Attention – Broker Owners, Managers, Associates and those who aspire to manage in the future

Registration for VAR Fall Broker Day 2016 is now open. This comprehensive program was designed for brokers especially like you. If you are seeking to improve your management skills, earn broker CE credits, network with brokers from across the state, and most importantly – learn new ways to grow your business, then you won’t want to miss this event.

Broker Day



Date & Location 
Thursday, October 20, 2016, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Four Points by Sheraton Richmond, 9901 Midlothian Turnpike, Richmond, VA 23235

Featured Speakers

Steve Murray

Steve Murray
President and Owner,
REAL Trends 

Blake Heheman

Blake Hegeman
Deputy General Counsel,
Virginia Association of REALTORS®

Industry Trends, Best Broker Practices & Brokerage Benchmarks

Ask the Expert Panel – Q&A

Mock Hearing: Informal Fact Finding

Broker Supervision the Right Way

Read full descriptions of all education sessions 

Your WorkSmart Sales Meeting Kit is here:

Enhance your next sales meeting — and make sure your agents are up-to-date — with this 10-minute meeting kit.

Fair Housing

Federal fair housing law consists of the Civil Rights Act of 1866 and Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968, otherwise known as the Fair Housing Act. As of 1988, the Act provides that no protected class can be discriminated against in the sale, rental, or financing of residential dwellings. Federal law also states that all U.S. citizens have the same rights to “inherit, purchase, sell, hold, and convey real and personal property.” The U.S. Supreme Court has interpreted the Fair Housing Act to cover private real estate transactions.

What’s included:

The kit comes complete with a presentation (including a short video and Q&A), a broker’s guide (only two pages), agent handout, and a printable poster for your bulletin board or fridge.

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New HUD Guidance Released on Criminal Background and Housing!

Julien CastroJulian Castro, the HUD Secretary, announced the release of new guidance on HUD’s interpretation of how the Fair Housing Act applies to policies that exclude people with criminal records. HUD says that private landlords who have blanket bans on renting to people with criminal records are in violation of the Fair Housing Act.


This new guidance utilizes a legal standard that was upheld by the United States Supreme Court last year that allows plaintiffs to challenge housing practices that have a discriminatory effect without having to show discriminatory intent. Federal officials say that this new guidance is intended to emphasize to landlords that blanket bans are illegal and to inform housing applicants of their rights.


Click here for the full guidance released by HUD.

National REALTOR® Broker Summit – June 9-10th Denver Colorado

2016 Broker Summit Fact SheetWhat is the REALTOR® Broker Summit? The REALTOR® Broker Summit is designed exclusively for brokers to come together and learn from keynote presenters, panels and peer leaders in the industry offering fresh insights on current conditions while looking to the future of real estate.

2016 Event Details
Date: June 9-10, 2016

Location: Denver Marriott City Center 1701 California Street Denver, CO 80202

Registration: Early bird registration rate of $149 available through April 8, rate of $179 after

How To Register: Attendees should register for both event and hotel room block at:

Attendee Limit: Up to 600 attendees; additional names placed on wait list

Programming with an overarching focus on management, the REALTOR® Broker Summit will also feature sessions on successful recruiting strategies, culture, innovative technology, economic trends and risk management.

At the Broker Summit attendees will:

  •  Hear from industry leaders, including NAR Chief Economist Dr. Lawrence Yun;
  • Gain advice on legal issues such as independent contractor classification from NAR General Counsel Katie Johnson;
  • Hear top broker panelists during RISMedia’s Power Broker Roundtable session;
  • Enjoy a high energy start to day 2 with motivational keynote speaker Mary Lou Retton;
  • Network with colleagues at sponsored cocktail reception, breakfast and snack breaks