Pieces of Home — the 2013 Virginia Housing Market Report — is now available. This is one of the most important publications VAR produces — it’s a clear, succinct summary of the year in Virginia housing, featuring data from across the state and insightful commentary from housing and economics experts.
It’s been only two years since the housing market hit bottom, and 2013 was a pivotal year for real estate in Virginia, as Pieces of Home makes clear.
Our Get Active legislative conference may have been cut short by the weather, but the General Assembly session marches on — and with it, VAR’s legislative agenda. Check out the latest Capitol Connections video for the details on the status of our bills (along with some photos from Get Active).
If you sell a home owned by Freddie Mac, you can earn an extra $1,000 above your commission — from now (February 18) through April 15. And if you represent someone who buys one, you can earn an extra $500.
“HomeSteps” is Freddie Mac’s REO division, and the government-sponsored enterprise is offering the incentives to try to clear some of its inventory in certain states, including Virginia, according to a released statement. (They’re also available in some neighboring states, including Kentucky, North Carolina, and Tennessee.)
Due to the incoming weather, Governor McAuliffe has declared a state of emergency in Virginia.
What this means for the Get Active Legislative Advocacy Conference:
- REALTOR® Day on the Hill -- legislator visits -- are still going on as scheduled, starting at 9:30 AM. (The snow will not begin until the afternoon.)
- However, all sessions and functions after noon Wednesday through Thursday have been cancelled.
Once again: Day on the Hill will still take place, with a legislative briefing at 8:00 AM Wednesday. Boxed to-go lunches will be available to take from the Omni Hotel at Noon.
Please drive carefully -- your safety is our first priority.
Keep up with the laws that are going to affect your business with VAR's Heidi Schlicher as she gives her third update on the 2014 General Assembly session.
And for more Capitol Connections -- and to keep up with our efforts on Capitol Square -- be sure to visit RealtorsChoose.com.
Maurice Jones, Virginia’s new secretary of commerce and trade, is scheduled to speak at Get Active, VAR’s Legislative Conference on Wednesday February 12, following REALTOR® Day on the Hill.
In his new position, Jones will oversee six state agencies including the Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation (DPOR) and the Department of Housing and Community Development, making his views on housing and the real estate economy especially important for REALTORS®.