Legal News

Oregon Should Allow Remote Online Notarization

March 26, 2020

By allowing Remote Online Notarization, Oregon can keep a critical part of the real estate purchase and refinancing infrastructure functioning while also promoting the goals of social distancing and ensuring compliance with Governor Browns “Stay Home, Save Lives” Executive Order.

Remote Online Notarization (RON) allows the consumer and notary to be ...

Buyer & Seller Advisory COVID-19 Updates

March 25, 2020

OAR has created the following Buyer and Seller Advisories with tips for buyers and sellers navigating home selling and purchasing during the COVID-19 crisis.  Make your clients aware of these tools.  In addition to the COVID-19 information, they provide your clients with comprehensive information about the home buying and selling process.

OAR Buyer Advisory ...

Governor Kate Brown Tightens Social Distancing Measures, Tells Oregonians to “Stay Home, Save Lives”

March 23, 2020

Governor Kate Brown today issued Executive Order 20-12, directing everyone in Oregon to stay at home to the maximum extent possible and adding to the list of businesses that will be temporarily closed to stem the spread of COVID-19 in Oregon. The order is effective immediately, and remains in effect ...

Update: National Flood Insurance Program and Endangered Species Act

March 12, 2020

In April 2016 the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) delivered a Biological Opinion (BiOp) to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) determining that the implementation of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) in Oregon encouraged development in floodplains that harmed endangered salmon and that modifications would need to be made to the Program to limit ...

Fair Housing Video Update

January 8, 2020

NAR has provided an update to the Fair Housing Act, producing a short video that breaks down what you need to know.

The Fair Housing Act is more than do’s and don’ts, rights and penalties. Fair Housing protects your business as real estate professionals who depend on a free, open market with equal opportunity. ...

Residential Asbestos Survey

October 7, 2019

Oregon adopted new requirements in 2018 for handling asbestos. The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality requires property owners and contractors to identify asbestos and to properly handle, package and dispose of asbestos waste from demolition and renovation projects. A new requirement that’s especially applicable to the real estate industry is the new residential renovation ...

Update on Class Action Antitrust Litigation

August 21, 2019

REALTORS® are encouraged to have transparent conversations with current and prospective clients about the services they will provide and how they will get paid for those services. The National Association of REALTORS® developed the following message points to make sure members are up to date and knowledgeable about the litigation and help guide their conversations ...

Supreme Court Opens Door to Federal Court for Local Takings Claims

July 1, 2019

In a 5-4 decision penned by Chief Justice Roberts, the U.S. Supreme Court on June 21 expanded private property rights by providing a direct route to federal court when a property owner has a claim that a state or local government has taken property without just compensation in violation of the 5th Amendment of the ...

Notification of Illegal Drug Manufacturing

April 10, 2019

Site According to Oregon Law, the local government or the State has the power to notify neighbors of illegal drug manufacturing sites in the vicinity of their property. Urban neighbors within 300 feet of an illegal drug manufacturing site, and rural neighbors within a quarter of a mile, will receive the notice.

At the insistence ...

Building Permits

April 10, 2019

The Building Codes Division of the Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services has put out a public information press release regarding new provisions to the Seller’s Property Disclosure Statement asking sellers to disclose whether they had building permits for any remodeling done to the house. The press release implies there is some new law ...