July 23, 2020 

Roanoke Valley Associathion of REALTORS  

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REALTOR®            1368 Membership Update Logo
Offices                    142
Affiliate                   319
Click here to see which RVAR members have switched firms, gone inactive, or joined recently.
Mark your calendar for the week of August 3rd! Don't worry if you are out of town that week - make up sessions will be available the following week at the RVAR office.

RVAR and Supra are working to ensure that the lockbox exchange is conducted with our members' safety and convenience in mind. Arrangements will be made to reduce the number of members gathered at any one time and to speed up the exchange process. A curbside option will be available at all facilities.

All active Supra lockbox holders (except Drop Ship orders over 40 boxes) received an email from "Traci Anderson" (Supra<Traci.Anderson@fs.utc.com>) on July 20th with a link to schedule your appointment during the first week of the exchange. Those links are included below as well.

Here are the basics:
  • Supra will conduct the lockbox exchange during the week of August 3rd:
  • August 3rd - 5th Holiday Inn Tanglewood, Roanoke 10AM-7PM. Click here to schedule an appointment at this location.
  • August 6th Westlake Golf Club, Hardy 10AM-7PM. Click here to schedule an appointment at this location.
  • If you are not available the week of August 3rd, you may exchange your lockboxes at the RVAR office during the week of August 10th 9AM-6PM
  • All members with an active Supra account will exchange their current BT iBox lockboxes on a 1 for 1 basis for new BTLE iBox lockboxes (LE stands for 'low energy'). (NOTE: Members may exchange up to the number of lockboxes assigned to them in the Supra system.)
  • You can authorize someone else to exchange your boxes for you. Click here for the Authorization form.
  • Every effort will be made to conduct the exchange in compliance with COVID-19 guidelines.
Your cooperation is needed during the exchange period. Throughout the month of August, there may be listings without lockboxes. Please contact the listing agent before showing to ensure you have access.

RVAR plans to exchange all Display Keys (for either the new Xpress Key or an eKey) have been delayed. Exchanging keys takes longer and cannot be handled curbside, thus leading to the delay. Display Keys DO OPEN the new iBox BT LE lockboxes.

iPhone users will no longer need a Fob to open the new BTLE iBox. During the month of August, keep your Fob handy for access to listings as boxes are in the process of being changed.

If you have questions or need special accommodations, contact Susan Edwards, Joe Sutliff or Laura Benjamin.
How Many Lockboxes Do I Have? many    
During the Supra lockbox exchange in August, all members with an active Supra account will exchange their current iBox BT lockboxes on a 1 for 1 basis for new iBox BT LE lockboxes. To find out how many lockboxes you have assigned to you, you can login into SupraWEB and find a list of your assigned lockboxes.  
If you are new to SupraWEB, follow these steps to set up your login username and password:
1.    Start by clicking here to set up your username and password
2.    Scroll down to "Login to SupraWEB" to establish your username and password
All users - once logged in:

*    On the Home Page, click on "Listings"
*    On the LEFT side of the screen in the "Quick Links" box, click "Keyboxes"
*    Reconcile lockboxes assigned to you by the serial number printed on the side of the lockbox
If you discover you have acquired more lockboxes than reported in Supra, please obtain a "Bill of Sale" from the owner. Once you have the "Bill of Sale", contact Susan Edwards to remotely complete the transfer of lockboxes to your account prior to the lockbox exchange dates. 
Any questions, please contact Susan Edwards at the RVAR office.     
Home Sales For the First Half of 2020 Break Records sales   
The 2,794 homes sold during the first half of 2020, with an average price of $243,949, is the highest number for the first half of any year in the history of the MLS - with the highest average price, too! The month of June broke MLS records with 714 homes placed under contract, the highest such number in any single month in any year in the history of the MLS. A link to the June home sales statistics, including a 4-year comparison, is provided on the front page of RVAR.com. The MLS releases its monthly home sales statistics around the 15th of the following month.  
NAR Member Profile--How Do You Compare?how 
NAR recently surveyed a sampling of REALTORS® nationwide to determine the characteristics of today's typical REALTOR®. Nine years of experience, 12 transaction sides in 2019, with median gross income of $49,700. The number of members who are very certain they will remain in the real estate business for the next two years is 80%.  Click here to check out how you compare. 
Is THAT Really You?!really    
If it has been a while since you last updated your professional headshot, we can help!  And you can help your REALTOR® Political Action Committee (RPAC) too!
RVAR will be providing individual, professional headshots on Wednesday, August 19th (10:00AM - 5:30PM) & Thursday, August 20th (9:00AM - 1:30PM) 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 $30 RPAC contribution (a $125 value), you will receive a digital-ready professional headshot. Team photos are welcome for an additional $30 RPAC contribution per team member in the photo.
No appointment is needed.
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.

Every effort will be made to conduct this event in compliance with COVID-19 guidelines. The photographer will wipe down touch areas after each person and will be wearing a mask.
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, this is not one of our agents!)

2020 RVAR Golf Classic classic  
The 2020 RVAR Golf Classic returns to Roanoke Country Club on Friday, September 11th. 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 a fantastic job hosting our event and we're excited to return. We are working closely with RCC to make sure you have a fun and safe day. 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.

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, sign up today!

Click here for all the details and the registration form. 
The "Economic Update" presents updates on timely topics that have an impact on you and your business.  
Tim Bradshaw, Executive Director of the Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport, will be our guest presenter. Tim will provide an update on the airport and the economic impact the airport has on the region. Tim will provide updated information on air travel during COVID-19. 
The "Economic Update" will be held on Wednesday, September 16th via ZOOM. The presentation will begin at 9:00AM with a brief welcome followed by Tim Bradshaw's presentation and include time for questions & answers.  We will conclude no later than 10:00AM.  
Click here to register or contact the RVAR office. Once you are registered, the ZOOM meeting link will be sent to you in a reminder email a few days prior to the meeting.  
The "Economic Update" has the goal of providing local, informative presentations regarding topics that affect you and your business. All REALTOR® and Affiliate members are encouraged to attend.  
NAR Provides FEMA Flood Resources nar 
REALTORS® and lenders need to be able to explain flood insurance offers and requirements to sellers, buyers and business owners. NAR has worked with the Federal Emergency Management Agency to develop a collection of resources, including webpages, fact sheets, infographics and publications. Topics include: why and how to buy flood insurance plus a REALTOR®'s guide to discussing flood insurance. Click here to review the materials, provided as part of NAR's Right Tools, Right Now initiative. 
Upcoming Educationeducation  
Through the end of the year, some RVAR classes will be offered online via Zoom, other classes will be offered in-person at the RVAR office. The capacity for in-person classes may be limited due to COVID-19 guidelines for social distancing. Masks are recommended. 
Zoom Zoom - The Virtual Class:
Whether you are attending an online class or holding a virtual meeting with your clients, learn how to use Zoom and make the most of its features. Click here to register for this FREE class, Wednesday, August 26th, 10:00-11:00AM, conducted by Kelly Soriano of Wainwright & Co., REALTORS®. This class will be offered via Zoom.
Radon in Virginia Real Estate Transactions : Radon is common in the Greater Roanoke Valley. Learn all about radon from Ryan Paris, Radiation Safety Specialist and Radon Coordinator for the VA Department of Health. This Thursday, September 17th class (10:00-Noon) will explain how to test for radon and how to mitigate the radon levels. Click here to register for this class.  This class is FREE - or pay $10 at the door for CE/PL credit.  This class will be held in-person at the RVAR office.
Code of Ethics Training: This Thursday, September 24th (1:00-4:00PM) class, taught by John Dickinson, not only provides 3 hours of CE credit for license renewal, but also meets NAR's ethics training requirement. NAR requires all REALTORS® to complete 3 hours of Code of Ethics training every three years. Click here to register. This class will be held in-person at the RVAR office.
Legal Update: This annual session will be offered via Zoom on Wednesday, October 7th,
Virginia REALTORS® General Counsel Laura Farley will share the latest legal updates. The Education Committee will be announcing the topics and related CE credit soon.
Environmental Hazards: Learn how to address common environmental hazards such as asbestos, lead paint, mold vs. mildew and buried oil tanks on residential properties. The presenters for this Wednesday, October 21st (10AM-Noon) class are ECS Limited and Top Hill Contractors. Click here to register for this FREE class.  This class will be offered via Zoom.
GRI Classes: Virginia REALTORS® is developing options for GRI classes to be offered via Zoom. Stay tuned for details.
Our RVAR Familyfamily    
RVAR offers condolences to Daniel Scott of MKB at the Lake upon the death of his mother; to Gary Flora of MKB, REALTORS® upon the death of his wife; to Donna Vaught of Virginia Mountain Mortgage upon the death of her sister.
RVAR also offers its sympathy to Maureen and David Gasink of Stratford Properties upon the death of their daughter; to Shaeen Mehmood of Wainwright & Co. upon the death of her brother; and to Lynn Hall and Ed Hall of Hall Associates upon the death of their mother and stepmother, respectively. 
Let RVAR know if you have news to share. 
Upcoming Eventsevents 
August 3rd-6th
Lockbox Exchange
August 19th-20th
RPAC Headshots
August 26th
Class:  Zoom Zoom - The Virtual Class
September 7th
RVAR Office Closed for Labor Day
September 11th
2020 RVAR Golf Classic
September 16th
Economic Update
September 17th
Class:  Radon in Virginia
September 24th
Class: Code of Ethics

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