Lynne Wherry and Patra Brady, new Association Executive at the South Central Association of REALTORS® spent several hours together this week orientating her to the association and services available to the local association and its members. Please join us in welcoming Patra to the REALTOR® family by sending her a short note.

The South Central Association of REALTORS® serves real estate professionals and affiliate members in the counties of Amelia, Brunswick, Buckingham, Charlotte, Cumberland, Lunenburg, Nottoway, Price Edwards and a portion of Mecklenburg.


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Tradeshow Winner
VAR’s Lynne Wherry, Director of Member Outreach and Carol Thompson, Director of Accounting represented VAR during the Williamsburg Trade Show.



Terrie Suit and Debbie M. Werling spent several hours talking about issues important to associations and the services we all provide to our REALTOR® members.  The association’s president and president elect both dropped by during the visit to say hello. The President, Tom Campbell brought his two adorable golden retriever puppies and we had a mini puppy party!  Wish we’d gotten pictures of that. They were so cuddly and cute all, tail wags one minute and then they just pooped out and fell asleep the next.

Did you know that one pint of blood can save up to three lives? Please help us give back to our community by being a blood donor. To Register Online, Click Here or call the GPAAR office at 540-347-4866.

The Greater Piedmont Area Association of REALTORS® serves real estate professionals and affiliate members in the counties of Culpeper, Fauquier, Madison, Orange, and Rappahannock.



Brad Boland @ FAAR SEPT 2014

Bradley J. Boland spent some time visiting the Fredericksburg Area Association of REALTORS® on Tuesday, September 8, 2014. Don’t forget that FAAR’s Education Conference & Trade Show is scheduled for September 17. Click here to learn more

Founded in 1957, the Fredericksburg Area Association of REALTORS® is the trade association for more than 1300 REALTOR® and 81 affiliate members serving the City of Fredericksburg and the counties of Stafford, Spotsylvania, King George and Caroline. Members also work in the surrounding counties of Westmoreland, Louisa, Orange and Prince William and in Northern Virginia.



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Glenda Puryear VAR’s Conferences Specialist attended the GRI RI 401: Understanding Agency and the instructor was Donna Procise.  Glenda visited with Linsey Allenbaugh, Professional Development Coordinator and Teresa Neff, Education Specialist with the Richmond Association of REALTORS®.

About the Richmond Association of REALTORS®
Since 1874, RAR members have come to expect the highest quality of support, service, and commitment. RAR is central Virginia’s largest trade association, serving over 4,000 REALTORS® who live and work in the Richmond metropolitan area.

Maybe letters after your name are not important to you, but they impress buyers and sellers.
The Graduate, REALTOR ® Institute (GRI ) symbol is the mark of a real estate professional who has made the commitment to provide a high level of professional services by securing a strong educational foundation. Short circuit your career path from basic information to solid industry knowledge, attain the GRI. Click here to apply today



As you may already know, a condition of keeping a charter in the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) is that local, state, and territorial associations of REALTORS® must certify compliance with the standards by June 30, 2015—and by June 30 of each subsequent year—or be subject to revocation of their charter.

Learn the details
To help you understand these Core Standards, we’re introducing a brand new video  featuring NAR Past President Dorcas T. Helfant-Browning. She’ll guide you through the reasons behind these new standards and help you understand the details. Her dedication and tireless efforts are why the NAR is such a strong organization today.

NAR’s first woman president
Helfant-Browning, a native of Chesapeake, Virginia, was president of the NAR in 1992. She was the first woman to lead the National Association, and at the age of 44, was also the youngest person to serve as NAR president at that point in the organization’s history.

Helfant-Browning’s presidency coincided with the beginnings of a recovery period for the housing market and the economy in general. Early in her tenure as president, Helfant-Browning joined other real estate advocates at a White House meeting to urge the Bush administration to support tax reforms that would stimulate the nation’s economy and help relieve the credit crunch for commercial and investment property.

A strong leader
Under her leadership, NAR members lobbied Congress to enact changes to several areas to help strengthen the market’s recovery and secure passage of legislation to raise FHA loan limits and repeal a closing cost restriction. The association’s grass-roots efforts also helped secure passage of legislation to raise FHA loan limits and repeal a closing cost restriction that had cut tens of thousands of potential homebuyer out of the FHA market.

Helfant-Browning also focused on bringing about changes to the National Association’s internal structures, including new strategic planning and budgeting processes, and emphasized the importance of REALTOR® involvement in the political landscape.

Taking an active role
She has been an NAR director since 1983 and taken on active roles in numerous national committees. Helfant-Browning served as chairman of the Political Affairs, Government Affairs Strategy, Institute Advisory, and Nominating Committees, served as a trustee of the REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC), and has been a member of the International Operations and Global Business & Alliances committees. She was named a member of the advisory council of Fannie Mae in 1993.

Helfant-Browning is currently a managing partner and principal broker with Coldwell Banker Professional REALTORS® in Virginia Beach, as well as an active community volunteer.

Leading the charge
Now, Helfant-Browning is helping the NAR and its associations with the new Organizational Alignment Core Standards. This set of requirements falls into six categories: Code of Ethics, Advocacy, Consumer Outreach, Unification Efforts and Support of the REALTOR® Organization, Technology and Financial Solvency.

Click here to learn more about the Core Standards.



REALTOR® Magazine’s Good Neighbor Awards recognize REALTORS® who make an extraordinary impact through volunteer work. Each fall, a blue-ribbon panel of judges select the five award winners, who will each receive a $10,000 grant for their charity.

The competition includes Rosemary Tran Lauer of Long and Foster (Vienna, Virginia). Lauer founded Devotion to Children in 1994 to fund childcare so low-income parents can work or continue their education in order to break the cycle of poverty. She knows first-hand the challenges of being a single parent, having fled Vietnam in 1975 and come to the United States with two young children. DTC, which helped 3,000 children since it was founded in 2006 , also funds preschool and other educational opportunities that are directly related to a child’s future success in school.

The winners will be announced on October 1. In the meantime, you can vote for your favorite finalist to win the 2014 Web Choice Award and an additional $1000 grant. Voting is open September 8-30.

Learn more about REALTOR Magazine’s Good Neighbor Awards.


It’s that time again — time for the biggest real estate convention for Virginia’s Realtors: The Real Show. The event features Coach Jackie Leavenworth whose humorous and engaging style will awaken the inner you to strive for behavioral change that will make a difference. Why go along with the crowd when you can enjoy finding your individual points of difference and pathways to excellence that will create a great life, not just a living. Take a look at Jackie’s video invitation to the Real Show