2015 OREF Forms Changes
If you missed the Jan. 28 OAR webinar on updates to the 2015 OREF forms, you’re not completely out of luck. While the CE credit was only available during the live portion of the course, you can still watch/listen to the recorded webinar on the OAR webinars archive. All OAR webinars are posted on our YouTube channel within a week after the event so you can access the information at any time. Or, check out the written summary of changes provided by Phil Querin, J.D. on OREF's website.
Do You Have the RPR Advantage?
All REALTOR® owned MLSs in Oregon have joined with REALTORS Property Resource® (RPR) to provide information on listings, sales, valuations, assessments, deeds, foreclosures, schools, and market trends. If you’ve not checked it out yet, watch these short videos to get a quick overview. And if you download the mobile app, you can get all these great resources including creating, viewing, saving and sending RPR’s full library of report options, and adding photo, audio, and text notes to properties on the fly when you’re in the field with clients.
Webinar: Housing and Older Adults
NAR, in partnership with the National Housing Conference, will present a webinar on Tues., Feb. 24, about the implications for housing of the growing number of people over 50. Experts in the area of housing and older adults will present on housing needs of the growing older adult population, livable communities policies that address the safety and quality of neighborhoods, and programs that combine housing and services to enable aging in place. REGISTER NOW »
Marijuana and Taxes
While these two articles are from the Portland market, their topics apply to REALTORS® across the state.
• Oregon marijuana growers vie for real estate as they prepare for recreational market (Noelle Crombie, The Oregonian)
• Inside one Senator’s plan to fix Oregon’s tax system (Matthew Kish, Portland Business Journal)
Cheaper Mortgages: The Voice for Real Estate
In case you missed it: FHA has cut its annual insurance premium by 50 basis points, and Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are allowing loans for as little as 3 percent down. Both changes were sought by NAR. Learn more in NAR's latest news video, The Voice of Real Estate. The video also looks at the status of drone rules and how 2014 home sales fared.
$1,000 Grants to Help Start-up Charities
REALTOR® Magazine and the Good Neighbor Society are also seeking nominees for Volunteering Works, a grant and mentoring program for REALTORS® who volunteer in their communities. Nominees should be REALTORS® who lead a fledgling charitable effort and would value working with a mentor. Five people will be selected to receive $1,000 seed grants and a year of one-on-one mentoring from a past winner of the Good Neighbor Awards. Entry deadline is February 27. LEARN MORE & APPLY »
Good Neighbor Nomination Process Opens
REALTOR® Magazine is now accepting nominations for the 2015 Good Neighbor Awards which honor NAR members who dedicate themselves to volunteer service. Five winners will be announced in the November/December 2015 issue of REALTOR® Magazine. Each winner will be recognized at the 2015 REALTORS® Conference & Expo in San Diego and will receive a $10,000 grant for his or her charity. Entries deadline is May 15.
Report: Staging Can Help Sell Homes for More
NAR Research released a report called the 2015 Profile of Home Staging that shares what buyers, sellers, and practitioners say works in home staging and ultimately delivers ROI. In conjunction, they’ve created this handy infographic to display the key takeaways in a visual form which is perfect to share with your clients.
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Feb. Real Trends Newsletter
As one of your member benefits, OAR subscribes to REAL Trends and passes this valuable information on to you. This month’s newsletter gives great tips on setting up your team for success, the impact of oil price fluctuations on housing, agent productivity, and the importance of property management. READ MORE »