REALTORS® are the heart of a citizen’s opportunity to build a prosperous future by recognizing the American Dream. We are focused on advancing policies that contribute to quality housing, schools, transportation and economic opportunity.
Homeownership is a platform for Americans who strive to improve their lives and provide for the next generation of homeowners. As needs for our services have increased, NAR will continue to invest in initiatives that will help the people we serve. NAR can’t do it alone, nor can we sit around and wait for directives for handling local issues. This is why August is a prime month to
invest in leadership and initiatives of our Association. With over one thousand plus members, guidance and collaboration are paramount for our future. Consider the opportunity to make a difference by becoming active in YOUR Association.
The first step is complete since you are an active REALTOR® member on the national, state, and local level. The next step is to contribute and create innovative and new processes to make VPAR better for current and future members. Your ideas count and we want to hear them. As VPAR President, my most rewarding activity has been participating in the new member REALTOR® Indoctrination classes. So far this year, eighty three individuals have joined our VPAR family. Just think, all successful agents, award winners, and volunteer leadership members were rookies once in their career. The possibility of a future REALTOR® of the Year, Salesperson of the Year, Director, Treasurer or President may be in our midst. I hope every one of them achieves their vision of greatness in their endeavors this year and years to come. We work in the land of opportunity, growth, ideas, innovation, and results while having a positive impact in our community. Good luck rookies and find your path to greatness and involvement within our Association.
– Dewey M. Hutchins, Jr., 2015 VPAR President
“Under all is the land” Simple and profound, this is our REALTOR® mantra. As we become entrenched in our daily affairs promoting service to our clients, let’s not forget our core responsibility as REALTORS®. We should recognize the interests of the nation and its citizens require the highest and best use of the land and the widest distribution of land ownership. Sound familiar? It should, this statement is from our REALTOR® Code of Ethics. This clause also exemplifies our purpose and above all, sets us apart from firms and individuals that sell without adherence to these core principles. Adhering to the Code may be a daily routine for us, but to our clients, customers, and general public, it is a sign of professional commitment to our community.
As a REALTOR®, we have a responsibility to be diligent and proactive on issues regarding regulations, municipal ordinances, and changes that will impact our clients and industry. When a REALTOR® sign is on a listing, it is a sign of service preservation. It is a sign of preserving and protecting the welfare of our clients and sustaining the value of the local neighborhood. It’s a brave new world of buying and selling real estate and we must be focused on the latest compliance standards of our industry while still providing old fashioned service.
So far, housing this year is shaping up to be a great one. I admire NAR’s decision to implement our Core Standards. This progressive tool further distances our membership from the companies and sales agents that don’t engage in our Code of Ethics. The Core Standards are designed to encourage us to strive in our marketplace, not just survive. Our membership has an obligation to inform and educate the public at every opportunity during real estate discussions. There IS a difference between a REALTOR® and a sales agent. Never assume they are just interviewing REALTORS®.
When you’re at a listing appointment or buyer counseling, ask a “what if” question of the consumer. What if facts were exaggerated or misrepresented about the property? What if your interests were not being protected? What would you do? Where would you voice your concern? Simple questions, but profound answers the consumer needs to know when making an informed decision about real estate. Our mission is not impossible, it’s our responsibility to explain the hidden costs of not hiring a professional.
My 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 www.vpar.org .
This 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
November is here, and my year as VPAR President is winding down. This has been a great year, and thank you for the opportunity to serve as your President for 2014. Some of the highlights were the large turnouts at the OSC Awards Banquet in March and at the Realtor Fest Trade Show in September, General Membership Meetings, Broker Forums, and monthly Socials at various restaurants on the Peninsula. VPAR offered numerous educational offerings including continuing education opportunities for our members and the always popular Lunch and Learn and Night Court courses. I enjoyed participating in our new member orientations, and I am happy to report that our membership number has increased. Our Peninsula Young Professionals Network hosted several classes and networking events. RPAC surpassed its fundraising goal. Thanks to all our members who supported this important effort. The Charitable Foundation hosted a successful fundraising golf tournament in the spring and has made donations to various charities in our local area throughout the year. I also congratulate our Board of Directors, committee chairs, vice chairs, and committee members who have worked hard and accomplished so much this year. Thank you all for your service and for volunteering for your Association. Thank you to all our sponsors and affiliate members for your continued support and participation. Winston Churchill said, “We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.” We could not accomplish all that we do at VPAR without the efforts made by our volunteers. I encourage all VPAR members to join committees for 2015 and get involved today.
I also want to thank the VPAR staff who have been such a wonderful resource and offered so much support to me throughout the year. Thanks to Susan Gaston, who worked hard as our Government Affairs Director, and for also serving as our Interim CEO from December to May. Cindy Anderson and Jo Daly have done a great job all year long helping coordinate our programs and keeping the office running smoothly. Jim Wetzel joined our staff as our new CEO in May. Jim has settled in quickly to his new role, and we are lucky to have him leading our team at VPAR. I share the many successes of 2014 with our leadership team, members, and staff, and this year has truly been a collaborative effort.
We have several events coming up in November that you will want to attend. The PYPN Work-group is putting on a Realtor Safety Class with Julie Greene on November 13th from 9:00 A.M. to 11:30 A.M. at VPAR. Also, Hampton 101 is being offered on November 13th from 8:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. There will be updates on community development, economic development, schools, housing, and a Public Safety Luncheon with Police Chief Terry Suit. The afternoon will include a bus tour. Call 727-8311 or visit www.Hampton.gov/Hampton101 to register. Lastly, I look forward to seeing you at the Installation & Annual Awards Banquet & Casino Night on November 22nd at 5:30 P.M. at the Marriott at City Center in Newport News. Come out for a fun evening of casino games, toasting our award winners, and installing our 2015 VPAR President Dewey Hutchins and the incoming BOD. Thanks again for a great year, and see you around VPAR.