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Capitol Connections 2014: Episode 4

Bradley J. Boland to join Blueprint Virginia

Brad BolandVirginia Association of REALTORS® 2013 President Bradley J. Boland has been asked by the Virginia Chamber of Commerce to sit on the Business Climate and Economic Development Industry Council for Blueprint Virginia: A Business Plan for the Commonwealth.

Capitol Connections 2014: Episode 3

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.


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Hon. Maurice Jones to Address REALTORS®

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®.

Virginia finishes 2013 strong

Virginia home sales were 7.58% higher in December 2012 than in December 2013, making a strong finish for the year.  Compared to the previous three years, Virginia sales were higher in every month of 2013 except for November when sales dipped below 2012 levels. Despite a slow pace in November, quarter four sales were up 2.86% year-over-year. Year-over-year increases in sales are evidence of Virginia’s strong and consistent market recovery.

Freddie Mac dispells short-sale myths

The short sale is an important tool for helping distressed homeowners avoid foreclosure and eliminate their mortgage debt, however they can still be a bit of a mystery for borrowers. There are misconceptions and there are little-known facts.

Freddie Mac senior vice president Tracy Mooney has a detailed blog post dispelling some of the more common myths about short sales.

Among other things, she explains why “Even if you are current on your mortgage payments, you may be eligible for a short sale” and “If you meet the other eligibility requirements, you may be able to obtain a Freddie Mac short sale even though you have a second mortgage.”

VAR’s 2014 Legislative Package

Keep up with VAR's legislative efforts on Don't miss the first edition of Capitol Connections, our weekly video update on the General Assembly session featuring VAR's director of political operations, Heidi Schlicher.

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The VAR Public Policy Committee, composed of 21 volunteer REALTOR® members, works diligently throughout the year to create VAR’s annual Legislative Agenda.

VAR introduces streamlined home inspection process

After almost a year of discussions with REALTORS® and staff about home inspections and negotiations, VAR is pleased to present a new, clearer, and more efficient process.

Quick look: VAR's 2014 legislative priorities

The VAR Public Policy Committee, composed of 21 volunteer REALTOR® members, works diligently throughout the year to create VAR’s annual Legislative Agenda.

VAR CEO Terrie Suit featured in Inside Business

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.