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VA Beach Commercial REALTOR® honored by NAR

Congratulations to Troy Brinkley of Impera Commercial and Land Company in Virginia Beach. Not only did Troy win the 2012 Platinum Commercial Sales & Leasing Achievement Award from the Hampton Roads REALTOR® Association, but NAR picked up on that. It added Troy to its list of National Commercial Award recipients, who were honored during the NAR Conference & Expo:



New Home Sales Report video

Get a terrific three-minute overview of the current Virginia housing market with the video edition of our quarterly Home Sales Report, hosted by VAR team member Director of Public Relations Stacey Ricks.

It’s a great way to see what’s happening in the state. (Brokers, it’s perfect for your next sales meeting.) And for all the details be sure to grab your free copy of the full Home Sales Report, too.

Brokers: Enroll in new student internship program

BLOCK_Internships_Enrollment_2013VAR is proud to announce its partnership with the Virginia Tech Program in Real Estate and the launch of a new student internship program for Virginia Tech students and Virginia REALTOR® brokerages. We are opening up the annual enrollment process now and invite brokers to sign up for this new and exciting opportunity to affect the future of the Virginia real estate industry.

VAR CEO named to McAuliffe transition committee

Sec_SuitTerrie Suit, VAR’s Chief Executive Officer, has been named to Governor-Elect Terry McAuliffe’s transition committee.

Said McAuliffe:

“The challenges we face require leaders who will put old battles aside and find common ground to move us forward together. I have no doubt that this transition committee will help me build an administration that is ready to hit the ground running on the issues that matter most to Virginia families.”

REALTOR® HQ to turn into “world-class property”

The NAR Board of Directors has voted unanimously to “turn the association’s headquarters into a world-class property that is intended to become the next destination building in the iconic Chicago skyline.” The vote allows “exploration” of the project, meaning the association can begin more detailed talks with its unnamed developer partner.

According to the association:

New fair housing protection added to Code

NAR’s board of directors has voted to add “gender identity” to the list of fair housing protections included in the Code of Ethics. This follows a 2011 change to the Code that added sexual orientation protection.

Article 10 of the NAR Code of Ethics now reads:

NAR works with Habitat for Humanity

NAR has had close ties with Habitat for Humanity for more than a decade, and this year was no exception. To kick off the REALTORS® Conference & Expo in San Francisco, extreme swimmer (and CEO of REALTOR® of Excellence) Toni Enderli of Cape Town, South Africa will swim from Alcatraz to San Francisco on Monday, Nov. 11 (8:00 a.m. EST), with the goal of raising $10,000 for Habitat For Humanity of Greater San Francisco.

Veterans Day: November 11

Monday, November 11, is Veterans Day — a date America has set aside to honor the men and women who have served our country’s military. It’s a time for all of us to take an extra moment to consider the sacrifices millions of Americans have made for the past 237 years.

From the brave Patriots who answered the call to secure our Country’s independence, to the men and women protecting our liberty and honor in the deserts of the Middle East, the mountains of Afghanistan, and around the world today, we should never forget those who have kept us free.

But it is more than the soldiers, sailors, Marines, airmen, and Coast Guardsmen we need to think about. The sacrifices of their families — husbands, wives, brothers, sisters, and children — are all too often overlooked.

Pat Kline named NVAR REALTOR® of the Year

Pat Kline, a broker with Avery Hess in Fredericksburg, was named REALTOR® of the Year by the Northern Virginia Association of REALTORS®

Kline is a former chairman of the NVAR board, and she has been a member of the association’s executive committee for the past four years.

“Pat Kline is always there for our association, her agents and clients, her colleagues and family,” said 2013 NVAR Chairman of the Board Jon Wolford. “She makes us all proud that she is a member of our NVAR family.”

Congratulations, Pat!

2013 Virginia Election Results

Last night, voters in Virginia elected a new governor, Terry McAuliffe, lieutenant governor, Ralph Northam, attorney general and House of Delegates. (As of this morning, the attorney general’s race remains too close to call.)

The Virginia Association of REALTORS® congratulates all the winners.

“Housing has and will continue to play a pivotal role in our economic recovery,” said VAR CEO Terrie Suit. “We have already begun looking for opportunities to work with everyone elected last night, Democrats and Republicans, to make sure we continue a pro-housing environment across the commonwealth.”