VAR Out & About
10 Aug 2016
-Written by Heidi Schlicher Cook, VAR Director of Political Operations
The REALTORS® Association of Prince William held a legislative breakfast for more 30 members on Tuesday, August 9th. REALTOR® colleague and member of the Virginia House Delegates, Jackson Miller, was the keynote speaker.
Delegate Miller briefed members on the July 1st new laws impacting the real estate industry and highlighted the successful passage of the Virginia Home Inspector Licensure bill that will take effect on July 1, 2017. For more information on the 2016 new laws and how they impact your business, check out VAR’s New Laws & New Forms July 16 webinar.
18 Jul 2016
Written by Jenny Wortham, Director of Community Outreach
Housing stakeholders, including REALTORS®, affordable housing advocates, lenders, and public officials, gathered last week in Martinsville and in Abingdon to share insight on rural housing challenges and opportunities. The events, hosted by the Martinsville, Henry & Patrick Counties Association of REALTORS® (MHPCAR) and the Southwest Virginia Association of REALTORS® (SWVAR), were the first two in a series of five forums that local REALTOR® associations around the state are hosting. Members of all associations are encouraged to participate.
Essential to local economic health, housing is a critical concern for all communities. Housing metrics – availability, affordability, and quality – are especially important considerations in the sustainability of rural communities, where demographic changes are more pronounced because of relatively small populations. Rural communities that are disproportionately affected by aging population, increasing poverty, and lagging employment face significant challenges in adapting their existing housing inventory to the evolving needs of residents. Convening policy makers and industry experts is one step towards addressing those needs. The preliminary results of these conversations will be reported at the annual Governor’s Housing Conference in November.
For more information on these forums, or to register for an upcoming event, please visit the Housing Virginia website here or contact VAR Director of Community Outreach Jenny Wortham at Jenny@VARealtor.com.
04 May 2016
By Heidi Cook, VAR Director of Political Operations
The Greater Augusta Association of REALTORS® held their annual tradeshow in Waynesboro on Wednesday, May 3rd.
Over 100 REALTOR® members opened their “Passport to Success” as they perused more than 35 local, state and national vendors covering a variety of licensee and client based services including: mortgage lending, home inspecting, insurance and media advertising.
The day included a special keynote presentation from John Mayfield, “The Business Tech Guy”, on the Seven Secrets to Success Using Today’s Technology. The presentation accredited two hours of real estate CE to those who attended.
The Greater Augusta Leadership Team also encouraged members to contribute to the association’s charitable cause, Homes for Our Troops. The local President, Delene Adams, helped craft a model house contribution box to collect funds. The patriotic home will be displayed in the association office and at all local events throughout the year.
Lynne Wherry, Director of Association Relations, and Heidi Cook, Director of Political Operations, from VAR participated in the day’s activities.
Pictures from the event are included below.
17 Sep 2015
The arrival of the autumn means back to school, the kickoff of football season and cooler temperatures. For many REALTORS® across Virginia, it also means tradeshow season!
This past Wednesday, four local REALTORS® Associations opened their doors to great educational and networking opportunities for members, affiliates and vendors. As a part of our commitment to serve as a resource to local associations and members, VAR staff fanned across the Commonwealth to show our support and discuss how VAR serves you, our members. The VAR team participated in the following tradeshows:
- Dulles Area Association of REALTORS® – Jenny Wortham, Director of Community Outreach
- Fredericksburg Area Association of REALTORS® – Kathy Felton, Director of RPAC Development and Heidi Schlicher, Director of Political Operations
- New River Valley Association of REALTORS® – Lynne Wherry, Director of Association Relations
- Williamsburg Area Association of REALTORS® – Melanie Roberts, Director of Sales and Anthony Reedy, Director of Grassroots
VAR is grateful for the opportunity to be “out and about” engaging with members as their business advocate.
This year’s VAR Convention & Trade Expo, the biggest and most important convention for Virginia REALTORS®, will be held in historical Williamsburg, Virginia, at the Williamsburg Lodge. A one-day package costs $179 and registration is easy, but you need to act quickly! Click here to register before September 28th and save $40 off the onsite registration fee.
20 Aug 2015
Kathy Felton, VAR’s director of RPAC development & PFR spent some time with Nikki Harris (Dan River Region Association of REALTORS®) and Kim Mangum (Martinsville, Henry & Patrick Counties Association of REALTORS®) to develop a RPAC fundraising plan for the remainder of the year. Although, Lynchburg Association of REALTORS® Executive Sandra Maschal was not available to be included in the picture, we thank her for the generous use of the association’s conference room.
If you would like to learn more about RPAC, please contact Kathy Felton at Kathy@VARealtor.com or check out VirginiaRealtorsChoose.com.
19 Aug 2015
VAR staffers Christine Hodges and Mike Rupertus had a chance to learn more about the Greater Piedmont Area Association of REALTORS® daily operations. Our hosts Debbie Werling, executive officer and Michelle Shanks, director of member services explained how important customer service is to their members. GPAAR’s strategic goals include:
- Engage members in advocacy
- Cultivate partnerships and professional growth
- Enhance consumer outreach
For the past two weekends, the Greater Piedmont Area Association of REALTORS® volunteers have partnered with the Fauquier Habitat for Humanity to work on two duplexes. 2015 GPAAR President, Chip Miller organized this event as one of his community projects this year. GPAAR serves real estate professionals and affiliate members in the counties of Culpeper, Fauquier, Madison, Orange, and Rappahannock.
08 Jul 2015
On Tuesday, VAR’s Director of Grassroots Anthony Reedy traveled to Abingdon to conduct the Choosing REALTOR® Champion training with a members from the Southwest Virginia Association of REALTORS®. Attendees included representatives from SWVAR staff, government affairs committee, and other interested members. Attendees participated in the interactive workshop to further develop skills and processes for identifying, interviewing, endorsing and supporting REALTOR® Champion candidates for elected office at the state and local level.
Thank you to SWVAR CEO Lisia Amburn for organizing the event and members Ray Amburn, Vickie England, Marcus Gilbert, Joh Johnson, Barbara Parker, Dianna Roberts, Jim Rowlette, and Charlie Wilson for participating.
12 Jun 2015
“The Williamsburg Area Association of REALTORS® recently sponsored a Blood Drive and free Shredding Service for the community. 34 pints of whole blood and $290 was collected for the American Red Cross.
Pictured (L to R): Sandy Davis, Carol Jackson, and Sherri Visser.”
04 Jun 2015
Southside Virginia Association of REALTORS® (SVAR) invited VAR staffers Lynne Wherry and Christine Hodges to spend some time with Association Executive Joe Croce, RCE and some of their members during the Broker Roundtable event. The roundtable topics included RESPA, Code of Ethics, education, and communications. The brokers had lively discussions, a networking lunch and a wrap-up discussion. SVAR was formed in 1951, was later incorporated in the State of Virginia in 1963, and is a 501 (c) 6 organization.
27 May 2015
Deborah Baisden, 2015 Virginia Association of REALTORS® President met with the Dulles Area Association of REALTORS® Board of Directors on Thursday, May 21st. After the meeting Deborah joined the DAAR Leadership team for lunch.
The DAAR Leadership pictured left to right: Lars Henriksen, Jackie Lawlor, Shawn Milletary, Jeanette Newton, Holly Weatherwax.