April 2022

COAR and Central Oregon cities, counties celebrate Fair Housing Month
April is fair housing month, as the Fair Housing Act was passed on April 11, 1968, This time each year REALTORS® across the country celebrate this major milestone. In order to affirm our ongoing commitment to fair housing and the REALTOR® motto that “Fair housing makes US stronger,” COAR worked with cities throughout Central Oregon on proclamations and resolutions recognizing April as Fair Housing Month. The cities of Bend and Redmond, as well as Deschutes County, all passed Fair Housing Month proclamations and resolutions in April. To learn more about Fair Housing Month – including how you can observe it – visit nar.realtor/fair-housing.
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Video: COAR members share how “Fair Housing makes US stronger”
To celebrate Fair Housing Month, COAR sat down with a few members to discuss Fair Housing – what it means to them and some common Fair Housing issues and pitfalls. In this video, which was supported by a NAR Fair Housing Grant, COAR members share their experiences with Fair Housing, as well as some tips for avoiding common Fair Housing violations.
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Make a plan to vote and ensure your voice is heard
When it comes to voting in Oregon, you have options. But it’s important to have a plan to ensure your vote is counted and your voice is heard. The deadline to register to vote or change party affiliation for the May 17 Primary Election is April 26. Mail-in ballots have been the state’s standard system for more than 20 years. So, you can return your ballot by mail – ballots are mailed to voters on April 27. You can also drop your ballot off at a designated ballot drop box, most of which open on April 29. Find a dropbox near you using the Secretary of State's dropbox locator. However you do it, be sure to vote by May 17!
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Know before you vote: COAR supports candidates, issues for May Primary Election
The May Primary Election is fast approaching and there are some key local races and measures on the ballot. Below are candidates or issues that have received RPAC or association support. Watch for updates from COAR regarding any other candidates or issues that have received support.

  • Deschutes County Commissioner, Position 1, Republican Primary: Tony DeBone
  • Measure 9-145 (Redmond Public Safety): Yes

The REALTOR® Party speaks with one voice to advance candidates and public policies that build strong communities and promote a vibrant business environment. This May, vote to protect and promote homeownership and property investment: Vote REALTOR® Party.

As the state wildfire risk map deadline approaches, the public has a chance to weigh in
A new set of rules will guide a statewide process of identifying high wildfire risk areas and mapping the level of risk on every single tax lot. The Oregon Department of Forestry held three virtual public meetings this week to take comments on the rules before they’re used to build a map intended to classify the wildfire risk on properties across the state as being at extreme, high, moderate, low, or no risk. The resulting wildfire risk map could have major consequences for property owners and developers because the state is also crafting new building codes and zoning requirements to protect homes in high fire risk areas from burning.
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Fair Housing Minute: Love Letters and what they mean
The US District Court put an injunction on the enforcement of Oregon’s new law requiring seller’s agents to reject “Love Letters” from buyers. While the injunction is in place, the Oregon Real Estate Agency will not be enforcing the law. However, Love Letters still present risks related to Fair Housing violations. Learn more in Oregon REALTORS’® Advocacy Minute.
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Home Front: 2022 REALTORS® Legislative Meetings
Registration is still open for the 2022 REALTORS® Legislative Meetings, May 1-6, in National Harbor, MD.
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Upcoming Meetings

Bend City Council Meeting, April 20, 5 PM

Deschutes County Board of Commissioners Meeting, April 25, 1 PM

Madras Redevelopment Commission - City Council Meeting, April 26, 5:30 PM

Prineville City Council Meeting, April 26, 6 PM

Redmond City Council Workshop, April 26, 6 PM

La Pine City Council Meeting, April 27, 5:30 PM

Sisters City Council Meeting, April 27, 5:30 PM

Bend Park & Recreation District Board Meeting, May 3, 5:30 PM

SROA Board of Directors Meeting, May 21, 9 AM

Crook County Court Regular Meeting, TBA

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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.

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