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Friday, April 11, 2014

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe came to the meeting of the VAR Delegate Body in Richmond where he spoke to members from across the state.

“We’re excited to partner with Governor McAuliffe over the next four years on issues that are important to Realtors,” said VAR 2014 President Bradley J. Boland. As he had promised, the governor has not only kept his door open to Virginia Realtors, but has supported all our bills; he signed them into law this week.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

WS_elements_sidebar-banner(2)VAR is introducing a new tool for brokers that will give a boost to your next sales meeting.

It’s easy to use, it’s just the right length, it’s got smart, timely content.

Meet WorkSmart Sales Meeting Kits from VAR. Coming to you the second Monday of every month.

Each kit contains everything you need to discuss an important, timely topic with your agents: legal issues, technology, sales tips, marketing, and more.

They’re designed to be quick, relevant, and easy to use.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

In some areas — maybe in a lot of them — housing demand is there but the supply isn’t. Economics 101 tells us that means more competition, higher prices… and a need for buyers to sell themselves.

David Charron, president and CEO of Rockville, Md.-based MRIS, writes in the Washington Post that there are some clear, specific things home shoppers can do to help make sure they’re the ones the seller chooses.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

A modern skyline -- Caprica CityWhat will be different about the commercial real estate market in 25 years? CNBC has its predictions based on speaking with Peter Linneman from the Wharton School of Business “and other key players in the industry”:

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

If you’re sick, you don’t go to the “doc-a-toor.” If you’re looking to buy or sell property, you don’t go to a “Real-a-toor.” Both words have two syllables, and now Business Insider magazine has pointed out what a lot of us already knew: “Realtor” is one of the most mispronounced words.


Some of the other words that made the list are comptroller (pronounced  just like “controller”) and cache (pronounced “cash,” not “ca-shay”). Oddly missing is forte (pronounced “fort,” not “for-tay”).

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Over the weekend, your Virginia Association of REALTORS® Policy and Advocacy team received confirmation that Governor McAuliffe signed the entire Virginia Association of REALTORS® Legislative Agenda into law.  Though the specific provisions of the bills he signed will not come into effect until July 1, 2014, we are pleased that the Governor signed them, exactly as they passed the Virginia General Assembly.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Did you know that NAR produces a weekly real estate radio show called “Real Estate Today”? You can hear it live on the radio in the Harrisonburg and Richmond-Petersburg areas (and in Washington, D.C.), but it’s also available through our website.

When you go to you’ll see the button right on the home page. Click it and you’ll be able to listen to that day’s show. (You can also go directly to the RET website,

Friday, April 4, 2014

There are some really cool and interesting gadgets you can buy — right now, for cheap* — that can automate all sorts of things in your home. They’re a big step up from thermostats with timers or coffee machines that brew just before you work up. (Although those are pretty nifty.)

And when I say “automate,” you might be surprised by what I mean.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

DPOR is experiencing significant delays in processing applications for new and transferring real estate agents.

Monthly applications have been up almost 50 percent this year compared to last, and DPOR simply doesn’t have the staff to handle the increase.

The good news is that DPOR has been approved to pay for overtime — including having staff come in on Saturdays — to catch up on some of the backlog. It’s also received the go-ahead to hire three more staff, and expects to be able to add a fourth as well.

That will make a tremendous difference, but the agency still has had to cut back on phone and e-mail service to focus on processing applications.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

NAR is trying something new. In its latest Call for Action, it wants Realtors across the country to reach out to the Senate via Twitter. The issue: patent trolls.

Patent trolls are a threat to America’s economy and have increasingly become a financial and legal burden on individual REALTORs, MLSs, and our state and local REALTOR associations. Patent trolls are companies that use patents as legal weapons rather than to produce products or create new innovations. These trolls send threatening demand letters, seeking payment from small businesses like REALTORs, for using common business technologies like scanner-copiers; drop-down website menus; or even mapping features.