December eNewsletter
A publication by the Mid-Valley Association of REALTORS® Issue XII 2019
A Message from the President
Dear REALTOR® Family,

Happy Holidays!

As I reflect on 2019 and the growth of our association, I am humbly honored to continue serving with such wonderful people and am looking forward to serving as your 2020 President. I have big shoes to fill and feel continually inspired by those who have served in this role before me.

Thank you to MVAR past President Patti Williamson and MVAR Director Craig Evans for their completed service to the association. Both will continue to being active within our association as well as serving our community.
Thank you to all who took time out of their busy schedules to complete the survey that was sent out last month. This is a great way to participate in your association so we know where changes and additions need to happen. 

Speaking of participation, we are looking for members to join our committees. In joining one, you'll find your voice in;  Government Affairs, Professional Development, Professional Standards, Grievance or Special Events. 

In closing, I would especially like to invite everyone to the installation of Mid-Valley Association of REALTORS® Officers and Directors, Wednesday, December 11th at the Scottish Rite Center. This is a great way to meet new people while supporting all who have and are currently serving our association, plus there will be great holiday music. 

Looking forward to a wonderful Holiday Season and and a very Happy New Year!

-Judy Gysin 
In this issue...

Top Story: Annual Children's Christmas Party
2020 Dues
Upcoming Classes & Events
Committee Chair Updates
Letter from the Executive Officer
New Members & Affiliates
OAR & NAR Updates
Thank You to our Sponsors
Industry News
Top Story
30th Annual Children’s Christmas Party 
Shop, Wrap & Celebrate!

Date: Saturday, December 14th
Time: 12-3pm.
Location: Scottish Rite Center
Volunteers for the party should plan to arrive by 11am.

The Salem Association of REALTORS® Community Fund still needs your help creating a magical Christmas celebration for children that participate in the Salem-Keizer School District STEP. Each year, up to 150 disadvantaged children attend the party, experience a visit from Santa Claus, receive gifts and enjoy food and fun activities.

Please bring your donations of wrapping paper to our GMM meeting December 11th. The Community Fund is also accepting cash, check or credit card donations to fund this amazing party.

You're Due to Hear from us!
Pay Your Annual Dues by January 2, 2020
(Local, state, national remain the same at $619.00)

3 Ways to Pay!
1) Call the office to make a payment
2) Mail dues to P.O Box 4114, Salem OR 97302

Local Dues: $149.00
State Dues: $285.00
National Dues: $185.00

Upcoming Classes & Events
Installation of Board and Directors
Holiday Program
Date & Time: Wednesday, December 11th, 8:30am-10am
Cost: Members $10 Non-Members $15

Join us at our General Membership Meeting where we will install our 2020 officers and directors and have a holiday program. Breakfast will be served. Doors open at 8am.
(No CE Credit)

Please bring your donation of Christmas wrapping pap er for our Annual Children's Christmas Party!

Member Orientation

Date: Tuesday, December 17th
Time: 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Location: MVAR Office

Orientation covers benefits, resources, terminology and proper REALTOR® advertising. Any REALTOR® members who wish to attend are welcome

Silverton Holiday Progressive Lunch
Wednesday, December 11th, 11:30am
Upcoming Events & Classes in January
GMM with City Mayors, Wednesday, January 8th, Register here !
OREF at two locations:
Committee Chair Updates
Professional Development Update

H ey Fellow MVAR Members!

Our last class of the year was the Graduate REALTOR® Institute (GRI) courses on the topic of “Contracts”. This was offered on December 5 th at the OAR training room. We are happy to continue the partnership with OAR next year and you can expect to see several more designation opportunities and additional GRI classes.

The Professional Development Committee is looking ahead to 2020 and already planning member education opportunities for the new year. If you have any ideas for educational topics or speakers, please email me. We are happy to consider your input at our upcoming meetings!

-Sabrina Jones, Professional Development Committee Chair.
North Santiam Council Update

I’m excited that both our Stayton and Sublimity mayors will be joining us at our January General membership meeting--Mayor Hank Porter from Stayton and Mayor Jim Kingsbury from Sublimity. They will give a brief update on city happenings and you will have an opportunity to ask questions. 

The city of Sublimity is currently working on updating their development code. It’s a good time to get involved if you live or have clients in Sublimity. The council has a public hearing will be on December 9th at 6pm.

Heidi Hazel, North Santiam Council Chair
North Willamette Council Update

The North Willamette Council (NWC) of the Mid-Valley Association of REALTORS® was established to enable the members in the jurisdiction formerly served by the North Willamette Association of REALTORS®, to maintain their visibility and identity within their community, to continue Consumer Outreach and the Advocacy of REALTOR® issues, and to promote private property ownership in that area.

REALTORS® serving on the Council include Mike Roth, Chair, Gina Audritsh, Lisa Santana, Maryann Mills, Trudi Schmidt and Faith Bowers. Our next meeting will be scheduled in late January. There are many committees you can be involved with and we would encourage you to become involved with your Association. Know that staff is available to answer any of your questions and assist you with any of your needs as well.

Two of those council members will also sit on the Mid-Valley Association of REALTORS® Board of Directors- Mike Roth and Trudi Schmidt. Also, Trudi Schmidt will be serving as the Oregon Association of REALTORS® Director along with Judy Gysin, Chad Harvey, Heidi Hazel, Kelly Martin and Patti Williamson.

Installation Ceremony will be this Wednesday at the General Membership meeting at the Scottish Rite Center from 8:30am-10:00am along with the new Officers and Directors serving the coming year.

We encourage all members to attend the installation and enjoy the holiday program. Hope to see you there!

-Mike Roth, NWC Chair
PR & Outreach Committee Update
And Survey Says...
As 2019 comes to a close, MVAR is eager to learn what you’d like to see in the year ahead. We take pride in serving our members and are eager to hear your feedback for ways that we could improve and learn what types of education, events and services you enjoyed.

If you haven't already, please take a few minutes to fill out the survey . Your feedback is appreciated and valued! 

Ashleigh Fordham, Committee Chair
MVAR Community Fund Update
“The holiday season is upon us and it’s our favorite time of the year because it means we are close to our Children’s Christmas Party coming to fruition. This year the 30th Annual Children’s Christmas Party will be on December 14 th , with shopping, wrapping, and decorating on December 13th. 

Thank you to all who signed up to volunteer this year. While it’s too late to volunteer for the party itself, due to background checks deadlines, we’d still love to have you help with shopping and wrapping on the 13 th . Just contact the MVAR office to let us know. You’ll be making this a day to remember for these little kiddos! 

In November we created an apparel fundraiser to raise funds for the Christmas Party by selling 30th Annual shirts and sweatshirts. If you purchased apparel, please expect to pick up from the MVAR office on December 12th.“ 

-Sarie Scott, Community Fund President
SARCF is responsible for the Mid-Valley Association of REALTORS® Annual Children's Christmas party, where gifts, festive activities, and lunch is provided to approximately 150 children in the Salem-Keizer area who are in need .
Willamette Valley
Government Affairs Committee Update

Thank You MVAR Members!

THANK YOU to the over 40 MVAR members who attended the joint “Our Salem” Comprehensive Planning workshop in November. Over 100 members of MVAR, SEDCOR, Salem Area Chamber of Commerce and Marion County Homebuilders Association gathered on November 19 to give feedback to the City of Salem on how Salem should grow and develop. 

The City of Salem is updating the Salem Area Comprehensive Plan, which guides future development in the Salem area. Thank you for being a positive voice for development, infrastructure, and home affordability and livability in Salem. We will continue to keep you engaged and up-to-date on this multi-year project in 2020. Stay tuned!

Changes to Salem’s Multi-Family Design Standards
Salem is proposing changes to its design standards for multifamily housing. The goal of the project is to help meet the community’s housing needs by removing barriers to the development of multifamily housing and also ensuring that the new development is compatible with existing neighborhoods. MVAR supported the changes, with the exception of not allowing balconies to be placed on the side of a property facing a single-family zoned property. At its November 19 meeting, the Planning Commission approved the proposal and made further changes, including allowing balconies to face single-family zoned properties, continuing to allow garages to count toward multifamily parking requirements, allowing parking in smaller multifamily developments to be located between buildings and the street, and further reducing the parking requirements for small developments. The proposal now goes before the Salem City Council for consideration.

Upcoming Meetings:
The next MVAR GAC meeting will be on Tuesday, January 7, 12:00-1:00pm at MVAR’s office.

The next regional Willamette Valley Government Affairs meeting will be on Tuesday, January 14, 11:30-1:00pm at Willamette Valley Multiple Listing Service (3421 25 th St. SE in Salem). The meeting will focus on several local issues updates from around the region, as well as a preview of what to expect in the February Legislative Session. All MVAR members are welcome to attend!

Happy Holidays to You and Yours! See you in 2020!
- Holly Sears

For more information about any government affairs related issue, please contact Willamette Valley Government Affairs Director, Holly Sears, at or (503) 931-0876.
Photos of REALTORS® from the "Our Salem" Meeting at the Salem Area Chamber of Commerce
MVAR Special Events Committee

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Christmas is coming for 152 littles this year at the Children’s Christmas Party on Saturday, December 14th.

Volunteers are still needed for Friday, December 13th to shop for kiddos as well as wrap and bedazzle their gifts. If you have not signed up and would like to participate in shopping and wrapping, please REGISTER HERE! Reminder- you do not need a background check for participation on Friday. The more volunteers the merrier!

Saturday we will host the party from 12-3pm at the Scottish Rite Center. Rumor has it the Grinch will be making an appearance in addition to Santa and Mrs. Clause!
The party details are just about wrapped up and we look forward to seeing you on Friday and or Saturday to share in the true magic of Christmas and the joy we will bring to these beautiful little ones.

Thank you for taking time out of your day to make a lifelong impact on a child and to show your support!

-Leslie Savage and Susan Dunfee, Co-chairs
Leslie Savage, AmeriTitle
Susan Dunfee, Waterstone Mortgage
Executive Officer Update
A message from your Executive Officer
Greetings REALTORS® and Affiliate Members,
Happy December! We're immersed in the hustle and bustle of the holiday season with office parties, shopping, hot coffee, children waiting for snow, and spending time with friends and families at holiday get-togethers.
Welcome new REALTORS® and Affiliate Members ! See the list below.
Looking ahead, we're gearing up for this week’s Installation Ceremony of the Officers and Directors at our General Membership Meeting on December 11th. There will be a holiday celebration with music by the Sprague String Quartet with the North Salem High School Color Guard presenting the flag.
Check out the many educational opportunities scheduled in the upcoming months ahead! You can look at dates prior to our notice by visiting our website at  

Speaking of the website, in case you missed something, there is now a Blog on our home page for recent announcements! Also new on the home page is Things to Know section where you can find items of interest such as the Silverton Property Tours Schedule , REALTOR® Membership Renewal and more.
Beginning in January 2020 we are back to monthly General Membership Meetings on the 2 nd Wednesday of each month. Watch for the many educational opportunities each month for you to attend.
Our professional staff is here to serve you. Please give us a call 503.540.0081 or stop by the office if you have any questions or need assistance, Monday – Friday from 8:00am – 4:00pm.
Enjoy your Holiday Season. Merry Christmas to you and your families.
Have a successful December REALTORS®.

-Jean Wheat-Palm
Welcome New REALTORS®
Charlene Miller
Charles O'Neal
Ian Bilinowich
Veronica Gonzalez
Robert Rochefort
Whitney Ulven
Mike Ulven
Kelsey Weeks
Diana Cundiff
Trent Van Cleave
Tabitha Wellard
New Home Star Oregon, LLC
Horsepower Real Estate
HomeSmart Realty Group
Premiere Property Group, LLC
Appraisal Solutions Review & Consultation, LLC
Silverton Realty
Silverton Realty
Coho Realty
WH Realty
HomeSmart Realty Group
HomeSmart Realty Group
Welcome New Affiliates
Lora Cross
Brian Cross
Rich Duncan
Bank of America
Bank of America
Rich Duncan Construction Inc.
Welcome Founding North Willamette Members
REALTOR® members  shall be entitled to all services currently provided by Mid-Valley Association of REALTORS®, including professional staff, dues collection, educational opportunities, core standard programs, committee volunteer opportunities, consumer outreach and the advocacy of REALTOR® issues, and professional standards administration and training.

Current North Willamette Association Members who are designated as  Life Members  shall become  Mid-Valley Association of REALTORS® Life Members  upon their transfer to MVAR.

REALTOR® members of the North Willamette Association of REALTORS® who were primary members as of October 14, 2019  have received their dues invoices, to pay by Jan 2, 2020.

All  new  REALTOR®  membership applications  will be made to  Mid-Valley Association of REALTORS®  effective October 15, 2019.

You are welcome to  visit our website  at  for more information. We will be updating the site throughout the coming weeks ahead.

Thank you for your attention to the above information . If at any time you have questions, please feel free to reach out by email or phone 503.540.0081 at your convenience. We will continue to periodically provide additional information in the days ahead.
Industry News & Announcements
Silverton Property Tours

To submit a property for tour: write “TOUR” on the listing information sheet.
Send to: Harcourts NW Oregon Realty Group | Fax: 503-873-7195 or
Email: by 5:00pm on preceding Tuesday.

The next scheduled property tour is on December 12th, starting at Silverton Realty
Click here to view the schedule for the upcoming weeks.
Oregon Housing Economic Summit, Jan 16th 2020
OAR & NAR Updates
Code of Ethics Training is now a Three Year Cycle (After 2021)

The NAR Board of Directors approved a change to NAR’s Code of Ethics training requirement from a two year cycle to a three year cycle.

The Leadership Team sought feedback from several committees before bringing the proposal before the Board of Directors.

The current Cycle 6 deadline is extended from Dec 31, 2020, to Dec 31, 2021.

SB 608 - Updated Summary

We have updated the Senate Bill 608 Summary to help answer additional questions associated with the passing of statewide rent control.

Senate Bill 608 ends no-cause evictions and limits annual rent increases to 7% + CPI after the first year of occupancy. It was signed by the Governor and took effect on February 28, 2019. OAR opposed the bill, but it sailed through both Chambers with only perfunctory hearings and no opportunity to amend.

For your reference, please see our Updated Summary!

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 .

OAR has partnered with  Johnson Benefit Group, Inc.  to provide Oregon Association of REALTORS® members access to group insurance rates. 

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Johnson Benefit Group, Inc at 503-656-3232 or email Dave at:  or KB at:

Medical: All insurance and coverage options (excluding dental-see dental below)
Medical Coverage with EverMed.
Dental & Vision insurance is now available for members through  Ameritas . Offering multiple plan designs with a new option for Vision benefits.  Ameritas  gives you the ability to see any dentist you want. Going in network will give you the biggest savings as it stretches your benefit farther through agreed upon discounts. Orthodontics is included with some of our plans. Vision can only be purchased in conjunction with Dental. 

The Oregon Real Estate Agency provides you the necessary information to renew your license, transfer your license, how to enter and update your records for hours of continuing education through out the year. You will also find the Oregon Revised Statutes (ORS)
and the Oregon Real Estate
The National Association of REALTORS® and its affiliated Institutes, Societies, and Councils provide a wide-range of programs and services that help members increase their skills, proficiency, and knowledge. Designations and certifications acknowledging experience and expertise in various real estate sectors are awarded by NAR and each affiliated group upon completion of required courses. Designations & Certifications here!
Thank You to Our Sponsors!
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the kind of bank you'd be proud to introduce to all your friends.
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Watch for the 2020 Sponsorship opportunities
coming your way this month.
Columbia Sportswear Employee Store
REALTORS® have access to the store every Wednesday. Simply show your business card to receive exclusive access for you and your guests (up to 4).

The Certified Real Estate Team Specialist certification is designed to improve team development, individual leadership skills, and financial performance. The courses provide the tools, strategies, and knowledge that are required of today’s real estate professionals who are either considering or currently operating in a team environment. It is for team leaders, team members, those looking to start a team, and those who simply want to sharpen their management skills.

or contact
the Real Estate Business Institute (REBI) at
or 800-621-8738.

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?

Commercial REALTOR® Informative Links

The National Association of REALTORS® advocates every day on behalf of the nation's 1.3 million REALTORS® and 75 million property owners. NAR is widely considered one of the most effective advocacy organizations in the country.
We work for you by advocating for federal, state, and local policy initiatives that strengthen the ability of Americans to own, buy, and sell real property. We also work with you, by providing a wide variety of resources to foster and harness the grassroots strength of the REALTOR® Party.
RPAC: Where Does The Money Go?
RPAC is one of the most bipartisan PACs in the country, giving to both Democrats and Republicans alike. The only stipulation is that the candidate be a member of the REALTOR Party® - members of Congress and candidates who suppor REALTOR®-friendly issues. Through direct contributions, our opportunity race program, and independent expenditures, we ensure that REALTOR® issues are heard on Capitol Hill.

Starting your Career?
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, subscribe to our 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 two-year cycles. The two-year requirement is new and you can find out more here! . The training must meet specific learning objectives and criteria established by the National Association of REALTORS®.    
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

North Santiam Council Chair
Drew Johnson

North Willamette Council Chair
Mike Roth
Trudi Schmidt

Affilliate Director
Jazmin Hayworth

OAR Past President & WVGAC Representative
George Grabenhorst

Jean Wheat-Palm, Executive Officer
Cheryl Lolkema, Admin/Accounting Assistant
Diana Dettwyler, Marketing Assistant

 Committee Chairs
Government Affairs
Patrick Sieng

Professional Development
Sabrina Jones

OutReach & Public Relations
Ashleigh Fordham

Special Events
Leslie Savage & Susan Dunfee

Professional Standards
Laura Dorn

Grievance Review
Don Meyer
MVAR Holiday Closures:
Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day and New Years Day
Mid-Valley Association of REALTORS®
Office phone: 503.540.0081
Office Hours: M-F 8:00am - 4:00pm
Location: 2794 12th St Salem Or 97302
Mailing: PO Box 4114 Salem Or 97302
Woo Hoo! You made it all the way to end! Way to go!!! (-: