April 18, 2018
Join PMAR to Honor Those in our Community Making a Difference
PMAR is proud to recognize citizens who make a difference in our community. Come hear their stories and be inspired. Join us Thursday, April 26, to honor 2018 Portland First Citizen, Bill Russell. Bill is the Executive Director of Union Gospel Mission and the
co-founder of LifeChange, a nationally recognized faith based recovery program. We will also be honoring Joan Allen as 2018 Realtor® Good Neighbor and Catherine Somoza as our 2018 Future First Citizen.

Around the Region
by Daryl Winand
In this Around the Region, read a recap of Wilsonville's "State of the City" address focusing on community design,
economic development, housing, and transportation. In addition, read a letter
from Happy Valley Mayor, Lori DeRemer, asking for Realtor® assistance to help get
the word out in support of a parks and recreation levy that has been referred
to the ballot for voters’ consideration.

Join the Masters Circle for Their Annual Silent Auction
All proceeds will be donated to the Northwest Children’s Outreach (NCO). NCO is an all-volunteer non-profit that serves impoverished children ages zero to 18. They provide basic resources like clothing, diapers, and hygiene items to care providers that work directly with the families in need. Get
your ticket today and take the opportunity
to bid on fabulous auction packages while benefiting a valuable resource in our community.

Have You Completed Your Ethics Requirement for this Cycle?
Realtors® are required to complete ethics training within a two-year cycle. As a courtesy, we want to remind those who have not yet fulfilled their mandatory biennial
NAR Code of Ethics cycle requirement that currently ends December 31, 2018. It is very important to complete the requirement on time to prevent any interruption in your PMAR, OAR & NAR services. PMAR will be offering Ethics at George Fox University on Wed, May 16, 2018 from 9:30am to 12pm.

How to Tell If Your Buyer Should Purchase Now
Even though the costs of homeownership are on the rise as home prices and mortgage rates increase, more consumers say it’s a good time to buy a home. But that isn’t reason enough for unprepared buyers to jump into the market before they’re ready.
As a real estate professional, your job is to
guide clients through the process—even if that means advising them to wait until their financial situation can support higher homeownership costs. Here are three
tips for helping buyers determine
whether now is the right time for them to purchase.

When Does Photoshopping go
Too Far?
Photo editing software can help brighten underexposed images, balance color to
look more natural, or straighten a crooked shot. It’s also a great tool for hiding
unsightly power cords or bringing out the
true blue of the sky in your listing photos.
But photo manipulation can cross the line
and mislead potential buyers. You must ensure that photos are a true
representation of a property. Don’t
retouch pictures to cover up significant property imperfections or repair issues;
doing so could violate the Realtor® Code of Ethics.

In Memoriam
A donation has been made to the American Diabetes Foundation in honor of Thomas Conklin.