Weekly Notices
Friday, November 20, 2020
BREAKING NEWS: Wide-ranging restrictions went into effect this week (November 16th) to try to curb the surge in new COVID-19 cases in Washington State. As of now, all real estate open houses are suspended and professional services are to work from home. Read more from Washington REALTORS® online here
2021 SAR Leadership Announced 

Your SAR is pleased to announce the newly-elected members of your 2021 leadership team - announced this week at the association's virtual annual meeting, due to the statewide COVID-19 lockdown.
The new members of your 2021 SAR Leadership Team are (pictured above, left to right, top to bottom): 
Eric Etzel, Choice Realty
Doug Hagood, Hagood Real Estate and Mortgage
Elizabeth Anders, Professional Realty Services
Gwen Arrand, EXIT Real Estate Professionals
Gregory Barkley, Synergy Properties
Dezda Finn, Dezda Finn Properties, LLC
Lee McIntyre, 4 Degrees Real Estate
THANK YOU to all members who put their names forward as candidates this year, and to all the members who took the time to vote. 
CONGRATULATIONS to our new officers and directors who will be installed at the association's virtual inaugural luncheon in January 2021 (Mark your calendar: Thursday, January 7th, at 10 a.m.). 
To allow for a smooth transition in our leadership year to year, some individuals are going off, and some individuals are continuing on, the board at the end of this year:  
Officers/Directors going off end of 2020:
Gina Mosey, Immediate Past President
Cynthia Gustafson - Secretary
Sara Houk - Director
Pamela Novell - Director
Jim Palmer Jr. - Director
Rick Richard - Director
Officers/Directors continuing through 2021:
Eric Johnson - President
Kristy Hamby - Treasurer
Judy Flemmer - Director 
Ronald McIntire - Director
Abbey Parsons - Director
Barb Pielli - Director 
2020 SAR Virtual REALTOR® Awards 

Your SAR conducted its first-ever virtual annual meeting and awards luncheon this week - required to comply with the governor's proclamation prohibiting large gatherings to prevent the spread of COVID-19.   
Watch the entire program here - with all the introductions, remarks, award presentations, and responses from the honorees.
Individual award presentation photos appear below. 
The program lasts about a half-hour:
2020 Spokane Association of REALTORS® Virtual Award Presentations 
2020 Spokane Association of REALTORS®
Virtual Award Presentations
2020 REALTOR® Community Service Award:   
Julie Kuhlmann, Coldwell Banker Tomlinson 
SAR photo
2020 Steve Flinn REALTOR® Achievement Award:
Carrie Meyer, Kestell Company
SAR photo
2020 Affiliate of the Year:
Tony Byrne, Heritage Home Loans 
SAR photo
2020 Partner of the Year:
Michael Cathcart, Spokane City Council 
SAR photo
2020 Citizen of the Year:
Nadine Woodward, Spokane Mayor
SAR photo
2020 Legacy of Service Award:
Patti Boyd, Windermere City Group
SAR photo
2020 REALTOR® of the Year:
Ken Sax, Keller Williams Realty Spokane
SAR photo
2020 Gary Fox Memorial Broker Award:
Tammy Mason, Homes4You Spokane
SAR photo
2020 James S. Black Award:
Johnny Jaynes, Coldwell Banker Tomlinson
SAR photo
2020 NAR REALTOR® Emeritus Designation
Russ Knight, Windermere North Spokane
SAR photo
Thanksgiving Business Days 


Both Thanksgiving Day AND the Friday following Thanksgiving (known as Native American Heritage Day) are State holidays per RCW 1.16.050.  
They are not considered business days for the purposes of computing time.
NOTE: Your SAR will be closed Thursday and Friday (November 26th and 27th) next week to keep the Thanksgiving holiday. 

2021 SAR Leadership Opportunities 

 Your association runs on volunteer power. Here's your chance to plug in and make a difference! 
2021 SAR President Eric Johnson invites you to join him in volunteering to lead our association in the new year.
If you'd like to talk with Eric before you decide how you'd like to volunteer, call him at 951-9331 or email him at ericj@cbspokane.net.  
Here are just some of the volunteer opportunities where you can help get the work done: 
Budget & Finance 
Professional Development   
Governmental Affairs
SOS  (Serving Our Spokane)  
Special Events  
3rd Grade Poster Contest   
Food Drive  
Holiday Party & Auction                      

Submit your application by Friday, December 4, 2020.      
See the 2021 SAR Leadership Opportunities flyer for more information and an application (pictured above),
Virtual Housing Forum 


The Spokane City Council invites you to join a community conversation to discuss the city's housing needs and solutions.
Tuesday, November 24th at 6:00 p.m.
The form to sign up will become active day of the forum between the hours of 2:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.



Spokane Housing Action Plan Survey 



The City of Spokane is creating a Housing Action Plan to help increase housing options that are affordable and accessible for people and families of all incomes.

When completed, it will provide a coordinated vision that supports more people being able to find a home that meets their needs with access to opportunities, services and amenities.
If you live or live/work in the City of Spokane, we want to hear about your housing needs, issues and experiences.

This survey should take 10 minutes to complete.

Be assured that this information is being used to further gain insights of the housing needs in the City of Spokane and will not be used for any other purpose.

All responses will be anonymous.
Please complete the survey by December 6, 2020.

Form 35R: Initial vs. Additional Inspection  

Washington REALTORS® Legal Hotline Lawyer Annie Fitzsimmons and Managing Broker Eric Shull with John L. Scott Kent North, this week, continue a new video series on Form 35R.
In this series, Annie and Eric dig a little deeper into the Inspection Contingency as a negotiation tool and how to use it most effectively.   
This second video in the series covers the steps and the differences between the initial inspection period and the additional inspection period.
The video runs about 15-minutes, online here:
Form 35R: Part 2, Initial vs. Additional Inspection Period 
Form 35R: Part 2, Initial vs. Additional Inspection Period

This first video in the series covers a topic that many brokers want clarification on...counting dates, or the Computation of Time.  
They review counting dates for the initial inspection period, the additional inspection period, and Form 35R request for repairs...and more.
Watch the new 16-minute video online here: 
Form 35R Part 1 
Form 35R Part 1
WR Wants to Hear from You!  

Here's your chance to let the Washington REALTORS® know about your experience as a member and quite possibly win a gift card for it!

This survey is a great opportunity to tell us what you think about your membership in the Association and to help us set our priorities.

We're here to serve you, and we need your input to make sure we're doing our job.

The Washington REALTORS® will be conducting a confidential survey of our members. 

On Monday, November 16th, all members will be emailed a link to the online member survey and invited to provide their input and feedback.

All members who complete the survey can choose to be entered to win one of five $100 American Express gift cards.

An independent research firm called American Strategies (www.amstrat.com) will conduct the survey on our behalf to ensure confidentiality.

You will receive an email from WARealtors@Qualtrics-Survey.com on November 16th inviting you to participate.

Your participation is optional, but we do hope you'll take a few minutes to respond and provide invaluable feedback to the Washington REALTORS®.

Thank you in advance for your participation and good luck should you choose to enter the drawing!

PS: Please check email/spam filters if you do not see/receive the email.

Thanks again!
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.
Core Curriculum
with Sabrina Jones-Schroeder (Zoom class)
Tuesday, November 24
9 a.m. - Noon
3.0 clock hours

These three mandatory CORE clock hours must be included in the 30 clock hours required for all active licensees. You must take this class every two years for your renewal. Core Curriculum Class is not the same as the Code of Ethics Class. They are 2 different classes and you cannot count one as the other.


Success Basics for Landlords and Property Managers 
with Eric Besett (Zoom class) 
Monday, November 30
1 - 4 p.m.

This course is divided into three distinct sessions: (1) Landlord-Tenant Law (including SB5600), (2) Forms, Notices & other documents (3) Practical, Real-World Best Practices. Come receive a comprehensive overview of how to property navigate the legal, practical and technical landscapes within this housing segment. 

3.0 clock hours  

In This Issue
2020 SAR Virtual Annual Meeting
2020 SAR Virtual REALTOR® Awards
Thanksgiving Business Days
2021 SAR Leadership Opportunities
Thanksgiving Business Days
Spokane Housing Action Plan Survey
Form 35R: Initial vs. Additional Inspection
WR Wants to Hear from You!
SAR Professional Development
SAR Memo to Members
WR Updates COVID-19 FAQs
2021 SAR Dues Due
SAR Blood Drive
NAR Cracks Down on Hate Speech
Welcome to Fairhaven
Marketing Ideas for New REALTORS®
Take the RPAC® Jeopardy Challenge!
SAR Member Roster Update - October
SAR Market Activity Report - October

Click on the calendar image below to see
the current SAR calendar showing dates and times
of classes, committees, and events. 


I love the tone of your email about going virtual. You have all indeed been friendly, helpful and courteous . . . covid or not. 
We will get through this!
- Jurene Phaneuf, RE/MAX Inland Empire 
Spokane Association of REALTORS®
COVID-19 UPDATE (11/16/20)
Dear members and friends:
The Spokane Association of REALTORS® began virtual operation this week (Tuesday, November 17th), on recommendation of the governor, as we do our part to bring down the current spike in local Corona virus cases.
Our friendly staff will continue to serve you virtually, by telephone and email, and in person by appointment. 
We expect to re-open our physical office the week of December 14th. Let's keep in touch.
(509) 326-9222

WR Updates COVID-19 FAQs 



The Governor, this week, announced wide ranging restrictions that went into effect Monday, November 16th, and will remain in effect through Monday, December 14th, to try to curb the surge in new COVID-19 cases in Washington State.

Some of these restrictions will impact residential and commercial real estate operations.

As of Monday, November 16th:
  • All real estate open houses are suspended.
  • Professional services should work from home. If you are unable to work from home, those services will be limited to 25% of building occupancy and closed to the general public.
  • Please note that private home showings are still permitted by appointment with no more than five (5) people, in addition to the broker, on site with strict social distancing.
Thank you to all of the real estate practitioners who have followed the Governor's COVID-19 orders and guidance and practicing real estate in a safe manner.

Real estate professionals have demonstrated to the public that we can conduct business safely and effectively under these guidelines; now, we will do it again.

Our team will continue to work with the Governor's office to help real estate brokers move forward with their business safely.
Get your copy of the new WR COVID-19 Real Estate FAQ Guidance document (pictured above) online here.
See a summary of changes to guidance for real estate practitioners, as of November 16th, directly from the governor's office (pictured above) online here. 
The SAR Governmental Affairs Committee has collected some resources and information on how COVID-19 restrictions affect your business.
To access this page on the SAR website, click here

2021 SAR Dues Due 
Your 2021 SAR annual dues are due January 1st, 2021.
You should have receive an email regarding this.    
If you did not receive this email, please call the SAR at 326-9222 or continue with the online payment process here. 
To pay your 2021 SAR annual dues online, click on the graphic below, which will bring up the login screen for the SAR member portal:    
Once online, use the Review and Pay Balance section to make your payment online.    
Alternately, you may retrieve an invoice while online to pay by mail send to 1924 North Ash Street, Spokane WA 99205.
Thank you for your continuing membership in your SAR!  
SAR Blood Drive 

SAR Blood Drive
Your SAR Serving Our Spokane (SOS) Committee is partnering with the Spokane-Eastern Washington Women's Council of REALTORS®, the Spokane REALTORS® YPN (Young Professionals Network), and Vitalant to hold a two-day Member blood drive to help support our local blood bank at this important time of year.
The blood drive will be held at two sites on two days in December. Pick the one that best suits your schedule and join your fellow REALTORS® in making a difference for those who need your gift of life.

If you can give blood on Tuesday, December 15th, on the north side, please click here.
If you can give blood on Thursday, December 17th, in downtown Spokane, please click here
Get your copy of the event flyer (pictured above) online here
NAR Cracks Down on Hate Speech 
REALTORS® who engage in hate speech or discriminatory conduct even outside of their real estate practice could face disciplinary action under the Code of Ethics.

The National Association of REALTORS®' Board of Directors, last Friday, approved a proposal intended to hold members to a higher standard of ethics in everything they do.

The board meeting was held during the virtual 2020 REALTORS® Conference & Expo.

NAR President Vince Malta called the passage of the proposal "a monumental moment for NAR" in reaffirming its commitment to fair housing.

The changes go into effect immediately but do not retroactively apply to members' past activities or actions.

REALTORS® who make discriminatory remarks, on their business or personal social media accounts, can be subject to disciplinary action.

Welcome to Fairhaven 
illustration of city
Pacific Northwesterners may already know about Fairhaven, the historic community just south of Bellingham.

NAR has created another Fairhaven - this one fictional - where REALTORS® work against the clock to sell homes while confronting discrimination in the homebuying process.

This new, immersive online simulation training puts members of the National Association of REALTORS® in the shoes of a client experiencing discrimination as they try to buy a home.

NAR's Fairhaven launched this week.

Marketing Ideas for New REALTORS® 



As a new REALTOR®, you probably have a lot of questions about where to start and how to build your business.

We know that it can be overwhelming, and perhaps even a little confusing with so many options to choose from.

However, RPR® is here to help!

As an NAR Member Benefit, RPR® is available exclusively to REALTORS®.

It provides you access to data, tools and reports that can help you "wow" your clients and close more deals.

In addition to searching for properties, building a comp analysis and sending property reports to clients, it can also help you market yourself to clients and prospects.

With some help from RPR, new agents can focus on establishing and building their businesses by adopting a tool that helps them market to neighborhoods, impress buyers, showcase their professionalism, and nail listing presentations.


Take the RPAC® Jeopardy Challenge!  



How well do you know RPAC®?
RPAC® = REALTOR® Political Action Committee
Take the RPAC® Jeopardy Challenge online here.
You'll be surprised to learn how many times "RPAC did that!"  

SAR Member Roster Update - October

Updated for October 
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 - October 

Market Activity Reports  
Updated for October 
The SAR Market Activity Report for October is now online.
See the latest full report - a member-exclusive product
- and archived full reports, online here.

See the October 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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