With more than two months left in hurricane season, the Virginia State Corporation Commission’s Bureau of Insurance reminds Virginians to remain vigilant when it comes to protecting their property from loss.

Hurricane season runs through November 30, and the Bureau encourages homeowners, renters, and business owners to review their insurance policies now to make sure they have enough coverage in the event of a hurricane or other disaster. Know what each policy does and does not cover and contact your insurance agent or company or the Bureau of Insurance if you have any questions.

No matter where you live in Virginia, hurricanes and their accompanying winds and rains can threaten lives and property. Once a hurricane develops in the Atlantic, it will be difficult to find an insurance company willing to write related coverage until the storm threat passes.

“Whether you are a homeowner, renter, or business owner, the time to prepare for hurricanes and other disasters is now,” said Virginia Insurance Commissioner Jacqueline K. Cunningham. “Make sure you have the insurance coverage you need before a hurricane starts to form,” she said.

Click here to read the complete story http://augustafreepress.com/bureau-insurance-reminds-virginians-renew-insurance-hurricanes-disasters/.

Source: AugustaFreePress.com (September 17, 2014)



Yes, of course you can use Pinterest to grow your business. Pinterest is more about engaging your followers and building trust. You want your followers to look to you as the expert on all things real estate related. Create Pinterest boards that are full of eye-catching images that are related to home living. Remember, the point is to find things that will prompt your followers to re-pin the image. NAR has several great resources including  a field guide.

Field Guide to Pinterest for REALTORS®
NAR’s Pinterest page

NAR Pinterest page






The National Association of REALTORS® announced that the new .REALTOR top-level domain will be available Oct. 23 to NAR members.

There are more than 1,900 new top-level domains being created on the Internet, such as “.car,” “.music,” and “.doctor.” The launch of the .REALTOR domain will allow real estate professionals to brand themselves as a REALTOR®: JohnSmith.com can become JohnSmith.REALTOR.

NAR is offering a free one-year license to the first 500,000 members who register for a .REALTOR domain. For more information, visit www.about.REALTOR.

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Lynne Wherry and Patra Brady, new Association Executive at the South Central Association of REALTORS® spent several hours together this week orientating her to the association and services available to the local association and its members. Please join us in welcoming Patra to the REALTOR® family by sending her a short note.

The South Central Association of REALTORS® serves real estate professionals and affiliate members in the counties of Amelia, Brunswick, Buckingham, Charlotte, Cumberland, Lunenburg, Nottoway, Price Edwards and a portion of Mecklenburg.


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VAR’s Lynne Wherry, Director of Member Outreach and Carol Thompson, Director of Accounting represented VAR during the Williamsburg Trade Show.



Terrie Suit and Debbie M. Werling spent several hours talking about issues important to associations and the services we all provide to our REALTOR® members.  The association’s president and president elect both dropped by during the visit to say hello. The President, Tom Campbell brought his two adorable golden retriever puppies and we had a mini puppy party!  Wish we’d gotten pictures of that. They were so cuddly and cute all, tail wags one minute and then they just pooped out and fell asleep the next.

Did you know that one pint of blood can save up to three lives? Please help us give back to our community by being a blood donor. To Register Online, Click Here or call the GPAAR office at 540-347-4866.

The Greater Piedmont Area Association of REALTORS® serves real estate professionals and affiliate members in the counties of Culpeper, Fauquier, Madison, Orange, and Rappahannock.



Brad Boland @ FAAR SEPT 2014

Bradley J. Boland spent some time visiting the Fredericksburg Area Association of REALTORS® on Tuesday, September 8, 2014. Don’t forget that FAAR’s Education Conference & Trade Show is scheduled for September 17. Click here to learn more https://www.faarmembers.com/_iCore/Events/Event_Display.aspx?EventKey=SE14TRADES.

Founded in 1957, the Fredericksburg Area Association of REALTORS® is the trade association for more than 1300 REALTOR® and 81 affiliate members serving the City of Fredericksburg and the counties of Stafford, Spotsylvania, King George and Caroline. Members also work in the surrounding counties of Westmoreland, Louisa, Orange and Prince William and in Northern Virginia.



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Glenda Puryear VAR’s Conferences Specialist attended the GRI RI 401: Understanding Agency and the instructor was Donna Procise.  Glenda visited with Linsey Allenbaugh, Professional Development Coordinator and Teresa Neff, Education Specialist with the Richmond Association of REALTORS®.

About the Richmond Association of REALTORS®
Since 1874, RAR members have come to expect the highest quality of support, service, and commitment. RAR is central Virginia’s largest trade association, serving over 4,000 REALTORS® who live and work in the Richmond metropolitan area.

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