Author Archives: Christine Hodges, Vice President of Marketing & Communications

VAR Legal Hotline video: Stigmatized Property

Gravesites, ghosts, and ghastly stories are not just for Halloween! VAR’s Laura Farley discusses stigmatized properties, including disclosure obligations for both the seller and the listing agent, how and when to make the disclosures, and what disclosures are prohibited.  Watch … Continue reading

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Virginia’s voter registration period extended until Friday, October 21, 2016

Virginia’s voter registration period has been extended until 11:59 PM on Friday, October 21, 2016, after unprecedented web traffic prevented many people from completing their registrations online before the original deadline. Virginians who are interested in registering to vote are … Continue reading

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VAR Legal Hotline video: Property Management a Licensed Activity?

VAR’s Erin Barton discusses the often misunderstood topic of property management and licensing in this video. Do you need to be licensed to do property management? Which property management tasks are licensed activities? What exceptions are there, if any, to … Continue reading

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Free webinar: An Introduction to Property Management – What You Need to Know Before the Lease is Signed

An Introduction to Property Management: What You Need to Know Before the Lease is Signed Tuesday, November 8, 2016 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM EST Free for VAR members Join Erin Barton, VAR Staff Counsel and Laura Farley, VAR Deputy … Continue reading

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VAR Legal Hotline video: Property Management a Licensed Activity?

VAR’s Erin Barton discusses the often misunderstood topic of property management and licensing in this video. Do you need to be licensed to do property management? Which property management tasks are licensed activities? What exceptions are there, if any, to … Continue reading

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New VAR Legal Hotline video: Exemptions for the POA/Condo Act

VAR Attorney Erin Barton discusses the statutory exceptions listed in both the POA and Condo Acts where the seller does not have to provide a purchaser with a disclosure packet or resale certificate. Click the play button above or this … Continue reading

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New VAR Legal Hotline video: Lead Based Paint Regulations

Laura Farley discusses 42 U.S. Code Section 4852d which requires agents to ensure compliance with the requirements of the Lead Based Paint laws. The federal regulations define agent as “any party who enters into a contract with a seller or … Continue reading

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A hurricane can change your life… here’s how to prepare

It only takes one hurricane to change your life and your community. Hurricanes are one of nature’s most powerful and destructive events, and they’ve caused eight of the ten costliest disasters in U.S. history. Hurricane Matthew has a potential for … Continue reading

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New Legal Hotline video: Independant Contractor Agreements

In almost all circumstances you should obtain an Independent Contractor Agreement with a real estate licensee affiliated with your firm, ex. VAR Independent Contractor Agreement Between Real Estate Broker and Salesperson Form 1700 not VAR Form 420 (a listing brokerage … Continue reading

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Remodeling Impact Report: Outdoor Features

This report takes a deep dive into the reasons why homeowners complete outdoor remodeling projects, the value of taking on such projects, and the increased happiness experienced by homeowners once a project is completed. It also contains: The typical cost … Continue reading

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