THE VIRGINIA PENINSULA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® CHARITABLE FOUNDATION DONATES $32,500 TO LOCAL HOUSING RELATED CHARITIES

The Virginia Peninsula Association of REALTORS® Charitable Foundation was started in 1994 and is dedicated to improving the quality of life of those in need by providing housing related assistance and service for the Greater Peninsula Residents. They do this through both financial and hands-on assistance to various housing related charitable organizations in our local area.

On Friday, November 10th at the Newport News Marriott at City Center the Virginia Peninsula Association of REALTORS® Charitable Foundation was pleased to donate grants totaling $32,500 to various housing related charities. The organizations on hand to receive their check were The Menchville House, a forty-six bed emergency housing facility for homeless families; Transitions Family Violence Services, whose mission is to build safe and healthy families by providing prevention and intervention services to survivors of family violence on the Virginia Peninsula; The Natasha House that houses homeless women with children and provides life-skill supportive services that will break the homeless cycle and promote self-sufficiency; and Habitat for Humanity, who builds, then sells affordable homes to families with low incomes living or working on the Peninsula. Those organizations who were unable to attend the event but who will also be receiving a contribution from the Charitable Foundation are: The Living Interfaith Network (LINK), the Realtor Relief Fund, and the Huntington Community Land Trust.

The Virginia Peninsula Association of REALTORS® Charitable Foundation is a 501©3 charitable organization managed by a volunteer board of Association volunteers. The Virginia Peninsula Association of REALTORS® is the Voice For Real Estate™ on the Virginia Peninsula. An 1100-member professional trade association representing the localities of Hampton, Newport News, Poquoson, Smithfield, York County and portions of Isle of Wight County. It is one of more than 1,700 local boards and associations that comprise the National Association of REALTORS®, the nation’s largest trade association. ######

VIRGINIA PENINSULA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® INSTALLS NEW BOARD OF DIRECTORS AND HONORS AWARD WINNERS

The Virginia Peninsula Association of REALTORS® 2018 Officers and Directors recently took office with Carl Burt of Abbitt Realty Company LLC, Hampton installed as the President of this 1200 member organization. The 11 member volunteer Board of Directors oversees the operations of the organization whose mission focuses on providing their members with the education and resources that enable them to conduct business ethically, professionally, and successfully. The Association promotes the value of using a REALTOR® and serves the communities on the Peninsula by being the leading advocate of the real estate industry, home ownership, private property rights and real property issues.

The formal installation ceremony was held at the Newport News Marriott at City Center on November 10th. Installed as directors and officers of the 2017 VPAR Board, in addition to Burt as President, were: President-Elect Carla Graves Carney of Golston Real Estate Inc., Treasurer Sandra Hood of Coldwell Banker Traditions LLC, Immediate Past President Chandra Patterson of Rose & Womble Realty Company , Directors Eugenia Jackson of Rose & Womble Realty Company, Valarie Miller of Liz Moore & Associates, Kaera Mims of Liz Moore & Associates, Lindsay Pennington of Greg Garrett Realty, Stephenie Shanks of Exit Real Estate Solutions, Peggy Todd of Liz Moore & Associates and Adam Triplett of Greg Garrett Realty. Jim Wetzel is the Association’s Chief Executive Officer.

The Virginia Peninsula Association of REALTORS® also recognized their 2017 Annual Award Winners. Affiliate of the Year, Raquel Linger of Blue Heron Title Co.; Manager of the Year, Donna Moyer of Liz Moore & Associates; Salesperson of the Year, Adam Triplett of Greg Garrett Realty; Sales Team of the Year, Teresa Cline of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Towne Realty; Code of Ethics Award, Teresa Cline of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Towne Realty and Peggy Todd of Liz Moore & Associates; REALTOR® of the Year, Regina Scott of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices.

Voice for Real Estate: Tax Reform, Flood, Teams, Trust Stamp

The House passed tax reform, and NAR now looks to the Senate bill. NAR opposes both bills because they neutralize the incentive for homeownership. The House also passed long-term reauthorization and reform of flood insurance, which NAR supports. Other segments in the video look at team legal issues, the latest home sales numbers, and a new safety web product for real estate professionals.