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REALTOR®      1,090     Offices                  139   

Affiliate                166    

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


Affiliates of the Year Announced  

Tammie Aldridge, Mortgage Consultant for Wells Fargo Home Mortgage received RVAR's 2013 Affiliate Individual of the Year award. Tammie chaired RVAR's Affiliates Committee in 2012 and 2013.
 Wells Fargo Home Mortgage was honored with RVAR's 2013 Affiliate Company of the Year award, presented on September 17th at RVAR's Affiliate and REALTOR® Night. Wells Fargo was recognized for its outstanding support of RVAR exhibited by event attendance, sponsorships and Committee service.

2014 Dues Bills in the Mail   

The 2014 dues bills should arrive at office addresses by October 1st. The 2014 dues amount has been set at $520 -- exactly the same as the 2013 amount:
                                                NAR  $155
                                                VAR $120
                                                RVAR $245
Any member who would like to receive a dues bill via email should contact Susan Edwards.  
Anyone who pays dues by November 1st (includes a November 1st postmark) can take advantage of a $50 discount.

The dues bill includes a request for a voluntary contribution of $30 to RPAC (REALTORS® Political Action Committee.)
The final date to pay 2014 dues is Monday, January 6th. Anyone whose membership is terminated for non-payment of dues may be reinstated:
  • Up to 60 days following termination -- reinstatement requires payment of annual dues   + reinstatement fee equal to 1/2 new member application fee. 
  • Beyond 60 days -- reinstatement requires application as a new member.

Revisions Announced to RVAR Seller Listing 

RVAR's Standard Forms Committee and Board of Directors have finalized revisions to RVAR's Exclusive Right to Represent Seller Agreement. Click here for a summary of the revisions. The revised form will be available in zipForm® by October 15th. Watch the MLS Bulletin Board for an announcement once the revised form is available.

Petition Period for 2014 Board Seats

Last month, the nominations for 2014 Board seats were announced.

Any REALTOR® wishing to file as a petition candidate for any of the open Board positions noted must file a petition with the RVAR office during the month of September. The petition must be received in the RVAR office by Monday, September 30th 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. (And if it turns out we are having a fall election, we will invite all the candidates to the October 17th REALTOR® After Hours for a 'meet the candidates' evening.)

October Happenings   

REALTOR® After Hours:  Don't miss this falls After Hours event held at the RVAR Courtyard on Thursday,October 17th from 5:00 'til 7:00pm.  This FREE event will feature music by Robotic Jive and we'll have both a Halloween Costume competition and Chili Cook off competition.  Both competitions will feature a 1st place prize of $100 and a 2nd place prize of $50!   To register for the Chili competition click here. To register to attend the event, click here.  

                                   A BIG Thanks to our sponsors for this Event:                             

Platinum:    Atlantic Bay Mortgage Group *  Freedom First Credit Union
Diamond:  Wells Fargo
Gold:    Acquisition Title & Settlement * Bank of America * Valley Bank
Special Music Sponsor: Performance Title & Settlement
Don't forget to bring your pet food donation for the Community Service Pet Food Drive and be entered for a gift basket drawing that evening!

Pet Food Drive:  Let's Feed the Animals!
Our Pet Food Drive supports RVSPCA and Angels of Assisi.  You can drop off your donations at your office or at the RVAR by November 15th!  For a list of items needed, click here. Bring a donation to the REALTOR® After Hours on October 17th at the RVAR Courtyard and be entered for a gift basket drawing that evening!

REALTORS®: Do You Know How to Use This Trademark? 

Which of the following are incorrect uses of the term REALTOR® (answers appear below):
        Jones REALTORS® Inc.
        Franklin County REALTOR®

Trademarks are unique terms and/or symbols that communicate a specific message to the public. The term "COKE", for example, is a trademark which identifies a specific soft drink produced by The Coca-Cola Company. History teaches that trademarks not properly protected can be lost forever. The words "escalator" and "aspirin" were once trademarks, but for lack of protection and promotion are now words of ordinary use.

The National Association of REALTORS® aggressively protects and promotes the REALTOR® trademark, first coined in 1916, which signifies membership in the National Association. NAR requires the following when using the REALTOR® trademark: (1) all capital letters, (2) separating punctuation where necessary and (3) the use of the federal registration symbol "®".

NAR has adopted two exceptions for use of the REALTOR® marks on the Internet. First, because the public has adopted the use of all lower-case letters in domain names and email addresses, the requirements to use capitalization and the registration symbol are relaxed. And second, no punctuation is required to separate the member or firm name from the term REALTOR® in a domain name or email address.

As for the examples above, all are incorrect.

1.    Jones, Inc., REALTORS® is an example of proper usage. The terms REALTOR® or REALTORS® can not be incorporated within a firm name, but may appear adjacent to a firm name, separated by punctuation.
2.    REALTOR® is proper usage of the term.
3.    No descriptive words may be used with the term REALTOR®. This applies to website addresses, email addresses, twitter accounts etc.
Click here for an NAR brochure for more guidelines on using the REALTOR® trademark. 

2013 Property Management Coalition Conference  

VAR's Property Management Coalition is hosting a must attend event for managers to stay up to date, October 23rd-25th, in Charlottesville. Join more than 200 property managers from across Virginia for this conference, which will be celebrating its 10th anniversary.  Click here to register for the perfect combination of continuing education and networking.

Next Brokers Breakfast October 24th 

All Brokers and Managers are invited to attend RVAR's Brokers Breakfast on Thursday, October 24th at the RVAR office. (Coffee/continental breakfast 8:30-9:00AM, folllowed by the program 9:00-10:30AM.) The primary purpose of this Breakfast is sharing -- RVAR with Brokers, Brokers with RVAR and Brokers with each other. Agenda topics are currently being developed. Mark your calendar -- registration for this event will open soon.

Upcoming Education Offerings 

Legal Update: There is still time to register for the annual Legal Update, Thursday, September 26th, 9AM-Noon at the South Roanoke County Library. VAR Counsel Blake Hegeman will return with the latest legal news from around the state and country. Specific topics will be: Real Estate Laws You Need to Know (2 hours) and Sneaky Regs (1 hour.) This class provides 3 hours CE/PL credits. $10 in advance/$15 at the door.  Click here for more information or to register.

GRI 402: Financing Alternatives: Attend this course to get up to speed on loan limits, finance options, avoiding common potholes and tips for navigating the difficult deal. This October 10th course is REQUIRED to earn the GRI designation and qualifies for 7 hours of CE/PL electives. Pam Ermen is the instructor for this course. Click here for more information or to register.

Already earned your GRI? You may attend any GRI class for only $35. Great way to update your knowledge and earn CE. (No test required.)

Real Forestry for Real Estate: This day-long class, Tuesday, November 12th, (8:30AM-4:30PM at the RVAR office) is aimed at real estate professionals who list, sell or appraise rural land. A Virginia Cooperative Extension program -- a  joint program of Virginia Tech, Virginia State University and the US Department of Agriculture, this class offers 8 hours of CE/PLE/Appraiser credits. Click here for more information or to register. (Registration is handled by Virginia Tech.)

REALTOR® Safety: Don't Be a Victim: This class returns by popular demand on Wednesday, November 20th, 10:00-11:30AM at the RVAR office. This class was very well received when it was first offered in April. You will learn everything from REALTOR® safety in the field to safety tips for real estate offices. Click here for more information or to register.

Our REALTOR® Family  

In Sympathy 

RVAR expresses sympathy to the friends and colleagues of REALTOR® Dee Dudley of Prudential Premier, REALTORS®, who passed away suddenly earlier this month. RVAR also expresses sympathy upon the death of long-time REALTOR® Ann Deyerle of MKB, REALTORS®. RVAR offers condolences to her son, REALTOR® Jay Deyerle of Hall Associates.

RVAR also offers condolences to REALTOR® Julie Arthur of Long & Foster, REALTORS® upon the recent death of her father and to REALTOR® Sharon Smith of RE/MAX All Points upon the recent death of her father.

Let RVAR know if you have news to share.

Upcoming Events         


September 26    

Legal Update

September 30

Deadline for Filing Petitions to Run for BOD Seat 

October 10th

GRI 402  

October 17th

REALTOR® After Hours 

October 18th

New Member Orientation 

October 24th

Brokers Breakfast 

November 12th
Real Forestry for Real Estate
November 20th

REALTOR® Safety Class

November 21st

Fair Housing  

Roanoke Valley Association of REALTORS® 
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