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Monday, January 6, 2014

VAR CEO Terrie Suit was featured in Hampton Roads-based Inside Business magazine, where she wrote the 2014 What’s Ahead forecast for real estate. Terrie was asked, among other well regarded CEOs across the state, to discuss the outlook for a business sector — in her case, the real estate market.

Here’s a sample of what she had to say:

Realtors are optimistic by nature, but this optimism is guided by some solid market facts.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

FROM:        NAR Government Affairs
RE:              Mortgage Cancellation Tax Relief

Thursday, January 2, 2014

VT Student Internship ProgramBrokers: The deadline to enroll in the new student internship program with Virginia Tech is less than a week away. You have until Weds., January 8 to sign up for the Virginia Tech Program in Real Estate and help affect the future of the Virginia real estate industry.

Friday, December 20, 2013

Virginia’s typical seasonal decline has set in. November sales and prices were down and there were no changes in unemployment or interest rates to counter-act this seasonal trend. Year-over-year metrics are also down since Virginia experienced an unusual uptick in sales last November (a break from tradition as shown in graph below). Nonetheless, Virginia’s housing market is poised for full recovery and there are a number of reasons to look forward to next year. First, the U.S. Census reported increased housing starts in November, especially in the U.S. South which includes Virginia. Confident builders and a record number of starts signal that there will be more inventory in the months to come.

Friday, December 20, 2013

The Eastern Shore Association of REALTORS® held a Christmas luncheon in which it installed a new board of directors and officers for 2014. NAR Political Representative Shannon Burke was guest speaker and Delegate Lynwood Lewis spoke briefly as well.  VAR President-Elect Deborah A Baisden installed the new board.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

The Virginia Association of REALTORS® is pleased to announce that the Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation (DPOR) has added a licensee’s firm affiliation back to its License Lookup website this week.

Previously, VAR had worked with DPOR to speed up the process by which REALTORS® could have their licenses transferred when going to work for a new broker.

One consequence of this was that DPOR had to remove the “Firm” field from its License Lookup website, because the agency was concerned that the information in that field may not be up to date during the transfer.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

VAR 2014 President Brad Boland was featured in this week’s “In the Spotlight” from the Washington Business Journal, which interviews business leaders from the D.C. metro area.

Here are a few of the things Brad shared — but click here to read the whole interview:

Friday, December 13, 2013

Save the date: Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Join your local Realtor® association — and hundreds of Realtors® from across Virginia — for the 2014 REALTOR® Day on the Hill. It’s your chance to meet face-to-face with legislators to make sure they help keep Virginia a great place for real estate.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

The Richmond Association of REALTORS® held its annual Legislative Dinner – an appreciation reception for both RAR’s RPAC investors and the elected officials they support (and who support them) — on December 5 at the Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens in Richmond. Check out some photos by VAR team member Kathy Diradour: