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 Roanoke Valley  Associathion of REALTORS



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Member Type | Count



REALTOR®      1,091


Offices         125       

Affiliate       155


 Click here  to see which RVAR members have switched firms, gone inactive, or joined recently. 

NAR Releases 2011 Seller and Buyer Survey 

Did you know that, based on NAR's survey of 5700 home buyers who purchased from mid-2010 to mid-2011:
  • 89% of buyers used a real estate agent.
  • The typical home purchased was 1,900 square feet with 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms.
  • The typical seller lived in their home for 9 years.
  • The share of FSBO sales was down to 10%.
  • The typical buyer searched for 12 weeks and viewed 12 homes. 
NAR annually surveys recent home buyers and sellers to gather detailed information about their experiences. This particular survey period was marked by record affordability, tighter credit standards and the tail end of the Home Buyer Tax Credit. Click here for a one page snapshot of the key survey findings.

Supra Exchange Plans Delayed  

RVAR has been working with Supra toward the goal of exchanging our existing lockboxes for Supra's new Bluetooth lockboxes. We had even scheduled a tentative exchange date at the end of February. However, RVAR and Supra have not finalized negotiations on the exchange. Therefore, exchange plans have been delayed.

RVAR plans to continue to work with Supra in order to provide the best possible lockbox system at the best possible price. RVAR will notify members once plans are finalized.

2012 GRI Series Announced

RVAR's Education Committee has announced three GRI courses being offered this year: (click below for more information on each class)

March 29th      GRI 408    Tax & Investment Strategies for Real Estate
May 24th         GRI 414    Negotiation: Working for a Yes

October 11th    GRI 416    What Did I Agree To?

2012 Speakers Council

The RVAR Speakers Council is pleased to announce Joyce Waugh, President of the Roanoke Regional Chamber, as the guest speaker for the February 16th meeting, to be held at the RVAR office. Coffee and pastries begin at 8:15 AM, and the meeting commences at 8:30AM and typically lasts for one hour.

The Speakers Council hosts community leaders from Roanoke and surrounding areas at nine meetings each year. Speakers, who are involved in local issues, share ongoing projects and future plans that may affect economic development and the real estate market.

For those of you who wish to be a member of the Council, there is a $20 annual fee to cover the cost of morning snacks. Or you may choose to visit for $5 per meeting. Registration is required, either online at rvar.com or by emailing Jan Settle. Future speakers and meeting dates will be announced in the e-newsletter.

RVAR A Decade Ago  

How much has changed in the past 10 years? Click here to check out the real estate market and RVAR in 2002.

Are You Taking Advantage of Your NAR Membership?

As a REALTOR®, $120 of your dues pays for your membership in the National Association of REALTORS®. In return, NAR provides a whole host of special discounts, free education, news, research, and tools you need to be successful. With all these resources, your national membership quickly pays for itself - if you take advantage of them. How much do you save by being a member of NAR? Click here to see how your savings add up.

No Landline?  

Have you given up your landline at home? Supra has a solution for you to update your Supra key. Supra offers a USB cradle that uses an Internet connection on your computer to connect to KIM. Simply bring in your old cradle, phone line and charger to the RVAR office and we will exchange it for a USB cradle and installation CD at no charge.

City/County Collaboration

The Planning, Building and Development Departments of both Roanoke City and Roanoke County have begun meeting to discuss common development procedures. Some regulations are the same - such as statewide building codes and regional storm water regulations. The goal is to streamline and develop common inspection and review procedures and technologies for the benefit of customers. They also hope to coordinate neighborhood planning at shared boundaries and develop a common update to new storm water regulations that are mandated to begin July, 2014.

Our RVAR Family 

Congratulations to Steve Chiminello of Long & Foster Lake who was recently named Chairman of the Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce. Terri Stanley of Premier Appraisals was named to the Chamber Board.

Congratulations to John Dickinson of Hall Associates who was recently elected to serve as an RPAC of Virginia Trustee, representing our end of the state. John was also appointed by NAR's President to serve as Virginia's Major RPAC Donor representative in 2012.

In Sympathy 

Sympathy is expressed to Richard Limroth of RE/MAX All Points upon the death of his mother. Sympathy is also expressed to Ann Deyerle of MKB, REALTORS® and Jim Deyerle of Hall Associates upon the death of their husband and father, respectively. Jay Deyerle retired last year after many years as a REALTOR®.

RVAR also expresses sympathy to the friends and family of Elwood Norris, who served as RVAR's President in 1955.

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Upcoming Events

March 14th

Annual Tech Forum - Held at the Holiday Inn Tanglewood - 9AM-1PM 

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