Weekly Notices
Friday, May 3, 2019
Prize Winners Announced!
205 Open Houses this year!  
THANK YOU for participating in this year's Open House Weekend! 
Your SAR Communications Committee is very pleased to share that 205 unique open houses (278 open house events) participated in our ninth-annual Spokane REALTORS ® Open House Weekend, this past weekend.
The news is especially encouraging given our very tight inventory situation in the present marketplace.
The grand prize winner who receives a $500 cash card is:
Lacey Mills (Spokane)

The listing broker of the winning open house who receives a $25 cash card is:
Tammi Thomas (Realty One Group Eclipse) 

The participating brokers who each receive a $100 cash card 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.   
See the drawing as it happened at the Board of Directors' meeting, this week, online here:
2019 Open House Weekend - Grand Prize Drawing
2019 Open House Weekend - Grand Prize Drawing
 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.
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
SAR Governmental Affairs Brief 
Legislative Session Recap
This year's session may be best remembered for what DIDN'T pass, rather than what did.
Learn more about what new taxes and regulations will affect REALTORS® online here.  
Session Ends with Big Wins for REALTORS®
The 2019 Legislative Session ended Sunday night and Washington REALTORS® had some big wins.  
We got REALTORS® exempted from a 20% B&O tax increase, killed an effort to undermine "in-house" transactions, and passed much of our "Unlock the Door" campaign's affordable housing agenda - including condo liability reform.   
Read the new Washington REALTORS® Government Affairs Update on the just-concluded session (pictured above)   online here.
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


Getting Started with RPR 
Wednesday, June 5th 
When considering adoption of a new business tool, new and seasoned REALTORS ® want to know "what will it do for me and how will it help my business?"
Join this webinar to gain a basic understanding of how to use RPR's dynamic data and best-in-class tools to help attract, retain and lead clients to the closing table. 
Choose one of these times to join the online webinar:
Wednesday, June 5th, at 11 a.m.
Wednesday, July 10th, at 10 a.m.
If none of these times works for you, register anyway for a link to the recording.

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
Legal Hotline: Buyer's Inspection Report 

Washington REALTORS® Legal Hotline lawyer Annie Fitzsimmons is back with a new Legal Hotline Video - this time, Annie explains what you're supposed to do with the email you receive from the Buyer's Broker with the Buyer's Inspection Report attached.
See Annie's newest Legal Hotline video (five-minutes long) online here: 
What can we do to avoid receiving Buyer's Inspection Report?
What can we do to avoid receiving
Buyer's Inspection Report?
REALTORS® Property Resource 

REALTORS Property Resource® (RPR) is just out with its 2019 REALTOR® Social and Digital Media Report.

The report includes findings from a survey of over 650 REALTORS® concerning how they use social and digital media to market themselves and build their businesses.

Of 651 REALTORS ® surveyed, almost 74% indicated that awareness is the main reason they look to social media to boost their marketing tactics.

An overwhelming majority of respondents, nearly 65%, plan to commit more time to social and digital media. And just over 62% have more of their marketing budget earmarked towards social media for the coming year.

The Tech Tools you Really Need 

The whirlwind of new technology being served up in the real estate space can leave an agent's head spinning.  
Platforms and software promising to save you time, provide better leads, and automate contacts for follow-up may look like the answer to your dreams.  
The allure of bright, shiny tech objects is understandable, especially if you're a newer agent looking to jump-start sales.  
Impartial guidance can help to sort out which tools are truly necessary as you ramp up business.
REALTOR® magazine shares more on the tech tools you really need in its current edition.

REALTORS® Vision Insurance 

Enjoy May flowers with
REALTORS ® Vision Insurance!
Everything looks better through your new contacts or designer frames.  
REALTORS® Vision Plans feature group rates and, as always, great customer service.  
These are the ONLY vision plans designed exclusively for REALTORS®, and they start for as little as $12.70 per month.  
Enroll today for coverage in May:
Questions? Need help enrolling?
Give us a call: 844.316.8090


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!

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.
Sabrina Jones-Schroeder - Purchase and Sale Agreements instructor 
Purchase and Sale Agreement
Thursday, May 9 - Purchase & Sale Agreement- with Sabrina Jones Schroeder.
Check-in: 8:15 a.m.
Class: 8:30 to 5:00 p.m.
at the SAR
7.5 clock hours 
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 
Monday, May 13 - Sell More Homes in Reverse - with Marco Begovich.
Discover the HECM for Purchase Loan. 
Check-in: 12:45 p.m.
Class: 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
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
Prize Winners Announced!
SAR Governmental Affairs Brief
WR: Legal Symposium
Getting Started with RPR
SAR Golf Tournament
Legal Hotline: Buyer's Inspection Report
REALTORS® Property Resource
The Tech Tools you Really Need
REALTORS® Vision Insurance
2019 REALTORS® Conference & Expo
2019 REALTOR® Education
SAR Members Elected to State Offices
2019 Bloomsday - this Weekend!
2019 SAR Awards Luncheon
Third Grade Essay/Poster Contest
Spokane Home Builders Event
SAR Night at the Ballpark
Member Roster Update - May - NEW!
Market Activity Report - April - NEW!

Click on the calendar image below to see
the current SAR calendar showing dates and times
of classes, committees and events. 
SAR Members Elected to State Offices 
Two SAR members were elected to positions with our state association - Washington REALTORS® - at its Spring Business Conference, last week:
Tom Hormel, 2019 First Vice President.
Eric Johnson, 2020 Vice President-elect, Governmental Affairs 
Congratulations to both SAR members and best wishes as you transition to represent all Washington REALTORS® on the important issues of the day! 
2019 Bloomsday - this Weekend! 

Much of downtown Spokane will be closed most of Sunday to allow for the annual 12K Lilac Bloomsday Run.
The event began here in 1977 and attracts more than 40,000 entrants.  
Each finisher earns a coveted Bloomsday t-shirt - you'll see them all over town Sunday afternoon.  
The design, different each year, is kept secret until the first runners cross the finish line. 
Visit the official Bloomsday website for more information, online here
2019 SAR Awards Luncheon 

Wednesday, May 8th
Noon - 1:30 p.m. 

You are invited to the 2019 Spokane Association of REALTORS® Awards Luncheon - Wednesday, May 8th, at the Ruby River Hotel!
Come honor the 2019 award recipients: REALTOR® of the Year, Steve Flinn REALTOR® Achievement, REALTOR® Community Service, Affiliate of the Year, Partner of the Year, and Citizen of the Year.
The winners of this year's 3rd Grade Poster/Essay Contest on the theme "what my home means to me" will also be announced. 
Download the event flyer (pictured above) with more information, online here
Third Grade Essay/Poster Contest 

The SAR Third Grade Essay/Poster Committee joyfully announces the winners of its 2019 contest:

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.

All of our winning posters will be on display at River Park Square in downtown Spokane through Bloomsday (this Sunday). They will be displayed at the SAR Awards Luncheon next week.
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!

SAR photo
SAR photo
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. 
Spokane Home Builders Event 

Thursday, May 9th
3:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

All SAR members are invited to join the Spokane Home Builders Association's annual Scotch and Cigars Legislative Reception and Networking Event with local elected representatives. 
See the event flyer, pictured above, online here
SAR Night at the Ballpark  

Saturday, August 18th

The Spokane Association of REALTORS® Group Night at the Ballpark is Saturday, August 18th - Armed Forces Appreciation and Fireworks Night!
This group discount was negotiated by your SAR Communications Committee.
To reserve your seats at this event, click here.    
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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