November eNewsletter
A publication by the Mid-Valley Association of REALTORS® Issue XI 2019
A message from the President
Dear REALTOR® Family:
This will be my last month having the honor to serve you as President. It has been a year of change and progress for our membership. Many thanks to the time and commitment of the Officers and Directors who have served on the Board of Directors this year. We are thankful for our professional Association staff who are here to serve you with your member needs behind the scenes, at educational classes and all of our events throughout the year. 
Although I never wanted to serve to this capacity, I don’t regret a second of it. There are so many that give their time, energy and money to make our Association thrive. It truly takes getting involved to understand what MVAR dues are paying for and the many benefits it provides. I cannot begin to list them here, so if you really want to know, give me a call or send me an email. :)
This fall we started being able to provide your education at no cost. Our goal is to continue that into 2020. With the merger of NWAR we are able to increase our number of classes for 2020 and include various locations to better serve you. In addition we will be hosting GRI certification classes and NAR Designations .

REALTORS® this is your Association and I encourage you to get involved with a committee, follow us on Face Book, check out our website and attend monthly General Membership meetings. We are growing this year and 1,300+ REALTORS® strong!
Look forward to seeing you at the November Annual Elections General Membership meeting. Remember, you can vote in person at the meeting or by dropping by the MVAR office throughout the day. Results will be announced the following day.
Blessings to you and your families, friends and fellow REALTORS® this Holiday Season.
-Kelly Martin 
In this issue...

Top Story: MVAR Elections
Upcoming Classes & Events
2020 Dues
Committee Chair Updates
Letter from the Executive Officer
New Members & Affiliates
Welcome North Willamette Members
Regional News
Thank You to our Sponsors
Industry News
Top Story
Wednesday, November 13th, 8:30am-10am Doors open 8:00am
Your Vote Matters!

Please join to vote Elections & proposed Bylaw change. Our guest speaker will be Eunice Kim , City of Salem Planner .

Did you know that by 2035, more than 60,000 additional people will call Salem home? That's just 15 years from now.

Eunice will present on several important projects you don't want to miss hearing.

1 CE Hour. Breakfast will be served beginning at 8:00am.

Scottish Rite - Cost is $10.00
Guest Speaker Kim Eunice, City of Salem City Planner
Get Your Raffle Tickets!

Drawing will be held during the meeting. You can purchase at the door, or online here .

Community Fund Raffle benefits our 30th Annual Children's Christmas Party.
Upcoming Classes & Events
Date: Wednesday, November 13
Time: 1-4pm
Location : Mt. Angel Fest Hall
We are excited to offer you 3.0 Continuing Education for 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.

Presenter Deb Nolan is an experienced Real Estate Professional for 31 years whom you will enjoy!

Member Orientation

Date: Tuesday, Nov 12th
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.

Military Relocation Professional (MRP) Certification

Date: November 15, 2019
Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm 6 CE Hours
Location: Oregon Association of REALTORS® TRAINING ROOM
Instructor: Chris Bettis
Cost: $135.00
The Military Relocation Professional (MRP) certification is for real estate professionals who want to work with current and former military service members. The MRP certification program educates REALTORS® about working with U.S. service members and their families and veterans to find the housing solutions that best suit their needs and to take full advantage of available benefits and support.

Your Voice Matters: "Our Salem"
Date: Tuesday, November 19, 2019
Time: 12-1pm
Location: Salem Area Chamber of Commerce

Our Salem- What's our vision for the future?

The City intends to update the Salem Area Comprehensive Plan which guides development in the Salem area, but we need to determine how we want to grow and want you to be a part of this vision!

This is a special jointly-hosted Our Salem project meeting to hear the voices of our business community.

GRI Contracts ( 6 CE hours)

Date: December 5, 2019
Time: 9:00am-4:00pm
Location: Oregon Association of REALTORS® Training Room

In this course you will learn about the promises between parties conditioned on certain events and enforceable by law, all the necessary elements of a contract, offer and acceptance, consideration, capacity of parties, and lawful purpose.

Instructor: Caralee Angell
Cost: $99.00

30th Annual Children’s Christmas Party 
Shop, Wrap & Celebrate!

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

The Salem Association of REALTORS® Community Fund needs your help creating a magical Christmas celebration for children that participate in the Salem-Keizer School District Students In Transition Educational Program (STEP). Each year, up to 150 disadvantaged children attend the party, complete with a visit from Santa Claus toting presents, food and fun activities. REALTORS® lets make a difference in our community and help bring joy to those who would otherwise go without this holiday season. Volunteer your time today.

Annual Dues Notice

Watch your inbox for invoices coming this month.

Dues remain the same at $619.00 for 2020

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

Local, State and National Dues are payable by January 1, 2020.
Committee Chair Updates
Professional Development Update

Hey Fellow MVAR Members!

We are rounding out the year with some great educational opportunities. Our November General Membership meeting will offer a bonus continuing credit hour thanks to our speaker Eunice Kim, Salem City Planner. Eunice is going to speak on upcoming projects the City has in store. This is sure to be a valuable update in addition to the meeting!

Also coming up, thanks to our partnership with OAR, are two classes offering designation credits. One is the six credit Military Relocation Professional (MRP) course on November 15 th . For more information on the MRP click here.

The second is the last of the Graduate REALTOR® Institute (GRI) courses for the year on the topic of “Contracts”. This will be 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.
For More Event Information...
Visit our website to see new educational opportunities and upcoming events.

North Santiam Council Update
Stayton's First Brewery
I am very excited that we have our very first brewery in Stayton, Snow Peaks Brewing. The brewery is located in old town, on Water Street (the end of third). It was started by local friends who grew up in the area, Crystal and Matt Spenner and Doug and Cari Naugle. The Spenners have both been brewing for years.

Code Amendments
Stayton Planning Commission is considering working on possible code amendments relative to residential zoning. At this point it is merely a discussion on how to improve our zoning in order to help with the growing housing needs.

If you want to be part of the conversation, the next public meeting is on December 9, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. Here's the link to the meeting.

Heidi Hazel, North Santiam Council 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
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.
SARCF Raffle
It's almost time to draw names for the SARCF 2019 Raffle Drawing which will take place on November 13th at the MVAR Annual Elections and Voting Meeting.

There is still time to buy raffle tickets if you haven't bought any yet. Just remember, this is a fundraiser for our Annual Children's Christmas Party which funds a party for up to 150 Salem-Keizer Elementary & Middle School aged children who are deemed homeless and don't have a permanent address. 

If you would like to purchase tickets, feel free to reach out to an SARCF board member, or you can purchase raffle tickets online here.  

Currently we are in the process of changing our name voted on by the membership to MVAR Community Fund . - Sarie Scott, SARCF Board President
Willamette Valley
Government Affairs Committee Update

Please Attend: “Our Salem” Comprehensive Plan Joint Workshop on November 19
The City of Salem is taking on a multi-year project to update the Salem Area Comprehensive Plan, which guides future development in the Salem area.

MVAR , in conjunction with the Salem Area Chamber of Commerce, SEDCOR , and Marion County Homebuilders Association , is hosting a joint “Our Salem” Workshop on November 19, 12:00-1:00pm at the Chamber’s office (1110 Commercial St. NE). 
Lunch will be provided courtesy of the Salem Area Chamber of Commerce. RSVP by emailing

MVAR Members: this is your opportunity to be involved and to provide input to city staff on how you think Salem should grow and develop in the future .  We simply cannot rely on others to be the voice of development, infrastructure, and home affordability and livability in Salem. For more information about Our Salem , visit the City of Salem's website.

Salem City Council Elects New Ward 7 City Council
Salem City Council voted on October 28 to appoint Salem attorney Vanessa Nordyke to fill the vacancy of Councilor Sally Cook, who recently resigned after her husband unexpectedly passed away this summer. Council was required to reopen the vote between the two finalists, Vanessa Nordyke and Reid Sund, when it was determined that an error was made in determining that Vanessa Nordyke had a received a majority of the votes for the appointment at the Special Council meeting on October 21. 

The Salem City Council interviewed the two finalists for the Ward 7 City Council seat and the final vote count on October 28 determined Vanessa Nordyke to be the winner upon Nordyke receiving 6 votes and Reid Sund receiving 2 votes. Ms. Nordyke will fill the vacancy until December 2020, the remainder of Sally Cook’s term. Ward 7 is one of the four seats that is up for election in May 2020.

Willamette Valley Government Affairs Meeting
The next Willamette Valley Government Affairs Meeting is on Tuesday, November 12, 11:30-1:00pm at Willamette Valley Multiple Listing Service (3421 25 th St. SE in Salem). 

The upcoming meeting will focus on several local issues updates from around the region, and will hear from guest speaker Jeremy Rogers from Oregon Association of REALTORS® about the final report from OAR’s Advocacy Presidential Advisory Group (PAG). All MVAR members are welcome to attend. 
For more information about any government affairs related issue, please contact Willamette Valley Government Affairs Director, Holly Sears, at or (503) 931-0876.
Executive Officer Update
A message from your Executive Officer
Greetings REALTORS® and Affiliate Members ,
Happy November! We are well into our cool, gorgeous fall season of colors and all that comes with it; football, soup, pumpkin spiced lattes and holiday planning.
Welcome new REALTORS® and Affiliate Members ! See the list below.

It has been my honor to work with the NWAR Board of Directors . On October 14, 2019, the merge plans of  North Willamette Association of REALTORS® (NWAR ) into  Mid-Valley Association of REALTORS® (MVAR)  was successfully completed, finalized and officially approved by the National Association of REALTORS® .

The  Board of Directors, Management and Staff  of the  Mid-Valley Association of REALTORS®  extend a warm welcome to all REALTORS® and Affiliates . You can expect business as usual as we progress with the transition and transfer of membership. Behind the scenes, our professional staff will be working on database system updates with NAR® and other business partners for continued uninterrupted service.

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.

Join me in welcoming Diana Dettwyler to our Association staff. She will be responsible for communication and marketing of our educational classes, events, and much more. At the same time she will be assisting our members along with Cheryl Lolkema. Let your professional Association staff know how we can help you. Have a question? Give us a call 503.540.0081 or send an email to

Looking ahead we are gearing up with our Member Elections and our General Membership meeting on November 13th.
Principal Brokers have you assigned a designated realtor for your office? We have a lot of information coming your way that will require your attention during our member dues cycle.
Check out the many educational opportunities scheduled for the rest of this month and upcoming months ahead! You can check the dates prior to our notice by visiting  

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your families.

Have a successful November REALTORS®.
- Jean Wheat-Palm
Welcome New REALTORS®
Joseph Skipper
Cristian Martinez
Jerry Jones
Kay Johnson
Amy Coe-Ingalls
Shelly Cox
Christian Lydon
Angelica Arredondo
Lauren Oss
Liwen Gu
Nina Cataldo
Shayna Sutherland
Stanton Baker
Nisma Gurung
Steve Ball
Realty One WV
Keller Williams CC
Bright Home Group, LLC
Oregon Rental Property Management
Gysin Realty Group, LLC
Blum Real Estate
HomeSmart Realty Group
John L Scott- WSL
John L Scott- SLM
Horsepower Real Estate
Keller Williams CC
Realty One Group WV
Gysin Realty Group, LLC
Welcome New Affiliates
Tim Robinson
Cory Benson
Flagstar Bank
Farmers Insurance

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  will be receiving notice and letter from our office in the coming days.

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

In other updates,  the steering committee ( 2018-19 NWAR Board of Directors ) is in the process of appointing six REALTORS® and one Affiliate to the North Willamette Council (NWC) of Mid-Valley Association of REALTORS® to serve on the council. The council selection will be announced after November 21, 2019. From the NWC two will be seated on the Mid-Valley Association of REALTORS® Board of Directors for 2020 .

The purpose of this Council  is to enable the members in the jurisdiction that were 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.

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.
Thank you to our Sponsors for a wonderful night of
celebration with NWAR REALTORS®!
Silverton Property Tour
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 5:00 p.m. on preceding Tuesday

 The next scheduled property tour is on November 14th,
starting at Lighthouse Home Loans.

Click here to view the schedule for the upcoming weeks.
Regional News
RPAC Video Challenge Contest Winners

The results are in and the winning video of the RPAC Video Challenge is, "  RPAC: The Voice for REALTORS®!

Congratulations to: Anne Bridget Geersten (Eugene), Judy Gysin (Mid-Valley), Mark Knust (Klamath County), Victoria Sheadel (Rogue Valley) and Laurie Thiel (PMAR) for earning the most votes for their video.

The contest was close, and all the videos were very well received by our members. We had over 2,000 views, 77 new RPAC participants, four new major investors, and raised over $15,000 for RPAC. Way to go!

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:

All insurance and coverage options (excluding dental-see dental below)
Medical Coverage with EverMed
Dental insurance is now available for members through  Ameritas . They offer 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!
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
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
Click here to review 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?

Links for Commercial Benefits:
Advocacy :

o   Federal Level:
  Annual Public Policy Priorities
  Commercial Issues & Actions Brief
  Federal Issues Tracker
  Washington Report
o   State & Local Levels:
  Broker Involvement Program
  REALTOR® Party Initiatives
Education and Net Working:

Publications & Resources:


Tech & Data:
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 2019 Leadership

Executive Committee
Kelly Martin, President
Judy Gysin, President-Elect
Chad Harvey, Vice President & Secretary
Patti Williamson, Past President
Sue Curths, Treasurer

Craig Evans
Asheigh Fordham
Onna McColly
Damonian Pike
Patrick Sieng
Ryan Steckly
Affilliate Director
Aaron Van Cleave
North Santiam Council Chair
Heidi Hazel
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
Young Professional Network
Onna McColly
Professional Standards
Laura Dorn
Grievance Review
Don Meyer

Holiday Closures:
Monday, November 11, 2019 Veteran's Day
Thursday/Friday, November 28-29, 2019 Thanksgiving
Contact Mid-Valley Association of REALTORS®

Office phone: 503.540.0081
New Hours : M-F 8:00am - 4:00pm
Location: 2794 12th St Salem Or 97302
Mailing: PO Box 4114 Salem Or 97302