conversations with homeowners using the RPR Mobile App and reports
  • Identify distressed properties
  • Utilize RPR Market Activity Reports to demonstrate your market knowledge
  • Getting listing leads from an Open House
Ready to watch the webinar?
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
Wednesday, May 27th at 10:00 a.m. 

What's included in this course:  
* 3.0 CE
* Best practices for using the Internet, email, social media and internet marketing for real estate.
* A look at today's online culture, Code of Ethics in the digital world, online rules as well as proper etiquette for navigating the web while building an online community & sphere.
* Business model that helps to protect the consumer/client while sharing information and marketing on the Internet. 

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!
Phase 2 Pending
Home Buying and Selling during the Pandemic
YPN Event to benefit ACCOIN
RPR: Discover New Prospects and Listings
SAR Professional Development
SAR Closed Monday for Memorial Day
Our Home is Everything Now
SAR Bylaws Vote
Second-quarter MLS Fee Relief
2020 SAR Golf Tournament
Member Roster Update - April
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:
Memorial Day Monday
Your SAR and many businesses will be closed Monday - May 25 - to keep the Memorial Day Holiday.
Memorial Day is our national day to honor the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military.

Our new reality is reframing what it means to be together.  
Our home is everything now.  
It's our office. It's our gym. It's our children's classroom and their playground. Our new restaurant is our kitchen. 
We've had to invent new ways to love, and new ways to spend time together. We've had to rethink how we do business, and what is essential, and remake our space out of pixels, so we can still create something new when every day feels the same.
That's Who We R.
Watch a new NAR video, "Reframing what it means to be Together," online here:  
NAR 360 Opening - 2020 REALTORS® Legislative Meetings 
NAR 360 Opening - 2020 REALTORS® Legislative Meetings


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.

All National Association of REALTORS® COVID-19 resources are 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  
Virtual 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:

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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