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July 3 - 9, 2019

Interested in running for office? Apply forStepUp Bend by July 15

Have you ever considered running for city council, school board, park board, COCC board, or something else? Don't know where to start? StepUp Bend gives you insider information from local, regional and national experts on what it's like to serve and what it's like to run. Sponsored by COAR, StepUp Bend is a program for common-sense, pro-business, pro-property rights residents who may want to run for local office someday. A small group of participants will be accepted and invited to attend monthly hour-long sessions at COAR focused on subjects such as local government budgeting, online political advertising, and how business owners and professionals have successfully run and served here in Bend. StepUp Bend is run by Jeff Eager and Jennifer Stephens of Insite, along with local experts and elected officials as guest speakers. While the program does focus on Bend, anyone interested in running for office in Central Oregon would greatly benefit. Applications are now being accepted, but don't delay - the deadline is July 15!
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Featured Class: Oregon Prospector Training
July 16, 2019
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
1 CE/Free
Speaker: Daniel Holbrook, Business Oregon
Join staff from Business Oregon – the state’s economic development agency – for a training on Oregon Prospector. The Oregon Prospector GIS web tool provides access to information on local industrial sites and economy. The tool can be used to evaluate nearby land supply and pricing data, and generate leads. This class is designed for commercial brokers and their marketing teams. The training will be interactive, so attendees should bring a laptop. The speaker will also discuss Opportunity Zones and how they interface with this tool. Register here

Compromise will phase-in a smaller increase to Redmond Parks SDC
On June 25, the Redmond City Council approved an incremental increase to the City’s parks system development charge (SDC) over the next 18 months, rather than the initial proposal of a 48% rate hike. The compromise comes following concerns from COAR and COBA as to the impact on affordability. The City’s initial proposal would have seen parks SDCs for a single-family home increase from $2,672 to $5,139, with the potential for future increases up to $7,344. Under the revised plan approved by the City Council, which took effect July 1, the park fee will increase by $617 every six months until it reaches $5,139 on Jan. 1, 2021. Learn more

Bend requesting feedback on Climate Action Plan recommendations, including a mandatory energy audit program
The City and the Climate Action Steering Committee are inviting Bend residents to learn about the Community Climate Action Plan recommendations for reducing community fossil fuel use and provide feedback through an online open house. Various actions and strategies have been proposed, including some that would impact the real estate industry, such as a mandatory energy audit program and disclosure and benchmarking programs for commercial buildings and rental properties. Comments can be submitted at through July 31, 2019. Learn more

Bend Housing bill allowing redevelopment on Third Street passes the Senate
A bill authored by Rep. Cheri Helt, and co-sponsored by Rep. Jack Zika, passed the Senate before the final gavel fell on the 2019 Legislative Session. HB 3450 gives Bend the ability to redevelop older strip malls in commercial areas into mixed-use buildings with retail on the ground floor and apartments in the floors above. Specifically, the bill aims to address older portions of Third Street. Learn more

OAR Fall Convention and Trade Show
October 1 - 3 2019  ·  Salem Convention Center
OAR's Annual Fall Convention and Trade Show makes its way to Oregon's beautiful capital city. The award-winning Salem Convention Center will be this year's event venue. This is a great opportunity to take time to get up to speed on current trends, earn CE and make new connections. Choose from a wide variety of informative and relevant CE breakout sessions with topics ranging from cyber-security and risk management to appraisal and legal panels where current industry issues will be discussed. You won't want to miss the multi-vendor Trade Show and Dine Around. Join us as we honor the 2019 Distinguished Service Award recipient and for the Presidential Installation Banquet for 2020's OAR President, Lori Palermo, where you can participate in an exciting dessert auction for the HOME Foundation.

How-to Automate a Google Sheets Lead Capture Form
A step-by-step guide to help REALTORS® create a process that uses RPR reports to generate leads. This “how-to” tutorial will explain how to create a Market Activity Report, and set up Google Forms that connect to Zapier.

The Ultimate REALTOR® App: RPR Mobile
RPR’s app is like no other found in the real estate industry. Built exclusively for REALTORS®, the app offers on-the-go access to a nationwide, parcel-centric database of both residential and commercial properties, including dynamic data and robust reporting for a multitude of data sets. Click here for information on the 7/15 webinar about the RPR Mobile App.

Upcoming Classes and Events

July 4-5 | COAR Offices Closed
July 9 | 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM | Code of Ethics 2019 - 2020, 3 CE
July 12 | 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM | Rapattoni I & II
July 16 | 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM | Commercial Class: Oregon Prospector Training, 1 CE
July 16 | 5:30 PM | Be the Solutions, WCR Event
July 24 | 12:00 PM - 2:30 PM | Commerical Marketing Meeting and Roadshow-Prineville, 1 CE
July 26 | 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM | Rapattoni Input Class
July 31 | 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM | REALTOR New Member Orientation

Market Data

We won't finalize the second quarter stats until next week. But it looks like we are continuing to see rising prices throughout Central Oregon for residential property types. Click here for larger graphic. 

In the News

Deschutes County examines wildfire risk - Brenna Visser, The Bulletin
Bend invites comment on climate action plan - The Bulletin
COCC plans Redmond campus expansion - Jackson Hogan, The Bulletin
Hearing scheduled for county marijuana regulations - The Bulletin
New ride sharing service to begin in Bend - Kyle Spurr, The Bulletin
Redmond slows increase in development fees - Jackson Hogan, The Bulletin
Special report: Fast-growing Sisters faces challenges - Jacob Larsen, KTVZ
Planning commission votes no on sidewalk exemption - Brenna Visser
New income levels for principal reduction program - KTVZ
Bend launches climate action plan online open house - KTVZ
Housing rezoning bill praised and panned - Jim Redden, Portland Tribune
Duo in custody after burglary spree at Open Houses - Daily Real Estate News
The top 10 challenges facing the real estate industry - Teke Wiggin, Inman News
Trump orders probe into creating more affordable housing - Daily Real Estate News
5 ways to prevent misunderstandings over electronic signatures - John Griffin, Inman News 
Survey: Potential Gen Z buyers prefer diverse neighborhoods - Daily Real Estate News's iOS app will allow users to filter by commute - Patrick Kearns, Inman News
Studies find 2017 tax reforms has mixed impact on homebuying - Lew Sichelman, Inman News
Why it'll take a village to solve housing affordability woes - Caroline Pinal, Inman News
This housing trend may radically change neighborhoods - Daily Real Estate News
Unlocking Inventory - Melissa Dittman Tracey, REALTOR Magazine

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