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RAR participated in the #IceBucketChallenge and raised $575 for ALS today. Check out the video/photos here: … #realtors.

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Learn how to Leverage Your Credit Union
with Greg Ferentinos, Business Development Officer. Find out how you can save money on your banking, save money on your car, and save for your retirement, join the Credit Union and more. After registering you will receive a confirmation email.

Title:      Leveraging Your Credit Union

Date:     Thursday, August 28, 2014

Time:     1:00 PM – 2:00 PM EDT

Space is limited. Reserve your Webinar seat now at:

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Required: Windows® 8, 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server

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Required: Mac OS® X 10.6 or newer

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The youngest group of mortgage borrowers posted the lowest mortgage delinquency rate, falling to 2.34% at the end of the second quarter, according to a new report from TransUnion. Click here to see the complete story:



Song in a Day REALTOR®

The Leadership Summit (August 17 – 19, 2014 in Chicago) brings the Presidents-Elect and the Chief Staff Executives of the local and state associations together to an event that translates into multiple opportunities to make lasting connections in the REALTOR® association community. Debbie Werling from the Greater Piedmont REALTORS® Association made sure we won’t forget the great time we had writing our song.  Check out the cool video she and Michelle made to ensure our experience was memorialized!

Photo: Terrie Suit CEO and Deborah A Baisden President-elect
of the Virginia Association of REALTORS®

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Terrie Suit CEO of the Virginia Association of REALTORS answered the challenge from Board Member Michael Guthrie for the #IceBucketChallenge to raise ALS awareness. She had a little help from staff who were HAPPY to “help”.  Terrie also threw out the challenge to VAR’s leadership: Bradley J. Boland, Deborah A Baisden, Bill White, Pat Sury, and Mary Dykstra as well as incoming Vice President Claire Forcier-Rowe.

Donate at least $5 to the ALS Association and help find a cure! Click here for more information:

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VAR Ride Along with Katrina Smith

VAR’s own Tracey Floridia Chief of Conferences and Professional Development spent some time with Katrina Smith, Chair of VAR’s Professional Development Committee (Orange-flowered top)and member of the Blue Ridge Association of REALTORS experiencing a “day in the life” of one of our members. Tracey and Katrina also dropped by the Blue Ridge REALTORS Association office to say hello and see their newly renovated digs.

Pictured here with Sheree Higgins, Association Executive of the Blue Ridge REALTOR Association and Genet Smith, the Director of Member Services. Second picture is Sheree, Katrina and Tracey Floridia.


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Seasonal Real Estate Market Decline Begins

Pace of residential sales and sales prices both decreased from June to July, resulting in a $343M decrease in sales volume, as shown in the first graph below. Monthly sales decreased by 653 units. Median sales price decreased by $11,000. Decreases in sales volume are typical for the month of July, as shown in the second graph below. Sales volume has decreased in July in every year for which we have historical data for Virginia. The decrease in July 2014 was more substantial than in July 2013, but more moderate than July 2012 and the pre-recessionary volume in July 2007. Based on the trajectory of the 2014 real estate market and historic data, we expect to see a moderate decrease in sales volume in August and more substantial decreases starting in September. Click here to download the complete report


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At work with Mike Reitelbach

Mike Reitelbach

Mike Reitelbach

At work with  Mike Reitelbach, president of Organization Management Group in Chesapeake on July 22, 2014. (Sammy Jo Hester | The Virginian-Pilot). Click here to read the story

Mike has 35 years of association management experience, including 26 at the Hampton Roads REALTORS® Association. He holds a B.S. degree in Commerce from the University of Virginia and a M.B.A. from Old Dominion University. Mike holds the Certified Association Executive, REALTOR® Certified Executive and Institute of Organization Management professional designations. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Association Management Company Institute (AMCI). Mike is an Eagle Scout. He volunteers with the Boy Scouts, his church, and the Appalachian Trail. Mike thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail from Maine to Georgia in 1985. He still backpacks, bikes, and takes hundred-mile canoe trips in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.



Catch up with old friends and meet new colleagues at the special events scheduled during the Real Show 2014. From a networking breakfast to happy hour to a luxury home tour, we’ve organized a bunch of different ways to celebrate, chat and connect. Want to see the entire line-up of events, classes and seminars? Find more information at

Monday, October 6, 2014

RPAC Major Investors Reception (by invitation only)

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

VAR Installation & Awards Ceremony
 – Celebrate the installation of VAR’s Officers and Board of Directors and presentation of VAR major awards.

VAR Installation & Awards Reception (ticket required) 
- Congratulate VAR’s 2015 officers and celebrate with award winners over drinks and hors d’oeuvres as you connect with colleagues.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Champagne Breakfast Honoring VAR Past Presidents
 – Join us as we honor Bradley J. Boland and past presidents for their contributions to the association.

Expo Opening Reception
 – Enjoy a bite, a cocktail and mingle with vendors, peers, and colleagues. It’s fun and casual — and it’s the perfect way to end your day.

RPAC President’s Circle Reception (by invitation only)

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Networking Breakfast
 – Explore the exhibit hall, chat with your peers, and enjoy a complimentary breakfast while you source some of the most interesting real estate products on the market.

CRS Luxury Homes Tour (ticket required)
 – Sponsored by the Virginia CRS Chapter. Buses will pick-up/return at the front of the Virginia Beach Convention Center. A $2.00 donation to the Food Bank is requested.

Happy Hour  – The perfect way to end your Real Show experience is with a fun and relaxing happy hour.

For more details or to register for the Real Show visit for more information.


Working smarter and more efficiently in our ever-competitive marketplace can get you—and keep you—on the path to success. At our upcoming Real Show, you’ll learn how to leverage the latest technology, put workable systems and processes in place, and how pricing has changed from some of the industry experts. It’s a can’t miss event that will help make your business even better. Want to know more? Visit


Getting Listings in a Seller’s Market, Bruce Gardner
 – Attendees will learn effective and low cost listing lead generation ideas.

Mobile Gadgets and Great Tech Tools, G. William James
 – What to look for and what to consider when purchasing technology devices for real estate.

Extreme Growth: From 20-50 Deals a Year, Bruce Gardner
 – You will learn how to build the systems and support to grow your business.


Evernote for Real Estate Productivity, Stacey Harmon
 – Learn how to use Evernote to increase your productivity and transform your real estate business.

Creating Powerful Pricing Presentations with RPR
 – REALTORS® Property Resource (RPR) provides easy access to detailed property and market information, leaving you at the center of the transaction…right where you belong.

New Normal = New Skills, Melanie McLane – New Normal = New Skills explores the challenges of today’s market.

Social Media Strategies for REALTORS®, Stacey Harmon – Are you ready to create an effective and powerful Facebook business page that will grow your business? This is a fast-paced, intermediate level class.

It’s a Price War to the Door, Jackie Leavenworth – Gain an edge for your listings and for your marketing with this one-of-a-kind presentation on new pricing techniques.

For more details or to register for the Real Show visit for more information.