Meet the Candidate Series: Carla Carney – Director 2015-2016

Carla Carney - ThumbnailCarla Carney – Exit Realty
Board Member Candidate

My name is Carla Carney and I am a native of Newport News, VA. I have been assisting Buyers and Sellers throughout the Hampton Roads area. As a military veteran, I will be useful to anyone moving to or from the area. I am also VHDA & HUD Certified. I’ve served on the Professional Development, Public Policy and Realtor Fest Committee. I have my Brokers license and my VA Instructor license in which I teach the Principle of Real Estate through Moseley. I also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resource Management and an Associate Degree in Business Administration and Liberal Arts. I am very connected in the community through many works such as volunteering, donating to the homeless shelters, just to name a few.

Using the latest in valuation analysis coupled with my internet strategy, I provide the highest level of marketing to home sellers. I also assist other real estate agents in properly valuating homes for sale. I know this market and I give my personal attention to buyers who choose to work with me.

“I am very blessed to have this opportunity to do what I truly love –serving others by helping them with what many times seems like an overwhelming task in buying or selling a home. While I believe in proper marketing and leading-edge technology to do the best job I can for my clients, nothing can replace just being a good neighbor to them, and treating them how I would like to be treated. Whether it is helping you or someone you care about, it would be my honor to offer this level of service.

The Monitor – October 2014

GASTON, SUSAN COLOR 2255 (2)Virginia Peninsula Association of REALTORS®
Monthly Public Policy Report
“THE MONITOR”
OCTOBER 2014

Local Issues
Hampton
HAMPTON 101 is back! And the Association is invited to attend! Spend a day with the City’s leaders and professional staff to learn more about housing and neighborhoods, Hampton City Schools, economic development, public safety and community development as well as the City’s federal and military facilities. Scheduled for November 13th, the event will be held from 8:00 AM until 1:00 PM at Cine Bistro in Peninsula Towne Center. Have lunch with the Chief of Police and take a fun City-wide bus tour in the afternoon! Register at www.hampton.gov/hampton101 or call 757-727-8311.

 

VPAR hosted a well-attended and fog-lifting session focused on the Air Installation Compatibility Use Zone (AICUZ) in relationship to Ft. Eustis and Langley Air Force Base. Joined by VAR CEO Terrie Suit, who in her former life as a member of the House of Delegates passed AICUZ legislation, the morning was filled with accurate information regarding the history of the issue, its importance to the Peninsula’s future and the proper use of the noise disclosures. Many thanks to Terrie and to the newest member of the VAR Legal Team, Laura Farley, for being key elements in the program!

 

Newport News
VPAR members Andy Cohen, Sandra Hood and Peggy Todd, along with CEO Jim Wetzel and Legislative Consultant Susan Gaston, attended the September 30th “STATE OF THE CITY OF NEWPORT NEWS” event. Mayor McKinley Price delivered his address at the Marriott City Center on Tuesday, September 30th. On behalf of Newport News City Council, he spoke to the theme of “Newport News: Where Innovation Happens! View the event here! (This is one of three in a series of lunch programs featuring the Mayors of Hampton,Newport News and Poquoson that are sponsored by the Virginia Peninsula Chamber of Commerce. The final event will be held in Poquoson on October 30th!

 

The Comprehensive Plan Citizens Advisory Committee met on October 9th after a summer recess. Accomplishments to date were reviewed and include the completion of the Comprehensive Plan survey; presentations on trends, challenges and opportunities; compilation and presentation of the City’s statistical profile; the initiation of public outreach sessions; and the development of a website….and that’s just Phase I! Moving now into Phase II, data collection and analysis, the emphasis is on citizen involvement and input that will include focus groups and stakeholder interviews.

 

VPAR is part of that process and is the source of the first stakeholder group session. Scheduled for October 21st, the Association will host the Planning Department and members of the Committee to conduct a visioning exercise with the membership. Be sure to attend this important discussion and provide your input into the City’s future! Visit http://www.nngov.com/planning/resources/cpcac for more details on how you and your clients can weigh in on the Comp Plan review.

 

Like most localities in Hampton Roads, Newport News is working toward approval of its FEMA flood maps and floodplain development regulations. The Regulations Committee, on which VPAR is represented by Susan Gaston, and the Planning Commission have approved amendments to the Zoning Ordinance that change the base flood elevation, modify the requirements for substantial improvements and repairs and requires an elevation certificate. On November 17th, FEMA reps will be in the area to work with the Cities and receive public input. VPAR is working with the localities to be part of these discussions and has asked Newport News to visit VPAR to present the new requirements. Stay tuned.

 

REGIONAL

 

VPAR is working to help Hampton Roads Transit (HRT) improve transportation and transit systems on the Peninsula and throughout the region by soliciting feedback from the general public.

 

CONNECT Hampton Roads is a new initiative just started recently by HRT to kick start a conversation about what regional transportation options the public wants. Does the region want more buses running later, in more cities and longer into the weekends? What is the future role of light rail transit? How do bicycle paths and park and rides fit into the transportation mix? Are we imposing too much of a financial burden on cities under our current system? Hampton Roads Transit will use the comments as part of an on-going discussion to gather comments, combining them into broad categories such as bus, rail, ferry services, pedestrian pathways and transit funding. The comments will be incorporated into a planned long-range Transportation Vision Plan. Next year, the plan will be shared with the Virginia General Assembly. Housing and public transits are important elements in our quality of life, and the two are very much aligned… so, REALTOR® input is very important to this process! Give your thoughts as to how to achieve the goal of a more connected community via transportation systems by going to https://connecthamptonroads.surveyanalytics.com/.

 

STATE
THE VREB REGULATIONS ARE NOT IN EFFECT AT THIS TIME AND WILL NOT BECOME EFFECTIVE UNTIL THE GOVERNOR HAS FORMALLY APPROVED AND SIGNED THE DOCUMENT. VPAR will advise the membership upon approval and the regulations becoming effective.

 

Many local associations, including VPAR, have policies that allow affiliate members or vendors (termite inspectors, appraisers, etc.) to have access to a lockbox upon approval by the listing agent. This is to assist in facilitating the completion of many of the services required for final settlement on the property transfer. In the proposed VREB regulations, there is an addition that would prohibit a licensee from providing a lock box code to an unlicensed person for access to the property. VPAR and other local associations have expressed ongoing concern regarding this provision and its unintended consequences.  As a result of outreach by VAR and local associations, the proposed regulations will be returned to the VREB by the Governor in order to delete the prohibition. The VREB is expected to consider the amendment at its November meeting, after which the regs will be returned to the Governor for final action.

 

The VAR Public Policy Committee met on October 8th to continue discussions on legislation proposed for the 2015 General Assembly Session. VPAR member Dale Chandler, a member of the state Committee, was in attendance. Several legislative priorities will move forward, including:

 

Property/Condominium Owner Associations

  • Prohibition of fees not allowed under state code
  • Right of rescission exemption for auctioned properties to include newly constructed condos
  • Prohibition on limiting or prohibiting rental units in POAs…just to name a few

 

Storm water Management Facility to be added to Property Disclosures
Technical amendments to the Virginia Residential Landlord-Tenant Act
If any VPAR member knows of issues that require a legislative remedy, please advise your Legislative Consultant, Susan Gaston, at susan@gastongroup.com.

 

FEDERAL

Bill Amending Condo Sales Requirements Signed

 

On Sept. 26th, 2014, the President signed into law H.R 2600, a bill to amend the Interstate Land Sales Full Disclosure Act (ILSA) to clarify how the Act applies to condominiums. As amended, the ILSA will treat the sales of condominiums still under development in the same manner as condo sales in completed projects. By doing so, the bill closes the loophole that allowed buyers to use a technicality to rescind otherwise valid real estate contracts due to personal financial reasons or “buyer’s remorse.”

 

SBA Asks EPA to Withdraw Water Rule

The U.S. Small Business Administration, a federal agency responsible for protecting the interests of small businesses, has asked the Administration to withdraw a proposed rule that changes the scope of existing law without Congress’ authority and expand federal regulatory power under the Clean Water Act. In a letter to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers (Corps), the Office of Advocacy of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) raised concerns that the proposed rule “Definition of Waters of the United States under the Clean Water Act” would have “direct, significant effects” on small businesses. The SBA Office of Advocacy stated that the proposed rule was improperly certified by the EPA and Corps, and urged withdrawal of the rule.

 

Coalition Letter on FHA 203(K)

On Sept. 26, 2014, the National Association of REALTORS®, along with the National Association of Home Builders and the Mortgage Bankers Association, sent a letter to the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) in response to proposed changes to the 203(k) Rehabilitation Mortgage Insurance Program. Read the letter! Letter FHA on 203(k)

Program Property Flipping Waiver

On Friday, October 3, NAR President Steve Brown sent a letter to FHA Commissioner, Carole Galante, urging FHA to extend the property flipping waiver that allows FHA financing on single family properties that are being resold within 90 days of the previous acquisition. NAR has seen the positive effects of the waiver where property rehabilitation and resale of these homes has increased the availability of safe and affordable homes in many communities. To read the full letter to FHA on the flipping waiver, please click here.

 

Should you have questions on these or other issues, or for additional details, please contact Susan Gaston, VPAR’s Legislative Consultant, at 757-871-1445 or at susan@gastongroup.com.

Meet the Candidate Series: Carl Burt – Director 2015-2016

Carl Burt 2014 - ThumbnailCarl Burt – ABR, GREEN, SFR – Abbitt Realty Company
Board Member Candidate

My name is Carl Burt; I am a Realtor with Abbitt Realty Company, current VPAR Board Member and a candidate for the 2015-2016 VPAR’s Board of Directors. I have served VPAR in the following areas: VPAR Board of Directors, Public Policy Committee member, Awards Committee Chair and Vice Chair and member, VPAR Charitable Foundation Board member and RPAC fundraising committee. I am a retired Law and Enforcement Executive with years of administration and management experience in business and civic boards.

I have actively participated in numerous VPAR functions including all official meetings, REALTOR Day on the Hill, training, reviewed and made changes to VPAR’s Awards Committee policy, attended and participated in the Awards Banquet, met with political leaders on matters relating to our real estate profession, regularly provided input into policy discussions at the VPAR Board level and I regularly serve as an advocate for the real estate profession and home ownership in my encounters with fellow professionals or the community. I am seeking a two year term on the 2015-2016 VPAR Board of Directors.

Serving as a VPAR Board member the past two years has afforded me an opportunity to actively engage in the inner workings of the complex world of managing a Professional Realtor Association. I have a personal understanding regarding how important insightful thought; deliberation and compromise are in addressing matters on the VPAR Board. If elected to return to the VPAR Board, I will bring prior VPAR Board experience and years of executive level leadership, budget, personnel and organizational skills to the VPAR Board. I wish to serve the VPAR Board because I think my professional background and experience would be helpful to the board. If elected to return to the VPAR Board, I will work to advance the ideals of our profession, while always being open to our membership and public for input that will improve our profession. I am a consensus builder that works well with other Realtors, public and political leaders.

It is the season for football, pumpkins..and VPAR Elections !

kimi dornanHappy fall ! It is the season for football, pumpkins, and beautiful weather.

Welcome to the new format of our new website . The VPAR website has been revamped and is much more efficient for our members. You can register for classes and events, pay bills, and find many other resources to help you with your business on the VPAR site. There is also a blog which is full of timely real estate related updates and details on upcoming VPAR happenings. We are transitioning The Realtor Update to our blog section. Please give us feedback on our new look. I thank our CEO Jim Wetzel for his hard work redesigning the VPAR website. This is one of the many projects that Jim has taken on since coming to VPAR. Jim has settled in quickly in his new role and is doing a great job. Thanks to VPAR staff members Cindy Anderson and Jo Daly for all their efforts and hard work.

REALTORFest

Fall continues to be a busy time at our Association. Our annual trade show and signature event RealtorFest was held on September 23rd at its new location at the Marriott at City Center in Newport News. Congratulations to Chair Lindsay Pennington, Vice Chair Sheila Dann, Staff Liaison Jo Daly, and all of the RealtorFest Committee for a great event! Thanks also to all our sponsors and vendors.

I want to highlight a few of our upcoming events in October:

Election Week Happenings at VPAR:
Monday, October 20th
Please come out and vote at the VPAR Election on Monday, October 20th. Be a part of choosing your future leadership team. You can find information about our candidates on our blog. Many of the candidates will be stopping by your offices in the coming weeks to say hello.

SchoonersAfter you vote be sure to stop by at our October Social at Schooners from 5pm to 7pm. It is co- sponsored by the Member Relations Committee and the PYPN (Peninsula Young Professionals) .

Tuesday, October 21st
Join us the next morning at VPAR for the General Membership Breakfast at 8:30am
to hear the election results and for a great program called “We are the R! One City, One Future: VPAR and the Newport News Comprehensive Plan”. The program will be facilitated by REALTOR® Michael Carpenter, Chairman of the Comprehensive Plan Citizens Advisory Committee for Newport News, and VPAR Legislative Consultant Susan Gaston, a member of the Committee. Come share your valuable feedback and be a part of the comprehensive planning and visionary process with the City of Newport News Planning Department. Your support and feedback to the City is so valuable and demonstrates once again how VPAR reaches out to serve the communities that we all call home !

Annual Brokers Retreat

Friday, October 31st

All managing and associate brokers please mark your calendars for the VPAR Annual Broker Enhancement Retreat on Friday, October 31st from 9:30am to 2:00pm at Founders PointeFounders Pointe in Carrollton, VA. Our guest speaker Nobu Hata, Director of Digital Engagement, National Association of REALTORS® will moderate a panel discussion Serve, Attract, Retain: Best Practices on Building a Future-Proof Brokerage It promises to be a great day of training and networking for all.

I look forward to seeing many of you next week at the VAR Conference in Virginia Beach. We are lucky to have this event nearby so come out and see all that the “VAR’s Real Show” has to offer on October 8th and 9th. Have a great fall, and see you around VPAR!

Kimi Dornan, 2014 President
Virginia Peninsula Association of REALTORS®