OAR e-Newsletter October 2016 e-News
November 2016



Oregon a ‘Top Idea’ Presenter at National NAR Conference

OAR was selected at the recently completed National Association of REALTORS® annual convention in Orlando to present one of the “top ideas” during the NAR State Idea Exchange Council. Only a handful of states are chosen each year and this was the first time OAR had been honored in recent memory. 2016 OAR President Debra Gisriel presented our state association’s plans to increase professionalism in our industry by introducing legislation that will raise the requirements for initial real estate licensing in Oregon as well as beefing up the required continued education for obtaining principal broker status. Those bills will be introduced when the 2017 Oregon Legislature convenes in February. A special thank you to OAR Education Manager Jen Wallace for putting together the PowerPoint slides that accompanied Gisriel’s presentation.


Looking back at 2016

Thank you for the opportunity to have served as your 2016 OAR President. It has been a remarkable and busy year that went by in a flash. So many volunteer leaders invested much of their own time and resources to make our industry better. The OAR professional staff worked tirelessly with the volunteer leadership implementing the Strategic Plan of our Association. Thank you!

Just a few of the highlights of the year:

• We initiated a work group to review and recommend strategies that would increase professionalism in our industry, the “Raise the Bar Committee.” As a result OAR was selected to present our work at the National Association of REALTORS® annual meetings.

• We faced the appraisal crisis in our state head on, meeting with appraisers and appraisal groups, collecting information from you about specific examples of your consumers being impacted by this issue and meeting with several of our elected officials. Our Government Affairs committee is also working on the issue.

• The Oregon Leadership Academy graduated its second group of future leaders.

• The new GRI has been a success and the new format is filling classrooms around the state.

• Webinar attendance is exceeding all expectations.

• Our increased focus on our Principal Broker members resulted in standing room only Principal Broker forums and a new focus on available education geared to Principal Brokers.

As always, I will continue to serve our industry and encourage you to do the same. Get involved in your local and state associations, invest in RPAC at the major investor level and do your part to “Raise the Bar” in our industry.
So, I bid you Godspeed, not farewell!


Debra Gisriel


A Great Election Night for Oregon REALTORS®

By any measure, the Nov. 8 General Election was wildly successful for the Oregon Association of REALTORS®. We were on the winning side of Oregon’s most expensive ballot initiative ever, and OAR-endorsed candidates won election at a 96 percent clip — including placing a second Oregon REALTOR® in the House. “This election season included a lot of long meetings for our committees, but it paid off big time for our advocacy,” said OAR Government Affairs Director Shawn Cleave. “We rightly adjusted our strategy in September, and it was the right thing to do and paid off nicely! A big thank you to RPAC Chairperson George Perkins and the entire committee.” Here are some election highlights: READ MORE »



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Portland's Pat Kaplan Presented with National Distinguished Service Award


Portland REALTOR® Pat Kaplan has received the National Association of REALTORS® 2016 Distinguished Service Award. The honor is presented yearly to no more than two of NAR’s more than 1.2 million members. Kaplan, a REALTOR®; for 36 years and current broker-owner of Kaplan Real Estate Group, was recognized at the recent NAR National Conference & Expo in Orlando. She's shown here with her husband, Joel, and their two daughters.

NAR established the DSA in 1979 to honor REALTORS® who have made outstanding contributions to the real estate industry and who serve as leaders in their local communities. The award is considered the highest honor an NAR member can receive; recipients must be active at the local, state and national association levels but must not have served as NAR president. NAR President Tom Salomone presented the award to Kaplan.

"Pat Kaplan has been a leader in the REALTOR® community for decades. On the local, state and national level, Pat’s commitment and professionalism make her an obvious selection for the Distinguished Service Award," said Salomone. "On behalf of the entire REALTOR® family, I thank Pat for her inspiring dedication." READ MORE >>


Meek Elected, Esquivel Re-Elected to Oregon House


What could be more logical than having REALTORS® in a house, right? Accordingly, on Nov. 8, state voters put two OAR members in the Oregon House of Representatives. Mark Meek (right), a Democrat, was elected in House District 40 (Oregon City, Gladstone, Jennings Lodge and portions of unincorporated Clackamas County). Meek will join Rep. Sal Esquivel (R-Medford) as the second OAR member in the House; Esquivel easily won re-election to his House District 6 (Medford-area) seat for the seventh time. OAR Government Affairs Director Shawn Cleave notes that having one member in each party caucus can be nothing but beneficial. Congratulations Mark and Sal!


But Wait, There’s More …


We have another Oregon REALTOR® winner from election night. Martin “Marty” Justus was elected to a full term on the Ontario City Council after filling an interim position on the council for the past several months. Justus has also been active with OAR and is a former District Vice President. Congratulations Marty! Are there more of you out there? We would like to compile a list of all OAR members who hold an elected public office — city councils, school boards, special districts or commissions, etc. Please send such information to OAR Communications Director Don Loving at dloving@oregonrealtors.org.


Wimmers Feted at NAR Convention


OAR 2016 REALTOR® of the Year Nan Wimmers had her turn in the spotlight at the National Association of REALTORS® Convention in Orlando when she was honored along with other states’ REALTOR® of the Year recipients. Wimmers, principal broker and co-owner (with her sister) of Columbia Gorge Real Estate in The Dalles, marched across the general assembly stage waving an Oregon state flag as she was introduced and honored preceding Gen. Colin Powell’s keynote address. She received the Oregon Association of REALTORS® award back in April. The program is designed to recognize a REALTOR® who has provided outstanding service to his or her profession and community during the previous several years. Participation in civic activities, including service clubs, charity, fraternal or religious groups, and notable business accomplishments are also major factors.


George In Charge!


We highlighted this last month, but George Grabenhorst of Salem officially began his term as President of the Oregon Association of REALTORS® on Nov. 8, the day after the National Association’s annual convention adjourned. He succeeds Debra Gisriel, who remains on the statewide Executive Committee as the Immediate Past President. Grabenhorst is a senior advisor with SVN Commercial Advisors and is believed to be only the second primarily commercial broker to attain the OAR presidency. The first was his uncle, Coburn Grabenhorst, the OAR President back in 1956. George is a fourth generation Salem REALTOR® and has been in the real estate industry for 28 years.


HOME Foundation Poised to Surpass $1 Million in Grants


You’ll be hearing more about this in the weeks to come, but when our HOME Foundation awards its 2017 grants in mid-December, we expect to surpass the $1 million mark in monies distributed since the foundation’s inception in 2004. The OAR HOME Foundation is a 501(c)3 charity that provides financial resources to create, expand and encourage home ownership opportunities for Oregonians at or below local median income. The foundation also promotes public awareness of affordable housing issues. From large, flagship fund-raising events to individual donations, the HOME Foundation could not have proudly hit this milestone without the participation of hundreds of Oregon REALTORS® and dozens of important sponsors. For more information go to www.oregonrealtors.org/home-foundation.


Good News Regarding New Condo Rules


On Oct. 26, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) issued a mortgagee letter making changes to the Federal Housing Administration's (FHA) owner-occupancy requirement for condominiums. The changes come through passage of U.S. House Resolution 3700 earlier this year, the subject of an NAR “Call To Action” this past summer. Under the new provisions, FHA-approved condominium projects require at least 50 percent of the units to be owner-occupied, but will allow for the owner-occupancy requirement to be lowered down to 35 percent if:


• The project has replacement reserves of at least 20% of the budget;

• No more than 10% of the units are in arrears (more than 60 days past due); and

• The condo has three years of acceptable financial documents.


NAR still believes that all condos should have a 35 percent owner-occupancy rate and will continue advocate for that threshold, as well as for FHA to address transfer fees, commercial space requirements, and other pending issues related to condo approval. But the passage of HR 3700 and the implementation of these first changes is still a big victory for our industry.


Latest Edition of 'Real Estate Brokerage Essentials' Available from NAR


NAR Product Management has announced a complete update and redesign of their popular “Real Estate Brokerage Essentials®: Navigating Legal Risks and Managing a Successful Brokerage.” This Fourth Edition of Real Estate Brokerage Essentials® is the most comprehensive business tool for brokers to run their offices efficiently and minimize their risk for legal liability. This 400-page book covers everything from hiring and training employees, licensing issues, dealing with consumers, key intellectual property concepts and how to understand and deal with tough business issues. The product was created by NAR’s Legal Team and includes a foreword by NAR General Counsel Katie Johnson. It is available at www.store.realtor. MORE INFO >>


November Real Trends Newsletter

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One of your many benefits of OAR membership is that we subscribe to Real Trends and pass it on to you! This month’s newsletter includes several intriguing articles. Are you committing any of the 'Three Deadly Brokerage Sins?' Conversely, on a more positive note, are you aware of the 'Three Essential Brokerage Virtues?' We've all heard about the importance of recruitment and retention, but is it really just a numbers game? Are you thinking about heading 'Down Under?' The market is changing in Australia. All this and much more in the NOVEMBER NEWSLETTER » 


Classes Coming Your Way

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Member's Gift Galleria

Are Apple iPads, iPhones, Watches, MacBooks, iMac’s, Apple TV and accessories on your holiday shopping list? Before you shop anywhere else, visit the Member’s Gift Galleria where you’ll find exclusive discounts and free shipping on the perfect gift. Visit www.membersgiftgalleria.com to create your account and start shopping today! Brought to you by NAR’s REALTOR Benefits® Program. You’ll find great discounts on today’s most popular technology, small home appliances and luxury gifts. The site offers discounts on the full array of Apple products with free shipping — and the pricing you’ll find on the Member’s Gift Galleria will beat Apple.com!

What’s even more exciting is that you — NAR/OAR members only — will find so much more than Apple products on the site. You’ll also find discounted products from major brands such as Microsoft, Samsung, FitBit®, Sonos, Cuisinart®, Bowers and Wilkins, Wusthof, iRobot®, Beats™, Tumi™, Coleman®, Kitchenaid®, Blendtec, and others. Again, go to www.membersgiftgalleria.com to create your free account.




A special shout out this month to Directors Mortgage. As mentioned above, our OAR HOME Foundation is on the verge of surpassing $1 million in grant donations, and Directors Mortgage is the title sponsor of the Taste of Portland, our single largest HOME Foundation fundraising event. A local company with offices in Oregon and Washington, Directors Mortgage also proudly partners with the Ducks, Beavers and Blazers. Thank you to all of our sponsors for their continued generosity.

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