Out and About – WAAR Strategic Planning

Director of Member Outreach, Lynne Wherry traveled to the Williamsburg Area Association of REALTORS® on Tuesday, February 3 to meet with their Strategic Planning workgroup.

The group developed a new Strategic Plan to help set their priorities, focus energies and resources for the coming three years.

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Mary Beth Pauley, Vicki Costanzo, Linda Kinsman, Charlotte Jones, Andrew Nelson, Lynne Wherry, Nan Piland, Sherry Roth-Kletzly

 

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Take advantage of a day dedicated to commercial REALTORS®

Join us for the 2015 VAR Commercial Day, our annual event that focuses on commercial REALTORS® featuring education sessions, networking opportunities, great speakers and a Deal Making Showcase. Register right now and get the best rates at: VARealtor.com/2015Commercial.

  • Network with fellow members from around the state
  • Meet key business contacts – contractors, developers, engineers, and architects
  • Learn how some 2015 General Assembly outcomes may affect you
  • Make a deal – present one listing

Keynote speakers:

  • Martin Briley, President and CEO of the Virginia Economic Development Partnership
  • Chip Dicks, Manager of FutureLaw

Event fee: Tickets are $20, lunch is included.

Date & Location:

March 24, 2015
9:30 am2:00 pm
University of Richmond – Jepson Center
101 College Road
Richmond, VA 23229

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Money, politics, and the REALTOR® Party

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If there are so many rules and restrictions about giving to politicians, then why is politics ‘expensive?’ Why am I asked for political contributions, and where do the dollars go? You aren’t alone if you’ve wondered about money and politics. ‘Politics’ is such a broad term that it can be difficult to imagine where the money flows and what difference it ultimately makes and how.

Politics is the business of making decisions for the public, for ‘the people.’ REALTORS® are affected by an especially large number of these decisions. They impact not only your own bottom line as a business person – tax rates and professional regulation – but also the availability of capital to prospective buyers – banking regulations and tax incentives like the Mortgage Interest Deduction – and the quality of the communities in which you sell real estate and, therefore, the value of that real estate. The money that you contribute to the REALTOR® PAC supports crucial efforts that defend your business practices and encourage favorable and responsible policies for property owners and occupants.

Your dollars do not ‘buy’ influence, access, or votes. They do wage critical campaigns to heighten the awareness of key issues and to keep in office or bring to office the elected representatives who have demonstrated support for our industry. Your contribution to RPAC strengthens the voice of the REALTOR® Party and what we can accomplish at the local, state, and federal levels of government. VAR and RPAC of Virginia stand up for your best interests – not only those of industry heavy hitters – but the interests of 30,000 members who do business on every scale, and millions of homeowners across the state.

Contact the VAR Policy and Advocacy team (RPAC@VARealtor.com) for more information on contributing to RPAC and why your support matters.

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VAR issues safety warning to REALTORS® across Virginia

The Virginia Association of REALTORS® (VAR) issued a statewide press release (2/2/2015) warning real estate agents to be aware of an individual who is persistently calling female agents to show them properties in remote places, at night, or in areas they do not generally cover.

Station WTOP in Washington, D.C. picked up the story. Other media are also covering this news.

WASHINGTON — Female real estate agents in Virginia are being warned about an aggressive man who calls at night and requests to see properties  right away.

“Show me anything you can this evening,” the Virginia Association of REALTORS® says the man asked one agent.

The man is very persistent, according to a news release. He has called several female agents multiple times within a few hours asking to be shown homes. He has also asked to see land properties at night.

“This is one of the situations that realtors face that sets off our alarm bell,” says Deborah Baisden, president of the Virginia Association of realtors, in a news release.

“REALTORS® generally have their radar working and can identify a potentially threatening situation. However, we are very concerned about our members’ safety and want to alert them to any suspicious behavior.”

The release says local law enforcement authorities have been contacted.

Source: WTOP http://wtop.com/virginia/2015/02/female-realtors-warned-aggressive-caller/

 

Visit the VAR website for the full press release. https://www.varealtor.com/virginia-association-of-realtors%C2%AE-issues-safety-warning-to-female-agents

 

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Advocacy Alert: One week until Crossover

With one week until crossover at the General Assembly, activity at the Capitol is at full throttle. Crossover is the legislative deadline for a bill to be acted on by the chamber in which the bill originated. Therefore legislation introduced in the House and Senate respectively needs to be voted on before the other chamber can consider it.

With this in mind, several VAR bills have seen action recently. Here is the rundown of their current status.

On Tuesday, a House General Laws Subcommittee approved Delegate Chris Peace’s HB 2100. HB 2100 is the omnibus Property and Condominium Owners’ Associations. The VAR Policy and Advocacy team has worked with stakeholders for weeks to hammer out the language of this bill. This legislation seeks to find the proper balance in agreements between POA’s/COA’s and homeowners to ensure a mutually beneficial relationship.  The full General Laws Committee will need to approve the bill next before sending it to the full House of Delegates for consideration.

HB 1965, introduced by Delegate Tom Rust, had its second reading on the House floor on Tuesday. Since the bill unanimously passed the House General Laws Committee last week, it is on the uncontested calendar and is scheduled for a vote on Wednesday. This bill fixes a loophole in state law that was hindering some judges from awarding money owed to consumers as a result of a ruling from the Virginia Real Estate Board.  With this fix, courts will now be allowed to award general judgments, which are already allowed for under the Boar of Contractors.

On Monday, the full Senate adopted SB 868, which closes a loophole that allowed water authorities in two Virginia localities to place a lien on a landlord or property owner to pay delinquent water bills from past tenants before services could be turned back on.  This fix will remove that past due utility charge burden from the landlord or property owner and allow the service to be activated for new tenants.  The bill, patroned by Senator Ben Chafin, passed the Senate on a 38-0 vote.

As the General Assembly session progresses, you can track the latest developments of our VAR Legislative Agenda bills and more at www.varrealtorschoose.com.

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Call to Action: Oppose the increase to petroleum reduction deductible

The General Assembly is considering a measure that would increase the deductible homeowners pay to have underground petroleum tanks repaired or removed, if they are found to be leaking.

Currently the deductible is $500.  The General Assembly is considering a measure to increase it to $2500… that’s a 500% INCREASE.

How many real estate deals have you done, where a tank is found to be leaking and needs to be repaired or removed? Under this proposal, your clients will see the deductible sky-rocket to $2500.  We believe this will have a negative impact on many of these real estate transactions.

There have been two budget amendments that have been introduced that will reverse the course, keep the $500 deductible in place and ask a stakeholder taskforce to look at the issue.

Please send a message to your member of the House of Delegates and Senate to let them know Realtors® stand united throughout Virginia in their concern over this dramatic increase.

 Click here to email your legislators and ask them to OPPOSE the Petroleum Tank Deductible Increase.

 

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Practical train the trainer course for new or experienced instructors

Sign up now! This three-day program is designed for real estate instructors and trainers to improve course development and delivery skills. This program, a pre-requisite for all members of the Virginia REALTORS® Institute faculty, is for both experienced and novice instructors.

Dale Carlton, owner of Carlton Realty, and a professor at REALTORS® University will facilitate this professional development seminar. Participants learn to prepare and deliver a presentation and take a video copy home to review.

The Instructor Training Institute will be held at VAR headquarters. Space is limited. Click here to register today http://www.varealtor.com/InstructorTraining.

If you have questions, contact Glenda Puryear at (804)249-5710.

 

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Out and About – VPAR for Core Standards review

Director of Member Outreach, Lynne Wherry traveled to the Virginia Peninsula Association of REALTORS® on Wednesday, January 28 to review the Core Standards with Jim Wetzel, Association Executive.

Ms. Wherry toured the association office and viewed the space that will be remodeled starting next week.

If you have questions about the NAR Core Standards, please contact Lynnew@VARealtor.com.

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VPAR Staff- Jim Wetzel, Association Executive, Cindy Anderson – Director of Member Services Joanne “Jo” McNamara Daly – Education Director, Lynne Wherry – VAR Director of Member Outreach

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Advocacy Alert: Two VAR Bills Pass House

On Wednesday, two of VAR’s Legislative Agenda bills passed uncontested on a floor vote of the House of Delegates.  HB 1452, which adds family trusts to the list of clients property managers can represent in court, and HB 1642, which deals with adding items to Virginia’s buyer beware list, now head to the Senate side of the General Assembly for consideration.

As the General Assembly session progresses, you can track the latest developments of our VAR Legislative Agenda bills and more at www.varrealtorschoose.com.

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Advocacy Alert: Multiple VAR Bills see action today

Tuesday was a busy day for the VAR Policy and Advocacy team.  As activity at the General Assembly kicks into high gear, the team has to keep a keen eye on the many moving parts of the legislative process.

  •  HB 1450, adding flood hazard areas to the Buyer Beware list, and HB 1452, adding family trusts to the list of clients a property manager can represent in court, had their second reading on the House floor.  In the state legislative process, each piece of legislation is required to be “read” or listed on the chamber’s daily floor calendar for three days before it can be voted on.  The process allows everyone to review the bill before the vote. This requirement can only be waived by unanimous consent of the entire body.  Since both of these bills are on the uncontested calendar, meaning no opposition to date, both should have their third reading and affirmative vote on Wednesday.
  • HB 1965, introduced by Delegate Tom Rust, unanimously passed out of the House Subcommittee on General Laws today. This bill fixes a loophole in state law that was hindering some judges from awarding money owed to consumers as a result of a ruling from the Virginia Real Estate Board.  With this fix, courts will now be allowed to award general judgments, which are already allowed for under the Board of Contractors.
  •  SB 868, patroned by Senator Ben Chafin, passed out uncontested from the Senate Committee on Local Government.  This bill closes a loophole that allowed water authorities in two Virginia localities to place a lien on a landlord or property owner to pay delinquent water bills from past tenants before services could be turned back on.  This fix will remove that past due utility charge burden from the landlord or property owner and allow the service to be activated for new tenants.

As the General Assembly session progresses, you can track the latest developments of our VAR Legislative Agenda bills and more at www.varrealtorschoose.com.

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