December 14, 2016


ROANOKE VALLEY REALTOR®                          Online  


  Roanoke Valley  Associathion of REALTORS


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Member Type | Count


REALTOR@                1,172

Offices                         130

Affiliate                        233


Click here to see which RVAR members have switched firms, gone inactive, or joined recently.
Coffey Named REALTOR® of the Year
Chandler Installed as RVAR President
Eight Firms Win Distingished Service Awards
2017 Dues Reminder
RPAC Exceeds Goals for 2016
2017 RVAR & MLS Budgets
Upcoming Education
Our RVAR Family
Coffey Named REALTOR® of the Year 
Vic Coffey, Broker/Owner of RE/MAX All Stars Realty, received RVAR's REALTOR® of the Year award at RVAR's December 9th Installation and Awards Breakfast.

Coffey has been a REALTOR® for 31 years, serving in many volunteer capacities for RVAR and VAR. He served as RVAR's President in 2015 and continues to serve, chairing a VAR Committee in 2017.

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.  
Chandler Installed as RVAR President 
Kathy Chandler of MKB, REALTORS® was installed as RVAR's President on December 9th at RVAR's Installation and Awards Breakfast. Also installed were Connie Hash of MKB, REALTORS® as President-elect.
Five Directors were also installed: Bitsy Davis of Long & Foster, REALTORS®; Ashley Donahue of Wainwright & Co.; Becky Fields of BHHS Premier, REALTORS®; Jeff Fletcher of BHHS Premier, REALTORS®; and Renee Wiggins of RE/MAX All Stars. Donahue serves on the Board as a Broker representative appointed by the Broker Council. Your   2017 Board of Directors stands ready to serve you!

2016 President Donna Marie Harris recognized Ann Thompson of BHHS Premier, REALTORS® with the President's Meritorious Service Award for her years of volunteer service, most recently as Chair of RVAR's Technology Committee. Harris also recognized Vic Coffey of RE/MAX All Stars Realty and Joe Sutliff of the RVAR Staff for their extra support during her year as President.
Eight Firms Win Distingished Service Awards
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 9th 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 Points
RE/MAX All Stars
The Real Estate Group
Large Firms (36 or more agents)
Long & Foster, REALTORS®
2017 Dues Reminder 
To date, 718 members have already paid their 2017 dues (which includes dues to RVAR, VAR and NAR.) The final date to pay 2017 dues is Thursday, January 12th.

Simply go to 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. 
RPAC Exceeds Goals for 2016 
Thank you to the 422 REALTORS®, Affiliates and RVAR staff who contributed to the 2016 RPAC fundraising campaign. RVAR exceeded all of the goals set for us by VAR, raising over $39,750, including 19 Major Investors (contributions of $1,000 or more.) Click here to see those who contributed more than their fair share.
2017 RVAR and MLS Budgets: No increase in dues or fees 
The RVAR Board of Directors recently approved the 2017 budgets for RVAR and MLS, which reflect no increase in dues or fees. Summaries of the RVAR budget and MLS budget are provided.
Upcoming Education  
Preparing 1st Time Homebuyers: RVAR's Education Committee kicks off the new year with a two-part series focused on 1st time homebuyers on Wednesday, January 25th, 10AM-Noon. The panelists and topics will be:
            Doug Trexell (Long & Foster): Attracting 1st Time Homebuyers
            Christy Crouch (RE/MAX All Points): Educating 1st Time Homebuyers
                        (. . . and their parents)
            Rita Joyce (BB&T): Finding the $ for 1st Time Homebuyers
Click here to register for this FREE class. And mark your calendar for part two -- The Key to Serving 1st Time Homebuyers, taught by VHDA, on February 23rd, 1:30-3:30PM.
Code of Ethics Training: This Wednesday, January 18th (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 two years. (The change to a two-year cycle takes effect in 2017.) Click here to register.

2017 Designation Classes: RVAR's Education Committee is bringing four designation classes to the Roanoke Valley in 2017:
            GRI 506, Risk Management, April 20th
                        Instructor: Donna Austin
            GRI 508, Real Estate Law / VA Regulations, June 20th
                        Instructor: Donna Austin
            GRI 503, Business Planning, November 9th
                        Instructor: LeRoy Houser
            CRS 121, Win Win Negotiation, October 19th
                        Instructor: Mark Given
Watch this e-newsletter for further details! 
Our RVAR Family
RVAR expresses sympathy to the friends and colleagues of REALTOR® George Akers of Gwyn & Harmon, REALTORS® upon his recent death. RVAR also offers sympathy to Walt Turner of RE/MAX Lakefront upon the death of his mother and to Carol Ellis of Wainwright & Co. Lake upon the death of her father.
Let RVAR know if you have news to share.  
Upcoming Events  & Deadlines

December 23rd
RVAR Office Closed for Holiday
December 26th
RVAR Office Closed for Holiday
December 30th
RVAR Office Closes at Noon
January 2nd
RVAR Office Closed for Holiday
January 12th
Final Date to Pay 2017 Dues
January 16th
RVAR Office Closed for Holiday
January 18th
Code of Ethics Training
January 25th
Preparing 1st Time Homebuyers
Roanoke Valley Association of REALTORS®
Proudly Recognizes Our 2016 Partner / Sponsors
Platinum Level Partner / Sponsor


Diamond Level Partner / Sponsor

Lawrence Companies
Member One Federal Credit Union
Union Mortgage Group

Gold Level Partner / Sponsor

Acquisition Title & Settlement Agency, Inc
Allied Termite & Pest Control
BB&T Home Mortgage
Bill Meador Insurance Agency
Blue Eagle Credit Union
Bug Man Exterminating, Inc
Colonial Mortgage Co.
Consolidated Construction Services, Inc
First Choice Title & Settlement
Integrity Home Mortgage Corporation
Virginia Mountain Mortgage
Virginia Title Center, LLC
Virginia's All-American Movers

Silver Level Partner / Sponsor

Bank of Floyd
First Citizens Bank
HMS Home Warranty
HomeTown Mortgage
Seal-Tite Basement Waterproofing Co.
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