Meet The Candidate Series – Andy Cohen

Virginia Peninsula Association of REALTORS®

Meet the Candidates

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President Elect

My name is Andy Cohen. I have been a Realtor since 1988. Prior to that I spent seventeen years in the foodservice industry, managing cafeterias, restaurants and bars. I also spent five years as a morning radio personality. I am currently an Associate Broker with Abbitt Realty Company, LLC.

I am from Teaneck, NJ, where I graduated from Teaneck High School. I attended The George Washington University, in Washington, DC, where I earned a B.A. in political science and sociology. As a Realtor, I have earned the GRI and CRS designations, as well as the designations of CAPS (Certified Aging in Place Specialist) and MCSP (Master Certified Sales Professional) from the National Association of Homebuilders.

I have served our Association as a member of the Charitable Foundation Board of Directors, including a term as president, as a member of the new homes committee, and, this year, as a member of the Board of Directors. I was honored in 1997, and again in 2012, to be recognized with the Realtor Community Service award. I have also served, for the past eight years, as a member of the Peninsula Housing and Builders Board of Directors, and have served five terms as Chair of the Sales and Marketing Council.

In our community, I served as a youth basketball coach, as a trustee of the Virginia Chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of America, including three terms as treasurer and as a member of the Board of Directors of the Virginia Peninsula Foodbank, including two terms as president. I look forward to serving the members of VPAR as, together, we meet the challenge of remaining vibrant, and relevant, in a rapidly changing technological environment.

The VPAR Property Management Committee presents….Q & A with Chip! – Tuesday, September 30th

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John G. “Chip” Dicks

Your Favorite Real Estate Legal Guru and VRLTA Pro!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
$25.00 per member
$30.00 per non-member

• Designed for real estate brokers, property managers and salespersons
• Discuss NSF checks as they pertain to escrow accounts
• New Laws – what is Chip’s take on how to best protect yourself
• The new changes that make unlawful detainees & evictions easier
• VREB Self Audits
• Meth Lab Disclosures
• Pet fees versus pet deposits
• Protective orders and rent issues
• What each new tenancy really means in the State Code for smoke detectors
• Hoarding as a new disability – what reasonable accommodation means
• The awareness and information you need to protect your business
• Bring your own questions for Chip- we have him for three hours!!

John G. “Chip” Dicks

John G. “Chip” Dicks, Manager of FutureLaw, served as an elected member of the Virginia General Assembly during the 1980s. Since leaving the Legislature, Chip has represented associations and businesses on administrative, legislative and regulatory matters before state government agencies and the General Assembly. He has substantial experience in representing developers on a variety of land use applications in a number of localities in Virginia. Chip has expertise in the laws and regulations affecting billboard signs and in the field of landlord tenant and fair housing laws. Chip is a seasoned professional who helps the client identify and refine strategic goals, and then establish an implementation plan to meet the client’s time frame for completion of a project. Outside of the practice of law, Chip is an active real estate investor through Capital Realty & Investment Company, and is an owner in a number of private companies including an e Notarization company, a wireless communications company and an alternative energy company


Virginia Peninsula Association of REALTORS®
1001 North Campus Parkway, Hampton

Rose & Womble Realty, Century 21 Nachman Realty, Commonwealth Exterminating, OVM Financial, Karen Kennedy of State Farm Insurance, The Detector Inspector, ERA Real Estate, Julenn Keeling, Exit Real Estate Solutions, and Amanda Walsh Real Estate

Register online
QUESTIONS? CALL 757-599-5222

Cancellations must be received within 48 hours of the event to receive full refund.

“Real Estate Finance & Taxes” Featuring Jeff Elias – How to Attract More Buyers & Create More Sales

How to Attract More Buyers & Create More Sales
With the Tips & Techniques Taught in this 3 Hour CE Course Titled:
16Jeff-Elias“Real Estate Finance & Taxes” Featuring Jeff Elias
Nationally Renowned Finance Expert, Speaker and Bestselling Author

Sponsored By: Virginia Peninsula Association of REALTORS®

Where: VPAR Classroom
1001 North Campus Pkwy, Hampton, VA 23666

When: Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014, from 9:00 am – 12:30 pm
Registration at 8:45 am. Plan to arrive early!

Fee: $10 for members; $15 non-members
To Enroll: To RSVP call (757) 599-5222 or register at

Receive 3 hours of CE Credit. Approved by VA Peninsula Real Estate School (#1737)

Would you like to be able to utilize absolutely the best financing program and the most recent tax laws to help you increase your business? Do you want to stand out today from your competition? Elias, this country’s premier teacher of real estate finance, will show you how a better grasp of financing and tax law will substantially increase your sales volume while giving your buyers and sellers exactly what they want.
Jeff Elias provides tools & strategies that will help you become more successful.

Topics covered in this morning, half-day seminar include:
• How to help buyers improve their credit scores and loan qualifications.
• How to overcome lenders’ more stringent underwriting guidelines now in force.
• How to get the buyer excellent terms while getting the seller full price.
• How the seller can advertise “cash” concessions in lieu of price reductions.
• How relatives can act as co-borrowers to help buyers qualify and provide down payments.
• How to use VA and FHA financing when the buyer’s credit score is to low for conv. loans.
• How real estate investors and real estate agents can shelter $25,000 yearly from federal taxes.
• How to get clients $50-500 per month so they can budget a move-¬¬¬up home or vacation home.
• How to provide “annual reviews” to generate listings, move-up sales and vacation home sales.
• And , much more.

Jeff Elias,Nationally Recognized Real Estate Finance Guru!
Who Is Jeff Elias?
Jeff Elias is this country’s premier teacher of real estate finance. He is the author of five books on real estate finance and taxes. His best seller, Jeff Elias’ Comprehensive Guide to Real Estate Finance, has over 250,000 copies sold nationwide. He also publishes a newsletter on real estate finance and real estate tax law called “Mortgage Note$.”
A nationally recognized speaker, conducting over 100 programs each year, he has completed over 3,100 seminars in the past 27years in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Owner of several successful businesses, Elias is an active real estate investor and currently owns over three million dollars worth of residential properties.

“Jeff Elias stands at 6’ 5” tall. He has a booming voice, and he delivers his material with ‘star-quality’, in a fast paced easy to understand manner. His sessions are consistently rated THE BEST at real estate conventions. Elias gives humorous examples as he illustrates the many ways his insights will help the professional real estate agent earn higher commissions for the same effort!” –J. Lutz