Weekly Notices
Friday, February 19, 2016 
Spokane/Kootenai Real Estate Forum     


The popular 2016 Spokane/Kootenai Real Estate Market Forum will be held on Thursday, February 25th, at the Spokane Convention Center.

Your SAR sponsors this event - it is always a valuable experience.

This year, attendees will hear from these featured speakers:

Jim Frank - founder, Greenstone Corp., on Economic and Demographic Drivers

Dave Black, CEO, NAI Black, on Real Estate Impacts of a Completed North/South Freeway Corridor

Mark Mansfield, executive director, Spokane University District Board, on the Spokane University District

See more details and register online here.

Have a product or service of interest to the local real estate community?  Reach local real estate leaders from your vendor table at the event!  All sponsors will be in the main event room. 

For details, see the sponsorship flyer (pictured above) online here.  

Get REALTOR®    


Register now to be included in a live webcast to watch the public roll-out of Get REALTOR®, NAR's new advertising campaign:

Wednesday, February 24th, at 10 a.m. Spokane time.

The Get REALTOR® campaign targets home buyers and sellers with creative that illustrates the knowledge gap between what consumers think they might know and how a REALTOR® can help them succeed, whatever their real estate goals may be.

The advertising is also designed to contemporize consumer perceptions of the 100-year old REALTOR® brand and drive consideration of REALTORS® among younger generations of buyers and sellers.

The digital-first campaign will expose consumers to the REALTOR® brand in social, digital and online channels where they are increasingly going to get on-demand content and share information across their social networks.

It's time to get serious, get smart, get REALTOR®.


Membership Meeting & Ethics Class          


Your SAR is pleased to share details on its next quarterly Membership Luncheon and Education Excellence event:

Thursday, March 31st, at CenterPlace Event Center in Spokane Valley.

This event will feature a 7.5 clock hour Code of Ethics class, which meets your four-year requirement.

If you have not taken a Code of Ethics class since January 1, 2013, you need to take this class (before the end of the year)!

Get a discount on this required class - and - enjoy lunch with the latest news from your association - all for only $40 ($55 after March 21st)!

See the event flyer (pictured above) online here.     

NAR TechEdge   

NAR TechEdge is coming to Coeur d'Alene -
Tuesday, March 8th!

This full-day event teaches REALTORS® the latest business technology skills and trends changing the real estate industry.

Register for this professional development event and walk out with action items to build your business.

If you're a real estate agent eager to learn about how the latest technologies can impact real estate, this event is for you!

Visit the NAR TechEdge website to learn more and register, online here.

Broker Symposium    

Enjoy REALTOR® education designed specifically for Designated Brokers, Branch Managers, and Team Leaders.

Plan now to attend the Washington REALTORS® Broker Symposium, Thursday, March 17th, at the SeaTac Convention Center.
Take away actionable and useful information to use in your business for improved function, profitability, and fun!

Visit the event web page to learn more and register, online here.

James S. Black Scholarship Award

Your SAR is calling for nominations for the 2016 James S. Black Memorial Scholarship Award.

The James S. Black Memorial Scholarship Fund helps members pay for tuition and expenses for classes leading to a professional designation offered by the National Association of REALTORS®.

The deadline for applications to be turned in at the SAR is Friday, March 11th

The wiinner will be announced at the March 31st Quarterly Meeting and Membership Luncheon at Centerplace.

See the memo about this (pictured above) that went out to brokers this week, online here.

See the award description and nomination form (pictured above), online here

2016 Education Requirements 

By the current rule, you need to take a Code of Ethics class once in every four-year cycle. That means that if you have not taken a Code of Ethics class since January 1, 2013, then you need to take a COE class before the end of this year!
This COE requirement also applies to appraisers. 
Check the SAR's class schedule and register for a class via the Member Portal:


By the new rule, which starts on January 1, 2017, you must complete a Code of Ethics class once in every two-year cycle. The first two-year cycle will begin January 1, 2017, and end December 31, 2018.
Email Debbie at the SAR, or call her at 326-9222, to confirm your status.
While you're checking, NAR, SAR, and WA-DOL require you to take other classes in varying cycles, too.
For example, SAR requires you to take a Purchase & Sale Agreement class once in a four-year cycle; the Washington State Department of Licensing requires you to take the Core Curriculum class once in a two-year cycle.

If you have not taken a Purchase & Sale Agreement class since January 1, 2013, then you need to take a P&S class before the end of this year!
This P&S requirement does not apply to commercial members or appraisers

See a handy guide to WA-DOL, NAR and SAR education requirements (pictured above), online here.   
2016 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 2016.

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: 
Land and Acreage 200: Rural Property 

Thursday, March 3 - Land and Acreage 200: Rural Property - with Jim Palmer, Jr.

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

Tuesday, March 22 - The "Nekkid" Truth: Six Principles of Building a Real Estate Business - with Linda Miller Sheets.

Registration: 8:!5 a.m.
Class: 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
at the SAR

4.0 clock hours

The Truth about Negotiating 
The Truth about Negotiating

Tuesday, March 22 - The Truth about Negotiating - with Linda Miller Sheets.

Registration: 1:15 p.m.
Class: 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
at the SAR

3.0 clock hours

The Code of Ethics for Real Estate Professionals 
The Code of Ethics for Real Estate Professionals

Wednesday, March 23 - The Code of Ethics for Real Estate Professionals - with Linda Miller Sheets.

Registration: Noon
Class: 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
at the SAR

4.0 clock hours

In This Issue
Spokane/Kootenai Real Estate Forum - NEXT WEEK!
Membership Meeting & Ethics Class
NAR TechEdge
Broker Symposium
James S. Black Scholarship Award
2016 Education Requirements
2016 REALTOR® Education
2016 SAR Dues Past Due
Open House Event Advertising
The Voice for Real Estate
Legal Hotline Mailbag: To Tell or Not to Tell
REALTORS® Property Resource
WCR March Event
Reusing Lising Photos
ListHub Report - January
Market Activity Report - January
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. 




2016 SAR Dues Past Due                
Your SAR dues for 2016 are now past due.

Thank you if you have already paid them!

Dues may still be paid until February 29th but must, now, include the 10% late penalty.

Click on the image above to pay your SAR dues for 2016 online now or to print your invoice and pay by mail, or pay in person at the SAR: 1924 North Ash Street.

Open House Event Advertising                  


Your SAR Communications & Member Services Committee has negotiated special advertising packages for members participating in the Spokane REALTORS® Open House Weekend, April 23rd and 24th.

This sixth-annual event will attract hundreds of potential buyers to hundreds of participating open houses in the largest open house event of the year!

Watch the Weekly Notices for more event details in coming weeks.

See the special SAR member advertising opportunity offered by The Spokesman-Review, online here.


See the special SAR member advertising opportunity offered by The Inlander, online here.

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 in this edition:
  • Eased Condo Loan Rules Clear Hurdle
  • Cap Rates and Other 2016 Commercial Trends
  • IRS 1099 Rules
  • 'Coming Soon' Off-MLS Listings
See the six-minute video online here:

The Voice for Real Estate
The Voice for Real Estate
Legal Hotline Mailbag: To Tell or Not to Tell   

Have you ever had to decide whether or not to disclose a suicide (or death) in a Property to future Buyers or Tenants? 

How does the Agency Law's definition of 'Material Facts' impact this decision?

Washington REALTOR Legal Hotline attorney Annie Fitzsimmons answers that question, this week, in her ongoing video series, Legal Hotline Mailbag.

See the seven-minute video online here:

Legal Hotline Mailbag #13:
Legal Hotline Mailbag #12

REALTORS® Property Resource                

When considering adoption of a new business tool, new and seasoned REALTORS® unanimously want to know "what will it do for me and how will it help my business?"

RPR® is designed exclusively for that purpose: to help REALTORS® achieve professional success by providing them with an unparalleled platform of dynamic data and persuasive reports that help attract, retain and lead clients to the closing table.

Get started with RPR now, online here.


WCR March Event                 

The Spokane - Eastern Washington Chapter of Women's Council of REALTORS® invites you to its March event -  Thursday, March 3rd - New Tools for your Toobox! 

See the event flyer, pictured above, online here

Reusing Lising Photos                

SAR photo

If a house you sold five years ago comes back on the market, you can surely just use the same photos you hired a professional to take back then to list the house now, right?

Not necessarily.

Reusing old listing photos can end up getting you in some pretty big legal trouble, if not done properly.

Since listing photographs may be taken by homeowners, real estate agents, brokerage employees, or professional photographers, those photographs may be owned or licensed to different parties in a variety of ways.

See an informative video on this topic, from ListHub News, online here

ListHub Report for January                 

See the January ListHub report, online here.

Market Activity Report - January


The SAR Market Activity Report for January is now online.

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



See the January 2016 summary report (pictured above) online here.







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



Member Roster Update  



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

Send a message to Angie at the SAR with any changes.  



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