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In This Issue
Annual Technology Forum
New MLS Benefit
Deadline to Pay Supra Display Key Invoice
Flood Insurance Feedback Request
Roanoke County Flood Insurance Rate Maps
RVAR Community Service Day
VAR Commercial Day
Can You Be Found?
Upcoming Education
Our REALTOR® Family
Upcoming Events & Deadlines
Annual Technology Forum
RVAR's Technology Committee brings you a free opportunity to update your tech skills. The annual Technology Forum, Wednesday, March 18th, 9:30AM-1:00PM at the Holiday Inn Tanglewood, will offer three classes (each class is offered three times): 
  • Flex Ur MLS (A Flex trainer will review the newest Flex features, plus how to use Flex statistics).
  • Fifty Shades of zipForms.
  • Doc U What? (A panel of DocuSign users will review the pluses to using DocuSign, plus how to get started).

Click here for more information or to register. Bring your business cards for prize drawings! Top prizes include a GoPro Camera and Fitbit Activity Tracker. Thank you to the Roanoke Valley MLS for sponsoring a portion of this Forum. 

NEW MLS Benefit: zipForm Mobile

zipForm Mobile Web Edition enables you to connect to your zipForm account directly from your Android, iPad, iPhone or BlackBerry device. Access forms, fill in forms, email forms -- all from your handheld device. This benefit is provided at no additional cost to all MLS users. Click here for instructions on how to set up your mobile access.

Learn how to use zipForms Mobile by watching this 10-minute YouTube video.

March 13th Deadline to Pay Supra Display Key Invoice

Be sure to pay your annual Supra Display Key invoice by the Friday, March 13th deadline. The amount of the annual invoice is $189.35 (including tax and personal property tax.)

Agents can go to www.supraekey.com for billing information -- or to pay online -- 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you have any questions about your invoice, contact Supra support at 877-699-6787.

Reminder: This reminder applies ONLY to agents who use Display Keys. Agents who have switched to the eKey (your smartphone) are billed monthly by Supra.

Supra Update

Have you given up your landline? Supra has a solution for you to update your Supra key. Supra offers a USB cradle that uses an Internet connection on your computer to connect to KIM. Simply bring in your old cradle, phone cord and charger to the RVAR office and exchange it for a USB cradle with installation CD at no charge.

Lockbox access hours to change: Daylight Savings Time begins Sunday, March 8th. Standard lockbox access hours will change then to 9AM - 9:30PM.

Flood Insurance Feedback Request

Congressman Morgan Griffith wants your feedback! RVAR members have been requested to help provide real life accounts detailing the impact of the recent changes in flood insurance costs. Please take a moment to share actual data relating to: (1) The impact the cost of flood insurance has on property values and sales (please share examples of deals gone south or buyers unable to qualify due to the cost) (2) The impact of FEMA restrictions relating to renovation, expansion or development of existing property (3) Examples of actual premium increases (4) Challenges in the current FEMA process for having property removed from a flood designated map.

This information will be provided to Congressman Morgan Griffith in late March. Please submit your information to Laura Benjamin or Janie Whitlow by March 15th. 

Roanoke County Flood Insurance Rate Maps 

Roanoke County submits an annual application to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) which provides a reduction in flood insurance premiums to communities that meet their standards. As part of this application process, Roanoke County is required to annually publicize its services to REALTORS®, lenders and insurance agents.

Federal law requires the purchase of flood insurance, as a condition of federally backed mortgages for properties located in the special flood hazard area (100 year flood levels). You may contact Roanoke County's Department of Community Development (772-7906 ext. 234) for flood insurance rate map information. Or you may access the County's tax maps at www.roanokecountyva.gov, under the Community Development icon, to see those properties located within the 100 year floodplain as well as elevation certificates for most residential structures.

The following free booklets are available by calling FEMA (800-480-2520): National Flood Insurance Program, Guide to Flood Insurance Rate Maps and Mandatory Purchase of Flood Insurance.

RVAR Community Service Day - March 6th

Join In & Help Make A Difference!

The 2015 Community Service Committee needs your help by volunteering just a little of your time throughout the year!  The Community Service Committee has established four RVAR Community Service Days for 2015 with the goal of helping one of our supported charities each quarter.  The charities scheduled for 2015 are Feeding America Southwest Virginia, Rebuilding Together Roanoke, Apple Ridge

Farm and the Community Christmas Store of the Roanoke Valley.


Our first RVAR Community Service Day will be Friday, March 6th at Feeding America Southwest Virginia (1025 Electric Road, Salem, VA 24153).  There will be two opportunities to volunteer that day either from 9:00AM - 12 Noon or 1:00PM - 4:00PM and lunch will be provided.  Our primary service will be helping to inspect and sort dented cans, crushed boxes, or other superficially damaged food to ensure the food inside is safe.  Please click here to sign up for the AM Shift. Please click here to sign up for the PM Shift. Or call RVAR to have us register you for a shift of your choice.   
Feeding America Southwest Virginia's mission is to feed Southwest Virginia's hungry through a network of partners and engage our region in the fight to end hunger. They distribute more than 20 million pounds of food annually to nearly 400 partner agency soup kitchens, rescue missions and food pantries throughout the 26 counties and associated municipalities that make up Southwest Virginia. 

Next RVAR Community Service Day : Help with Rebuilding Together Roanoke on Saturday, April 25th.  More details to follow.
REALTOR® Safety: Make it a Priority
Make your safety a consistent priority in all of your interactions. RVAR is providing monthly safety tips to assist you in developing your own safety plan.

Click here to review the 10-second rule to help you stay safe through awareness of your surroundings.
VAR Commercial Day: March 24th in Richmond 
VAR is hosting its annual Commercial Day on March 24th, 10:30AM-2:00PM on the campus of the University of Richmond. This event focuses on education sessions and networking opportunities specifically for Commercial REALTORS®. Keynote speakers are:
  • Martin Briley, President and CEO of the Virginia Economic Development Partnership.
  • Chip Dicks, a well known attorney, who represents developers on a variety of land use applications in a number of localities in Virginia.
Click here to register.
Can You Be Found?
The Find a REALTOR® button on RVAR.com is used by REALTORS® and the public to find contact information. Click here to check your listing for accuracy. Contact Susan Edwards if RVAR needs to update your email address or phone number. 
Upcoming Education     
Listings to the Max RESCHEDULED: LeRoy Houser returns with his newest class, rescheduled (thanks to last week's snowstorm) for Wednesday, March 25th, 9:00AM-Noon at the RVAR Office. 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; re-pricing a listing that just won't sell. Click here to register.
RVAR Purchase Agreement and Inspection Addendum Overview: This FREE class, Tuesday, March 3rd, 10:00-11:30AM at the RVAR office, will review key provisions of these forms including: timing of inspections, remediation limit, financing terms and personal property. Special thanks to instructor Donna Greer, Sales Manager for Long & Foster's Smith Mountain Lake and Rocky Mount offices. Click here to register.

Integrated Mortgage Disclosure Rule -- Prepare for the August 1st Changes: RVAR's Education Committee is pleased to partner with the Blue Ridge Mortgage Lenders Association in the offering of this session, Thursday, March 12th, 11:30AM-1:30PM at the Salem Civic Center. Learn how the August 1st changes will impact real estate transactions and the timing of closings. Click here to register. (The $20 cost includes a buffet lunch.)

Smooth Settlement Panel: This FREE session will be held Tuesday, March 24th, 10:00-11:30AM at the RVAR Office. Special thanks to our panelists:  
* Martha Boush (Acquisition Title & Settlement) 
* David Bullington (The Bullington Firm) 
* Jeannie Moore (Performance Title & Settlement) 
* George Vogel, III (Vogel & Cromwell)

Panelists will focus on: how to achieve a smooth settlement, tracking deadlines, most common roadblocks, inspections and post-closing issues. Click here to register.
Our REALTOR® Family 


RVAR congratulates Mary Dykstra of MKB, REALTORS® for being elected to serve as NAR's Region 3 Vice President in 2017.

RVAR also congratulates Henry Scholz of MKB, REALTORS® for being named to the Board of Western Virginia's Better Business Bureau.



RVAR expresses sympathy to Wes Naff of Meadow Spring Land Co. upon the death of his mother, who was a former REALTOR®.

RVAR also offers condolences to Marilyn Perdue of Wainwright & Co. upon the recent death of her husband.

Betty Kirkland (also known as Betty Van Balen), a former REALTOR® and owner of MKB, REALTORS® and RVAR's 1981 President, passed away on February 23rd. 

Let RVAR know if you have news to share. 



March 3rd



Purchase Agreement/Inspection Addendum Class 

March 6th  
Community Service Day:  Feeding America Southwest VA
March 12th

Integrated Mortgage Disclosure Rule Class 

March 18th
Tech Forum
March 20th
New Member Orientation
March 24th
Smooth Settlement Panel
March 25th
Listings to the Max
April 3rd

RVAR Office Closed for Good Friday 


                   2015 RVAR Partner / Sponsors  


The RVAR proudly recognizes our

2015 Partner / Sponsors

for their generous support this year!


Platinum Level Partner / Sponsors


Atlantic Bay Mortgage Group

Freedom First Federal Credit Union 

Southwest Virginia Moving & Storage

SunTrust Mortgage 

Virginia Varsity Transfer & Self Storage


Diamond Level Partner / Sponsors


Alcova Mortgage 

First Choice Title & Settlement, LLC

Integrity Home Mortgage Corporation

Performance Title & Settlement, Inc. 

Union Mortgage Group 

Wells Fargo Home Mortgage


Gold Level Partner / Sponsors


Acquisition Title & Settlement Agency, Inc.

Bill Meador Insurance Agency

Colonial Mortgage Company

Consolidated Construction Services 

Laura R. Wright, Attorney at Law

The Bullington Law Firm

Valley Bank Mortgage 

Virginia Title Center


Silver Level Partner / Sponsors


Bank of Floyd

BB&T Home Mortgage

Bug Man Exterminating, Co. Inc. 

Colonial Title and Settlement

First American Home Buyers Protection Corporation 

First Citizens Bank

HMS Home Warranty

HomeTown Mortgage 

Member One Federal Credit Union

Seal-Tite Basement Waterproofing Co.


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