News & Issues

2015 was an incredible year for the real estate industry! Most REALTORS® saw their portfolios grow substantially as home values rebounded across the state. The number of REALTOR members is also on the rise – a sign of confidence and opportunity in the economy. In addition to the market recovery, our success in the legislature was a direct result of our members' mobilization and the collective efforts you exerted daily throughout the State of Oregon to protect homeowners. Thank you!

Home sales weren't the only area we saw considerable positive achievements. Our advocacy at the national, state, and local levels resulted in big wins. Focusing on OAR, the grassroots engagement at REALTOR® Rally, the local utilization of our Issues Mobilization fund, and our record setting response to our Call for Action on G-fees was a demonstration of your commitment to a strong and vibrant housing market.

The efforts of the Association were also bolstered significantly by legislators from both major political parties, due in no small part to the REALTOR® PAC's commitment to support those candidates supportive of REALTOR® values and core issues. The dedication of RPAC to supporting REALTOR® Party candidates made an important impact on what became a difficult legislative session.

Simply stated: in 2015 we've demonstrated our commitment to helping all Oregonians achieve the American Dream!

Did You Know?+

In the 2012 General Election, the Oregon Association of REALTORS® successfully passed Measure 79, which amended the Oregon Constitution to prohibit real estate transfer taxes, fees, and other assessments. This protects Oregonians already paying property taxes from an unfair, double tax.