October 21, 2015

ROANOKE VALLEY REALTOR®                  Online  

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REALTOR®        1,158

Offices                134

Affiliate               163


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In This Issue
2016 Board of Directors Confirmed
2016 Dues Reminder
Changes to Advertising Rules
Awards for Outstanding REALTORS®
Distinguished Service Awards
2015 Affiliate/REALTOR® Night
Join an RVAR Committee
VAR Broker Day
Supra Lockbox Tips
Safety Cheat Sheet for Your Sellers
Upcoming Education
Our RVAR Family
Upcoming Events & Deadlines
2016 Board of Directors Confirmed
The RVAR 2016 Board of Directors has been confirmed. With one petition filed, there were no contested seats, thus no election by ballot is required this fall.

Congratulations to these newly elected Officers: 2016 President-elect Kathy Chandler (MKB) and 2016 Vice President Connie Hash (MKB).

Congratulations also to the following newly elected Directors: Jerry Cohen (Park Place), Neil Conner (The Real Estate Group) and Walter Grewe (Long & Foster).

Previously elected to serve in 2016: President Donna Marie Harris (Long & Foster), Past President Vic Coffey (RE/MAX All Stars) and Directors Becky Fields (BHHS Premier), Fred Hall (BHHS Premier), Adam Lynch (Berkshire Hathaway SML) and Renee Wiggins (RE/MAX All Stars.)

Mark your calendars
for the December 11th (8:30-10:30AM) Installation and Awards Breakfast at the Sheraton Roanoke Hotel.  
2016 Dues Reminder 
2016 dues bills arrived at offices by October 1st. Anyone who pays dues by
Monday, November 2nd (includes a November 2nd postmark) can take advantage of a $50 discount. The final date to pay 2016 dues is Tuesday, January 5th. Questions or want a dues bill emailed to you? Contact  Susan Edwards at the RVAR office.
Changes to Advertising Rules
RVAR's Advertising Rules & Regulations will be revised as of November 1st, mostly to reflect new Real Estate Board Regulations which are going into effect November 1st.
  • 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 for sale or lease.)
  • Disclosure of a REALTOR®'s state(s) of licensure will continue to be required on a firm or REALTOR® website, but not in other types of online advertising.
  • The disclosures required when the firm or REALTOR® owns and/or controls a website must be clearly and legibly disclosed on the website main page. These disclosures include: REALTOR®'s name, firm's name, the city and state in which the firm's main office is located, or, if applicable, firm's branch with which REALTOR® is affiliated and state(s) of licensure.
  • The fair housing section has been updated to reflect recent changes in the Code of Ethics: In any form of advertising, requirements or discriminations based on a person's race, color, religion, national origin, sex, elderliness, handicapped status, familial status (persons with children) sexual orientation or gender identity are prohibited.
 Click here for an updated version of RVAR's Advertising Rules & Regulations.
Awards for Outstanding REALTORS® 
Monday, November 23rd is the deadline for three important RVAR awards. All three awards have the same deadline - and will be presented at the December 11th Installation and Awards Breakfast.
REALTOR® of the Year: If you can think of a fellow REALTOR® who is well respected, known for ethics and professionalism, volunteers time to RVAR and/or the community, then you should take a moment to nominate that deserving colleague for RVAR's most prestigious award. The nomination process is as simple as writing a letter to RVAR's CEO Laura Benjamin explaining whom you want to nominate and why. RVAR will contact all nominees to obtain their resumes. The winner will be selected by the past five recipients of this award. Click here to see who has already won this prestigious award.

Community Service Award: RVAR created this award in 2005 to honor one REALTOR® each year who has contributed to improving our community by volunteer service to a local program or organization (not necessarily related to housing). The nomination process is simple - just write a letter to Joe Sutliff at RVAR explaining whom you want to nominate and why. RVAR will contact all nominees to collect the necessary information. RVAR will donate $1,000 to the award recipient's charity of choice. Click here to see who has already won this award.

Longevity Award: RVAR presents this award to REALTORS® who have served the real estate industry and RVAR for 50 or more years. Just send a letter to RVAR's CEO Laura Benjamin. The previous recipients of this award are: Luke Waldrop (Waldrop Realty), Elwood Norris (Long & Foster), Dewey Robertson (Dewey Robertson Realty), A. Byron Smith (A. Byron Smith Real Estate) and Dale Poe (Poe & Cronk Real Estate Group.)
Brokers: Distinguished Service Awards 
The Distinguished Service Award is presented each year by RVAR to those firms whose agents have demonstrated exceptional commitment to the Association through Committee service and attendance at RVAR classes and events. The deadline for Brokers to submit an award application is Monday, November 23rd, for the award period November 1, 2014 through October 31, 2015. Click here for the application form. RVAR will be able to provide firm attendance/Committee service records during the award period by November 5th. Contact Laura Benjamin at RVAR with any questions about this award.
Save the Date! 
Make plans to join us as we celebrate the many successes of 2015 and install our 2016 Officers and Directors including our 2016 RVAR President, Donna Marie Harris. Our Installation & Awards breakfast will be held on Friday, December 11th at the Sheraton Hotel Roanoke from 8:30 until 10:30 AM. The cost is $15 to attend which includes breakfast. We will also be giving special recognition to our REALTOR® of the Year, and the Community Service and Distinguished Service Award recipients. More details and online registration will be available soon.
2015 Affiliate/REALTOR® Night
"Come Celebrate Country & Western Style!"
Tickets are still available for you to attend another exciting Affiliate / REALTOR® 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!
The ticket price is now $20. (You can purchase online through Noon on Thursday or at the door.)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!
The Speaker's Forum Presents...  
The Speaker's Forum presents Karen McNew, Carilion Clinic's Senior Consultant in the Marketing, Research and Communication Department.  Karen spent 17 years as a news anchor and reporter with a local TV station before joining Carilion at the first of 2015. Karen will be sharing highlights about Carilion's plans for the former Ukrops building and other plans Carilion has for growth and expansion in the Roanoke Valley. This will be a very informative presentation about how the region's largest employer has a positive impact on your business. You will not want to miss this last forum of the year! 
The Speaker's Forum will be held on Thursday, November 19th 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 Mrs. NcNew'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. 
Join an RVAR Committee! 
Make a difference in 2016! Volunteering benefits not only RVAR, but also your business. You will be better informed on industry trends, expand your network and have a hand in shaping the Association's direction.
Join a Committee and let RVAR help improve your business! Both REALTORS® and Affiliate members are welcome to serve. Click here to sign up for a Committee, plus review a description of each Committee's purpose and how often it meets.
VAR Broker Day 
Save the date for VAR's December 18th Broker Day, 9AM to 4PM in Glen Allen, VA. Topics will include tools to improve your agents' productivity, how to manage and leverage teams, transaction management requirements plus a presentation by VAR Deputy General Counsel Blake Hegeman on the new Real Estate Board Regulations. VREB Chair Joe Funkhouser will also address attendees. Cost to attend is $125 before 12/1/15. Click here to register. 
Supra Lockbox Tips 
Does your lockbox fail to open on time? There is a simple solution to what Supra calls "clock drift". The owner of the lockbox just has to release the shackle. That step automatically resets the clock in the lockbox. This step works whether you are using a Display Key or eKey.
What should I do if my lockbox doesn't work? RVAR has contracted with the following area locksmiths, who can remove a broken lockbox from a door and/or remove a key from a broken lockbox. The locksmiths will invoice RVAR for this service. Just return your broken lockbox to the RVAR office for replacement, at no charge to you.
            In the Roanoke area, Security Lock & Key
            343-7600, 3730 Franklin Rd., Roanoke
            In the Rocky Mount area, Virginia Shoe & Lock Services (ask for Kevin)
            483-5453, 143 Franklin St., Rocky Mount
            In the SML area, Bill's Lock & Key
            297-2946, 2532 Radford Church Rd., Moneta 

Safety Cheat Sheet for Your Sellers 
Make 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 for safety tips to share with your Sellers. These safety tips also provide you with a safer environment.  
Upcoming Education 
Creating Effective Ads: Photography and Copywriting Tips for Print and Online Ads: RVAR's Education Committee is partnering with The Roanoke Times to offer this hands on class, Thursday, October 28th, 10AM-Noon at the Hilton Garden Inn at South Peak. This class is FREE and includes lunch.  Click here for more information or to register.
Ethics Training: RVAR's Education Committee presents this class in conjunction with the Moseley Dickinson Academy of Real Estate, Tuesday, November 3rd, 9AM-Noon. NAR requires all REALTORS® to complete 3 hours of Code of Ethics training every four years. The current four-year cycle ends December 31, 2016. This class will not only meet NAR's requirement but will also provide 3 hours of CE credit for license renewal.  Click here to register.
Buyers to the MAX! LeRoy Houser returns with his newest course on Thursday, November 5th, 9AM-Noon. This class is taught in a "how to" format, with tips you can use immediately to make money!  Click here for more information or to register.
Title Insurance: Horror Stories (Cover your Buyers' Assets): This Wednesday, November 18th, 10AM-Noon, class will share real life 'horror stories' that illustrate why owners should obtain title insurance. You will learn about an Owner's Policy, including what types of claims are covered and why an owner should obtain a survey. Speakers are Carol Hayden, EVP of Investors Title Exchange Corp. and Jeff Reynolds, Sales Manager for Long & Foster. This class is FREE, though advance registration is appreciated.  Click here to register. 
Our RVAR Family 
RVAR expresses sympathy to Billy Kingery of Mountain to Lake Realty upon the recent death of his father; to Jane Ellen Cranwell of MKB, REALTORS® upon the death of her mother; to Doug Sawyer of Sawyer Properties upon the death of his mother; and to Scott Beveridge of MKB, REALTORS® upon the death of his father. 

Let RVAR know if you have news to share. 

October 22nd
Affiliates/REALTOR® Night
October 28th
Creating Effective Ads
November 2nd
Deadline for 2016 Dues Discount
November 3rd
Ethics Training
November 5th
Buyers to the Max with LeRoy Houser
November 18th
Title Insurance: Horror Stories 

November 19th
Speaker's Forum 

November 23rd
Deadline for RVAR Awards
November 26th & 27th
RVAR Office Closed for Holiday
December 11th
Installation & Awards Breakfast
January 5th
Final Date to Pay 2016 Dues
                   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!!  
Roanoke Valley Association of REALTORS® 
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