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November 2014

SPOTLIGHT

Colin MullaneIntroducing 2015 OAR President Colin Mullane

The 2015 leadership year kicked-off on Nov. 11, 2014 and your new President is now in place. Hailing from Ashland and the Rogue Valley Association of REALTORS®, Colin Mullane is ready to roll up his sleeves and get to work for you. Read his first President’s Letter about his plans for the coming year. READ MORE »


PUBLIC POLICY

Call for Action: Mortgage Forgiveness Tax Relief Act

NAR needs your help to pass “The Mortgage Forgiveness Tax Relief Act”. This bill would extend an expired provision that has helped millions of distressed American families by allowing tax relief for homeowners when lenders forgive some portion of the mortgage debt they owe. The provision expired 12/31/13 and it is imperative to get it extended before impacted homeowners have to file their 2014 income tax. Please contact your Member of Congress and United States Senators and urge an immediate vote. It’s easy – click this button and send a pre-written letter with the option of adding your personal comments.

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Impact of the Mid-Term Election

Call for Action ButtonThe votes are in and our voice has been heard. Overall, it was a very positive outcome for the REALTOR® Party. Check the specific outcomes in the House and Senate and learn what it means for the upcoming legislative session. READ MORE »

New Government Affairs Director

Shawn CleaveWe are pleased to officially announce that Shawn Cleave has been hired as the new OAR Government Affairs Director. Hitting the ground running straight off a red-eye flight to New Orleans after the election, he’s busy getting ready for the 2015 session. Learn more about Shawn and his plans to benefit REALTORS® politically. READ MORE »


LEGAL HOTLINE

Q&A: Rights to Earnest Money in Contract Default Situations

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NEWS YOU CAN USE

Board OKs Drafting of NAR Code of Excellence

Code of Excellence2The NAR Board of Directors concluded its 2014 meeting in New Orleans last week, directing the association to draft what is being called an aspirational Code of Excellence for all members that the Board can consider for approval at a future meeting. The goal is to raise the practice of real estate measurably through increased training in the competencies that consumers value. These include the stewardship of property listing data, managing the privacy and security of consumer information, advocating for property rights, being involved in one’s community, and striving for proficiency in technology. READ MORE >>


5 Minute Lead Response Time

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.REALTOR Domain Update

.REALTOR domainThere are still free (for the first year) .REALTOR domains available. If you haven’t looked into adding this to your suite of marketing tools, consider the benefits. READ MORE >>

 

Banking Days & Holidays

calendarWith the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays fast approaching, here’s a quick cheat sheet to help you follow the administrative rules regarding which days are and are not considered banking days year round. READ MORE >> 


HOME Foundation Grant Applications Due Dec. 1

HOME Foundation LogoWe have raised over $135,000 in 2014 for organizations that provide access to affordable housing for Oregonians. It’s now time to give it away. Learn more about the application process on our website and/or contact your local association executive to recommend a worth organization in your community.


Think You Could be One of the 30 Under 30?

30 Under 30It was announced in last month’s newsletter that the Leadership Institute Northwest is coming back in 2015 as the Oregon Leadership Academy. This is a program to develop future volunteer leaders of the REALTOR® organization at the local, state and national levels. Learn more about the program, including dates and costs, and then contact your local association executive for an application. READ MORE >>


Applications Available for Oregon Leadership Academy

Oregon Leadership AcademyIt was announced in last month’s newsletter that the Leadership Institute Northwest is coming back in 2015 as the Oregon Leadership Academy. This is a program to develop future volunteer leaders of the REALTOR® organization at the local, state and national levels. Learn more about the program, including dates and costs, and then contact your local association executive for an application! READ MORE >>


New 2015 Leadership

2015 Exec CommBesides President Colin Mullane, your 2015 Executive Committee overall has a few new faces. Click here ato see a roster of which volunteer members are guiding the work of the Association on the Executive Committee throughout the coming year. Other 2015 committee rosters will be available on the OAR website in early Dec. once all the formal acceptance letters have been returned. 


UPCOMING EDUCATION

Holiday Hiatus for Professional Development

After the business planning webinar yesterday, we’re taking a slight break from education offerings through the holidays. We know you’re busy, so we’ll pick it up again in the New Year.

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In the meantime, if you need CE, check out get the monthly CE Shop online discount for either November or December. There is also an opportunity to get the “Conducting Open Houses and Developing a Safety Plan” course for free with any purchase using the promo code SafetyFree at checkout. LEARN MORE »


FEATURED BENEFIT

Insurance Open Enrollment through Dec. 31

As you’re weighing your options for health insurance in 2015, consider the benefit provided to you by the Johnson Benefits Group as part of your OAR membership. Learn more about your all your options for medical, dental and more here. Specifically, the Willamette Dental Group plan is a great way to keep your smile tuned up and make that great first impression. Check out the new, reduced rates here . If you're ready to apply click here.

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FEATURED SPONSORS

THANK YOU!

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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