COAR and MLSCO's office remains closed until Phase 3, please call 541-382-6027 for assistance.

September 2020
Oregon is currently facing an unpredictable and terrifying time. Please follow your local news stations and sign up for mobile alerts from your county for the latest information on the wildfires. 
Oregon governor: 'This could be the greatest loss of life and structures due to wildfire in state history' - The Portland Tribune

Right now, the best way to help is by contributing to Red Cross. As we go forward, COAR will be looking for was to help our communities recover. 
Home Foundation Fundraisers

Founded in 2004 by the Oregon Association of REALTORS®, The HOME Foundation is a 501c(3) non-profit organization that provides financial resources to create, expand, and encourage homeownership opportunities for Oregonians who are at or below the local median income. It also promotes awareness of affordable housing issues by educating Oregonians and their representatives of the barriers of homeownership and the resources needed to increase housing affordability.

In the past several years, over $50,000 has gone to Central Oregon housing non-profits from the Home Foundation.

The HOME Foundation gives thousands of dollars annually to non-profit organizations to address homeownership needs, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, they’ve have been forced to cancel major fundraisers and in-need organizations are at risk of losing their funding at a time when the need is the greatest. 

Central Oregon participants on the 2020 Oregon Leadership Class are hosting two fundraisers:

Stand Up for Homes
Beginning this weekend in Bend, Stand Up for Homes is hosting live comedy. Click here to attend in person or online

Rocking Home Ownership Raffle
You can also support the HomeFoundation through a virtual raffle. Numerous chances to win gift cards and two Oregon Coast Getaways. 

Please join us in our virtual fundraiser to support the HOME FOUNDATION, an organization that benefits deserving Oregonians with homeownership needs throughout our Oregon Communities.


The Foundation will be raffling off 3 separate bundles of gift cards, each containing $500 worth of gift cards

To Purchase Tickets online, click here. Drawing will be 11/11/20.

Goal Savers Seeks New Participants
NeighborImpact’s Goal Savers program is a matched savings program where you identify the specific financial goal that will help you move toward financial stability. In the past, participants have saved to rent a home, repair a car for employment; pay an old debt that affects their credit, save for trade school or more. Participants not only gain a financial incentive for contributing to a savings account regularly but also acquire knowledge and tools for navigating the financial world. Upon approval, we pledge up to $700
towards your financial goal.
Learn more and fill out the eligibility questionnaire.

COVID-Related Mortgage & Loan Assistance
New Mortgage & Loan Assistance opened last week.  This assistance may help you bring your loan current, avoid a potential balloon payment at the end of the forbearance period or pay your mortgage for the next few months. NeighborImpact has a few programs available. exclusively to those financially impacted by COVID.
Visit their Foreclosure & Mortgage Assistance webpage
Stay Safe Campaign
Our Stay Safe Campaign has received great feedback from members, the public and elected officials! To learn more and participate, click here. We have a variety of resources to help with your marketing efforts during this time. NAR has also released REALTOR Team COVID-19 showing supplies, which you can find here.
Charitable Giving Deadline
Is there a local non-profit you would like to see receive support from COAR? Be sure they know about our application deadline for 2020 on September 11. Click here for the application.

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Apply for Oregon Leadership Academy 2021
  • Receive training in key areas of your practice
  • Network with REALTORS® across Oregon
  • Grow personally and professionally
Feb 3-5: OAR Office, Salem
April 21-23: Resort at the Mountain, Welches
June 2-4: Sunriver Resort, Sunriver
Get your application in before Oct 1

Upcoming Events

Homebuyer Education workshop series will be held virtually.

This workshop will help prospective home buyers successfully navigate the home buying process from start to finish. Join us to learn about what the home buying process entails including how to improve your credit, how to find safe mortgage loans and discover programs for first-time homebuyers. Don’t disqualify yourself! Hear from experts in the field. Three Mondays from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. starting September 14th

Cost: $75 per household 

Must Pre-Register online here

Green Energy Conference 
Are you interested in innovation and cost savings? Find help, incentives and hope at the annual Go Clean Energy Conference. Its FREE and Virtual! 30 speakers in 12 webinars will help businesses, individuals, and government learn how to deploy clean energy and overall resource efficiency and resiliency. Businesses will learn from national experts on how to “boost the bottom line with sustainable actions, just by using their intangible assets, like reputation….” You’ll hear about the latest trends with Electric vehicles, electric bikes, housing and transportation options and so much more. Don’t miss it. The virtual launch is at noon on September 15th with daily webinars beginning the week of September

In the News

Zone change a major step for development - The Nugget Newspaper
First Story Dedicates New Homes - The Nugget Newspaper
County Court Discusses Housing Shortage - Burns Times Harold
Builders: New Home Prices Are $14K Higher Due to Lumber Cost - NAR
A Hard Truth Real Estate Pros Must Confront - NAR
2 Charged in Attempted Abduction of Agent - NAR
Is the Second-Home Market Entering a Boom? - NAR
Is the Great Suburban Land Rush a Myth? - NAR
Can Empty Offices Become Affordable Housing? - NAR
How to Handle Bidding Wars Legally - NAR
How REALTORS® Can Stop Housing Inequity - NAR
Why 'Missing Middle Housing' Should Become Less Extinct ​​​​​​​- NAR
Real Estate Agent Finds Armed Man Hiding During Showing - NAR
A Tale of Two Markets: Dream Homes and Looming Evictions - NAR
Analyst: Housing Market Can’t Sustain ‘Frenzied Demand’ - NAR
Eviction Moratorium? Owners Need Relief, Too​​​​​​​ - NAR

Please follow us on Twitter and Facebook for regular news updates.


Newsletter Schedule

  • Monthly COAR newsletter: First Wednesday of the month
  • MLSCO Newsletter: Second Wednesday of the month
  • Commercial Newsletter: Third Wednesday of the month
  • Government Affairs Newsletter: Last Wednesday of the Month
  • Education Newsletter: 1st of the month
  • Quarterly Appraiser Newsletter: January 15, April 15, July 15, October 15
  • Quarterly Managing Broker Newsletter: January 5, April 5, July 5, October 5