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 Roanoke Valley  Associathion of REALTORS



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Member Type|Count



REALTOR®      1,115


Offices               124

Affiliate              136


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

Nominations for RVAR Board of Directors     

The Nominating Committee and Board of Directors have proposed the following slate of new Officers and Directors for 2013. Those already elected to serve next year are:
Betty Kingery, President; Melissa Morgan, Past President and Directors Bryan Musselwhite, Jeff Snyder and Richard Wimberley.

  •  President-elect Donna Greer United Country Quality Realty
  •  Vice President Vic Coffey RE/MAX All Stars
  •  Director Jessica Gauldin Wainwright & Co. (Lake Office)
  •  Director Fred Hall Prudential Premier, REALTORS®
  •  Director Donna Marie Harris Long & Foster, REALTORS®
  •  Director Adam Lynch Prudential Waterfront Properties
Click here for a one-page flyer with more information on these nominees.

Any REALTOR® wishing to file as a petition candidate for any of the positions noted above must file a petition with the RVAR office during the month of September. The petition must be received in the RVAR office by Monday, October 1st and be
signed by 20 RVAR members in good standing. If any petitions are filed, an election by ballot for any contested seats will be held by mid-November.

Supra Bill     

Display Key Users:   Supra has sent out a 6-month invoice for $90.32 to all Display Key Users.  Supra's invoice was mailed to each agent's office address.  Supra sent out a separate bill for $25 to those agents who signed up for insurance. Payment is due on September 13, 2012. By approximately October 3rd, Supra will deactivate keys for which payment has not yet been received. Supra will send out a second notice (to agent's home addresses, if previously provided to Supra) with the exact cut-off date. The Supra payment system is computerized, so be sure to return your payment with the payment coupon (only one payment per check, per envelope).  Payments are to be made to Supra directly and can not be made at the RVAR office.  Supra also had the option of Agent Web Pay that can be accessed 24/7 at their secure site at

NOTE:  Next February, Supra will send out a 12-month invoice.  Thereafter, all Supra invoices will be for 12-month periods.
eKey Users:  eKey users are billed monthly and have provided payment information to Supra upon switching to the eKey.  Anyone upgrading to an eKey prior to the invoice due date (September 13th) will not owe any portion for their Display Key invoice-- provided the Display Key has been returned to the RVAR office before the invoice due date.  Upon return of the Display Key to RVAR, the Display Key invoice will be removed from the agent's Supra account.

RPR Training Comes to Roanoke and the Lake

The Roanoke Valley MLS has joined with REALTORS® Property Resource (RPR) to provide a powerful, new MLS tool -- which will appear as a menu item within FlexMLS beginning mid-September. RPR is NAR's exclusive online real estate database, which merges Roanoke Valley MLS data with a robust catalog of publicly available data on 147 million parcels (residential and commercial.) This NAR member benefit is free of charge -- and for REALTOR® eyes only. Examples of data include: public records, mortgage and lien data, flood maps, drive time overlay maps and neighborhood reports.
RPR is offering four free training classes -- two in Roanoke on September 19th (10AM or 2PM ) and two at the Westlake Golf Club on September 20th (10AM or 2PM ). The training will show you how to navigate the RPR website (works on your smartphone, too!) and create customized reports to impress your clients and customers. Make the most of this new, free MLS tool!

Home Sales Continue to Improve

The first seven months of 2012, as compared with the same period in 2011, reflect an 3% increase in the number of homes sold, a 1% increase in the average homes price and a 14% decrease in inventory. The MLS releases its monthly home sales statistics around the 15th of the following month (since brokers and listing agents are given 10 business days following settlement to change the status of MLS listings to Sold). A link to the monthly statistics, along with a 3-year comparison, is provided on the front page of RVAR.com.

Economic Impact of Housing in the Roanoke Valley

The Roanoke Regional Housing Network (of which RVAR is a member) is hosting a
free fall symposium focused on the economic impact of housing in the Roanoke Valley.
Click here to register for this September 20th event, 8-11:30AM, at the Vinton War Memorial.

Safety Tips   

Most safety tips for REALTORS® focus on your interaction with buyers and sellers. But when was the last time you considered the security of your own home? These easy tips should help deter would-be burglars.

Check out www.REALTOR.org/Safety for more tools and tips to keep you personally and professionally safe.

Required Ethics Training

NAR requires all REALTORS® to complete 3 hours of Code of Ethics training every four years. The current four-year cycle ends December 31, 2012. RVAR is offering three Code of Ethics training classes in the coming months to help members meet NAR's deadline. RVAR's classes, taught by John Dickinson, will not only meet NAR's requirement but will also provide 3 hours of CE credit for license renewal.


Click on the following dates to register or for more information: September 6th (9AM-Noon at Westlake), October 15th (9AM-Noon at RVAR) and November 15th (2-5PM at RVAR). Can't attend these classes? NAR offers a FREE online class (though it does not provide CE credit.) NAR automatically notifies RVAR whenever an RVAR member completes the online class. (NAR provides both a residential and a commercial version of this online class.)

Annual Golf Tournament       

As summer winds down, RVAR is winding up for its Annual Golf Tournament. We'll be back at Ashley Plantation, hitting the links on Monday, September 10th (the Monday AFTER Labor Day).

Click here for the fax-in registration form. Or call Jan Settle at the RVAR Office (772-0526) to register by phone. Online registration is not available for this event.

Plan to join us for sunshine, good food, cold beverages and low scores. OK, we can only really promise good food, cold beverages AND fun!

Residential Standard Agency Classes

Completion of the Residential Standard Agency (RSA) course is a one-time only requirement which applies to all active licensees renewing their license between July 1, 2012 and June 30, 2014.  This is in addition to the 16 or 24 hours of continuing education (salesperson or broker) or the 30 hours of post license education for new salespersons.The Lexington-Buena Vista-Rockbridge Association of REALTORS® welcomes RVAR members to register for their September 6th class (9AM-Noon at the Holiday Inn Express on Route 11 in Lexington.) VAR Counsel Blake Hegeman will teach this RSA class. Call the Lexington Association office at 540-464-4700 to reserve your seat. Cost is $35.

Moseley-Dickinson Academy of Real Estate is offering two classes this fall: September 21st (9AM-Noon) and November 15th (9AM-Noon). John Dickinson will teach these RSA classes and the cost is $35. Click here to register online or call 562-2575.

Upcoming Education Offerings 

Legal Update: VAR Legal Counsel Blake Hegeman returns for this annual session on Thursday, September 27th (9AM-Noon) at the Vinton War Memorial. He will address the most common Legal Hotline questions plus dilemmas facing licensees today. Cost is $10 in advance; $15 at the door. This course qualifies for 3 hours of CE or PL. Click here for more information or to register.

GRI 406 What Did I Agree To? This October 11th class will focus on writing and presenting every category of real estate agreements (contracts, listings, leases, buyer agreements and more.) Instructor: Donna Austin. (CE 7 hours; PL 6 hours). Click here for more information or to register. Already have your GRI? You may attend this class for only $35 -- earn the CE credits, with no exam required.

LeRoy Houser Returns: LeRoy will be back by popular demand on Wednesday, October 17th to teach two express seminars at the RVAR office. The morning session (9-11AM) is How to Sell Listing Impossible. The afternoon session (1:30-3:30PM) is Lead Generation in the 21st Century. Take one or both classes. Seating is limited -- so you will want to register soon. Click on classes above for more information or to register.

Our RVAR Family 

In Sympathy
RVAR expresses sympathy to those members who have recently lost loved ones: Patrick Wilkinson of The Real Estate Group upon the recent death of his mother; Don Stancil of The Stancil Group upon the recent death of his mother; and Debbie Robertson of MKB, REALTORS® upon the recent death of her mother. 

RVAR congratulates Kit Hale of MKB, REALTORS® upon his recent election to serve as Vice Chair of VHDA's Board of Commissioners.

Let RVAR know if you have news to share.

Upcoming Events 

 September 3rd

 RVAR Office Closed for Holiday

 September 10th

 Golf Tournament, Ashley Plantation

 September 19th

 RPR Training (AM & PM Classes at RVAR)

 September 20th

 RPR Training (AM & PM Classes at Westlake 

 Golf Club 

 September 27th

 Legal Update, Vinton War Memorial

 October 11th

 GRI 406

 October 17th

 LeRoy Houser (AM & PM Classes at RVAR)

 October 18th

 REALTOR® After Hours, 5-7PM, RVAR Courtyard


Roanoke Valley Association of REALTORS® 
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