July 25, 2019 

Roanoke Valley Associathion of REALTORS  

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REALTOR®            1346 Membership Update Logo
Offices                    134
Affiliate                   301

Click here to see which RVAR members have switched firms, gone inactive, or joined recently.
Home Sales for First Half of 2019 sales      
The 2,700 homes sold during the first half of 2019, with an average price of $223,291, is the highest number since the first half of 2006. The 543 homes sold in June represent a 6% decline over May sales. A link to the June home sales statistics, including a 4-year comparison, is provided on the front page of The MLS releases its monthly home sales statistics around the 15th of the following month.  
Take a Good Look at Yourself!pic  
Has it been a while since you last updated your professional headshot? We can help!  
RVAR will be providing individual, professional headshots on Thursday, August 22nd (12Noon - 7:00PM) & Friday, August 23rd (8:00AM - 1:00PM) to benefit the REALTOR® Political Action Committee (RPAC) and increase participation among our members. This event is an easy way to support RPAC this year!
Plan to come by the RVAR during the above times and for a $15 RPAC contribution (a $125 value), you will receive a digital-ready professional headshot. Team photos are welcome for an additional $15 RPAC contribution per team member in the photo.
No appointment is needed and there will be light snacks and beverages available throughout the event.
Professional photographer Bruce Muncy will be using a neutral / light grey backdrop for the photos. You will pick out your photo while there and he will send you the touched-up file within a few days.
Did you know that RPAC is the only political advocacy group in the United States that was organized for REALTORS®, is run by REALTORS®, and exists solely to further issues that are important to REALTORS® and protect property owners? As a REALTOR®, RPAC is your defense to protect your business and our industry.
Hope to see you then! (BTW, the photo is of RVAR's first President - W.C. Turner, 1921)
Advocacy @ Workadvocacy    
Advocacy @ Work is an article aimed at updating members on what is happening in our region regarding Economic Development and/or Governmental Affairs.
ReImagine 419 Plan Adopted by Roanoke County BOS - A new vision for the Rt. 419 corridor was passed on Tuesday, July 23rd by the Roanoke County Board of Supervisors. The ReImagine 419 plan has been in development for over 2 years. Now that the plan has been adopted by the BOS, it will be incorporated into the county's comprehensive plan. ReImagine 419 includes the corridor from the Rt. 220 interchange to the railroad overpass close to Chaparral Drive and the surrounding land and existing development along this corridor. The RVAR office is located in this corridor. 
While many of the ideas in the plan would necessitate involvement by current property owners and private developers, Roanoke County will play an important role in establishing the infrastructure and zoning requirements to make these improvements viable. Roanoke County is already making plans to improve traffic flow and access along this corridor which include:
*   Pedestrian and bike access along with vehicular improvements along 419 between   
    Ogden Road and Rt. 220. This construction should begin in 2020.
*   Make changes to the interchange at Rt. 220 and 419 to include a "diverging-diamond      interchange"
*   Seeking to make improvements to Fallowater Drive to better access land located  
     beyond the Chucky Cheese restaurant.  
This corridor is a major gateway for the area and could have a huge economic impact for the region as new development takes place. You can find out more about the plan by clicking here. I will continue to monitor progress of this plan and provide updates in the future.  
Article provided by Joe Sutliff, RVAR Director of Economic & Governmental Affairs. 
Family Fun Nightfun
The crack of the bat, the cheering fans, the smell of popcorn and roasted peanuts...What's more American than summer and baseball?!

Don't miss our next Family Fun Night with the Salem Red Sox on Thursday, August 8th!

Join us for a picnic under the Roanoke Times Pavilion then stay and cheer on your Salem Red Sox! It's also 'Bark in the Park Night' so bring your puppy pals for a barking good time!

To purchase tickets click here. We will see you at the ballpark!  
REALTOR® After Hourshours  
Join us for some Brew and Q!
Kick off your Labor Day Weekend by joining us for REALTOR® After Hours, Thursday, August 29th - 5:00 'til 7:00 at the Olde Salem Brewing Company, 21 E Main St, Salem, VA 24153
Great Food * Beverages * Networking  
Bring a business card for a chance to win! Drawings for REALTORS® ($100-$50-$25-$25) and Affiliates ($50-$25-$25)
50/50 Raffle for our Charities -Hosted by Community Service Committee

Click here to register or print out a fax-in registration form. For info contact:
2019 RVAR Golf Classic golf 

The 2019 RVAR Golf Classic returns to Roanoke Country Club on Friday, September 6th. 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!

Don't wait! We anticipate a sell out so sign up today! Click here for all the details and the registration form.
RVAR Community Service Day Projectservice 

The 2019 Community Service Committee would like you to join us as we are proud to announce our third quarter Service Day Project will be partnering with Angels of Assisi.

Keep your eyes and ears open for date and times coming soon.
Save the Date...Tuesday, October 15, 2019road  

REALTOR® & Affiliates Night
Gas up the car and come with us on.....
Hidden Valley Country Club
2500 Romar Road, Salem, VA  24153
Time:  5PM-8PM 

PMX 2019: Property Management Conferenceconf 
The Virginia REALTORS® Property Management Conference is an annual sell-out that combines continuing education classes targeted specifically for property managers as well as networking opportunities. Classes are targeted at different audiences: new property managers, seasoned property managers and brokers. This Conference will be held in downtown Harrisonburg, at the Hotel Madison & Shenandoah Valley Conference Center. Early registration rates through August 14th. Click here for more information and to register.
Upcoming Educationeducation 
Fair Housing - RVAR's Education Committee presents this class in conjunction with the Moseley Dickinson Academy of Real Estate, Thursday, August 15th, 2:00-4:00PM at the RVAR office.
          New members: This class is free - earn 2 hours PL or CE credit.
          Existing members: Pay $10 at the door for 2 hours CE credit.
Click here to register. (Can't make this class? RVAR will offer this class again on October 25th.)
Legal Update -- Join us on Thursday, September 26th, 9AM-Noon for this annual educational session at the South Roanoke County Library. The cost is $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Topics to be covered this year by Virginia REALTORS® General Counsel Laura Farley will be:
  • Real Estate Laws You Need to Know
  • Common Legal Hotline Questions & Answers
The Legal Update counts for 3 Hours Legal Updates with Flood CE; 2 Hours Broker Management; 2 Hours Current Industry Issues / Trends PL. Click here to register.
Mark your calendar for upcoming classes:
Broker CE Day, Friday, October 11th (8:30AM - 4:30PM) with instructor John Dickinson @ RVAR Office.
GRI 503 - Working with Sellers, Wednesday, October 23rd (9AM-4:30PM) with instructor LeRoy Houser.  Click here to register.
GRI 504 - Working with Buyers, Tuesday, October 29th (9AM-4:30PM) with instructor Michael Guthrie. Click here to register.
Our RVAR Family family
RVAR congratulates John Lugar of Virginia Varsity, who has been named one of two entrepreneurs of the year by Junior Achievement of Southwest Virginia   
RVAR offers condolences Kathy Bibb of MKB, REALTORS® upon the death of her mother and to Evan Endicott of The Real Estate Group upon the death of his grandfather.   

Let RVAR know if you have news to share. 
Upcoming Events Upcoming
August 8th            
Family Fun Night with Salem Red Sox
August 15th
Class: Fair Housing
August 22nd & 23rd
August 29th
REALTOR® After Hours in Salem
September 2nd
RVAR Office Closed for Holiday
September 6th
2019 RVAR Golf Classic
September 17th
Class: Safety
September 26th
Class: Legal Update

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