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August 25, 2022

The Voice for Real Estate in

Virginia's Greater Roanoke Valley

Hello Louann,

You are receiving this online eNewsletter as a benefit of being a member of the Roanoke Valley Association of REALTORS®. 

What's in this Issue...
  • July Home Sales
  • RVAR's President Update
  • Openings on RVAR's 2023 BOD
  • RVAR's Fall Tailgate
  • Are You Using the REALTOR® Mark Correctly?
  • RVAR School Supply Drive
  • Good Neighbor Award
  • 2022 RVAR Golf Classic
  • New Supra Automated Billing System
  • Supra Single Access Coming
  • Supra Training - eKey Basics
  • Financial Wellness
  • Your Vote is Your Voice! 
  • Broken Lockbox?
  • Virginia REALTORS® Offer Free Benefits
  • VAR PMX 2022
  • Upcoming Education
  • Our RVAR Family
  • Upcoming Events
  • Our 2022 Partner/Sponsors


REALTOR®    1532

Offices             150

Affiliate            271

Roanoke Valley MLS

MLS Firms           256

MLS Members  1883

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Homes Sales for July

RVAR's President Update

Click on President Ashley Donahue's photo to watch the latest video update from RVAR's Board of Directors.

Openings on RVAR's 2023 BOD

Applications are currently being accepted for the following leadership openings for 2023: President-elect, Vice President and 4 Director positions. The application period ends on Monday, October 3rd

The qualifications for applicants are simple:

  • Applicant must have served on an RVAR Committee, Work Group etc. within the previous 10 years;
  • No Virginia Real Estate Board violation within the previous 2 years;
  • No Code of Ethics violation within the previous 2 years;
  • No more than 2 members from the same firm may serve at the same time on the BOD with the exception of the Immediate Past President.

Click here for the application form.

To date, the Credentials Committee has verified the applications filed by Jay Kilby (RE/MAX All Stars) for President-elect; Julie Kingery (Mountain to Lake Realty) for Vice President; and Todd Wampler (C21 Wampler Realty) for Director. 


The Board is a hardworking body of 12 REALTORS® who set policy for RVAR. The group meets 10 times each year to consider issues, set the direction and manage the funds of the Association. If you are interested or have any questions about the requirements and benefits of serving on the Board of Directors, please contact President Ashley Donahue or CEO Laura Benjamin.


Save the Date...

RVAR Fall Tailgate

Grab your favorite jersey and join us for the RVAR Fall Tailgate scheduled for Thursday, October 20 from 5pm-7pm. Stop by the RVAR office and enjoy great food, drink and networking with your favorite RVAR members. 

We will also be holding a Cornhole Tournament. 20 (two person) team limit with a cash grand prize.  

This is a free event and registration starts on September 1.


Are You Using the REALTOR® Mark Correctly?

For over 100 years, the REALTOR®, REALTORS®, and REALTOR® Logo trademarks (the “REALTOR® Marks”) have differentiated members of the National Association of REALTORS® (“NAR”) from non-member real estate professionals. REALTOR® has one meaning, a member of NAR, and indicates a real estate professional’s pledge to adhere to NAR’s strict Code of Ethics. The REALTOR® Marks also signify NAR members’ commitment to protecting clients, the public, and other real estate professionals, as well as to conducting business with integrity, and providing high standards of real estate services. 

Please click here to review the REALTOR® Marks manual and see if you are meeting NAR standards.

RVAR School Supply Drive

The RVAR Community Service Committee’s 2022 RVAR School Supply Drive, benefitting the Boys & Girls Club, continues through September 1.

If you would like to donate to the Boys & Girls Club please click here. The link will connect you to an Amazon wish list set up specifically for this event. Simply make your choice, pay, and your donation will be sent directly to the Boys & Girls Club.

We look forward to our members stepping up and helping the needful youth of our community!

Good Neighbor Award

Each year the RVAR, in association with its Community Service Committee, accepts applications for our Good Neighbor Award, presented to a REALTOR® and an Affiliate for their charitable work in our community. We are excited to offer these awards again for 2022!

The recipient will receive recognition for their efforts as well as $1,000 for their respective charity.

If you know someone that has made a difference in our community and you would like to nominate them for these awards, please contact Jim Sweetwood at jim@rvar.com or 540-772-0526 for more information on the nominating process. Deadline for nominations is Tuesday, November 15.  

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2022 RVAR Golf Classic

The 2022 RVAR Golf Classic returns to Roanoke Country Club on Friday, September 9th. Tournament Day will start with check-in and a box lunch at 11:00am and a shotgun start at 12 noon. Roanoke Country Club has done an outstanding job hosting our event and we're excited to return. Plus, it's a great way to start your weekend!

The price for this year's event will be $75.00 per player/$300.00 per team. The cost will include lunch, range balls, golf, a Mulligan package (including one (1) each of a Mulligan, Red Tee & Grenade Lob) and a post play reception with great prizes.

The Community Service Committee will again be holding a 50/50 raffle to assist in supporting RVAR charities, so bring some cash.

Start putting your team together today! Come and play for $1,000.00 in CASH prizes (plus some braggin' rights) to the top two Net and Gross scoring teams. We will also have a Hole In One contest for a chance to win $20,000.00!

Click here for a registration form.

 New Supra Automated Billing System

Supra implemented a new automated payment and collection system effective August 16th. Here’s what you need to know:

  • Keyholder self-serve payment and reactivation process will now be available within the eKEY app!
  • Supra will send notification of unsuccessful credit card payment; the eKEY service will be deactivated if still unpaid at 5 days after the debit date (the 13th of the month).
  • If payment is past due by 25 days or more, a $25 late fee will be required to reactivate the eKEY service.

 Supra Single Access Coming - September 14th

Supra will be rolling out an improved service – Single Access – for listing agents to provide secure, limited access for users such as contractors, inspectors, painters and out of area REALTORS®. Authorization is granted by listing agents via the eKEY app for one-time lockbox access during a designated time window (2 – 72 hours). Agents can prepare multiple properties with ease, for example, sending painters to one property and an inspector to the next. 

Detailed instructions will be available in September, once Supra rolls out Single Access. Click here to sign up for one of Supra’s webinars on Single Access: September 9, 16, 23 and 30. 

Supra Traing: eKEY Basic Training

Join one of Supra’s Live Zoom Webinars to learn how to make the most of your Supra eKEY. This training is a great introduction for new users and valuable refresher for seasoned Supra users. Learn how to use your eKEY to program lockboxes, set listing access hours, customize shackle codes, see who is showing your listings and when, plus track your lockbox inventory.

Click here to register for one of the upcoming Zoom Webinars, scheduled for September 13th and September 15th. Classes are held 11:30AM-12:30PM. Supra requires a minimum of 20 registrants.

Financial Wellness: September 2022 Investment Summit

As a REALTOR®, saving and investing are both important items to consider in your financial plan. Certain strategies can help you build wealth, outpace inflation and increase value for long-term success. Reach your financial goals by attending NAR’s Center for REALTOR® Financial Wellness September 2022 Investment Summit.

Session 1: Investing for Absolute Beginners  

Wednesday, September 7th, 2-3PM

Session 2: Investing for the Seasoned and Sophisticated

Wednesday, September 17th, 2-3PM

Session 3: Real Estate Investing for REALTORS®

Wednesday, September 21st, 2-3PM

Session 4: Introduction to Commercial Real Estate Investing

Wednesday, September 28th, 2-3PM

Click here for more information and to register. The Summit registration fee is $50, which includes access to all 4 live webinar sessions. (NAR does not sell webinars separately.) If you register, but miss a session, Zoom links will be made available after the live presentation. 

Your Vote is Your Voice! Register to Vote!

Election day is Tuesday, November 8th. Are you registered to vote? Do you have clients that might need help registering?

Every election is important. This year is no different. This year, all seats in the U.S. House of Representatives are up for election. Plus local elections for open seats on City Council and County Boards of Supervisors.

Registering to vote or updating your address is quick and easy! The deadline for registering / address changes is Monday, October 17th. Click here to check your voting information today! You can also submit for an absentee ballot from this site. You can even send the link to your clients!

The first day of in-person early voting begins Friday, September 23rd. To see who is on the ballot in your area, click here to view the list of candidates by localities. 

Remember to VOTE this election season!  

Broken Lockbox?

Ever wondered "Where do I take a broken lockbox to have my key removed?" or "Who can I call to have a broken lockbox removed from a door?" RVAR has contracted with the following area locksmiths, who will remove the key or box and invoice RVAR for the service. 

In the Roanoke area, Security Lock & Key 

  343-7600, 3736 Franklin Rd., SW, Roanoke 

In the Rocky Mount area, Virginia Shoe & Lock Services (ask for Kevin) 

  483-5435, 143 Franklin St., Rocky Mount 

In the SML area, Bill's Lock & Key 

  297-2946, 2532 Radford Church Rd., Moneta 

Return your broken lockbox to the RVAR office for a replacement lockbox, at no charge.  

Virginia REALTORS® Offer Free


All Virginia REALTOR® members have access to two key member benefits. (For new REALTORS®, these benefits will be activated for you within the first month of your membership.)  


A Tech Helpline is now available to all Virginia REALTOR® members. Simply call 1-800-276-4216 for FREE assistance with personal and professional devices, hardware and software. (Or send an email to support@techhelpline.com. ) The Helpline is available Monday - Friday 9AM - 8PM; Saturday 9AM - 5PM Eastern time. You will be asked to provide your First Name, Last Name and Email address. Click here for more information.

Complimentary access is now available for Inman Select. This FREE benefit will keep you in the know with leading edge information and resources. Simply log in at inman.com (top right corner) with your username (the email address associated with your NRDS number). Enter temporary password: welcome. That's it! Once you're in, you can change your password under Account Settings. If you need assistance, contact Inman Select directly at customerservice@inman.com or call 1-800-775-4662 and press 1 to reach Customer Service. 

VAR PMX 2022

PMX is the largest event targeted specifically to Virginia’s property managers. PMX 2022, the Virginia REALTORS® annual Property Management Conference is a can’t miss event specifically for property managers! You will learn things you need to grow and maintain a thriving property management business. Take advantage of earning CE credits with classes targeted to your needs as a property manager.

This in-person conference will be held Wednesday, October 19th – Friday, October 21st at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotels in Williamsburg. Click here to register and/or review the schedule.

Upcoming Education

Virtual GRI Classes: RVAR has partnered with Virginia REALTORS® to offer virtual GRI classes throughout 2022 Each class is offered in two half-day sessions. Below are the classes offered through the end of the year.

GRI 504 Working with Buyers

September 27th 9AM-12:30PM

September 28th 9AM-12:30PM

Instructor:   Reggie Copeland

Consumer trends have changed dramatically as new generations enter the marketplace. Students will learn the categories of active buyers, techniques for lead generation, components of the home showing process and negotiation strategies. The class will also review the mortgage process and financing options, including options for first time buyers. CE Approved = 6 hours Real Estate Related; PL Approved = 2 hours Real Estate Finance. Click here to register.

GRI 501 Agency in Virginia

October 4th 9AM-12:30PM

October 5th 9AM-12:30PM

Instructor: Larry Anderson

This course will provide a detailed guide on important issues dealing with agency. Topics include brokerage relationships, agency disclosure, confidentiality and Code of Ethics requirements. CE Approved = 3 hours Real Estate Agency; 3 hours Real Estate Related; PL Approved - 3 hours VA Agency Law. Click here to register.

GRI 503 Business Planning

November 9th 9AM-12:30PM

November 10th 9AM-12:30PM

Instructor: Jeff Wu

Do you have a well-laid plan for business success? This course covers the foundational skills for establishing a successful business. Learn how to develop your personal brand, identify your market niche and set goals for the future. PL Approved = 2 hours Current Industry Issues / Trends. Click here to register.

GRI 502 Sales Contracts

December 7th 9AM-12:30PM

December 8th 9AM-12:30PM

Instructor: Michael Guthrie

Students will receive guidance and tactical skills for writing and presenting a variety of real estate agreements, such as disclosure forms and sales contracts, including contingencies. CE Approved = 6 hours Real Estate Contracts; PL Approved = 6 hours Contract Writing. Click here to register.

Our RVAR Family


RVAR offers its condolences to the friends and colleagues of Ray Sprinkle of RE/MAX All Stars upon his recent passing.

RVAR also offers its sympathy to the family and friends of Appraiser Marc Davis of Southern Bankers Services upon his recent passing; to Donna Spradlin of SWBC Mortgage upon the death of her father; to Kathy Webber of The Real Estate Group upon the death of her father; to Valerie Spradlin of Quality Realty upon the death of her son; and to Todd Wampler of Century 21 Wampler Realty upon the death of his brother. 


Thank you to the 151 members who responded to the recent RVAR survey. Congratulations to the winners of the $100 gift cards: Sharon Harwood (Lichtenstein Rowan); Casey Johnson (RE/MAX Lakefront) and Brittany Shultz-Moore (NextHome Right Choice.) 

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Acquisition Title & Settlement Agency, Inc.


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Atlantic Bay Mortgage Group


Bill Meador Insurance Agency


Consolidated Construction Services


CrawlSpace Care


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Freedom First Federal

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Intercoastal Mortgage, LLC


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Movement Mortgage


Priority Title & Settlement, LLC


SWBC Mortgage


Union Mortgage Group


Virginia Title Center

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Virginia Varsity Transfer & Self Storage

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Wells Fargo Home Mortgage

2022 Diamond Level

Bank of the James Mortgage

Old Republic Title


Virginia Mountain Mortgage

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Carter Bank & Trust

First Bank Mortgage Services

Colonial Title & Settlement Agency, LLC 

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First Choice Title & Settlement

First Citzens Bank

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2022 Silver Level

Bailey Insurance Group  

Blue Eagle Credit Union

Cinch Homes Services/HMS  

First American Home Warranty  

OVM Financial

Seal-Tite Basement Waterproofing Co. 

Tidewater Mortgage Services. Inc.

Virginia Housing 

VIA Insurance Agency, LLC  

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