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President Trump Signs Tax Reform Bill, NAR and OAR Break Down Impact on Homeowners and REALTORS®

After a long journey through Congress, President Donald Trump signed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Friday morning. He also signed the continuing resolution that will keep the government open through January 19. Many of the changes reflected in the final bill were the result of the engagement of NAR and its members - not only in the last three months, but over several years. While NAR remains concerned that the overall structure of the final bill diminishes the tax benefits of homeownership and will cause adverse impacts in some markets, the advocacy of NAR members, as well as consumers, helped NAR gain some important improvements throughout the legislative process. NAR believes that the final legislation will benefit many homeowners, home buyers, real estate investors, and NAR members as a result. All individual provisions are generally effective after December 31, 2017 for the 2018 tax filing year and expire on December 31, 2025 unless otherwise noted. The provisions do not affect tax filings for 2017 unless noted. Click here to download NAR's issue brief. For OAR's initial assessment of what it means for Oregonians, click here.

COAR Board Member, Jack Zika Runing for HD 43 Seat

Redmond REALTOR® and City of Redmond Planning Commissioner, Jack Zika, announced early this month his candidacy for the Oregon House District 53 seat being vacated by Gene Whisnant of Sunriver. Jack is on the OAR Board of Directors and was recently elected first vice president for COAR. He also serves on OAR's and COAR's Government Affairs Committee.  Learn more

COAR FAQ on Bend Septic-to-Sewer Interim Policy

The Bend City Council has approved an interim policy - intended to be in effect until Summer 2018 - which provides options for three types of homes with failing septic systems in a 550-home project area. The policy was created due to an Oregon law - also codified by the City of Bend - which states that an owner of a property currently using a septic system, and within 300 feet of a public sewer with available capacity, cannot be permitted to install a new system or alter, repair or extend an existing septic system. Click here for Interim FAQ.

Updated Legal Lot of Record FAQ Addresses Process Changes and Code Amendments

The FAQ has been revised to reflect Deschutes County's adoption of code amendments, which include changes to the legal lot of record process.  A legal lot of record notice for both buyers and sellers is also available here.. 

February 7 - 8, 2018

8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

This is the core course to obtain your Accredited Buyer's Representative Designation. The overall goals of the ABR® Designation Course are to:
  • Prepare real estate professionals to thoroughly represent buyer-clients in real estate transactions and provide the quality of service and degree of fidelity to buyers that sellers have customarily enjoyed.
  • Offer ideas and methods for building a buyer-representation business.
  • Develop a self-customized tool for conducting a buyer counseling session

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In 2018, COAR will be partnering with ECONorthwest to present a quarterly analysis of market trends in Central Oregon. This will be the most in-depth look into our market to date. 2017 market data will be presented at the 2018 Real Estate Forecast Breakfast with the Bend Chamber on February 22.