OAR e-Newsletter April 2016 e-News
May 2016


Debra Gisriel

If Real Estate Is Your Job, Then Politics Is Your Business

If you are in real estate, you are in politics! Those words were never so true as they are today. As REALTORS®, our number one advocacy priority is to protect private property rights. Last week, the leadership of OAR traipsed the halls of Congress to deliver that message to our entire Congressional delegation from Oregon. Every member of our delegation was open to and agreed with our issues related to housing.


The Mid-Year Legislative meetings in Washington DC are held every year in May when REALTOR® leaders from all the world converge on DC…and Capitol Hill certainly takes notice! There are many ways for you to get involved in REALTOR® politics and I encourage you to check out the REALTOR® Party information at Realtor.org or call me anytime. I also want to give some personal congratulations to Mark Meek for his victory in the primary for the Oregon House of Representatives!


Political Season Updates

Political season is in full swing. And we at OAR are busy on multiple fronts workings on the issues that impact your business and your clients. For a full update on the following, click here.


  • Legislative Conference Monday - Last Chance to Register

  • NAR Mid-Year Meetings Wrap-up

  • Oregon Primary Results & Implications

  • Joining the “Defeat the Tax on Oregon Sales” Coalition

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Q&A: Offer Refusal Scenarios: What’s OK & What’s Not?

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.

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REALTOR® or Real Estate Agent: There's a Difference...Somehow!

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Did you catch the May 4 episode of Modern Family in which the character Phil Dunphy schools viewers on the difference between a REALTOR® and a licensee? It’s a must see! Continuing the partnership with Modern Family, NAR has commissioned a series of :30 commercials that will run on various cable and network stations. The videos feature Dunphy, portrayed by Ty Burrell, sitting beside a fireplace, espousing real estate-themed "Phil's-osophies" which speak to the importance of using a REALTOR® when buying or selling a home. Check out the two videos that are now airing here and stay tuned for more funny from Phil in the coming months.


Flood Insurance Improvement Gains

Flood Insurance Program

House lawmakers overwhelmingly passed a bill encouraging the development of a private flood insurance market by making it easier for home owners in flood zones to switch back and forth between private and public insurance programs. NAR is encouraging Senators to pass the same bill. The effort is a top story in the May 2 Voice for Real Estate news video, which also looks at the spring selling season and a new warning about email scares in real estate. Watch video (start at 1:30 for flood insurance segment).


New Rule on Closing Changes in Works


The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau plans to publish a proposed rule on the closing process changes that took effect last year in October. NAR has asked the agency for rulemaking to clarify lingering questions on the closing changes, which the CFPB has made part of its Know Before You Owe campaign.


Old-School Print Advertising Not Dead…If You Do It Right!

Print Ad Done Right

When it comes to print media, you're probably envisioning the traditional ad with images of four to six houses you're currently listing. Can you say "boring"? This is what 99 percent of brokers and agents do. It's also the reason most potential clients aren't going to call you and say, "I love your ad. Can you come over for an interview?" READ MORE » 


Apr. 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 articles on the last 30 years of the industry, sustainable success strategies for brokerages, and a look back at the Q1 market trends reportREAD MORE » 


State Elected Positions Filled

Congratulations to the following members who were elected by the Board of Directors at the Spring Governance meeting on April 22 in Salem.

2016 OAR Elected Positions


Actions at the May NAR Board Meeting

Core Standards 2016 Mid-Year Meetings

The NAR Board of Directors at its May 14 meeting in Washington DC passed measures on student loan debt, online copyright infringement, and the new consumer advertising campaign. Access complete coverage of the meeting highlights here


Save the Date for OAR Convention!

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The 2016 OAR Convention returns to Sunriver this Sept. 28 – 30. Don't miss this opportunity to secure your spot for:

  • Lots of high value education (most qualifying for CE!) covering legal and business issues, risk management, and inspirational topics

  • Fantastic national and local speakers

  • Presidential Installation banquet & Distinguished Service Award luncheon 

  • Ongoing socialization and networking opportunities with statewide colleagues

  • 30+ vendor trade show with raffle prizes, lunch and a happy hour dine-around included

Come early for the Fall Governance Meetings (Sept. 27 – 28) and stick around for all the future focus and fun of the Convention itself! Space is limited (especially housing)! READ MORE & REGISTER » 


NAR Committee Application Deadline: May 23


This is the final weekend to submit a 2017 NAR committee application and seek your endorsements. Visit www.realtor.org/committeeapplication to get started today!

  • Current committee members are NOT automatically considered for reappointment. If you are currently serving on a committee whose term expires in 2016, you must submit an online application if you would like to be considered for service in 2017.

  • If you have a continuing term that expires in 2017 or 2018, you do not need to submit an application to remain on the committee

  • Current Vice Chairs do not need to submit an application to ascend to the Chair position of that committee.

  • If you have any trouble uploading your photo to your expertise profile, send the image file via email to emenet@realtors.org so it can be uploaded for you.


Classes Coming Your Way

Check out the graphic below 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 25%!

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You don't want to miss these!!

  • Driving it HOME Golf Tournament – Jul. 21 (Langdon Farms, Aurora) SOLD OUT!

  • Taste of Portland – Sept. 8 (The Castaway, Portland) REGISTER ONLINE »

  • OAR Convention - Sept. 27 – 30 (Sunriver Resort, Sunriver) REGISTER ONLINE »

  • NAR Conference & Expo – Nov. 2 – 7 (Orlando, FL) REGISTER ONLINE »


DMCA Toolkit: Mitigate Your Business Risk!

Do you really know who owns the pictures you're using to showcase your listing? The new DMCA Toolkit is your guide to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act – an act designed to, among other things, heighten the penalty for copyright infringement on the internet. Our legal team put together this helpful guide to protect you from copyright infringement liability. It includes sample language and forms and is designed to inform you about the dangers of using third-party images, or images you find on the internet, on your own website without proper permissions.  It also includes steps you can take to ensure your website falls under the “Safe Harbor” provisions of the act.

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Congratulations to Pat Kaplan & Mark Meek: REALTORS® Who Serve

Congratulations to Pat Kaplan (Kaplan Real Estate Group, Portland) for receiving the NAR Distinguished Service Award at the 2016 Mid-Year Meetings in Washington, DC last week. For over 30 years, Pat has served the real estate industry including as President of OAR in 1996, being honored as REALTOR® of the Year that same year. Since then, she has continuously served as an OAR Director and NAR Director in addition to a myriad of other volunteer leadership roles and service. This award is well deserved!

Pat Kaplan

Congratulations also go to Mark Meek (Summa Real Estate Executives, Clackamas) for his victory in the House District 40 Democratic Primary this week. With over 40% of the vote, he was the clear winner in this race. Now, on to November and the general election so he can join Sal Esquivel (HD 6, Medford) as another real estate professional in the Oregon Legislature. Let’s put the REALTOR® Party to work!

Mark Meek



Thank you to the continued generosity of these fantastic sponsors who step up to support REALTOR® events and causes year after year. All of these companies are sponsors of the 2016 Taste of Portland supporting the HOME Foundation. You know they bring the fun! So, save the date and plan on being at this can’t miss industry party. Please honor their allegiance to your Association by considering them for your business needs.

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