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August 2015


Is the Transfer Tax Ban Safe from Repeal?

If you read the Portland Mercury, you’ve probably seen the August 12, 2015 article, “A Preemptive Strike, State Laws Are Stymieing Local Efforts to Fund Affordable Housing” by Shelby King. Certainly housing affordability issues are something the Oregon Association of REALTORS® care deeply about. Our manifesto, in part, reads “We believe in perpetuating the dream of home ownership and opening the door to those who have yet to achieve it.” Unfortunately, forming a comprehensive policy that propels our goal of increasing home ownership is a monumental task, and one that isn’t without controversy. READ MORE »

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Stop Patent Trolls - DEADLINE: LABOR DAY!

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!


Q&A: When Can Seller Representation Be Terminated?

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Navigating the Changes to the Closing Process

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There are three things you need to know now about changes to the closing process.

1) The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) officially announced the Oct. 3 deadline for implementing the TILA/RESPA Integrated Disclosure Rule, or TRID. The new date gives lenders, title agents, and real estate professionals an additional two months to prepare for the changes, which were originally scheduled to take effect Aug. 1.


2) In case you missed it live, you can learn about the changes to the closing forms and procedures in a recorded hour-long webcast with closing expert Phil Schulman and NAR Senior Counsel Finley Maxson.


3) The CFPB just released a toolkit on TRID that they’re calling “Know Before You Owe: The Real Estate Professional’s Guide.” It’s available here, and is designed to help real estate professionals understand the changes to the closing process and how to explain the changes to your clients.


AREAA Top Producer Panel


Join AREAA (Asian Real Estate Association of America) Portland and AREAA Edge on Thurs. Aug. 27 from 2 – 4pm at The Nines Hotel as top talent from around the nation come to Portland to share their best practices from their local markets. The top producing panel will share tips on how to become a top producer yourself, working with millennials, creating your personal brand, effectively using social media, and more. READ MORE »


REALTOR® Safety Webinar Summit

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September is REALTOR® Safety Month! Join NAR on September 9 for the first REALTOR® Safety Webinar Summit – a half-day educational event featuring four webinars on four different safety topics led by industry experts. Topics include: rural safety, 21st century safety, data security, and everyday safety hazards. There is something for everyone, so don't miss out! The summit kicks off at 9:00 am PST. LEARN MORE & REGISTER NOW »


HUD Tweaks REO Disposition Handbook


Heads up to anyone registered with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to list or sell HUD Real Estate Owned (REO) properties. FHA is updating its handbook on property disposition. It appears that the new sections reflect existing guidance with minor tweaks to modernize the language to reflect industry tools (such as on-line marketing options through MLS, blogs, social media or the use of pay.gov rather than paper checks). READ MORE » 



Timeshare Scam


We received notification of a timeshare scam in Ohio that you may need to be aware of. We haven’t heard of anything similar in Oregon yet, but it never hurts to be vigilant. An individual or group which claims to be an Ohio licensed real estate company is soliciting consumers across the country, specifically timeshare owners, and promising to purchase their timeshare property. READ MORE » 



Casting Call for “House Hunters: Off the Grid”

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A production company contacted us as they’re currently casting for the show "House Hunters: Off the Grid" They’re looking for people who live in homes either detached from the traditional power grid, are well off the beaten path, are self-sustaining, or just plain old feel ‘out there’. If you know anyone or have any clients who have moved into a home that fits one of these descriptions or are looking to move into a home like this yourself, reply to this message about being on the show and we’ll put you in touch with the producers!


OAR Convention: Space Filling Up Fast!

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The early bird discount has come and gone…and so have most of the registrations. But there’s still time to reserve your spot, so don’t delay! This convention is 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. 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 » 


Aug. Real Trends Newsletter

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As one of your member benefits, OAR subscribes to REAL Trends and passes this valuable information on to you. This month’s newsletter includes a perspective on the future of organized real estate, observations on the rankings of agents, and three simple steps to high production. Now, who doesn’t need that? READ MORE »


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So Many Classes, So Little Time!

Check out our the graphic above for our upcoming courses or head to the web calendar that includes OAR education and other Association-offered or related classes that we’re aware of.


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. This month you can SAVE 20%! What a deal. 


Don't Miss Out!

Space is filling up fast at Convention, so register now! And get your Taste of Portland tickets in advance to score a nice price break. Click the graphics below for more information and to sign up.

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Rack up Big Back to School Savings

Save on all your back-to-school needs with the REALTOR Benefits® Program. Receive discounts on more than 25,000 items from OfficeMax; tech products from Dell, Lenovo®, Sprint®, and Xerox; and shipping with FedEx. And don’t forget that all members of OAR have access to group discount pricing through Office Depot, as well. You just need to sign-up for free and then take advantage of the great savings! LEARN MORE »

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Oregon Leadership Academy Graduates

Congratulations to these 15 REALTORS® from across Oregon who just celebrated the completion of their training through the Oregon Leadership Academy. It was the culmination of a six-month, three-session training and development program held in locations across the state. Through the program, the Association identifies emerging REALTOR® leaders, motivates them, and sharpens their leadership skills. Following completion, the Association expects graduates to exert a strong, positive influence on the future of the Association and the real estate profession. Look out for these up-and-comers in future leadership positions for your industry! 

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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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