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REALTOR®      1,097     Offices                  141   

Affiliate                167   

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


2014 Dues Reminder   

2014 dues bills arrived at offices by October 1st. Anyone who pays dues by November 1st (includes a November 1st postmark) can take advantage of a $50 discount. The final date to pay 2014 dues is January 6th. Questions or want a dues bill emailed to you? Contact Susan Edwards at the RVAR office.

2014 Board of Directors Confirmed   

Congratulations to the following REALTORS® who will serve on RVAR's 2014 Board. Since no petitions were filed, no election by ballot was required.

    President             Donna Greer    
    President-elect    Vic Coffey
    Vice President     Donna Marie Harris
    Past President      Betty Kingery
    Directors              Kathy Chandler
                                  Fred Hall
                                  Adam Lynch
                                  Bryan Musselwhite
                                  Jeff Snyder
                                 Renee Wiggins
                                 Richard Wimberley               

NOTE: Donna Marie Harris' election to the Office of Vice President left a one-year Director vacancy for 2014. In accordance with RVAR's Bylaws, the Board of Directors appointed Renee Wiggins of RE/MAX All Stars to serve as a Director in 2014.

Candidates Endorsed   

RVAR's Board of Directors has endorsed candidates in area elections. Special thanks to RVAR's Governmental Affairs Committee for its efforts to conduct interviews in the contested races for these seats.

Virginia House of Delegates: The Board endorsed the following candidates:
    House District 8      Greg Habeeb
    House District 9      Charles Poindexter
    House District 11    Onzlee Ware
    House District 17    Chris Head
    House District 19    Terry Austin

Candidates in contested races were interviewed on issues related to economic development, transportation and taxes. The endorsed House candidates in contested races each received a $1,000 RPAC contribution; those endorsed House candidates in uncontested races each received a $500 RPAC contribution.

Roanoke County Board of Supervisors: The Board endorsed the following candidates:
    Hollins District              Brian Lang
    Windsor Hills District   Joe McNamara

Candidates were interviewed on issues related to County libraries, economic growth and tax revenue. The endorsed candidates each received a $500 RPAC contribution.

Brokers: Distinguished Service Awards

The Distinguished Service Award is presented each year by RVAR to those firms whose agents have demonstrated exceptional commitment to the Association through Committee service and attendance at RVAR classes and events. The deadline for Brokers to submit an award application is Friday, November 15th, for the award period November 1, 2012 through October 31, 2013. Click here for the application form. RVAR will be able to provide firm attendance/Committee service records during the award period by November 1st. Contact Laura Benjamin at RVAR with any questions about this award.

Awards for Outstanding REALTORS®     

Friday, November 15th is the deadline for three important RVAR awards. All three awards have the same deadline - and will be presented at the December 13th Installation and Awards Breakfast.


REALTOR® of the Year: If you can think of a fellow REALTOR® who is well respected, known for ethics and professionalism, volunteers time to RVAR and/or the community, then you should take a moment to nominate that deserving colleague for RVAR's most prestigious award. The nomination process is as simple as writing a letter to RVAR's CEO Laura Benjamin explaining whom you want to nominate and why. RVAR will contact all nominees to obtain their resumes. The winner will be selected by the past five recipients of this award. Click here to see who has already won this prestigious award.


Community Service Award: RVAR created this award in 2005 to honor one REALTOR® each year who has contributed to improving our community by volunteer service to a local program or organization (not necessarily related to housing). The nomination process is simple - just write a letter to Joe Sutliff  at RVAR explaining whom you want to nominate and why. RVAR will contact all nominees to collect the necessary information. RVAR will donate $1,000 to the award recipient's charity of choice. Click here to see who has already won this award.

Longevity Award: RVAR presents this award to REALTORS® who have served the real estate industry and RVAR for 50 or more years. Just send a letter to RVAR's CEO Laura Benjamin. The previous recipients of this award are: Luke Waldrop (Waldrop Realty), Elwood Norris (Long & Foster), Dewey Robertson (Dewey Robertson Realty), A. Byron Smith (A. Byron Smith Real Estate) and Dale Poe (Poe & Cronk Real Estate Group.)  

MLS Changes Coming

The following changes to the MLS system will 'go live' on Monday, November 4th. These changes were suggested during focus group meetings held earlier this summer. 
  • Increase from 4 to 5 the number of available selections for Exterior, Interior and Miscellaneous features in Residential and Farm listings.
  • Change the "Gas Description" field in Land listings to a non-required field.
  • Change the "Sewer Description" field in Land Listings to add the option of "None". Also change "None Available" to "None" as an option for the "Water Description" field in Land Listings.

RPAC Exceeds Its Goal   

Thank you to the 365 REALTORS®, Affiliates and RVAR Staff who contributed to the REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC) this year. Led by Betty Kingery of Mountain to Lake Realty and Kit Hale of MKB, REALTORS®, RVAR's fundraising campaign raised $29,641 exceeding the goal set for us by VAR. (The 2013 campaign officially ended on September 30th.) 

For every dollar donated to RPAC, 40 cents goes to RVAR, 30 cents to VAR and 30 cents to NAR, all set aside to be used for political and legislative efforts in support of REALTOR® issues. Thanks especially to  those who generously gave more than their fair share.

November Education Offerings  

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.

Fair Housing: Mark your calendar for Thursday, November 21st, 9AM-Noon at the RVAR office. This class is offered in conjunction with the Moseley-Dickinson Academy of Real Estate and offers 3 hours of CE/PL credit. Click here to register.

Our REALTOR® Family  

In Sympathy 

RVAR expresses sympathy to Viola Campbell of Campbell Realty upon the death of her husband, John, a former REALTOR®. RVAR also offers condolences to REALTOR® Brenda Layman of Prudential Premier's North Office upon the recent death of her mother.


RVAR congratulates Mary Dykstra of MKB, REALTORS® as she completes her term as VAR President. She will serve on VAR's 2014 Leadership Team as Past President. Also, Mary was elected at the recent VAR Convention to serve another term as a Director to the National Association of REALTORS®.

Congratulations to Adam Lynch of Prudential Waterfront Properties upon graduating from the Virginia Leadership Academy, a statewide leadership program conducted by VAR.

Congratulations to Mary Dykstra and Dick Davis of RVAR upon receiving the Omega Tau Rho award at the recent VAR Convention. This national award recognizes outstanding dedication and service at the local, state or national level.

Congratulations to MKB, REALTORS® upon receiving the Roanoke Regional Chamber's Small Business Award in the Real Estate/Construction category.

Congratulations to Bill Modica of Progress-Rush Co. upon being appointed Chairman of the Kisumu, Kenya, Sister Cities Committee by the Roanoke Valley Sister Cities Board of Directors.

Congratulations to Clay Taylor of Waldvogel Commercial Properties for being selected by the Roanoke Regional Chamber of Commerce for its Leadership Roanoke Valley Class of 2013-2014.

Let RVAR know if you have news to share.

Upcoming Events         


November 12th 

Real Forestry for Real Estate 

November 20th 

REALTOR® Safety Class 

November 21st 

Fair Housing 

November 28-29th 

RVAR Office Closed for Thanksgiving

December 13th 

Installation & Awards Breakfast 

Roanoke Valley Association of REALTORS® 
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