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Virginia is setting the stage for a strong second half of 2011

Richmond, VA, July 21, 2011- Despite slower home sales during second quarter 2011, compared to second quarter of 2010, the housing market in Virginia may be ready to surge forward in the third and fourth quarters. Other good news is that we can see a clear increase in sales from first quarter 2011 to second quarter 2001. 

New Laws have taken affect in Virginia

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.

Virginia home sales stabilize in first quarter 2011

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.

Honor Society Application Deadline

Date: 
April 1, 2011 - 11:59pm

Attention AE’s and Leadership: VAR Honor Society Applications are due April 1st

Click the link below for the online application.

http://www.varealtor.com/sites/default/files/Honor_Society_2010_0.pdf

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.

Take part in VAR's 2011 Member Survey

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's Legislative Agenda Includes Protection of Private Property Rights

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.”

Realtor® Day on the Hill is February 9

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.

VHDA.com has a new military programs page

Got a strong military clientele? The Virginia Housing Development Authority (VHDA) has a website just for you and your clients.

The Business of Green

Date: 
October 29, 2010 - 9:00am - 1:00pm
Location: 
NVAR Fairfax Headquarters 8407 Pennell Street Fairfax, VA 22031

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.

Registration:

$39 advance or $49 onsite

 

DEVELOPING: DoD seeks spending cuts in VA

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.