OAR e-Newsletter October 2016 e-News
December 2016


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HOME Foundation passes $1 million mark!

With the Dec. 12 announcement of grants totaling $179,796 to be distributed in 2017, our HOME Foundation has surpassed $1 million in financial assistance statewide to help Oregonians in need realize the American Dream of owning a home.

The HOME Foundation — Home Ownership Made Easier — was established by OAR in 2004 as a way for Oregon REALTOR® members to give back to their communities.

“We are proud to hit this significant milestone,” said OAR President George Grabenhorst. “Despite their best efforts, far too many people in today’s workforce still can’t afford the American Dream. We understand that homes stabilize families, and we want that to be achievable for more Oregonians.”

Over the past dozen years, the Foundation has grown from giving $12,000 in its first year to over $165,000 in each of the past two years. The total dispersed now stands at $1,107,795.

The HOME Foundation is funded by individual donations from Oregon REALTOR® members statewide as well as through annual flagship events such as the Driving It HOME golf tournament in July and The Taste of Portland in September. Additionally, events held in local communities, such as the Rogue Valley Association of REALTORS® Food & Wine Classic every March, raise money that stays in their local areas. Note: Please see below that registration is now open for the 2017 golf tourney.


Looking ahead to 2017

Greetings to all! The new year is upon us, and I look forward to serving you as the 2017 President of OAR. It will be an honor and privilege to lead this exceptional organization.

I’d like to share with you my five-point platform for the coming year. In the months ahead, we will talk about each of these in more detail, but for now, I’d just like to lay them out as an overview.

  •  Continue to ensure the work of the “Raise the Bar” Task Force moves forward and brings an education package to the Legislature this year. This is a major priority for me.

  •  Continue to follow and complete the goals of the OAR Strategic Plan.

  •  See that our communications with the local boards and members stays strong and at a high level to increase the members’ understanding of OAR and our programs.

  •  Work to increase members’ understanding of RPAC and the need to give beyond the dues amount.

  •  Ensure the expansion of the OAR Education Department to enhance our goals of increased level of professionalism, in part by expanding the Leadership Academy.

These are not goals that I can make happen by waving some presidential magic wand. It will take hard work by OAR leaders, members and staff. But by working together, we can make it happen! I encourage you, if you are already involved, stay involved. If you’re not, become involved. We are stronger together.

I want to take a quick moment to acknowledge, as noted above, that our HOME Foundation has surpassed the $1 million mark in grants dispersed since its inception in 2004. This is an amazing milestone and something every Oregon REALTOR® should be proud of! Thank you to everyone who has been involved over the years.

I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year as we gear up for 2017!

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Save The Date NOW For 2017 REALTOR® Day in Salem

Now is the time to mark your calendars for our annual lobby day at the Oregon Legislature. REALTOR® DAY at the Capitol is scheduled for Weds., April 12, and we need hundreds of Oregon REALTORS® on hand.

This is expected to be a critical legislative session for our interests. On the offensive side, so to speak, we will be pushing legislation to advance professionalism in our industry by requiring additional education for real estate agents. As most of you are aware, Oregon is virtually the only state where you are eligible to be a broker immediately upon receiving your real estate license. In other states you go from “agent” to “broker” to “principal broker” with both experience and education. On the defensive side, there is the good news/bad news effect of Measure 97 failing. We helped to successfully defeat what we saw as a flawed measure, but the flip side is that lawmakers will now be looking to fill a large budget hole and there’s a very good chance that the home mortgage interest deduction will on the table for discussion.

REALTOR® DAY at the Capitol will include political training and an afternoon filled with one-on-one meetings with legislators and staff. There will also be a Major Investor reception at day’s end. SAVE THE DATE NOW and look for full registration information shortly after the new year begins. Also, REALTOR® DAY coincides with OAR Spring Governance this year (see below).

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Congratulations to our REALTORS® of the Year!

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Talk about sibling rivalry! Months after Nan Wimmers of Columbia Gorge Real Estate was named the Oregon REALTOR® of the Year by OAR, sister and business partner Becky Schertenleib has brought home the Mid-Columbia Association of REALTORS® annual award.

Schertenleib is just one of many OAR members to receive this prestigious designation from their local association. Most, but not all, ROYs are announced toward the end of the year. Here is the list we have to date of our statewide REALTORS® of the Year for calendar year 2016. Note: if your association is not listed, please let us know who your recipient was and we will be sure to follow up in next month’s e-News to complete the list of anyone we’ve missed.

  •  Central Oregon — Jaynee Beck, Keller Williams Central Oregon, Bend

  •  Columbia County — Patricia Evert, John L. Scott, Scappoose

  •  Cottage Grove — Michael Gottlieb, Mountain View Real Estate, Springfield

  •  Douglas County — LouAnn Osborn, Trueblood Real Estate, Myrtle Creek

  •  East Metro — Anthony Castro, The Broker Network, Portland

  •  Eugene — Lorena Teer, Re/Max Integrity, Eugene

  •  Grants Pass — Gerard Fitzgerald, Complete Real Estate Services, Grants Pass

  •  Klamath County — Stacy Ellingson, Fisher Nicholson Realty, K-Falls

  •  Mid-Columbia — Becky Schertenleib, Columbia Gorge Real Estate, The Dalles

  •  North Willamette — Valerie Boen, Northwest Oregon Realty Group, Silverton

  •  Polk County — Nancie Rogers, Windermere Western View Properties, Dallas

  •  Rogue Valley — Kim Hurley, Coldwell Banker Pro West, Medford

  •  Salem — Sandi Elwood, Berkshire Hathaway, Salem

  •  Springfield — Marlo Nixon, Century 21 Westover Realty, Walterville

  •  Tillamook County — Barbara Taylor, Kiwanda Coastal Properties, Pacific City

  •  Umatilla County — Kevin Hale, Coldwell Banker Whitney & Associates, Pendleton

  •  Willamette — Angela Stuckart, RE/MAX Integrity, Corvallis

  •  Yamhill County — Carrie Palmore, Premiere Property Group, Newberg


Register Now for the 2017 Driving It HOME Golf Tournament

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Registration is now open for the Driving It HOME golf tournament, scheduled for Thursday, July 20, at Langdon Farms Golf Club in Aurora. The tournament is one of the HOME Foundation’s biggest annual fundraisers. If it seems a little early to be talking about a July golf tournament, consider this: spots in the 2016 tournament sold out in April last year. So, if you want to guarantee yourself a slot in the 2017 tourney, now is the time to make that reservation. Full information and online registration is available at www.homefoundationgolf.org.


2017 Spring Governance set for Mid-April

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With the hope of boosting attendance at both events, we are convening the 2017 OAR Spring Governance sessions back-to-back with REALTOR® DAY at the Capitol. REALTOR® DAY, as noted above, is April 12. Spring Governance runs April 13-14 at the Salem Convention Center. All OAR members are welcome and encouraged to attend our association's governance meetings! Among the items on the April 13 agenda: a Young Professionals Network meeting, a Principal Brokers forum and open meetings of the Business Issues, Political Affairs, Professional Development and Government Affairs committees. April 14 includes district caucuses and an OAR Board of Directors meeting. Please, we need you at REALTOR® DAY, then plan to stay and attend Spring Governance! Look for full registration information soon after Jan. 1


It's Official: Portland City Council Passes Home Energy Audit Mandate

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Despite ardent opposition from the Portland Metropolitan Association of REALTORS® — backed up by OAR — the Portland City Council has, as expected, enacted a mandatory home energy audit for homeowners wishing to sell their property. The council passed the measure unanimously on Dec. 14. The measure, pushed by outgoing Portland Mayor Charlie Hales, is aimed at reducing carbon emissions by making homes more energy efficient. Unless reconsidered, it will go into effect Jan. 1, 2018.

PMAR was diligent in its opposition. PMAR Government Affairs Director Jane Leo testified the proposal was “flawed, costly and intrusive.” She also noted that as written, the ordinance will only apply to approximately 6 percent of the single-family homes sold any given year, adding an extra burden to a relatively small number of homeowners. The city estimates homeowners can get the audit done for between $150 and $250, but PMAR and OAR believe it could cost substantially more. OAR is also concerned the Portland measure could set a precedent statewide and will examine all options, including potential legal action.


Welcome Jihun Han to the OAR Political Staff!

Jihun Han

Jihun Han is our new Political Affairs Manager for OAR. He will be responsible for coordination and maintenance of OAR’s political advocacy programs, supporting Government Affairs Director Shawn Cleave. Working in conjunction with the appropriate committees, Han will assist in the development and performance of our grassroots outreach and coordination of and attendance at local and state events, town hall meetings and other advocacy opportunities. He will also offer support for the advocacy efforts of local associations in the state.

A native Oregonian, born and raised in the Happy Valley area, Han recently graduated from Syracuse University with a dual degree in Broadcast Journalism and Political Science. Han’s passion is in politics with notable experience in interning for a non-profit think tank in Washington D.C. Immediately after college, Han served as the campaign manager for Lori Chavez-DeRemer in House District 51. At Syracuse, Han was a radio talk show host and student reporter covering sports, politics and business. In his free time, Han is an amateur mixed martial artist and a licensed promoter in the state of Oregon. Welcome Jihun!


The big question: What will 2017 bring?

2017 Housing Market

How’s your crystal ball working? Are mortgage rates destined to rise? Will there be a Trump effect? This is the time of the year when everybody wants to know what the 2017 housing market will bring. Portland Business Journal reporter Matthew Gardner recently offered his take on the subject locally. Among his predictions: millennials are ready to buy. Read the article.


December 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. President Trump? The publisher of Real Trends isn't convinced the Trump presidency will make much difference one way or the other for the real estate industry. That recent federal court victory in the PHH mortgage case? It's been appealed, so hold the champagne for now. Brainstorming in the office is a good idea, right? Maybe not so much. Best quote in that one: "A camel is a horse designed by a committee." All this and much more in the DECEMBER REAL TRENDS » 


Professional Standards Academy Set for March 1; Other Classes Coming Your Way

The Oregon Association of REALTORS® Professional Standards Academy returns for its annual event in March 2017. This year’s presenter will be Brian Polinsky, a staff attorney for the California Association of REALTORS®. The academy focuses on professional standards and grievance committee issues. Polinsky will lead attendees through sessions on the fundamentals of how the grievance process works — from filing a complaint through the hearing process — as well as a presentation on Code of Ethics fundamentals, reinforced through integrated case studies and participant interaction. The latter session qualifies for NAR’s biennial Code of Ethics requirement.

SAVE THE DATE — The 2017 OAR Professional Standards Academy is set for Weds., March 1, at the Springfield Hilton Garden Inn. This event counts as three hours of CE in Business Ethics. Full registration details will be announced soon after the first of the year and will be updated in the January e-News.


Also, 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 35% by entering HOLIDAY35 at checkout!
Starting January 2017, we’ll be launching two exciting new programs! Real Estate Game Works is a real estate simulation app for your phone/tablet that earns you CE credit. We’ll also be posting our webinar archives on to an online school so you can view them and earn CE credit if you miss the live version! Stay tuned for further details.

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This month we want to feature one of our sponsors and key partners in the HOME Foundation — the Central Oregon Association of REALTORS®. This year COAR partnered with the Bend Area Habitat for Humanity on “The House That Real Estate Built.” COAR has participated with Bend Area Habitat for years, but for 2016 they decided to step up and fund an entire new home at a cost of $75,000. This year-long project culminated on Dec. 8 when, amidst a snow storm, COAR President Dave Feagans helped dedicate the home and turn over the keys to single mom Liz Casner and her family. Bend Area Habitat’s Robin Cooper Engle, pictured next to Dave in the accompanying photo, praised COAR for stepping up and fundraising for an entire house. Click here to watch an OAR-produced video of the entire dedication ceremony. Congratulations COAR!

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