FAQ

Consumers

How do I become a REALTOR®?+

Find out more about becoming a REALTOR® here.

Why should I use a REALTOR®?+

REALTORS® are committed to treat all parties to a transaction honestly and subscribe to a strict Code of Ethics. They are expected to maintain a higher level of knowledge of the process of buying and selling real estate. Read about the full benefit and value of using a REALTOR®here.

I would like to file a complaint against a REALTOR®.+

If you feel a REALTOR® has violated the Code of Ethics, please go here to read about the grievance and ethics complaint process.

I have a legal real estate question.+

At this time, we do not offer legal advice to non-members. We only offer legal advice for OAR REALTOR® and affiliate members enrolled in our Legal Hotline Program.

Resources

How do I update my information?+

Contact your local association/board and they can update your information.

How do I log onto the Member Center?+

Click the light gray "Login" button in the menu bar at the top right of the screen. Enter your Username (NRDS number) and Password (1yourlastname, ie 1smith). You can view your Member Profile here.

How do I renew my license?+

Contact the Oregon Real Estate Agency for all licensing questions.

I have a licensing question.+

Contact the Oregon Real Estate Agency for all licensing questions.

I have a question about forms.+

Contact OREF for any form questions.

How do I become a member?+

If you’d like to become a member, click here to get all the details.

What are the benefits of becoming a member of OAR?+

There are too many to count! Check out this page for more details.

What’s the difference between OAR and the Oregon Real Estate Agency?+

The Oregon Real Estate Agency (OREA) is a state agency tasked with the licensing and rule-making for all things real estate related.

The Oregon Association of REALTORS® is the state-level association of the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR). We are a trade association representing more than 15,000 members involved in all aspects of the real estate profession.

Can I sell real estate without being a REALTOR®?+

To sell real estate in Oregon, you are required to hold a current real estate license from the Oregon Real Estate Agency. A REALTOR® is a licensed real estate broker that has joined the National Association of REALTORS® (and appropriate state and local associations). The word REALTOR® is a licensed trademark for use only by our members. 

I have a question about health insurance.+

Contact the Johnson Benefit Group and they can help you! 866-656-3232

I want to start a local YPN group in my area. What do I do?+

That’s great! Contact the 2014 Oregon YPN President Anthony Castro for more information.

Education

The CE Shop Questions

I’ve finished a course from The CE Shop. Where is my certificate?+

Once you have finished a course at The CE Shop, your CE certificate will be uploaded instantly to your account for downloading and printing. 

What’s my login information?+

We don’t have access to that information. Contact The CE Shop for help.

Why doesn't NAR show that I took the Code of Ethics?+

Once you have completed "Cracking the Code of Ethics" through The CE Shop, you will need to submit the CE certificate to your Local Association/Board for credit with NAR. 

Webinar Questions

What does $19/location mean?+

Our webinars are $19 per location, rather than computer login. When you register for a webinar location, you can host as many agents as you’d like to view the webinar. It’s a great deal for broker owners to offer CE to their agents!

When do I get my CE certificate?+

Once you have submitted the course sign-in sheet, CE certificates will be available via your Member Profile within a week.

Why haven’t I received my login information for the webinar?+

The day before the webinar, we will send out an email with login instructions, handouts, and a sign-in sheet. Please fill out the provided sign-in sheet and then return it to OAR. We will then process it and send out CE certificates within the week.

I pay dues. Why do I have to pay for the webinar?+

We work hard to provide timely and relevant information from great instructors for our webinars. As such, we feel our webinars are a very good deal - $19 for quality education and CE for as many agents you would like to host in one location. The registration fee helps us host these webinars, covering technology and instructor fees.

But you don't have to pay the $19 for the information! We post all of our recorded on your YouTube Channel within a week of the actual webinar. You are welcome to listen to any of these webinars to receive this information. The recorded webinars don't count for CE credit, but are a great way to receive the information and stay abreast of current issues.

Webinar Library

I missed a webinar. Can I still get credit if I watch it on your YouTube Channel?+

Unfortunately, there is no way to offer CE unless you attend the live webinar. You can always access the information after the webinar is over on our YouTube channel. But unless you are there for the full webinar at the time specified we can't offer CE. 

GRI Questions

Are there any updates or news regarding the GRI designation?+

Unfortunately, no firm news yet. We are working on restructuring our program to possibly offer courses in 2014. As we have more information, we will be keeping our members updated via email and the website. We apologize we don't have better news yet.

I started the GRI but haven’t been able to finish. When will more courses be offered?+

We are doing our best to make sure the people currently in the “GRI pipeline” aren't stuck there. We are currently assessing the feasibility of holding 200 and 300 level courses to ensure the REALTORS® that started the designation will be able to finish it. Stay tuned for information regarding 2014 courses.

Education Questions

What is OAR’s provider number?+

#1003

How often am I required to take the Law & Rule Required Course (LARRC)?+

To renew your Oregon Real Estate Agency license, you must take the LARRC during every two-year renewal period.

How often am I required to take the Code of Ethics?+

To maintain your NAR membership and continue to be a REALTOR®, you must take the Code of Ethics during every biennial time period. The next deadline is December 31, 2018. Check to see if you have completed the course by clicking the "View My Education Records" link on this page.

I’m not a member, but I would like to register for a webinar or course. Is that possible?+

Absolutely! Call OAR at (800) 252-9115 and we will process your registration over the phone.

I took a course with OAR but I haven’t received my CE certificate. +

Following each OAR CE course, CE certificates will be available via your Member Profile within a week.

Do you offer any pre-licensing education?+

At this time, neither OAR nor The CE Shop offers pre-licensing education. Check with the Oregon Real Estate Agency for a list of their approved schools.

Do you have a record of the courses I have taken?+

We only have records of the courses you have taken with the Oregon Association of REALTORS®. You can view your Event History here (login required). Email OAR with any additional questions.

I need to renew my license at the end of this month. Where can I get CE hours?+

You have a few options:

Offering CE

I, or my company, would like to offer CE. What do we do?+

If you are a Local Board/Association, contact the OAR Education department and we can help you!

Otherwise, please contact the Oregon Real Estate Agency for more information.

Do you have a list of courses or topics that you use for education courses that I can have to bring CE to my office, board, or association?+

We prefer to maintain flexibility to determine class topics based on market needs. If you’d like to utilize OAR resources to help you schedule education in your area, please contact the OAR Education department directly so we can help you on a case-by-case basis.

Do you have a list of instructors that you use for education courses from which I can pick someone to teach a course for my organization?+

We do not maintain a formal instructor pool and instead determine who will teach courses based on the topic needed.

Do you have a list of venues or facilities across the state that I can use to pick a location for an education/event?+

We do not have a list of preferred venues but could assist you with your particular need based on our experience. Please contact us so we can help.

Advocacy

Why is OAR involved in politics?+

The Oregon Association of REALTORS® is involved in politics to safeguard your business and help protect the American dream of homeownership. Through actively engaging in the legislative process, REALTORS® are able to protect private property rights and maintain housing affordability.

What legislation are we tracking?+

The Oregon Association of REALTORS®, through the Government Affairs Key Committee, actively tracks legislation relating to business and real estate taxation, distressed properties and foreclosures, economic development and housing affordability, land use planning, private property rights, and real estate license law.

What is OAR advocating and why?+

The Oregon Association of REALTORS® Public Policy Department advocates before the Oregon Legislature and state regulatory agencies to support legislation and regulations that strengthen housing affordability and attainability. The Association also strives to defeat legislation and regulations that negatively impact the housing market and is committed to protecting buyers and sellers to preserve the dream of homeownership.

Where do my RPAC dollars go?+

Since 1969, the REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC) has promoted the election of pro-REALTOR® candidates throughout the nation. In Oregon, the purpose of RPAC is clear: to support candidates and elected officials who share our values on issues significant to the real estate market – promoting homeownership, pursuing sustainable development opportunities and protecting private property rights. 

How can I get involved?+

As a member of the Oregon Association of REALTORS® you have full access to our Public Policy department and we encourage your participation in our political process. To learn how to become actively involved in one of our political key committees, please contact our association at 800-252-9115.

Legal

I have a legal question. What can you do?+

One of the many benefits to being an Oregon REALTOR® is being able to subscribe to the Legal Hotline!

What is 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 support member subscribers on a variety of topics including disclosure, license law, contracts and offers. Go here for full details.

What is the cost?+

A one year subscription is $125 and begins from time of sign-up.

How do I submit my questions?+

The Legal Hotline is open to members year-round, excluding weekends and holidays.

  • Call: (800) 633-9749
    The Legal Hotline is open to take questions Monday-Friday from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Where do I sign up?+

Complete, scan, and email the Sign Up and Memorandum of Understanding form to OAR.

If you have any questions, please contact OAR at (503) 362-3645 or (800) 252-9115.