March eNewsletter A publication by the Mid-Valley Association of REALTORS® Issue XVII 2021
In this Issue:
Message from the Board President
Virtual REALTOR® Day
Education Opportunities
Commercial Real Estate Resources
REALTOR® Member Resources
Committee Reports
Executive Officer & New REALTORS® Report
MVAR®, OR® & NAR® Resources
Check out our Business Partners
A message from the President

Well, it has been another “crazy month”. I am sure many of you, like me, are getting tired of starting your conversations with phrases like that. Between changes in COVID protocol, ice storms and political uncertainty… it feels like most of our lives these days are about adapting and pushing ahead, regardless of the challenges. 
I wanted to take a moment to recognize MVAR staff’s relentless effort to accomplish their key work despite these difficulties. Whether shifting training or meetings, balancing deadlines in the face of communication hurdles, or even coordinating repairs and cleanup of the property the past couple of weeks, our staff has risen to the challenge. We are fortunate to have Jean and her team making things happen on our behalf.
I was also inspired, again, by how quickly many REALTORS® stepped up to support their neighbors and colleagues during the recent power outages. While many of you may compete in your businesses, there is no doubt that in the end we are all in this together. 
Next month, I hope to report on the Board’s final planning session as we continue to review member feedback and work to create ways to provide additional value for our overall membership. Maybe, just maybe, I will be able to start with, “wow, what a boring month!” 
Until next time,
Chad Harvey, President
Thank you to our Key Contact REALTOR® Members for taking the time to meet with Representatives and representing the Real Estate Industry:
Don Meyer, Joni McClintock, Brenda Bonebrake, George Grabenhorst, Patrick Sieng, Trudi Schmidt, Lorrie Cox, Stephanie Wells and Angela Stuckart
Annual Membership Dues
2021 REALTOR® Dues
Deadline is March 15, 2021

If you have already paid your 2021 Dues, Thank you, please disregard this notice!

Dues for 2021 remain the same MVAR $149.00, OAR $285.00 and NAR $185.00. Total $619.00 payable by January 1st, 2021.
A $50.00 late fee has been assessed February 1, 2021 for unpaid dues.
7 Billing Notices have been sent out since October 28, 2020 via email to members with open invoices from . If you have not received notice, please contact staff to ensure your contact information is up to date.
You may access your invoice by following this link:
1.        Click on the “Pay Dues” Button (top right of screen next to the “Sign In” Button) *New members will need to register before signing in.
2.        You will then be prompted to sign into your NAR profile
3.        Once signed in you will be able to access your Invoice and make payment

You may also call 503-540-0081 EXT 101 to process payment, stop by our office to pay your invoice in full, during office hours 8:00am - 4:00pm Monday - Friday, or mail a check to PO Box 4114 Salem, OR 97302

The National Association of REALTORS® requires payment no later than March 15, 2021 to avoid termination of REALTOR® membership.
A message from the Professional Development Committee

So many educational opportunities in March for you to choose from, be sure to check out the schedule below.

We are excited to bring you a new class "Discovering Commercial Real Estate." You can register for the upcoming education seminar "Discovering Commercial Real Estate" (3 hours continued education) presented by Curt Arthur this week on Thursday, 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! 

There are other continuing education virtual presentations you can register for now. Check out the calendar on the MVAR® website - Events Calendar | Mid-Valley Assn.

We appreciate your member feedback and suggestions on upcoming continued education opportunities.
Sabrina Jones, Chair 
March 2021 Continued Education Class Schedule

Discovering Commercial Real Estate
3 Continued Education Hours
Thursday, March 4, 2021
9:00am - 12:00pm
Location: Virtual Zoom Webinar

GRI Designation - Transactions
6 Continued Education Hours
Thursday, March 11, 2021 & Friday, March 12, 2021
9:00am - 12:00pm
Location: Virtual

General Membership Meeting - No meeting in March!
Instead, Please Join us for Virtual REALTOR® DAY
Free Event 2 Continued Education Hour
Wednesday, March 10, 2021
9:00am - 6:00pm
Location: Virtual

Code of Ethics - Deb Nolen
3 Continued Education Hours
Wednesday, March 24, 2021
9:00am - Noon
Location: Virtual Zoom Webinar

Risk Advisory - Marion County Assessor - Tom Rohlfing
1 Continued Education Hour
Thursday, March 25, 2021
Noon - 1:00pm
Location: Virtual Zoom Webinar

Mark your calendar for Upcoming Events and Educational Opportunities:

April 8, 2021 - Seller Representative Specialist Designation Course - 9:00am - Noon
Mondays - April 8th, 15th, 22nd, & 29th, 2021 - 12 Continued Education Hours Register Here

April 14, 2021 - General Membership Meeting - TBA - Registration coming soon!

Thursday, April 15 & Friday, April 16, 2021 GRI - Contracts - 1:00pm - 4:00pm 6 Continued Education Hours 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
A message from our "new" Willamette Valley Governmental Affairs Director
Many of you met me while I was the Regulation Division Manager for the Oregon Real Estate Agency during presentations on how to be compliant with licensing law and “staying out of trouble”. Now, I am excited for the opportunity to work directly with you as your new Government Affairs Director.
During the month of February, I was fortunate to overlap with Holly Sears for this transition to be as seamless as possible. I am grateful to Holly for sharing her incredible knowledge. While it has felt like I was drinking from a fire hydrant of wisdom, her mentorship quickly brought me up to speed on local issues and how I can best serve you.

I look forward to interacting with more of you over the coming months. Please feel free to reach out to me, either to discuss an issue or just to introduce yourself!  - Selina Barnes

Please mark your calendars now for these upcoming important meetings:
MVAR® Government Affairs Committee Meeting
Tuesday, March 2, 12:00-1:00pm via Zoom - Topic: “Our Salem” Project, important local issues updates
The City of Salem is working on the multi-year project to update the Salem Area Comprehensive Plan through the “Our Salem” Project, which guides future growth and development in the Salem area. It is especially important for MVAR® members to be engaged in this next phase of the process this spring, as the goals that will be adopted will lay the foundation for the changes to the Comprehensive Plan itself. Furthermore, it is vital that the City receives REALTOR® input during all stages of this multi-year project, as the Comprehensive plan sets the stage for all future growth and development in Salem over the course of the next several years. 

March 10, 2021 Virtual REALTOR® Day at the Capitol
REALTOR® Day at the Capitol is all-virtual this year! During this free event, you will hear about legislative issues critical to REALTORS® and meet in virtual groups with a select number of legislators.
Register for this event today at:
Willamette Valley Regional Government Affairs Meeting
Tuesday, April 13, 11:30-1:00pm via Zoom - Topic: 2021 Legislative Session Update and Local Issues Update. Registration information will be provided in the April MVAR Newsletter. To be placed on the list to get updates on upcoming WVGAC meetings, email Selina Barnes at

For information about any government affairs related issue, please contact Willamette Valley Government Affairs Director, Selina Barnes, at or (503) 510-0830.
Commercial REALTOR® Member Resources
Real Estate Forecast Summit: Commercial Update
Please join NAR® for the Real Estate Forecast Summit: Commercial Update!
The event takes place March 10, 2021, 2pm ET to 3pm ET.
The Real Estate Forecast Summit, will provide an outlook on the changing commercial real estate market. NAR Chief Economist and SVP Dr. Lawrence Yun and Nariet SVP of Research and Economic Analysis Dr. Calvin Schnure will be featured speakers.
The event is free, but registration is needed. The full agenda and lineup of speakers is available here. Registration is on the main page here: NAR Real Estate Forecast Summit

Weekly Retail Update
In a year like no other and dramatically impacted by COVID-19, the economy sank into a recession. The combination of increasing virus cases, stay-at-home orders and business operation limitations led to significantly reduced retail brick-and-mortar foot traffic and as a result, substantial retail store closures and significant decreases in retail employment. Although many retailers permanently shuttered, many shift channels to focus on e-commerce for which was already accelerating. As the pandemic progressed, more and more shoppers turned to online shopping.
REALTOR® and Affiliate Members - You heard it here!
According to WVMLS, as of February 24, 2021, Silverton currently has 7 "active" residential listings on the market, with 33 "pending/act/under contract". Only 1 "active" multi-family. 
We have 7 "active" bare land listings, with 2 "pending/act/under contract". Additionally, Silverton has 6 "active" commercial listings, with only 1 "pending/act/under contract". - Trudi Schmidt, North Willamette Council Chair.

REALTORS® are required to complete Code of Ethics training of not less than 2 hours, 30 minutes of instructional time. The training must meet specific learning objectives and criteria established by the National Association of REALTORS®. Below are the cycle dates for the Code of Ethics Training Requirement. Training must be completed at anytime during these established cycles.

Please note failure to complete training during any cycle will lead to suspension of membership per the National Association of REALTORS® for the January and February immediately following the cycle deadline, with termination of membership starting March 1 after the cycle deadline.

Current Cycle = January 1, 2019 to December 31, 2021

Great news for the Detroit City community. Detroit City Council approved at a Special Meeting on February 22, 2021 the purchase of a temporary water plant to provide water to the residents and community of Detroit, Oregon. The City of Detroit has been without water since the wildfire on Sept. 8, 2020. The treatment equipment from Westech Technologies is scheduled to be delivered to the City on Friday, February 26, 2021. The coordination efforts are occurring for installation with contractors and if all goes as planned with the anticipation of water flowing to the City of Detroit by March 19th. - Gina Audritsh, North Willamette Council Chair

That's Who We Are 2021 – Consumer Ad Campaign
Five new TV commercials begin airing last week. They're part of a fully integrated media mix, including new radio and digital audio, social media messaging, content partnerships, and of course, turnkey campaign logos and assets exclusively for use by the REALTOR® family. Visit to view all five commercials and to download campaign materials that you can use in your own markets. For easier sharing and personalization on social media platforms, download NAR's Photofy app and tap into a library of campaign imagery.

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 - Type out REALTOR and then hold your "alt" key down and enter 0174 to add trademark to REALTOR®

NAR is doing more than any other organization to help people access, afford, and protect their homes, communities, and investments. Join us in advancing issues important to the real estate profession and the livelihood of REALTORS® at the virtual 2021 REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Trade ExpoRegister today.
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!
SARCF dba:
MVAR Community Foundation

Our Community Foundation is funded by members, other donors, and
fundraising events.
The benefits of supporting MVARCF include bettering our community, a better public image for the real estate industry and donations that are tax deductible as charitable contributions".

"We hope you are all having an amazing year so far. I can't believe that it is already March! 
Due to weather events, we were not able to meet in February but are hoping to be able to resume meetings again in March. The Community Foundation Board is eager to begin fundraising efforts for 2021!" - Sarie Scott, President

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".

Visit our website at
A Message from the Executive Officer

Hello REALTOR® and Affiliate Members,

February certainly brought us a few more surprises! So many in our community lost power, phones, internet and more. Your association weathered the storm with minor damage to our office from neighboring trees. We are forever grateful for Tims Choice Construction, LLC who repaired the 7 holes in our roof from branches and Green Acres Landscape for quickly arriving to clean up the debris. Thank you to both businesses for coming to the rescue!

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. The first two months of 2021, staff (Cheryl and Deborah) responded to double the calls normally handled day to day in addition to the daily communications by email. They have been quick to answer questions, direct members to additional resources, and clarify any concerns members have shared with them. I am thankful for their positive and professional interactions with all members.
Your association is always looking for members to be involved on one of our committees. We would encourage you to connect build your network and support the work we do for you and other members including advocacy, continued educational courses, special events planning, and fund raising to give back to our community on your behalf. Just give us a call and find out how to get more involved or visit us online here!

Congratulations new 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.

Don't forget to follow us on Facebook @MVARSalem!  
Also, be sure to check out current announcements, calendar of classes, educational videos and much more on our website

Thank you for choosing Mid-Valley Association of REALTORS®
Jean Wheat-Palm, Executive Officer
Welcome New REALTOR® Members
Randall Walters
Zachary Hoffman
Gregory Elmore
Ismael Zuniga Belman   
Susie Otto         
Dwayne Hilty
Amy Pereira      
Emily Villarreal
Bruce Anderson
Sutter Matson  
Dan Ziriax
Vincent Calderone          
Tirzah Monson 
Tino Barreras    
Debbie Franke 
Erika Avgi           
Andrew Trump 
Jennifer Cook   
Jennifer Luke    
Brent Perry        
Marcie Hill          
Casey Lambert 
Riley Hamilton
Levi Flanery
Gail Carter          
Hannah Thompson
Premiere Property Group, LLC  
Premiere Property Group, LLC
eXp Realty, LLC
Knipe Realty ERA Powered
Manor Realty   
Keller Williams Capital City
Bella Casa Real Estate Group      
BST Realty, LLC
eXp Realty, LLC 
eXp Realty, LLC 
Northwest Professional Realty  
eXp Realty, LLC 
eXp Realty, LLC 
Keller Williams Capital City
HomeSmart Realty Group
Blum Real Estate, LLC     
Berkshire Hathaway HSREP         
Realty One Group Willamette Valley
Realty Solutions Northwest
BrightHome Real Estate Group
Sadaka Realty LLC
John L. Scott - West Salem
BrightHome Real Estate Group  
eXp Realty, LLC 
Ned Baker Real Estate
Welcome New Affiliate Members
Allen Stolz
Michael Herrmann
Commerce Home Mortgage       
WIN Home Inspection 
Welcome Returning REALTOR® Members
Tyrll McKenzie
Dondy Neuman
Brian Benjamin
eXp Realty, LLC
Coho Realty
eXp Realty, LLC
REALTOR® Association Transfers 
Laura Erikson    
Ashley Patton   
June Marlow 
Berkshire Hathaway HSREP
Matin Real Estate
Bella Casa Real Estate Group
REALTOR® Member Opening New Office
Luis Garibay
Realty Solutions Northwest
Don't Forget - REALTOR® Association Dues are payable each year by January 1st.
Join Today - 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 Meyer Company: Re/Max Integrity 

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.
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.
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.
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 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! Read more here.
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

Find contact information for Directors by clicking here.

Find contact information for Committee Chairs by clicking here.

Find contact information for Administration by clicking here.

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

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

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