Weekly Notices
Friday, October 16, 2020
Home Sales Show No Signs of Slowing  

Despite fall's arrival - the time of year when housing markets across the country usually see a cooling in activity that matches the weather - Realtors say the Spokane-area market shows little signs of slowing down.
"It's a pretty competitive scenario for buyers right now," said Tom Clark, president of the Spokane Association of Realtors, adding although there was an uptick in listings during the last couple of weeks of September, it was common to see multiple offers and homes selling above asking price.
Read the entire article in Sunday's edition of The Spokesman-Review online here

Guide to Success 

Tuesday, October 27th;
Thursday, October 29th
9 a.m. both days  
Join us for two days of virtual premier continuing education.  
This year, we've invited the dynamic instructor, Marki Lemons-Ryhal, to teach her popular class: The Modern Real Estate Professionals Guide to Success.
Creating valuable content is important to your real estate business growth...especially during our current situation with everything being virtual/digital.
In 2020, 80% of all content viewed online will be videos.  
They say a picture is worth a thousand words.  
If a picture is worth a thousand words, then one minute of video content is worth 1.8 million words.
Learn to turn one video into photos, a podcast, blog posts, tweets, Facebook status updates, and much, much more for only $5 per video.  
You will be amazed at how easy the process is.
Find out more and register online here.

SAR Virtual Annual Meeting 

Wednesday, November 18th
1:30 p.m. 
It's time, again, for the community of Spokane REALTORS® to celebrate the year and each other - still with each other, though virtually this year.  
We'll be announcing the SAR Annual Award Winners, results from the Food Drive - along with presenting the plaque to the winner office, Election results and so much more! 
You won't want to miss this meeting!  
Registration is open and available now:
We will be doing a drawing at the end of the meeting. Winner must be present on the Zoom virtual meeting at the time of drawing or another winner will be drawn.  
REMINDER: You are not automatically signed up for the General Membership meeting if you take Annie's class earlier that day (see details below).  
You'll need to sign up for the meeting separately.   

Annie is Zooming in to Spokane 

Tuesday, November 17th;
Wednesday, November 18th 


November will bring a couple of excellent continuing education opportunities with our Washington REALTORS® Legal Hotline attorney Annie Fitzsimmons, and the SAR Annual Meeting - all virtual this year due to continuing precautions against the Corona Virus Disease.
Our Quarterly Zoom classes with Annie Fitzsimmons are scheduled for:
Tuesday, November 17th - 1 - 4:30 p.m.
  • To Disclose or Not to Disclose
In every transaction, brokers, buyers and sellers have disclosure obligations. These obligations arise from statutory law and from case law. How do you know what to disclose and what not to disclose? This class attempts to answer this question by studying actual court decisions and analyzing what made the court rule the way it did. The different between liability and no liability may be surprising to you! Don't miss this very informative class with Annie Fitzsimmons.
Wednesday, November 18th - 9 - 12:30 p.m.
  • Death, Divorce and Disgruntled Clients
Would you like to spend a few hours discussing super-fun, upbeat, exciting topics? If so, then you don't want to miss this class! We will discuss the always exhilarating trifecta of: death, divorce and disgruntled clients! Okay... so maybe the topics don't sound super-fun but won't it be fun to know how to handle the title issues when your client needs to sell grandma's house, now that grandma has passed? Wouldn't you like to know what to say to the buyer who tells you that he/she is ready to purchase and the divorce will be final in a month or two? How fun would it be to know what to say to that buyer (or buyer's agent) who calls you after closing to tell you that the refrigerator is missing and you owe them a new fridge? In this class, we discuss all of these topics and arm you with the knowledge to handle these situations professionally, with a confident smile, putting your client (and you) at ease.

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),  online here
2021 SAR Initial Slate of Candidates
Your SAR Nominating Committee is pleased to announce its initial slate of candidates for 2021 SAR leadership:  
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
Bryan Gwynn, Urban Settlements
Britney Inglis, Real Estate Marketplace NW, Inc.
Lee McIntyre, 4 Degrees Real Estate
Additional Candidates 
In accordance with Article XIII, Section 13.2 of the Association Bylaws, additional candidates may be nominated by the REALTOR® members. 
For those wishing to nominate a REALTOR® member for an Association Officer or Director position, Nominating Petitions will be available from the Association office Monday, October 12th through Monday, October 26th. 
Deadline to return petitions is Monday, October 26th!


You will receive Notice on Friday, October 30th of the "Final Slate of Candidates". 

Voting begins on Monday, November 2nd.

The deadline to submit your ballot will be Tuesday, November 17th, at 4:30 p.m.
Our new leaders will be announced at our Virtual Annual Membership Meeting on Wednesday, November 18th.  
Details are being planned now and will be shared here in the Weekly Notices as soon as they are available.

SAR: 30% Discount with The CE Shop 

30% Discount to SAR Members!
The SAR has partnered with the CE Shop for online classes!
Online education has never been more convenient.
Get 30% off your classes when you enter the promo code SAR30.
The special SAR link is:  

Right Tools, Right Now 
Right Tools, Right Now
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 businesses.
Right Tools, Right Now offers access to webinars, tips for managing finances, educational resources, and more.
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.



Biggest Bloopers and Blunders We Make in our Statewide Forms - with Ken Sax (Zoom class)
Tuesday, October 20th
9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
3.5 clock hours
You'll want to check out this class and learn what the bloopers are and how to avoid making the same mistakes!

Don't be that broker!!
Ken Sax has been teaching the Purchase & Sale class since 2010. He's very passionate about REALTORS® being experts on this... after all, your clients think you are! 
Ken will be discussing Forms - 21, 50, 51, 22A. 22EF, 22B, 39, 22Q, 35/35R, 35E and 36.
Success Basics for Landlords and Property Managers with Eric Bessett (Zoom class). 
Thursday, October 22nd
1 p.m. to - 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 with Eric Bessett. 
3.0 clock hours  
Purchase & Sale Agreement
Sabrina Jones-Schroeder (Zoom class)
Two day class
Tuesday, October 27th
- AND -
Thursday, October 29th
8:30 a.m. to noon
This mandatory course will include: An introduction and discussion of intentions, goals and purposes in properly completing the new Purchase & Sale Agreement; the deposit, parties and property; financing and the financing contingencies, title insurance and transfer and inspections; representations and disclosure; and remaining provisions.This class must be taken once every four years.  
7.5 clock hours


Brown Bag Lunch & Learn with Tony Byrne with Heritage Home Loans (Zoom event) 
Wednesday, November 11th
11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Learn five of the biggest myths surrounding VA loans:
  • zero down equals a "bad buyer"
  • VA loans are hard to close
  • VA loans take too long
  • seller has to pay all the Vet's fees
  • VA appraisals are harder
No clock hours but great, practical information!

In This Issue
Home Sales Show No Signs of Slowing
Guide to Success
SAR Virtual Annual Meeting
Annie is Zooming in to Spokane
SAR Virtual Annual Meeting
2021 SAR Initial Slate of Candidates
SAR: 30% Discount with The CE Shop
Right Tools, Right Now
SAR Professional Development
SAR-endorsed Candidates
Eviction Moratorium Extended
Housing Action Plan Survey
NAR: Find Your R
Legal Hotline: Seller Rent-back
SAR Member Roster Update - September
SAR Market Activity Report - September

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

Your SAR Governmental Affairs Committee has interviewed, researched, and considered many of the local candidates you'll find on your ballot this year.
This year's REALTOR®-endorsed candidates include both Democrats and Republicans.
Each has earned our support by their stands on our issues - Home Ownership, Private Property Rights, REALTOR® Industry Protections
See the list of SAR-endorsed candidates online here.  

Washington Governor Jay Inslee, this week, announced extensions of the eviction moratorium and public utility proclamations as COVID-19 continues to impact the finances of Washingtonians statewide. 
Both proclamations were extended to December 31.
Read the full text of  Moratorium on Evictions (20-19.4), pictured above, online here.
Housing Action Plan Survey 

The City of Spokane Valley is developing a Housing Action Plan to encourage new housing construction that meets local needs. This includes a variety of housing types that are affordable for local community members of all income levels. This study will also consider how housing needs and challenges have changed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

If you live or work in Spokane Valley, we want to hear about your housing needs. This survey should take less than 10 minutes to complete. All responses will be anonymous.
Take the Housing Action Plan Survey online here
NAR: Find Your R 
November 2-18 
The 2020 National Association of REALTORS® Conference and Expo will be virtual, this year, but still packed with as much chewy goodness as it always is.
If you've ever been curious to check this out, 2020 is the perfect year to sample it - there'll be no travel or lodging expenses, and you can drop in as your schedule permits while you continue to run your business.  
Find Your R at the 2020 REALTORS® Conference & Expo!
Legal Hotline: Seller Rent-back

Washington REALTORS® Legal Hotline lawyer Annie Fitzsimmons is on a mission to answer all the questions on the Designated Broker Wish List.  
We asked DBs around the state to submit questions or topics of discussion to Annie via email so she could address them and share them as a Friday Video.  
This week's question: "Is it true that a seller 'rent back' is subject to the Governor's moratorium on evictions?"  
Annie's video answer runs about six-minutes: 
Seller Rent Back and the Governors Moratorium
Seller Rent Back and the Governors Moratorium
SAR Member Roster Update - September

Updated for September
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 - September 

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

See the September 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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