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In This Issue
Nominations for RVAR Board of Directors
Coat Drive
Rental Scams Continue
Golf Tournament
Affiliate/REALTOR® Night
Speaker's Forum
City Down Payment Assistance Program
Broken Lockbox
Upcoming Education
VA Property Management Conference
REALTOR® Conventions
Our REALTOR® Family
Nominations for RVAR Board of Directors
The Nominating Committee and Board of Directors have proposed the following slate of new Officers and Directors for 2015. Those already elected to serve next year are Vic Coffey, President; Donna Greer, Past President; and Directors Bryan Musselwhite, Jeff Snyder and Richard Wimberley.  
  • President-elect Donna Marie Harris, Long & Foster, REALTORS® 
  • Vice President Kathy Chandler, MKB, REALTORS®
4 Director positions are available (2015-2016)
  • Director Fred Hall, BHHS Premier, REALTORS®
  • Director Adam Lynch, Berkshire Hathaway Smith Mtn Lake
  • Director Renee Wiggins, RE/MAX All Stars
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 Tuesday, 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. 

Baby It's Cold Outside!!
Soon we will leave behind the heat and humidity of the summer months and the  winds of winter will begin to howl through the Valley! Brrr!! Throughout the month of September, the Community Service Committee will be collecting Winter Outer Wear (coats, gloves, winter hats, scarves, etc.) for adults and children, guys and girls to benefit the Salvation Army. Your donations will be given to folks in our community who need a little help to stay a bit warmer during those cold winter months.

The Committee will be distributing collection boxes the first week of September OR you can drop off your donations at the RVAR office. Do you have any listings that your clients are cleaning out in preparation for moving day? Ask your clients if you could help by collecting their unwanted winter outer wear!

The Salvation Army is one of the 11 area charity organizations the RVAR supports. Help us help others in our community!

Advertising Alert: Rental Scams Continue         

Online rental housing scams persist in the Roanoke Valley. RVAR was notified just last week of three rental scams -- involving postings on craigslist, Postlets and Oodle Marketplace. NOTE: These are legitimate websites which facilitate many legitimate transactions.

Criminals search legitimate websites that list homes for sale. They take the photos and information in those ads and post it, with their own email address, in an online ad as an available rental. The supposed rental is often listed with a below market rate. Potential renters may be asked to send a deposit out of state and/or fill out credit applications asking for personal information like credit history and social security numbers. Criminals can use this information to commit identity fraud and/or steal money from their victims.

Click here for tips on what REALTORS® should do and how to report rental scams.

FORE -- RVAR's 2014 Golf Tournament   

The 2014 RVAR Golf Tournament will be held at the Roanoke Country Club on Friday, September 5th with registration and lunch at 11:00AM and shotgun start at Noon. This is the first time we have held the tournament at the Roanoke Country Club and it will be a great venue for all the golfers. Plus, what better way to start your weekend!

The price is $60 per player / $240 per team which includes lunch, range balls, golf and reception with loads of door prizes. Put your team together and come play for $1,000 in prizes to the top two Net and Gross scoring teams. Click here for details and to register.

     2014 Affiliate/REALTOR® Night 

The Affiliates Committee is pleased to announce that Hidden Valley Country Club will again be the location of this year's Affiliate/REALTOR® Night on Thursday, September 25th! The theme for this Red Carpet event will be "Casino Party II" and singer/songwriter Jane Powell is scheduled to appear for an encore performance!

This event was a huge success last year and we expect this year's event to be even bigger! Over 30 Affiliate Members have already reserved a display table.Tickets are still $15 if purchased by September 21st and include all the fun, networking, entertainment, food and 2 drink tickets! Click here  for all the details and to order your tickets now!
The Speaker's Forum Presents . . . 
The Speaker's Forum will be hitting the road in September to check out the new Harvester Performance Center in downtown Rocky Mount. Carol Doudiken and Betty Kingery have arranged for a tour and brief presentation about this exciting new performance venue in our region. The Forum will be held on Thursday, September 18th at 11:45AM-1:00PM at the Harvester and lunch will be provided. There is NO CHARGE to attend this event, but please click here to register or contact the RVAR office.

The Speaker's Forum (formerly the Speaker's Council) helps to provide local, informative presentations regarding topics that affect our businesses. The Forum welcomes any REALTOR® and Affiliate members and there is no charge to attend. The final Forum presentation for 2014 is scheduled for November 12th (8:45-9:45AM). 
City Down Payment Assistance Program 
The City of Roanoke is offering informational meetings for REALTORS® and lenders interested in learning more about the City's Down Payment Assistance Program. This Program provides financial assistance for low to moderate income first time homebuyers seeking to purchase a home in Roanoke City (max home price is $138,000 and buyer must occupy home as principle residence.)

The Down Payment Assistance Informational Meetings will be held:

      Tuesday, September 16th, 9-10:30AM

      Tuesday, September 24th, 9-10:30AM

These meetings will be held in the EOC Room (#159) at Roanoke City Hall (215 Church St., Roanoke VA 24011.)

To register, please email Brenda Thornton or call her at 853-6879. 

Broken Lockbox?
Ever wondered "Where do I take a broken lockbox to have my key removed?" or "Who can I call to have a broken lockbox removed from a door?" RVAR has contracted with the following area locksmiths, who will remove the key/box and invoice RVAR for the service.

In the Roanoke area, Security Lock & Key
    343-7600, 3730 Franklin Rd., Roanoke

In the Rocky Mount area, Virginia Shoe & Lock Services (ask for Kevin)
    483-5435, 143 Franklin St., Rocky Mount

In the SML area, Bill's Lock & Key
    297-2946, 2532 Radford Church Rd., Moneta

Return your broken lockbox to the RVAR office for replacement, at no charge. 
Upcoming Education  
Financial Workshop: RVAR's Education Committee is offering two FREE classes on September 18th
Tax Strategies (9:30-10:30AM): Basic tax planning information including record keeping and tax law changes.

Caring for an Aging Parent (10:45-11:45AM): Helpful planning options, tips and resources for caregivers.

These classes will be conducted by Patricia Lucas of Greystone Financial Group, an office of MetLife. Click here to register.

GRI 403: Personal Promotion: Instructor Pam Ermen returns for this October 14th class. You're a brand. This class, which is optional to earn the GRI designation, will prepare you to develop and manage your brand. Click here 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.)

Fair Housing: RVAR's Education Committee presents this class in conjunction with the Moseley Dickinson Academy of Real Estate, Friday, October 17th, 9AM-Noon. New members: This class is free -- earn 3 hours PL or CE credit. Existing members: Pay $10 at the door for 3 hours CE credit. Click here to register.

Legal Update: Mark your calendar for Tuesday, October 28th, 9AM-Noon at the South Roanoke County Library. VAR Deputy Counsel Blake Hegeman will return with the latest legal news from around the state and country. Specific topics will be: Good Intentions but Risky Results (Balancing Client Interest and Legal/Ethical Obligations) (2 hours) and Common Legal Hotline Q&A (1 hour). This class provides 3 hours CE / 2 hours PL credits. Click here for more information or to register.

Upcoming Class: Mark your calendars. The details of this class will be promoted soon. 
    Social Media with Atlantic Bay's Stacey Wanish 
    November 6th, 10AM-Noon, RVAR Office 
VAR Property Management Coalition Conference
VAR's Property Management Coalition is hosting a must attend event for managers to stay up to date, October 22nd -- 24th, in Charlottesville. Join more than 200 property managers from across Virginia for both networking and continuing education classes. Topics will include: 
*    Handling Requests for Reasonable Accommodation 
*    Tenant Screening and the Eviction Process 
*    Fair Housing 
*    Property Management Forms 
*    Environmental Hazards 
Click here for more information or to register.
REALTOR® Conventions in the Fall
VAR's Annual Convention, the REal Show, returns to Virginia Beach, October 8th and 9th. Education tracks include: Risky Business, Market Matters plus special Broker Management classes. Network with REALTORS® from across Virginia and meet key real estate vendors at the Expo.
NAR's Annual Convention, REALTORS® in Full Swing, will be held in New Orleans, November 7th -- 10th. Choose from more than 100 education sessions during the four days, plus the largest real estate trade show in the world, featuring nearly 400 exhibitors with the latest innovations and products. Plenty of networking opportunities plus a celebrity concert featuring Jennifer Hudson.   
Our REALTOR® Family

Congratulations to Clay Taylor with Waldvogel Commercial Properties upon his graduation from the Roanoke Regional Chamber's Leadership Roanoke Valley.

Congratulations also goes to Kit Hale of MKB, REALTORS® upon his re-election to serve another term as Chair of VHDA's Board of Commissioners.

Let RVAR know if you have news to share.  




September 1st     

RVAR Office Closed for Holiday       

September 5th
Golf Tournament

September 12th  

New Member Orientation  

September 18th  

Financial Workshop & Speaker's Forum at The Harvester in Rocky Mount 
September 25th
Affiliates & REALTOR® Night
September 30th
Deadline for Filing Petition to Run for BOD Seat
October 6-9
VAR Convention, Virginia Beach
October 14
GRI 403: Personal Promotion
October 17
Fair Housing

October 21
REALTOR® After Hours at RVAR Courtyard
October 28
 Annual Legal Update
                   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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