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Terrie Suit takes the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge™

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Terrie Suit takes the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge™

Terrie Suit CEO of the Virginia Association of REALTORS answered the challenge from Board Member Michael Guthrie for the #IceBucketChallenge to raise ALS awareness. She had a little help from staff who were HAPPY to “help”.  Terrie also threw out the challenge to VAR’s leadership: Brad, Deborah, Bill White, Pat, and Mary as well as incoming Vice President Claire.

Donate at least $5 to the ALS Association and help find a cure! Click here for more information:
http://www.alsa.org/donate/

New real estate laws take effect in Virginia

Today’s the day: July 1. That’s when most new laws take effect in Virginia, and this year includes several that VAR fought for to improve the real estate climate in the commonwealth (not to mention help the rights of property owners).

From important changes to the Landlord-Tenant Act to protecting you from being unjustly labeled a criminal, our Policy and Advocacy Team worked hard and scored big this year. (The biggest news, of course, was the launch of First-time Homebuyer Savings Plans.)

Click here to see what the new laws are and learn how they affect you.

First-time Homebuyer Savings Plans are here

Starting today, July 1, 2014, Virginians can create First-time Homebuyer Savings Plans, where they can put money to use for the closing costs on their (or someone else’s) first home and keep it free of Virginia taxes.

Click here to read all about FHSPs — and be sure to tell your clients!

First-time Homebuyer Savings Plans


New FICO score model could help homebuyers

As a Realtor helping clients find their next home, you know how important a FICO score can be. Most home loans are predicated on the FICO score of the buyer and the difference between a good score and one that’s not so good can result in a higher interest rate or no loan at all.

That’s why the news from Fair Isaac Corporation (FICO) on August 7, 2014 was good for both homebuyers and Realtors. See the complete story here:
http://varbuzz.com/2014-08/new-fico-score-model-could-help-homebuyers/

Real Show 2014: How do you spell success?

The 2014 Real Show — the official statewide convention and expo for Virginia Realtors — is now open for registration.

This year’s show is already shaping up to be phenomenal.

For starters, you asked and we listened: The Real Show is being held during the week, so you don’t miss any of that critical weekend client time.

We’ve streamlined our classes. Now there are three tracks: broker, risk management (“Risky Business”), and marketing (“Market Matters”). That means getting the business knowledge you want is easier than ever.

The Virginia Real Estate Awards are here

Virginia Real Estate Awards

Do you know someone who deserves some recognition? Someone who’s gone above and beyond the call?

Now’s the time to help those people shine. It’s time to nominate someone (or several someones) for the 2014 Virginia Real Estate Awards.

These recognize outstanding leadership, accomplishments, and professionalism in our industry — recipients will be recognized in a ceremony during the 2014 Real Show (and throughout the year after that).

Help us recognize the best in the business by nominating your colleagues (or even yourself).

You have until August 1, 2014 at 11:59 PM to submit any nominations. They’re being accepted for…