Weekly Notices
Friday, April 15, 2016

Open House Event                 


Plan to participate in the Spokane REALTORS® Open House Weekend, April 23rd and 24th - where you and your open house visitor could win a prize!

1 - GRAND visitor prize - $1,000 VISA gift card
1 - GRAND REALTOR® prize - $500 VISA gift card
5 - REALTOR® participation prizes - $100 VISA gift card

(All prizes to be drawn and announced on May 4th).

This is the sixth annual countywide event to draw attention and visitors to your business as a REALTOR®.  Spokane REALTORS® offered more than 300 homes in this event last year.

  This is the document (pictured above) each of your visitors must fill out in order for that person - and you - to be eligible for the grand prize drawing!  Download the two-up document for printing here, or pick up ready-printed copies at your SAR (1924 North Ash Street).

Printed copies of the entry forms will be available for members at the headquarter house during the event. 

REALTOR® balloons (pictured above) are available at your SAR now for your pick up during regular business hours (1924 North Ash Street).

REALTOR® balloons and helium will be available to members at the headquarter house during the event.

All participating open houses must be listed on  SpokaneOpen.com, the official open house website of the Spokane Association of REALTORS®.  Sign riders (pictured above) are available now at your SAR for your pick up during regular business hours.

Sign riders will also be available for members at the  headquarter house during the event.

Promote the event, and your participation in it, with the official Spokane REALTORS® Open House Weekend  event logo (pictured above), online here.

This information will get you started.  More details will be shared here in the Weekly Notices next week. 

Our event is generously sponsored by:

Click on the logo above to go to the website now.

You SAR has negotiated a special advertising rate for members to promote their event open house listings in the Exchange.  See the offer flyer (pictured above), online here.

Special advertising rates in the Inlander and Spokesman-Review were offered earlier and expired last week. 
"Market is Red Hot"    

KXLY-TV News4 reports: "The Spokane housing market is red hot if you are looking to sell your home.

The latest numbers from the Spokane Association of Realtors shows the average price of a home is up 12.2 percent compared to this time last year while the number of homes for sale is down nearly 20 percent as well.

The conditions in the market is making it tough for buyers to find what they're looking for."

See the report on KXLY-TV News4, online here.

Vote for REALTOR.COM®    

Realtor.com® has been named a Webby Award finalist in the Online Video/Film category for its Home-Buying Process in Plain English video series with Elizabeth Banks.

Realtor.com® can win by being selected by the judges or by
garnering the most support from the public.

Visit the Webby Awards website to vote:     

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:
  • Real Estate Scams
  • Accounting Rule Changes
  • FHA Appraisal Changes
  • February Contract Signings  
See the six-minute video online here:

The Voice for Real Estate
The Voice for Real Estate

Free ListHub Seminar    


Join the Spokane Association of REALTORS® and ListHub for a free one-hour seminar about the latest trends in online marketing and a suite of tools to help you communicate more effectively with clients and convert more leads.

Plus, attendees have the chance to win a $250 VISA Gift Card!

Tuesday, April 19th at the SAR

Session one: 1:30 p.m.
Session two: 3:00 p.m.

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

WR Spring Business Conference         


Welcome to the Washington REALTORS´ Spring Business Conference, April 20-22, in Tulalip!

Click on image above to visit the event information and registration page.
Construction Season    

Warm weather signals construction season again in Spokane.  This year, more than $74 million in street and related projects are on the schedule in the city.
Among this year's projects will be much-needed improvements downtown on Monroe and Lincoln streets between Second and Main avenues.  Getting through this area will at times, therefore, be troublesome.

See the City of Spokane Street Notices and Closures website, online here.

REALTOR® Broker Summit    

REALTOR® Broker Summits are designed exclusively for designated broker and broker owner members to come together and learn from presenters, panels, and peer leaders in the industry offering fresh insights on current conditions while looking to the future of real estate.

The 2016 Broker Summit will be held June 9-10 in Denver, Colorado, at the Denver Marriott City Center.

The $149 Broker Summit Early Bird registration rate will run through April 8.

Read more about this event and register online here.

Technologies to Advance your Business 

The Coeur d'Alene Association of REALTORS® invites you to attend its upcoming Council of Residential Specialists class:

CRS 206: Technologies to Advance Your Business

May 4th & 5th at the Coeur d'Alene Association of REALTORS®.

This class offers 16 CRS designation credits, 16 Washington clock hours.

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


Lunch & Learn: Historic Preservation 

Do you know what it means for a property to be listed on a Register of Historic Places?

You may be surprised to learn the differences between properties that are listed on the National, State and Spokane Registers of Historic Places.

Come enjoy a fun and informative presentation on historic preservation at the next SAR Lunch & Learn on
Monday, May 23rd.

See the event flyer with more details (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 101: Rural Property 
Land and Acreage 101: Rural Property


Tuesday, April 19 - 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

In This Issue
Open House Weekend
"Market is Red Hot"
The Voice for Real Estate
Free ListHub Seminar
WR Spring Business Conference
Construction Season
REALTOR® Broker Summit
Technologies to Advance your Business
Lunch & Learn: Historic Preservation
2016 REALTOR® Education
Fair Housing Month
REALTOR® Safety Webinar
Assumed Name Licenses
Design Review Board
Free Passes Available to Members
ListHub Report - March
Market Activity Report - March
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. 




Fair Housing Month          


April is Fair Housing Month!

April 2016 marks the 48th anniversary of the 1968 landmark Fair Housing Act.

Each year REALTORS® recognize the significance of this event and reconfirm our commitment to upholding fair housing law as well as our commitment to offering equal professional service to all in their search for real property.
Fair Housing Partners of Washington State
offers a guidebook to assist you in understanding and complying with Fair Housing laws. 

Download your copy of Fair Housing for Real Estate Industry Professionals - Washington State Edition (pictured above) - online here

Download NAR's 2016 Fair Housing poster, suitable for posting in your office (pictured above), online here.

REALTOR® Safety Webinar    


Mark your calendar now and plan to participate in a FREE REALTOR® safety webinar:

Incorporating Safety into your Business
Wednesday, April 20th, at 11 a.m. (Spokane time)

Learn from Kimberly Allard-Moccia, NAR REALTOR® Safety Course instructor, as she shares specific tools and practical advice for implementing safety protocols into your real estate business.

REALTOR® Safety Month is September, but REALTOR® safety is important every month of the year.

Download this springtime reminder of REALTOR® safety (pictured above), suitable for sharing in your office, online here.

Assumed Name Licenses


Washington REALTORS® Legal Hotline lawyer Annie Fitzsimmons reaches into the mailbag to answer another popular question: Broker is developing a team and wants to advertise in the name of the team without including the firm's name. Is that lawful?

See the three-minute video online here:

Legal Hotline Mailbag #17
Legal Hotline Mailbag #17

Design Review Board        

The City of Spokane Design Review Board is currently accepting applications for two positions: one real estate developer and one civil engineer.

The deadline to apply for these openings is April 29, 2016. 

Term length is three years.

The DRB meets on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month at 5:30pm.  Meetings typically last for one to two hours, but can occasionally run longer.  Over the past several years the board has met 12-15 times per year, but the number of meetings depends on the number of permit applications subject to board review.
For more information please see the links below, or contact Julie Neff at 625-6082; jneff@spokanecity.org.


Free Passes Available to Members        

Your SAR has 20 complimentary, one-time, general admission passes redeemable at either the Mobius Science Center or the Mobius Kids Children's Museum in downtown Spokane.

With Spring vacation coming up, this would make for a great family outing!  Passes are available on a first come basis.  Supply is limited.

Please see Angie at the SAR front desk for assistance.

More information about Mobius Science Center and Mobius Kids Children's Museum is online here.  

ListHub Report for March                   

See the March ListHub report, online here.

Market Activity Report - March


The SAR Market Activity Report for March is now online.

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



See the March 2016 Snapshot Report (pictured above) online here.








See the 2016 Year-to-date Snapshot report (pictured above)  online here.        



Member Roster Update  



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

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



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