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About VAR

The Virginia Association of REALTORS® (VAR) is the business advocate for real estate professionals in Virginia. VAR represents nearly 30,000 REALTORS® active in all phases of real estate brokerage, management, development and appraisal. Our mission is to enhance our membership's ability to achieve business success.

Governmental Advocacy
Your voice is heard by Virginia's legislators through lobbying efforts that encourage laws that protect private property rights, limit government intrusion, and maintain an open marketplace, thus enhancing your ability to do business successfully.

Risk Management
We work to reduce your potential risk through programs like the popular Legal Hotline, legal action fund, professional standards training, continually updated standard forms, and representation of REALTORS® at the Real Estate Board and Appraiser Board.

Education and Professional Development
VAR can help you achieve your career goals. Our user-friendly modular format for the REALTOR® Institute (GRI) program allows members to study for the GRI designation in one-day classes. Our annual Legislative & Education Conference and Annual Convention offer tremendous continuing education opportunities, networking, emerging issues forums, and other benefits. Members specializing in appraisal, property management, relocation, the international arena, and commercial sales can take advantage of Specialty Groups, each providing services tailored to your specialty, including education, legislation involvement, and networking opportunities.

Communications and Information
Through communications and marketing, VAR works to inform and educate members and the general public about real estate-related issues. This includes statewide media relations, market research, compilation of home sales statistics, and member communications through Commonwealth magazine, Commonwealth Online, and more.


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