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September 2015


Large Costs Looming on the Horizon Jeopardize Oregon’s Mortgage Interest Deduction in 2017

Looming on the horizon is a budget crisis that will likely jeopardize one of Oregon’s best programs for homeownership and economic development: the Oregon Mortgage Interest Deduction. Budgeting is an effective way to prioritize spending and save for goals. Just like many Oregon families do, the State of Oregon sets its budget every other year based on expected tax revenues. And just like with family budgeting, occasional unexpected costs occur and the state has ways to deal with those problems. However, one way our state budget differs from family budgets is that it lacks firm abilities to set aside funds for increasing or new costs when those costs are more than two years out. READ MORE »

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Q&A: Property Disclosure Statement: How Much & When?

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OAR Convention: Last Chance to Register!

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There’s still time to reserve your spot, but don’t delay! It begins in just over a week. 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 »


Announcing REALTOR® Safe Harbor

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September is REALTOR® Safety Month and it’s a good time to focus on what you can do to continue practicing the profession you love. With what seems like so many recent news reports of scares or outright incidents involving REALTORS®, OAR has decided to partner with a new program started with the Arkansas Association. It’s called REALTOR® Safe Harbor. READ MORE » 



5 RPR Report Customizations You’re Probably Missing Out On

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RPR allows REALTORS® to tailor each report according to the individual needs of the client. This article explores five powerful report customizations. READ MORE » 



Oregon In-Migration: Good or Bad?

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You may have seen or heard recent reports from Oregon state economists touting recent in-migration to the “Timber Belt” and Oregon, specifically, and the benefits it has on our state’s economy. This isn’t a neutral topic from a real estate perspective! On the plus side, people keep moving in at a pace just as strong as the migration to urban centers such as Portland. The new residents of rural Oregon bring a lifetime of experience and wealth, often in the form of California home equity. However, that can seem to be a real problem in low inventory markets, such as Portland, where some disgruntled citizens have taken matters into their own hands by stickering for sale signs with “No Californians”. What do you think about the state of our population flux and real estate industry? SOUND OFF »  


Managing the Risks of Lead

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One cannot see tiny specks of lead in household dust yet just a minuscule amount can be toxic enough to poison.  Check out this article from the Fair Housing Council of Oregon on the dangers, lead-safe contractors, lead testing, and the federal regulations. And hear it firsthand from fellow REALTOR® John Baker in his highly informative webinar based on personal experience of a five year ordeal with HUD threatening fines of $10 million. "Lead Paint Testing: Why It Can't Be Ignored – Friday, September 25 from 9:30 – 10:30am.


Real Estate Stories in the News

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There are often relevant real estate stories that cross our desk that we think would be of interest to you out in the field. Here are a few that came up recently. If you ever hear of anything in your local area that you think needs statewide attention, let us know.


Sept. 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 an insightful survey on first time home buyers, how to cultivate more authentic relationships, trends to watch in brokerage valuation, and a recap of market trendsREAD MORE »


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So Many Classes, So Little Time!

Check out 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 OAR Convention, so register now before it's sold out! Click the graphics below for more information and to sign up.

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Nov. 13 - 16


Oregon Real Estate Forms Library Savings

As a REALTOR® member, you get 50% off the annual subscription fee to access the Oregon Real Estate Forms library. That’s a savings of $79 or $119 (depending on if you get the Standard/Professional or Elite versions)! The OREF library’s 56 transactional and advisory forms enable you to easily conduct your business in a legal, standardized way and result in administrative time savings, especially when used electronically. 


Subscriber benefits include Portland-based customer service, 15+ CE hours per year, e-news, website, and training resources to advance broker knowledge about the forms program and associated forms.  For more information, log on to www.orefonline.com (new website debuting the week of 9/21) and/or call 503-459-0195.


OREF will be presenting a panel discussion on Property Disclosure at the OAR Convention on Sept. 30 for 1.5 hours of CE. Following that, there will be a 1.5 CE hr. webinar on Nov. 19 on "What Forms to Use with Each of Six Sale Agreements: Maximizing Usage of All Forms in Library”. More details on the latter to come.


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 Fall Convention or this past week's Taste of Portland soiree supporting the HOME Foundation…and some are both! Registration for Convention is still available (a few spots left!) 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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