February 13th: Homes for Our Troops VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY

HFOTlogo_Master_urlVirginia REALTORS® have the opportunity to volunteer onsite with Homes for Our Troops on Saturday, February 13th. Join your neighbors and fellow REALTORS® in putting the finishing touches on a home in Yorktown for Staff Sergeant Woody Slate and his family. SSG Slate was proud and eager to serve his country with the Army’s 86th Dive Detachment and lost both of his legs following service in Iraq. Volunteers will assist with minor landscaping and outdoor projects and are encouraged to bring small gardening tools and gloves. Please note, advance registration is required: https://www.hfotusa.org/attend_event.

Homes for Our Troops (HFOT) is a non-profit that builds mortgage-free homes to severely injured veterans, enabling them to focus on recovery and fulfillment. The Virginia Association of REALTORS® (VAR) is a partner of HFOT and supports projects around the state in our commitment to serving veterans and military families.

For more information about joining us this Saturday or about the VAR partnership with Homes for Our Troops, contact Jenny Wortham, VAR’s Director of Community Outreach at Jenny@VARealtor.com.

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The Voice for Real Estate: Condo Loans and IRS Forms

Week of February 8, 2016

If you received a cooperative commission or referral fee from an agent at another brokerage last year, that agent might be sending you a 1099-MISC form. Info on the forms is a top story in The Voice for Real Estate for the week of Feb. 8. Other stories look at “coming soon” listings, cap rates and other trends this year in commercial real estate, and why the effort to improve the availability of FHA insured loans for condo purchases is gaining ground.

Featured segments:

  • Eased Condo Loan Rules Clear Hurdle
  • Cap Rates and Other 2016 Commercial Trends
  • IRS 1099 Rules
  • ‘Coming Soon’ Off-MLS Listings

OSC Awards Banquet to be held on Saturday, March 5th – “A STARRY NIGHT”

the-starry-night-1889(1)SAVE THE DATE FOR THE VPAR OSC BANQUET:

Saturday, March 5th 2016 at the Newport News Marriott at City Center

Registration: $65 per person includes pre-function appetizers, duo-entrée meal with dessert.  Wine sponsored by Keller Williams Elite. 10 per table. Semi-formal or formal wear encouraged.


Below you will find the reservation link your guests can use to make online reservations.

Or, individuals may call the Marriott reservation system at 866-329-1758 and ask for the VPAR OSC Awards group block. Reservations must be made by February 5th, 2016 to guarantee group rate of $99.00.

Book your group rate for VPAR OSC Awards

 2015 Annual Outstanding Salesmanship Club Awards Banquet




 Thanks to our growing list of OSC Sponsors so far!!!



  • Atlantic Bay Mortgage Group
  • Wells Fargo Home Mortgage



  • Keller Williams Elite – Peninsula


  • The Real Estate Book


  • Wells Fargo Home Mortgage
  • Mares Exterminating


  • Navy Federal Credit Union


  • Colonial Exterminating
  • Fidelity Bank Mortgage


  • Century 21 Nachman Realty
  • REIN, inc.


  • 2-10 Home Buyers Warranty
  • Fulton Mortgage
  • Shaheen Law Firm


  •  CB Professional
  •  Old Republic Home Protection


Congratulations to our 2014 OSC Award Winners !

” And The Winners Are ” : OSC Award Program


Housing Opportunities and Market Experience Survey

The new Housing Opportunities and Market Experience (HOME) report was created to monitor consumer sentiment about the housing market. This new report covers core topics that will be tracked on a monthly basis such as views on housing as a good financial investment, whether homeownership is part of the American Dream, if now is a good time to buy or sell a home and perception of home price changes.

This HOME survey will be released on a quarterly basis. The 2016 release dates are:

  • March 15, 2016
  • June 15, 2016
  • September 14, 2016
  • December 14, 2016