Category Archives: Advocacy

Virginia REALTORS® Continue Local Advocacy Efforts

– Written by Heidi Schlicher Cook, VAR Director of Political Operations Virginia REALTORS® are continuing to build professional relationships with area legislators and advocate on behalf of the real estate industry.  Creating awareness and an opportunity for open dialogue is essential … Continue reading

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Deadline to submit ideas for 2017 legislation is June 15

Each year the VAR Public Policy Committee (PPC) embarks on the long process to review, discuss and recommend legislative priorities for the next Virginia General Assembly session. The process begins with ideas being submitted by local associations and individual REALTORS®. … Continue reading

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Virginia REALTORS® participate in Capitol Hill visit

On Thursday afternoon, nearly 120 Virginia REALTORS® gathered at The U.S. Capitol Visitor Center to hear updates on pending federal issues and meet with U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine. The event was a part of the National Association … Continue reading

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Two Virginia REALTORS® Inducted into NAR RPAC Hall of Fame

By Heidi Cook, VAR Director of Political Operations  The National Association of REALTORS® held its annual RPAC Hall of Fame Awards on Tuesday, May 10, in Washington, D.C. REALTOR® Members inducted into this elite group have dedicated their careers to … Continue reading

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Election night showcases REALTOR® successes

Tuesday’s town and city elections across Virginia showcased some big wins by REALTOR® members who were running for local elected office. The Hampton Roads REALTORS® Association had two members who successfully ran for re-election.  In Norfolk, REALTOR® Angelia Williams Graves … Continue reading

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Action Alert: It’s Time to Vote

Yes Virginia, Election Day is upon us again. Often lost in the hype around high-profile elections, like this year’s presidential campaign, is the fact that numerous cities and towns throughout Virginia will hold contests for positions like mayor or council … Continue reading

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NRVAR hosts legislator forum to discuss state and local issues

On Friday, the New River Valley Association of REALTORS® hosted a town hall meeting at their Christiansburg office for members to hear a recap of the recent Virginia General Assembly Session and to discuss issues of state and regional importance … Continue reading

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Advocacy Alert: General Assembly reconvenes to consider Governor’s actions

On Wednesday, delegates and senators will “Reconvene” at the Capitol in Richmond to consider legislative actions taken by Governor Terry McAuliffe since the General Assembly adjourned on March 11th. During the period between a bill passing the legislature and the … Continue reading

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REALTOR® Champion Profile: Michelle Dykstra

Michelle Dykstra, member of the Roanoke Valley Association of REALTORS®, is running as an independent candidate for Roanoke City Council in the May 3rd elections. A Roanoke native, Michelle and her husband spent time in New York and Chicago before moving back … Continue reading

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Advocacy Alert: General Assembly adjourns sine die

Sine die. It’s a Latin phrase that means “without any future date being designated (as for resumption) or indefinitely.” While there may be some debate around Virginia’s Capitol Square about the proper pronunciation, its meaning is unmistakable. When uttered as … Continue reading

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