NAR has launched a Call for Action to all Realtor members nationwide. The income tax exemption on mortgage debt forgiven in a short sale or a workout for principal residences expired at the end of 2013. Without immediate action by Congress, distressed homeowners will have to pay tax on “phantom income” from forgiven debt.
Urge Congress Extend Mortgage Debt Forgiveness Tax Relief by Using the following link to respond: RESPOND TO CALL FOR ACTION HERE !
November is here, and my year as VPAR President is winding down. This has been a great year, and thank you for the opportunity to serve as your President for 2014. Some of the highlights were the large turnouts at the OSC Awards Banquet in March and at the Realtor Fest Trade Show in September, General Membership Meetings, Broker Forums, and monthly Socials at various restaurants on the Peninsula. VPAR offered numerous educational offerings including continuing education opportunities for our members and the always popular Lunch and Learn and Night Court courses. I enjoyed participating in our new member orientations, and I am happy to report that our membership number has increased. Our Peninsula Young Professionals Network hosted several classes and networking events. RPAC surpassed its fundraising goal. Thanks to all our members who supported this important effort. The Charitable Foundation hosted a successful fundraising golf tournament in the spring and has made donations to various charities in our local area throughout the year. I also congratulate our Board of Directors, committee chairs, vice chairs, and committee members who have worked hard and accomplished so much this year. Thank you all for your service and for volunteering for your Association. Thank you to all our sponsors and affiliate members for your continued support and participation. Winston Churchill said, “We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.” We could not accomplish all that we do at VPAR without the efforts made by our volunteers. I encourage all VPAR members to join committees for 2015 and get involved today.
I also want to thank the VPAR staff who have been such a wonderful resource and offered so much support to me throughout the year. Thanks to Susan Gaston, who worked hard as our Government Affairs Director, and for also serving as our Interim CEO from December to May. Cindy Anderson and Jo Daly have done a great job all year long helping coordinate our programs and keeping the office running smoothly. Jim Wetzel joined our staff as our new CEO in May. Jim has settled in quickly to his new role, and we are lucky to have him leading our team at VPAR. I share the many successes of 2014 with our leadership team, members, and staff, and this year has truly been a collaborative effort.
We have several events coming up in November that you will want to attend. The PYPN Work-group is putting on a Realtor Safety Class with Julie Greene on November 13th from 9:00 A.M. to 11:30 A.M. at VPAR. Also, Hampton 101 is being offered on November 13th from 8:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. There will be updates on community development, economic development, schools, housing, and a Public Safety Luncheon with Police Chief Terry Suit. The afternoon will include a bus tour. Call 727-8311 or visit www.Hampton.gov/Hampton101 to register. Lastly, I look forward to seeing you at the Installation & Annual Awards Banquet & Casino Night on November 22nd at 5:30 P.M. at the Marriott at City Center in Newport News. Come out for a fun evening of casino games, toasting our award winners, and installing our 2015 VPAR President Dewey Hutchins and the incoming BOD. Thanks again for a great year, and see you around VPAR.
Thursday, November 13th
Time: 9:00am – 11:30am
Cost: $15 per person
Where: VPAR, 1001 North Campus Parkway, Hampton, VA 23666
Instructor: Julie Greene, Author of DEFY the Bad Guy Powerful, Practical Self-Defense Strategies for Every Woman
Learn and Practice Effective Techniques for :
• Avoiding an attack in an empty house
• Using your cell phone to get help faster
• Breathing to achieve calm
• Developing Intuition
• De-Escalation Techniques
• Body language and tone that says “hard” target
• Killer Kicks
• Strong Strikes
• Escaping from Grabs
• Using improvised weapons
IN 2010, THERE WERE 940 NON-FATAL ASSAULTS ON REALTORS IN THE US
The spotlight is on personal safety and self-defense in the wake of the assault, kidnapping, and murder of real estate agent Beverly Carter. Google “realtor assault” to find more instances of violence against realtors showing homes or hosting open houses. This class will offer tips on how to safely prepare for your home showing and to recognize when things aren’t quite right. You will also learn strategies that will help you escape by disabling someone who is trying to hurt you.
LEARN TO BE A “HARD” TARGET FOR CRIMINALS! REGISTER TODAY !
Generously Sponsored By:
Register at members.vpar.org or call 757-599-5222
Brought to you by VPAR YPN
Hampton 101 is back!
The Neighborhood Commission has asked that we forward this to all of our REALTOR® members. City of Hampton enjoys having the Realtors come to this event to help spread the good word of Hampton.
8 am – 1 pm
CineBistro – Peninsula Town Center
To Register: www.Hampton.gov/Hampton101 or call 727-8311
Spend a day with some of the city’s top leaders . Learn valuable and exciting information about Hampton. What makes Hampton unique, livable and a great place to call home?
Hampton 101 Schedule:
City Manager Mary Bunting – “Welcome to Hampton”
- Community Development – Terry O’Neill, Director “Creating the Vision”
- Economic Development – Leonard Sledge, Director “Making Development Happen”
- Federal Facilities – Bruce Sturk, Director – “The Significant Economic Impact of Federal Facilities”
- Hampton City Schools – Dr. Linda Shifflette, Superintendent- “Every Child, Every Day, Whatever it Takes!”
- Housing & Neighborhood – Jonathan McBride, Manager”A great place to call Home”
- Public Safety Luncheon – Police Chief Terry Sult – “A Safe Place to Live”
- Exciting BUS TOUR around the City of Hampton Immediately following 101 – Space is limited so REGISTER early!
A partnership with the City of Hampton, Hampton Neighborhood Commission and Hampton City Schools