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REALTOR®         1,138

Offices                 133

Affiliate                163


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

In This Issue
2014 Affiliate Awards
2015 Dues Bills
Standard Forms Revisions
REALTOR® After Hours
Pet Food Drive
RPAC Campaign
Broker Breakfast
Upcoming Education
VAR Property Management
Survery Winners
Our REALTOR® Family
Upcoming Events & Deadlines
2014 Affiliates of the Year Announced
Tessa Rider, Mortgage Loan Originator for Freedom First Credit Union received RVAR's 2014 Affiliate Individual of the Year award. This award was presented on September 25th at RVAR's Affiliate and REALTOR® Night.

Atlantic Bay Mortgage Group was honored with RVAR's 2014 Affiliate Company of the Year award.

Both awards were given in recognition of outstanding support of RVAR exhibited by event attendance, sponsorships and volunteer efforts.
2015 Dues Bills in the Mail 
The 2015 dues bills should have arrived at office addresses by October 1st. The 2015 dues amount has been set at $520 -- exactly the same as the 2014 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 Monday, November 3rd (includes a November 3rd 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 2015 dues is Monday, January 5th.

2015 Board of Directors Confirmed

The RVAR 2015 Board of Directors has been confirmed. Only one petition was filed by the September 30th deadline. Since there are no contested seats, no election by ballot is required this fall.


Congratulations to these newly elected officers: 2015 President-elect Donna Marie Harris (Long & Foster) and 2015 Vice President Kathy Chandler (MKB).


Congratulations also to the following new elected Directors: Becky Fields (BHHS Premier), Fred Hall (BHHS Premier), Adam Lynch (Berkshire Hathaway Smith Mtn. Lake) and Renee Wiggins (Re/MAX All Stars). 


Previously elected to serve in 2015: President Vic Coffey (RE/MAX All Stars), Past President Donna Greer (Long & Foster) and Directors Bryan Musselwhite (Poe & Cronk), Jeff Snyder (The Real Estate Group) and Richard Wimberley (RE/MAX All Points).


Mark your calendars for the December 12th (8:30-10:30AM) Installation and Awards Breakfast at the Sheraton Roanoke Hotel.  

Standard Forms Revisions   

Lot/Land Purchase Agreement -- revisions went live on zipForm on October 1st. The following paragraphs were updated so the language corresponds to the language in the RVAR Purchase Agreement: Property Owners Association, Deposit, Loan Application, Default, Brokerage Fee and Title Provisions. Plus the Soil Study and Access to Property paragraphs have been revised.

RVAR to cease printing standard forms. RVAR's Board of Directors has decided to stop printing RVAR's standard forms for resale. Forms revisions occur regularly, due to legal issues, state mandates and/or member requests. This decision will allow RVAR to provide members with the most up to date standard forms. (RVAR will continue to sell standard forms until our current supply is depleted.)

REALTOR® Safety 

September was officially declared REALTOR® Safety Month by NAR. But REALTORS® should focus on safety EVERY month. Take a moment to review 9 Steps to Safety and make these steps part of your daily routine.
REALTOR® After Hours at RVAR   
"Oktoberfest" comes to RVAR for our REALTOR® After Hours on Tuesday, October 21st from 5:00 until 7:00PM at the RVAR office! Come enjoy brats, 'burgers, sauerkraut and other delectable food items inspired by our German friends and prepared by our Program & Special Events Committee! There will be great food, lively conversation, assorted beverages and ...prizes!

Don't forget to bring your pet food donation for the Community Service Committee's Pet Food Drive benefitting the RVSPCA and Angels of Assisi. The Community Service Committee will also be holding a 50/50 drawing that evening to benefit our charities.

REALTORS® -- Bring a Business Card for a 
chance at 3 Cash Door Prizes 
$100 -- $50 -- $25

Gather your REALTOR® friends for an "Oktoberfest" good time and join us at RVAR! Click here to register and find out more details! 
Pet Food Drive -- Help Us 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 throughout October! For a list of items most needed, click here. Collection boxes will be available at the REALTOR® After Hours on October 21st at RVAR. Bring your donations and help us feed the animals! 
2014 RPAC Campaign Breaks Records
RVAR's 2014 RPAC Campaign raised the most money ever -- $42,537 -- from the largest percentage of our membership ever -- 35%. Thank you to the 382 REALTORS®, Affiliates and RVAR Staff who contributed to the REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC) this year. Led by Donna Greer of Long & Foster, REALTORS® and Henry Scholz of MKB, REALTORS®, RVAR's fundraising campaign exceeded the goals set for us by VAR. (The 2014 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 (e.g., preserving the mortgage interest deduction, flood insurance, Virginia's new first-time homeowners savings plan etc.). Thanks especially to those who generously gave more than their fair share.

The 2015 RPAC campaign is already underway. Please give your fair share -- just $30 -- when you pay your dues. OR donate online anytime!
Next Broker Breakfast: November 17th   
Brokers/Managers: Mark your calendar for the next RVAR Broker Breakfast, on Monday, November 17th, 9-10:30AM at the RVAR office (coffee and continental breakfast begin at 8:30AM.) Details will be available later this month. 
Upcoming Education
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 FREE class are currently being finalized.
Developing a Winning Content Marketing Strategy
that Drives Leads
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.
Survey Winners
Thanks to the 138 members who responded to the recent member survey focused on a possible RVAR social gala. The survey results will be most helpful in determining future plans. Congratulations to the following survey respondents who each won $50: Jerry Helm (Long & Foster) and Charlene Jones (RE/MAX Lakefront).
Our RVAR Family
Best Wishes

RVAR extends best wishes to Steve Lambert who recently departed RVAR after 15 years of service as RVAR's Technology Specialist.


RVAR offers condolences to Jeannie McCoy of Atlantic Bay Mortgage Group upon the recent death of her mother and also to Jonathan Sweat of Atlantic Bay Mortgage Group upon the death of his father.

Let RVAR know if you have news to share.  



 October 6-9th

VAR Convention, Virginia Beach     

October 14th
GRI 403: Personal Promotion

 October 17th   

Fair Housing    

 October 21st   

REALTOR® After Hours @ RVAR Courtyard 
October 28th
Annual Legal Update
November 3rd
Deadline for 2015 Dues Discount
November 6th
Social Media Class
November 12th
Speaker's Forum
November 17th
Broker's Breakfast
December 12th
Installation & Awards Breakfast
                   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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