February eNewsletter A publication by the Mid-Valley Association of REALTORS® Issue XVI 2021
In this Issue:
Message from the Board President
General Membership Meeting
Education Opportunities
Commercial Real Estate Resources
REALTOR® Member Resources
Committee Reports
Executive Officer & New REALTORS® Report
MVAR®, OR® & NAR® Resources
Sponsors - Business Partners
A message from the President

The first month of the New Year went by like a flash!

In addition to our monthly Board Meeting, the 17 member/directors of MVAR's Board began their planning session to evaluate the recent survey and feedback from you the member. We are taking into consideration member feedback and using the information to create ways to find value for our overall membership.

We have experienced a slight delay to finalize our plans and will reconvene later this month. Next month watch for more updates in your newsletter as we navigate through 2021 together.

Chad Harvey, President

Virtual Live Webinar
Wednesday, February 10, 2021
8:30am - 10:00am

Guest Speakers - Silverton Mayor Kyle Palmer, Dallas Mayor Brian Dalton, Stayton Mayor Hank Porter, Salem Mayor Chuck Bennett and
Keizer Mayor Cathy Clark
Topic - Community Updates - Development, Infrastructure and more!
(1 continued education hour)
A message from the Professional Development Committee
The Professional Development Committee has welcomed two new members at the start of the year. With continued participation from all 2020 committee members, we now welcome Lila Timmons with Next Home Picket Fence Realty and Ronda Wymore from WVMLS. I am confident that our group of committed committee members will continue to serve you with valuable education opportunities throughout 2021. 

This month's general membership meeting will feature a panel of local Mayors including Salem, Keizer, Silverton, Stayton and Dallas. This will be the first year we will have Mayor Brian Dalton from Dallas joining the other area leaders to speak and address member questions. We have asked all mayors to share their philosophy on new development, upcoming issues/concerns of infrastructure, and new development in their communities. There is also time built into the meeting for members to address the mayors with additional questions after they have all had the opportunity to speak. I encourage you to join for the meeting, as this is your exclusive opportunity to hear from and address your questions to our local community leaders. This year, the mayor panel will also qualify for one continuing education credit. 

There are other continuing education virtual presentations you can register for now. As always, there is a calendar on the MVAR website - Events Calendar | Mid-Valley Assn. The February 24th risk advisory will be on "Water Rights" and is being presented later this month by Greg Walker, Watermaster, Oregon Water Resources Department. Also, you can register now for the education seminar "Discovering Commercial Real Estate" being presented by Curt Arthur on March 4th. Curt is the Managing Director of SVN Commercial Advisors, LLC in Salem and has been a top advisor for decades in the area. This is sure to be a presentation you don't want to miss! 

The committee is off to a great start this year with proposed continuing education planned into the summer months. We appreciate your member feedback and suggestions on upcoming continued education opportunities.
Sabrina Jones, Chair 
February 2021 Continued Education Class Schedule

GRI Designation - Risk Management
6 Continued Education Hours
Thursday, February 4, 2021 & Friday, February 5, 2021
9:00am - 12:00pm
Location: Live Webinar

General Membership Meeting - Mayors Panel - Dallas, Keizer, Silverton, Salem and Stayton
1 Continued Education Hour
Wednesday, February 10, 2021
8:30am - 10:00am
Location: Live Zoom Webinar

Water Rights - Greg Wacker, Watermaster - Oregon Water Resources Department
1 Continued Education Hour
Wednesday, February 24, 2021
9:00am - 10:00am
Location: Live Zoom Webinar

Mark your calendar for Upcoming Events and Educational Opportunities:

March 4, 2021 - Discovering Commercial Real Estate 9:00am - noon - Register Here
March 10, 2021 - Virtual REALTOR® DAY AT THE CAPITOL 9:00am - 6:00pm - Register Here
March 11 & 12, 2021 GRI Designation - Transactions 9:00am - noon - Register Here
March 24, 2021 - Code of Ethics - Deb Nolen 9:00am - noon - Register Here

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.
Follow us on Facebook @MVARSalem
Government Affairs Update
Dear MVAR® Family,
As many of you know, I have decided to end my time as your Willamette Valley Government Affairs Director, effective at the end of February. Although I am excited about the possibility of exploring new opportunities in my professional career, I will greatly miss the hundreds of thoughtful, humorous and kind interactions I have had with many of you during the past seven years. I have yet to meet a kinder, more generous group of professionals in my career, and I am so grateful to call many of you dear friends. I look forward to crossing paths with you in the future and wish you all the best in 2021 and beyond. - Holly Sears
Please mark your calendars for these upcoming important meetings:
MVAR® Government Affairs Meeting
The next MVAR Government Affairs Committee Meeting will be on Tuesday, February 2, 12:00-1:00pm via Zoom. Our guest speaker will be Marion County Commissioner Colm Willis. We will also have several important local issues updates. Join us here!
Willamette Valley Regional Government Affairs Meeting
The next regional Willamette Valley Government Affairs Committee Meeting will be on Tuesday, February 9, 11:30-1:00pm via Zoom. We will have an update on the 2021 Legislative Session from guest speaker Taylor Shanaman, Oregon REALTORS® Government Affairs Director. 1 CE credit will be issued for participants, but pre-registration is required. Register for the meeting here.
March 10, 2021 Virtual REALTOR® Day at the Capitol
REALTOR® Day at the Capitol has turned into a virtual event due to COVID-19 restrictions on gatherings inside the Capitol. Additional details about the event, including an agenda for the day's programs, information about continuing education aspects for Oregon REALTORS®, and what to expect in terms of engagement opportunities with legislators will be provided in the coming weeks. The tentative agenda includes a general session from 9:00-11:00am (2 CE credits) and meetings with your State Legislators between 12:00pm - 3:00pm. Register Here.

For more information about any government affairs related issue, please contact Willamette Valley Government Affairs Director, Holly Sears, at willamettevalleygad@gmail.com or (503) 931-0876.
Commercial REALTOR® Member Resources
The Commercial Market Insights
January 2021

The commercial real estate market is recovering, but the recovery is facing a difficult challenge amid social distancing and business opening regulations to control the spread of COVID-19.
Commercial real estate sales transactions picked up in the fourth quarter, but full-year transactions were 32% below last year’s level.
REALTOR® and Affiliate Members - You heard it here!
According to WVMLS, as of 1/28/21, the City of Silverton currently has only 12 "active" residential listings with 45 "pending or active under contract". We usually have around 40 to 50 "active" listings, so clearly inventory is VERY limited.
We have 8 "active" bare land listings with 11 "pending or under contract". WVMLS shows we currently have NO multi-family units that are "active" at the moment, but 2 that are "pending or under contract". 
Silverton has 5 commercial properties that are "active" and 7 that are "pending or under contract".
To sum it up, the REALTORS® out here have been busy, but inventory is tight! - Trudi Schmidt, North Willamette Council Chair.

HOT off the press! DEQ has received approval from the Governor to temporarily suspend two onsite septic rules for properties impacted in 2020 by wildfires. These rule suspension are provided for in Executive Order 20-60 and the rule suspensions can be found at OAR Wildfire Rule Suspensions.
1.    The Governor has suspended rule OAR 340-071-0205(4)(b), which establishes setback requirements for the distance between structures and residential onsite septic systems for authorization notices. This rule suspension will facilitate rebuilding efforts on small lots where structures were destroyed or became inhabitable due to wildfire damage in 2020.
2.    The Governor also has suspended requirements for annual fee and maintenance contract requirements for alternative systems cited in in 340-071-130 (17)(a)(A), 340-071-0345(14)(a), 340-071-0275(6), 340-071-0290(7)(b), 340-071-0302(6) and 340-071-0345(14) while the structure, septic system or both are unusable due to fire damage. This temporarily suspends annual fee and maintenance contract requirements for systems that are inoperable due to wildfire damage. Annual fee and maintenance contract requirements will resume after systems are repaired or replaced.
These rule suspension are intended to facilitate rebuilding on fire damaged properties. Properties must continue to comply with all other applicable provisions of DEQ's statutes and rules in Division 71. This includes establishing appropriate setbacks and other protections to ensure that the general provisions in OAR 340-071-0130 for protection of public waters and public health are satisfied.
For more information, or to request a fee and maintenance reporting waiver for an approved alternative or ATT system, the public should contact their local agent found on the Onsite County Contacts page for the following counties: Clackamas, Douglas, Klamath, Lane, Lincoln, Linn, and Marion. Jackson County questions can be addressed to the Medford DEQ Office. - Gina Audritsh, North Willamette Council Chair

Urgent WVMLS Update: The classic Supra iBox lockbox is being discontinued and replaced with an newer model! But don’t just throw it away…upgrade it!
Special Offer for WVMLS Members: For two weeks, beginning Monday, January 25th, and ending Friday, February 5th, Supra will replace your classic iBox Lockbox for a brand new BT LE lockbox* during a special Upgrade Event at the Supra HQ.
Appointment necessary, terms apply. 
Click here for details: https://preview.mailerlite.com/r8w3x4 - WVMLS Staff

Do you use the trademark REALTOR® in your signature line? Only members of NAR® can call themselves a REALTOR® The term REALTOR® has one, and only one, meaning:
REALTOR® is a federally registered collective membership mark which identifies a real estate professional who is member of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® and subscribes to its strict Code of Ethics. Members ask how to access the trademark following REALTOR - Hold your "alt" key down and enter 0174 to show REALTOR®

Economists' Outlook - Housing stats and analysis from NAR's research experts Click here to access information!

Did you miss attending "Working with Unlicensed Contractors"? Click here to view the recording!

Recently Zillow has removed the past two years of history from each of our on line connection with Zillow. This means that if someone searches for Realtors in Zillow (which we all know they pick up our data from the MLS's), it will not show any of our buying/selling history for the past two years. Makes it look like we don't have any experience or references to pull from. I am told, I have not verified, that we can enter our own data into Zillow so that it shows up again. I have not seen where we can do this.
Discovering Commercial Real Estate
3 continued education hours

Instructor, Curt Arthur will offer a broad overview of the basics of commercial real estate and how it differs from residential real estate. REALTORS® will be able to distinguish and understand the broker's role and discover the different types of commercial properties, terms, valuation methods, marketing and resources for further education. This is an ideal introductory course for those who are newly licensed and/or residential agents who want to learn more about commercial real estate. REGISTER HERE!
Visit our website at www.midvalleyassn.realtor
SARCF dba: MVAR Community Foundation Board of Directors

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".

Construction Contractors Board (CCB)

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.
A Message from the Executive Officer

Hello REALTOR® and Affiliate Members,

"New month, new year, new beginnings, new focus, new opportunity, new results..."

What can we do for you? Do you have a question, suggestion or concern? Our professional staff is here to assist you by phone, email or in person Monday - Friday 8:00am - 4:00pm.
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!

Don't forget your dues were 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 totaling $619.00. Notices have been mailed out to access your invoice. You can also login to your NAR® profile and pay online, or choose to stop by our office, or call us 503.540.0081 and our professional staff will assist you. Another option is to mail a check for REALTOR® dues to MVAR® P O Box 4114 Salem OR 97302. Remember a $50.00 late fee will be assessed February 1, 2021 for unpaid REALTOR® dues. If your dues are not paid by March 15th your REALTOR® status will be inactivated per NAR®.

Congratulations new REALTORS® 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.

Follow us on Facebook @MVARSalem!  

Thank you for choosing Mid-Valley Association of REALTORS®
Jean Wheat-Palm, Executive Officer
Don't Forget - REALTOR® Association Dues are payable each year by January 1st.
Welcome New REALTOR® Members
Rhonda Rice
Lena Davidson
Maria Mendez
Michelle Saavedra
Courtney Stubbs
Shane Baker
Trevor Hindman
Istvan Gal
Alisha Burk
Eric Segler 
Premiere Property Group, LLC
Century 21 Northstar
Sadaka Realty LLC
RE/MAX Integrity
eXp Realty, LLC
Premiere Property Group, LLC
HomeStar Brokers, LLC
RE/MAX Integrity
BST Realty, LLC
Berkshire Hathaway HSREP     
Welcome Returning REALTOR® Members
Karely Vidana Rodriguez
Nan Brett 
HomeSmart Realty Group
HomeSmart Realty Group
Welcome Transferring REALTOR® Members
Eileen Sivley
Kevin Moore
HomeSmart Realty Group
Keller Williams Capital City
Welcome New Affiliate Members
Matthew Hansen
Sharp Retention/CUTCO Closing Gifts
Member committees support the work of the
Mid-Valley Association of REALTORS®.
Your involvement makes a difference!
Review the committees below for an opportunity to serve and represent your Association members in 2021!
Professional Development
Purpose: Provide opportunities to REALTOR® members to increase their knowledge, skills, and professionalism in order to better serve their
clients and customers. Recommend and review education topics, courses, and instructors for live instruction, webinars and designations.
Meeting Schedule: The third Wednesday of each month, 12:00 pm at the MVAR office or Virtual.
Chairman: Sabrina Jones Company: RE/MAX Integrity 

Special Events
Purpose: Develops social functions that bring REALTOR® and Affiliate Association members together in a social atmosphere. Plans community service projects. Collaborates with the Community Foundation Board to organize the Children’s Christmas party, MVAR Awards Banquet, Annual Member Appreciation BBQ, Soup Wars, food drive and other community efforts. The committee plans for assignment of activities, recruits volunteers, and coordinates other actions necessary for successful events. 
Meeting Schedule: The third Wednesday of each month, 9:00 am at the MVAR office or Virtual.
Chairman: Lisa McCormick Company: Cherry Creek Mortgage 

Government Affairs / RPAC
Purpose: Respond to legislative and political issues of concern to the real estate industry. Interviews candidates for office and assists in
determining support from the Association for local elections. Recommends and facilitates RPAC fund contributions to local candidates and
recommends and facilitates Issues Mobilization fund contributions to local issues and efforts.
Meeting Schedule: The first Tuesday of each month, 12:00 pm at the MVAR office or Virtual. 
Chairman: Patrick Sieng Company: Capitol Real Estate 
Vice-Chairman: Craig Evans Company: Crown Real Estate Group 
Professional Standards and Grievance
Purpose: These committee members are appointed by the President; prerequisite for any member is the NAR Professional Standards training course; responsible for review of ethics complaints.
Meeting Schedule: Meetings are as needed, at the MVAR office or Virtual. 
Professional Standards Chair: Laura Dorn Company: Berkshire Hathaway HSREP
Grievance Chair: Don Meyers Company: Re/Max Integrity 

OREA Announces Continuing Education Extensions at Renewal
Due to the pandemic, the Agency has been offering a 1-month extension to complete the continuing education hours required for an active renewal. Licensees must complete the online renew and pay the renewal fee on time to take advantage of this. Find out more by clicking on their website.
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!

Thank you to our Business Partners who support the REALTOR® & Affiliate membership at the Association
Find your network opportunities below to enhance your business success!
Diamond Sponsors
Platinum Sponsors
Gold Sponsors
Why bank with Umpqua?
Because we're the kind of bank you'd take home to meet your parents-
the kind of bank you'd be proud to introduce to all your friends.
245 Commercial St SE Suite 200 Salem Or 97301 | Phone: 503.945.2139
Silver Sponsors
Advertising Sponsors
Advertising Partners
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® 2020-2021 Leadership

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

Damonian Pike
Onna McColly
Deanna Gywn
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

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