ADVOCACY
Senate Bill 608: STOP Statewide Rent Control!
Have you heard about Senate Bill 608? The Oregon Senate is about to take unprecedented action by passing a statewide rent control program. This has the potential to cause more harm than good for tenants. Rent control programs: 
 
  • Decrease mobility for tenants and require larger security deposits to recoup costs associated with damage.
  • Encourage the transition of rental units to condominiums as well as provide incentive to tear down existing buildings for the construction of new ones.
  • Discourages further investments in much needed housing.
 
A statewide rent control system is unprecedented and NO other State has adopted a statewide standard for rent control.

You can help stop Senate Bill 608 by emailing your Senator. We have already composed a message ready for you to send. Simply Visit the Action Center and hit submit message!
REALTOR® Day at the Capitol
Now more than ever it's important for REALTORS® to stand together and show the power of the real estate industry to our representatives at the Capitol. We our hosting our biennial REALTOR® Day at the Capitol on Tuesday April 2, 2019. We are asking for your support! Let's make this event the biggest yet and show our power in numbers.

You will hear presentations on OAR's legislative agenda, meet with your Legislators during lunch or small group appointments and network with your colleagues from across the state. In addition, you can enjoy a free lunch and can earn 1 hour CE credit if you pre-register for the event. There will be more "Perks" the day of the event that you will not want to miss! Learn all about the event online at www.eventleaf.com/2019realtorday
Will you join us for REALTOR® Day at the Capitol?
LOCATION
Capitol Mall - Salem, Oregon

DATE AND TIME
04/02/19 9:00am - 04/02/19 5:00pm

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50th Anniversary of RPAC
The REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC) is celebrating 50 years of protecting and promoting the real estate industry. 

Showcase your support by sharing information about this program. Visit My REALTOR® Party to learn more, download logos and upload your image for a custom RPAC frame.

RPAC is a voluntary program and provides the “hard” dollars the association uses to make direct contributions to national, state and local candidates. This partnership is what makes us a force to be reckoned with at the local, state and national levels.
OAR News
2018 Year in Review
2018 was an exceptional year for the Oregon Association of REALTORS®. Thank you to all our member volunteers for your time and energy to make it a success. There are many items to highlight; please take a few minutes to review some accomplishments from last year. VIEW YEAR IN REVIEW
Professional Standards Academy
OAR is hosting a one day Professional Standards Academy to train your volunteers that serve on Grievance Committees, Professional Standards Committees and anyone on your Board that may participate in the ratification/appellate process. AEs and staff specialists are welcome to attend as well as any volunteers that may have an interest in serving on these committees.

First Time Home Buyers Savings Account
The Oregon Department of Revenue has released the rules and a flyer regarding the First-Time Home Buyer Savings Account program. 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 applies to tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2019. We are currently working with banks and credit unions across the state and will update you as soon as we have further information.

Digital Member Brochure
The value of your membership gives you far more in benefits and services than you pay in dues. This value will help you earn more through education, networking, and connecting while reducing your risk and liability. Take a look at our new online digital member brochure to learn more about what your membership with OAR can do for you!

OAR Seeks to Increase Investments for Individual Development Accounts; Home Ownership
OAR is joining forces with  Neighborhood Partnerships  to increase investments and accelerate home ownership savings though the Oregon’s individual Development Account program.

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SAVE THE DATE
April 10-12 - Spring Governance
Oregon Convention Center- Salem, Oregon
Meetings & Education - Registration Coming Soon!

May 13-18 - NAR Mid-Year Meetings
Washington, DC

June 27 - NAR Broker’s Edge
Embassy Suites at Washington Square - Tigard, Oregon
Stay Tuned for More Information

Langdon Farms - Aurora, Oregon
NAR NEWS
LEGAL HOTLINE Q&A
Question:
We have a seller with 25% fractional ownership in a beach house currently listed. They are family members.
 
We have been contacted by one of the owners that we should not have been given a key and it can only be shown if the other owner is there. They are rarely there. The parties do NOT have an ownership agreement or anything in writing about use and rules.

Can they block us from showing the home since it's vacant? We have a key provided from one of the owners. They don't have a rule regarding showings. We advised our seller to get legal counsel, however he says he gives us permission to show it and he wants it shown when vacant. Can we show it?

Answer:
A fractional owner of real property has a right of access to and use of the property unless otherwise agreed upon by and between the owners. Thus, it is appropriate for the seller to provide you with access in order to show the property, and you can proceed ahead with the listing. However, to the extent that your access to the property creates potential risk, you may wish to consider whether the risk is worth the listing.
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 & OAR conventions and Holiday's). 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.
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
2019 is the Year for GRI!
OAR is helping REALTORS® fast track their GRI by offering more GRI core courses than any previous year, as well as hosting enough in-person designation/certification courses to get the required elective credit completed in 2019! 

February 5 | 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. | GRI- Sellers
6 CE Hours | Gresham, OR
”Working with Sellers” is a comprehensive look at acquiring and maintaining positive seller relationships. This course will give you the tools needed to uncover sellers, market your strengths, price the property, win the listing, and be competent in your abilities to maintain a working rapport with your sellers during and after the transaction. The goal is to have clients for life who will refer your services.
February 8 | 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. | GRI- Risk Management
6 CE Hours | Newport, OR
Taking and managing risk is the very essence of business survival and growth. The focus of this class is to help you develop, implement, recognize, and monitor plans to address issues long before problems arise that may adversely affect you, your clients, and your real estate career.
February 15 | 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. | GRI- Risk Management
6 CE Hours | North Bend, OR
Taking and managing risk is the very essence of business survival and growth. The focus of this class is to help you develop, implement, recognize, and monitor plans to address issues long before problems arise that may adversely affect you, your clients, and your real estate career.
February 15 | 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. | GRI- Finance
6 CE Hours | Medford, OR
A solid understanding of all aspects of real estate finance is essential for guiding your clients through one of the most important purchases in their lives. This course will cover the mortgage process, escrow & title, loan programs, details in lending, rules (Dodd-Frank, HOPEA & Section 32, triggering loan estimates, TRID/Know Before You Owe), seller financing, short sales & foreclosures, 1031 exchanges, and investment properties.
February 20 | 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. | GRI- Risk Management
6 CE Hours | Bend, OR
Taking and managing risk is the very essence of business survival and growth. The focus of this class is to help you develop, implement, recognize, and monitor plans to address issues long before problems arise that may adversely affect you, your clients, and your real estate career.
February 27 | 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. | GRI- Technology
6 CE Hours | Portland, OR
In this class we will cover everything you need to know about using technology to prospect, market, and efficiently run your business. We will cover critical topics like data backups and security, to marketing and promotion systems, to emerging social media platforms.
February 28 | 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. | GRI- Negotiations
6 CE Hours | Eugene, OR
In this course you will learn 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.
Webinars
REALTOR® Guide to Listing and Selling Manufactured Homes:
7 Tips to keep the process on track!

Tuesday, February 12, 2019
(9:30 AM to 10:30 AM)
1 CE Hour
Standard of Care:  Learn the level of performance that is exhibited by good licensees to protect clients.

Tuesday, February 26, 2019
(9:30 AM to 10:30 AM)
1 CE Hour
MEMBER BENEFITS
Be Safer & More Productive
Kleard offers on-the-spot verifications for safer showings and open houses with safety alerts built-in. In addition it comes with an open house verified sign-in and a CRM for follow-up.

Medical Benefits
Did you know you have access to medical, 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.

Please contact Johnson Benefit Group at 503-656-3232 for any questions or assistance you may need.

NAR Member Value Plus (MVP) Program
Earn rewards by taking simple actions with NAR's Member Value Plus (MVP) Program. Every month a new MVP offer will be posted. All you have to do is complete the specified Action within the two-week time-frame. After you complete the Action, you’ll receive instructions and a code via e-mail to redeem your Reward. That’s it. It doesn’t get simpler than that.

Oregon Association of REALTORS ®
2110 Mission Street SE, #230 Salem, OR 97302
503.362.3645 | www.oregonrealtors.org