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February 2015


Colin Video Image - Feb 2015Greetings from Your President

Your volunteer leadership is doing a lot of work behind the scenes at OAR these days to help you in your business. I sincerely encourage each of you to join us at the biannual REALTOR® Rally at the Capitol on April 8th. Watch this short video to hear why I think it’s vitally important that we make a strong REALTOR® presence in Salem that day. 


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 REALTOR Rally at the Capitol

Bills, Bills, and More Bills

While there has been a lot of chaos around the Governor’s office in the past month, the everyday work of the legislature that began Feb. 2 is keeping us as busy as ever. In a normal session, around 3,000 bills are introduced. Last session your lobby team in Salem monitored nearly 30 bills. This year,
at three weeks into session, while just over 1,000 bills were introduced, we’ve already flagged 300 bills for potential impact on the industry. Click here to see a list of the bills we’re tracking and stay tuned for updates in the Quorum Call Friday semi-monthly emails.

REALTOR® Rally at the Capitol: April 8th

Over 500 REALTORS® from around the State will descend on the Capitol grounds in Salem on April 8, 2015 to stand-up for real estate industry issues. It’s a can’t miss event that will really fire you up about your profession and show your clients how you’re really looking out for their best interests. Join us for:

• Presentations on OAR’s legislative agenda

• Meet and mingle with your legislators at a   FREE barbecue lunch

• Lobby your legislators in small group   appointments

• FREE 1.5 hrs. of CE credit. 

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Q&A: Seller’s Property Disclosure in the Case of an Owner Unoccupied Residence

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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Want year-round access to a licensed real estate attorney for only $125 annually? CLICK HERE to find out more!

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2015 OREF Forms Changes

OREF Logo NEWIf 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?

RPR LogoAll 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.

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Webinar: Housing and Older Adults

WebinarNAR, 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

Marijuana LegalizationWhile 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

The Voice of Real Estate PicIn 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 Mag GrantsREALTOR® 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 27LEARN MORE & APPLY » 

Good Neighbor Nomination Process Opens

Good Neighbor Award2REALTOR® 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

Staged Living RoomNAR 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.


Try Realtor.com’s Ready-to-Use Electronic Newsletter

newslettterAre you looking for a new marketing vehicle? Realtor.com’s free, customizable e-newsletter tool, loaded with news articles and regional real estate statistics, can help you keep in touch with your prospects. LEARN MORE » 


.REALTOR domainHave you gotten your .REALTOR domain name yet? You can instantly communicate to clients your status as a REALTOR® in your website address, strengthen your connection with the REALTOR® brand and identify yourself as a trusted source for real estate information. FREE .REALTOR domains for the first year are provided to the first 500,000 who register. LEARN MORE & REGISTER »

Feb. Real Trends Newsletter

Staying Safe with StrangersAs 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 »


Webinars Galore!

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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Calendar Set for 2015

We’re ready to have you register for Rally, the REALTOR® Award Luncheon at Spring Governance, and the Driving it HOME Golf Tournament. Click the graphics below for more information and to sign up. More details to come on the events later in the year. For now, save the dates on your calendar.

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Mission Mill, Salem

Salem Convention Center

Langdon Farms, Aurora

April 8

April 16 - 17

Jul. 16

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Sept. 17

Sept. 29 - 30

Sept. 30 - Oct. 2

The Castaway, Portland

Sunriver Resort, Sunriver

Sunriver Resort, Sunriver


Flood Insurance Toolkit

It’s been unseasonably warm and dry this winter, but that doesn’t mean properties in designated flood zones can get away without having flood insurance. We have put together a toolkit of documents, links, videos, and resources designed to help you help your clients navigate the world of flood insurance. Topics covered include:

• FEMA Flood Insurance Update

• FEMA’s Rate Relief Program

• FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) Program

• Elevation Certificates

• FEMA Flood Map Appeal 


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Please join us in giving a great big REALTOR® thank you to Umpqua Bank who has recently committed to top level sponsorship for the OAR Convention and also stepped up to the plate for the Taste of Portland! Please honor their commitments to your Association by considering them for your business needs.

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