Terrie Suit CEO of the Virginia Association of REALTORS answered the challenge from Board Member Michael Guthrie for the #IceBucketChallenge to raise ALS awareness. She had a little help from staff who were HAPPY to “help”. Terrie also threw out the challenge to VAR’s leadership: Brad, Deborah, Bill White, Pat, and Mary as well as incoming Vice President Claire.
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2015 Virginia Residential Landlord Tenant Act Update
Fulfill your continuing education or post license requirements while reducing risk in your property management business. Your instructor will be Chip Dicks, Esq. President of FutureLaw, L.L.C. Offered at four locations, get up to speed on the recent changes to the Virginia Residential Landlord and Tenant Act. Click here to register.
Virginia Real Estate Awards
Do you know someone who deserves some recognition? Someone who’s gone above and beyond the call?
Now’s the time to help those people shine. It’s time to nominate someone (or several someones) for the 2014 Virginia Real Estate Awards.
These recognize outstanding leadership, accomplishments, and professionalism in our industry — recipients will be recognized in a ceremony during the 2014 Real Show (and throughout the year after that).
Help us recognize the best in the business by nominating your colleagues (or even yourself).
You have until August 1, 2014 at 11:59 PM to submit any nominations. They’re being accepted for…
Here’s a great new resource for brokers to create their own office policy manual.
It’s VAR’s new Office Policy and Procedures Manual template.
It’s a detailed Word document created by VAR’s Risk Management Committee and the Virginia Manager’s Council, and it’s been vetted by VAR’s legal team.
Governor Terry McAuliffe has appointed VAR legal consultant Jay DeBoer as director of the Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation (DPOR).
As an executive branch agency, DPOR oversees the Virginia Real Estate Board and 16 other regulatory boards, from architects and asbestos inspectors to barbers, boxers, and wastewater works operators.
This is not DeBoer’s first time at the helm of DPOR; he served as director from 2006 until 2010. Since then, while working at VAR, he’s helped thousands of Realtors across the commonwealth with a long list of real estate topics, and — thanks to that previous DPOR experience — he’s been VAR’s resident expert on anything related to the department.
Over the weekend, your Virginia Association of REALTORS® Policy and Advocacy team received confirmation that Governor McAuliffe signed the entire Virginia Association of REALTORS® Legislative Agenda into law. Though the specific provisions of the bills he signed will not come into effect until July 1, 2014, we are pleased that the Governor signed them, exactly as they passed the Virginia General Assembly.
DPOR is experiencing significant delays in processing applications for new and transferring real estate agents.
Monthly applications have been up almost 50 percent this year compared to last, and DPOR simply doesn’t have the staff to handle the increase.
The good news is that DPOR has been approved to pay for overtime — including having staff come in on Saturdays — to catch up on some of the backlog. It’s also received the go-ahead to hire three more staff, and expects to be able to add a fourth as well.
That will make a tremendous difference, but the agency still has had to cut back on phone and e-mail service to focus on processing applications.
As the first women to head Virginia’s largest trade association, VAR CEO Terrie Suit was named in Virginia Business magazine’s “On the move” section — part of its annual feature on the most influential people in the state.
The magazine listed Suit as one of the “People who are making their mark” along with others such as Tom Folliard (president and CEO of CarMax), Gracia Martore (president and CEO of Gannett Co.), John F. Reinhart (CEO and executive director of the Virginia Port Authority), and George Sherman (president of Advance Auto Parts).
The General Assembly has ended its session, and VAR had across-the-board success. Heidi explains what we accomplished this year.