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December 2014


Season's Greetings!

President's Minute Video Image The calendar year is almost over but the REALTOR® leadership year has just gotten underway. Your OAR President has been hard at work around the state attending local installations and representing Oregon nationally at the NAR Convention, REALTOR® Party national meeting and statewide industry forum. Hear more about what he has to say in this personal video. WATCH VIDEO »


Looking Ahead to the 2015 Legislative Session

Capitol MallThe Oregon Legislature wrapped up its three-day Legislative Days this week in preparation for the 2015 session which officially begins February 2. There are reasons to be concerned and stay politically vigilant as approximately 60 tax-related legislative concepts were introduced. Learn more about what you can expect on this and other public policy issues including:

  • 2015 Legislative Session Preview 

  • 2015 REALTOR® Day at the Capitol 

  • Oregon State Foreclosure Avoidance Program 

  • Wood Burning Stoves 

  • Property Taxes Explained

  • Drones


Get Your $50 Oregon Tax Credit by 12/31 by Investing in RPAC

Tax Credit GraphicOregon residents can take a dollar-for-dollar match on their state taxes under the Oregon Political Tax Credit law ($50 per individual or $100 for joint filers). This is one of the few tax programs that let you direct where you want your income to go. Will you give to RPAC or will you let the government decide how to spend it? Please consider making a contribution before the end of the year. Go to www.oregonrpac.com to easily invest online by 12/31/14 and take advantage of this opportunity.


Q&A: Properly Executing a Commission Reduction

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Much Ado about Drones

DronesUse of drones in commercial applications is a hot topic these days. We know you probably get solicited regularly to incorporate this strategy into your marketing tool belt. Or perhaps you’re doing it yourself. The official OAR position and advice on this matter follows the NAR guidelines. READ MORE »

Why Winter is Wonderful...for Selling!

Sell in Winter Video ImageDo your clients think Winter is a bad time to list their home? We don’t think so! And neither does REALTOR® Magazine. Read more about the trend here. And then share this video (maybe AFTER next week!) to jump start some leads for 2015.

2014 NAR Profile of Homebuyers & Sellers

Buyer and SellerFrom us to you, please enjoy this compendium of industry information for your holiday reading pleasure. Click here for a handy summary infographic. Or you can download the full report. Warning: it's large and will take a few minutes to download. READ MORE »



NAR Director Reports from National Convention

NAR Convention ImageYour NAR Directors have returned from the NAR Convention & Trade Show in New Orleans last month. In exchange, they report back on key takeaways that impact Oregon REALTORS®READ MORE » 

HOME Foundation Grants Awarded

HOME Foundation LogoYour State Association charity, the HOME Foundation, just awarded $144,000 to 27 community nonprofit organizations dedicated to affordable housing throughout Oregon. This brings the total grants awarded to over $750,000 since the program’s inception in 2004. Want to know which groups will be bringing holiday cheer to some deserving families in 2015? READ MORE » 

The Value of Your State & National Dues

Thumbs UpIt’s the most wonderful time of the year! Wait…what? Yes, we’re still talking about dues. It’s wonderful because each year you get to elect to be part of the largest trade association in the world. As your State Association, we put your valuable dues dollars to work every day to: READ MORE »

Oregon Leadership Academy – Applications Due 12/31!

Oregon Leadership AcademyIf you’re planning on applying to the 2015 Oregon Leadership Academy, don’t delay. Applications are due 12/31. This program, formerly known as Leadership Institute Northwest, develops future local, state, and national volunteer leaders in the REALTOR® organization. Learn more about the program, including dates and costs, and then apply if you’re interested. READ MORE »

REAL Trends Newsletter

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 year-end recaps and a look toward 2015 with focuses on change, trends and the market report. READ NEWSLETTER » 


Plan Your Early 2015 Education Calendar

Need CE or just to sharpen your skills? We’ve got a host of opportunities for you in Q1. Or, if you’re snowed in or ate, drank and got too merry over the holidays to leave the comfort of your home, check out the monthly CE Shop online discount for education at your fingertips when you need it. LEARN MORE »

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Big Events Are In The Works

Stay tuned for more information coming soon!

REALTOR Day at the Capitol Spring Governance Fall Governance Convention

Mission Mill, Salem

Salem Convention Center

Sunriver Resort

Sunriver Resort

April 8

April 16 - 17

Sept. 29 - 30

Sept. 30 - Oct. 2


Insurance Open Enrollment through Dec. 31

As you’re weighing your options for health insurance in 2015, consider the benefits 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.
*To clarify, WDG is the only dental benefit available in 2015. Ameritas will no longer be an option.  

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Thank you 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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Contributions are not deductible for federal income tax purposes. Contributions to RPAC are voluntary and are used for political purposes. The amounts indicated are merely guidelines and you may contribute more or less than the suggested amounts. The National Association of REALTORS® and its state and local associations will not favor or disadvantage any member because of the amount contributed or decision not to contribute. You may refuse to contribute without reprisal. 70% of each contribution is used by your state PAC to support state and local political candidates; 30% is sent to National RPAC to support federal candidates and is charged against your limits under 2 U.S.C. 441a. ORS 316.102 provides for a credit against state taxes of up to $50 per individual or $100 per joint return for contributions to political committees.

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