Local Associations/Boards & Partners

Local Associations/boards and affiliate organizations are important partners to the Oregon Association of REALTORS®. Without our associates at the local and specialty level, OAR couldn't do what we do for the state as a whole. Learn more about each of these entities through the links below.

National Association of REALTORS® (NAR)+

National Association of REALTORS®The National Association of REALTORS®, "The Voice for Real Estate," is America's largest trade association, representing 1 million members, including NAR's institutes, societies and councils, involved in all aspects of the residential and commercial real estate industries.

Membership is composed of residential and commercial REALTORS®, who are brokers, salespeople, property managers, appraisers, counselors and others engaged in all aspects of the real estate industry. Members belong to one or more of some 1,400 local associations/boards and 54 state and territory associations of REALTORS®. They are pledged to a strict Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice.

Working for America's property owners, the National Association provides a facility for professional development, research and exchange of information its members and to the public and government for the purpose of preserving the free enterprise system and the right to own real property.

Oregon Real Estate Agency (OREA)+

OREA SealThe Oregon Real Estate Agency is the department of State government whose purpose is to provide quality protection for Oregon consumers of real estate, escrow, and land development services, balanced with a professional environment conducive to a health real estate market.

The Agency's responsibilities, administered by the Real Estate Commissioner, include:

  • Licensing and regulation of:
    • Real estate brokers, principal brokers, and property managers
    • Escrow and escrow agents
    • Real Estate marketing organizations
  • Examination and education for brokers, principal brokers, and property managers
  • Course oversight of Agency-certified Oregon real estate education providers
  • Monitoring regulated activities in escrow organizations and real estate offices
  • Conducting investigations and hearings when complaints are filed against licensees, registrants, and real property developers

Oregon Real Estate Forms, LLC (OREF)+

OREFOREF is a for-profit Oregon Limited Liability Company formed in 1997 to provide quality industry and legally approved realty transaction and advisory forms for Oregon licensed real estate brokers. It is owned by three REALTOR® boards and managed by a staff of three in concert with a Board of Managers made up of ten managers from the three shareholder organizations.

OREF Ownership & Management Structure% OwnershipBoard of Managers Members
Portland Metropolitan Association of REALTORS®50%5
Oregon Association of REALTORS®20%2

The Board of Managers reviews new forms and form changes and has final approval on all OREF products. The Forms Committee, on the other hand, is responsible for forms development.

Young Professionals Network (YPN)+

YPNThe Oregon chapter of YPN is a growing group of young, career-minded, real estate professionals who want to stay on top of the latest tools, resources, and networking opportunities in the industry. Membership is open to all ages and gives participants access to exclusive events at REALTOR® conferences, information on how to get involved in leadership roles, technology training, professional development, networking through social media and live events, and opportunities to volunteer in the community.

YPN is a dynamic and fast-growing nationwide organization sponsored by the National Association of Realtors® and the Oregon Association of Realtors®. The State organization helps these individuals to excel in their careers by giving them the tools and encouragement to become involved in four core areas:

  • REALTOR® associations – Attend REALTOR® conferences and pursue leadership roles with their local, state, and national association.
  • Real estate industry – Take an active role in policy discussions and advocacy issues; be informed about the latest industry news and trends.
  • Peers – Network and learn from one another by attending events, participating in online communication, and seeking out mentoring opportunities.
  • Community – Become exceptional members of their community by demonstrating a high level of REALTOR® professionalism and volunteering for causes they feel passionate about.

There are YPN chapters in the Portland Metro area, Bend, and Medford. To find out more: join the group, attend an event, check out the national YPN site, like the Oregon chapter's Facebook page, or contact:

Caitlin Williams – 2017 Board President

Jenny Pakula – OAR Staff Liaison to YPN

Global Business Council (GBC)+


The Oregon Association of REALTORS® Global Business Council works to expand awareness of opportunities in international real estate. Members learn how real estate practitioners around the world are developing strategies to succeed in a global economy, how cultural diversity can be a win-win for REALTORS® and clients, and how to provide added value to international clients in Oregon.

The Global Business Council increases understanding of worldwide investment opportunities in real estate through a combination of networking and education. Joining the Global Business Council is the first step to adding a global scope to individual REALTOR® business plans.

The Oregon Association of REALTORS® is currently the ambassador association to the country of Vietnam, where new real estate licensing laws were recently adopted. Vietnam was granted unconditional normal trade relations (NTR) status by the United States through a Presidential Proclamation signed by President Bush on December 29, 2006. In 2007, the Oregon Association of REALTORS® was named the International Ambassador Association of the Year by the National Association of REALTORS®.

Click here for the latest Business Data for Engaging in International Real Estate Transactions in Oregon

Click here for information on Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS) Education and Training.

Click here for information about the International Real Estate Federation (FIABCI). (NAR is a Principal Member of FIABCI)

For more information, or to become a member of the Global Business Council, contact:

Steve Strode – GBC Advisory Board Chair

Jenny Pakula – OAR Staff Liaison to GBC

GBC Advisory Board
The Global Business Council is seeking new members for its Advisory Board. Do you have international experience, either living or working abroad? Have you obtained, or are working toward, your Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS) designation? Or do you want to volunteer at your Association in a new way, while at the same time tapping in to the burgeoning market of global real estate? Please contact Steve Strode for more information.

Women's Council of REALTORS® (WCR) – Oregon Chapter+

Women's Council of REALTORS®The Women's Council of REALTORS® (WCR) is a national organization and network of successful REALTORS®, empowering women to exercise their potential as entrepreneurs and industry leaders. The Oregon chapter also supports four local chapters: Greater Portland AreaCentral Oregon AreaRogue Valley, and Southern Oregon.

Residential Real Estate Council (CRS) +


Agents can maximize their revenue potential by earning the CRS® designation and joining then Residential Real Estate Council (RRC) that has served the country's top-producing agents since 1977. CRS® designees benefit from nationwide referral opportunities, a professional image that attracts customers, and extensive sales and marketing support. 

 The CRS® designation is awarded to experienced REALTORS® who completed advanced education and training. Only 3% of REALTORS® nationwide have earned the prestigious Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) designation. CRS-trained REALTORS® complete more than twice the transactions than the average REALTOR®, and their annual gross sales are nearly double, according to a 2017 survey.

 For more information, go to:

Oregon Residential Real Estate Council - State Website

Residential Real Estate Council - National Website


Certified Real Estate Brokerage Managers (CRB)+

CRBThe Certified Real Estate Brokerage Manager (CRB) designation is recognized industry-wide as the measure of success in brokerage and real estate business management. The designation is awarded by the Council of Real Estate Brokerage Managers to REALTORS® who have completed the Council's advanced educational and professional requirements. CRB designees consistently increase their level of industry knowledge, advance their earning and career potential, increase their firm's profitability and benefit from active involvement in this network of real estate professionals.

Oregon Home Builders Association (OHBA)+

OHBAThe Oregon Home Builders Association (OHBA) is a professional, nonprofit trade association comprised of builders, remodelers, material suppliers, subcontractors, consultants, lending institutions, utilities, and others involved in housing and building-related fields. OHBA is an affiliate of the National Association of Home Builders and has 14 local association and more than 4,000 members across the state.

The OHBA is the unified voice for the home building industry and the housing consumer, providing the resources, education, and leadership required to ensure members' success and to protect the right of all Oregonians to own a home of their own.

Oregon Bankers Association (OBA)+

OBAThe Oregon Bankers Association (OBA) is Oregon's only full-service trade association representing state and national commercial banks, thrifts, and savings banks chartered to do business in Oregon. Membership in the OBA signifies a financial institution's commitment to the principles of banking and the belief that more can be accomplished collectively than individually.

The OBA and Independent Community Banks of Oregon belong to and serve Oregon bankers. Their mission is to "be the voice of the Oregon banking industry".

Portland State University Center for Real Estate+

PSUIn 2004, the Portland State University Center for Real Estate was formed as a partnership between PSU's acclaimed Schools of Urban Studies and Planning and Business Administration to manage the real estate programs at Portland State and serve as the vital link between the University and the real estate community. At the heart of the Center's program is the Master of Real Estate Development.

Fair Housing Council of Oregon+


The Fair Housing Council of Oregon (FHCO) is a nonprofit civil rights organization driven to eliminate illegal housing discrimination through enforcement and education across Oregon and southwest Washington. They promote equal access to housing by providing education, outreach, technical assistance, and enforcement opportunities specifically related to federal, state, and local fair housing laws. These laws protect against illegal housing discrimination based on "protected class status" in any housing transaction or situation.

Oregon Housing Authorities+

OHAThe 22 agencies of Oregon Housing Authorities provide safe and affordable housing to individuals and families who face income, disability, or other life challenges. The association is dedicating to keeping children, families, an aging population, and Oregonians with special needs from becoming homeless. By promoting upward mobility and home ownership, they are able to help working adults move beyond government assistance. The programs create the stable housing base to help enhance self-sufficiency and the ability to build better lives.