OREN-J_June_2020

Oregon Real Estate News-Journal Official Publication of the Oregon Real Estate Agency

Volume 74, Number 3, June 2020

Making Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion a Priority Steve Strode, Real Estate Commissioner T his year has challenged us in more ways than we ever expected. When we began and corporate executives from all industries. The systemic problems that are being protested are multi-faceted and directly in- volve the legacy of housing inequality, too. Recent reports, such as the well-circulated Newsweek investigation, illustrate that dis- crimination is not just historical — it remains real today. And while that investigation was not in Oregon, we continue to have chal- lenges in our own backyard.

to compile articles for this month's Oregon Real Estate News-Journal, the COVID-19 pandemic was top of mind. Then we witnessed the mur- der of George Floyd, and the nation viewed it as a call to action. This call isn't responding to an isolated event, but rather an attempt to heal a long-opened wound. So why am I, the Real Estate Commis- sioner, commenting on this since the protests are in response to policing in America? It's simple. Because we are all interconnected, and the real estate industry (residential, com- mercial, and property management alike) plays a key role in community building. In response to the protests, leaders across the spectrum have all weighed in on the chal- lenges that remain – Realtor associations, real estate brokerage owners, Inman contributors,

Commissioner Steve Strode

Governor Brown has made diversity, eq- uity, and inclusion (DEI) a top priority for her administration. Throughout my years in the industry I have made this a priority too— serving on state and national diversity committees, housing opportunity commit- tees, and a community grant review panel. Here at theAgency, DEI is essential. Since becoming Commissioner, I've played an ac- tive role in cultivating a more representative pool of potential Real Estate Board member Please see Diversity a Priority on page 3

IN THIS ISSUE

Making Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion a Priority................................................... 1 Precedent under COVID-19...................... 2 COVID-19 Addendum: Avoiding Unintentional Consequences.................. 4 Commission Sharing Versus Referrals..... 7 CFO Recognizes Agency for Financial Excellence................................................ 8

Agency Employees Retire..........................8 Oregon Real Estate Agency Coronavirus Update......................................................9 Authorization for Military Spouses to Temporarily Sell, Manage Real Estate. 10 Veterans' Tools for Recovering from Current Economic Crisis....................... 10 Administrative Actions..............................11

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