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January 2015


Colin MullaneHappy New Year, Oregon REALTORS®!

January is already almost behind us and it’s been a very busy month. Since our last e-News, I have traveled to several installation events for local associations around the state along with attending the annual OAR Business Issues Industry Forum. I’ve written a letter here describing the “State of Our State” and what you can do to help us help you. READ MORE »


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 REALTOR Rally at the Capitol

2015/16 Legislative Priorities

The Government Affairs Key Committee met shortly after the November election to evaluate OAR’s current legislative opportunities given the new make-up of the State Assembly. Working within the 2015/16 Legislative Policies, as adopted by the Board of Directors during the September 2014 meeting, the opportunities identified for the 2015 session include:

• Securing funding to automatically track licensees’ CE

• Mirror federal laws regarding seller financing

• Provide financing options to updated uncertified wood stoves
• Eliminate the use of “private transfer fees” 



Picture Above: House Majority Leader, Val Hoyle, meets with the Government Affairs Key Committee on Jan. 21. 

REALTOR® Rally at the Capitol: April 8th

Join hundreds of your colleagues from around the State on the Capitol grounds in Salem to stand-up for real estate industry issues for yourself AND your clients. Hear presentations on OAR’s legislative agenda and then meet and mingle with your legislators during a BBQ lunch and small group appointments. 


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Q&A: A Contract Isn’t Terminated Just Because You Think It Is

CLICK HERE to read this month's Q&A case study. Members can also review previous Legal Q&A topics by logging into our website.

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FHA/VA Condo Approval

CondoThere are many FHA and VA buyers who are qualified to purchase a condominium, but does your condominium project qualify for them? Check out this new resource on the OAR website that walks you through the details. READ MORE »

50 Ways NAR is Indispensable to Your Business

NAR logoYou probably just cut your dues check. And since it’s a new year, it’s a good time to think about all the ways membership in the National Association of REALTORS® helps your bottom line.

2015 Business Planning Tips

REALTORS Federal Credit UnionGet step-by-step tips to help develop your business planning strategy for 2015. Leverage free financial services from REALTORS® Federal Credit Union, a division of Northwest Federal Credit Union.


President Proposes Stronger Data Privacy Laws

Locked computerPresident Obama, in a speech to the Federal Trade Commission earlier this month, introduced proposals to improve the handling of consumers’ personal data. Obama discussed his proposals further in the State of the Union address on Jan. 20. NAR supports a single federal standard for data breach notification and wants to ensure any legislation enacted is narrowly tailored to protect small businesses from unnecessary compliance burdens.


FAA Grants Ariz. Real Estate Agent Drone Permit

DronesThe Federal Aviation Administration granted a Tucson, Ariz., real estate practitioner an exemption from its commercial unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), or drone, rules, which will allow the agent to operate a drone as part of his business. NAR supports the safe and responsible use of drones in real estate and is working with the FAA as it completes rules governing their use. Until the rules come out, operating a drone for commercial purposes without an FAA exemption remains illegal. MORE FROM NAR ON DRONES »

12 Safety Tips: Video Demonstration

Staying Safe with StrangersMake safety part of your 2015 plan. Watch this short video that demonstrates 12 tips for staying safe when meeting unknown customers with additional links to more safety resources. 


Something for everyone!

See what’s coming up from OAR Education.  Check out our web calendar which also includes links to other Association-offered or related classes that we’re aware of.  And don’t forget about our partnership with The CE Shop where you can get a monthly online CE discount for education at your fingertips.

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Don't miss this valuable experience in Portland next Wednesday, 1/28!

Pull ahead of the competition and accelerate your success with Wells Fargo Home Mortgage's FREE Center Stage workshop. The workshop topic is "Generate 30 Clients in 90 Days." To read the flyer and learn how to register, CLICK HERE »  


Big Events Are In The Works

Stay tuned for more information coming soon or go to our web calendar to register!

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Mission Mill, Salem

Salem Convention Center

Langdon Farms, Aurora

April 8

April 16 - 17

Jul. 16

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Fall Governance Convention

Sept. 17

Sept. 29 - 30

Sept. 30 - Oct. 2

The Castaway, Portland

Sunriver Resort, Sunriver

Sunriver Resort, Sunriver


Risk Management Toolkit

Available ONLY to members of the Oregon Association of REALTORS® and easily accessible from the home page of the OAR website, this toolkit is a comprehensive reference guide for all the practical and technical questions you may have about the business of real estate. Topics covered include:

• Advertising regulation, fair housing law, making legal cold calls

• Agency relationships, dealing with FSBOs, commission issues

• Forms, multiple offers, contract performance, short sales

• Initially identifying, analyzing, and mitigating risk

Risk Management Toolkit

Applicable rules and regulations are set out at the beginning of each subject with explanations of and links to the actual statue or rule. Each subject is then discussed in depth with embedded links to other applicable sections, related websites, and other helpful information on that subject. Take advantage of this invaluable resource to stay out of trouble! LEARN MORE »  


One of our members from the Springfield Board of REALTORS® is a finalist (1 of 3) in "The Ultimate Treehouse Giveaway" from Treehouse Masters TV show on Animal Planet. Laura Olds and her family need lots of votes so they can bring this TV show to Oregon and win this seriously fantastic tree house. Take a look at their video entry vote by Jan. 25!

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Please join us in giving a great big REALTOR® thank you to Directors Mortgage who just committed $10,000 in sponsorship to the Taste of Portland! Please honor their commitment to your Association by considering them for your business needs.

Directors Mortgage

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