Weekly Notices

Friday, October 23, 2015


TransactionDesk Live Training

Register now for live training with TransactionDesk, our new forms solution, which will be replacing zipForms. (Please see the FAQs below for more information).

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.

We will be offering live training classes at different skill levels in early November.  See the schedule, and register for the class(es) of your choice, 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.

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
Linda Knaggs, RE/MAX Inland Empire
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 27thDeadline to return petition is Tuesday, October 27th!
You will receive Notice on Friday, October 30th of the "Final Slate of Candidates."  Voting 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.
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.

Visit the Washington REALTORS® page with more information on this issue, online here
Tell Congress to stop taxing homeowners to fund transportation projects:


Click, click, done!

Washington REALTORS® offers a short video showing you how easy it actually is to take action for issues like the one detailed above.

Two clicks is all it takes to have a big impact!

See the one-minute video online here:
Click, click, done!
Click, click, done!
The Voice for Real Estate

NAR Director of Broadcasting Stephen Gasque returns this week with a new edition of his bi-weekly video update, The Voice for Real Estate.

Featured segments:
  • Best-kept secret for small business loans
  • Changes could spur interest in appraisal field
  • What next after $109 million anti-kickback fine?
  • Seeing recurring closing problems?

See the seven-minute video online here:
The Voice for Real Estate 
The Voice for Real Estate
Crime Prevention Conference


The Spokane County Sheriff's office is holding its 8th annual Crime Prevention Conference on Tuesday, October 27th.

Registration deadline is today, October 23rd.

This all-day event includes sessions on personal safety, active shooter survival, legal use of force, and carrying firearms, among others. 
See the event flyer and registration form online here.

Hometown Video Contest


Washington REALTORS® invites entries for its hometown video contest, Settle Down in My Hometown!

Create a short video (three minutes or less) that shows why you love to live and work in your market area.  Your task is to show why your hometown is a great place to move to and why you love being a REALTOR® representing that area.

There are two awards: Best Video by judges will be awarded $400; Most Votes by public will be awarded $400.

Entry deadline is midnight, November 30th.

Find out more and enter 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 Julián 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.


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
TransactionDesk Live Training
2016 SAR Leadership Candidates
Call for Action
Click, click, done!
The Voice for Real Estate
Crime Prevention Conference
Hometown Video Contest
Millennials and the Housing Market
Lunch & Learn: Tax Mistakes
2015 REALTOR® Education
SAR Endorsements
Evaluating a Property and Neighborhood
YPN Oktoberfest
WCR November Event
SAR Christmas Party
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. 





The SAR extends its condolences to the family and friends of Kirk Herring. Kirk was a member of the Association for over 20 years. 

Kirk passed away on Saturday, October 3rd, from cancer.

Services will be held on Friday, October 23rd, 12:00 noon at Valley Mission Park, 11123 E. Mission, Spokane Valley.
SAR Endorsements

Mail or drop off your completed ballot by close-of-business on Tuesday, November 3rd.

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

David Condon, Mayor, City of Spokane

Ben Stuckart, City Council President, City of Spokane

Mike Fagan, Spokane City Council, Position 1

LaVerne Biel, Spokane City Council, Position 2

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

Evaluating a Property and Neighborhood

RE Technology returns this week with the sixth in its series of articles on REALTOR® safety: Evaluating a Property and Neighborhood.   

"Learning as much as possible about a property and neighborhood is an important part of the sales process. However, it is also an important step in assessing the risk of an appointment as well as deterring a possible predator."

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

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.  

WCR November Event

The Spokane-Eastern Washington Chapter of Women's Council of REALTORS® invites you to its November program about creating a business and a life you love with humor, honesty, and grace, on Thursday, November 5th.

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

SAR Christmas Party

Save the date and plan to join your colleagues for the Spokane Association of REALTORS® Annual Christmas Party!

This year, the event will be held on Wednesday, December 9th, at the Red Lion Hotel at the Park.

Tickets available now! 

Contact Debbie at the SAR for reservations. 326-9222 or debbie@spokanerealtor.com 
See the event flyer (pictured above), suitable for posting in your office and sharing with your colleagues, 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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