Apply Now for the Volunteering Works Program – Volunteer and Mentor Program Seeks Entries: Deadline 2/27/15

2015-volunteering-works-mainstageRealtors® devote countless hours to volunteering and improving their local communities. Over the last seven years, Realtor® Magazine’s Good Neighbor Society has helped Realtors® grow and transform their charitable efforts through the Volunteering Works Grant and Mentoring Program. This program, which pairs expert mentors with Realtors® who want to expand and improve their community service outreach, is now seeking entries.

Download the Volunteering Works application. Applications are due Feb. 27.

“Realtors® lead the way to neighborhood revitalization and working to make our communities better places to live,” said National Association of Realtors® President Chris Polychron, executive broker of 1st Choice Realty in Hot Springs, Ark. “Through the Volunteering Works program, we are proud to recognize Realtors® who are trying to make a difference by supporting them with the guidance and funding they need.”

Realtors® who work on small-scale charitable efforts with growth potential are encouraged to apply. The Good Neighbor Society will give the five Volunteering Works recipients a year of one-on-one mentoring from a member of the Good Neighbor Society and a $1,000 grant as seed money to help implement improvements in their community program.

Recipients must be an active member of NAR and will be selected based on:

  • their dedication to their communities through volunteer work
  • the potential for their charitable work to be expanded or improved with the help of a mentor
  • their ability to identify specific challenges they would like to address with the help of a mentor, and have goals for the future of their community service project

The Good Neighbor Award winners, who mentor the Volunteering Works recipients, on average spend more than 20 hours a week on volunteer work and have built some of the most successful charitable organizations in the country. Since 2000, there have been more than 150 winners and honorable mentions of the Good Neighbor Award.

Volunteering Works is funded by The Stuart & Jill Siegel Charitable Foundation. For a Volunteering Works entry form, visit and click on “Nominate” The entry deadline is Feb. 27, 2015. Recipients will be notified in April.

Source: National Association of REALTORS®

The Voice for Real Estate: FHA Fees, TRIA Win

The Voice for Real Estate for the week of January 19, 2015, looks at a reduction in the FHA annual premium, NAR President Chris Polychron’s meeting with President Obama, a victory on terrorism insurance, and NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun’s 2015 market outlook.

“Give Me Five”

Dewey HutchinsMy fellow VPAR members, 2015 is off to a great start. As you can see from our recent general meetings and educational events, we are committed to providing informative and educational activities necessary to making this year the most productive ever. Your participation and support of these events is critical for advancing our goal of distinguishing the differences between a REALTOR® and a sales agent. For a list of scheduled monthly events and training, visit our website .



VPAR-VolunteersThis year we are committed to showing our community that REALTORS care, by our “Give Me Five” campaign. Simply, this is a request for our members to donate at least five hours for the year in a volunteer effort of any organization or event of your choosing. To account for your volunteerism, use this Community Volunteer Service Receipt and email the completed form to We will add the hours collectively at the end of the year to show our community that REALTORS are not merely motivated by financial gains.  Over the years, each of you has given the gifts of time, compassion, commitment and talent to civic and charitable organizations for those in need. Our Association believes in you and supports the valuable contributions you are making to the community. Best wishes this year and let’s make a difference.

Take Action Today and Ask Your State Representatives to Support the VAR Legislative Agenda!

Call to Action

Virginia REALTORS® Please Take Action Today and
Ask Your State Representatives to Support the
VAR Legislative Agenda!

On Wednesday, January 13th, all 140 members of the General Assembly convened in Richmond to begin the annual legislative session. As the business advocate for real estate professionals, the Virginia Association of REALTORS® has introduced a cohesive legislative package to promote homeownership and protect REALTORS® just like you!
ACT NOW to help homeownership thrive in Virginia, take action by clicking the link below and emailing your legislator to support the VAR Legislative Agenda!
Click here to email your legislators and ask them to SUPPORT the VAR LEGISLATIVE AGENDA!

To view the VAR Legislative Agenda, and track the bills as they make their way through the committee process, visit: