Weekly Notices
Friday, May 8, 2020
The Spokane Association of REALTORS ® is open for business 
under the governor's "Stay Home, Stay Healthy" order through at least May 4th.
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 8th
1:30 p.m.
LIVE on Zoom 
Join 2020 SAR President Tom Clark as we welcome 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.
Also, we'll hold a second Q&A session with the Washington State Employment Security Department on Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA).
We had the department's commissioner at the Round-table a couple of weeks ago, which was very well received. This time, our guest will be the department's Lead Policy Analyst Mariana Hernandez as we dive deeper into your questions to help more members make progress on their PUA claims.
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 978658.

Or, go to Zoom and enter these credentials: 
Webinar ID: 893 1333 4274
Password: 978658
The event will be recorded and posted to the SAR YouTube page. You can watch it online here any time after the event concludes:
Thanks James for joining us! 
Another great Round Table.
Thanks James, Tom and Darin! 
Our President's Round-table event this past Friday was our sixth online gathering to keep members in touch with important information during the governor's "Stay Home, Stay Healthy" order - which the governor has extended through the end of May.  (You can read more about that in The Spokesman-Review, online here).   
2020 SAR President Tom Clark convened Friday's Round-table with his guest, James Young, Director of the Center for Real Estate Research at the University of Washington (Runstad Department of Real Estate; College of Built Environments).  
SAR Governmental Affairs Director Darin Watkins helped steer the conversation with the latest information available from his community sources.
While freezing our national economy to defend against a virus has myriad impacts on individuals and costs we don't fully realize yet, Dr. Young shared his opinion that the future holds many advantages for business and real estate growth in Spokane and the Inland Northwest.  
See the video of Friday's President's Round-table, online here - it lasts 38-minutes: 
Round table #6 
Round table #6

All Spokane Association of REALTORS® COVID-19 resources are online here.  

This chart is included in the report linked below
Washington State is now under Phase 1 of a four phase plan (pictured above) to reopen the state economy.
As of yesterday, May 5th, these activities are now permitted: 
  • Drive-in spiritual services with one household per vehicle
  • Auto/RV/Boat/ORV sales
  • Retail open for curb-side pick-up orders only
  • Car washes
  • Landscaping
  • Some pet services (not including grooming)
  • Essential travel and limited non-essential travel to engage in Phase 1 activities is permitted.
These activities are in addition to construction activity and outdoor activities (such as fishing, hunting, playing golf, and some park access) that were relaxed last week.
Real estate activities are included in Phase 2, though there is no announced date of when that will be implemented - at least three weeks away. 
Governor Inslee said this when he announced his plan this week: 
"This phased approach to re-opening our economy will allow us to move forward with a careful and thoughtful balance of our state's health and economic needs. However, if infection rates and hospitalizations for COVID-related issues go up, I would not hesitate to scale these efforts back down to protect public health and save lives.
I fully recognize the impact this is having on families, workers and businesses, but we have not yet won the fight against this virus," Inslee continued. "We continue to see infection rates, hospitalizations and deaths across the state from COVID-19."
Download the complete Safe Start Washington document (pictured above) online here.

Filing for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) is open and claims are being processed.


PUA allows independent contractors and self employed individuals to qualify for a claim, who were never eligible before.

The Washington Employment Security Department (ESD) received one-million claims just last week.
ESD hosted an explainer webinar for Washington REALTORS®, two weeks ago.  
We offer the webinar recording, webinar slides, and an FAQ document online below:
(Contact the SAR if you wish this presentation in a different format)  
Watch the webinar video here (it runs about an hour):
Webinar 4/23/20 - How to Apply for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance 
Webinar 4/23/20
How to Apply for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance
All Washington REALTORS® COVID-19 resources are   online here.

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 .  

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.
Purchase & Sale class (2 day class)
Tues May 12 th 8:30-12:30
Thurs May 14 th 8:30-Noon
FREE Class with clock hours
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
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!
WR: Pandemic Unemployment Assistance
2020 SAR REALTOR® Award Nominations
2020 Gary Fox Memorial Award
2020 James S. Black Memorial Scholarship
2020 SAR Legacy of Service Award
SAR Professional Development
NAR: REALTORS® Legislative Meetings
Right Tools, Right Now
NAR: Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Guide
Guidance for Fair Housing During Pandemic
Live Stream Open House
Second-quarter MLS Fee Relief
Ferry, Pend Oreille, Stevens County Form
Most Millennial Homebuyers
RPR: Building your Business
Member Roster Update - March
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. 
Other regional calendars:
NAR: REALTORS® Legislative Meetings 

Tuesday, May 12th 
Three days, nine sessions, all free!
NAR's 2020 Legislative Meetings begin next week - Tuesday, May 12th.
This year - for the first time - it's all virtual, all free!
Watch this one-minute video to learn why it's important for you to engage with this content: 
Join the 2020 REALTORS® Legislative Meetings
Join the 2020 REALTORS® Legislative Meetings
If time or cost have prevented you from participating in the past, perhaps this year's virtual sessions will be to your advantage for exploring what NAR is doing for your business on the national level.   

The National Association of REALTORS® has relaunched its Right Tools, Right Now program, which offers several business resources-many of which are free-to members to help them in their business.  
Right Tools, Right Now offers access to webinars, tips for managing finances, educational resources, and more.  
All National Association of REALTORS® COVID-19 resources are online here.


Millions of independent contractors and other self-employed individuals, including a large share of the nation's 1.4 million REALTORS®, may now be eligible for unemployment benefits under the recently passed CARES Act.  
Through the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program, you may now qualify for unemployment benefits for up to 39 weeks if you've suffered a loss of income, either completely or partially, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Find NAR's PUA & YOU: The Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Guide for REALTORS® online here

NAR is just out with its Guidance for Fair Housing During the COVID-19 Pandemic.
While the pandemic necessarily has our primary attention these days, we should not take our eyes off federal law that has much to say about how we conduct our business as REALTORS® in all circumstances. 
Download the document (pictured above), online here


The SAR Board of Directors just approved a new COVID-19 Notice form to be used. It is being added to TransactionDesk and ZipForm platforms but in the interim we have a fillable pdf so you can start using it until the electronic forms are posted.
Please read the Memo from Brian Balch, Layman Law Firm, PLLP and legal counsel on the SAR Forms Committee, explaining the Notice.

Paragon Adds Live Stream Open House

Itching to hold an open house this spring but holding off until it's safe to do so?
You can go ahead and do that today - if you hold a Live Streaming Open House or a Live Steaming Tour!  
Live streaming is sharing video to a live audience through the internet. This is different from uploading the video to the web and the viewers downloading a full video's data before watching it (e.g. YouTube, Vimeo).  
Use this new feature to host a Live Stream Open House for the Public or to schedule a Live Stream Tour (Broker Open) for a group of agents in your area.   
Homebuyers or agents can join your Live Stream Open House/Tour and view video via the camera on your phone, or via a shared presentation.  
Anyone who joins will generally be able to ask you questions in real time. 
Your SAR has prepared a resource page to help you get started on your first Live Stream Open House:

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:

Ferry, Pend Oreille, Stevens County Form

The Northeast Tri County Health District shares a form you might find helpful if your business includes properties in its service area (Ferry, Pend Oreille, and Stevens Counties).
Below is a declaration an applicant can fill out declaring the project as existing construction, or the work is required as part of a real estate transaction.
Once completed, this will allow the Northeast Tri County Health District to process and review the septic application.

Most Millennial Homebuyers

Millennials - those born between 1981 and 1996 - are the largest living generation in the U.S.
This is a potential market of 72.1 million people.
ImproveNet finds one of the top cities for millennial homeownership is Spokane Valley.
RPR: Building your Business      
RPR offers a "watch now" webinar: Top 10 Features for Building your Business.
  During this session, you'll learn how to:
  • Improve prospecting and farming strategies with RPR
  • Run accurate comp analyses
  • Identify distressed properties
  • Generate neighborhood reports
  • Value home improvements
  • An overview of RPR Mobile™
  • And more!
This class will provide you with highlights on RPR's most popular features that can help meet your business needs.

Member Roster Update - March       

Updated for March
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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