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.



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.

REALTOR® Safety class with catered lunch on September 10th at VPAR


Join us for a FREE lunch and class on Tuesday, September 10th from 11:30 am – 1:30 pm at VPAR.

Lunch provided by our Partner Atlantic Bay Mortgage/Ginny Phillips!

Register: or email

Brenda Wise of Citizens Against Crime will share her popular program with you and teach you confidence, car safety, showing property mistakes, advertising risks, open house mistakes and more!

Please register so that we may have an accurate count for the lunch!

Hurricane Preparedness

ready-virginiaHurricane Matthew has a potential for life-threatening rain, wind and storm surge. Those in potentially affected areas should be familiar with evacuation routes, have a communications plan, and prepare resources necessary to weather the storm.

Virginia REALTORS® are encouraging everyone in the potential path to be prepared. Learn more about resources from the Virginia Department of Emergency Management to prepare for tropical storms or hurricanes:


Discussion with the Chiefs of Police in Hampton and Newport News

Date: Tuesday, January 13th

Time: 8:30 a.m. breakfast – program starts at 9:00 a.m.

Registration Info: register online at or call 757-599-5222
Fee: $15 per person in advance, $20 at the door







Location: VPAR, 1001 North Campus Parkway, Hampton


GASTON, SUSAN COLOR 2255 (2)Moderator: Susan Gaston




SultHampton Chief Terry Sult






MyerNewport News Chief Richard Myer





Meet the new Chiefs of Police in both the City of Hampton and the City of Newport News. Chief Terry Sult and Chief Richard Myer will be the headliners for the January 13th General Membership Breakfast to discuss ongoing efforts in their cities to fight crime and grime, to enhance police engagement within our communities and to discuss the importance of public safety to safe neighborhoods and a high quality of life. Join us for what is sure to be a high energy fact-filled morning that will help you link public safety to improved housing opportunities.


Telly WhitfieldMr. Telly Whitfield

Newport News Assistant City Manager 

Join other VPAR members in support of the First Annual One City Marathon in Newport News on March 15, 2015. Telly will give us an overview of the Marathon which will begin in the stunning setting of Newport News Park where they will enjoy the allure of spring in a landscape as historical as it is beautiful. From there the next 26.2 miles will include the very best Newport News has to offer, finishing, and fittingly so, at the Newport News Victory Arch. The race will be followed by the One City, One Celebration in Victory Landing Park.  Learn more about the weekend festivities and events and how you and your firms can participate.