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December 2015

SPOTLIGHT

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

Debra Gisriel

As another year comes to an end, I want to take this opportunity to personally thank 2015 OAR President Colin Mullane for his leadership and a very successful year. Thank you, Colin!

 

As we look forward to 2016, we have a very busy year ahead. Advocacy will be my number one priority on your behalf. I will be reaching out to each of you to help protect private property rights and to fight onerous regulation and legislation that impacts both homeownership and our business.  

 

As the holiday season is upon us, please take the time to enjoy family and friends, be thankful for the freedoms we enjoy, pray for our country, love and embrace your family, and always have an attitude of gratitude!

 

-Debra


PUBLIC POLICY

It's a win for the entire real estate industry!

Both houses of Congress successfully reached an agreement on a multi-year highway reauthorization bill that was ultimately signed into law. The bill, which originally included a controversial provision to utilize Fannie Mae’s and Freddie Mac’s credit risk guarantee fees (g-fees) was stripped from the bill and never made it to the president’s desk.

 

Prior to the vote, an unprecedented 2,500 REALTORS® throughout the state made their voices heard by utilizing NAR’s Call-for-Action program to deploy letters to our congressional members urging them to oppose the utilization of g-fees to fund new roads. From texting to email campaigns to peer-to-peer phone calls, you made this one of our most successful Call for Actions in OAR history.

 

We look forward to working together with you to take our advocacy and community outreach efforts to an even higher level in 2016. If you have not already signed up to receive a short text message when a legislative call-for-action is launched, text the word REALTORS to 30644. LEARN MORE »

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LEGAL HOTLINE

Q&A: Is Specific Contract Performance Always Required?

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NEWS YOU CAN USE

Foreign Investment Heating Up

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If you went to the OAR Convention, you heard Elliot Eisenberg, PhD expound on the economic trends in the market. He’s at it again with what’s happening with foreign investment:

“While the Chinese economy is cooling, Chinese buyers are pouring into US real estate. In 2015, their $30 billion in purchases will equal all purchases by Canadians, Indians, Mexicans, and the British, the next four most popular nationalities. Chinese buyers also account for the most number of transactions with 16% of foreign purchases, followed by Canadians at 14%. The most popular state for Chinese purchases: California by a country mile.”

The international investment wave is coming! California is ground zero but Oregon is probably looking pretty attractive, too. Are you ready to service international clients? Get the Certified International Property Specialist designation this Feb. in Portland to set yourself apart from the competition with these savvy buyers. READ MORE »

 

OAR Convention to Return in 2016

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A Presidential Task Force made up of REALTOR® members has determined that the success of the past three years of OAR Conventions has proven the value of the event. Thus, the OAR Convention will be returning in 2016! Tentative dates are the last week of September and the location is to be determined as we await final review of the venue proposals by the Task Force. An announcement with further details will be made in January.

 

Statewide Data Analytics Coming Soon

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All MLSs in Oregon have now given permission to release their REALTORS Property Resource® (RPR) dashboard data in summary form to OAR. This means we’ll be able to finally get a statewide look at market trends and pass those insights on to you, as well as the media and legislators. Stay tuned for more in the New Year.

 

Also, check out this method to select and sort your way to RPR's enhanced school search and report. The new report features give you increased opportunities to impress your clients with one of the single most important factors to families in buying a home: the school district in which it resides. READ MORE »

 

OREF Updates

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The NAR Board of Directors last month approved a partnership with zipLogix to provide all REALTORS® with zipForm Plus® and zipTMS as a free member benefit ($10 value) for the next three years. That’s great news! However, this is just the forms software, not the forms themselves. Every state has development costs to deliver a robust forms library powered by software platforms like zipLogix zipForm Plus®; Oregon is no exception. Now, OREF is passing on this $10 savings to our valued subscribers by reducing the annual subscription price from $99 to $89.

 

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NAR Director Convention Reports

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A group of your fellow members represented you and Oregon at the NAR Convention & Governance Meetings in San Diego last month. They are your NAR Directors meaning they are voting members of the national Board of Directors. Since they travel at the expense of the Association, they are each responsible for reporting back on their time at the conference CLICK HERE to see what information they brought back this time. *Any reports not yet provided will be distributed in the Jan. e-News.

 

Dec. 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 thoughts on home automation and the future of smart home technology, common mistakes made when selling a brokerage, interviews with market leading CEOs from Keller Williams and Sotheby’s International, and analysis on the fall market report. READ MORE »


ASSOCIATION NEWS

Class Registration & CE Certificate Retrieval Changes

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In order to improve member services, we have recently upgraded to a new member database (RAMCO). We’ve been working through the learning curve and feel we’re well on our way to making this the much improved tool we were hoping for. There are a few key tasks, however, like registering for a class or retrieving your CE certificate, that look a little different. So we wanted to walk you through how to do this in the new system. READ MORE »

 

State Life Service Award

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Since state dues have increased by $50, we’ve noticed that many more people are making applications for a State Life Service Award. This award is service based and is different than the NAR Emeritus Status which, until just this year, was based on time in the profession. Even that has changed now, requiring a year of service at the national level. Please take note of the criteria for each award before submitting an application so as to reduce processing time and increase likelihood of approval by the Executive Committee should you meet all the requirements. READ MORE »

 

HOME Foundation Grants Awarded

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Thanks to several highly successful fundraising events in 2015, the HOME Foundation just awarded $165,000 in grants to 32 community nonprofit organizations dedicated to affordable housing through the state! This brings the total grants awarded to over $925,000 since the program’s inception in 2004. The HOME Foundation is the nonprofit arm of the Oregon Association of REALTORS® which provides financial resources to create, expand, and encourage homeownership opportunities for Oregonians at or below local median income. Money raised comes directly from members and industry affiliates who reach deep into their pockets each year to help their fellow Oregonians. Thanks for coming through again in this season of giving! This is something to be really proud of. READ MORE »

 

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 »


UPCOMING EDUCATION

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So Many Classes in Q1!

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 30% and be entered to win a FitBit Fitness Tracker!  Take advantage of the quiet time after Christmas to get ahead on your hours.


UPCOMING EVENTS

Save the Dates!

Save the dates for these fun and popular events in 2016. All three benefit your charity, the HOME Foundation. Make a note to be there and help raise even more money for affordable housing next year! READ MORE » 

  • Rogue Valley Food & Wine Classic - Mar. 31
  • Driving it HOME Golf Tournament - Jul. 21
  • Taste of Portland - Sept. 22 
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FEATURED BENEFIT

NEW Member Benefit: Free Tech Helpline is Live!

For two weeks now, since Monday, December 7, all Oregon Association of REALTORS® members have had access to a new 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 now included in your member dues. The Tech Helpline can even remote into your computer to fix it while you sit back and relax! We hope you’re taking advantage of this great new benefit. Just don’t ask them to set up your new flat screen after Christmas. :)

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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 partners in either of our HOME Foundation events (Driving it HOME Golf Tournament or Taste of Portland) or the OAR Fall Convention this year…and Guild Mortgage sponsored all three! Please honor their allegiance to your Association by considering them for your business needs.

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