November 18, 2015

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  Roanoke Valley  Associathion of REALTORS


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Member Type | Count


REALTOR®        1,153

Offices                134

Affiliate               162


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

In This Issue
2016 Dues Reminder
2015 Affiliates of the Year Announced
Installation and Awards Breakfast
Join an RVAR Committee
2015 Profile of Buyers and Sellers
Safety at the ATM
The Speaker's Forum
VAR Broker Day
Upcoming Education
Our RVAR Family
Upcoming Events & Deadlines
2016 Dues Reminder 
To date, 710 members have already paid their 2016 dues (which includes dues for RVAR, VAR and NAR.) The final date to pay 2016 dues is Tuesday, January 5th. Questions or want a dues bill emailed to you? Contact Susan Edwards at the RVAR office.
There are many ways for you to pay: (1) Pay online at RVAR's website, (2) Fax completed invoice to (540) 772-8058,  (3) Mail completed invoice to Roanoke Valley Association of REALTORS®, 4358 Starkey Road, Roanoke VA 24018, or (4) drop your payment off at the RVAR office between the hours of 8:00AM and 4:30PM (RVAR also has a drop box for after hours payments). If paying by check, please make payable to RVAR.
2015 Affiliates of the Year Announced
Patti Dickerson, Director of Marketing and Communication for Virginia Title Center, LLC, received RVAR's 2015 Affiliate Individual of the Year award. This award was presented on October 22nd at RVAR's Affiliate and REALTOR® Night.
Freedom First Credit Union was honored with RVAR's 2015 Affiliate Company of the Year award.
Both awards were given in recognition of outstanding support of RVAR, as exhibited by event attendance, sponsorships and volunteer efforts.
Installation and Awards Breakfast  
Please join us as we celebrate the successes of 2015 and install our 2016 Officers and Directors including our 2016 RVAR President, Donna Marie Harris. Our Installation & Awards Breakfast will be held on Friday, December 11th at the Sheraton Hotel Roanoke, 8:30 - 10:30AM. The cost to attend is $15 which includes breakfast. This event will include special recognition to our REALTOR® of the Year, and the Community Service and Distinguished Service Award recipients. Click here to register.
Join an RVAR Committee! 
Make a difference in 2016! Volunteering benefits not only RVAR, but also your business. You will be better informed on industry trends, expand your network and have a hand in shaping the Association's direction.
Join a Committee and let RVAR help improve your business! Both REALTORS® and Affiliate members are welcome to serve. Click here to sign up for a Committee, plus review a description of each Committee's purpose and how often it meets.
2015 Profile of Buyers and Sellers 
Each year, the National Association of REALTORS® gathers detailed information about the buying and selling experience nationwide. How do your Buyers and Sellers compare with the national average? Did you know that ... 
  • The typical homebuyer searched for 10 weeks, and viewed 10 homes before purchasing.
  • Typically homes sold for 98% of the final listing price.
  • Approximately 70% of Buyers and Sellers contacted only one agent before selecting the agent they worked with.
Click here for a one-page summary of this profile.   
Safety at the ATM  
Consider how vulnerable you are when you stop by to withdraw cash from an ATM. Check out these 8 Steps for ATM safety.

Make safety a consistent priority in all of your interactions. RVAR is providing monthly safety tips to assist you in developing your own safety plan.
The Speaker's Forum Presents...  
The Speaker's Forum presents Karen McNew, Carilion Clinic's Senior Consultant in the Marketing, Research and Communication Department.  Karen spent 17 years as a news anchor and reporter with a local TV station before joining Carilion at the first of 2015. Karen will be sharing highlights about Carilion's plans for the former Ukrops building and other plans Carilion has for growth and expansion in the Roanoke Valley. This will be a very informative presentation about how the region's largest employer has a positive impact on your business. You will not want to miss this last forum of the year! 
The Speaker's Forum will be held on Thursday, November 19th at the RVAR office starting at 8:45AM with coffee, juice and pastries provided.  From 9:00 - 9:45AM we will have a brief welcome followed by Mrs. NcNew's presentation.  There is NO CHARGE to attend this event, but seating is limited.    Click here  to register or contact the RVAR office.    
The Speaker's Forum helps to provide local, informative presentations regarding topics that affect our businesses. The Forum welcomes any REALTOR® and Affiliate members and there is no charge to attend. 
VAR Broker Day 
Brokers and Managers: Plan to attend VAR's December 18th Broker Day, 9AM to 4PM in Glen Allen, VA. Topics will include tools to improve your agents' productivity, how to manage and leverage teams, transaction management requirements plus a presentation by VAR Deputy General Counsel Blake Hegeman on the new Real Estate Board Regulations. VREB Chair Joe Funkhouser will also address attendees. Cost to attend is $125 before 12/1/15. Click here to register. 
Upcoming Education 
2016 Classes -- Give us your input: RVAR's Education Committee is already making plans for 2016 classes. Let us know what topics you would like to see covered. Plus what designation classes (e.g., ABR, CRS etc.) you would be most likely to attend next year. Just send your suggestions and comments to Laura Benjamin.
Social Media: Save the date for a return visit from Instructor Stacey Wanish with Atlantic Bay Mortgage on the topic of using social media to expand your real estate business, Wednesday, January 13th, 10AM-Noon at the RVAR Office. Class details are being finalized.  
Our RVAR Family 

RVAR expresses sympathy to Ed Hall of Hall Associates upon the recent death of his wife and to Jim Cornett and Renee Wiggins of RE/MAX All Stars upon the death of their granddaughter, Kendall Bayne.
RVAR also expresses sympathy to Erik Plyler of Watermark Realty, LLC upon the death of his wife and fellow REALTOR® Cari Plyler.   

RVAR expresses its condolences to Pat Dunne-McGreevey of Long and Foster SML upon the death of her husband and former REALTOR® John McGreevey. 

Let RVAR know if you have news to share. 

November 23rd
Deadline for RVAR Awards
November 26th & 27th
RVAR Office Closed for Holiday
December 11th
Installation & Awards Breakfast
December 24th
RVAR Office Closes at Noon
December 25th
RVAR Office Closed for Holiday
December 31st
RVAR Office Closes at Noon
January 1st
RVAR Office Closed for Holiday
January 5th
Final Date to Pay 2016 Dues
January 13th
Social Media Class
                   2015 RVAR Partner / Sponsors   


The RVAR proudly recognizes our

2015 Partner / Sponsors

for their generous support this year!


Platinum Level Partner / Sponsors


Atlantic Bay Mortgage Group

Corridor Mortgage Group 

Freedom First Federal Credit Union  

Southwest Virginia Moving & Storage

SunTrust Mortgage 

Virginia Varsity Transfer & Self Storage


Diamond Level Partner / Sponsors


Alcova Mortgage 

First Choice Title & Settlement, LLC

Integrity Home Mortgage Corporation

Performance Title & Settlement, Inc. 

Union Mortgage Group 

Wells Fargo Home Mortgage


Gold Level Partner / Sponsors


Acquisition Title & Settlement Agency, Inc.

Bank of North Carolina Mortgage Division 

Bill Meador Insurance Agency

Colonial Mortgage Company

Consolidated Construction Services 

Laura R. Wright, Attorney at Law

Movement Mortgage, LLC 

The Bullington Law Firm

Virginia Title Center


Silver Level Partner / Sponsors


Bank of Floyd

BB&T Home Mortgage

Bug Man Exterminating, Co. Inc. 

Colonial Title and Settlement Agency, LLC 

First American Home Buyers Protection Corporation 

First Citizens Bank

HMS Home Warranty

HomeTown Mortgage 

Member One Federal Credit Union

Seal-Tite Basement Waterproofing Co.

Virginia's All American Movers  


  Thank You!!   
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