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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.

BTVAR 8-hour CE course - Approved in TN & VA

June 7, 2011 - 8:30am - 4:30pm
The Centre One Centre Drive Bristol, TN 37620

Please click on link below for detailed information and registration.



CoStar Group to buy LoopNet for $860 million

CoStar Group, a Washington D.C.-based commercial real estate research firm, is set to acquire LoopNet, a San Francisco-based commercial real estate marketing firm for $860 million. CoStar operates the largest commercial real estate marketing database, with this merger potentially boosting CoStar's subscribers to 160,000 and putting its active listings at 2 million. is the largest and most heavily trafficked commercial marketplace, with 4.8 million registered members. The deal is expected to close by the end of 2011. First quarter earnings put the combined revenue projections at approximately $321 million annually.

RI 404: The Cyber-REALTOR® - Christiansburg

September 22, 2011 - 8:00am - 5:00pm
Cosponsored with the New River Valley Association of REALTORS®, 125 Ponderosa Drive, Christiansburg, VA 24073

RI 404 - The Cyber-REALTOR® (Required): There’s a lot of technology available today. Attend this course to make sense of it all. Today’s competitive Realtors® are the ones making smart choices in relation to hardware, software, and communications tools (including Facebook, e-mail, websites, and more). This session is a great starter for those who want to join the technology elite, those who are struggling to keep up, and everyone in between.

(Approved for 7 Hours Real Estate Related CE; 7 Hours Elective PL)


Honor Society Application Deadline

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.

Please submit applications to 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:

Property Management Coalition Conference 2011

October 26, 2011 - 10:00am - October 28, 2011 - 1:00pm
Doubletree Hotel - Charlottesville 990 Hilton Heights Road Charlottesville, VA

Brought to you by CAI, IREM, NARPM, VAMA and VAR’s Property Managers Council

Property Management Coalition Conference 2011
Checking Under the Hood: the nuts and bolts of property management

Thank you for making our event successful.

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! 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.

Supreme Court of Virginia upholds NVTA property tax classifications

Certain localities within the boundaries of the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority (NVTA) have levied a special tax on certain property owners to finance needed and costly transportation improvements in Northern Virginia, like Metro to Dulles. Here's the rub: the special tax applies only to commercial property owners, and not residential property owners.