Archive for December, 2013

VAR President Bradley J. Boland presided at the installation of the 2014 board of directors and president of the South Central Association of REALTORS® on December 11 at the Train Station in Farmville.

Brad Boland installs the board

The installation of the 2014 SCAR board: (standing l. to r.) SCAR Past President Dempsey Jones, 2014 SCAR President Marshall Thackston, 2014 VAR President Brad Boland, SCAR President-Elect Navona Hart, 2014 SCAR Secretary/Treasurer Linda Yoder, SCAR Director Kip Lafoon, and SCAR Director Janice Huddleston.

SCAR 2013 President Dempsey Jones (right), awards REALTOR® Emeritus status to Gary Atkins of Atkins Real Estate for Atkins’s 51 years as a REALTOR®.

Bowles Thackston Hart

(l. to r.) Ronald Bowles of Central Virginia Realty and Auction, 2014 REALTOR® Emeritus recipient for 48 years as a REALTOR®; 2014 SCAR President Marshall Thackston, and SCAR President-Elect Navona Hart

Boland, McCadams, Atkins

(l. to r.) VAR President Bradly J. Boland, REALTOR® Emeritus Gary Atkins, and SCAR Association Executive Michelle McCadams


(l. to r.) Linda Yoder and Vacelo Moore of Yoder Properties; Moore’s daughter, Suzanne


Jason Meeks of Century 21 Meeks Realty and Pat Hoffman of ReMax Advantage in a serious discussion with Kim Pannell of Monarch Mortgage, an SCAR affiliate member



VAR Out & About: Greater Piedmont

The administrative staff of VAR visited the Greater Piedmont Area on December 17, stopping at the Greater Piedmont Area Association of REALTORS® to meet with staff, and at Chuck Cornwall’s RE/MAX Regency firm to visit with REALTOR® members there.

(l. to r.) GPAAR Executive Officer Debbie Werling; VAR team members Dawn Freeman (office manager), Janet Hakki (staff accountant/HR coordinator), Carol Thompson (director of accounting; and GPAAR Administrative Assistant Michelle Shanks

(l. to r.) Lynne Wherry, director of member outreach; Dawn Freeman, office manager; Janet Hakki, staff accountant/HR coordinator; Chuck Cornwell, RE/MAX Regency and VAR board member; Carol Thompson; director of accounting; and Michelle Shanks, administrative assistant at the Greater Piedmont Area Association of REALTORS®


‘Tis the Season

Virginia’s typical seasonal decline has set in. November sales and prices were down and there were no changes in unemployment or interest rates to counter-act this seasonal trend. Year-over-year metrics are also down since Virginia experienced an unusual uptick in sales last November (a break from tradition as shown in graph below). Nonetheless, Virginia’s housing market is poised for full recovery and there are a number of reasons to look forward to next year. First, the U.S. Census reported increased housing starts in November, especially is the U.S. South which includes Virginia. Confident builders and a record number of starts signal that there will be more inventory in the months to come. Second, the Federal Reserve signaled its confidence in the economy by announcing its plan to taper its quantitative easing program. Finally, Congress passed a two-year spending bill which should boost confidence throughout the U.S. and stabilize a large part of the Virginia economy.

Analysis and commentary by Ted Koebel, Senior Research Associate and Mel Jones, Research Associate, of the Virginia Center for Housing Research at Virginia Tech.

For the VAR November Home Sales Report, click here.

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The Eastern Shore Association of REALTORS® held a Christmas luncheon in which it installed a new board of directors and officers for 2014. NAR Political Representative Shannon Burke was guest speaker and Delegate Lynwood Lewis spoke briefly as well.  VAR President-Elect Deborah Baisden installed the new board.

VAR President-Elect Deborah Basiden (far right) installs the new board of directors of the Eastern Shore Association of REALTORS®. From left to right: Cindy Perro, Tammy Mason, Lynn Gray, Pete Messick, Robert Faith, Dutch Schwab, Mike Stephano, and George Schoolfield. Not pictured are Linda Buskey and David Kabler.


The crowd watches the installation

Members and guests of the Eastern Shore Association of REALTORS® watch the installation of its new officers and board.

Firm affiliation returns to DPOR’s License Lookup page

The Virginia Association of REALTORS® is pleased to announce that the Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation (DPOR) has added a licensee’s firm affiliation back to its License Lookup website this week.

Previously, VAR had worked with DPOR to speed up the process by which REALTORS® could have their licenses transferred when going to work for a new broker.

One consequence of this was that DPOR had to remove the “Firm” field from its License Lookup website, because the agency was concerned that the information in that field may not be up to date during the transfer.

Because REALTORS® and REALTOR® associations rely on the License Lookup site — including the “Firm” field — VAR asked DPOR if it would be possible to restore that information to the site.

We were happy to learn that DPOR was in fact able to return licensees’ firm information to License Lookup under the “Related Licenses” section and with a disclaimer explaining that the information may be inaccurate during license transfers.

This is excellent news for our members and associations, and we’d like to thank DPOR and the Virginia Real Estate Board for their responsiveness to our members’ concerns.

VAR 2014 President Brad Boland was featured in this week’s “In the Spotlight” from the Washington Business Journal, which interviews business leaders from the D.C. metro area.

Here are a few of the things Brad shared — but click here to read the whole interview:

On business advice: “In my view, all advice is good advice, however, it could easily turn bad depending upon how you act on it. We all need guidance in our professional careers, yet what we do with it usually determines our level of success.”

On the best lesson he’s ever learned from a mentor: “Live in the moment because you can never change what is in the past, and you can only control what you are doing right now. I realize that this is a bit cliché but it is so appropriate in everything we do in our daily lives.”

On his most unhealthy habit: “Without a doubt, I could sit down, or stand up for that matter, and devour a single pint of Haagen-Dazs ice cream without ever putting the lid back on. Gone just like that.”

VAR CEO Terrie Suit joined the Hampton Roads REALTORS® Association for the installation of HRRA’s 2014 chair, Amy Rhodes.

A lifetime resident of the Hampton Roads area, Amy sits on the boards of both HRRA and her company, William E. Wood and Associates. She began her real estate career as an investor back in 1991, and has since become a REALTOR®, earned the ABR, CRB, GRI, and SRES designations; she got her associate brokers license in 2005.

In 2011, she won both HRRA’s Broker of the Year and Volunteer of the Year awards.

(l. to r.) VAR CEO Terrie Suit, Hampton Roads REALTOR® Association 2014 Chair Amy Rhodes, and VAR President-Elect (and 2004 HRRA chair) Deborah Baisden

CORRECTION: This post has been updated to reflect the correct date: REALTOR® Day on the Hill is on Wednesday, February 12, not Wednesday Feb. 13. We apologize for any confusion.

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Save the date: Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Join your local Realtor® association — and hundreds of Realtors® from across Virginia — for the 2014 REALTOR® Day on the Hill. It’s your chance to meet face-to-face with legislators to make sure they help keep Virginia a great place for real estate.

REALTOR® Day on the Hill is one of the cornerstone events of the year. It’s a chance to shape your government, learn about the issues facing Realtors®, and, of course, network with other Realtors® from around the state. (Don’t miss the evening reception at the historic Jefferson Hotel!)

Registration is open now — click here to sign up and be a part of one of the biggest Realtor® events of the year!

The Richmond Association of REALTORS® held its annual Legislative Dinner – an appreciation reception for both RAR’s RPAC investors and the elected officials they support (and who support them) — on December 5 at the Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens in Richmond. Check out some photos by VAR team member Kathy Diradour:

(l. to r.) The Honorable Tyrone Nelson, Susan Swink (Long and Foster), Elizabeth Wright (Re/Max Commonwealth), Sandy Owens (Re/Max Commonwealth), Lummie Jones (Napier ERA), and Ryan Sanford (Re/Max Commonwealth)

(l. to r.) the Honorable Riley Ingram, James Brooks (Re/Max Commonwealth), Frances Brooks (Town Country Sales and Management), and guest

(l. to r.) Renae O’Reilly, new VAR RPAC Trustee John O’Reilly, Pat Bennett (legislative aide to Mr. Ingram), and The Honorable Riley Ingram

(l. to r.) The Honorable Manny Alvarez, Cathy Saunders (Long and Foster), and Pam Davis (Long and Foster)

(l. to r.) Greg Davis, Marianne Donahue, and Jeff Donahue from Long and Foster


To help promote its new Military Relocation Professional certification, NAR’s REALTOR® University is offering a discount on the one-day online core course. Instead of the usual $130, it’s only $97.50 through the end of December — a 25 percent discount. (You also need to complete two hour-long webinars and pay the application fee.)

Even better, through March 16, 2014, NAR is offering a $46 discount on that MRP application fee ($149 instead of $195).

Getting the MRP certification will mean you’re better equipped to help military staff and their families relocation into, out of, or within Virginia. That’s a big deal — did you know that Virginia has 837,000 veterans and 90,000 active duty military service members stationed here? Or that one in nine Virginians likely qualify for a VA loan?

The MRP certification is particularly important to Virginia Realtors® — so click here for more information and to start on your way to earning it.