July eNewsletter
A publication by the Mid-Valley Association of REALTORS® Issue XIX 2020
A Message from the President

Hello REALTOR® Family and welcome to July and another amazing month to be in our industry! 
There are so many wonderful things going on with in our association. Have you attended a Live Webinar hosted by MVAR? We had a wonderful panel of lenders at our June General Membership Meeting that was well attended.
Did you notice we are having a July General Membership Meeting ? We decided since we took April off while positioning the associations virtual platform we would go forward with a July meeting.  Don’t miss our guest speaker Ronda Wymore with WVMLS presenting from Showings to Statistics, Understanding the New Normal. I look forward to Zooming with our membership!  Thank you so much to our awesome Professional Development Committee for all their hard work as they continue working to provide our educational opportunities.
  Have you ever thought about serving on a MVAR Committee? We are always looking for new faces to join. You can complete you application on line at: https://www.midvalleyassn.realtor/governance-committees   We are currently meeting virtually via Zoom which makes it even easier to participate. 
  The 4 th of July will look a bit different this year . The weather looks GREAT (per weather forecast as I am writing this) What are your plans? BBQ with family and friends, Hike in the mountains or at the beach? I look forward to seeing an increased amount of pictures on social media that weekend. Whatever your plans are, please be safe and enjoy your day!

Sincerely, Judy Gysin 
General Membership Meeting
Virtual Live Webinar
Wednesday, July 8, 2020
Meeting 8:30 am Guest Speaker 9:00 am
Hear from Ronda Wymore, EVP Willamette Valley MLS
From Showings to Statistics, Understanding the New (?) Normal
(1 hour continued education)
Individual Registration required to receive Continued Education Certificate.
Certificates will be mailed within 5 business days of event.
Government Affairs Update
New Community Rebuilding Grant from NAR

NAR is committed to leading the way on policies that address racial injustice and that build safe and inclusive communities. NAR’s Community Rebuilding Grant provides funding for local REALTOR® Associations to lead efforts to rebuild and restore public community places that are impacted by the recent racial injustice demonstrations.  Up to $3000 per grant is available to clean up and repair public community spaces such as parks, playgrounds, pedestrian plazas, walk-ways/sidewalks and buildings, including graffiti. Funds can be used toward gloves, masks, paint, sponges, paint brushes, cleaning supplies, building and repair materials, replacement of benches/playground equipment, and a day-of-clean-up meal for a REALTOR® clean-up crew.  If your community could benefit from this grant , please contact MVAR Government Affairs Director Holly Sears at willamettevalleygad@gmail.com for more information. 

Survey on “Our Salem” Comprehensive Plan Still Available – Please Respond!

The City of Salem is updating its Salem Area Comprehensive Plan , which is the document that guides future growth and development in the Salem area. The City is still looking for feedback on different growth scenarios via a survey found at cityofsalem.net/our-salem REALTOR® participation continues to be essential in this process.  Thank you for being a positive voice for development, infrastructure, and home affordability and livability in Salem.

Upcoming Meetings

The next Willamette Valley Government Affairs Committee will take place via Zoom on Tuesday, July 14, 11:30-1:00. To get a link to the meeting, or to be placed on the list to get updates on upcoming WVGAC meetings , email Holly Sears at willamettevalleygad@gmail.com

The MVAR Government Affairs Committee will take a break in July but reconvene via Zoom for its next meeting on August 4. The agenda will include the formation of a candidate interview committee(s) for the November 3, 2020 general election.

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 .
Education Opportunities
Scheduled Continued Education Classes

General Membership Meeting - Guest Speaker Ronda Wymore (1 CE Hour)
Wednesday, July 8, 2020
8:30am - 10:00am
Location: Live Webinar

Friday, July 17, 2020
10:00am – 11:00am
Location: Live Webinar
Register Here ( Managing Principal Brokers - By invitation only )

GRI Sellers (6 CE Hours)
Tuesday, July 20 & Wednesday July 21
9:00am - 12:00pm
Location: Live Webinar

Floodplain Management - Flood Insurance (1 CE Hour)
Thursday, July 30, 2020
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Location: Live Webinar

Upcoming Educational Opportunities:

GRI Finance: (6 CE Hours)
Tuesday, Oct 6 - Wed, Oct 7, 2020
Location: Live Webinar

Pricing Strategy Advisor (PSA) Certification: (6 CE Hours)
Wednesday, Oct 14 - Thursday, Oct 15, 2020
Location: Live Webinar

Senior Real Estate Specialist (SRES) Certification (12 CE Hours)
Monday, November 2 - Thursday, November 5, 2020
9:00am - 12:00pm
Location: Live Webinar

Code of Ethics
Dates & Times: To be announced
Locations reserved: October (Mt Angel) and November (Salem)

We will update educational class information as it becomes available. For a complete list of updated classes, please call our office or visit us at our website by clicking here .

Let's stay healthy and keep learning together.
A message from the Professional Development Committee
I hope everyone can find a great outdoor space to relax while soaking in some continuing education this month!  We are excited to welcome Ronda Wymore, Executive Vice President for Willamette Valley MLS, at our virtual July General Membership Meeting. Ronda’s one hour continuing education presentation will be covering current local sales statistics and understanding the new normal in regards to showing instructions etc.

There will also be a great virtual Risk Advisory on flood insurance July 30 th presented by Glenn Davis, City of Salem and Corey Benson, Farmers Insurance. Join us for this live webinar to learn about flood plains and homeowners insurance!

Thanks to our partnership with OAR , we are offering a virtual two day Graduate, REALTOR ® Institute ( GRI ) Sellers webinar on July 20-21. The two day course will be six continued education credits towards the GRI designation.

As always, please reach out to any one of us on the Professional Development Committee! We appreciate your feedback on courses and topics you would like to see offered as continuing education.
Sabrina Jones , Chair
SARCF dba : MVAR Community Foundation

Congratulations to the 2020-2021 Board of Directors:
Sarie Scott, President
Lisa McCormick, Vice President
Ashlee Mecham, Secretary
Traci Benjamin, Treasurer
Samatha Cagle, Director
Susan Dunfee, Director
Debbie McMillan, Director
Don Meyer, Director
Shelly Samson, Director
Heather Smith, Director
Joni McClintock, Director & Grant Program Committee Chair
Kelly Martin, Director & Community Liaison Chair
Debbie Cochrane, Community Liaison Committee Member
Cathie Velasco, Director & Fund Raising Committee Chair

We are working on Raffle Prizes! Do you have a prize that you would like to donate for our Annual Raffle Drawing? 
Every year we have a Raffle Drawing to raise money for the Annual Children's Christmas Party and to provide local non profits with grant money. In the past, we have had anything from a one night stay and wine tour at a local vineyard to a fishing excursion on the Oregon Coast. We will begin selling raffle tickets in August so we can have ample time to raise money. If you have a raffle prize that you would like to donate, please contact Jean Wheat-Palm
MVAR Other News
Lisa McCormick, Chair
Cherry Creek Mortgage Co.
Jazmin Hayworth, Vice Chair
First American Title
Special Events Committee

My year as Special Events Chair has been an interesting one to say the least. Our Annual Member Appreciation BBQ is no longer an option due to the parks not being open. However, your special events committee wants to CELEBRATE and APPRECIATE our members.
Together we have been discussing some other possibilities on how we can celebrate you! Watch for further announcements coming soon!
I am glad for the nice weather and the ability to be outside while still being guided through this pandemic. Have a wonderful summer and we look forward to actually "seeing" you all soon.
Stay safe, be healthy, and let’s keep on keepin on! We got this! 
Lisa McCormick, Chair
A Message from the Executive Officer

 Greetings REALTOR® and Affiliate Members,
Welcome to July! Can't believe we are entering the seventh month of 2020! Who would have thought we would be experiencing and living the challenges that have changed our lives this year? I am grateful for hanging with you, knowing we all have been impacted in so many different ways. We are so thankful for our members and associate members pulling together and proving to the world we all care about our community and the Real Estate Industry.

Our professional staff has returned to the office working normal business hours 8:00 am - 4:00 pm Monday through Friday. We do have some procedures in place if you choose to frequent the office. We ask that you call ahead, so we know you are stopping by. Our doors are locked to the general public during business hours for protection for all those concerned. With your appointment we will ask you to wear a mask to make entry into our lobby. Our staff will be taking precautionary measures and wearing a mask as well. Moving from remotely working to the office environment, staff is prepared to take your calls and handle most anything over the phone, by email or text to assist you. Just let us know how we can help you.

REALTORS® please remember to call us to update your records at MVAR with any changes of your email, address or making a transfer to another brokerage firm. You may continue to reach us by telephone 503.540.0081 or email us at info@midvalleyassn.realtor for immediate assistance. We’re here to help answer questions and will keep you updated with current information by text, email, phone, Facebook and our website as well.

Did you know with your REALTOR® membership , you are privileged to all the rights and benefits of all three levels of the organization - MVAR, OAR and NAR . As a REALTOR® member your membership dollars are hard at work for you in many ways including advocacy, education, research and communications. Have you checked out the multiple educational classes available to you?

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.

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

Have a Safe and Happy 4th of July!
Jean Wheat-Palm, Executive Officer
Welcome REALTOR® and AFFILIATE Members
Angela Coughran  
John Larson 
Tracey Kester  
Michael Snyder
Megan Wong
Sean Santana
Stacie Culp
Albie Mushaney
Tyler Tamayo
Carol Noel 
EXP Realty, LLC
HomeStar Brokers, LLC
Berkshire Hathaway HSREP  
Berkshire Hathaway HSREP
HomeSmart Realty Group
Bledsoe Santana Team Realty, LLC
Gysin Realty Group, LLC
Gysin Realty Group, LLC
Bright Home Real Estate Group
HomeStar Brokers, LLC  
Welcome R etur ning REALTOR® Members
Bruce Cuff
Sharma Owens
Bruce A. Cuff, P.C.
Keller Williams Capital City  
Welcome REALTOR® Secondary Members
Michael Morris
REALTOR® Member Resources
Property Tours

At this time we have postponed the Silverton area property tour meeting and tour until further notice. We feel that we have a large number of vulnerable individuals in our area and one of the most responsible things we can do to help slow the spread in our community is to suspend in-person tours. 

Questions? Please email: officemanager@nworg.com
Need Help with Tech?
Tech Helpline is now available as a free OAR® member benefit!
All OAR® members will have access to the Tech Helpline. There are no additional fees. This is a member benefit offering support for hardware, software, networking and digital devices. The Tech Helpline will troubleshoot problems and offer solutions on a variety of topics:
  • Instruction for installing and configuring new hardware and software
  • Diagnosis and repair of computer hardware and software issues
  • Advice for purchasing hardware, software and services
  • Basic instruction with major software applications
  • Recommendations for upgrades and updates
  • Advice for performance optimization
  • Troubleshooting network issues

Support is available Monday - Friday from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Pacific Time. Call (888) 804-8226 or visit the online chat support at http://chat.techhelpline.com or email support@techhelpline.com. For a complete list of computer support visit this link. http://www.techhelpline.com/computer-support.
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.
Coronavirus: A Guide for REALTORS®

The COVID-19 pandemic is impacting members in unprecedented ways, and raises numerous unique and novel issues for the real estate industry. Through this guidance, NAR aims to respond to commonly asked questions, and to empower members to successfully navigate their real estate businesses during these challenging, and continually evolving, circumstances.

Commercial Real Estate: Commercial Digest, June 29, 2020
The June issue of the Commercial Digest is out and has some great information on the quickly changing landscape during the pandemic.

In the latest Commercial Investment Real Estate podcast episode, Despina Katsikakis, head of occupier business performance at Cushman & Wakefield, details best practices on reopening workplaces. Discussion includes adapting offices to comply with social distancing guidelines, improving air quality, and optimizing workspaces. In addition, she shares how commercial real estate professionals can be proactive in their preparations for a changed office sector post-COVID. Listen to the episode.

With restaurants across the country closing their doors this spring to dine-in operations due to COVID-19, many have been essentially operating as “ghost kitchens” – facilities that contain the necessary kitchen equipment to facilitate off-site food preparation and cooking solely for on-demand food delivery. A recent Commercial Market Insights Report published by NAR examines how restaurants have pursued this path as a means to manage the demand for delivery services, increase efficiency, and reduce rent and labor costs.  Read the full report .

Commercial Connections

Spring/Summer 2020: Tax Savings for Building Owners
A CPA explains how building owners can accelerate depreciation, including with new CARES Act provisions; plus: navigating COVID-19 liability concerns; early research on the pandemic’s impact; tips from your peers; and your one-stop source for commercial listings, RPR®.

Coronavirus Guidance: Commercial Real Estate

COVID-19 and its long reaching effects continue to change the way we conduct our everyday business, and commercial real estate practitioners continue to adapt to these changes on a daily basis.
The resource guide Commercial REALTORS® is updated daily to navigate the changing landscape in the industry.

NAR's Advocacy Work Towards COVID-19 Relief
NAR’s Federal Advocacy team has been working closely with Congress and the Administration to ensure the interests of REALTORS® and their clients are protected in any federal action in response to COVID-19. We are 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 list of ongoing NAR Advocacy efforts that will be updated regularly. Find the full report here!
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 .
Oregon Real Estate Agency

You can renew your license in  eLicense  starting the first day of the month your license expires in.
The Agency will email a license renewal reminder to you. This email is a courtesy. You are responsible for renewing your license on time even if you do not receive an email.
Select from the following renewal options:

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.

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 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!

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Final Features - Other Interests
Golf with OAR this Fall

The OAR HOME Foundation’s Driving it HOME Golf Tournament

Last year, over 150 golfers helped make this tournament one of the most successful events we had ever put on. This year will be even better! Be sure to register early, as this tournament will sell out!

The new tournament date is Thursday, October 1 st .
This event is critical for the HOME Foundation’s fundraising efforts. A large portion of the funds that are generated from this event contribute significantly to the amount available at year end for grant giving.
Oregon is beautiful in the early fall and Langdon Farms is a spectacular backdrop for what is the best golf tourney of the year! This year’s event will be even better as it will provide a much-needed opportunity to see your peers, in-person.
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
R EALTORS® are required to complete ethics training of not less than 2 hours, 30 minutes of instructional time within two-year cycles. The three-year requirement is new and you can find out more here!


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.

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

North Santiam Council Chair
Drew Johnson

North Willamette Council Chair
Mike Roth
Trudi Schmidt

Affiliate Director
Jazmin Hayworth

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

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