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Disputes: Buyers & Sellers

PMAR offers you a variety of options to resolve conflicts that arise from real estate transactions.

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The Real Estate Sale Agreement published by Oregon Real Estate Forms, LLC, provides that in the event of a dispute, all claims within the $10,000 jurisdictional limit of the Oregon Small Claims Court shall be brought and decided there, in lieu of mediation, arbitration, or litigation in any court of law.

Information on Small Claims Court

If you have talked with your Realtor® and made every effort to resolve your dispute, PMAR’s Dispute Resolution System offers mediation to help resolve disputes over $10,000.

Mediation is a voluntary process which people in dispute can use to reach agreement. With the help of an impartial mediator they work toward a mutually acceptable solution. The mediator facilitates discussions and negotiation but is not empowered to impose a settlement on the parties. If an agreement is reached, the mediator often assists the parties in reducing the agreement to writing.

To request mediation, you must have a fully executed Real Estate Sale Agreement published by Oregon Real Estate Forms, RMLS™ Listing Contract, or other written agreement that contains a Mediation Clause.

Request to Initiate Mediation

Following an unsuccessful mediation, clients of REALTORS® may decide to arbitrate contractual disputes arising out of real estate transactions. Arbitration is a way to resolve disputes outside of the courts. The dispute will be decided by the arbitrator, who renders a written decision.  An arbitration award is legally binding on both sides and enforceable in the courts.

Arbitration Service of Portland

Detailed explanation of your dispute resolution options

Questions? Contact PMAR Dispute Resolution Services Manager Susan Schneider at 503-459-2156