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What We’re Doing

 

Advocacy: Protecting your business so you can focus on the happy ever after!

Last year, we halted fines targeted at Realtors® totaling more than $5,000 — a happy ending indeed. Other achievements include advocating for business-friendly sign codes in Oregon City, Sherwood, Forest Grove and Lake Oswego. Our governmental affairs advocates made 95+ visits and testimonies to elected officials and leaders advocating for Realtors®’ right to do business.

Governmental Affairs Policies

PMAR’s Governmental Affairs Policies are implemented as a proactive means to promote homeownership, the protection of private property rights and the Realtor® right to conduct business.

The objective of the policies is to increase Realtor® presence within governmental entities and with the public, and to influence change where appropriate.

PMAR members meet regularly to ensure the governmental actions of the Association meet the needs and concerns of the Realtor® member. All members are invited to attend the meetings of the Realtor® Advocacy Committee.

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Current Issues

  • After two-years of working with Oregon City, PMAR secured the use of A-frame signs on private property and within the public right-of-way in residential zones to be allowed for limited hours on weekends, and on Tuesdays for Open Houses and Broker Opens without either a “right-of-way” or “sign permit” fee. Changes are effective November 1, 2015.
  • Partnering with Clean Energy Works to advocate for incentives for energy efficiency upgrades in homes; letter of support advocating for the state to provide sustainable funding for this non-profit organization
  • Interviews and/or discussions scheduled with candidates for Washington County, Multnomah County, City of Portland and Metro to discuss candidates’ position on real estate issues and educate on the importance of homeownership
  • Partnering with a coalition representing members associated with the real estate industry to pool resources toward fighting recent increases to Portland’s System Development Charges (SDCs) fees. Read more here.