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October 2015

PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE

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As the leaves change color, the days get shorter, and the clocks will soon go back an hour, it’s often a great time to plan for the year ahead. Just a few weeks ago, OAR had its Fall Governance Meetings and Convention in Sunriver. This was our most successful event yet since the reintroduction of the conference just 3 years ago. With inspirational presentations and up to 8.5 hours of continuing education covering the most up-to-date and relevant topics for your business, more than 300 Oregon REALTORS® made the first step in preparing for a great 2016. Prior to the Convention, your Board of Directors from across the state voted on a groundbreaking shift for our association. The Board voted to ensure that more REALTORS® in Oregon than ever before will now invest in the REALTOR® PAC. READ MORE » 


PUBLIC POLICY

Property Tax

Property Tax Review? Client with an Assessor’s Letter?

Repeatedly, staff at the Oregon Association of REALTORS® and local associations from around the state are hearing stories of sellers being assessed back property taxes for “omitted property” due at point of sale. Sometimes the letters are confusing and have reportedly come at inconvenient times, adding complexity to a transaction. Actions of the counties in assessing property taxes is governed by State Statute. As such, OAR's government affairs team is undertaking a process of evaluating the issue and reviewing state statute for potential remedies. At this time, we are seeking real-world stories of a seller or buyer who has had this experience. Was the situation resolved? How? Did the deal fall apart because of sudden taxes due? READ MORE » 

 

Transportation

Call for Action: Stop the Housing Tax for Transportation

Congress is considering a proposal that would create a tax on all potential homeowners and consumers looking to purchase or refinance a mortgage. By increasing Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac’s credit risk guarantee fees (g-fees) to fund transportation programs, Congress would disturb the housing recovery. Now is not the time to raise the cost to purchase or refinance a home. NAR strongly believes that taxing homeowners to pay for transportation programs places an unnecessary long-term burden on consumers and this action will disproportionately impact low and moderate income borrowers, as well as first-time homebuyers. Tell Congress to stop taxing homeowners to fund transportation projectsTake Action Now 


LEGAL HOTLINE

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Q&A: Single or Joint Signature Requirements in Dual Buyer Situations

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NEWS YOU CAN USE

Resources to Navigate the New Mortgage Rules

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The new TRID rules went into effect Oct. 3 with the goal to improve consumer understanding of the mortgage process, aid in comparison shopping, and prevent surprises at the closing table. You’ve probably been preparing for these changes which could have a sweeping impact on the real estate market because of the required implementation changes and resulting compliance. If you still need some help, though, don’t worry: there are lots of resources to walk you through it.

 

Safety Materials to Share

REALTOR Safety Program

Looking for some safety content for an upcoming sales meeting? Check out these four options from REAL Trends. Each video is about 2 – 3 minutes. Or, if you missed last month’s Safety Summit Webinar, you can download all four presentations for free. Learn about rural safety, 21st century safety, data security, and everyday safety hazards.

 

5 Real Estate Shortfalls and How to Avoid Them

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By avoiding shortfalls, such as an unimpressive pricing presentation or inadequate marketing strategy, you can significantly increase your chances of kicking that ball across the goal line. Learn more about how Realtors Property Resource® can help get you there. It could be the most powerful tool you’re not using! READ MORE »

 

Judge Halts EPA Water Rule

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A judge from the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals has temporarily halted implementation of the EPA's Clean Water Plan to expand the government’s environmental regulatory jurisdiction over bodies of waters. NAR continues to seek legislation to set criteria for determining which waters are to be considered under federal jurisdiction and which are not. 

 

Oct. 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 thoughts on succeeding in a cost-competitive environment, the formula for becoming a powerful communicator, how to build effective work flow processes, and a perspective on a possible Fed rate increase. READ MORE »


ASSOCIATION NEWS

2016 Oregon Leadership Academy - Apply Now

Oregon Leadership Academy

Have a hankering to move up the REALTOR® association ladder? Want to improve your leadership skills for your business, your industry, or your outside interests? Applications for the 2016 Oregon Leadership Academy are now available. Join us for three total sessions across the state between February – June. Check with your local association to see if they may be able to offer funding assistance. Applications are due Dec. 11. READ MORE » 

 

2016 OAR Committee Appointments

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Committee appointments have been made and letters will be going out as we speak. Thank you to everyone who expressed interest in serving on an OAR Committee. There was a lot of interest and selections were made with the best interest of the Association in mind. We’re confident that 2016 will be another productive year for the Association!

 

NAR 30 Under 30 - Nominations Open

30 Under 30

Are you killing it in sales, taking on leadership roles, or making a difference in your community? You may have what it takes to join the ranks of 30 Under 30. There have been three from Oregon in the last couple of years. Are you next? REALTOR® Magazine is accepting applications now through Jan. 15. READ MORE » 

 

Convention Wrap-up

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Approximately 300 REALTORS® convened in Sunriver a few weeks ago to learn, be inspired, honor fellow members, network, and gain new business tools at the annual OAR Convention. Highlights included the motivational opening and closing presentations, many informative educational sessions and CE, a sold out trade show and dine-around with our fabulous vendors, and numerous other live social networking opportunities.

 

This is not to mention bestowing REALTOR® of the Year honors on Eva Sanders (Meadows Group – Portland), installing our next president: Debra Gisriel (eXp Realty – Klamath Falls), raising over $6,200 for the HOME Foundation at the second annual dessert auction…and generally having a great time!

 

Thank you to all who attended this year! A Presidential Task Force is being appointed to assess the viability of another convention next year and, if it returns, where it should be held. We’ll let you know if/when we have the dates and location reserved so you can save-the-date for Convention 2016. VIEW MORE PICTURES »


UPCOMING EDUCATION

Oct. 2015 Ed Chart

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. 


FEATURED BENEFIT

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Office Depot Group Discount Savings!

Save on all your office supply 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! And until Nov. 14, you can even get $20 off your qualifying order of $200 or more.  LEARN MORE » 


FEATURED MEMBER

Congratulations, OAR REALTOR® of the Year!

One of the highest state REALTOR® association honors was bestowed upon Eva Sanders (Meadows Group – Portland) on September 30, 2015 when she was presented with the REALTOR® of the Year award. As the award was a surprise, Eva almost didn’t even make it to her own luncheon after the historic Board of Directors meeting in which she played such an important role in the RPAC vote. Thanks to her local association executive, however, she was coaxed into attending after all and was pleasantly surprised to see so many of her agents, friends, and family there to honor her. Eva continues to go above and beyond in her service to the Association and this award is well-deserved. Congratulations!

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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 were supporters of either our Fall Convention, Driving it HOME Golf Tournament, or Taste of Portland soiree supporting the HOME Foundation. Please honor their allegiance to your Association by considering them for your business needs.

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