Weekly Notices
Friday, October 30, 2020
Real Estate Audits 

Join 2020 SAR President Tom Clark and SAR Past President Ken Sax for a conversation on Real Estate Audits with Washington Department of Licensing Audit Supervisor Cathleen McDonald.  
We'll discuss what you can expect during an audit, best business practices, common violations found in offices, and how to resolve them.  
The conversation will also touch on Material Communication, what this means and why we need it.  
There will be plenty of time for Q&A so please bring your questions!  
This information will be beneficial for all licensees and Firm owners, including Designated Brokers.
NOTE: This event will not be recorded so you must join live!
Friday, October 30th, at 12:30 p.m. via Zoom
Click on the Zoom button below to join the event online, or copy and paste the Zoom link in your browser/app:
Zoom link:
Webinar ID: 846 0888 3010
Passcode: 846213

2021 SAR Final Slate of Candidates
Your SAR Nominating Committee is pleased to announce its final 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
Voting for this ballot will begin on Monday, November 2nd.
You will get an email invitation to vote, which will include a link to your electronic ballot.   
Deadline to fill out your ballot is Tuesday, November 17th, at 4:30 p.m.
The SAR has created an Official Voter Information Guide that offers 2021 Association leadership candidate statements (pictured above).
The members of your 2021 SAR leadership team will be announced at the association's Virtual Annual Membership Meeting on Wednesday, November 18th, 1:30 p.m. via Zoom.

The Zoom link will be published soon.
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.   
SAR photo
We'll be announcing the SAR Annual Award Winners -  you'll get to see the presentations and speeches which are being recorded now (pictured above) - the results from the Food Drive - along with presenting the plaque to the winner office - SAR Election results and so much more! 
You won't want to miss this meeting!  
Registration is open and available now:
We will be doing three drawings at the end of the meeting - must be present (still connected) to win
$50, $100 or $150!
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.

SAR Mini-survey 2 

You still have time to take the Spokane Association of REALTORS® 2020 Member Survey #2.

By completing the survey, your name will automatically be entered into a drawing to win free SAR local dues for 2021 (we will credit you for the SAR portion of your annual 2021 dues payment) OR one of two (2) Visa® gift cards valued at $100 each OR one of four (4) Visa® gift cards valued at $50 each.

The questions will take approximately 12 minutes to complete.
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),

Limited Open Houses are now permitted in Spokane County.
No more than five (5) people, in addition to the broker, may be in the property at the same time. 
In order to hold an open house, the firm and broker must take measures to ensure that occupancy is restricted to the currently permitted gathering size and all other required protocols are followed (face coverings, social distancing, sanitation, etc.)   
Washington REALTORS® and Northwest MLS have created an assortment of signs and a sign-up sheet that brokers can use for open houses. 
  • Sign alerting the public to the occupancy restriction for Phase 1.5 and 2 and Phase 3 counties (Spokane County is currently at Phase 2).
  • Sign reminding the public to wear face coverings and social distance (pictured above).
  • A sign-in sheet including contact information for all attending an open house.

Download the packet online here. 

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.


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!
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
Real Estate Audits
2021 SAR Final Initial Slate of Candidates
SAR Virtual Annual Meeting
Annie is Zooming in to Spokane
SAR Mini-survey 2
2021 SAR Leadership Opportunities
Limited Open Houses are now permitted in Spokane County
SAR: 30% Discount with The CE Shop
Right Tools, Right Now
SAR Professional Development
Fall Back this Weekend
SAR-endorsed Candidates
DOL Announces New Online System
RPR®: Discover New Prospects, Listings
SAR Blood Drive
NAR: Find Your R
Open Enrollment
Spread Kindness not COVID
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. 
Fall Back this Weekend 
Remember to turn your clocks back one hour this Sunday as we return to Pacific Standard Time.
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.   
You have until October 26th to register online to vote.
DOL Announces New Online System 

The Washington State Department of Licensing (DOL) has launched a new online system for you to manage your professional and business licensing information.   
You will find helpful instructions and videos about your Secure Access Washington (SAW) account, how to access our new system, setting up your account, and how to link your license here.
If you are having technical difficulties with the new system, please contact our program at: RealEstate@DOL.WA.GOV.
RPR®: Discover New Prospects, Listings 

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

Attend the Discover New Prospects and New Listings with RPR® webinar any time online here.
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: 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!
Open Enrollment 
Starts November 1st 
Open enrollment - that window of time during which you can add or remove health insurance for yourself or members of your family - starts November 1st and ends December 15th for coverage beginning January 1, 2021.
Check out your health insurance options, as a member of the National Association of REALTORS®, online here.
Spread Kindness not COVID 

Great Spokane Incorporated (GSI - the region's Chamber of Commerce), has assembled a Spread Kindness not COVID toolkit for small business owners. 
Spread Kindness is an initiative to keep our community healthy and help businesses stay open. It includes free materials for your place of business and for your website or social media pages (see sample above) to help spread kindness. 
Download your Spread Kindness not COVID toolkit online here.
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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