Weekly Notices

Friday, October 30, 2015


TransactionDesk Goes Live Monday

SAR members will have a new TransactionDesk option on their MLS dashboard Monday, November 2nd, and TransactionDesk will be ready to use for all members.

Thursday, November 19th, there will be a special large live training at Centerplace, combined with lunch and our membership meeting.

In the morning, 8:30 a.m. - 11:30, will be TransactionDesk Basic and in the afternoon, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m., will be TransactionDesk Advanced.

This is a bring your own device (laptop or tablet) training.

Friday, November 20th, the SAR has a new schedule of instructor led Basic and Advanced classes, plus Super User training to set your office up to be paperless (or closer to it)!

Watch the Weekly Notices, Education Bulletin, and Paragon for more information about support, manuals, and webinars.

2016 SAR Leadership Vote


Voting opens Monday, November 2nd for your 2016 SAR leadership.  Here is the final slate of candidates:    
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 Spokane 
Ron McIntire, Choice Realty
Gina Mosey, John L. Scott Spokane, Inc.
Watch your email box on Monday.  You will receive an email invitation to vote.   When you click on the link for the ballot, it will take you to the SAR Member Portal.  You will need to sign in with your user name and password and then it will take you to the ballot where you can either vote electronically or request a printable ballot on which to vote. 
Deadline to fill out ballots will be Wednesday, November 18th, at 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.
2016 SAR Leadership Voter Guide

Your SAR has prepared a Voter Guide so that you may come to better know the candidates who are standing for your vote.

In it, you will find a photo and short statement from each candidate.

Download your copy (pictured above), online here.

Stop in at the SAR if you wish a hard copy printed for you.

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.

"What should we do when Congress begins talking, as its Members did this week, about taxing housing to pay for transportation? We need a Call for Action!"

Read 2015 SAR President Jack Kestell's (pictured at left) excellent commentary on this issue online here.

Visit the Washington REALTORS® page with more information on this issue, online here.

Tell Congress to stop taxing homeowners to fund transportation projects:


Real Estate, Safety and You

Real estate professionals know they need to be extra cautious in the field, but many worry that putting strict safety measures in place will drive clients away.

To help them explain to customers why these protocols are necessary, The National Association of REALTORS® has developed a video aimed at consumers that covers what to expect when meeting an agent for the first time.

See the three-minute video online here:


Drought Policy Implications

A person may live "off the grid," without electricity, telephone, or internet access, but no one can live anywhere without access to a water supply.

Water access is emerging as a contentious topic in the United States.

Increased development led to increased water demands, which strain the existing infrastructure. In parts of  the country without large natural water supplies, climate conditions lend a special urgency to maintaining existing water supplies, and to finding new ones. Even areas that enjoy ample supplies now must look to future population needs with some trepidation.

Learn about the issues raised by today's water issues in a 4-minute REALTOR® Party "On the Go" audio podcast
, online here:


Conference Live

SAR members Marianne Bornhoft and Tom Hormel (both pictured at left) are your roving reporters at the National Association of  REALTORS® 2015 Conference & Expo, next month, in San Diego.

Follow them on Conference Live to share their behind-the-scenes look at the largest real estate event of the year! 

Conference Live will be active November 13-16, 2015.

Visit Conference Live online here.

Resources for your Clients

Washington REALTORS'® Communications Manager, Steve Klaniecki, gives a brief overview of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPD) website: "Know Before You Owe" and other resources that you can provide for your clients.

See the two-minute video online here:

Resources for your Clients
Resources for your Clients
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.


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.

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 license renewal.

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

3.0 clock hours

Code of Ethics - Standards for Success 
Code of Ethics - Standards for Success

Thursday, December 3
- Code of Ethics - Standards for Success - with Linda Miller Sheets.

You are required by NAR to complete a Code of Ethics class once in every four-year cycle.  The current cycle began January 1, 2013, and ends December 31, 2016.  If you have not taken an ethics class since January 1, 2013, you need to take this class to stay current!

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

7.5 clock hours

Purchase and Sale Agreement 
Statewide Purchase and Sale Agreement

Friday, December 4 - Statewide Purchase and Sale Agreement - with Sabrina Jones-Schroeder.

Registration: 8:15 a.m.
Class: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
at the SAR

7.5 clock hours

In This Issue
TransactionDesk Live Training
2016 SAR Leadership Vote
2016 SAR Leadership Voter Guide
Call for Action
Real Estate, Safety and You
Drought Policy Implications
Conference Live
Resources for your Clients
Hometown Video Contest
Lunch & Learn: Tax Mistakes
2015 REALTOR® Education
SAR Endorsements
Revised SAR-SA
Halloween Events - THIS WEEKEND!
WCR November Event
ListHub Report for September
Market Activity Report - September
You Be The Judge - September/October
Member Roster Update - NEW!
Suggestion Box



Click on the image below to see the current SAR calendar

showing dates and times of classes, committees and events. 








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

Revised SAR-SA


The SAR-SA has undergone significant changes. 

First and foremost, the insurance provisions are no longer included in this form.  Therefore, practitioners should start using the Forms 22VV - Insurance Contingency Addendum - along with the SAR-SA. 

Secondly, the prior SAR-SA mold provisions have been significantly reduced, but the form has expanded to include many additional environmental concerns that should be brought to the buyers and sellers attention.  Resources for additional information about these environmental concerns, etc. are noted on the form. 

Buyers and sellers are no longer required to initial a release of liability, but rather should initial the bottom of each page. 

It would be appropriate to execute the SAR-SA with listing documents and load into the associated documents along with the Exhibit A, Seller Disclosure Statement, Lead Based Paint Addendum, Form 22K - Identification of Utilities Addendum, etc.

This revised form is available today (Friday, October 30th) on ZipForm.

Download the new form (pictured above), online here.

Halloween Events


VisitSpokane has prepared a short list of special events being held in our area over the Halloween weekend - this weekend!

From the tame to the terrifying, there is something for every taste. 

See the Spooky Spokane Halloween Guide 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.

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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