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February e-News


Realtor Rally


Oregon REALTORS® to Gather at Capitol

REALTOR® Rally at the Capitol is quickly approaching! On April 4th, 2013, hundreds of REALTORS® will be converging upon the State Capitol to show support for the real estate industry and have an opportunity to engage with legislators. Please mark your calendars and keep an eye out for event updates and key information. It’s important to continually remind the elected leaders of our state just how passionate REALTORS® are about preserving and protecting the American Dream. Register now!



2013 Legislative Session Underway

On Monday, February 4th, the 77th Oregon Legislative Assembly reconvened the 2013 Legislative Session. To date, in addition to the 1,200 plus legislative proposals that were made public for the first time during the organizational days in January, there have been an additional 150 bills introduced since February 4th. Of the 1,350 bills introduced thus far, the Oregon Association of REALTORS® has identified roughly 190 bills that affect the real estate industry. Read more ›

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Federal Housing Administration Changes

In response to an independent audit late last year that showed the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) has an economic value of negative $13.48 billion, HUD announced that a series of rule changes were released this week which included an increase in the cost of an FHA loan. Most of the changes have an effective date of April 1, 2013. Read more ›




Seller Signature Implications in Short Sales

Q: I've seen some differing practices from listing brokers involving short sales. Some brokers have the sellers sign/accept all offers before forwarding to the bank for approval, while other brokers do not have the seller sign. If the listing broker does not have the seller sign the offer prior to submitting to the bank, what does the buyer actually have? How do we know the buyer's offer was actually presented to the seller?


A: Presentation is the least of your worries. Read more ›

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Social Media Webinar Summit is Feb. 20

REALTOR® University is hosting a Social Media Webinar Summit, Wednesday, Feb. 20, with 5 one-hour webinars running between 8 a.m. – 12 p.m., Pacific Time. Presenters include Nobu Hata, NAR director of digital engagement, and Rebekah Radice, manager of industry engagement for Better Homes and Gardens. The cost for all five sessions is only $19.95 (a $125 value!). And use discount code "RUWSN14" to save an additional $5.


NAR Launches Privacy Education Page

NAR has created a one-stop resource to help you learn about protecting the privacy and security of your clients’ information. You’ll find step-by-step guides on identifying, securing, and disposing of sensitive data and will have access to NAR's Privacy and Data Security Toolkit, which contains model privacy, data security and data retention policies. Additional resources will be added throughout the year.




We are the REALTOR® Party:

An energized movement of real estate professionals fighting to keep the dream of home ownership alive for this country.


Now more than ever, it is critical for all REALTORS® to come together and speak with one voice about the stability a sound and dynamic real estate market brings to our communities. From city hall to the state house to the U.S. Capitol, our elected officials are making decisions that have a huge impact on the bottom line of REALTORS® and their customers. Through the support of REALTORS® like you, the REALTOR® Party represents your interests.


You can be a part of the REALTOR® Party, in several ways.

  • VOTE for REALTOR® Party Candidates.
  • ACT on REALTOR® Party issues.

Share this message with your colleagues and light the RPAC investment fire in them as well. You might just win yourself a trip in the process!

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Webinars, Dos & Don’ts, and an Agency Board meeting…oh my!


There are 17 hours of CE available between now and Apr. 1. Don’t be a fool, show yourself some love, and you might just improve your luck!


Check out upcoming classes available to you ›

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Happy Valentine's Day!

We're showing some love this month by offering 15% off all online courses through The CE Shop. Get a full CE package or one specific course…and have up to a year to complete them all! Enter FEB15 at check-out to receive your discount!


Enroll today:

(Promotion expires 2/28/13)

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Take advantage of these upcoming opportunities… and more!

  • Join the conversation with industry leaders to REThink the Future of Real Estate. Space is limited: sign up now!
  • Drop in on one of the national speakers presenting at the Region 12 Conference. Sessions on Thurs., Feb. 28, are open to anyone who wants to learn…but you must register to attend!
  • Save-the-date for Spring Governance meetings: Apr. 18 – 19 in Salem. 

Check out upcoming events coming to you ›

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Local Board/Association Calendar ›


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