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VARbuzz: Real estate’s a good investment, but not as good as gold — so say you all

bling! “Gold gold gold gold gold gold gold.” –Dwarf mining song, Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series.i

A Gallup poll found that 34 percent of Americans consider gold the best long-term investment. Real estate and stocks came in as number 2 and 3, with men preferring real estate and women preferring stocks.

Why gold? Historical reasons.

Q1 2012 home sales report is now available

The First Quarter 2012 Virginia Home Sales Report has been released and brings good news for the Commonwealth! Several long-term trends indicate that Virginia’s housing market is continuing to stabilize.

As shown above, the pace of home sales in the first quarter of 2012 marked an improvement over both the first quarter of 2011 and 2010.

VRLTA Update

Date: 
April 25, 2012 (All day)
May 1, 2012 (All day)
May 7, 2012 (All day)
Location: 
REALTORS® Association of Prince William®, Virginia Peninsula Association of REALTORS®, Richmond Association of REALTORS®

VRLTA Update with Chip Dicks (Virginia Residential Landlord Tenant Act)

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2012 VAMA Conference

Date: 
April 12, 2012 (All day)
Location: 
Omni Richmond Hotel, 100 South 12th Street, Richmond, VA 23219

Get the competitive edge at the 2012 Virginia Apartment Managers Association (VAMA) Conference! VAMA is bringing  you the industry’s most experienced speakers with new and exciting ideas for 2012! Special rate for VAR members $239. Learn more from the VAMA event page.



 

Real Estate Specialty Areas

Many VAR members find success in the real estate industry by specializing in certain areas of the business. We call these areas "real estate specialties". VAR has several councils and alliances made up of these specializing members to ensure that these member contituencies are represented and that VAR continues to provide great services and products to these member segments. If you would like to learn more about becoming involved in these specialty areas, please contact Members@VARealtor.com.

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Get Active: VAR's Legislative Advocacy Conference

Wednesday, February 15 is REALTOR® Day on the Hill. You won't want to miss this important chance to talk directly with your legislators on issues that affect your business. Stick around for the Housing Policy Forum later in the afternoon, then make your way to the Jefferson for our can't-miss Legislative Reception.

On Wednesday, the annual Political Advocacy Luncheon with special guest speaker David Stevens, who is current CEO of the Mortgage Bankers Association and former Federal Housing Administration commissioner. Following lunch, nationally syndicated Washington Post real estate columnist Ken Harney will emcee a special housing policy forum for Virginia REALTORS. Panelists for that forum include Mr. Stevens, National Association of REALTORS’ past president Ron Phipps, and George Mason University economist and Housing Wire contributor Dr. Anthony Sanders. Then, following the panel, we’ll host our 2012 Legislative Reception at the Jefferson Hotel. 

Press play: Capitol Connections 2012

VAR’s legislative package this year comes from three main sources:

Virginia Residential Landlord Tenant Act (VRLTA) Seminar with Chip Dicks

Date: 
May 7, 2012 - 9:00am - 4:00pm
Location: 
Richmond Association of REALTORS®

VRLTA Update with Chip Dicks
Virginia Residential Landlord Tenant Act
6 hours CE/PL Credit Pending

Get up to speed on the recent changes to the Virginia Residential Landlord and Tenant Act.