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December 2013


Happy Holidays from OAR

Thank you for all you do to make the dream of homeownership a reality.  May you have even more success in this endeavor throughout the New Year!  ~Amy Graham, 2014 OAR President


A Year in Review: 2013 Political Successes

With the New Year approaching, we wanted to take a minute to highlight some of our collective political successes this past year in Oregon. Together, we:


Oregon Capitol with Snow1. Defeated multiple attempts to limit the mortgage interest deduction;

2. Protected the tax benefits of Like-Kind (1031) exchanges;

3. Successfully enacted legislation (House Bill 2856-Enrolled) to preserve access to seller financing, especially when credit is tight;

4. Stopped mandatory energy audits and septic inspections at the point of sale;

5. Established competitive grant programs which help fund due diligence assessments for industrial lands.


For a complete update on what we are doing to protect buyers and sellers in Oregon visit: www.ProtectOregonHomes.com


Make a commitment to get involved in the coming year to build on our political successes.


Dealing with Discrepancies on Square Footage Reports

Q: I represented buyers on a home purchase that closed several months ago. There were several discrepancies on the reporting of the square footage. The MLS printout showed one number, and the Trio from the title company showed another square footage number. My clients were never made aware of this discrepancy during the loan process or transaction... Read More »

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REpurposed Apps

CE Audit: Are You Prepared?

Beginning in 2014, the Oregon Real Estate Agency will begin doing random audits of licensees’ CE history. To be prepared, make sure you have all the documentation for your education history you’ve submitted for the renewal. To see what courses you’ve taken for CE through OAR:


1. Go to:


2. Click "View Event History" in the left sidebar

3. Login with the following information:
Username: NRDS Number
Password: 1LastName

Tips & Tricks to Better Your Business

REpurposed Apps is a site that allows members to share apps they use and how they use them. Comments are allowed for each app so there is space for ideation and education between members. The purpose of the site is to allow members to share those apps that weren’t built for real estate, but are being used for members’ daily workflow. Again, these are not apps recommended by NAR, but by members. It’s content for you, by you. Check it out!

Log Home
PSU Center for Real Estate

Casting Call: Log Home Build Show

Are you or a client thinking of building a log home? A major cable network wants to follow your journey of creating your dream cabin! The producers of Treehouse Masters are conducting a nationwide search for this exciting new docu-series. Learn more »

PSU Center for Real Estate Quarterly

PSU's Center for Real Estate Quarterly publication is a snapshot of the commercial real estate and housing markets in the region. The most recent (Nov. 2013) issue has several feature articles about real estate and development in the Portland area as well as an analysis of the trends in the commercial and residential markets.


Keurig Coffeemakers on Sale with Office Depot

All members of OAR have access to group discount pricing through Office Depot.  You just need to sign-up for free! Then take advantage of this great offer to save $75 on a Keurig B140 Brewer or $150 off a Keurig B150 Brewer. And don’t forget toorder your K-cups and condiments, too! Coupon valid through 12/31/13.

Office Depot Keurig


 Jan. Webinar: Home Inspections – Preparing for the Unexpected

Join Chris Livingston from Pillar to Post as he explains the steps that can be taken to prepare a home for sale by having a prelisting home inspection that can identify defects and allow the seller to perform the necessary maintenance or repairs in their own time.

Date & Time:

Jan. 22   •   9:30 - 10:30 a.m.


Online Webinar


1 hour



Register Today »

Pillar to Post

Feb. Webinar #1:  Successfully Selling HUD Homes in Oregon 

Learn about the intricacies of selling HUD homes, including who can buy and sell, benefits of buying, NAID & broker registration, bidding and submitting offers, and how to advertise these properties. 

Date & Time:

Feb. 5   •   9:30 - 11:00 a.m.


Online Webinar

CE: 1 hour
Cost: $19/location

Register Today »


Feb. Webinar #2:  Legal Issues in Real Estate Conveyance

Join Rob Lowe, J.D., Legal Counsel for WFG National Title, as he talks about the legal requirements for the conveyance of real estate, including a detailed discussion of the different forms of deeds and the vesting options for multiple buyers. 

Date & Time:

Feb. 19   •   9:30 - 10:30 a.m.


Online Webinar

CE: 1 hour
Cost: $19/location

Register Today »


The CE Shop

Start the New Year Off Right!
Beginning Jan. 1, enroll in online continuing education through The CE Shop and SAVE 15% on your enrollment fees. Enter the promotional code Happy2014 at check-out to receive your discount. 
Simply visit: http://oregonrealtors.theceshop.com

to get started. (Promotion ends 01/31/14)

Dec 2013 CE Promo


Save the Date!

The 2014 OAR Convention has been scheduled for Sept. 9 – 12 at Sunriver. Block the time on your calendar now to be ready for one-stop-shop education, motivation, networking, and more! Details to come in the New Year.

2014 Fall Convention Save the Date


Amy Graham: Your 2014 OAR President

The 2014 leadership year began Nov. 11 and Amy Graham has now taken the reigns your new President. Amy is the youngest President of OAR since its inception in 1932. She was born and raised in Reedsport and now resides in Lincoln City where she works for Prudential Taylor and Taylor with her husband, Ben – also a REALTOR®. Read More »

Amy Graham


Regional Multiple Listing Service (RMLS)

RMLS has been a great supporter of and partner to the Oregon Association of REALTORS® throughout the years. A consistent presence with the HOME Foundation, they also most recently put on a great trade show at the 2013 Convention in Sunriver with a wide variety of vendors to inform you and benefit your business. They’ll be bringing that feature back again for the 2014 Convention, so make sure you plan to be there!



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