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November 2015


Introducing Your 2016 Leadership Team

Debra Gisriel George Grabenhorst

The NAR Convention was last week which means this past Tuesday was the transition day from 2015 to 2016 leadership across the REALTOR® family.  Thank you for the leadership of your 2015 President, Colin Mullane (Ashland). Welcome to your new President, Debra Gisriel (Klamath Falls), and President-elect, George Grabenhorst (Salem), are ready to lead the new Executive Committee to good things in the coming year. Check out who’s on the team working for you. READ MORE »


Call for Action Huge Success!

Over the past month, nearly 2,400 Oregon REALTORS® took action to oppose utilizing Fannie Mae’s and Freddie Mac’s credit risk guarantee fees (g-fees) as a source of funding for the extension of federal transportation programs.  From texting to email campaigns to peer-to-peer phone calls, you helped make this the most successful Call for Action in NAR history!  Better yet, as a result of your efforts and those of your colleagues around the state and country, the House recently voted to strip an increase in the fees charged by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac from the transportation bill. While this is a significant victory, the fight is not over.

With just a few days left before the government’s authority to spend money from the Highway Trust Fund expires, the House bill must still be reconciled with a similar Senate bill before it can be signed into law, so we must keep the pressure on.  How can this legislation potentially impact you and your clients? READ MORE »

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Q&A: What Really Defines Representation?

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NEW Member Benefit: Free Tech Helpline

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Beginning Monday, December 7, all Oregon Association of REALTORS® members will have access to a free tech helpline. Computers, printers, cell phones, tablets, software, blue screens of death, and just about anything digital – they do it all and it’s included in your member dues. The Tech Helpline can even remote into your computer to fix it while you sit back and relax! You’ll receive an email with the call-in number and all the details when the program launches on 12/7/15. Until then, get excited. Free tech help is on the way!


NAR Convention Recap: Free Forms Benefit from NAR


Free forms and advocacy successes were just two of the highlights from Monday’s NAR Board of Directors meeting which closed out the 2015 REALTORS® Conference & Expo in San Diego. Most significantly to all members, the approved partnership between NAR and zipLogix® will provide a national forms and transaction management benefit to all NAR members beginning in 2016. You can check out the NAR article & fact sheet on the subject, but also know that the Oregon implications are still being worked out. While NAR will be subsidizing the cost of the software platform, this is only a portion of the cost of your OREF forms. The OREF Board of Managers is meeting on Monday to determine what impact this will have for Oregon REALTORS® and how it will be implemented. Look for more information from OREF directly in the coming weeks.


Details on FHA Condo Rule Easing


FHA has eased its  lengthy and complex condominium recertification process, a change NAR has been calling for, as part of an effort to make condo financing more widely available. Other changes were made to  owner-occupancy requirements and limits on the types of property insurance that are considered acceptable coverage under FHA’s rules. The changes were announced at the 2015 REALTORS® Conference & Expo in San Diego last week and take effect immediately.


OREF Updates


The OREF Sale Agreements have been enhanced.  Here are four informational and educational/ training methods for you to be prepared for the new changes:

  1. Review the pre-release SAMPLE COPY of the 2016 OREF #001 Residential Sale Agreement before the official 2016 library upload (last week of December).

  2. Earn 3 hrs. CE with OnlineEd curriculum on residential sale agreement and matrix. Log on to OnlineEd.com after November 20 to register for this free class.

  3. Log on to www.orefonline.com as of December 10 and click on Forms Changes link page to preview the 2016 Forms Summary.

  4. Beginning in mid-December, register for the January 2016 OREF forms changes seminars/webinars with local associations and a webinar with OAR on 1/27. Earn 1.5 hrs. CE for each. See schedule on Resources link of www.orefonline.com.


RPAC Explained

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The 2016 RPAC fundraising year is winding down. So what? You might be wondering what is RPAC anyway and why should I care (besides the fact that $50 of your 2016 state dues are earmarked for it unless you choose to redirect). Well, we thought you might ask. So, we made this short video to explain it all and help you to understand the value of why we’re stronger together by all pitching in.


Nov. 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 succession planning, early fall home sales trends, how to build high performance teams, and a new study on the importance of photography in listings. READ MORE »


New RAMCO Member Database


Just this week, the OAR office pulled the trigger on its long-awaited transition from a LAMPS to RAMCO member database. What does this mean to you? Hopefully not much other than a seamless transition and more efficient and accurate accounting of your information which will interact with the NAR database as well. This change has been a long time coming but will hopefully all be behind-the-scenes to you. As with any change, there will be unplanned hiccups. Please be patient with us as we work through the initial learning curve and work out any bugs to make this a successful upgrade for you.


HOME Foundation Grants Available

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Thanks to several highly successful fundraising events in 2015, your HOME Foundation has $166,500 in grant money to award this year! Applications are available now through your local associations. If you know of a local non-profit doing great work in your community for affordable housing, work with your local AE to get them a grant application. Applications are due back to OAR by Dec. 1, so don’t delay!


Professional Standards Academy 2016

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There are two opportunities (Medford: 2/29, Portland: 3/1) for your local association leadership to learn the fundamentals of how the grievance process works from filing a complaint through the hearing process. Code of Ethics fundamentals are reinforced through integrated case studies and participant interaction. The Academy is open to all relevant audiences at the state and local level. That includes AEs, local leadership, committee chairs AND committee members of your Professional Standards and/or Grievance Committees. This training is vitally important to ensure that all members receive the best assistance available in the event of a complaint.  READ MORE »


Apple Watch Raffle Prizes Awarded

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Congratulations to the two winners of our year-long RPAC raffle! Brian Matza (Nob Hill Realty, Portland) won the major investor prize and Franki Keefe (RE/MAX Equity Group, Portland) won the general investor version. Thank you to everyone who invested in RPAC this year! We’ve had great participation and the money will benefit all members by supporting REALTOR®-friendly candidates in the upcoming election cycle and legislative season.


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 »


Nov. 2015 Education Chart Nov. 2015 CE Shop Promo


Pull ahead of the competition & accelerate your success with Wells Fargo Home Mortgage’s Center StageSM workshop featuring Pamela Jolly. READ MORE »

  • Weds. Dec. 9, 9:30 – 10:30am

  • Portland

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Save the Dates!

2015 is winding down. Here are a few key dates you may want to mark on your 2016 calendar in advance. Of course, more details are to come as the events get closer. READ MORE » 

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Willamette Dental Group Open Enrollment

As you’re weighing your options for health insurance in 2016, consider the benefits available to you by the Johnson Benefits Group as part of your OAR membership. Learn more about your all your options for medical plans and more here. Also, the Willamette Dental Group plan is a great way to keep your smile tuned up and make that great first impression. Good news: rates stayed the same as last year! If you're ready to apply, click here and return your forms by Dec. 10.




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 or Taste of Portland soirée supporting the HOME Foundation…and Wells Fargo was even both! Please honor their allegiance to your Association by considering them for your business needs.

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Contributions to RPAC are not deductible for federal income tax purposes. Contributions are voluntary and are used for political purposes. The amounts indicated are merely guidelines and you may contribute more or less than the suggested amounts. The National Association of REALTORS® and its state and local associations will not favor or disadvantage any member because of the amount contributed or decision not to contribute. You may refuse to contribute without reprisal. For annual contributions of $1,000 or more, 30% of your contribution(s) will be used to support federal candidates and is charged against your federal limits under 52 U.S.C. § 30116. ORS 316.102 provides for a credit against state taxes of up to $50 per individual or $100 per joint return for contributions to political committees.

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