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January 2016


Kicking off the New Year

Click to hear a message from your 2016 OAR President, Debra Gisriel, as she kicks off the new year! WATCH THE VIDEO »

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2015 Advocacy Recap

As we prepare to start the 2016 legislative short session, it’s time to look back on our most recent public policy accomplishments. 2015 was an incredible year for the real estate industry! In addition to the market recovery, our success in the legislature was a direct result of our members’ mobilization and the collective efforts you exerted daily throughout the State of Oregon to protect homeowners. Thank you!


Our advocacy at the national, state, and local levels resulted in big wins. Focusing on OAR, the grassroots engagement at REALTOR® Rally, the local utilization of our Issues Mobilization fund, and our record setting response to our Call for Action on G-fees was a demonstration of your commitment to a strong and vibrant housing market.


The efforts of the Association were also bolstered significantly by legislators from both major political parties, due in no small part to the REALTOR® PAC’s commitment to support those candidates supportive of REALTOR® values and core issues. The dedication of RPAC to supporting REALTOR® Party candidates made an important impact on what became a difficult legislative session. READ MORE »

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Public Policy Training Opportunities

There are two public policy events this month and next that you might be interested in. If you’re in a position to help your association choose REALTOR® champions or if you or a REALTOR®-friendly person you know is running for office, check out these opportunities.

               • Best Practices for Choosing REALTOR® Champions – Jan. 21 (Salem)

               • Candidate Training Academy – Feb. 25 (Portland) 


Simplify & Amp Up Your Advocacy

Do you want to make a difference in industry issues but just don’t have the time to do anything that takes more than 15 seconds? You’re in luck! You can have text alerts sent directly to your phone whenever there’s a NAR Call for Action. It will show up on your home screen like any other text and all you have to do is click through and click again to send a message to your legislator and make your voice heard on matters important to your business and your clients. Text REALTORS to 30644 to get signed up!

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Q&A: Disclosing Power of Attorney to a Listing Broker

CLICK HERE to read this month's Q&A case study. Members can also review previous Legal Q&A topics by logging into our website.

JOIN the Legal Hotline

Want year-round access to a licensed real estate attorney for only $125 annually? CLICK HERE to find out more!

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Drone Update: Hobbyist Registration


NAR Government Affairs provides an update on the registration requirement for hobbyist drones in a 7-minute video update. The video also looks at the commercial drone waiver process and the upcoming rule by the Federal Aviation Administration, which is expected to increase use of the devices for real estate and other business purposes.


New NAR Vision Insurance Option


Responding to one of its most requested member benefits, NAR is pleased to announce the introduction of a new offering: REALTORS® Vision Insurance. This benefit is designed exclusively for members of the National Association of REALTORS® and their families. There are two guaranteed-issue group plans from which to choose: a PPO option and a non-PPO option. Both provide great, competitive rates and include annual eye exam benefits and savings on frames, lenses, and contact lenses. READ MORE » 


Quick Survey to Win $120 Amazon Gift Card


There’s a new, local marketing company (Gift 2 Grow) in Portland that has a short survey for their business aimed at REALTORS® and their closing gift needs. It’s only 15 questions, takes not more than a few minutes, and could win you some swag now and help their business help you in the future. Check it out!


OREF: Education Opportunities Galore!


The calendar has turned and it’s time to, once again, familiarize yourself with the latest changes in the real estate forms. OREF has a number of opportunities to learn…and earn (CE, that is):


Tiny Home TV Show Casting

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HGTV is currently developing an all-new TV series featuring luxurious and charming tiny homes entitled Tiny Luxury. Bodega Pictures, the production company, is currently looking to cast families, couples, and individuals on the show who are interested in taking the plunge and building/owning their own tiny home. They are offering a $500 finders’ fee for any referrals who appear on the program. The series will chronicle the build of tiny homes from start to finish as the team works to fit every single client wish item into a space suited to travel anywhere. If you have any clients who may be interested, pass along this flyer.


Jan. 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 perspectives on Fed. interest rate increase implications, free software and current/future NAR product offerings, the amazing power of company culture, and market trends in the housing recovery, 5 years out. READ MORE »


District Vice President & President-Elect Applications Open


There are several open volunteer leadership positions for which you may now apply. Elections for District Vice President (Districts 3, 4, & 6) and President-Elect will be held during the Board of Directors meeting at the Spring Governance meetings in Salem on Friday, Apr. 22. For qualifications, duties and responsibilities, and an application for each position, click here. Additional application instructions for DVP and President-elect have been created as well. The deadline for submission of DVP applications is Friday, Feb. 19 and President-elect applications is Friday, Mar. 4.


CIPS Institute Held in Portland in February

Global Real Estate

Have you been thinking about how you can break into the foreign investor market but aren’t sure how to go about it or gain an edge? Learn everything you need to know to take your business to the global level and broaden your earning potential by earning your Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS) designation. The only 5 day Institute being offered in the Northwest in 2016 is right here in Oregon (Portland, McMenamin’s Kennedy School, Feb. 8 – 12, $599). Also earn 25 hrs. of Oregon CE credit, 6 hrs. of Oregon GRI credit, and get your At Home with Diversity certificate. Read more or just register online directly!


Professional Standards Academy 2016

Professional Standards Academy

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 »


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Classes Coming Your Way

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. Also, look for regular weekly Wednesday emails on all things education. Some weeks are messages to all members about classes around the state, other weeks are webinar focused, others are to specific areas where the classes are held. There is so much education on our 2016 calendar, we can’t wait to tell you about it!


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 25%!


Save the Dates!

Save the dates for these fun and popular events in 2016. The first 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 » 

Registration for the golf tournament is NOW OPEN and it always sells out. So, get together your foursome and sign up now. It may not feel like golf weather outside, but you’ll regret it when your buddies are out on the links in July. This is a can’t miss industry event that’s so much fun you won’t believe you can really write it off!

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NEW Member Benefit: Free Tech Helpline is Live!

For a month now, all Oregon Association of REALTORS® members have had access to a new FREE TECH HELPLINE. They’ve gotten 142 requests for help since the benefit went live and members are loving the new service! 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. Call 888-804- 8226.

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Thank you to the continued generosity of these fantastic sponsors who step up to support REALTOR® events and causes year after year. Both were 2015 partners in the very fun HOME Foundation event, the Taste of Portland, and they have also stepped up to do so again this year. Directors Mortgage has even come back as the presenting sponsor! Please honor their allegiance to your Association by considering them for your business needs.

Directors Mortgage
Wells Fargo

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