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SPOTLIGHT

REALTOR® Rally a Rousing Success! 

Over 500 REALTORS®  gathered together on April 4, 2013, in Salem to rally to protect private property rights and the dream of home ownership.  It was a show of force that didn’t go unnoticed in the Capitol building.  See for yourself! ›


QUORUM CALL

REALTOR® Seller Financing Bill Moves Unanimously Through the House

On Monday, April 8, 2013, the House of Representatives unanimously passed House Bill 2856-A (of the members that were present).  This bill was introduced on behalf of the Oregon Association of REALTORS® and provides a useful tool for potential homeowners to achieve the dream of homeownership when credit is tight.  The advancing of this important legislation will provide yet another positive step forward in the revival of the housing market.

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Deadlines Hit

Two important deadlines have come and gone in the 77th Oregon Legislature.  As of April 8th, 2013, any piece of legislation that had not been scheduled for a work session by the legislative committees is deemed dead.  Additionally, any legislation that was not given a work session with subsequent movement was deemed dead.  These deadlines hold true unless the legislation is currently in a Revenue, Ways & Means, or Rules Committee. What this means for REALTORS® ›

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LEGAL HOTLINE

Client Service and Identifying Sex Offenders

Q: I thought I heard that if we knew about a sex offender in the area, although we are not required by law to inform our buyers, we should since we are representing them and their needs.  Brokers are being told not to provide any information on sex offenders even if we know it, but to always refer our clients to a website that identifies sex offenders in the area.  Although we would refer our clients to that website, we all find it troublesome not to share information we know that may affect our clients.  What should we do in this situation? 
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NEWS YOU CAN USE

April is Fair Housing Month

And this year is the 45th anniversary of the passage of the 1968 Fair Housing Act.  This landmark legislation prohibits discrimination in the sale, rental and financing of housing based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, family status or disability.

Fair Housing2013 also marks the centennial of the REALTORS® Code of Ethics and the comprehensive protections it provides to consumers.  This includes Article 10, which reads, in part:  “REALTORS® shall not deny equal professional services to any person for reasons or race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, national origin, or sexual orientation."  

Every April, people across the country are encouraged to learn more about their rights and responsibilities under the Act as a part of National Fair Housing Month. 

REALTORS® who adapt to increasing cultural diversity in the market and can meet the needs of diverse clients gain a competitive edge and expand opportunities.


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OAR Office on the Move...

…one whole floor! In order to make room for a new tenant on the third floor of Oregon REALTORS® Plaza, OAR will be moving to a smaller space on the second floor. With the building now almost at capacity and saving the Association nearly $100,000 in rent, this is a smart move all around. Please be patient as we get settled in until we are able to service your needs from our new home. And if you’re in Salem, stop by and say hello!

Good Neighbor Awards: Call for Entries

Time is running out to apply for this prestigious award. Applications are due May 20 so get your nominations in for REALTORS® Magazine's Good Neighbor Awards now!

Member Benefits

OAR supports you and your business! Sign up for the Office Depot program and start realizing savings on your office supplies today!


EDUCATION

1031 Exchanges Webinar Oregon Real Estate Agency Seal

1031 Exchanges Webinar

Learn what YOU, the broker, needs to know. Not what your client or even your client's accountant/attorney needs to know. What YOU need to know. 

Date:  May 22, 2013
Time:  9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Cost:   $19 (per location)
Register Online 
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Real Estate Agency Board
Meeting - Pendleton

Get an in-depth look at how the Oregon Real Estate Agency works and earn 3 CE hours in the process! Plus... it includes lunch!

Date:  June 3, 2013
Time:  10:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Cost:   $15 (includes lunch!)
Register Online
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Dos & Don'ts for Today's Real Estate Licensees - Pendleton

Division Managers at the Oregon Real Estate Agency will keep you out of trouble! They will discuss complaints and investigations. Stay in compliance with Oregon's laws and rules. 

Date:  June 3, 2013
Time:  1:30 - 4:30 pm
Cost:   $25 ($20 earlybird until 5/20)
Register Online
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Savings with the CE Shop!

In celebration of April being fair housing month, we’re offering 20% off all online education.  Just enter APR20 at check-out to receive your discount!

 

Enroll today:  http://oregonrealtors.theceshop.com/

(Promotion expires 4/30/13)


EVENTS

Spend your time with OAR

The weather is getting warmer, so it’s time to start thinking about golf and summer fun!  Register your foursome now for the HOME Foundation’s tournament on Jul. 18 and mark your calendars for the 6th annual Taste of Portland at the Oregon Golf Club.  Maybe you could even get in a round before the eating and drinking begins! 

 

Registration is coming soon for the OAR Convention.  Only $99 gets you 15+ hours of CE and professional development, access to a terrific trade show and lots of fun and networking opportunities.  And, what do you know?  There’s golf which you can register for now!

Check out upcoming events coming to you ›

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MEMBER SPOTLIGHT

Congratulations to 3 stand-out REALTORS® this month!

  • Byron Hendricks (Prudential – Salem) and Jim Wilcox (Columbia River Properties – The Dalles) were both honored with the Distinguished Service Award at the Spring Governance meetings last week.  A good time was had by all in celebrating these deserving recipients who are so dedicated to the REALTOR® organization.

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FEATURED SPONSOR

Way to go, Clarity!

Homes by Clarity stepped up as a Premier Sponsor, the highest level, for the 6th Annual Taste of Portland. Thank you for your support of this wonderful event and the HOME Foundation. We appreciate you!

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS

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