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 May 31, 2017
PMAR's Bi-Weekly Newsletter for Real Estate Professionals
In This Issue
Local and State Director Volunteers Needed
PMAR Principal Broker Forum
Financial Exploitation Forum
PMAR Masters Circle Award Winners
Your Answer to Zillow's Instant Offers
Commercial Real Estate ALERT
Hackers Breach DocuSign Emails
How to Prevail in a Competitive Market
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REALTORS® Federal Credit Union membership offers more benefits than you may know, including 33,000+ fee free ATMs and mobile deposit up to $25,000.

The Credit Union regularly offers great rates on loans and savings accounts for your personal and business needs. 

Click here and take 2 minutes to learn the top 10 reasons to join RFCU.
Upcoming at PMAR

Free CE
OREF and OnlineEd are offering 4 Free CE courses now through December 2017.

This package includes the newest OREF courses for Oregon real estate continuing education credit. 

Click Here for details.
PMAR Needs You!
Do you have some experience volunteering with your Realtor® Association, and want to take it to the next level?  PMAR has a number of Local and State Director positions available starting in 2018.

Click Here   for a link to the nomination form, which includes position descriptions and qualification criteria.

If you don't qualify for next year, but would like to learn how to become eligible in the future, contact Michele Holen, PMAR Chief Operating Officer, about all our volunteer opportunities.
Fact or Fiction: Misconceptions in Real Estate
PMAR Principal Broker Forum

Thursday, June 15th

9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Doors open at 8:30 a.m.

Multnomah Athletic Club
(1849 SW Salmon St, Portland)
Cost: $20 per person

Moderator: Lane Mueller, Wise Move Real Estate

Panelists:
- Pat Ihnat, Fidelity National Title
- Phil Querin, JD, Querin Law LLC
- Terry Romel, Information Services Manager, RMLS

Click Here to register.

Event Flyer

Sign-up and prepayment required. Open to all PMAR members with a Principal Brokers license. 1.5 Hours CE credits will be issued. 
Questions? Email bpowellparich@pmar.org or call 503-459-2169.
Financial Exploitation of Seniors and Adults with Disabilities Forum
Thursday, June 29th
9:00 a.m. to Noon
Oregon State Bar
(16037 SW Upper Boones Ferry Rd, Tigard)
  • Understand the level of financial exploitation faced by seniors and adults with disabilities
  • Learn about the growing number of these citizens who are participating in real estate transactions in the region
  • What to do when financial exploitation is suspected
  • Know what a Power of Attorney does and does not provide
  • Where to access local resources to help clients
Cost:
$20 HOWNW.com™ Certified Specialists (HCS designation)
$30 PMAR Members
$50 Non-Members and Attorneys
(2 hours OR State Bar CE will be issued)

3 hours of Oregon CE credit will be issued.

Moderator: Lane Mueller, Esquire, Wise Move Real Estate

Presenters:
- Jessica Lautz, NAR Director of Survey Research & Comm.
- Dan Norris, Assistant Attorney General Oregon
- Alan Brickley, Retired Counsel, First American Title Company

Click Here to register.

Event Flyer

Sign-up and prepayment required. Questions? Email  bpowellparich@pmar.org or call 503-459-2169.
Congratulations to the 2017 PMAR Masters Circle Award Winners!
Cheryle Clunes, Summa Real Estate Executives, 2017 Managing Broker of the Year
Kendall Bergstrom-Delancellotti, The Hasson Company, Realtors®, 2017 Broker of the Year

Congratulations to Cheryle Clunes, Summa Real Estate Executives, for being awarded the Managing Broker of the Year award at the 13th Annual Masters Circle Silent Auction on May 18th, along with Kendall Bergstrom-Delancellotti, The Hasson Company, Realtors®, who received the 2017 Broker of the Year Award. 

The Broker and Managing Broker of the Year Awards are given to PMAR members who demonstrate a passion for real estate and demonstrate a commitment to the industry and their communities.

Please join us in congratulating Cheryle and Kendall for their outstanding achievements!

The Silent Auction raised a total of $10,730, which will be donated to Northwest Children's Outreach.
Your Answer to Zillow's "Instant Offers "
Last week, Zillow introduced its "Instant Offers" platform in two test markets, Las Vegas, Nevada and Orlando, Florida.  The platform enables sellers to receive and compare cash offers from selected investors, as well as obtain a CMA from one of Zillow's paying customers, a Zillow Premier Agent.

It remains to be seen whether Zillow will be successful enough to expand Instant Offers to more markets. If it does, the promise of a quick sale may capture some consumers' attention. But if past performance is any indicator, sellers will continue to gravitate your way. The NAR 2016 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers showed that 89% of sellers worked with a real estate professional to sell their homes.

Click here for six talking points to help when sellers are considering the option of a direct, cash sale, and to read the full article.
Commercial Real Estate ALERT
The Strategic Thinking Advisory Committee of NAR has developed a new report detailing the most significant risks and opportunities facing the commercial real estate industry.

The report includes analysis on financing, technology/e-commerce, demographics, regulations, sustainability, and emerging trends.

Click here to view the full report
Hackers Breach DocuSign Emails email hack
E-signature company DocuSign says it experienced a temporary breach of a
non-core email system, resulting in the release of email addresses that could be used for phishing schemes.

The company's core eSignature product, which provides a secure environment for signing documents, including for real estate transactions, was not part of the breach and remains secure.

The system breach involved only email addressees, the company said. No names, physical addresses, passwords, social security numbers, credit card data, or other information was accessed.

The company advises its customers to protect against phishing schemes as a result of the breach by deleting any emails with these subject lines:
  • "Completed: [domain name] - Wire transfer for recipient-name Document Ready for Signature"
  • "Completed [domain name/email address] - Accounting Invoice [Number] Document Ready for Signature"

Click here to learn more about the incident.

How to Prevail in a Competitive MarketSold house
Homebuyers are increasingly facing steep competition  for the  limited number of homes for sale. Attempting to purchase a home in this type of market can make the already complex process even more overwhelming. 

NAR suggests these simple guidelines for helping your clients navigate this competitive market:
  • Identify home wants vs. needs
  • Stick to the budget
  • Prepare clients to make decisions quickly
  • Make bids competitive

Read the full article here.

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