December 20, 2017 

Roanoke Valley Associathion of REALTORS  

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REALTOR®            1,208 Membership Update Logo
Offices                      131
Affiliate                    254

  Click here to see which RVAR members have switched firms, gone inactive, or joined recently.

Donna Marie Harris, of Long & Foster, REALTORS®, received RVAR's REALTOR® of the Year award at RVAR's December 8th Installation and Awards Breakfast.

Harris has been a REALTOR® since 2006, serving in many volunteer capacities for RVAR. She served as RVAR's President in 2016 and most recently chaired the Virginia REALTORS® Convention held in Roanoke this fall.

The REALTOR® of the Year award is RVAR's highest honor, recognizing a local REALTOR® who demonstrates outstanding REALTOR® spirit, business accomplishments and community involvement.  
Kelli Eagle of Park Place Realty received RVAR's REALTOR® Community Service Award at RVAR's December 8th Installation and Awards Breakfast.

Eagle was recognized for her many volunteer efforts on behalf of Happy Healthy Cooks, an organization that motivates kids to eat foods that protect their health. In addition to recognizing Eagle, RVAR made a $1,000 contribution to Happy Healthy Cooks in her honor.

The REALTOR® Community Service Award recognizes a local REALTOR® who gives of his or her time to an organization that improves the quality of life in the greater Roanoke Valley. 
Hash Installed as RVAR Presidenthash

Connie Hash of MKB, REALTORS® was installed as RVAR's President on December 8th at RVAR's Installation and Awards Breakfast. Also installed were Neil Conner of The Real Estate Group as President-elect and Walter Grewe of Long & Foster, REALTORS® as Vice President.
Four Directors were also installed: Barry Bridges of Weichert, REALTORS® Bridges & Co.; Jerry Cohen of Park Place Realty; Ashley Donahue of Wainwright & Co.; and Meg Smith of RE/MAX Valley, REALTORS®. Donahue serves on the Board as a Broker representative appointed by the Broker Council. Your 2018 Board of Directors stands ready to serve you!

2017 President Kathy Chandler recognized Donna Marie Harris of Long & Foster, REALTORS® with the President's Special Award for her support and passion for the MLS.
Six Firms Win Distinguished Service Awardssix

Each year, RVAR recognizes those firms whose agents have demonstrated exceptional commitment to the real estate profession by attending RVAR educational classes, serving on RVAR/VAR/NAR Committees, earning professional designations, contributing to RPAC and attending RVAR/VAR/NAR events. The Distinguished Service Awards were presented to the following firms at the December 8th RVAR Installation and Awards Breakfast:
Small Firms (1-15 agents)
Park Place Realty, LLC
RE/MAX Mountain to Lake Realty
Medium Firms (16-35 agents)
RE/MAX All Stars
Large Firms (36 or more agents)
Long & Foster, REALTORS®
2018 Dues Reminderdues 

To date, 730 members have already paid their 2018 dues (which includes dues to RVAR, VR and NAR.) The final date to pay 2018 dues is Friday, January 12th.

Simply go to www.RVAR.com and click on User Login (upper right hand corner). Follow the instructions to log in to access and pay your dues bill online.

Dues bills were NOT mailed to offices this year. However, any member may contact  Susan Edwards to request a dues bill via email or mail.

Should membership be terminated for non-payment of dues, payment of the annual dues plus a reinstatement fee of $150 shall be required to reinstate membership in RVAR, provided reinstatement is made within 60 days following termination. After that, application as a new member is required to restore membership in the Association.
2018 RVAR and MLS Budgets: No increase in dues or fees budget

The RVAR Board of Directors recently approved the 2018 budgets for RVAR and MLS, which reflect no increase in dues or fees. Summaries of the RVAR budge t and MLS budget are provided.
Food Drive Produces Best Results in Over a Decade food

The Roanoke Valley Association of REALTORS® wants to extend a huge THANK YOU to everyone who assisted in making our Food Drive for the Boys and Girls Club of SW Virginia the best in over a decade. We could not have done it without you and your efforts will make the holiday season much brighter for many children and their families in the Roanoke Valley.

A special Thank You goes to the Community Service Committee, led by Tessa Rider, for their efforts in collecting and the delivering of all the food.
RVAR's Family Fun Night on the Iceice  

Join us for a night of fun and fast paced hockey with the Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs on Friday, February 2nd.  

Tickets are just $10 for adults and $8 for children (under 12) and includes admission and a meal voucher to be used at the concession area.   

Order as many tickets as you would like - bring your family & friends for a fun, exciting evening at the Berglund Center!!  The game starts at 7:05PM.

These are pre-purchase only tickets and must be ordered by 3:00PM Monday, January 29th. Tickets can be picked up at the "Will Call" window on game day.

Click here for more information and the order form.

Each year, the National Association of REALTORS® gathers detailed information about buyers and sellers nationwide. How does your experience compare with the national average? Did you know that . . .
  • 34% of recent home buyers were first time buyers.
  • 89% of sellers used a real estate agent to sell their home; 88% of buyers used an agent to purchase their home.
  • 42% of buyers paid the list price or higher.

Click here for a one-page summary of NAR's profile.
Our RVAR Familyfamily


RVAR congratulates Frank Martin of Hall Associates upon being named one of 8 2017 Business Icon Industry leaders over 50 by Valley Business FRONT magazine. 

RVAR expresses sympathy to Russell Seneff of Woltz & Associates upon the loss of his mother

Let RVAR know if you have news to share. 
Upcoming EventsUpcoming 

December 22nd
December 25th
December 26th 
December 29th
January 1st
January 12th
January 15th
February 2nd 
RVAR Offices Closes at Noon
RVAR Office Closed
RVAR Office Closed 
RVAR Office Closes at Noon
RVAR Office Closed
Deadline to Pay 2018 Dues
RVAR Office Closed
Family Night at Hockey Rink

Roanoke Valley Association of REALTORS®
Proudly Recognizes Our 2017 Partner / Sponsors 
Platinum Level Partner / Sponsor 
Diamond Level Partner / Sponsor  
BB&T Home Mortgage  
The Roanoke Times  
Virginia Mountain Mortgage 

Gold Level Partner / Sponsor 
Acquisition Title & Settlement Agency, Inc.
Bill Meador Insurance Agency 
 Blue Eagle Credit Union 
Colonial Mortgage Company 
Consolidated Construction Services, Inc.  
Integrity Home Mortgage Corporation  
Southwest Virginia Moving & Storage  
Virginia Title Center, LLC  
Virginia's All-American Movers

Silver Partner / Sponsor
Bug Man Exterminating, Inc. 
Colonial Title & Settlement Agency, LLC
First American Home Buyers Protection  
First Citizens Bank
HMS National Home Warranty
HWA (Home Warranty of America)
Seal-Tite Basement Waterproofing Co.
VIA Insurance Agency, LLC 
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