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2014 REALTOR® Day on the Hill

Save the date: Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Join your local Realtor® association — and hundreds of Realtors® from across Virginia — for the 2014 REALTOR® Day on the Hill. It’s your chance to meet face-to-face with legislators to make sure they help keep Virginia a great place for real estate.

NAR discounts Military Relocation Professional certification

To help promote its new Military Relocation Professional certification, NAR’s REALTOR® University is offering a discount on the one-day online core course. Instead of the usual $130, it’s only $97.50 through the end of December — a 25 percent discount. (You also need to complete two hour-long webinars and pay the application fee.)

Even better, through March 16, 2014, NAR is offering a $46 discount on that MRP application fee ($149 instead of $195).


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.