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NAR Call For Action: Housing Opportunities Through Modernization Act Needs Your Voice

June 28, 2016  |  by Ellen

The National Association of REALTORS has asked for its constituents to turn up the volume and support a bill that was passed unanimously in the House but has languished in the Senate. Called the Housing Opportunities through Modernization Act, or H.R. 3700, it addresses the following issues: Removes a burdensome and expensive FHA Condo approval process. Reduces FHA restrictions on the... Continue Reading

WVAR Relief Fund

West Virginia Assoc. of REALTORS® Helps Coordinate Flood Relief. Here is How to Contribute.

June 27, 2016  |  by Ellen

The West Virginia Association of REALTORS® has a WVAR Relief Fund that is organizing disaster relief for those that have been displaced by the West Virginia floods. Below is a list of some of the REALTOR® drop off locations and a list of supplies that are urgently needed. Financial donations can also be made by calling WVAR at 304-342-7600.    WVAR has a dedicated Facebook page... Continue Reading

The iconic Hecht Warehouse is now an Ivy City apartment complex. Photo from Library of Congress.

What Revitalization Looks Like For One DC Neighborhood

November 6, 2015  |  by Ellen

To follow up on yesterday’s post about the coming growth around Washington DC’s Metro stations, here’s a closer look at the types of change one neighborhood has in process. Ivy City is a 30-acre parcel off of New York Ave NE that has seen its share of derelict buildings for years. One developer, Doug Jemal, is in the process of changing... Continue Reading

Rosemary Tran Lauer

Local Agent’s Inspiring Work Wins Good Neighbor Award From NAR

November 11, 2014  |  by Ellen

To hear Rosemary Tran Lauer tell the story of how she came to America from her tiny village in the Philippines is to hear how she came up with the title of her book, Beggars or Angels, which she wrote more than thirty years after landing on our shores. The book, chosen as one of the Best Books of 2014... Continue Reading

Pieces of Home

Check Out This Piece from Richmond Association of REALTORS CEO Laura Lafayette

April 3, 2014  |  by David Charron

There are over 45,000 real estate professionals that use the MRIS system to help them to navigate the home search process. MRIS systems receive over 150,000 visits every day from these professionals and consumers. Lots of people. My friend Laura Lafayette from Richmond Virginia isn’t one of them. Laura is the CEO of the Richmond Association of Realtors and the... Continue Reading


Game Changer to Lead Virginia Realtors

September 5, 2013  |  by David Charron

The Virginia Association of Realtors made its long awaited decision this week on the new CEO. Click here to read the VARbuzz article about their selection, Terrie Suit. Terrie Suit brings an enormously varied background and will be an excellent leader for Realtors in Virginia, the region and the nation. While she has significant experience in real estate and lending,... Continue Reading


NVAR/GCAAR present Metro DC 2011 Year-End Real Estate Market Press Conference

December 12, 2012  |  by John Heithaus

I had the chance to attend this event yesterday at the National Press Club in DC. A job very well done by our friends at NVAR, GCAAR, PGCAR, and the George Mason University Center for Regional Analysis. Here’s a few of my notes from the presentations, as well as some unofficial photos for those of you that did not have a chance... Continue Reading

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“Handsome Is That Handsome Does”

December 10, 2012  |  by John Heithaus

The Vicar of Wakefield, a novel by Irish author Oliver Goldsmith, was published in 1766. Vicar was one of the most popular and widely read 18th-century novels among Victorians. One of the quotes from the book, noted in the title above, serves to compliment people who do good deeds in their everyday work. It has always stuck with me since I... Continue Reading

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“Good to Great” GCAAR 2013 Annual Meeting & Installation

December 4, 2012  |  by John Heithaus

As incoming 2013 GCAAR President Michael McGreevey  said tonight “It’s time to take us from Good to Great!” Congrats to 2012 President Bonnie Casper, the GCAAR leadership teams and GCAAR CEO Michael Moran and his team on a very energetic, well attended and successful program tonight at the Fillmore in Silver Spring. We also congratulate 2012 GCAAR award winners: Patrick... Continue Reading

Trudy Harsh

Fairfax, VA REALTOR® Wins REALTOR® Magazine Good Neighbor Award

November 1, 2012  |  by Jess

Below is an excerpt from an October 23 press release from NAR. We encourage you to read the full article on Trudy Harsh and the impact of The Brain Foundation on the community. REALTOR® Ortrud “Trudy” Harsh, a broker-associate at Long & Foster Real Estate Inc., in Fairfax, Va., is one of five winners chosen by the National Association of... Continue Reading

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