News & Issues

2016 was an incredible year for our advocacy efforts at the State Capitol and state-wide. Our economy has recovered from the “Great Recession” and home sales are up. Unfortunately, the lag in building means our inventory for single-family and multi-family homes are not keeping up with demand. This has contributed to a housing shortage that has challenged many Oregonians across the state.

With the housing shortage in mind, your colleagues, our volunteer leaders, serving on Oregon Association of REALTORS®’ advocacy committees rolled up their sleeves and
executed a proactive plan to address the tough issues that emerged during the 2016 Legislative Session.

The session was hard fought and not without its trade-offs. In the end, our work product provided housing assistance to struggling Oregonians while also protecting private property rights and advancing opportunities for economic development across the state.

Our successes wouldn’t be possible without the hard work, dedication, and time you all give to make great things happen for the real estate industry and homeowners - current and future.

View/Download the full 2016 Advocacy Recap

Did You Know?+

In the 2012 General Election, the Oregon Association of REALTORS® successfully passed Measure 79, which amended the Oregon Constitution to prohibit real estate transfer taxes, fees, and other assessments. This protects Oregonians already paying property taxes from an unfair, double tax.