Wire Fraud Prevention
REALTOR® members and their clients throughout the country are experiencing the effects of wire fraud in real estate transactions. COAR has recieved several reports of people impacted here in Central Oregon. In response to this issue, your 2018 MLS Executive Committee has approved a Wire Fraud Advisory to be used with buyers and sellers in a real estate transaction to help make them aware of this issue and what to do if they are impacted. Although this form is not required it is highly recommended. 
Attached is a copy of the PDF of this form . It is also available in the "Links & Docs" section of the MLS system. This form has also been sent to ZipForms to be loaded in the MLSCO library and should be available in a few weeks. 

Please keep in mind that if you or your clients suspect that you have been victimized by wire fraud, IMMEDIATELY contact the FBI field office at 503-224-4181 and file a complaint online at www.ic3.gov . It is imperative that you make this call and file this report immediately. Once monies have left the country it is extremely difficult to get those funds back. 

Additionally, ZipLogix is now offering Two-Factor Authentication as a free opt-in feature for zipForm Plus to protect your account and confidential information from unauthorized access. For more information, click here.


REALTOR Member Dues 

REALTORS and Appraisers can view and pay their annual dues by clicking here . If you have not paid your dues, they are now past due and a $50 fine has been assessed. On February 15, Managing Principal Brokers will be charged $455 for an unpaid REALTOR members remaining on their roster with the Oregon Real Estate Agency. Affiliate dues have been mailed to your office. Any unpaid Affiliate Offices will be removed as COAR members on February 15th. Questions contact Chad at 541-382-6027 or  chad@coar.com
OAR Call for Action: Support Savings Accounts for First Time Home Buyers
G overnment Affairs

Oregon is facing an affordable housing crisis. Escalating home prices, high rents and income taxes, student loan debt, and wages that don't keep up with the cost of living are leaving many Oregonians to out of the housing market and hindering their ability to save money for a down payment. 

That's why the Oregon Association of REALTORS® (OAR), among other prominent housing and related industry groups, support House Bill 4007 to create the First-Time Home Buyer Savings Account., to be introduced during the 2018 session beginning February 5.

Like the Oregon College Savings Plan established in 2001, the First Time Home Buyer Savings Account would allow individuals to take a state tax deduction for saving money towards a down payment on the purchase of their first home.

Lending 101
Professional  Development

February 20, 2018
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Instructor: Lisa McLuskie
Free-Includes Lunch
1 CE
What realtors need to know about what goes on after the prequalification letter is issued.  Steps to assure you get your hard earned commission.

Lunch and Learn sponsored by  Loan Depot

COAR Hosting Candidate Training Academy March 15th
Government Affairs

On March 15, COAR and OAR will host a full-day Candidate Training Academy at the COAR classroom in Bend. Led by political consultants from Cornerstone Solutions, the Candidate Training Academy is intended for REALTOR® members and REALTOR®-friendly candidates running for office at the state and local levels, however, local business people, those working in real estate-related fields and anyone interested in protecting Oregon's real estate industry are also welcome to attend. To register, click the link below. To download the flyer, click here .

COAR Weighs in on Bend Zoning Map/Comprehensive Plan Alignment
Government Affairs

Today, COAR submitted a letter to the Bend City Council expressing support for continuing the public process around aligning the City of Bend's zoning map with its Comprehensive Plan. This alignment is a critical component of the City's UGB expansion, allowing Bend to utilize land more efficiently within the existing UGB - per state requirements - and supporting an increase in housing supply by removing costly barriers to developers. City Council will discuss the topic at a work session this evening. To read the letter, click the link below. 

CCIM 101: Financial Analysis for Commercial Investment Real Estate
Commercial News

February 26 - March 1, 2018
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Grand Hotel in Tigard, OR
CI 101 is a bedrock class for real estate practitioners at a time when risk mitigation, pricing, and cycle assurance have become critical to investors. CI 101 introduces the CCIM Cash Flow Model, a tool for ensuring your investment decisions are based on wise finance fundamentals. During the course, you will learn how to use key financial concepts such as Internal Rate of Return (IRR), Net Present Value (NPV), Cap Rate, Capital Accumulation, and the Annual Growth Rate of Capital to compare different types of commercial real estate investments.

Habitat Build It Breakfast
Community Involvement

You are invited to the the 7th Annual Bend Habitat For Humanity Build It! Breakfast. The event is FREE to attend or to host a table.  Meet some of the families, hear their inspiring stories and learn how you can be involved in building homes and changing lives here in Bend.

Friday March 9, 2018
2850 NW Rippling River Court, Bend, OR 97703 
Registration:  7:00 a.m.
Program:  7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.

Renters Take Over Nearly 25% of Major U.S. Cities
G overnment Affairs

Over the past 10 years, the rental population increased dramatically, even outpacing homeownership growth in the majority of the top U.S. markets. However, a new study from RentCafé shows there's still hope for the homeownership population.

COAR has the following events available to all COAR members, please click on the event title to view more details and register online. Please note you will have to sign into  coar.com to register. Your sign-on is different than your Rapattoni password.
February 9 | 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Law & Rule Required Course 2018 - 2019, 3 CE
February 13 | 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Sign Locates & Call Before You Dig Program, 1 CE
February 14 | 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Suicide Prevention and Training
February 16 | 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Lending 101, 1 CE
February 20 | 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

February 21 | 12:30 PM - 4:00 PM

February 23 | 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Sign Locates & Call Before You Dig - Redmond, 1 CE
February 28 | 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
January 2018 Membership Counts

COAR Member Count (primary):  1886
Secondary Members:  81
MLSCO Member Count: 2030
Appraiser Members: 89
REALTOR® Members in Bend 1308
REALTOR® Members in LaPine 39
REALTOR® Members in Jefferson County 30
REALTOR® Members in Crook County 56
REALTOR® Members in Redmond/Terrebonne 247
REALTOR® Members in Sisters/Camp Sherman 71
REALTOR® Members in Sunriver 109
REALTOR® Members Out of Area 19
MLSCO Member Count:  2029
Affiliate Offices Members:  117
Madras Initiates Community- Wide Survey - The Bulletin
Park District to Oppose Deschutes River Bridge Bill, Looks for Compromise - Stephen Hamway, The Bulletin
Bend May Limit Some Event Permits - Julia Shumay, The Bulletin
Visit Bend Seeks Applicants for Open Board Positions - Cascade Business News
Tariff May Lead to Fewer Solar Farms - Denise Lee, KBND
Redmond & ODOT Host Transportation Meeting - Heather Roberts, KBND
Housing Works to Launch New Local Project - Jason Chaney, Central Oregonian
Four Candidates, One Office: County Clerk - Madras Pioneer
City Issues Warning to Tree Services - The Nugget Newspaper
NAR: Renters Say they Want to Own a Home - Kelsey Ramirez, Housing Wire 
More Homeowners Living with a Roommate - Daily Real Estate News
Don't Panic Over Stalkmarket Mayhem - Daily Real Estate News
HUD Gives $1.5B to Struggling Puerto Ricans - Daily Real Estate News
It's the Best Time to Sell in a Decade - Daily Real Estate News
Five Types of Agents Your Firm Shouldn't Recruit - Melissa Dittman Tracey, REALTOR Magazine
2018 MLS and NAR Policy Changes - NAR Window to the Law
Your Buyers Don't Grasp Mortgage Basics - Daily Real Estate News
REALTORS Property Resource Suspens AMP, Plans Cuts - Daily Real Estate News
What Happens to Real Estate if the Government Shuts Down Again - Daily Real Estate News
Renters Are Getting Frustrated - Daily Real Estate News
Could Inventory Crunch Worsen? - Daily Real Estate News
Loan Demand Stalls in Volatile Week - Daily Real Estate News
Who are the Hackers Targeting Transactions - Daily Real Estate News
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