FAAR Releases 2013 Year End and 4th Quarter Market Statistics Report

Connect with your clients and prospects using the latest FAAR quarterly report.  This FREE publication features graphics, commentary, and statistics from the local market that you are free to use however you would like.  The most recent report provides information a look back at 2013 and information about the fourth quarter of the year.  The report includes some impressive statistics about the increase in sales volume and the continuing decrease in days on market.  This is a great message to get out to your clients!

2013 Year End and Q4 Report for Agents-long version

2013 Year End and Q4 Report Press Release-short version

Please note that this document is currently in PDF form.  You are able to copy all of the text, but you may not be able to copy the charts and graphs.  If you would like to use any of the charts or graphs in your own work, please email Kim McClellan (kmcclellan@faarmembers.com) for the Microsoft Word version.

VA Supreme Court ruling showcases power of REALTORS across the state

The following is from VARBuzz and highlights the great work VAR did on assisting with this court case on proffers.  This really showcases the power of the REALTOR® organization!

Virginia Supreme Court sides with VAR in important proffer case

14 Jan 2014

Posted by Andrew Kantor   

VAR has received great news regarding a Virginia Supreme Court case the VAR Strategic Funding Committee supported with Legal Action Funds.

VAR’s Strategic Funding Committee administers the Legal Action and Issues Mobilization funds to address issues, conflicts, or disputes involving property or development rights, zoning and land use issues, or other actions or policies that adversely affect the business of real estate.

At the request of the Williamsburg Area Association of REALTORS® and Home Builders Association of Virginia (HBAV), VAR filed an amicus curiae (“friend of the Court”) brief in the Virginia Supreme Court for the case Board of Supervisors of James City County, et al v. Windmill Meadows, LLC, et al.

The case centered on VAR and HBAV-supported legislation that creates flexibility regarding the payment by developers of cash proffers to localities. Cash proffers are sometimes required by local governments to offset the capital facilities costs of proposed developments. These proffers can affect the costs of homes. VAR recognized that the outcome of this case would set a precedent for all local governments authorized to impose proffers. Therefore, VAR’s Strategic Funding Committee and board of directors sprang into action.

The court sided with VAR and HBAV regarding the retroactive nature of the cash proffer law. The court also awarded attorneys’ fees to several of the developers/home builders, which will hopefully check actions by counties in the future that may impair private property and development rights.

This is a huge win that validates VAR’s position and Legal Action Fund dollars. It is also an example of how your dues positively affect the outcome of critical issues in Virginia.

Click here to read the full court decision, courtesy of Court Listener.

FAAR server upgrade causes intermittent website and registration outages

FAAR is currently upgrading its servers which will resolve the website and registration problems that members have been experiencing.  Unfortunately, we have to go through some growing pains before we get to that point!  FAAR apologizes for the inconvenience and in the meantime, any members experiencing issues with registration can utilize FAAR’s new docs and fliers page to print a flier for a class or event and then either email it to Sarah Otto or fax it to 540-736-0301.  Thanks for your patience while we go through this process!

2014 Dues Must Be Paid by 12/31/13

2014 FAAR dues must be paid in full by December 31, 2013.  You may pay your dues online, mail a check that will arrive before the deadline, pay in person at the FAAR office, or place your payment in the night drop box.  If the office is closed when you attempt to pay your dues, please place the payment in the night dropbox located directly across the parking lot from the FAAR main entrance.  All payments collected from the dropbox upon FAAR’s reopening after the New Year’s holiday will be considered paid on-time.  All payments received after that time will be subject to a $275 reapplication fee.

If you attempt to pay your dues online and encounter any problems, please call the FAAR office.  If the office is closed, please leave a message in the general mailbox stating your name and contact information or send an email to Lori Hillard-Wehr, FAAR Membership Director, alerting her to the problem.  Please call or email as you encounter the problem so that we can ensure your payment is considered on-time.  Any members who cannot pay their dues because of errors with the FAAR website will NOT be charged the reapplication fee.  However, we must have a record of the issues either with a voicemail or with an email received prior to the deadline.  Calls and emails received in the days after the due date will be considered late payments and will be subject to the reapplication fee. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please call Lori Hillard-Wehr at 540-373-7711.

Docs and fliers added to FAAR website

We heard you loud and clear FAAR members!  You asked for important documents and fliers for classes and events to be posted to the website and we have delivered.  You can access docs and fliers in two places on the website:  under the header for News and Events and also under quick links as referenced in the image below.  On the docs and fliers page, you will find pdf copies of all classes and events, as well as Word documents that you can edit for community service events like the cereal drive.  The editable documents will begin in 2014. 

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Vote for the 2014 FAAR Board of Directors!

Official Ballot

Slate of Candidates- 2014 Leadership

Election September 18, 2013

Click here to VOTE today!

Those who want to vote with a paper ballot can do so by going to the Election table in the Lobby of the Expo at the September 18 Trade Show from 9 am to 1 pm. Members will also be able to vote on line at the Election table. Election results will be announced after 3 pm at the Trade Show on September 18.

Candidates for 2013 Election for the Year 2014

President               Debbie Irwin, ABR, GRI- Coldwell Banker Elite- Spotsylvania

President-Elect      Brooke Miller, ABR, GRI, CRS- Long & Foster, Inc.- Fredericksburg

Vice President       Christine Singhass, ABR- Realty World Select

Secretary               Jorge Robert, Coldwell Banker Elite- Stafford

Treasurer               Linda Fosdick, ABR, CRS, GRI- Dockside Realty, 2nd of a 2-year term

Immediate Past President   Suzanne Brady, ABR, CRB- Century 21 AdVenture

Directors- six candidates for four positions- winners are the top four vote getters. Select up to four.

Please note current Director Jane Wallace has resigned her position on the Board effective immediately which opened up another available seat.

Mark Geslock, Keller Williams Superior Realty

Paddy Osborne, Coldwell Banker Carriage House Realty

Bob Mercurio, ABR, GRI, Long & Foster, Inc.- Fredericksburg

Erin Newbill, Coldwell Banker Elite- Massaponax

Mary Beth Rich, Century 21 New Millennium – Stafford

Lauren Truchsess, Century 21 New Millennium- Fredericksburg

Joining continuing Directors- Karin Whitley, Arlene Mason