Weekly Notices
Friday, September 18, 2020
MEMBERS: Please watch your email for a short survey from the SAR Membership Committee. It'll take just a few minutes of your time. We'd like to know how we can best continue to serve you during the ongoing COVID-19 restrictions which, it seems, will be with us for some time to come. Thank you!
WR: Phase 2 Protocols Updated
Up to Five Persons now Permitted 
There has been a change to the protocols for Phase 2 counties.

In-person activities including showings, inspections, appraisals, and final walk-throughs may now include up to five (5) persons (including the broker). The prior Phase 2 restrictions limited the number of persons on site to three (3) persons (including the broker).

Open houses are still not permitted in Phase 2 counties.

The other protocols for in-person activities must continue to be followed in all counties, including: 
  • In-person activities must be by appointment only;
  • Face coverings are required to be worn at all times by real estate brokers, their clients, and industry partners (e.g. appraisers, inspectors, photographers, stagers, etc.). Brokers may not provide services to any client who does not wear a face covering.
  • The persons on site must strictly follow social distancing guidelines by remaining at least six feet apart at all times; and
  • The protocols for Phase 1 and 1.5 counties and Phase 3 counties have not changed. Please note that no more than two (2) persons, including the broker, are permitted on site in Phase 1 and 1.5 counties.
Phase 1 and 1.5 counties include: Benton, Franklin, Yakima, Chelan, and Douglas.
Phase 2 counties include: Adams, Clallam, Clark, Cowlitz, Grant, Jefferson, King, Kitsap, Klickitat, Okanogan, Pierce, San Juan, Skagit, Snohomish, Spokane, Walla Walla, and Whatcom.
Phase 3 counties include:
 Asotin, Columbia, Ferry, Garfield, Grays Harbor, Island, Kittitas, Lewis, Lincoln, Mason, Pacific, Pend Oreille, Skamania, Stevens, Thurston, Wahkiakum, and Whitman.

The Safe Start Washington plan was issued by the governor on May 31st.

You can read more about it online here.
In this virtual year, the SAR Food Drive went on virtually.
Today - September 18th - is your last chance to participate as we close the book on our virtual event.
Thanks to event chair Judy Flemmer who took this on and ran with it despite the challenges of a global pandemic and the worst air quality since records began - thank you, Judy!
Thanks, also, to one and all who participated - either individually or by office - in this year's food drive!
Every effort we make in every year of this event makes a difference at someone's table in our community.
If you have any questions, contact the Chair Judy Flemmer 216-1135 or Tami at the SAR 326-9222.
  Revised September 15th   
With this week's changes to Phase 2 protocols, Washington REALTORS® has updated its Frequently Asked Questions document (pictured above).

Download a copy for yourself and your team members online here.

WR has also updated its COVID-19 FAQs for Real Estate Activities.  
You'll find that resource online here.
Managing Errors and Omissions 

Recording now online!
It's more important every day to manage your errors and omissions.
Two SAR presidents (past and present) convened a panel of experts, last week, to advise best practices and answer your questions.
Our panel featured:
April Anderson, attorney | Randall Danskin
Shane McFetridge, attorney | Randall Danskin
Bryan Peterson, president | ProGroup International
Mike Richardson, senior regional sales manager | ProGroup International
The information to be presented in this session is offered as general guidance only. Consult your attorney as you make decisions regarding your real estate business.
See the full session recording online here: 
Managing Errors and Omissions for Washington State Brokers 
Managing Errors and Omissions
for Washington State Brokers
SAR: 40% Discount with The CE Shop 

The SAR has partnered with the CE Shop for online classes!
Online education has never been more convenient.
Get 40% off your classes this week only (9/14-9/20) when you enter the promo code LAUNCH.
The special SAR link is:  

After 9/20, enjoy a 30% discount when you enter the code SAR30.

NAR: Lifesaving Tips for REALTORS®

September is REALTOR Safety Month.
Breanne Gingerich, NAR Marketing Manager and Staff Executive to the Real Estate Safety Advisory Committee, shares lifesaving tips for REALTORS®.  
Find out what you can do to work smart and stay safe.
See the new four-minute video online here: 

WR New Member Benefit: Safe Showings 


Washington REALTORS® has negotiated a discounted fee for the SafeShowings™ app!  
Now - during September, REALTOR® Safety Month - WR members can take advantage of a free 30 day trial.  
After 30 days, the app is only $3.75/mo or $37.50/year.  
SafeShowings™ is the first real estate safety solution of its kind in a simple-to-use mobile app. It captures a facial image, in real time, of someone entering the property with you. If you are unable to end a showing, it sends the image of the potential perpetrator as well as your geolocation to your emergency contacts.  
This strategy is a proactive safety deterrent.  
The app's goal is to create the tools that could save lives, while keeping people and properties safe. Real estate professionals and their loved ones feel more secure knowing that SafeShowings will automatically notify emergency contacts with identifying details and geolocation in an emergency.   
Download the SafeShowings flyer (pictured above) for instructions on how to get started, online here
Reduce the Risk of Being Targeted 


In this free REALTOR® Safety webinar from the National Association of REALTORS®, Dave Legaz, REALTOR® and retired NYPD Police Sergeant, explains how real estate professionals can reduce the risk of being targeted by predators.  
Dave discusses various predatory behaviors, and steps agents can take to reduce the likelihood of getting into an unsafe situation while on the job.
The webinar lasts about an hour. 
View it through NAR's Learning Library online here.  
Once you register, you can view and download the archived webinar and slides.
WR: Fall Business Conference 

Fall Business Conference
September 21-25
The Washington REALTORS® 2020 Fall Business Conference will be held virtually, this year, from September 21-25, 2020.  
We will be moving forward with virtual platforms to conduct our committee and board of director meetings, as well as our elections.   
Additional details, including a schedule of events, are online now, along with a link to register.
WR Legal Hotline: Timely Earnest Money Deposit 

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 her via email so she could address them and share them as a Friday Video.  
These are questions that many DB's already know but wish that all brokers knew.  
TODAY'S QUESTION: "Why should listing broker, especially, be aware of whether the buyer's earnest money is timely deposited and immediately advise the seller if it is not?"  
If you or your Designated Broker would like to have a question addressed, email legalhotline@warealtor.org.
See Annie's new eight-minute video online here:  
DB Wish List: Timely Earnest Money Deposit
DB Wish List: Timely Earnest Money Deposit
Check your NAR Code of Ethics Status  
The National Association of REALTORS® has just launched a new tool that allows you to check - right here and right now - the status of your NAR Code of Ethics training.
Every broker-member must maintain a current status in order to stay a REALTOR®.
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.
Success Basics for Landlords & Property Managers with Eric Bessett  
Monday, September 28th
1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
3.0 clock hours  
What Else Do You Need - PSA Addenda (two days) with Sabrina Jones-Schroeder 
Tuesday, September 29th  
9 a.m. - Noon +
Thursday, October 1st
9 a.m. - Noon
6.0 clock hours
Core Curriculum with Sabrina Jones-Schroeder
Thursday, October 8th
1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
3.0 clock hours

In This Issue
WR: Phase 2 Protocols Updated
WR: Frequently Asked Questions - UPDATED!
Managing Errors and Omissions
SAR: 40% Discount with The CE Shop
NAR: Lifesaving Tips for REALTORS® - NEW!
WR New Member Benefit: Safe Showings
Reduce the Risk of Being Targeted
WR: Fall Business Conference - NEXT WEEK!
WR Legal Hotline: Timely Earnest Money Deposit - NEW!
Check your NAR Code of Ethics Status
Right Tools, Right Now
SAR Professional Development
SAR: MLS Fees Due
Statewide RPAC Auction - NEW!
SAR: New Parking Lot
SAR Member Roster Update - August
SAR Market Activity Report - August

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


The SAR extends its condolences  to the family and friends of Mike Hume (pictured).   
Mike was a long-lime member of the SAR and was the broker/owner of Coldwell Banker Tomlinson North.   
Mike passed away on Friday, August 28, 2020 after a battle with cancer.    
Funeral services will be this Saturday, September 19, 2020, at 11 a.m. at The Coeur d'Alene Resort Conference Center.  
Reception to follow at 12:30 p.m. on the Lakeview Terrace at the resort. 

In lieu of flowers, the family recommends donations to Wounded Warriors (www.woundedwarriorproject.org) or American Cancer Society (www.cancer.org).
Correspondence is invited by all three daughters:
Cards and written correspondence may be mailed to:
Kami Hammond
5105 E Zeus Ct.   
Mead, WA 99201 
SAR: MLS Fees Due

Fourth Quarter MLS fees have been posted to the SAR member portal.   
Your payment is due by September 30th.

You will see a one-time reduction in MLS fees for all MLS subscribers in the amount of $44 for the 4th Quarter billing cycle as approved by the Board of Directors at their September meeting.  
This is a budget adjustment that you'll see this reflected on your billing for this quarter.  
Your first quarter 2021 MLS fee will be billed at the full rate. 

Click on the button above to pay online now. 

Please email Brenda at the SAR if you have a question about your fees or contact her by phone at:  

Statewide RPAC Auction

Here is a fun way to support RPAC!
Online Silent Auction
9 a.m. Monday, September 21st, until 12 p.m. Friday, September 25th.
Online Live Auction
Thursday, September 24th,  
5:00 p.m.
Signing up for the auction event is free!
This event is for REALTORS® & REALTOR® Affiliate members of Washington REALTORS® ONLY.
Your Washington REALTOR® PAC has done tremendous work for REALTORS® this year:
  • Negotiated to make REALTORS® essential workers during the Covid-19 Crisis
  • Kept B & O Taxes Low
  • Eliminated Dual Agency Requirements
  • Maintained our Independent Contractor Status
Please consider helping those who help you!

SAR: New Parking Lot

SAR photos

Your SAR now boasts the newest parking lot in town!
This new parking lot is the result of several years of work by members on the SAR's Building Presidential Advisory Group (PAG) in response to an expressed need by members for more parking at the association office.
First, we purchased the house to the east. Then, we graded the new lot to match our existing parking lot.
Finally, this week, Black Diamond Asphalt Paving paved the entire parking lot up to modern building codes with more access parking, new storm-water management, and better access with a second driveway.
Even if you don't have business to conduct inside, stop by any time to use the free WiFi (password available at front desk) 
Come enjoy the new parking lot at your association!   

SAR Member Roster Update - August

Updated for August  
 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 - August   

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

See the August 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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