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In This Issue
Kingery Named REALTOR® of the Year
Coffey Installed as RVAR President
Cohen Receives RVAR Community Service Award
Seven Firms Win Distinguished Service Awards
2015 Dues Reminder
2015 RVAR & MLS Budgets
MLS & IDX Changes
Upcoming Education
Our REALTOR® Family
Upcoming Events & Deadlines
Kingery Named REALTOR® of the Year 
Betty Kingery, Broker/Owner of Mountain to Lake Realty, received RVAR's REALTOR® of the Year award at RVAR's December 12th Installation and Awards Breakfast.

Kingery has been a REALTOR® for 11 years, serving in many volunteer capacities for RVAR and VAR. She served as RVAR's President in 2013 and continues to serve, chairing two RVAR Committees in 2015.

The REALTOR® of the Year award is RVAR's highest honor, recognizing a local REALTOR® who demonstrates outstanding REALTOR® spirit, business accomplishments and community involvement. 

Coffey Installed as RVAR President

Vic Coffey of RE/MAX All Stars was installed as RVAR's President on December 12th at RVAR's Installation and Awards Breakfast. Also installed were Donna Marie Harris of Long & Foster as President-elect and Kathy Chandler of MKB, REALTORS® as Vice President.

One new Director was installed: Becky Fields of BHHS Premier, REALTORS®. The following three Directors were also installed for a second term as Directors: Fred Hall of BHHS Premier, REALTORS®; Renee Wiggins of RE/MAX All Stars and Richard Wimberley of RE/MAX All Points. Your 2015 Board of Directors stands ready to serve you!

RVAR welcomed VAR President Deborah Baisden of Virginia Beach to conduct the Installation ceremony.

Cohen Receives RVAR Community Service Award  

Jerry Cohen of Park Place Realty received RVAR's REALTOR® Community Service Award at RVAR's December 12th Installation and Awards Breakfast.

Cohen was recognized for his many volunteer efforts in the community as well as service on RVAR's Community Service Committee. In addition to recognizing Cohen, RVAR made a $1,000 contribution to the Jefferson Center in Cohen's honor.

The REALTOR® Community Service Award recognizes a local REALTOR® who gives of his or her time to an organization that improves the quality of life in the greater Roanoke Valley.

Seven Firms Win Distinguished Service Awards  

Each year, RVAR recognizes those firms whose agents have demonstrated exceptional commitment to the real estate profession by attending RVAR educational classes, serving on RVAR/VAR/NAR Committees, earning professional designations, contributing to RPAC and attending RVAR/VAR/NAR events. The Distinguished Service Awards were presented to the following firms at the December 12th RVAR Installation and Awards Breakfast: 


Small Firms (1-15 agents) 
Mountain to Lake Realty 
Park Place Realty, LLC

Medium Firm (16-35 agents) 
RE/MAX All Points 
RE/MAX All Stars

Large Firms (36 or more agents) 
Long & Foster, REALTORS® 

2015 Dues Reminder  

To date, 735 members have already paid their 2015 dues (which includes dues for RVAR, VAR and NAR.) The final date to pay 2015 dues is Monday, January 5th. (Dues payment must be received by RVAR by that date.)

On Tuesday, January 6th, any REALTOR® whose dues remain unpaid will be dropped from membership. On Wednesday, January 9th, MLS access will be terminated and Supra keys deactivated.

Questions? Or need another copy of your dues bill? Contact Susan Edwards at the RVAR office. There are many ways for you to pay: (1) pay online at RVAR's website, (2) Fax completed invoice to (540) 772-8058,  (3) Mail completed invoice to Roanoke Valley Association of REALTORS®, 4358 Starkey Road, Roanoke VA 24018, or (4) drop your payment off at the RVAR office between the hours of 8:00AM and 4:30PM (RVAR also has a drop box for after hours payments). If paying by check, please make payable to RVAR.

Once terminated, payment of the annual dues plus a reinstatement fee of $150 shall be required to reinstate membership in RVAR, provided reinstatement is made within 60 days following termination. After that, application as a new member is required to restore membership in the Association.

2015 RVAR and MLS Budgets: No increase in dues or fees

The RVAR Board of Directors recently approved the 2015 budgets for RVAR and MLS, which reflect no increase in dues or fees. Summaries of the RVAR budget and MLS budget are provided.
MLS and IDX Changes 
As of January 1, 2015, the following changes will go into effect:

MLS Change: The requirements for use of the Pending Lien Holder's Approval (PLHA) status will be modified. Currently, the Seller's permission and Lien Holder's requirement are needed to use this status. As of January 1st, the Seller's permission and/or Lien Holder's requirement will be needed.

IDX Changes: The National Association of REALTORS® has mandated the following IDX changes as of January 1st:

    1.  IDX data must be refreshed no less frequently than every 12 hours.
    2.  Sold listings, within the past 3 years, may be displayed on IDX                 
    3.  Co-mingling of IDX data will be permitted. An MLS Broker may
         co-mingle the listing data from the Roanoke MLS with listing data
         from any other MLSs in which the MLS Broker holds membership.
         This change will allow consumers to conduct a single property
         search on an IDX site, producing results from more than one MLS.

All of the NAR-mandated IDX changes are intended to improve the consumer experience on IDX sites. 
Upcoming Education
Top Producer Panel: This FREE session, scheduled for January 21st, 10:00-11:30AM at the RVAR office, will be a great way to kick off your year. The panelists will be: Curtis Burchett (MKB, REALTORS®), Angie McGhee (Long & Foster, REALTORS®), Joan Turner (BHHS Premier, REALTORS®) and Tom Fansler (Berkshire Hathaway Smith Mt. Lake). Topics include: working with Sellers and Buyers, client follow up, working rural properties, working Lake properties and using statistics. Click here to register.

Listings to the Max: LeRoy Houser returns with his newest class, scheduled for February 18th, 9:00AM-Noon. This class will highlight the latest online and offline techniques employed by successful salespeople to obtain, market and sell listings. Topics will include: lead generation; working expired listings; pricing a new listing; and re-pricing a listing that just won't sell. Registration will open in early January.
Our RVAR Family



RVAR offers condolences to Gary Nichols of Long & Foster Hales Ford Bridge upon the recent death of his mother.  



Hats off to MKB, REALTORS® for being honored by the Roanoke Regional Home Builders Association for donating the most toys in the Association's annual Toys for Tots campaign.  

Let RVAR know if you have news to share.



December 24th-26th
RVAR Office Closed for Holiday 
December 31st
RVAR Office Closes at Noon
January 1st
RVAR Office Closed for Holiday
January 5th
Final Date to pay 2015 Dues
January 19th

RVAR Office Closed for Martin Luther King Jr. Day


January 21st

Top Producer Panel


February 18th

LeRoy Houser's Listings to the Max


                   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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