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VARbuzz: Commercial Realtors — this rally’s for you, too

Commercial Realtors have their own reasons for attending the ginormous Realtor Rally to Protect the American Dream (rPad), as NAR treasurer Bill Armstrong explains in an audio message.

VARbuzz: Major survey shows good news for commercial, residential sectors

The Urban Land Institute released its semi-annual Real Estate Consensus Forecast, in which it surveyed 38 leading real estate economists and analysts from “major real estate investment, advisory, and research firms and organizations” about their views on the upcoming real estate market.

And it looks like good news. Or, rather, it looks like the consensus is that we’ll be getting good news.

Over the next three years, those real estate experts expect “broad improvements for the U.S. economy, real estate capital markets, real estate fundamentals, and housing,” and “believe that most facets of the U.S. real estate economy will strengthen considerably or remain healthy through 2014.”

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Commercial Contract Writing

March 7, 2012 - 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Richmond Association of REALTORS®, 8975 Three Chopt Rd, Richmond, VA 23229, Phone: (804) 422-5000

CVRMLS Legal Counsel Michael Lafayette has written a Commercial Contract for transactions involving the resale of small to mid-sized commercial properties, such as office buildings and warehouses, retail stores or shopping centers, multi-family (less than 10 units), or other similar uses. This workshop includes a review of the new CVRMLS Commercial Contract and the CVRMLS Commercial Property Listing Agreement. 

Approved for 3 Hours Real Estate Contracts for CE; 3 Hours Elective for PL. 

Early registration ends February 29th.

For further information, contact RAR - (804) 422-5000.

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


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:

NEW: Commercial forms for Virginia REALTORS®

The Virginia Association of Realtors is pleased to announce the addition of commercial forms to its Forms Center! Through a licensing agreement with Central Virginia Regional MLS, VAR will now provide the following forms:

  • Commercial Purchase Agreement – Form 700;
  • Commercial Listing Agreement – Form 710;
  • Commercial Letter of Intent for Purchase – Form 720; and
  • Commercial Letter of Intent for Lease – Form 730.

We offer these forms as a resource that will improve basic commercial deals by providing you a template for structuring and moving forward in these transactions.

VRLTA Update Seminar with Chip Dicks

April 25, 2012 - 9:00am - 4:00pm
REALTORS® Association of Prince William

Do you know all the recent changes to the Virginia Residential Landlord and Tenant Act? If not,  this course is for you. Your instructor will be John G.