Financial Wellness LIVE: Virtual Edition 2020

Finances are fundamental, especially during unprecedented times. NAR’s Center for REALTOR® Financial Wellness will be hosting an all-day virtual event on Wednesday, October 7 starting at 10:00 a.m. CT. Encourage your members to register and take advantage of this  opportunity to hear from leading financial experts who will offer valuable insights that will help drive strategic growth and long-term stability for their personal and business success.
Sessions Include:

  • Session 1: What Keeps You Up At Night Financially?
    Gain insight, answers and perhaps relief, when you hear from a Certified Financial Planner who will help you overcome common financial challenges REALTORS® face during this time. 

    Presented by: Rich Arzaga, Founder and CEO of Cornerstone Wealth Management

  • Session 2: Helping REALTORS® With Irregular Income Manage Their Finances
    Navigate through a financial shock and develop money-saving strategies.

    Presented by: Lynnette Khalfani-Cox, CEO and co-founder of LLC

  • Session 3: Retirement Planning for Independent Contractors
    Determine how much you will need for the retirement you envision and how to develop a retirement strategy that maximizes your likelihood of success.

    Presented by: Mike Engel, Director of Corporate Retirement and National Strategic Partner for Graystone Consulting & Jim Phillip, SVP Wealth Management Financial Advisor and Senior Investment Management Consultant

Registration for NAR members is $20.00 as part of the Right Tools, Right Now Program. Non-members are welcome at $30.00.

The first 300 registrants are eligible to win one of three $100 VISA gift cards!

Register Now!
To learn more about NAR’s Center for REALTOR® Financial Wellness click here.


VPAR issues Scam Alert to Members

VPAR has issued a scam alert for something it is calling the “Do Me a Favor” scam. Scammers have started posing as VPAR leadership and sending members messages asking for a favor such as for a gift card.
VPAR cites several reports of people getting texts or emails from VPAR leader asking them to purchase gift cards or to provide a phone number to text a link. The scammer then would then ask people for their account numbers and other personal information.
It may say he or she is traveling or too busy to purchase the gift cards. Scammers employ some sophisticated techniques, like spoofing email addresses and phone numbers to match or closely resemble a VPAR Leader.
VPAR reminds all members that whenever someone asks you to purchase gift cards or give out personal information over the phone or by email, it’s most likely a scam. Always contact the person directly using your own contact info to confirm any request is real.
Who should I notify about fraud or scam attempts?
U.S. Federal Internet Fraud Complaint Center
If you are defrauded by someone you met in person, contact your local police department.
Tips to help sidestep would-be scammers:
Never Give Out Financial or Personal Information – bank account, social security number, birth date, eBay/PayPal info, etc.
Never Wire Funds Via Western Union, Moneygram Or Any Other Wire Service
Fake Cashier Checks & Money Orders Are Common, And Banks Will Cash Them And Then Hold You Responsible
Avoid Deals Involving Shipping or Escrow Services – and know that only a scammer will “Guarantee” your transaction.

Official Notice of Candidates for 2021 Board of Directors

Official notice of Candidates for 2021 Board of Directors distributed to all VPAR REALTOR Members


The Nominating Committee is proud to announce the following slate of officers and directors for consideration by the membership:


2021 President Elect (1 Year Term)

Kaera Mims – Abbitt Realty Co, LLC

2021 Treasurer (2 Year Term)

Russell Skidmore – Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Towne Realty


Board of Directors (2 Year Term) – 4 Open Positions

Ruby Conn – Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Towne Realty

Regina Scott – Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Towne Realty

Leighton Stone – Garrett Realty Partners

Wanda Stevens – Abbitt Realty Co, LLC

Amanda Walsh Patierno – AMW Real Estate

Baylee Wang – Real Property Management Peninsula

NOTE:  There are six (6) nominees for four (4) 2021 – 2022 Director Positions.

  • Additional candidates for the offices to be filled may be placed in nomination by petition signed by at least ten percent (10%) of the members eligible to vote. The petition shall be filed with the Chief Executive Officer at least fourteen (14) days before the election.
  • Election by online ballot Monday, October 19, 2020 from 8:30 to 4:30 p.m.
  • Absentee ballots may be cast in person within the week prior to the election at the VPAR Office from 8:30am to 4:30pm. Please note Masks and Social Distancing is required when visiting the VPAR Offices.
  • The president will appoint a Tally Committee of not more than (5) members to count the ballots. Ballots will be voided if votes are not cast for total number of positions open (e.g. 4 votes and 4 positions available) except for unopposed candidates for officer positions.
  • The President will not be on the ballot since current President-Elect (Sandra Hood – Coldwell Banker Traditions, LLC) automatically assumes the Presidency in 2021, per the bylaws.
  • If you have any questions please do not hesitate to call Nominating Committee Chair, Carla Carney at 757-329-3072 or Jim Wetzel, CEO at 757-599-5222. Look for candidate profiles in the September Peninsula REALTOR Digital Magazine Update On-line!