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Member Type | Count


REALTOR®         1,100

Offices                 133 Affiliate                156


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

NAR Member Profile -- How do you compare?  
NAR recently surveyed a sampling of REALTORS® nationwide to determine the characteristics of today's typical REALTOR®. Twelve years of experience, 12 transaction sides in 2013, 21% of business from referrals from past clients and customers. Click here to determine how you compare.

FlexMLS Announces New iPhone App    

FlexMLS is pleased to announce the availability of a FlexMLS for iPhone app. Just go to the iTunes App Store to downloand this free app.

FlexMLS will release an Android version later in the summer. FlexMLS also has plans for tablet specific versions by the end of the year.

RVAR's Night at the Ballpark      

Join us for a night at the ballpark with the Salem Red Sox on Thursday, June 26th. Game starts at 7:05PM

$15 per person includes a box seat admission ticket and voucher good for a meal basket with your choice of a hot dog, hamburger, boneless wings, bbq sandwich or chicken tenders. All of the meals include fries & 24oz soft drink.  Order as many tickets as you would like - bring your family & friends for a fun, relaxing evening at the ballpark!!  

These are pre-purchase only tickets and must be ordered by 3:00PM Wednesday, June 25th.

Click here for more information and the order form.

Leadership Openings on 2015 RVAR BOD  

RVAR's Board of Directors has announced the following leadership openings for 2015: President-elect, Vice President and 4 Director positions. The only stipulation for applicants is that there can be no more than two REALTORS® from the same firm serving on the Board at any given time. NOTE: The Immediate Past President is exempt from this requirement.

August 1st is the deadline for receipt of written applications. The Nominating Committee will request a personal interview with each candidate in early August and recommend a slate of Officers and Directors to the Board of Directors. The membership will be notified of this slate in early September. Petition candidates may also file during September. Should there be any contested positions, an election by ballot will be held in the fall.

Continuing their service on the 2015 Board will be: President Vic Coffey (RE/MAX All Stars); Immediate Past President Donna Greer (Long & Foster Hales Ford Bridge);  and Directors Bryan Musselwhite (Poe & Cronk), Jeff Snyder (The Real Estate Group),  and Richard Wimberley (RE/MAX All Points.)
Any questions about leadership responsibilities or the nominations process should be addressed to Nominating Chairman Richard Limroth or Chief Executive Officer Laura Benjamin.

Bedford County Launches New GIS Website   

Bedford County recently launched a new and improved public Geographic Information System (GIS). The GIS site is an interactive map which allows residents and professionals to view many layers of information, including tax, assessment, zoning, utilities, school, political, topography and public safety. The new site provides more searches and information, plus works with all Web browsers.

This new GIS site incorporates information from both Bedford County and the Town of Bedford, and replaces each of these localities' earlier GIS sites. The County plans to update the GIS site much more frequently than the quarterly data updates available with the older site.

Click here to check out the new GIS website.

RVAR Has Space ... For You   

Need an office for a quiet meeting with your client? Need to log in to the MLS or print out a contract? RVAR's Library is available for your use -- complete with computer, printer, phone and WiFi. This free service is available to all RVAR members on a first come, first served basis -- or you may contact RVAR to reserve this space. Use of RVAR's library is available during RVAR's normal business hours, 8AM-4:30PM Monday - Friday.

The New Mobile Marketplace  

The Southwest Virginia Association of REALTORS® invites RVAR members to register for Technology Unraveled: The New Mobile Marketplace, June 26th, 8:30AM-12:30PM in Abingdon. Instructor Steve Pacinelli is a national speaker, best known as the co-founder of www.TechSavvyAgent.com. This class qualifies for 2 hours PL credit and 3 hours CE credit. Click here for the registration flyer. 

Upcoming Education Offerings    

New Roanoke County GIS Website Debut: Roanoke County has recently launched a new public geographic information system (GIS) that allows greater and easier access to the County's mapping, tax parcel, zoning and governmental services data. The County will demonstrate its new GIS site -- focusing on the features most needed by REALTORS® -- on Wednesday, June 11th, 10AM-Noon at the RVAR office. Click here to register for this FREE class.

Annual Lender Panel: "Minimizing Mortgage Mayhem" is the theme of this year's Lender Panel, Thursday, June 19th, 10:00-11:30AM at the RVAR office.
This class will cover everything from the perfect loan file to what NOT to put in a contract. You are also welcome to send in your questions in advance. Presenters will be: Paula Brown (Freedom First Credit Union), Tom Floyd (Member One Federal Credit Union) and Gail Perry (American National Bank.) This session is FREE! Click here to register.

The Keys to Selling HUD Homes: This FREE class, August 21st, 10:00-11:30AM at the RVAR office, will focus on simple and easy steps for HUD registration, plus HUD appraisals, repairs and new HUD listing periods. The presenter will be Walter Grewe of Long & Foster, REALTORS®. Click here to register.

Coming Soon: RVAR's Education Committee has also scheduled the following classes. Mark your calendars. The details of these classes will be promoted soon.

    Financial Workshop: September 18th at RVAR Office
        Tax Strategies: 9:30-10:30AM
        Caring for an Aging Parent: 10:45-11:45AM

    Annual Legal Update with VAR Deputy Counsel Blake Hegeman:
    October 28th, 9AM-Noon, South Roanoke County Library 

Our REALTOR® Family       

In Sympathy

RVAR expresses sympathy to Eric Thomas of Olde Colony Realty upon the recent death of his mother. 

 Let RVAR know if you have news to share. 



June 11th

Roanoke County GIS Site Debut 

June 19th 

Lender Panel 

July 4th
RVAR Office Closed for Holiday

August 1st 

Deadline for Nominations for BOD Openings 

August 21st 

Selling HUD Homes
                   2014 RVAR Partner / Sponsors  


The RVAR proudly recognizes our

2014 Partner / Sponsors

for their generous support this year!


Platinum Level Partner / Sponsors


Atlantic Bay Mortgage Group

Southwest Virginia Moving & Storage

Virginia Varsity Transfer & Self Storage


Diamond Level Partner / Sponsors


Union Mortgage Group 

Wells Fargo Home Mortgage


Gold Level Partner / Sponsors


Acquisition Title & Settlement Agency, Inc.

BB&T Home Mortgage

Bill Meador Insurance Agency

Colonial Mortgage Company

Corridor Mortgage Group

Freedom First 

Laura R. Wright, Attorney at Law

Virginia Title Center


Silver Level Partner / Sponsors


2-10 Home Buyers Warranty

Colonial Title and Settlement

First Citizens Bank

HomeTown Mortgage

HMS Home Warranty

Member One Federal Credit Union

Seal-Tite Basement Waterproofing Co.

The Bullington Law Firm

 Thank You!!  

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