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Capitol Connections 2014: Episode 6

Our Get Active legislative conference may have been cut short by the weather, but the General Assembly session marches on — and with it, VAR’s legislative agenda. Check out the latest Capitol Connections video for the details on the status of our bills (along with some photos from Get Active).

Freddie Mac offering up to $1,000 sales incentive

If you sell a home owned by Freddie Mac, you can earn an extra $1,000 above your commission — from now (February 18) through April 15. And if you represent someone who buys one, you can earn an extra $500.

“HomeSteps” is Freddie Mac’s REO division, and the government-sponsored enterprise is offering the incentives to try to clear some of its inventory in certain states, including Virginia, according to a released statement. (They’re also available in some neighboring states, including Kentucky, North Carolina, and Tennessee.)

Get Active cut short due to weather

Due to the incoming weather, Governor McAuliffe has declared a state of emergency in Virginia.

What this means for the Get Active Legislative Advocacy Conference:

  • REALTOR® Day on the Hill -- legislator visits -- are still going on as scheduled, starting at 9:30 AM. (The snow will not begin until the afternoon.)
  • However, all sessions and functions after noon Wednesday through Thursday have been cancelled.

Once again: Day on the Hill will still take place, with a legislative briefing at 8:00 AM Wednesday.  Boxed to-go lunches will be available to take from the Omni Hotel at Noon.

Please drive carefully -- your safety is our first priority.

It's time to Get Active

Capitol Connections 2014: Episode 5

Capitol Connections 2014: Episode 4

Bradley J. Boland to join Blueprint Virginia

Brad BolandVirginia Association of REALTORS® 2013 President Bradley J. Boland has been asked by the Virginia Chamber of Commerce to sit on the Business Climate and Economic Development Industry Council for Blueprint Virginia: A Business Plan for the Commonwealth.

Capitol Connections 2014: Episode 3

Keep up with the laws that are going to affect your business with VAR's Heidi Schlicher as she gives her third update on the 2014 General Assembly session.


And for more Capitol Connections -- and to keep up with our efforts on Capitol Square -- be sure to visit

Hon. Maurice Jones to Address REALTORS®

Maurice Jones, Virginia’s new secretary of commerce and trade, is scheduled to speak at Get Active, VAR’s Legislative Conference on Wednesday February 12, following REALTOR® Day on the Hill.

In his new position, Jones will oversee six state agencies including the Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation (DPOR) and the Department of Housing and Community Development, making his views on housing and the real estate economy especially important for REALTORS®.

Virginia finishes 2013 strong

Virginia home sales were 7.58% higher in December 2012 than in December 2013, making a strong finish for the year.  Compared to the previous three years, Virginia sales were higher in every month of 2013 except for November when sales dipped below 2012 levels. Despite a slow pace in November, quarter four sales were up 2.86% year-over-year. Year-over-year increases in sales are evidence of Virginia’s strong and consistent market recovery.