News & Media
Anzhane Slaughter Honored with Margo Wheeler Aspiring Leader Grant
WR is excited to share that Anzhane Slaughter is a distinguished awardee of the Margo Wheeler Aspiring Leader Grant. This award, emblematic of leadership, service, and unwavering dedication to the real estate community, truly resonates with Anzhane's remarkable achievements and commitment.
Jana Ross: Honored with Margo Wheeler Aspiring Leader Grant
WR is excited to share that Jana Ross has been honored as a recipient of the Margo Wheeler Aspiring Leader Grant. This recognition, emblematic of exemplary leadership, community spirit, and unyielding commitment to the real estate domain, is a testament to Jana’s contributions and dedication.
DOL is Seeking Feedback Regarding Notary Biometric Proofing
DOL received a petition for rulemaking to change the notarization laws to include the addition of a secondary identity proofing option through biometrics. Biometric identity proofing is the process of using unique physical characteristics, such facial imaging, to prove identity. Using biometrics does not involve passing a test based on your credit history, rather, individuals may use a web or phone camera.
Washington REALTORS® Announces New CEO: Nathan Gorton
Following an extensive search, Washington REALTORS® is excited to announce Nathan Gorton as the new Chief Executive Officer. This announcement follows the retirement of Steve Francks who served the organization with distinction for 26 years.
Washington REALTORS® Statement on Reports of Sexual Harassment at the National Association of REALTORS®
Washington REALTORS® does not tolerate sexual harassment or misconduct in any form from its leadership, directors or staff.
REALTOR® Safety Month Resources
September is REALTOR® Safety Month, and Washington REALTORS® is teaming up with the National Association of REALTORS® to ensure our members are properly educated and utilizing the safety resources available to you through your membership.
Standing Together for Maui
Our hearts are heavy as we watch the devastating wildfires sweep across Maui, Hawai'i. Our thoughts are with our fellow REALTORS® Association of Maui, Inc. the Maui community and all affected by this catastrophe. Learn how you can contribute here.
Insights from the 2023 NAR® Residential Real Estate Forecast Summit
Read insights from the National Association of REALTORS® annual Residential Real Estate Forecast Summit, an event aimed at providing valuable insights into the current state and future projections of the residential housing market.
Uniting for Affordable Housing: Washington REALTORS® and Issues Mobilization Grants Making a Difference
Learn how an Issues Mobilization Grant contributed to Washington REALTORS® monumental wins this legislative session.
Demystifying Real Estate Deadlines
Annie Fitzsimmons, the Washington Realtors Legal Hotline Lawyer, clarifies that mutual acceptance is considered to occur on the day of the agreement, regardless of the time. Annie explains the significance of the 9 p.m. deadline for specific actions outlined in the purchase and sale agreement...
Summer 2023: A Season of Positive Changes in Washington's Real Estate Landscape
Exciting changes await Washington's real estate brokerage community this summer. Annie Fitzsimmons, the trusted Washington REALTORS® Legal Hotline Lawyer, shares valuable insights on the upcoming statewide form revisions and new laws set to benefit both real estate professionals and their clients.
CC&Rs VS. Middle Housing Bill
WR has received a lot of questions about how the new Middle Housing Law (HB 1110) effects density limitations in CC&Rs. #WRLegalHotline Lawyer Annie Fitzsimmons gives an overview on how current and future CC&Rs may be affected.
DOL Website Gets a New Look
The Department of Licensing is launching their new dol.wa.gov site on June 20th. You can expect the new home page to look different from the current one so take a few minutes to familiarize yourself after the launch.
Real Estate Commission Position Vacancy
The Governor’s Office is seeking applicants to serve a six (6)-year term as a member of the Washington Real Estate Commission. The current commission appointment will be an at-large post, position #3.
2023 Legislative Summary
The 2023 Washington State Legislature adjourned Sine Die on April 23. Washington REALTORS® entered the session with a lengthy to-do list, asking the Legislature to update and correct several real estate brokerage issues, and to make this session the year of housing policy. It is well known that Washington State ranks last in the number of housing units per family nationally, and the dream of homeownership is getting farther away from families in our state.
Tomorrow's Forecast: Back to Basics with a Focus on ACTION!
Savvy brokers don't sit still for very long. They know that inaction and worrying about one's business can easily become a self-fulfilling prophecy. But when a market that was already challenging due to the inventory crisis became even more-challenging due to rising interest rates, business for many became downright scarce...
2023 Social Media DOs & DON'Ts
As we move into 2023, it's clear that social media is not just a trend, but a crucial aspect of our daily lives. As real estate professionals in Washington, it's important to stay up to date on the latest social media trends and techniques to best serve our clients and stay competitive in the market.
April Showers Bring May Flowers?
We have heard that expression before—that April showers bring May flowers. It is the premise that when the soil is watered, the flowers, vegetation, and crops will grow. Our business and our lives are very similar. When we invest in that which matters to us, we often find grows, builds, and blooms in kind.
Artificial Intelligence Revolution
Artificial intelligence (AI) has revolutionized numerous industries in recent years, and the real estate sector is no exception. With the help of AI technology, real estate professionals can automate and streamline many processes, making their work more efficient and effective.
Industry Evolution: A Better Future for Consumers & Brokers
The theme of the Bill is transparency. The revisions to the Act suggested by the association will increase transparency for buyers with respect to the services and compensation of the buyer's broker; increase transparency for buyers and sellers who work with a dual agent regarding the limitations of a dual agent's advocacy; and improve understanding of brokerage relationships for consumers and brokers alike with a rewriting and simplification of the Agency Law pamphlet (the "Pamphlet")...