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An update from the Association Executive
Wildfire season is upon us in Eagle County, and our extraordinarily dry conditions are prime for fire outbreaks. It is critical for homeowners to protect their property and to be advocates for fire prevention.

A simple way for property owners to do this is participation in the REALFire ® Program, created to assist homeowners in mitigating wildfire dangers and to be prepared for fire emergency. As REALTORS ® you can help your clients and community by sharing information about REALFire ® . The VBR is hosting a Lunch & Learn on June 5 geared to help REALTORS ® understand the REALFire ® Program. Registration information is in the "Education" section of this newsletter.

The REALFire ® Program was the subject of a letter to the editor in this week's Vail Daily. Come join us for lunch on June 5, and please help us spread the word about the REALFire ® Program.

Have a great weekend!
Erica Kirk
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VBR Education
May 30:
Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy
Vail Pro Designation 
9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Instructor: Nikki Maline
2 CE Credits
$20 Investment

Prioritizing the energy efficiency features of a home represents an opportunity for Realtors® to expand their business as well as appraisers to increase their fee per home.
May 31:
Vail Valley History
Vail Pro Designation 
1:00 to 3:30 p.m.
Narrative provided by Kathy Heicher of the Eagle County Historical Society
No credit.
$20 Investment

This Vail Pro class provides a general overview of Eagle County history from Ute occupation to the development of the Vail ski resort. Eagle County Building, in the Garden classroom, followed by a tour of the Eagle County Historical Society Museum. 
Lunch & Learn: REALFire Program

June 5:
REALFire Program Overview
Vail Pro Designation 
12:00 to 2:00 p.m.
Wildfire experts will share action items to reduce wildfire hazards and the benefits of this program.
2 CE Credits
Free to attend!

This class is geared to help Realtors® understand the REALFire® program which can be shared with property owners. Wildfire experts will share action items to reduce wildfire hazards and the benefits of this program which include an in-depth, on-site assessment conducted by experienced fire professionals, a detailed mitigation report and the opportunity to earn a REALFire® certificate which may be used to enhance real estate transactions and possibly lower insurance costs. Visit !

VBR wants you know about third-party educational opportunities in the area. Please see below for registration and contact information.

May 21:
Complimentary CE class with Guaranteed Rate & Synergy Credit Services
11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Lunch included.
Learn more about credit and how it affects your clients. For more info, please call 970-926-5289 for Cris Nelson (ext 1) or Kevin Sprincz (ext 2).

June 8, 15, 22, 28:
Project Management for Non-Project Managers
12:00 to 4:00 p.m.
A four-week series that covers the foundations of leading successful projects. Open to anyone who performs project-related tasks while facing the challenges of budget and schedule constraints and competing stakeholder needs. For more info, please visit .

Vail Board of REALTORS ® Foundation
Sponsorships and teams available! Please contact Patty Sandoval for more info at or 970-766-1032
VBR Foundation's NEW scholarship is open to all within Eagle County. Deadline for applications is June 15!
New Member Orientation Mixer
The Vail Board of REALTORS ® recently welcomed several new members. Orientation was followed by a mixer at eTown with VBR staff and board members.
Become a Vail Pro Today!
Become a Vail Pro!
Get started in three easy steps

Step 1: Review the education  tracking sheet  to determine which classes you want to take.
Step 2: Review the class schedule and sign up for the classes you want to take. 

Step 3: Once you complete 80% of total classes hours (46 hours) submit your Vail Pro Designation  application.
Note: It is your responsibility to track your classes and submit the application
to become a Vail Pro. 
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Please contact  Mel McKinney   for more info on Affiliate sponsorship opportunities.
REALFire Program
FREE Wildfire property assessments are now available!

Developed by the Vail Board of REALTORS® and Eagle County, REALFire ®assists homeowners in identifying specific actions they can take to reduce wildfire hazards. 

This program provides residents with many benefits:

  • An in-depth, on-site assessment conducted by experienced fire professionals;

  • An opportunity for property owners to identify mitigation actions unique to their property;

  • A detailed follow up report with customized mitigation actions designed to measurably reduce the wildfire risk to their property;

  • An opportunity to earn a REALFire certificate acknowledging their mitigation achievements. This type of recognition can be used to enhance real estate transactions, and can be shared with local insurance providers.

Let's protect our homes from wildfire!
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