January 2020

SB 608: Share your stories and download the updated summary
OAR recently updated its summary of Senate Bill 608 to help answer additional questions associated with the passing of statewide rent control – click here to download the updated document. OAR is also collecting stories to help in evaluating the impact of SB 608 and to consider what, if any, changes are needed in future legislative sessions. Senate Bill 608 ends no-cause evictions and limits annual rent increases to 7% + consumer price index (CPI) after the first year of occupancy. It was signed by the Governor and took effect on February 28, 2019. OAR opposed the bill, but it sailed through both Chambers with only perfunctory hearings and no opportunity to amend.
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COAR voices support for Deschutes County Nonprime Resource Lands proposal
On January 13th, COAR sent a letter to the Deschutes County Board of Commissioners expressing support for the County’s proposed comprehensive plan amendments to establish eligibility criteria for designating Exclusive Farm Use or Forest Use zoned properties to Nonprime Resource (NPR) Lands defined in OAR 660-004-0005(3) as “Non-Resource Lands.” Demand is outstripping supply and significant housing needs exist and affordability challenges exist in Deschutes County. The County’s proposal would re-designate six specific areas committed to residential uses that were platted or conveyed prior to State enabling planning legislation taking effect in Deschutes County.
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Capitol Hill Update: NAR’s 2019 Political Advocacy Efforts
National home price increases toward the end of 2019 marked 91 straight months of year-over-year gains, signaling a strength in the housing market, while also highlighting the affordability challenges that are keeping countless American families and aspiring homeowners out of the market altogether. The challenge of housing affordability is just one of the many issues that the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) is working on in Washington, D.C., and in state legislatures across the nation—continuing its 120-year mission of protecting private property rights, defending U.S. consumers and promoting the value of homeownership.
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Confused by Oregon’s new Corporate Activity Tax (CAT)? Check out these resources
Some REALTORS® and brokerages have recently received a letter from the Oregon Department of Revenue reminding them that Oregon’s new Corporate Activity Tax goes into effect January 1, 2020. For more information on the tax, and to determine whether or not you be impacted by the CAT, visit OAR’s CAT info page. In addition, EDCO and REDI will hold a seminar to help Oregon businesses navigate the new tax rules on February 10th, 8:30 AM-10:30 AM in the Bend Parks and Recreation Community Room – register now.

NAR announces Fair Housing Action Plan
On January 8th, members of NAR’s Leadership Team met with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson, HUD’s Assistant Secretary of Fair Housing Anna Maria Farias, HUD General Counsel Paul Compton, and FHA Commissioner Brian Montgomery and other senior officials to discuss fair housing just hours after unanimously passing a new plan to tackle the issue. The meeting allowed NAR to reiterate its commitment to partnering with HUD to advance fair housing protections, and agree to work jointly on public service announcements and other proactive initiatives to communicate the importance of housing access for all Americans.
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State economist’s predictions for the 2020’s include key housing shifts  
In a recent blog post, state economist Josh Lehner shares some predictions for the 2020’s, one of which is a “big demographic tailwind for housing, and homeownership in particular.” Lehner examines to key demographics – first-time homebuyers and young families – in examining housing trends and making predictions for the new decade.
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REALTOR® Census Guide
The census is important for all REALTORS® because completing the Census survey means more resources for businesses and communities across the country. The data is also used for redistricting purposes and for reapportionment, to ensure fair representation in Congress. Last fall, NAR launched its Census Awareness Campaign to ensure that all 1.4 million REALTOR® members are informed about the upcoming census and to encourage all members to complete the 2020 census survey. Additionally, NAR has published an online Census Guide to help members, stakeholders, and state and local associations to learn more about the impact of the census.
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Upcoming Meetings

Redmond City Council Meeting, January 28, 6:00 PM

Prineville City Council Meeting, January 28, 7:00 PM

Deschutes County Board of Commissioners Wednesday Meeting,
January 29, 10:00 AM

Jefferson County Board of Commissioners Meeting, February 5, 9:00 AM

Bend City Council Meeting, February, 5:00 PM

Bend Park & Recreation District Board Meeting,
February 5, 5:30 PM

Sisters City Council Meeting, February 12, 5:30 PM

SROA Board of Directors Meeting,
February 15, 9:00 AM

La Pine City Council Meeting, February 12, 5:30 PM

Madras City Council Meeting, February 25, 5:30 PM

Crook County Court Work Session, TBA

COAR Government Affairs Video Library
SB 608-Rent Contol
Legal Lot of Record
Bend Sign Code

Government Affairs FAQ's
Sign Code FAQs
Bend Sign Code FAQ 
LaPine Sign Code FAQ
Madras Sign Code FAQ
Prineville Sign Code FAQ
Redmond Sign Code FAQ
Sisters Sign Code FAQ
Sunriver Sign Code FAQ
Crook County Sign Code FAQ
Deschutes County Sign Code FAQ
Jefferson County Sign Code FAQ
Important Issues FAQs
Recreational Marijuana In CO FAQ
Inclusionary Zoning FAQ
Short Term Rentals FAQ
Bend Septic to Sewer
Legal Lot of Record FAQ
Real Estate Sign Locates FAQ
Rent Control FAQ

Disclosure Forms
Legal Lot of Record Advisory Notice - Seller's Notice
Legal Lot of Record Advisory Notice - Buyer's Disclosure
City of Bend Septic/Sewer Advisory Notice
Have an issue that you feel we should be monitoring or taking action on? Are you interested in getting involved in COAR's government affairs efforts? Contact COAR's Government Affairs Director, Tyler Neese, at tyler@coar.com or 541-382-6027.