Welcome New Members – October Indoctrination Class

Nadia Anac, Liz Moore & Associates
Kim Beach, ERA Real Estate Professionals
Steve Black, Rose & Womble Realty Company
Victoria Burland, greg garrett realty.com
Lisa Cox, greg garrett realty.com
Dale Drumright, William E. Wood & Associates
Morgan Epstein, Nu Homes Realty
David Etheridge, ERA Real Estate Professionals
Alexis Fernandez, EZ-Vest Realty Inc.
Yacosa Foster, Rose & Womble Realty Company
William Gandee, Rose & Womble Realty Company
Kasey Green, J.J.C Property Management, Inc
David James, greg garrett realty.com
Scott Jeltema, Abbitt Realty Co, LLC
Matt Johnston, greg garrett realty.com
Adele Lockhart, Abbitt Realty Co, LLC
Karen Miller, EXIT Real Estate Solutions
Michael Mills, Keller Williams Elite – Pen
Ethan Mitchell, greg garrett realty.com
Paul Mumford, RE/MAX Peninsula
Olivia Quinn, Premier Properties & Assoc.
Barbara Reister, Rose & Womble Realty Company
Daniel Rutherford, William E. Wood & Associates
George Sorrell, greg garrett realty.com
Marque Staton, CENTURY 21 Nachman Realty
Brian Sturdevant, Coldwell Banker Professional
Justin Taylor, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Towne Realty
Dana Tozer, greg garrett realty.com
Trey Ulintz, greg garrett realty.com
Crystal Walters, William E. Wood & Associates
Cynthia Woolwine, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Towne Realty


WeAretheRMany thanks to those who attended our Membership Breakfast and “WE ARE THE R! ONE CITY, ONE FUTURE: VPAR & THE NEWPORT NEWS COMPREHENSIVE PLANNING Session. Thanks to our moderators Susan Gaston – VPAR Legislative Consultant, and REALTOR® Michael Carpenter – Chair of the Newport News Comprehensive Planning Advisory Committee.

Teams of our REALTOR® members provided valuable insight to the City of Newport News in this focus group integral as a building block used by the City in developing their Comprehensive Plan. Special Thanks and kudos to the City of Newport News and Sheila McAllister – Director of Planning, Britta Ayers – Manager of Comprehensive Planning, Angela Hopkins – Senior Planner, Sandy Hitchens – Planner and Flora Chioros – Landscape Planner. With their professional expertise and resources the City of Newport News Comprehensive Planning process is in good hands!

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Michael Carpenter – Chair of the Newport News Comprehensive Planning Advisory Committee has extended an invitation to all interested to participate in the planning process at their next Public Discussion and Visioning Exercise for the City of Newport News’ Comprehensive Plan Update. It is being held this Thursday, October 23 from 6 – 8PM. The location is Warwick High School.

VPAR Annual Broker Retreat – Build a Future-Proof Brokerage with Nobu Hata of NAR

Serve, Attract, Retain: Best Practices on Building a Future-Proof Brokerage
VPAR Annual Broker Enhancement Retreat
Friday, October 31st – 9:30am to 2:00pm

at Founders Pointe
Founders Pointe

1302 Founders Pointe Trail, Carrollton, VA 23314

A Panel Discussion Featuring

Hatapic2Nobu Hata, Director of Digital Engagement, National Association of REALTORS®
An industry veteran since 1996, Nobu is a student of marketing, communications trends, social media, and technology in the real estate industry, having  implemented and adapted various new-school techniques to his successful brick and mortar business in Minneapolis, Minn., for Edina Realty until July 2012. A speaker, instructor, and volunteer member leader since 2009 (NAR YPN, Communications, Equal Opportunity/Diversity, Strategic Planning Committees), Nobu’s skill-set brings insight and context to NAR of agent, brokerage, and association issues. He delivers value-added information to REALTORS®, both in-person and through the digital domain.

And our panelists:

Brian F. SaundersBrian F. Saunders, Brian F. Saunders & Associates
Brian has come a long way in a very short amount of time, having received his start at Greg Garrett Realty.com. Brian grew from salesperson to Associate Broker within the organization before starting his own firm in the spring of 2014. Brian F. Saunders & Associates can best be described as a boutique firm which serves all of Hampton Roads. In addition to traditional clients (re-sale), Brian provides foreclosure, short sales, broker price opinions and cash for key services to both local and national banks some of his clients include: Southern Bank and Trust, Nationstar Mortgage, Freddie Mac, and Bank of The Commonwealth. The firm’s platform is based on establishing relationships for the long term. Brian is a huge advocate of both training and education within the industry.

Susan Swink (2)Susan Swink, Managing Broker, Long & Foster Realtors, Beverly Hills Sales Office
In 2012, Susan utilized the skills she acquired over the past 21 years as a real estate investor, top producing agent, managing broker, real estate instructor, and coach, to create, open, and manage a new, uniquely innovative, “hybrid” real estate sales office for Long & Foster Realtors in Richmond, Virginia. Susan designed her office for the way agents of today and tomorrow work by combining traditional agent support services with virtual and concierge support services. This unique blend of support services delivery combined with Susan’s “partnership” management style has afforded the agent-centric, team oriented, Long & Foster Beverly Hills Sales Office to attract and retain the talents of 35 agents with a median age of 46 in the past two years, all in under 1,000 square feet of agent work area with no private agent offices. Susan, who currently serves as a director for the Richmond Association of Realtors and Central Virginia Multiple Listing Service was ranked #1 in the 2013 Long & Foster company-wide Agent Satisfaction Survey.

AmandaMWalshAmanda Walsh Patierno, Amanda M. Walsh Real Estate
Amanda has accomplished more at a young age than most REALTORS® will accomplish in their careers. In her early twenties, she became one of the youngest Brokers in the industry, and she has also established her own boutique real estate brokerage, Amanda M. Walsh Real Estate serving the ENTIRE Hampton Roads area. She has a passion for real estate and education, and has several areas of expertise. Amanda maintains a very dynamic portfolio of Property Management clients, and endeavors to provide both her resale clients and investors with the best service around. Amanda is a pioneer in real estate and uses the latest technology to ensure her marketing is second to none, and her reputation among her peers and past clients is a testament to her abilities and dedication.

Registration Open for Managing and Associate Broker Members
Retreat will be free unless you make a reservation and don’t attend and then you will be charged $20.00. Space is limited so reservations are required. Please sign up NOW. Deadline for reservations is October 24. To register email jo@vpar.org or call us at 1-757-599-5222.

Discussion Topics Include:
Broker Best practices
• Better serve, attract and retain leading agents
• Cutting edge services and technologies to attract new agents
• Successful new business models
• What’s working and what’s not
Program Schedule:
• 9:30-10:00 Continental Breakfast courtesy of Founders Pointe
• 10:00 -12:00 Panel Presentation
• 12:00 – 1:00 Lunch & Model Tour courtesy of Founders Pointe
• 1:00-2:00 Panel Open Discussion and Wrap Up

Many Thanks to our Program Sponsors:
Atlantic Bay Mortgage
EXIT Real Estate Solutions
HMS Home Warranty
National Exterminating

VPAR Welcomes New Board of Directors and Officers

The Virginia Peninsula Association of REALTORS® is pleased to announce the New Board of Directors members that were elected Monday, October 20, 2014. Their terms will be commencing in December 2014.

Join VPAR at the Installation and Annual Awards Banquet on November 22nd at the Newport News Marriott at City Center. Register at members.vpar.org or call us at 757-599-5222. Deadline for registration is November 10, 2014

President-Elect 2015

Andy Cohen – Abbitt Realty Company, LLC New Homes
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Treasurer 2015-2016
Chandra Patterson – Rose & Womble Realty Company

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Board of Directors (2015-2016)


Carl Burt – Abbitt Realty Company, LLC
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Eugenia Jackson – Rose & Womble Realty Company

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Amanda Walsh Patierno – Amanda M. Walsh Real Estate

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Congratulations  !