Welcome New Members – January Indoctrination Class

Susan Anderson, Hampton Roads Realty Ltd.
Jarad Brown, Mid-Atlantic Residential
Roger Burke, ERA Real Estate Professionals
Mike Colbert, Liz Moore & Associates
Erika Congress, greg garrett realty.com
Ford Cook Keller, Williams Elite – Pen
Corinne Creal, Keller Williams Elite – Pen
Hipolito Dominguez, ERA Real Estate Professionals
David Etheridge, ERA Real Estate Professionals
William Gandee, Rose & Womble Realty Company
Sabrina Hack, Rose & Womble Realty Company
Kathleen Hanna, Rose & Womble Realty Company
Betty Haskin, greg garrett realty.com
Evony Howe, Keller Williams Elite – Pen
Scott Jeltema, Abbitt Realty Co, LLC
Darlene Kilby, Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc
Nancy Manzlak, William E. Wood & Associates
Tracy Prince, EXIT Real Estate Solutions
Olivia Quinn, Premier Properties & Assoc.
Stephen Sexton, greg garrett realty.com
Diane Shivers, Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc
Alana Simmons, Keller Williams Elite – Pen
Marque Staton, CENTURY 21 Nachman Realty
Brenda Taylor, greg garrett realty.com
Justin Taylor, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Towne Realty
Keesha Wells, greg garrett realty.com

Virginia Real Estate Board adds New Mandatory Photo Requirement

VARWe want to share this news with you:

The Virginia Real Estate Board recently added a new requirement for real estate candidates pursuing a license. As an increased security measure, a candidate must now submit a photograph to their pre-license education provider. In turn, the education provider will have to submit that same photo to PSI, the real estate license test administrator, prior to the candidate taking the exam.
This new requirement came about as a result of systemic fraud across several professions regulated by the Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation. The scheme was highly organized and coordinated by a few individuals in Northern Virginia. In general terms, the scam consisted of identity fraud, as well as false verification of education and experience by real estate professionals, cosmeticians, contractors, tradesmen, and others. In some cases, another individual took exams on behalf of the candidate.
Specifically, the Real Estate Board will now require that candidates for initial licensure by examination in Virginia submit, at the time of pre-license course enrollment, a 2″ x 2″ passport compliant photograph to their Board-approved pre-license education provider. The candidate’s photo must be a full-face view, directly facing the camera with a neutral facial expression in front of a plain white background. The Board-approved pre-license education provider will be responsible for submission of the photograph at the time they upload the course completion information for each candidate. PSI Exams, Inc. will train the Board-approved pre-license education provider in this process in addition to providing a template with the specific naming convention required to match the photograph to the individual candidate’s record.
Those who offer Board-approved pre-license education courses will be hearing soon from a PSI Exams representative concerning this matter. If you have further questions, you may contact DPOR’s Licensing Section at (804) 367-8526 or by email at REBoard@dpor.virginia.gov.


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 members.vpar.org 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.