June eNewsletter A publication by the Mid-Valley Association of REALTORS® Issue XVV 2021
In this Issue:
Message from the Board President
Education Opportunities
Commercial Real Estate Resources
Get Cooking with LePigeon!!
Oregon REALTORS® Good Neighbor
REALTOR® Member Resources
Stand up for Home Owners Rights - RPAC
Executive Officer & New REALTORS® Report
MVAR®, OR® & NAR® Resources
Check out our Business Partners
Follow us on Facebook @MVARSalem
A message from the President

Happy June, MVAR®!

I am proud to say we have made it through half of the year- congratulations! I think we can all agree that this is cause for celebration.

Speaking of celebration, June will mark our first in person & virtual General Membership Meeting for 2021. As a reminder, we are adjusting our meeting from Wednesday this month to Thursday, June 10th. I am excited to welcome Marion County Commissioner Colm Willis, who will offer a wonderful review and discussion with the association. I really want to encourage you to join the meeting, whether it be in person or virtually- either way, we are excited to see you.

Lastly, during this month, we are turning our focus and our energy on to the REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC) and the impacts they’ve had on protecting the individual rights of property ownership and advocacy for Real Estate. It is our goal to ensure that MVAR® and it’s members are actively seeking to better represent buyers and sellers, fair housing and affordability throughout our great State. As REALTORS®, we have unique opportunities to make our voices heard through the dollars raised at the RPAC level, giving us unique abilities to help frame the foundations of homeownership in the communities we live and work in.

If you have not considered becoming a major investor in RPAC, I wanted to challenge you to do so today. The funds raised by RPAC, is the key to protecting and prompting the Real Estate industry at the Local, State and National levels. There is never a greater opportunity to give back to the industry that we all love and value so much. We can all do our part to ensure that advocacy of Homeownership and Real Estate Property rights are at the center of what we do and who we are.

Until next month!
Ashleigh Fordham, President
General Membership Meeting
Join us In Person or Virtual
Thursday, June 10th, 2021
8:30am - 10:00am
Guest Speaker: Colm Willis,
(1 continued education hour)
Or you can join us in person at the Scottish Rite
Social distancing and masks required - limit 100 people
A message from the Professional Development Committee:

Happy June fellow MVAR® members! The Professional Development Committee has some excellent continuing education opportunities coming up, take a look ahead at the calendar and sign up today.

This month's General Membership meeting Thursday, June 10th will feature Marion County Commissioner Colm Willis. Please come prepared with any questions you have for the Commissioner, as your member participation when we have exclusive access to our local leaders is the key to bringing the best value for everyone. 
Additionally, the Marion County Planning Department has graciously agreed to present separately for this month's Risk Advisory Seminar. The presentation will cover statewide planning context, rural zoning, and address commonly asked questions about residential, commercial, and other types of development on rural lands. Planners will demonstrate how REALTORS® can use a public web map to explore rural development opportunities in the county.
Looking ahead into the summer we will host a Legislative update and we are working on having Mike Erdmann from the Home Builders Association at the upcoming General Membership meetings.

If you have any feedback from previous presentations or ideas for future continuing education topics, please always feel welcome to reach out. You can contact any one of the committee members, myself, or the MVAR office. Member input is extremely helpful for future planning, as we always discuss feedback at the meetings and topics submitted by members for consideration. 

Sabrina Jones, Chair
June 2021 Continued Education Class Schedule

Law and Rules Required Course (LARRC)
3 Continued Education Hours
Thursday, June 3, 2021
9:00am - Noon
Location: Virtual Zoom Webinar

General Membership Meeting - "State of the County" with Colm Willis,
Marion County Commissioner
1 Continued Education Hour
Thursday, June 10, 2021
8:30am - 10:00am
Location: Virtual Zoom Webinar and In Person
OR You may register below to join us in person

Rural Planning in Marion County - Lindsey King and Ryan Dyar, Associate Planners
1 Continued Education Hour
Wednesday, June 23, 2021
9:00am - 10:00am
Location: Virtual Zoom Webinar

Mark your calendar for Upcoming Events and Educational Opportunities:

Wednesday, July 14th - Legislative Update - Taylor Shanaman, Oregon REALTORS® 8:30am - 10:00am - registration coming soon.

Friday, July 30th - Managing Principal Broker Forum - In Person - Moderator Kevin Nunn - 11:30am - 1:30pm - registration coming soon.

We will update educational class opportunities as they becomes available on our website and email notice.

For a list of updated classes and registration visit us on our website by clicking here.
A message from our Special Events Committee

I have determined being on the special events committee right now is like not having a date to the prom!  For all of us social folks out there, COVID has taken the wind out of our sails a bit.   The Special Events Committee is still meeting; still planning; and just waiting with the rest of the world for the moment when we can again meet in person!
I have been on a Task Force Committee this past couple of months and we are working on revamping the Awards Banquet!  This means easier process for nominations and voting.  The final product is not quite finished yet, but I think you’ll like it. 
Other than that – get outside, have some fun, be social when you can and I hope we can be together soon!

Lisa McCormick, Chair
A message from our Willamette Valley Governmental Affairs Director

Opportunities are still open for you to provide input on local government plans impacting future development and housing!

Marion County is developing a five-year plan for housing, community development, and infrastructure. Share your thoughts by completing a “Fair Housing Survey” and/or “Housing & Community Development Survey” (surveys open through July 14th).
Our Salem project is seeking your input (through June 11th) on updates to the Salem Area Comprehensive Plan, which will guide future development in Salem:
·        View interactive zoning map and comment on the proposed zoning changes.
·        Complete policy survey.

Please mark your calendars now for these upcoming important meetings and event:
MVAR® Government Affairs Committee Meeting
Tuesday, June 1, 12:00-1:00pm via Zoom
Topics: Salem Climate Action Plan and Local issues updates
Guest Speaker: Patricia Farrell, Salem Climate Action Plan Manager
Willamette Valley Regional Government Affairs Committee (WVGAC) Meeting
Tuesday, June 8, 11:30am-1:00pm via Zoom
Topics: 2021 Legislative Session Update & Local Issues Update
Guest Speaker: Taylor Shanaman, Oregon REALTORS® Government Affairs Director
1 CE credit will be issued for participants, but preregistration is required. 
Register here!
For information about these or any government affairs related issue, or to be placed on the list to get updates on regional issues and future WVGAC meetings, please contact Willamette Valley Government Affairs Director, Selina Barnes, at selinawvgad@gmail.com or (503) 510-0830.
Join us Tuesday, June 1 at a Planning Commission work session on proposed code changes to allow middle housing more broadly in Salem. 
Middle housing includes duplexes, triplexes, quadplexes, townhouses, and cottage clusters. The code changes will allow these types of housing in single-family areas as required by House Bill 2001. 
You can read the proposed code changes here.
The Planning Commission work session will start at 5:30 p.m., and you can provide testimony during the meeting. The agenda provides details on how to sign up to testify. You can also watch the work session live on YouTube: https://bit.ly/planningpublicmeetings
The HB 2001 code changes are part of a larger package of updates that we plan to propose to the zoning code this summer.
What's next?
We anticipate having several work sessions at the Planning Commission to discuss the larger package of code amendments. We will make revisions based on the input we receive. 
Later this summer, we plan to bring the package of proposed code amendments through the adoption process. This will include public hearings at the Planning Commission and City Council. 
The State Legislature passed HB 2001 in 2019 to help increase housing choices and housing supply in Oregon. 
HB 2001 requires large cities like Salem to allow a duplex on each lot that is zoned for residential use that allows development of a detached single-family dwelling. Salem must also allow other types of middle housing – triplexes, quadplexes, townhouses, and cottage clusters – in areas zoned for residential use that allow detached single-family dwellings.
A minimum $1,000 investment is required to participate in this exclusive event featuring Le Pigeon.
Completion of your investment ($1,000 paid-in-full or by signing up for a payment plan) via this form secures your spot in the event, taking place on June 10 from 4:30 to 6:00 PM via Zoom.
Investors will also receive a Le Pigeon cookbook, recipe cards, and list of ingredients to gather to cook along with the chef during the event.
Please contact Oregon REALTORS® with any questions - (503) 362-3645
Rebuilding in Detroit after the Wildfire Devastation

The rebuilding of the Santiam Canyon area is in full swing. Navigating the process of applying for building permits can be overwhelming and daunting to property owners. In order to streamline the process and provide some consistency to property owners and relief to the City of Detroit Staff, Mid-Willamette Valley Council of Governments is providing staff, McRae Carmichael, resources to mitigate these challenges.

There are many steps to go through prior to rebuildingThese steps include: Having septic systems inspected and approved by the County; many existing septic systems were damaged in the wildfire either by the fire that swept through or later by excavating equipment that dropped damaged trees on lots. Once the septic is approved the process of applying for and receiving approval for building permit(s) begin. When applying for building permits a site plan is required. Developing a Property Site Plan identifying where property boundaries are is critical to determine if the prior dwelling was conforming to current planning code or will be considered non-conforming. Property pins and property lot line identification is crucial to establishing pre-existing and future footprint of buildings. If property markers are not clear, surveying can be very expensive and time consuming to accomplish prior to permit issuance.

Not only were some pre-existing dwellings considered to be non-conforming to current planning code, some pre-existing dwellings (pre wildfire) had footprints that were constructed over property lines. Some dwellings have their septic on one lot and their dwelling on another adjacent lot. Those who had non-conforming dwellings are authorized to rebuild on the pre-existing footprint as a non-conforming lot due to the emergency clause adopted by the Cities of the Santiam Canyon corridor and Marion County.

Good News announced from the City of Detroit this week! For people rebuilding in Detroit, the City and County are no longer going to require a one-party easement, restrictive covenant, or lot consolidation for those property owners who have more than one lot adjacent to each other where their previous dwelling(s) and septic tank/drain lines incorporated a footprint on more than one lot.

The City and County recognize that this process is too much of a barrier for rebuilding and is frustrating to property owners who just want to rebuild! The City of Detroit states, “now people can simply come in and apply for a building permit and we will treat the lots as though they are one lot. No surveyor, months of waiting, or thousands of dollars needing to be spent.” The goal to encourage the community to rebuild and lessen the stress involved.

At some point, after reconstruction, there will need to be a clean up process in the event the lot is someday sold; but for the immediate time, rebuilding can begin without further delay and expense.

Any new construction on an unbuilt lot will still require being brought up to current planning code and does not qualify for non-conformance.

Gina Audritsh, North Willamette Council Chair
Commercial REALTOR® Member Resources
Year-to-date through April 2021, commercial transactions were 10% below the level one year ago. Commercial real estate prices continue to firm up, but valuations were still broadly down by 5% in April compared to January 2020.

Secondary/tertiary cities and the suburban areas are still outperforming the primary cities. On a year-over-year basis, apartment rents and office rents are still below pre-pandemic levels in San Francisco, Seattle, New York, and Washington DC . However, apartment rents are rising in 95% of metro areas given the tight supply of housing, owned and rented.

E-commerce and the accelerated use of technology during this working-from-home period has been the growth driver for industrial properties and non-core assets like data centers.
A message from the Community Foundation

"Happy June MVAR® Members!

Can you believe that we are already almost halfway done with 2021? I sure can't!

As our Foundation Board of Directors ventures to find new ways to give back to our community, we have some exciting things coming up for the Community Foundation and your support at helping us get there! We were approached by Gladys Blum who serves as one of their YMCA ambassadors to explore the Y's journey to serve generations to come in our community. Gladys stated "I think if would really be effective for REALTORS® to support this, as it is so important to our community …in all levels".

The Foundation Board of Directors toured the Y's new facility under construction on the corner of Court & Cottage and met with Tim Sinatra, Chief Executive Officer, Family YMCA of Marion and Polk Counties to hear their story. Tim shared "We are committed to bringing a broad range of support within easy reach of every child, family, and adult in our community". Many of us were so amazed of their vision shared. GREAT NEWS - During May's Board meeting the Directors voted unanimously to raise money to support the YMCA. View the YMCA Video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QMdp3uRjE7o&feature=emb_title
Watch for upcoming details and announcements coming out soon!!

In case you didn't know, June is when we hold elections for new board members for the 2021-2022 year. If you or anyone you know is interested in joining the Community Foundation Board of Directors, or have any questions about the duties of our Directors, please don't hesitate to reach out!

Hope you're enjoying the sunshine,
Sarie Scott, MVAR® Community Foundation President
SARCF dba: MVAR® Community Foundation
Our Community Foundation is funded by members, other donors, and fundraising events.
The benefits of supporting MVARCF include bettering our community, a better public image for the real estate industry and donations that are tax deductible as charitable contributions.

For more than 50 years, the REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC) has been one of the strongest and most successful advocacy organizations in the nation. And there’s one reason for that: REALTORS® like you. RPAC recognizes that an industry that shies away from politics is an industry whose future is unstable and uncertain.

Your voluntary investments in RPAC earn us a seat at the table with legislative and policy decision makers on Capitol Hill, statehouses, and city halls across the country. Your continued support and engagement allow us to shape the size, scope, and success of real estate industry for REALTORS® and business, property, and home owners alike.
Help Shape Salem's Future
We want to hear your ideas about housing, transportation, parks, and more. Starting March 31, we will hold weekly public meetings on the Our Salem project.
Each week, we will focus on a different topic, with virtual meetings every Wednesday from noon to 1:30 p.m. and 5:30 to 7 p.m. Choose the time that best fits your schedule. The midday meetings will cover the same material as the evening meetings.
REALTOR® and AFFILIATE Members your input will help shape policies that will guide future growth and development. The policies will support the Our Salem Vision and be incorporated into our updated Comprehensive Plan. Read more here!
REALTOR® and Affiliate Members - You heard it here!
If you missed the Risk Advisory Class on Record keeping and Advertising Requirements presented by Steve Strode, OREA and Ronda Wymore, WVMLS see the recorded presentation by clicking here! Also, we have their power points available on our website www.midvalleyassn.realtor.

Another member benefit is the Law and Rule Required Course (LARRC) scheduled June 3rd, 2021 with instructor Sue Curths. Per OREA you must take a LARRC 3 hour continued education within 2 years before renewal of your license. Registration open now - Click Here!

If you missed our Code of Ethics class in March, as a member benefit we will offer another Code of Ethics class in the winter season 2021.

REALTORS® are required to complete Code of Ethics training of not less than 2 hours, 30 minutes of instructional time. The training must meet specific learning objectives and criteria established by the National Association of REALTORS®. Below are the cycle dates for the Code of Ethics Training Requirement. Training must be completed at anytime during these established cycles. Current Cycle = January 1, 2019 to December 31, 2021 Check your Status Here.
Habitat for Humanity of the Mid-Willamette Valley is looking for:
-  Residential land for new home construction (Santiam Canyon through Polk County)
-  Commercial land for a second ReStore location (Santiam Canyon area)
-  ReStore and construction volunteer’s in Salem
If you know of land, please contact Jerry Ambris at jerry@salemhabitat.org. To volunteer, visit https://salemhabitat.org/volunteer/. Thank you!

Oregon REALTORS® is kicking off their Good Neighbor Award 

Around the state, there are many REALTORS® actively working to better their communities. The Good Neighbor Award seeks to support an outstanding local hero with a $2,000 grant award to their cause and media recognition.

Nominate yourself or a fellow REALTOR® prior to July 31st
at the Oregon REALTORS® website! https://oregonrealtors.org/
Visit our website at www.midvalleyassn.realtor
A Message from the Executive Officer

Hello REALTOR® and Affiliate Members,

Welcome to June and beautiful sunshine!

Seems like everyone I talk to is so very busy these days and that is a good thing! Did you know if you change brokerage offices, change your email or phone number that it is important to contact your local association staff so we may update your records for the local, state and national associations. You can easily access the form necessary from our website under the forms tab!

We now are saving recordings on our website for viewing at your convenience at "REALTOR RESOURCES" of past class presentations.

Your association is always looking for members to be involved on one of our committees. We would encourage you to connect build your network and support the work we do for you and other members including advocacy, continued educational courses, special events planning, and fund raising to give back to our community on your behalf. Just give us a call and find out how to get more involved or visit us online here!

Congratulations new REALTOR® and AFFILIATE Members for joining our Association as we continue to grow together. Be sure to check out the new member list below! A warm welcome and congratulations to our new and returning REALTOR® members.

Don't forget to follow us on Facebook @MVARSalem!  

Also, be sure to check out current announcements, calendar of classes, educational videos and much more on our website www.midvalleyassn.realtor.

Thank you for choosing Mid-Valley Association of REALTORS®
Jean Wheat-Palm, Executive Officer
Welcome New REALTOR® Members
Guadalupe Celestino Cortes
Shelly Stultz
Jonathon Flores
Dana Priddy      
Tracy Steckmann
Amber Shugart
David Evans       
Ezequiel Villegas Chavez
Colin Marcum
Jacquelyn Rogers
Shelby Maldonado
Alejandra Zamudio
Kelcie Hill           
Shawn Sibon
Christopher Gray
Travis Dunn
Tori Prouty
David Mintken 
Brianna Brookfield
Chelsea McKinney
Aimee Larsen-Amend
Irma Manriquez
Mauricio Zamudio
Blake Bower
Realty One Group Willamette Valley
Hallmark Properties, Inc.
Realty One Group Willamette Valley
Berkshire Hathaway HSREP
Berkshire Hathaway HSREP
Blum Real Estate, LLC
John L. Scott – SLM        
eXp Realty, LLC
Sundance Realty             
Keller Williams Capital City
Berkshire Hathaway HSREP        
Berkshire Hathaway HSREP         
eXp Realty, LLC
Pikes Northwest, LLC
Homestar Brokers, LLC 
Homestar Brokers, LLC 
Agri-Business Real Estate Services        
HomeSmart Realty Group                          
BST Realty, LLC 
BST Realty, LLC 
eXp Realty, LLC
John L. Scott - Salem
HomeSmart Realty Group 
Welcome Affiliate Members
Niki During
Brittany Cuff
Patty Crismon
Karin Jolly
Caliber Home Loans
Caliber Home Loans
Willamette Valley Bank
Willamette Valley Bank 
Welcome Returning REALTOR® Members
Kila Swearinger
Jennifer Atkinson 
eXp Realty, LLC
Mark Atkinson Real Estate Inc.
Welcome REALTOR® Association Transfers 
Julie Parrish       
Nicole Noland  
Jennifer Wakefield
Harcourts Elite
Agri-Business Real Estate Services
Sundance Realty
REALTOR® Member Opening New Office
Ashleigh Fordham 
Windermere Heritage
The term REALTOR® is a registered collective membership mark that identifies a real estate professional who is a member of the National Association of REALTORS® and subscribes to its strict Code of Ethics

Sign Up for REALTOR® Party Mobile Alerts

REALTOR® Party Mobile Alerts, NAR’s advocacy texting platform, offers REALTOR® Associations and REALTORS® a way to stay connected directly from their cell phone or tablet. When a national or state legislative call for action is launched, subscribers get a short text message, containing information to take action.

REALTORS® can sign up for REALTOR® Party Mobile Alerts using the form below or by texting the word REALTORS to 30644.
License Expiration on a Weekend? Don’t Wait Until the Last Minute Does your license expire in any of the following months: July 2021, October, 2021, April 2022, July 2022, or December 2022? License expiration dates are always the last day of the month. Anytime your license expiration date is on Saturday or Sunday, we suggest you start your online renewal application in eLicense before the weekend. That way, if you have questions during the application process, there is time to contact the staff at the Oregon Real Estate Agency for help during business hours.
Putting Members First
With the Right Tools, Right Now
In light of the challenges presented by COVID-19, and its impact on the real estate industry, NAR is taking steps to support members through these uncertain times. The Right Tools, Right Now initiative, which was activated once before in 2009, makes new and existing NAR products and services available for FREE or at significant discounts – right now – and is available to REALTORS®. Find out more here.
Consumer Outreach for REALTORS®
That's Who We "R" National Campaign

The new ads for 2021 capture who you are as REALTORS®, and the authentic relationships you have with your clients and communities.
Visit www.ThatsWhoWeR.realtor to find downloadable social posts, digital banners, print ads, and links to campaign merchandise. For easy personalization and immediate social sharing in a few taps, download the new Photofy app with preloaded campaign materials at https://photofy.com/nar.
Remember, this campaign is a member benefit, and it becomes much more powerful when you associate yourself with the REALTOR® brand. Wear your REALTOR® pin with pride, and incorporate the REALTOR® logo into your promotional materials. That way, when potential clients are “looking for the R”, they will look to you! Read more here.
"The two best investments a REALTOR® can make are in themselves and in the real estate industry. Investing in RPAC is the most simple, direct and impactful way of ensuring a bright future for our industry and private property rights".
- Krista Clark, RPAC Major Investor Council Chair.

We need our REALTOR® voice at the table.

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MVAR® 2020-2021 Leadership

Executive Committee
Ashleigh Fordham, President
Heidi Hazel, President-Elect
Zach Fischer, Vice President
Deanna Gwyn, Secretary
Lisa Santana, Treasurer
Judy Gysin, Past President

Damonian Pike
Onna McColly
Ron Liedkie
A J Nash
Sabrina Jones
Ashley Contreras

Affiliate Director
Lisa McCormick

North Santiam Council Chair
Drew Johnson

North Willamette Council Chair
Gina Audritsh
Trudi Schmidt

OAR Past President & WVGAC Representative
George Grabenhorst


Jean Wheat-Palm, Executive Officer
Cheryl Lolkema, Admin/Accounting Assistant
Deborah Hall, Member Services
Committee Chairs

Government Affairs
Patrick Sieng
Craig Evans

Professional Development
Sabrina Jones

Special Events
Lisa McCormick

Professional Standards
Laura Dorn

Grievance Review
Don Meyer

Find contact information for Directors by clicking here.

Find contact information for Committee Chairs by clicking here.

Find contact information for Administration by clicking here.

Mid-Valley Association of REALTORS®
Advocate, Educate & Serve
Upholding our Code of Ethics

www.midvalleyassn.realtor info@midvalleyassn.realtor

Monday-Friday 8:00am - 4:00pm 503.540.0081

physical: 2794 12th St Salem Or 97302
mailing: PO Box 4114 Salem Or 97302