Congresswoman Elaine Luria Joins Virtual Town Hall with Local Realtors

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 24, 2020

 

Congresswoman Elaine Luria Joins Virtual Town Hall with Local Realtors

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA – Today, Congresswoman Elaine Luria joined members from the Hampton Roads REALTORS Association (HRRA), the Williamsburg Area Association of REALTORS (WAAR), and the Virginia Peninsula Association of REALTORS (VPAR) for a virtual town hall to discuss the housing challenges facing Coastal Virginians.

“I am grateful for our local realtors for taking the time to speak with me today about initiatives that would help their businesses, homeowners, and the district at large,” said Congresswoman Luria. “Expanding access to affordable housing and addressing recurrent flooding is critical to our community, and I will remain an advocate for these core quality of life issues in Congress.”

“On behalf of the Virginia Peninsula Association of REALTORS®, I am pleased that our organization can be part of this Virtual Town Hall with Congresswoman Luria,” said Lindsay Pennington, 2020 VPAR President. “REALTORS® are active in our community and as an industry, we are engaged in so many quality of life issues and with so many people, on a daily basis. We see every day that housing is the foundation of a community’s wealth and health, and we work hard to ensure that the American Dream is available to all people. Allowing our organizations to be part of this outreach with Congresswoman Luria assures that she is aware of all of our issues, from pandemic-related matters to housing affordability, health care, flooding and flood insurance, the economy, safe neighborhoods and communities and many others.”

Congresswoman Elaine Luria represents Virginia’s 2nd Congressional District. She serves on the House Armed Services Committee, where she is the Vice Chair of the Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee, and the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, where she serves as Chair of the Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs Subcommittee.

Important Notice – REALTOR® Safety

Fellow Virginia Real Estate Broker,

 

By now you may have heard about the tragic attack on REALTOR® Lenora Farrington this past Saturday at an Open House near Smith Mountain Lake. Ms. Farrington was viciously attacked by a stranger who entered the house. She was able to call 911, was rushed to the hospital, and is currently receiving intensive care treatment.  This horrific act is a reminder of the vulnerable position REALTORS® are in serving the needs of their clients.

 

I strongly encourage you to review the safety policies of your company and communicate these with the members of your firm. The National Association of REALTORS® has provided many resources through the REALTOR® Safety Program.

 

In fact, there is a REALTOR® Safety webinar being offered today at 2:00 EST. You can register by clicking this link.

 

While we may not be able to prevent all dangerous situations, as brokers, we need to keep the safety of our licensees a top priority through our company policies and continuous education.

 

Our thoughts and prayers are with Ms. Farrington for strength as she works through the healing process. A GoFundMe page has been organized by a friend of hers to help support her through this time. You may make a contribution here.

 

We are facing many challenges during this time, and the safety of our members is always the top priority. I wish you and your firm all the best.

 

Learn more about REALTOR® safety here.

 

Sincerely,

Kemper Funkhouser

Virginia REALTORS® 2020 President

Join NAR on June 23, 1 p.m. CT for a free REALTOR® Safety webinar

Join NAR on June 23, 1 p.m. CT for a free REALTOR® Safety webinar with Carl Carter, Jr. Beverly & Beyond: The Best Tips Learned Since Losing My Sweet MomRegister now.

 

Carl Carter, Jr. is a REALTOR® and Founder of the Beverly Carter Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to improving agent safety. His mom, Beverly Carter, REALTOR®, lost her life at the hands of a couple posing as clients in 2014. Since his mother’s passing, Carl has dedicated as much time as possible to spreading the message of safety. During the webinar, Carl will share key tips all real estate professionals should implement into their business to reduce the risk of safety incidents in the industry.