August 26, 2015

ROANOKE VALLEY REALTORŪ                  Online  

 Roanoke Valley  Associathion of REALTORS



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REALTORŪ        1,157

Offices                134

Affiliate              157


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

In This Issue
Nominations for RVAR Board of Directors
New Real Estate Board Regulations
New Website Login Process
Tech Lunch & Learn
RVAR's 2015 Golf Tournament
The Speaker's Forum
REALTOR® After Hours
2015 Affiliate/REALTOR® Night
All-New Agent Profile
CFPB Website for REALTORS®
Parking Lot Safety Tips
Upcoming Education
Our RVAR Family
Upcoming Events & Deadlines
Nominations for RVAR Board of Directors
The Nominating Committee and Board of Directors have proposed the following slate of new Officers and Directors for 2016. Those already elected to serve next year are Donna Marie Harris, President; Vic Coffey, Past President; and Directors Becky Fields, Fred Hall, Adam Lynch and Renee Wiggins.     
  •  President-elect (position open)
  •  Vice President Connie Hash, MKB, REALTORSŪ
          3 Director positions are available (2016-2017)
  •  Director Jerry Cohen, Park Place Realty, LLC
  •  Director Neil Conner, The Real Estate Group
  •  Director Walter Grewe, Long & Foster, REALTORSŪ
Click here for a one-page flyer with more information on these nominees.
Any REALTORŪ 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 Wednesday, 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.
New Real Estate Board Regulations Effective Nov. 1st
Governor Terry McAuliffe has signed the new Virginia Real Estate Board Regulations, which will go into effect November 1, 2015. Highlights of some of the revisions include:
  • For sale or for lease signs placed on property must at least include the firm's name and the firm's primary or branch office phone number.
  • Owner/Agent must be disclosed in advertising even if the property is listed with a firm. (This applies if the licensee owns or has any ownership interest in the property being advertised.)
  • A licensee shall not submit copies of the same earnest money deposit with multiple offers.
  • A licensee shall not represent in offers that licensee has received the earnest money deposit when he has not or the licensee knows the check is worthless.
  • Showing property and holding an open house are defined as licensed activity.
  • Licensees are prohibited from allowing unsupervised access to a home without the owner's authorization.
  • Excess continuing education credits completed by the licensee that are obtained within 6 months immediately prior to the license expiration date will carry over in the next 2-year renewal period.
RVAR's Annual Legal Update, Tuesday, October 20th, 9AM-Noon, will include a 2 hour course on the new Real Estate Board Regulations, taught by VAR Deputy General Counsel Blake Hegeman. Click here to register.

VAR has created a series of brief videos focused on the highlights of these revisions. Click here for access to VAR's videos. And click here to review the Regulations with all revisions noted.
New Website Login Process
Last week, RVAR converted to a new system for managing our membership records and event registrations. You will notice several changes on including a new Find a REALTORŪ or Affiliate search and a new calendar link.

Plus, the next time you logon to (e.g., to register for an event, pay your dues etc.), you will encounter a new login process.

Your Username/Password has been defaulted to:

     Username = NRDS #
*    No leading zero
*    If you do not know your NRDS ID, you can find it on

     Password = Last Name
*    Capitalize the first letter of your last name
*    Hyphenated last names require the hyphen and both first letters of the last    
     name to be capitalized

After logging in, you may change your Username/Password.
Tech Lunch & Learn: 15 Minute Contract
RVAR's Tech Committee continues its Lunch & Learn Series on Thursday, September 24th (12 Noon - 2PM) with a FREE class focused on creating a 15 Minute Contract:
  • Creating your personal zipFormŪ template
  • Making it easy with MLS Connect
  • Zip it along with Doc-u-sign
Bring your lunch and laptop ... RVAR will provide drinks, chips and cookies.

Click here to register. 
FORE!! -- RVAR's 2015 Golf Tournament
The 2015 RVAR Golf Tournament will be held at the Roanoke Country Club on Friday, September 11th with registration and lunch at 11:00AM and shotgun starts at Noon. The tournament is returning to the Roanoke Country Club, which is a fantastic venue for all the golfers. Plus, what better way to start your weekend!

The price is still just $60 per player / $240 per team which includes lunch, range balls, golf and a reception with loads of door prizes (must be present to win).


Put your team together and come play for $1,000 in prizes to the top two Net and Gross scoring teams, great door prizes at the end of the day and a Hole in One contest with a chance at $15,000!  Click here for details and to register.

The Speaker's Forum Presents...
The Speaker's Forum presents Thomas Gates, Roanoke County Administrator.  Mr. Gates is in his first year as the new County Administrator and we are privileged to have him come and share his thoughts and visions for Roanoke County. This will be a very informative presentation that you will not want to miss! 
The Speaker's Forum will be held on Tuesday, September 22nd at the RVAR office starting at 8:45AM with coffee, juice and pastries provided.  From 9:00 - 9:45AM we will have a brief welcome followed by Mr. Gates' 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 REALTORŪ and Affiliate members and there is no charge to attend. The last Speaker's Forum for 2015 is scheduled for November 19th.
REALTORŪ After Hours at RVAR
Join our "Tailgate Party" for REALTORŪ After Hours on Tuesday, September 29th from 5:00 until 7:00PM at the RVAR office! Support your favorite team by wearing your team's colors or jersey! Come enjoy great food, lively conversation, corn hole games, assorted beverages
and ... prizes!
Bring jars of peanut butter! The Community Service Committee will be collecting peanut butter to benefit the Community Christmas Store! The Committee Service Committee will also be holding a 50/50 drawing that evening to benefit our other charities.
 REALTORSŪ -- Bring a Business Card for a
chance at 4 Cash Door Prizes
$100 -- $50 -- $25 -- $25
Gather your REALTORŪ friends for a good time and join us at RVAR! Thanks to our fantastic 2015 Partner / Sponsors for making this event possible!  Click here to register.
2015 Affiliate/REALTORŪ Night
"Come Celebrate Country & Western Style!"
The Affiliates Committee is busy making plans for another exciting Affiliate / REALTORŪ Night again at Hidden Valley Country Club on Thursday, October 22nd! Pull on your favorite cowboy boots and dress in your favorite Country Western wear! Make plans now to attend and be sure to bring lots of business cards for a chance to win some fantastic prizes!
Tickets this year are still $15 if purchased by October 18th ($20 between October 19-22). This will get'cha all the hootin' & hollerin', a photo booth for you and your posse, delicious grub plus 2 drink tickets! Click here for all the details and to order your tickets now!
Introducing the All-New Agent Profile by realtor.comŪ (and it's free!)
The all-new agent profile page on realtor.comŪ lets you easily manage and shape your online presence. Once you claim your free Agent Profile, it will be automatically included in the realtor.comŪ Find a REALTORŪ directory, boosting your visibility and referral potential. Plus, your all-new profile will now be easier to find on Google when people are actively searching for an agent.
Your all-new agent profile can be customized with your photo, an 'about me' romance paragraph, your specializations, years in the business plus link to your personal website and more.
Claim your profile in 3 easy steps:
  • Visit: and search for yourself
  • Once you find your profile, click on "View full profile"
  • Click on "Claim my Profile" and sign into the Control Panel
(Along with a self-selected password, you will need to know your MLS and MLS identifier in order to complete the sign-up process. The MLS identifier is a combination of your MLS Office ID and your MLS User ID -- both without the rva.)
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), in close collaboration with NAR, has just launched a new online toolkit for real estate professionals as part of its "Know Before You Owe" campaign. This new website is designed to help REALTORSŪ understand the changes to the closing process, that will go into effect on
October 3, 2015, and how to explain the changes to clients. The site also includes resources that real estate professionals can provide to their clients.
Parking Lot Safety Tips
Make your safety a consistent priority -- even when you are sitting in your car in a parking lot. Add these 6 tips to your personal REALTORŪ safety plan.
RVAR is providing monthly safety tips to assist you in developing your own safety plan.
Upcoming Education
Roanoke City Hoarding Seminar and Fair Housing Seminar: The City of Roanoke is sponsoring two classes on Thursday, October 8th at the Jefferson Center. The Hoarding Seminar (9-11:30AM) will focus on the newly classified disability of Hoarding. (No CE credit for this class.)
The City's Fall Fair Housing Seminar (1:00-4:30PM) will focus on federal and state fair housing laws. (3 hours CE credit; no PL credit for this class.)
Both classes are free, though registration is required. To register for either or both classes, email with your name, the session(s) you wish to attend and your real estate license number (if applicable.)
Real Forestry for Real Estate: This day-long class, Wednesday, October 14th, (9:00AM-4:45PM at the RVAR office) is aimed at real estate professionals who list, sell or appraise rural land. A Virginia Cooperative Extension program -- a  joint program of Virginia Tech, Virginia State University and the US Department of Agriculture, this class offers 8 hours of CE/PLE/Appraiser credits. Click here for more information or to register. (Registration is handled by Virginia Tech.)
Annual Legal Update: Mark your calendar for Tuesday, October 20th, 9AM-Noon at the South Roanoke County Library. VAR Deputy General Counsel Blake Hegeman will return with the latest legal news from around the state. Specific topics will be: New Real Estate Board Regulations (2 hours) and Critical Contract Issues (1 hour). This class provides 3 hours CE (2 hours Legal Updates with Flood and 1 hour Contracts) / 2 hours PL (Current Industry). Click here to register.
Fall Classes Coming: RVAR's Education Committee has confirmed the following fall classes -- watch for more details soon:
          Fair Housing: Friday, October 16th, 9AM-Noon
          3 hours of CE or PL credit. Offered in conjunction with Moseley Dickinson  
          Academy of Real Estate.
          Ethics Training, Tuesday, November 3rd, 9AM-Noon
          3 hours of CE credit. Offered in conjunction with Moseley Dickinson
          Academy of Real Estate.
          LeRoy Houser Returns with Buyers to the Max: Thursday,
          November 5th, 9AM-Noon
          Title Insurance: Horror Stories (Cover your Buyers' Assets)
          November 18th, 10AM-Noon 
Our RVAR Family 
RVAR expresses sympathy to Betty Kingery of Mountain to Lake Realty upon the recent death of her mother.

Congratulations to Nathan Hungate of RE/MAX Valley upon his election as Vice Chair of the Blue Ridge Autism and Achievement Center's Board of Directors. 
Let RVAR know if you have news to share. 

August 27th

5 O'clock Hops in Salem   

September 7th
RVAR Office closed for Labor Day
September 11th
Golf Tournament, Roanoke Country Club
September 22nd
Speaker's Forum
September 24th
Tech Lunch & Learn
September 29th
REALTORŪ After Hours at RVAR
September 30th
Deadline for BOD Petition Candidates
October 14th
Real Forestry for Real Estate
October 20th
Annual Legal Update
October 22nd
Affiliates/REALTORŪ Night
                   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.

Bank of North Carolina Mortgage Division 

Bill Meador Insurance Agency

Colonial Mortgage Company

Consolidated Construction Services 

Laura R. Wright, Attorney at Law

Movement Mortgage, LLC 

The Bullington Law Firm

Virginia Title Center


Silver Level Partner / Sponsors


Bank of Floyd

BB&T Home Mortgage

Bug Man Exterminating, Co. Inc. 

Colonial Title and Settlement Agency, LLC 

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  


 Thank You!!  
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