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.
VAR’s legislative package this year comes from three main sources:
Yes, you read that right: Nine of our property management forms — leases, addenda, disclosures, etc. — have been updated.
This is a major overhaul done in collaboration with the Northern Virginia and Richmond associations along with VAR’s Standard Forms Working Group to make these forms more user friendly, and to ensure accuracy.
If you do any work in property management you need to head to VAR’s Forms Center and get the new documents.
The forms affected are:
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 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.”
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.