May 27, 2015

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Member Type | Count


REALTOR®         1,143

Offices                 134

Affiliate                150


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In This Issue
Advertising Violations Increase
New Laws Going into Effect July 1st
Leadership Openings
Lake Forms Revisions Being Considered
Tech Lunch & Learn Classes
10 Tips for REALTOR® Safety
The Speaker's Forum
Brokers Breakfast
VHDA Train the Trainer Class
Upcoming Education
Save the Date for Fall Events

Advertising Violations Increase   

The busy real estate market has led to increased advertising. RVAR has noted
an increase in advertising violations. Here are the most common advertising violations so far this year:

In print ads: Failure to disclose firm name. The Virginia Real Estate Board and RVAR's Advertising Rules require the firm name to be "clearly and legibly displayed on all advertising."

In online ads: Failure to include the 3 online advertising disclosures required by the Code of Ethics, the Virginia Real Estate Board and RVAR's Advertising Rules: 

  • Firm name
  • City and State of Firm's main office (or, if applicable, Firm's branch with which REALTOR® is affiliated)
  • State(s) of licensure

These online advertising requirements apply to all types of online advertising (e.g., Craigslist, Facebook, websites etc.)

Questions? Contact Laura Benjamin at the RVAR office.

New Laws Going into Effect July 1st 
The Virginia Association of REALTORS® has compiled an overview of the new laws going into effect July 1, 2015, which impact REALTORS®. The overview is broken into three categories: license laws; general real estate laws; and property management laws. Click here for VAR's overview.
Leadership Openings on 2016 RVAR BOD
RVAR's Board of Directors has announced the following leadership openings for 2016: President-elect, Vice President and 3 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.

Monday, August 3rd 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 2016 Board will be: President Donna Marie Harris (Long & Foster); Immediate Past President Vic Coffey (RE/MAX All Stars); and Directors Becky Fields (BHHS Premier); Fred Hall (BHHS Premier); Adam Lynch (Berkshire Hathaway Smith Mtn. Lake); and Renee Wiggins (RE/MAX All Stars).
Any questions about leadership responsibilities or the nominations process should be addressed to Nominating Chairman Betty Kingery or Chief Executive Officer Laura Benjamin.

Lake Forms Revisions Being Considered  

Last fall, RVAR introduced two new Lake forms -- the Lake Disclosure (to be used with listings and contracts) and the Lake Addendum (to be used with contracts). Now that these forms have been in use for six months, RVAR's Standard Forms Committee is considering any needed revisions to these forms. If you have used either of these forms and have suggestions for improvement, please email Laura Benjamin.
Tech Lunch & Learn Classes: Flexing UR MLS  
RVAR's Tech Committee continues its Lunch & Learn Series on Wednesday, June 24th with two FREE classes taught by Flex trainer Josh Hernandez (Josh was a popular speaker at the recent Tech Forum):
  • 10:30AM-Noon    Basic MLS: Customizing Your Dashboard & Using Quick Search
  • 12:45-2:30PM    Advanced MLS: Map Searching, Mobile Apps and Portals
Bring your lunch and laptop ... RVAR will provide drinks, chips and cookies.

Click to register for the Basic Class or the Advanced Class. (Feel free to register for both!) 
Office Suite Available in RVAR Building 
RVAR has available for lease a second floor, 1200 SF office space, directly above the RVAR offices. Current floor plan has a reception room, kitchenette and 3 offices, two of which have been subdivided to accommodate 2 desks each. This suite has its own private entrance and restroom. Tenant pays electricity and own janitorial service. RVAR provides water and sewer. Signage available on building and at street. $1,000/month based on a 3 year lease. For further information, contact leasing agent Henry Scholz of MKB, REALTORS® or RVAR's CEO Laura Benjamin.
10 Tips for REALTOR® Safety
Make your safety a consistent priority in all of your interactions. Add these 10 tips to your personal REALTOR® safety plan.

RVAR is providing monthly safety tips to assist you in developing your own safety plan. 
The Speaker's Forum Presents...       
The Speaker's Forum presents Marc Nelson, Special Projects Coordinator with the Department of Economic Development for the City of Roanoke.  Economic development for the Roanoke region has been in the spotlight following the recent Norfolk Southern announcement. Marc will provide an update about the City's efforts for future economic development and its impact on your business.  The Speaker's Forum will be held on Tuesday, June 2nd at the RVAR office starting at 8:45AM with coffee, juice and pastries provided.  From 9:00 - 9:45 we will have a brief welcome followed by Marc Nelson's presentation.  There is NO CHARGE to attend this event, but seating is limited.  Click here to register or contact the RVAR office.    
The Speaker's Forum 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. Additional Forum meetings for 2015 are scheduled for September 22nd and November 19th.  
Brokers Breakfast June 17th     
All Brokers and Managers are invited to attend RVAR's Brokers Breakfast on Wednesday, June 17th at the RVAR office. (Coffee/continental breakfast 8:30-9:00AM, followed by the program 9:00-10:30AM.) The primary purpose of this Breakfast is sharing -- RVAR with Brokers, Brokers with RVAR and Brokers with each other.

RVAR's agenda topics include:
August 1st RESPA/TILA Changes
    Speakers: RVAR Counsel David Bullington and representatives of the Blue
    Ridge Mortgage Lenders Association (Scott Vaughan of Union Mortgage
    Group and Dave Henry of Atlantic Bay Mortgage)
NAR/RPR Partnership with Upstream
    Speaker: Kit Hale, MKB, REALTORS®
VAR Update
    Speaker: Dan Vollmer of Lynchburg, member of VAR's Board of Directors

The Broker Breakfast is a FREE event, though advance registration is appreciated.
Click here to register.  
VHDA Train the Trainer Class in Roanoke    
Anyone applying for a VHDA home loan is required to take VHDA's free Home Buyer Class. Interested in teaching VHDA's Home Buyer Class? Register to attend VHDA's Train the Trainer class, Thursday, June 18th, 9AM-1PM at the RVAR Office. Click here to register. 
Upcoming Education
Impact of New Regs on the Settlement Process: Be ready for the August 1st changes! This class is offered by RVAR's Education Committee in conjunction with BB&T Home Mortgage and Bridgetrust Title Group, and will feature speaker Kay Creasman of Old Republic National Title. This class is FREE and provides 2 hours of CE. Click here to register.

Coming Soon: RVAR's Education Committee has just scheduled the following class -- watch for more details soon:
Real Forestry for Real Estate, October 14th, 9AM-5PM, RVAR Office
Save the Dates for Fall Events 
RVAR Golf Tournament: Friday, September 11th, Roanoke Country Club.

REALTOR® After Hours at RVAR: Tuesday September 29th, 5-7PM

Legal Update: Tuesday, October 20th at South Roanoke County Library, 9AM-Noon, featuring VAR's Deputy General Counsel Blake Hegeman.

Affiliates & REALTOR® Night: Thursday, October 22nd at Hidden Valley Country Club, 5-8PM. 
Our RVAR Family 
RVAR expresses sympathy to Shelia Wright of Aliehs Gold Realty upon the recent death of her mother.


RVAR congratulates Mary Dykstra of MKB, REALTORS®, recipient of The Children's Trust Roanoke Valley's Golden Halo Award in the 'community volunteer' category.

Congratulations to those recently named "2015 Best Of" by The Roanoker Magazine, which included categories for real estate firms and agents. Some of RVAR's Affiliate members were recognized, too!

Best National Real Estate Agency: Platinum - RE/MAX; Gold - Long & Foster; Silver - Coldwell Banker

Best Local Real Estate Agency: Platinum - MKB, REALTORS®; Gold - Lichtenstein Rowan, REALTORS®; Silver - Olde Colony Realty

Best Individual Real Estate Agents: Platinum - Suni Heflin (RE/MAX All Stars); Gold - Vickie Clarke (Long & Foster); Silver - Scott Avis (MKB)

Best Bug Exterminator: Platinum - Bug Man Extermination; Silver - Superior Exterminating

Best Credit Union: Platinum - Member One FCU; Gold - Freedom First FCU

Best Landscape/Professional Grounds Care: Platinum - Varsity Landscape & Grounds

Best Moving Company: Platinum - Virginia Varsity Transfer

Best National Bank: Platinum - Wells Fargo; Gold - SunTrust; Silver - BB&T

Best Regional/Local Bank: Platinum - HomeTown Bank; Gold - Valley Bank
Let RVAR know if you have news to share. 



June 2nd

Speakers Forum 


June 5th
New Member Orientation
June 17th
Brokers Breakfast
June 18th
VHDA Train the Trainer Class
June 24th
Lunch and Learn: FlexMLS
June 25th

Impact of New Regs on Settlement Process


July 3rd

RVAR Office Closed for Holiday


August 3rd

Deadline for Nominations for BOD Openings


                   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

Corridor 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.

Virginia's All American Movers  


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