CODE OF ETHICS DEADLINE
The National Association of REALTORS® has set the deadline for the Code of Ethics Biennial as December 31, 2018. What this means for Oregon REALTORS® is that in order to stay in good standing with your NAR membership, you need to complete a Code of Ethics course by December 31, 2018. If you do not attend the class or take one online, your membership is subject to suspension. Please see opportunities listed below to take the class in person or online.
HOW DO I CHECK MY COE STATUS?
How do you know if you have or have not met your Code of Ethics training? Please log into your account and double check before calling OAR or your local association. You can check online at https://membercenter.nar.realtor/my-account.

  1. Locate your NRDS number and last name to register or sign-in.
  2. Look on the home page on the right side under “My Professional Development and Training”
  3. Click on the yellow “Code of Ethics” tab and under that it will say “your next code of ethics dead line”
CODE OF ETHICS TRAINING
If you have checked and still need to meet your Code of Ethics Training, please see the following opportunities. You can join us on Thursday, December 6th at a live course in Salem or you can go online and watch a previously recorded class presented by Rick Harris, "When You Come to the Fork in the Road, Take it!" NAR also offers a few online options. Whether you take a class in person or online, please report back to your local association so they can place you in good standing. Learn more about Code of Ethics.
LIVE CLASS
"Professional Development"
December 6, 2018
9:00 AM to 12:00 PM ($49)
OAR Training Room
3 hours CE
3 hours GRI Core Credit
ONLINE
"When You Come to The Fork in the Road- TAKE IT!"  previously-live webinar presented by Rick Harris ($30)
COE requirement
3 CE hours
WORKSHOP
There's still time to sign-up for the Leading with Diversity Workshop!

The workshop is held on Tuesday morning at the Grand Hotel in Salem. Breakfast is served at 8:30am with the workshop beginning promptly at 9am. Fred Underwood, NAR Director of Diversity, will guide you through the process of how your association can incorporate a path to diversity and develop an action plan appropriate to your needs. In addition, please join us for a reception the evening before, on Monday, December 3rd at 5:30pm at the Grand Hotel.

Monday December 3, 2018 - Evening Reception (5:30pm - 7:30pm)
Tuesday December 4, 2018 - Leading with Diversity Workshop (9:00am - 1:00pm)
Location: Grand Hotel - Salem (Boardroom)
LEGAL HOTLINE Q&A
Question:
A buyer placed an offer on a property that was accepted by the seller. Shortly thereafter, the buyers agent became aware that the property was in default and was set to be auctioned at a date prior to the agreed upon scheduled closing date. With the new information, the buyers agent submitted an addendum stating that the seller must clear the default or the buyer would terminate the agreement. This addendum was rejected by the seller and buyer subsequently terminated the agreement in writing due to the failure to disclose the material fact of the default. Was the buyer within their rights and did they proceed as advisable?

Answer:
Yes. The issue of the home being in default would be considered material to the sale and that fact was not disclosed prior to entering into the contract. The key here is the timing being slightly unusual in the time of the disclosure. Generally, this fact would have been discovered in the title report, if not having been discovered prior to entering into a contract. While the knowledge of the default occurred at an atypical time, in a somewhat unusual manner, that doesn’t change the fact that there was a material fact that was not disclosed. The buyer made additional efforts to remedy the issue, but when that was unsuccessful, they rightfully terminated. 
LEGAL HOTLINE SUBSCRIPTION
Have you signed up for the Legal Hotline?

The Oregon Association of REALTORS ®  Legal Hotline provides subscribers the opportunity to ask real estate-related questions of an attorney specializing in real estate and contract law. OAR can advise member subscribers on a variety of topics including disclosure, license law, contracts and offers.

The cost for a one year Legal Hotline subscription is $125 per individual subscription. The Legal Hotline is open Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (except during NAR and OAR conventions). Subscribers may e-mail questions to the Legal Hotline at any time and can expect an answer within 24 hours (excluding weekends and holidays). Changes in license status or brokerage will not affect an individual's subscription or access to the Legal Hotline.
EDUCATION & PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
December 4 | 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. | OREF 2019 Forms Changes- WEBINAR
2 CE Hours | Salem, OR- Webinar
Need to be updated on 2019 OREF Forms? Look no further! Take this 2-hour webinar to learn about all of the changes coming to OREF Forms in 2019.
December 6 | 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. | Negotiation
6 CE Hours | Eugene, OR
This course will teach you the basic concepts of negotiation and how to identify different approaches. You will also have the opportunity to try your hand at utilizing these negotiating techniques on actual real estate scenarios occurring in the market right now.
December 11 | 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. | Phishing Scams: Don't Fall for the Bait!
1 CE Hour | Webinar
When internet impostors use your email to trick consumers into giving out their personal information, it's called phishing. review: (1) how to recognize potential threats in your email, including how to identify fraudulent messages; (2) best practices that safeguard your client's personal information; and (3) what to do if clients contact you upset that they responded to a phishing email from someone impersonating you.
December 13 | 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. | Transactions
6 CE Hours | Dundee, OR
This course will cover various aspects of The Transaction, including risk management, records retention, contracts, timelines and more. You will learn ways to use popular transaction management systems and platforms to reduce risk and create strategies to manage your business, contracts and contacts by using the tools that are discussed.
WINTER WEBINARS
Understanding the Domestic Well Testing Act and Radon Awareness for the REALTOR
Tuesday, January 8, 2019 (9:30 AM to 10:30 AM)
1 CE Hour
Benefits of Using
a Home Warranty
Monday, January 14, 2019 (9:30 AM to 10:30 AM)
1 CE Hour
ADVOCACY
First Time Home Buyer Savings Accounts
During the short 2018 Legislative Session, the Oregon Legislature took a significant step toward addressing the state’s affordable housing crisis by passing House Bill 4007, establishing a First-Time Home Buyer Savings Account program statewide. 

The program will allow Oregonians to take a state tax deduction for saving money towards a down payment and other related costs associated with the purchase of their first home. The program takes applies to tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2019. Learn More about First Time Homebuyer Savings Accounts Program
On April 2, 2019, OAR will host REALTOR® Day at the Capitol in Salem. REALTOR® Day at the Capitol is a valuable opportunity to meet your elected officials and advocate for your business and industry. Further details coming soon!
NAR NEWS
There were many items that came out of the REALTORS® Conference & Expo in early November in Boston, MA. Here are a few of the highlights: 

  1. OAR’s Colin Mullane was recognized for his dedication to NAR and will be serving as a 2019 Global Committees Liaison. 
  2. The NAR Strategic Framework Goals for 2019-2023. Read more
  3. NAR amended MLS policy regarding the rights of cooperating brokers in the presentation of offers. Learn more
  4. Presidential Advisory Group (PAG) created to look at the structure, process, people, resources and operating environments of NAR’s governance system. Learn more about NAR Governance
  5. NAR approved policy supporting remote notarization- Read more
STATE NEWS
Drew Coleman Goes Platinum
A special thanks to Drew Coleman, Hasson Company Realtors, for achieving Platinum RPAC Investor status. Drew has been a Major Investor for just a handful of years, but has made a BIG impact. He has shown he is dedicated to supporting our industry. Drew also volunteers on several committees and is soon to be PMAR's 2019 President. Congrats Drew!
RPAC Major Investors
Through October 31, 2018 a total of 126 Oregon REALTORS® have committed to being RPAC Major Investors with a minimum annual pledge of $1,000. To make your Major Investor pledge, set up your payment plan, or get information, please contact  Jan Presley , OAR RPAC Coordinator.

Learn more about RPAC and RPAC Investors
Donald Gene ‘Donn’ Walls
April 1, 1939 - November 16, 2018
This month we say goodbye to a fellow REALTOR®, Donald Gene “Donn” Walls. Donn was 79 years old and passed peacefully on November 16, 2018 after previously suffering from a severe stroke. Donn had a passion for real estate and was the owner of Hermiston Realty. He was a friend to many and he will certainly be missed. Contributions in Donn’s memory may be made to UHS Alumni Association scholarship fund, P.O. Box 1144, Umatilla, OR 97882 or Kiwanis, P.O. Box 375, Hermiston, OR 97838.
MEMBER BENEFITS
Did you know you have access to individual medical share/preventive care, group dental and vision plans? OAR has partnered with Johnson Benefit Group to bring you affordable healthcare options.

This year they have expanded the dental offering to include four plans for dental and two for vision. These plans provide flexibility to see a dentist in or out of network.

The deadline for enrolling in the dental and vision program is December 5 th , 2018 for a January effective date. Enrollment received by this date will ensure that you will be enrolled by January 1, 2019. If it is received after the 5 th  you will see delays in enrollment.

Please contact Johnson Benefit Group at 503-656-3232 for any questions or assistance you may need.
Great news! Kleard is launching a free version of Kleard on December 4, 2018. Now all agents can become safer on the job for FREE.

Some benefits of Kleard include:
  • On-the-spot verifications for safer showings and open houses with safety alerts built-in
  • Open house mode with verified sign ins
  • CRM with mail-merged email/SMS follow-up tools
  • On-Demand marketplace for open houses and showings that allows agents within a brokerage to share open house and showing opportunities in an innovative way.
Every year we review which benefits members find useful and which ones they do not. The Tech Helpline, although promoted heavily over the last few years, has not been a benefit that members found to be a key tool. Therefore, due to low engagement, we will discontinue the Tech Helpline program on December 31, 2018. If you have questions or comments, please contact us about Tech Helpline .
Oregon Association of REALTORS ®
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