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Terry McAuliffe to speak at VAR’s Get Active conference

Virginia Terry McAuliffeGovernor Terry McAuliffe has confirmed that he will be a special guest speaker at Get Active — VAR’s legislative advocacy conference — from 2:30 to 3:30 on Wednesday, February 12. McAuliffe’s talk will follow REALTOR® Day on the Hill, where VAR members from across the commonwealth meet with their legislators on Capitol Square.

The Cost & Impact of Dodd-Frank

January 23, 2014 - 9:00am - 11:00am
Williamsburg Area Association of REALTORS 5000 New Point Rd. Ste 1101 Williamsburg, VA 23188 757.253.0028

The Cost and Impact of Dodd-Frank

How will REALTORS® be impacted?

WAAR Annual Convention & Expo

September 10, 2014 - 8:00am - 5:30pm
Doubletree by Hilton Williamsburg 50 Kingsmill Rd Williamsburg, VA 23185

Morning classes followed by lunch and expo.

Economic Forum with guest speakers in afternoon.

Expo and happy hour concludes the day.

Vendors, themed booths, guest speakers, prizes, education credits and more.  All classes plus economic forum will be approved for education credits.

Class times may vary, so call or email to confirm and for more information.

Flyers and registration packets will be available by July 2014.

Vendors - Vendor packet will be available by May 2014.

WIlliamsburg Area Association of REALTORS

'Tis the Season

Virginia’s typical seasonal decline has set in. November sales and prices were down and there were no changes in unemployment or interest rates to counter-act this seasonal trend. Year-over-year metrics are also down since Virginia experienced an unusual uptick in sales last November (a break from tradition as shown in graph below). Nonetheless, Virginia’s housing market is poised for full recovery and there are a number of reasons to look forward to next year. First, the U.S. Census reported increased housing starts in November, especially in the U.S. South which includes Virginia. Confident builders and a record number of starts signal that there will be more inventory in the months to come.

New Home Sales Report video

Get a terrific three-minute overview of the current Virginia housing market with the video edition of our quarterly Home Sales Report, hosted by VAR team member Director of Public Relations Stacey Ricks.

It’s a great way to see what’s happening in the state. (Brokers, it’s perfect for your next sales meeting.) And for all the details be sure to grab your free copy of the full Home Sales Report, too.

NAR President testifies on Capitol Hill

NAR President Gary Thomas testifies before Congress on October 29.

Speaking in support of the bipartisan “Housing Finance Reform and Taxpayer Protection Act of 2013” — which provides for an explicit government guarantee for the secondary mortgage market — NAR President Gary Thomas testified before the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs today.

REALTORS discuss potential of property management

Over 200 Realtors descended on Charlottesville this week for the tenth anniversary of the Property Management Coalition Conference.  The Charlottesville Daily Progress stopped in and chatted with members on Wednesday.  Check it out:


Sun Gazette informs readers of statewide market improvements via VAR

sun-gazette-logoDouble-digit increases in home sales were reported in every corridor across the commonwealth, according to figures reported Oct. 22 by the Virginia Association of Realtors (VAR). The market has been improving since bottoming out in mid-2011.

VAR’s Home Sales Report quoted by Lynchburg paper

The Lynchburg News & Advance quoted data from VAR’s quarterly Home Sales Report in its October 22 article, “Va. home sales soar; Lynchburg-Blacksburg-Roanoke leads pack“:

VAR, RAR quoted by Richmond Times-Dispatch

Both VAR and the Richmond Association of REALTORS® were featured in an October 23 Richmond Times-Dispatch story, “Housing market improves,” about central Virginia’s housing market.

“The Richmond area’s housing market posted increases in sales and prices during the third quarter, according to a report released Tuesday by the Richmond Association of Realtors,” begins the story, which featured housing statistics from both associations.

It quoted both Linda Terry, the 2013 President of the Richmond Association of REALTORS®, and Stacey Ricks, VAR’s Director of Public Relations.