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July 2015

PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE: REALTOR® SAFETY

Colin Mullane

This month I want to touch on a very serious topic: REALTOR® safety. Every day thousands of Oregon REALTORS® show property to clients. You're showing rural property, town homes, condos, luxurious mansions, starter homes, and everything in between. Do you have a policy on how you show property? What criteria must be met before you meet a new client at a property? Do you travel with your clients in your car or theirs? Do you have a number you can text or call if you feel threatened? Do you consider the time in the day you will or will not show property? READ MORE »



PUBLIC POLICY

2015 Session Grinds to a Halt – Sine Die

On Monday, July 6, the 2015 Legislative Session came to a close, a week and a half longer than was projected but five days sooner than is required by Oregon’s constitution. For the Oregon Association of REALTORS® the session was successful. We achieved our goals of aligning Oregon’s laws with federal seller financing rules, protected homeowners from hidden fees in their transactions, and successfully defended against multiple proposals to reduce Oregon’s home mortgage interest deduction. READ MORE » 

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CALL FOR ACTION

Stop Patent Trolls

If only these kind of trolls were this cute! Instead, there really are predatory people out there who are not trying to protect but rather monetize patents and come after hard working professionals like REALTORS® who are just trying to conduct normal business involving technology. When these trolls hold “patents” on the tech and sue someone over it, it’s often cheaper to just settle than fight it in court. And that’s how they make their money and it’s not just pocket change either. These settlements can run in the high five to low six figures! And E&O insurance doesn’t cover it.

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Take Action Now

So, what can you do about it? With just a couple clicks, you can send a letter to your member of Congress in support of legislation that would help curb abuses by patent trolls. Many in real estate have been hit with patent demand letters for using everyday technology, and House lawmakers have crafted H.R. 9 to help curb the practice. Let’s stand together to stop this predatory business practice!


LEGAL HOTLINE

Q&A: How Much Power Does a Power of Attorney Have?

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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NEWS YOU CAN USE

Safety Doesn’t Have to be Sad

Beverly Carter

One of the only times many of us have been moved to tears this year was when Beverly Carter’s son, Carl, addressed the thousands of REALTORS® present at the NAR 360 session during the Legislative Meetings in DC this past May. The strength it took to pass along the lessons learned by his whole family after Beverly’s tragic death is simply inspiring. Watch this touching video for an important reminder about just how imperative it is to be prepared to make sure you can keep doing this job you love tomorrow.

 

Access Webinar on Drone Rules

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NAR and Hogan Lovells Unmanned Aircraft Systems Group hosted a webinar last week explaining the hurdles to using unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, in real estate including getting a Section 333 waiver from the Federal Aviation Administration. If you missed it check out this recording for your information and feel free to share.

 

 

Free .REALTOR Domain for 5 Years

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Did you go to all the trouble to reserve a .REALTOR domain and then not yet claim it? Well, don’t delay to claim your first .REALTOR domain at no cost for one year. Because if you claim it by Jul. 31, you’ll be entered into a drawing to win it for an additional five years. You can’t beat that!

 

 

Want to Get Involved at OAR?

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Are you politically minded? Do you get excited about tracking legislation that could have a big impact on the industry? Perhaps education is your bag. Or you’re tapped into the regulatory side of things and how that impacts daily practice. If so, WE NEED YOU! Now is your chance to get involved on a committee at the state level which could lead to an elected position.

 

Learn more about what committees are available, what they’re all about, and the time commitments involved. Then submit your application by Aug. 14 to be considered for nomination. As a volunteer-led organization, this is your chance to help shape the direction of the Association. We look forward to seeing new names on the interest list!

 

OAR Convention: Early Bird Deadline Aug. 14

2015 Fall Convention

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Don’t forget to register for Convention before Aug. 14 so you can SAVE $24 off the standard ticket price. It’s a great value for the equivalent of two full days of education (including up to 8.5 hours of CE) covering legal and business issues, risk management, and inspirational topics. Click here for the full schedule and stay tuned for more developments. Also, check out this highlights video featuring our three keynote speakers to find out just how inspirational and informative this event will be. Don’t miss it! REGISTER NOW » 

 

It's RPAC Time!

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If you’ve been on the fence about investing in RPAC, we’ve decided to sweeten the deal. Invest in RPAC anytime between Nov. 1 – 2014 – Nov. 30, 2015, and be entered into a drawing to WIN ONE OF TWO DIFFERENT APPLE WATCHES. (Any investments already made are retroactively included.) RPAC enables REALTORS® to support candidates that support the issues that are important to your profession and livelihood. Invest in YOUR business by protecting your industry and potentially score a cool, new tech toy in the process! READ MORE » 

 

July Real Trends Newsletter

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As one of your member benefits, OAR subscribes to REAL Trends apasses this valuable information on to you. This month’s newsletter includes features a perspective on the entry of the latest tech player, Xome, in the market, a firsthand account of a millennial’s home buying experience, and the latest market data and analysis which points to a continued steady upward trend. READ MORE »


UPCOMING EDUCATION

Use the OAR Calendar for Class Selection

Check out our web calendar that includes OAR education and 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 when you need it.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Don't Miss Out!

Don’t miss out on $24 in savings with the early bird price for Convention! Click the graphics below for more information and to sign up.

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The Castaway, Portland

Sunriver Resort, Sunriver

San Diego, CA

Sept. 17

Sept. 29 - Oct. 2

Nov. 13 - 16


FEATURED BENEFIT

Legal Hotline: What a Deal!

Where can you get unlimited opportunities to ask real estate-related questions of an attorney specializing in real estate and contract law for only $125 per year? Through your State Association, that’s where! If you’ve ever had to privately employee the services of an attorney to protect your business, you know you can eat through that fee in under an hour…and maybe not even get your issue resolved. 

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By joining the OAR Legal Hotline, you gain individual access to this valuable service regardless of whether your principal broker is a Hotline member or not (though they will be notified of your inquiries). Email or phone in your questions Monday – Friday from 9:00am – 12:00pm and get a response within 24 hours (excluding weekends and holidays). Now that’s a good deal! LEARN MORE » 


FEATURED SPONSOR

Thank YOU!

Thank you to the continued generosity of these fantastic sponsors who step up to support REALTOR® events and causes year after year. All are supporters of either our upcoming Taste of Portland soiree supporting the HOME Foundation or the Fall Convention...and some are both! Tickets for both events are still available and these great partners are sure to bring the fun to each! Please honor their allegiance to your Association by considering them for your business needs.

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