The 2011 Session of the General Assembly, like every other session, produced many changes in Virginia law. Most of these will take effect on July 1. VAR’s legislative team was able to secure many changes during this year’s General Assembly session that will have a profound effect on your real estate business.
April 29, 2011 – Virginia residential home sales in the first quarter of 2011 have followed the general trend of the last several years with year-to-date sales 0.3% above last year. January and February home sales in 2011 exceed the same month the prior year (by 2.5 % and 3.5%) according to the Virginia Association of REALTORS®’ Home Sales Report.
For the complete Virginia Quarterly Home Sales Report for First Quarter 2011, please CLICK HERE.
Attention AE’s and Leadership: VAR Honor Society Applications are due April 1st
Click the link below for the online application.
Please submit applications to Awards@VARealtor.com or fax to 804-262-0497
Once we receive your Honor Society applications, you will receive a e-mail confirmation from VAR.
The Virginia Association of REALTORS® wants to serve you better. To do that, we need to know what we do that works, what we do that doesn’t, and what else we should be doing. Further, we want to know how you feel about important services and representation VAR provides that you can’t get somewhere else.
To do that, we’ve created this survey. Please help us by taking a few minutes (actually, more like 10-15 minutes!) to fill it out.
And here are the incentives:
Governor McDonnell, Lieutenant Governor Bolling, Attorney General Cuccinelli, and House and Senate Republican Leadership announce joint agenda for 2011 legislative session.
From Governor's press release:
Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli discussed individual property rights and their importance to the people of Virginia, stating, “There are legitimate reasons the government utilizes its power of eminent domain – for the construction of roads, schools, jails and utility easements,” Cuccinelli said. “However, we have to stand up for families and businesses to prevent government from using this extraordinary power when there is not a legitimate public need. A shopping mall or tourism information center is not a core public need.”
On February 9 we need you to tell your legislator...
... to stop re-taxing people -- no more recordation taxes on refis!
... not to hold you responsible if public records are wrong!
... that toxic drywall needs to be disclosed!
...to pass agency laws that protect you and your clients!
It's our best chance all year to get our message across -- and we need bodies to do it. We want to crowd their offices with Realtors® so it's crystal clear: We care about property rights, the economy, and our industry.
Got a strong military clientele? The Virginia Housing Development Authority (VHDA) has a website just for you and your clients.
Keep up on the trends that count, including the future of retro-fitting and green features for new construction. Most importantly, learn how to sell, appraise, and finance these homes.
Session topics include:
- Evolution & cost of green building
- Selling the green home & marketing yourself as a green Realtor®
- Simple green improvements for conventional homes
- Using MRIS to market green features
- Case study of NVAR's new headquarters
Pending approval of 3 hours elective CE credit.
$39 advance or $49 onsite
Virginia's economy stands to take a heavy blow if Secretary of Defense Robert Gates's proposal to cut the Pentagon's budget goes ahead as planned. And there's little recourse for the Commonwealth's political leaders who are obviously concerned about the proposed cuts: Congress doesn't need to approve them. Here's what's at stake in the Commonwealth.
President Obama is arranging a Conference on the Future of Housing Finance in August 2010, but NAR isn't waiting to represent the Realtor position to federal officials. In comments submitted to the US Treasury Department and HUD, NAR went on record to state that reforms to the secondary mortgage market, widely anticipated to be created by Congress in late 2010 or early 2011, should meet two requirements: