Central Oregon Housing Market Sees COVID-19 Impacts

Bend, OR, May 4, 2020: The First Quarter of 2020 was shaping up to be a strong year for real estate in Central Oregon according to data from the Multiple Listing Service of Central Oregon (MLSCO). Sales for residential properties in Crook, Deschutes, Jefferson and Harney counties were up 14% in 2020 compared to 2019:

REALTORS Help Establish Fair Housing Month Locally

Bend, OR, April 30, 2020: Every April, REALTORS® across the country celebrate the passage of The Fair Housing Act on April 11, 1968. In order to affirm our ongoing commitment to fair housing and the REALTOR® motto that “Fair housing makes US stronger,” the Central Oregon Association of REALTORS (COAR) worked with cities throughout the region on acknowledgements, proclamations and resolutions recognizing April as Fair Housing Month.

COAR Releases Donation Application for Non-Profits

Bend, OR, February 3, 2020. The Central Oregon Association of REALTORS® (COAR) will be accepting applications for donations from local non-profits in two rounds due March 31 and September 11, 2020. The criteria for those applying consists of:

Annual Building a Better Central Oregon Award Nominations Due March 9th

Bend, OR, January 27, 2020. For over 40 years, the Building a Better Central Oregon Awards (BBCO) have celebrated the great contributions of businesses and residents in Deschutes, Jefferson Harney, and Crook Counties to enhance their community with outstanding new or renovated residential, commercial or industrial buildings. Nominations come from the individuals, community organizations and businesses. A committee of Central Oregon Association of REALTORS® (COAR) members select and tour the final winners based on the following criteria:

Annual Building a Better Central Oregon Award Nominations Due March 9th

Bend, OR, January 27, 2020. For over 40 years, the Building a Better Central Oregon Awards (BBCO) have celebrated the great contributions of businesses and residents in Deschutes, Jefferson Harney, and Crook Counties to enhance their community with outstanding new or renovated residential, commercial or industrial buildings. Nominations come from the individuals, community organizations and businesses. A committee of Central Oregon Association of REALTORS® (COAR) members select and tour the final winners based on the following criteria:

Local Real Estate Leadership Installed

Bend, OR, January 7, 2020: Last month, the Central Oregon Association of REALTORS® (COAR) installed the 2020 COAR Board of Directors. Included in the installation were the members of the COAR Executive Committee that will lead the organization in 2020, including: Jack Zika of Bend Premier Real Estate as President, Louie Hoffman of John L. Scott as President Elect, Cat Zwicker of Desert Sky Realty as First Vice President and Tony Levison of Windermere Central Oregon as Past President.

Building a Better Central Oregon Announces 2019 Awardees

Bend, OR. Sept. 9, 2019. The Central Oregon Association of REALTORS® (COAR) will present the 43rd Annual Building a Better Central Oregon (BBCO) Awards Oct. 16, 2019 at the Tetherow Resort. BBCO’s main purpose is to recognize worthy residents who have enhanced their community with outstanding new or renovated residential, commercial or industrial buildings. Projects are judged on economic impact, neighborhood improvement, unique design or use of materials. These 11 projects and two honorable mentions represent the best examples of economic and community improvement throughout the region.

Central Oregon Association of REALTORS’ Members Help Enhance Jefferson County with New Trails

Bend, Or (July 29, 2019) –The Central Oregon Association of Realtors(COAR)has received a $5,000 Placemaking grant from the National Association of Realtors(NAR) to help make Jefferson County a better place to live by creating greater access to a multi-use trail system for walkers, runners, horse riders, mountain bikers and e-bike riders. The Madras East Hills TrailsProject is a trail system east of town, just across from Juniper Hills Park. COAR is also contributing $500 toward for the project. Madras Realtors recently volunteered at the trail system, installing signs and helping to build and refine trail features such as berms.

Annual Building a Better Central Oregon Award Nominations Due April 15

Bend, OR, March 7, 2019. For over 40 years, the Building a Better Central Oregon Awards (BBCO) have celebrated the great contributions of businesses and residents in Deschutes, Jefferson Harney, and Crook Counties to enhance their community with outstanding new or renovated residential, commercial or industrial buildings. Nominations come from the individuals, community organizations and businesses. A committee of Central Oregon Association of REALTORS® (COAR) members select and tour the final winners based on the following criteria:

REALTORS Donate to St. Charles Challenge Grant

Bend, OR, May 8, 2019. On April 30th, the Central Oregon Association of REALTORS (COAR) board of directors contributed $25,000 to the new St. Charles Patient Tower. “I’d like to thank Central Oregon Association of REALTORS for its generous gift toour new patient tower. We deeply appreciate the association’s supportandcommitmentto the expansion ofquality healthcare in Central Oregon,”JoeSluka, President and CEO of St. Charles Health System.

Local REALTORS Fight for Homeownership in Salem

Bend, OR, April 5, 2019. Over fifty members of the Central Oregon Association of REALTORS (COAR) attended the 2019 REALTOR Day at the Capitol on April 2ndto meet with Senator Tim Knopp, Representative Cheri Helt, Representative Mike McClainand Representative Jack Zika. "Being active with fellow Realtors is one key to success for all of us. This week’s trip to Salem was no exception. We all learned details about how our lawmaking process works and got to ask direct questions of our lawmakersin person. And help those lawmakers better understand how parts of some bills proposed affect private property rights via real -life stories from our clients, “ said Dave Feagans, past COAR President.

Top Real Estate Awards in Central Oregon Selected 

Bend, OR, March 14, 2019. The Central Oregon Association of REALTORS® (COAR) will present the 2019 EnCOAR awards on April 18th at Tetherow Resort. The EnCOAR awards represent those members that have given back to the association through volunteer work, are very involved in the community, respected among their peers and represent REALTOR spirit.