November eNewsletter A publication by the Mid-Valley Association of REALTORS® Issue XIII 2020
Please note: We are sending a corrected version of the eNewsletter because of broken links for GMM registration.
Also, the Candidates Bio has added content.
If any questions, please call the office at 503.540.0081.
Our apologies for the oversight.
In this Issue:
Special Announcement from the President
2021 Candidates for MVAR® Board of Directors
Education Opportunities
Commercial Real Estate Resources
REALTOR® Member Resources
Committee Reports
Executive Officer & New REALTORS® Report
MVAR, OAR & NAR Resources
Sponsors - Business Partners
A Message from the President

Hello REALTOR® Family and welcome to November!

We have a special announcement to make for the upcoming November General Membership Meeting!!

The meeting will be broadcast virtually on Zoom and simultaneously we will host "in person" at the Scottish Rite Center (masks required along with social distancing). There is a limit to the number of members to join us in person of 80.

If you have already registered for the virtual broadcast and would like to join us in person, you are required to register here: JOIN IN PERSON GENERAL MEETING Thursday, November 12th at 8:30am.

Looking forward to seeing you in person and zooming virtually with you at our General Membership Meeting - Annual Meeting in November.

Sincerely, Judy Gysin
Congratulations to your 2021 appointment on the
MVAR® Board of Directors
Zach Fischer, Principal Broker/Owner
John L Scott - Salem West

Appointed by the
MVAR Board of Directors
as Secretary 12/01/2020 - 11/30/2021

Lisa Santana, Principal Broker/Owner
Bledsoe Santana Team Realty, LLC

Appointed by the
MVAR Board of Directors
as Treasurer 12/01/2020 - 11/30/2022

General Membership Meeting

! ! Virtual Live Webinar and "In Person" Meeting ! !

Thursday, November 12, 2020 8:30 am

Annual Meeting and Elections of Officers
The elections will be handled by electronic ballot sent by email to all members

Commercial & Community Update
(1 hour continued education)

Jennifer as the facilitator will provide a quick update of commercial real estate, Joanne will discuss resources available at the Small Business Development Center, Zachary will share the Chambers initiatives as they affect small business and livability in the community and Eunice will provide the latest progress with "Our Salem Project."

Guest Speakers: Jennifer Martin - Mid-Valley Commercial Real Estate, Joanne Scharer - Chemeketa Center for Business & Industry, Zachary Sielicky - Salem Area Chamber of Commerce and Eunice Kim - City of Salem 


Please note: Masks required - social distancing - limit of 80

Individual Registration required to receive Continued Education Certificate.
Certificates will be mailed within 5 business days of event.
Meet The Nominated Candidates For 2021 Election
The elective year of the association is December 1, 2020 - November 30, 2021
Members will be notified of your electronic ballot to vote by November 12th.
MVAR® Board of Directors
2 - three year term positions and 1 - two year term position
Ashley Contreras
RE/MAX Integrity
Sabrina Jones
RE/MAX Integrity
Ian Levin
Ron Liedkie
HomeSmart Realty Group
A J Nash
Tradition Real Estate Partners
MVAR® Directors Council Chairs
(one year term positions)
Trudi Schmidt
HomeSmart Realty Group
North Willamette Council Chair
Drew Johnson
Berkshire Hathaway HSREP
North Santiam Council Chair
MVAR® Affiliate Directors
(7 - one year term positions)
Traci Benjamin
Churchill Mortgage
Cynthia Johnson
Old Republic Home Protection
Nelson Lomax
Landmark Professional Mortgage
Lisa McCormick
Cherry Creek Mortgage
MVAR® Board of Directors - Executive Officers
(one year term positions)
Chad Harvey, President
Harvey Realty Group
Ashleigh Fordham Pres-Elect
RE/MAX Integrity
Heidi Hazel, Vice President
Berkshire Hathaway HSREP
OAR® Directors
(7 - one year term positions)
Chad Harvey, Harvey Realty Group
Ashleigh Fordham, Re/MAX Integrity
Heidi Hazel, Berkshire Hathaway HSREP
Zach Fisher, John L Scott Salem West
Judy Gysin, Gysin Realty Group
Trudi Schmidt, HomeSmart Realty Group
Kelly Martin, Berkshire Hathaway HSREP
The first notice to members announcing the candidates was provided by
the Nominating Committee October 18, 2020. This election will be by electronic ballot.
The elective year of the Mid-Valley Association of REALTORS®
is December 1, 2020 - November 30, 2021
Thank you to Jennifer Martin, Sue Curths, Chad Harvey, Gladys Blum and Hector Garcia of the Nominating Committee for your services.
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A message from the Professional Development Committee

Happy fall fellow MVAR members!
I hope you are all able to join for the virtual and in person November general membership meeting/annual meeting that will be on a Thursday November 12th this month instead of Wednesday in honor of Veterans Day. Please watch for details on how to register if you would like to join us in person! We will be welcoming Jennifer Martin and other community leaders as they provide an commercial and community update. This is a presentation that we try to hold annually and those who have attended before know that Jennifer gives an informative update worth attending. The speakers joining Jennifer are Joanne Scharer with Chemeketa Center for Business & Industry, Zachary Sielicky with the Salem Area Chamber of Commerce, and Eunice Kim with the City of Salem. Eunice has presented before to MVAR regarding the Salem Area Comprehensive Plan, you may recall the city was looking for input regarding zone planning. The city's long range plan is titled "Our Salem Project" and it will be great to hear the latest insight from Eunice on how this is progressing.

Also this month we will be virtually hosting guest speaker Sheena Williams, Manager/Lead Instructor with Krav Maga out of Salem, on November 16th @ 9:00am. Krav Maga was slated to speak during our September "Real Estate Safety Month" general membership meeting, but had to cancel due to the wildfires. We are grateful for Sheena's flexibility and glad to have her presenting on personal & family protection.

The professional development committee is in the process of brainstorming and confirming speakers for 2021. As always we encourage you to reach out with any ideas or topics you would like to see presented. Upcoming classes that you may want to watch for are the annual forms update, state of the union with OAR, local Mayors panel, and a risk advisory on working with unlicensed contractors.
Sabrina Jones, Chair 
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Continued Education Classes - November Schedule
General Membership Meeting - Commercial & Community Update
(1 Continuing Education Hour)
Thursday, November 12, 2020
8:30 am - 10:00 am
Location Update: Live Zoom Webinar or "In Person"

Personal & Family Protection - Guest Speaker Sheena Williams, Manager/Lead Instructor KRAV MAGA
(1 Continuing Education Hour)
Monday, November 16, 2020
9:00 am - 10:00 am
Location: Live Webinar

Mark your calendar for Upcoming Educational Opportunities:
December 3, 2020 - OREF Forms update 9:00 am
December 9, 2020 - GMM - Installation 8:30 am - 10:00 am
January 13, 2021 - GMM - State of the Union - OAR® 8:30 am - 10:00 am
January 28, 2021 - Risk Advisory - Unlicensed Contractors Noon - 1:00 pm
February 10, 2021 - GMM - Mayors Panel - Silverton, Salem, Stayton, Keizer & Dallas 8:30 am
March 4, 2021 - Discovering Commercial Real Estate 9:00 am - noon

We will update educational class opportunities as they becomes available on our website and notice by email.
For a list of updated classes and registration visit us on our website by clicking here.
Special Events Committee
The Special Events Committee has been all dressed up with nowhere to go! I’m so glad we were able to have our Roaring 20’s MVAR Award event before we started the COVID quarantine!  I can’t wait until we can meet again in person!

As a committee we have been continuing with ZOOM meetings and are currently planning our Annual Children's Christmas Party. It will have a new look this year!   We will be doing a drive-thru event and will be gifting to the family and every child who shows up in the car.  Our committee is very creative and determined to have our annual event!   The Grinch and elves will still show up; we will be giving a gift basket to the family; and the kiddos will get a stocking stuffed with needed items like toothpaste & toothbrush, shampoo, dental floss and then of course Christmas goodies like candy canes, hot chocolate packets and popcorn. The event will take place at the Scottish Rite on Saturday, December 12th!

Do you want to volunteer and help with the Annual Children's Christmas Party? If so, please email and let us know.

MVAR members we need your help purchasing the raffle tickets! We use the funds from the sale of the tickets to fund the party and our grants for local non-profits in our community.  Please find a member of either the Special Events Committee or the Foundation to purchase tickets. They are only $10.00 each!
Lisa McCormick, Chair   
A message from the SARCF dba: MVAR Community Foundation Board by Sarie Scott, President

Our Community Foundation Board is now selling our Annual Raffle Tickets. Although COVID-19 has placed limits with our social distancing it is also one of my favorite fundraisers that we do because it gives our board the ability to connect with others in our association that we may not talk to or see on a regular basis as well as meet new members of the association.

With the funds raised we will be able to approve grant requests as well as raise money for the MVAR Annual Children's Christmas Party. Tickets are on sale now!! Help raise money for the community foundation today. Purchase tickets online here!

Prize #1 - Harbor Hideaway House - 2 nights sleeps 6
Prize #2 - 4 Person Guided Fishing Trip - Pastime Fishing Adventures
Prize #3 - Willamette Valley Vineyard Bottle Red or White a month for a year
Prize #4 - "Lil Nantucket" By the Sea 2 nights sleeps 4
Prize #5 - Dessert Surprise Something Yummy each month delivered to you for a year
Prize #6 - Growler Fill Monthly for a Year plus 2 $100 Donatello's Pizza Gift Cards

Commercial REALTOR® Member Resources

The Commercial Real Estate Trends & Outlook Report discusses trends in the small commercial market or transactions that are typically less than $2.5 million. This report is based on information collected from NAR’s 2020 Q3 Commercial Real Estate Quarterly Market Survey about the commercial transactions of REALTORS® and members of NAR’ commercial affiliate organizations (CCIM, SIOR, RLI, IREM, and the Counselors of Real Estate) during the third quarter of 2020.
The survey results indicate the continuing impact of the pandemic on the volume of transactions and on commercial business practices. The impact of the pandemic is still evolving but the survey results are providing an indication of where changes are heading. In the office sector, 62% of respondents reported an increase in companies moving to smaller offices, and 58% of respondents reported an increase in short-term leases of two years or less. In the retail properties market, 52% percent reported they are seeing more vacant malls being repurposed for other uses, such as mixed-use, industrial use, hospitals, or as churches.
REALTORS® reported a decline in sales and leasing transactions, except for industrial properties, clearly the strongest leg of the commercial sector. The land market has also been a strong sector, especially sales of land for recreational use, as the pandemic has curtailed leisure activities in the urban areas.

NAR’s Federal Advocacy team has been working closely with Congress and the Administration to ensure the interests of REALTORS®, their families, consumers, and the entire real estate industry are protected in any federal action in response to COVID-19.
NAR is also in constant communication with industry partners to ensure there remains a united front defending the real estate industry and minimizing transaction disruptions during these very difficult times. As the actions out of Washington evolve daily, below is a current report as of October 30th of ongoing NAR Advocacy efforts that will be updated regularly.

Updating your NAR Profile

Completing your NRDS profile will ensure you receive the commercial news and benefits tailored to your professional needs from NAR and REALTORS Property Resource (RPR®). More-robust profiles will also help when you're looking to refer business or find a specialist through the Find a REALTOR® feature at To review and update your profile, sign in to Click on My Account and then Manage Account. Scroll down and click on "Change your member data profile (NRDS)."

Government Affairs Update – November 2020

Vote by November 3!
The right to vote is the foundation of democracy – don’t forget to turn in your ballot by 8pm Tuesday, November 3. The last day to safely mail your ballot has passed so the best option is to drop off your ballot at a designated drop site. A list of Marion County ballot drop sites can be found here and a list of Polk County ballot drop sites can be found here.

MVAR and OAR Proudly Endorses the Following Local Candidates:
Keizer City Council
City Council Position 1 – Laura Reid
City Council Position 2 – Ross Day
City Council Position 3 – Kyle Juran

Marion County Commissioner
Danielle Bethell

Polk County Commissioner
Lyle Mordhorst

Marion County Clerk
Bill Burgess

Senate District 10
Denyc Boles

House District 17
Jami Cate

House District 19
Raquel Moore-Green

House District 21
Brian Clem

House District 25
Bill Post
Silverton City Council Candidate Forum

“Our Salem” Comprehensive Plan Update

As you are aware, the City of Salem is in the middle of a multi-year process to update the Salem Area Comprehensive Plan, which is the document that guides future growth and development in Salem. The Project’s Draft Vision was presented to Salem City Council in a work session on September 23. The Draft Vision includes goals and a map and focuses on the following main areas: Community Engagement, Land Use and Urbanization, Housing, Economic Development, Parks and Recreation, Natural Resources and Natural Hazards, Willamette Greenway, Transportation and Community and Public Facilities and Services. The Draft Vision is important because the Comprehensive Plan will be updated to reflect this Vision. MVAR Member Feedback is vital throughout the Project. Please take the time to provide feedback on the Draft Vision document by completing a brief survey found here.

Willamette Valley Government Affairs
The next regional Willamette Valley GAC meeting will be on Tuesday, November 10, 11:30-1:00 via ZoomThe agenda includes a recap of the November 3 election, as well as several important local issues updates. To get on the email list for meeting reminders, email Holly Sears at

If you have any questions about the candidate interview process, or any other government affairs-related issue, please contact MVAR Government Affairs Committee Chair, Patrick Sieng, at; or MVAR Government Affairs Director, Holly Sears, at
Don't Forget - Association Dues are payable by January 1, 2021
A Message from the Executive Officer

REALTOR® and Affiliate Members,
Hello November - grateful for the little things!

What can we do for you? Do you have a suggestion, idea or thinking about getting involved with your Association? Just give us a call, as we would love to have a conversation with you.

Dues are payable by January 1, 2021. There is no change from last year for your annual dues on the local level $149.00, state $285.00 or national $185.00 totalling $619.00. Invoices were emailed this past week. Please call the office if you did not receive the invoice or check your junk/spam email file.

You can also login to your NAR profile and pay online or stop by our office or call 503.540.0081 and our friendly staff will assist you. Another option is to mail a check for dues to our P O Box 4114 Salem OR 97302. For further assistance or payment plans email or call!

Amazing to see the new REALTORS® and Affiliate Members joining our Association as we continue to grow, check out the new member list below! A warm welcome and congratulations to our new and returning REALTOR® members.

Jean Wheat-Palm, Executive Officer
Welcome REALTOR® and AFFILIATE Members
Welcome New REALTOR® Members
Phyllis Egby 
Kristin Sevey 
Beau Whitaker 
Jeffery Harrison 
Alba Reyes Torres 
Cheryl Spenner 
Houston Hawley 
Chris Blackburn 
Zoe Barajas 
Fernando Barajas 
Shelby Pilgrim 
Alexandria Sielicky
Caden Leno 
HomeSmart Realty Group
HomeSmart Realty Group
HorsePower Real Estate
Realty One Group Willamette Valley
HomeSmart Realty Group
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services
Bledsoe Santana Team Realty, LLC Silverton Branch
HomeSmart Realty Group
HomeSmart Realty Group
BrightHome Real Estate Group
Bledsoe Santana Team Realty, LLC Keizer Branch
HomeSmart Realty Group
Welcome Returning REALTOR® Members
Rebekah Cartwright
Amberly Calabria
John L Scott - WSL
Keller Williams Capital City
Welcome Transferring REALTOR® Members
Jason Icenbice
Jason Icenbice Realty
Welcome Secondary Board REALTOR® Members
Colleen Gordon
Keller Williams Capital City
Existing Members New Office
Patrick Sieng
Maxwell Brentano
Capitol Real Estate
Bretano Realty, LLC 
REALTORS® just starting your career - explore these options:
You may have aced your licensing exam, but there’s still so much to learn about prospecting for leads, cultivating strong relationships with clients, negotiating the sales process, and guiding a transaction smoothly to the closing table. For those starting out, REALTOR® Magazine’s Rookie Tool Kit provides timeless guidance on topics such as how to choose a brokerage and how to begin generating business. Also, watch for our monthly e-newsletters to be sure you are getting the latest practical tips and trend information for your business. And be sure to check out the REALTOR® Benefits Program for discounts and offers available exclusively to NAR members.

Code of Ethics Training
REALTORS® are required to complete ethics training of not less than 2 hours, 30 minutes of instructional time within three-year cycles. The three-year requirement is new and you can find out more here!  
Donate Here:
If you have not been affected, you can donate here:
Goes directly to grants for Oregonians displaced by the fires
National Association of REALTORS®

What: The National Association of REALTORS®, “The Voice for Real Estate,” is America’s largest trade association, representing 1.3 million members, including NAR’s institutes, societies, and councils, involved in all aspects of the residential and commercial real estate industries.

Who: Our membership is composed of residential and commercial REALTORS®, who are brokers, salespeople, property managers, appraisers, counselors, and others engaged in all aspects of the real estate industry. Members belong to one or more of some 1,300 local associations/boards and 54 state and territory associations of REALTORS®. They are pledged to a strict Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice.

Why: Working for America's property owners, the National Association provides a facility for professional development, research and exchange of information among its members and to the public and government for the purpose of preserving the free enterprise system and the right to own real property.

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.
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.

It’s been an incredible journey... let’s keep the momentum going!
Commitment to Excellence (C2EX) from the National Association of REALTORS® empowers REALTORS® to evaluate, enhance and showcase their highest levels of professionalism. It’s not a course, class or designation—it’s an Endorsement that REALTORS® can promote when serving clients and other REALTORS®.
We are very proud to announce that there are now over 50,000 members participating in the program! This innovative engagement tool encourages participation in all levels of the REALTOR® organization, and at no additional cost.

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.
Consumer Outreach for REALTORS®
That's Who We "R" National Campaign

The new ads for 2020 capture who you are as REALTORS®, and the authentic relationships you have with your clients and communities.
Visit 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
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!

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FAQs - NAR’s Partnerships with Commercial Listing Platforms
Frequently asked questions about NAR’s partnerships with commercial listing platforms

  1. Which companies have NAR partnered with to offer commercial data listing services to members?
  2. What are the NAR member discounts on these platforms?
  3. What about the third platform option, Catylist?
  4. Where did these partnerships originate?
  5. How do these listing platform partnerships benefit NAR members?
  6. How does RPR integration help?

MVAR 2020 Leadership

Executive Committee
Judy Gysin, President
Chad Harvey, President Elect
Ashleigh Fordham, Vice President
Heidi Hazel, Secretary
Sue Curths, Treasurer
Kelly Martin, Past President

Patrick Sieng
Ryan Steckly
Damonian Pike
Onna McColly
Zach Fischer
Deanna Gywn

Affiliate Director
Jazmin Hayworth

North Santiam Council Chair
Drew Johnson

North Willamette Council Chair
Mike Roth
Trudi Schmidt

OAR Past President & WVGAC Representative
George Grabenhorst

Jean Wheat-Palm, Executive Officer
Cheryl Lolkema, Admin/Accounting Assistant
Deborah Hall, Member Services
Pictured - 2020 Board of Directors Leadership Retreat

Committee Chairs
Government Affairs
Patrick Sieng

Professional Development
Sabrina Jones

Special Events
Lisa McCormick & Jazmin Hayworth

Professional Standards
Laura Dorn

Grievance Review
Don Meyer

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

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

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