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October 2014


Call for Action ButtonREALTOR® Party Endorses Candidates for Oregon Races

The Oregon REALTOR® Political Action Committee (RPAC) Trustees have been busy traveling the state to interview candidates for public office that best represent the REALTOR® Party and our industry. The Trustees come from local associations representing every part of the state, and spend extensive time analyzing political races. With the November 4th general election rapidly approaching, please make sure your voice is heard and your industry is protected by VOTING in the election.


After meeting with local REALTORS® and conducting in-depth interviews, the RPAC Trustees have elected to support the following candidates for Oregon races. READ MORE »


Q&A: Legal Implications of an “As Is” Clause

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REAL Trends

REAL Trends LogoAs one of your member benefits, OAR subscribes to Real Trends and passes this valuable information on to you. This month’s newsletter includes a great article on change by Larry Kendall, author of Ninja Selling, and another perspective on how to thrive against the big portals. READ NEWSLETTER >>

Leadership Institute Northwest is BACK!

Leadership.gifAfter a three year hiatus, this popular leadership development program is coming back in 2015 under a new name: Oregon Leadership Academy. There will be space for 10 – 20 members who want to invest in their future as volunteer leaders of the REALTOR® organization at the local, state or national levels. Planning is still in the works, but we can announce the dates at this time: Mar. 18-20, Jun. 3-5, Aug. 5-7. 

Tech Edge Takeaways

apple_ipad_2.jpgIf you weren’t one of the nearly 100 Portland area REALTORS® who was able to take part in the NAR Tech Edge event on Oct. 9, here are a few quick takeaways on cool apps and more that you can glean from the comfort of your home or office even now. They are: Refresh, Camera+, Sitegeist, Eyefi, and REPurposed Apps! READ MORE >>


Safety is Priority #1

GuardlyWith the death last month of Arkansas REALTOR® Beverly Carter who was killed while showing property, safety understandably has been at the forefront of many brokers’
minds. NAR offers a comprehensive online safety resource that includes materials for office presentations and numerous tips, articles and other information.  Check it out and please stay safe out there!


You can also get the Guardly mobile safety app for only $17.99/year – an exclusive discount for Oregon REALTORS®. This safety app delivers personal safety and security to individuals by transforming their mobile devices into smart personal emergency phones. Simply launching the safety app will transmit real-time GPS location and indoor location within buildings (for select enterprise customers), and provide two-way communication with private security, 911 authorities and safety groups. Learn more HERE >> 

.REALTOR Domain Update

.REALTOR domainIf you signed up for a .REALTOR domain in the priority registration period (Nov. 2013-Jan 2014), come Mon., Oct. 20, at 11am EDT, you will have the ability to claim it 72 hours before the general membership can. Learn more about how to put this new marketing tool to work for your business right away. READ MORE >>

OAR Sponsors Senatorial & Gubernatorial Debates in Medford

Oregon CapitolIn an effort to support an informed electorate through civil discourse about the issues affecting our state, OAR seized the unique opportunity to sponsor two political debates through KOBI-TV in Medford. The Senatorial debate took place on October 14th between Sen. Jeff Merkley and Dr. Monica Wehby while the Gubernatorial debate between Gov. John Kitzhaber, MD and Dennis Richardson airs Monday, 10/20 at 7pm in both Medford (KOBI) & Eugene (KEVU). Once again, REALTOR® visibility in political matters shows the might of our lobby and helps reinforce our consumer outreach efforts in the protection of private property rights.

RPAC Raffle Winner Announced

Beats By DreCongratulations to Linda Hartness (Century 21 Nugget Realty, Cottage Grove), who just won a pair of Beats by Dre studio headphones and a $50 iTunes gift card in this Fall's RPAC Raffle. More importantly, thank you to everyone who recruited new RPAC investors or contributed to RPAC yourself during the raffle period. With the election coming up, it’s more apparent than ever how important it is to have a loud voice in the political fray. Your contributions help in that effort and are greatly appreciated!


Google Glass narrowAlso, the winner of the Google Glass from the Fall Convention Major Investor VIP Lounge was Eva Sanders (Meadows Group Inc., Portland).

New OAR Staff Dedicated to Local Board Services

John Gronewold HeadshotWe are pleased to announce a new staff position at OAR to help service local association/board needs during this first year of compliance with the new NAR Organizational Core Standards and beyond. This new position of Board Services Manager has been filled by John Gronewold! READ MORE >>


Abundant October Professional Development Opportunities!

Need CE? Check out all the education we have coming up and get the monthly CE Shop online discount.

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Thanks to the continued generosity of these fantastic sponsors who step up to support REALTOR® events and causes year after year. We couldn’t do what we do without you! Please honor their commitments to your Association by considering them for your business needs!

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