Weekly Notices

Friday, October 16, 2015


Call for Action

REALTOR Action Center

Congress is considering a proposal that would create a tax on all potential homeowners and consumers looking to purchase or refinance a mortgage.
By increasing Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac's credit risk guarantee fees (g-fees) to fund transportation programs, Congress would disturb the housing recovery.  Now is not the time to raise the cost to purchase or refinance a home. 
NAR strongly believes that taxing homeowners to pay for transportation programs places an unnecessary long-term burden on consumers and this action will disproportionately impact low and moderate income borrowers, as well as first-time homebuyers.
Tell Congress to stop taxing homeowners to fund transportation projects:

2016 SAR Leadership Candidates

Your SAR Nominating Committee is pleased to announce its slate of candidates for 2016 SAR leadership:  
Ken Sax
Keller Williams Spokane - Main
Jennifer Valerien, RE/MAX Inland Empire


Chris Bornhoft,
Windermere Manito             
Doug Hagood,
Hagood Real Estate and Mortgage  

Tom LaLone
John L. Scott Spokane, Inc.


Michael Baker,
Century 21 Beutler & Associates Spokane 
Bart Cloninger, Windermere Manito
Eric Etzel, Choice Realty
Ken Garceau, Windermere Manito
Steve Hagen, Keller Williams Spokane - Main
Wendy Kennedy, Windermere North
Karene Loman, Keller Williams
Ron McIntire, Choice Realty
Gina Mosey, John L. Scott Spokane, Inc.
In accordance with Article XV, Section 15.2 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 Tuesday, October 6th through Tuesday, October 27th.  Deadline to return petition is Tuesday, October 27th!
You will receive Notice on Friday, October 30th of the "Final Slate of Candidates".  Voting also begins on Monday, November 2nd. You will receive an email invitation to vote.  When you click on the link for the ballot, it will take you to the Member Portal.  You will need to sign in with your user name and password and then it will take you to the ballot. 
Deadline to fill out ballots will be Wednesday, November 18th, 4:30 p.m.
Our new leaders will be announced at our Annual Membership Meeting on Thursday, November 19th at CenterPlace.

See a printable list of our 2016 candidates (pictured above) online here.
TransactionDesk Update

TransactionDesk is the new Forms solution which will be replacing zipForm. (Please see the FAQs below for more information).

The SAR has beta-test trainings and some preliminary training sessions which have been filled.

Our timeline is to complete testing and setup and integration by the end of October and announce a full launch schedule for members the first week of November.

During this launch week, we will be offering many more live training opportunities.  Please see below for a chart of the classes and dates. (See a larger version of this chart online here). Registration for these sessions will be available online beginning Monday, October 19th, through the SAR Education portal.

Later in November, there will be an opportunity to attend clock hour trainings on this new platform!  

Please watch the Weekly Notices for more updates.

See the Broker FAQ document, online here.

See the Managing Broker FAQ document, online here.

Listing Videos on YouTube

Washington REALTORS has put together a tutorial on how to use YouTube to make your own Listing Videos - for free - using your own photos and video from a camera/smart phone.

See the three-minute video online here:
Make Listing Videos for Free on YouTube
Make Listing Videos for Free on YouTube

Lunch & Learn: Home Warranties           


Home warranties - what are they and what do they do?

Uncover the coverage of home warranties at a Lunch and Learn at your SAR on Monday, October 19th.   

See the event flyer, pictured above, online here.

HUD Home Selling Training


Enjoy FREE HUD Home Selling Training, Thursday, October 22nd, at your SAR.

See the event flyer with time and registration information (pictured above), online here.
Millennials and the Housing Market


Realtor.com� is partnering with the National Association of REALTORS� and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for a virtual Town Hall meeting with HUD Secretary Juli�n Castro on Millennials and the Housing Market:
Monday, October 26, 2015, at 3 p.m. Spokane time.  

This meeting will cover what's important to first-time home buyers, and participants will be able to ask
questions directed to Secretary Castro and realtor.com's Chief Economist Jonathan Smoke.

See the event flyer, with some interesting statistics about millennials (pictured above), online here.



Lunch & Learn: Tax Mistakes            

Would you like to learn about the 10 most expensive tax mistakes that cost you thousands?

Then, schedule yourself to attend our November Lunch & Learn on Monday, November 9th.   

See the event flyer, pictured above, online here.

2015 REALTOR Education

Quality of Education 
through SAR/WR Education Instructors

Here is the latest class listing of your SAR - offering the best live and local continuing real estate education classes for 2015.

Click on each class title, underlined in blue, to bring up a flyer for that class - suitable for posting in your office. 

Register for these classes online here: 


Please be in touch with Debbie at the SAR if you have any questions about these classes or your license education requirements, by phone at 326-9222 or by email.

Land and Acreage 101:  
Land and Acreage 101: Rural Property


Tuesday, October 20 - Land and Acreage 101: Rural Property - with Jim Palmer Jr.

Registration: 8:15 a.m.
Class: 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
at the SAR

4.0 clock hours

Code of Ethics: Standards for Success 
Code of Ethics: Standards for Success


Friday, October 23 - Code of Ethics: Standards for Success - with Linda Miller Sheets.

Registration: 8:15 a.m.
Class: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
at the SAR

7.5 clock hours


The "Nekkid" Truth:
Six Principles of Building a Real Estate Business

Tuesday, October 27 - The "Nekkid" Truth: Six Principles of Building a Real Estate Business - with Linda Miller Sheets.

Registration: 8:15 a.m.
Class: 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
at the SAR

4.0 clock hours

Wednesday, October 28 - Smart Growth for the 21st Century - with Washington REALTORS instructor Mike Flynn.

Registration: Noon to 12:25 p.m.
Class: 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
at CenterPlace Event Center in Spokane Valley

4.0 clock hours  

Home Inspections for REALTORS 
Home Inspections for REALTORS� and Appraisers 

Thursday, October 29 - Home Inspections for REALTORS� and Appraisers - with Matthew Pedersen.

NOTE: This class is approved for REALTOR� and Appraiser Clock Hours.

Registration: 8:15 a.m. to 8:25 a.m.
Class: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
at the SAR

7.5 clock hours

Core Curriculum
Core Curriculum

Tuesday, November 10 - Current Issues in Washington Residential Real Estate - with Sabrina Jones Schroeder.

You must take this class once every two years for your renewal.

Registration: 8:15 a.m.
Class: 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
at the SAR

3.0 clock hours

In This Issue
Call for Action
2016 SAR Leadership Candidates
TransactionDesk Update
Listing Videos on YouTube
Lunch & Learn: Home Warranties
HUD Home Selling Training
Millennials and the Housing Market
Lunch & Learn: Tax Mistakes
2015 REALTOR® Education
Please Vote by November 3rd!
SAR Endorsements
Screening Prospects before Showing
Pack the Pantry
Member 2 Member
YPN Oktoberfest
ListHub Report for August
Market Activity Report - September
You Be The Judge - September/October
Member Roster Update
Suggestion Box



Click on the image below to see the current SAR calendar

showing dates and times of classes, committees and events. 





Please Vote by November 3rd!

Spokane County mailed ballots to more than 280,000 voters this week. 

If you're a registered voter, you should get yours in the next day or two. 

Your completed ballot is due back by the evening of November 3rd.

On this ballot, you will find two statewide initiatives: one that tries to force the Legislature to pass a constitutional amendment that requires a supermajority for tax increases, another that would place state penalties on trafficking in endangered animal parts.

There are also four advisory measures on state tax increases.

In Spokane County, your ballot will include a question whether to expand your board of commissioners from three members to five.

In the City of Spokane, your ballot will include opportunities to vote for a mayor, a council president and half of your City Council. It will also include Proposition 1 (a City Charter Amendment to establish a Worker Bill of Rights) and two advisory votes on how to fund Proposition 1.  

In City of Spokane Valley, your ballot will include three council positions on the ballot, although one is unopposed.

Depending on where you live, you may also be asked to decide school, fire, water, sewer and cemetery district board members or commissioners.

If you have questions about this election, please visit the Spokane County Elections office, online here.

SAR Endorsements

Your SAR Government Affairs Committee endorses these candidates for the upcoming November General Election:

David Condon, Mayor, City of Spokane

Mike Fagan, Spokane City Council, Position 1

Evan Verduin, Spokane City Council, Position 3

The names of two SAR members will be on your General Election ballot in the City of Spokane Valley. 

Your SAR endorses these candidates:

Arne Woodard, City of Spokane Valley, Position 3

Sam Wood, City of Spokane Valley, Position 6

Your SAR Government Affairs Committee strongly recommends a NO vote on Proposition 1 in the City of Spokane.

Read more about Proposition 1 online here

See one of the 30-second informational spots about this issue online here: 
Proposition 1
Vote No on Proposition 1

Screening Prospects before Showing

RE Technology returns this week with the sixth in its series of articles on REALTOR� safety: Screening Prospects before Showing.   

"Always bring someone on an appointment." Nice idea, but unrealistic. When something is ALWAYS important then it becomes NEVER important. However, understanding how to evaluate the prospect, property, and circumstances is the first step in assessing the overall risk of an appointment so you can make better decisions about your safety and the safety of your colleagues.

Read the rest of this article on the RE Technology website,  online here.

Pack the Pantry - Thank You!

Your SAR placed this display ad in The Spokesman-Review this past Sunday.

Thank you to our great member volunteers for making this event possible!


Member 2 Member


Stewart Title invites all SAR members to its Fine Wine, Food & Friends, event on Thursday, October 22nd.

See the event flyer (pictured above) with more details, online here.

Member 2 Member is a member benefit of the SAR.  It is intended to announce a new product, service, location or affiliate event.  If you are a member who wishes to share a message with your fellow members, please email it to Debbie at the SAR:      

YPN Oktoberfest

The Spokane Young Professionals Network invites you to its REALTOR Oktoberfest Social on Wednesday, October 28th.

See the event flyer, pictured above, online here

ListHub Report for September             



See the September ListHub report, now featuring data from Zillow and Trulia, online here.

Market Activity Report - September  

The SAR Market Activity Report for September is now online.

See the latest report - and archived reports - online here.





See the September 2015 summary report (pictured above) online here.







See the 2015 year-to-date summary report (pictured above) online here.        



You Be The Judge - September/October        

Here is You Be The Judge for September/October:

Case #1-10: Obligations Under Exclusive Listing

Read the case and submit your judgement online here.
NOTE: This edition of You be the Judge covers two months, September/October.  Those who decide correctly on this one will be entered in a drawing for two (2) Starbucks coffee cards!

Winner to be announced next month.


to Mary Guderjohn, Exit Real Estate North, our July/August Starbucks card winner!


The Hearing Panel disagreed with Seller S's contentions. It noted that while REALTORS� do, in fact, have an obligation to preserve confidential information gained in the course of any relationship with the client, Standard of Practice 1-9 specifically provides that latent material defects are not considered "confidential information" under the Code of Ethics. Consequently, REALTOR� A's disclosure did not violate Article 1 of the Code of Ethics.  
From Case #1-25: Disclosure of Latent Defects

See the full text of last month's case, online here.


Member Roster Update





Click here to view the latest Roster Update - listing new and resigned members and companies.

Click here to view the latest list of MLS Subscription Waivers approved by the SAR Board of Directors.  
Send a message to Angie at the SAR with any changes.  



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