April Enrichment Meeting

Thank you to all members who attended April’s enrichment meeting!

Norma Brower, Fair Housing Officer for the City of Danville, and Ernecia Coles, Executive Director of the Danville Neighborhood Development Corporation, spoke at April’s enrichment meeting.  Norma Brower briefly touched on the 50-year anniversary of the Fair Housing Act, and Ernecia shared information about her organization to our membership.

The Danville Neighborhood Development Corporation is a new local non-profit
whose mission is to improve Danville’s quality of life by empowering neighbors and community associations, encouraging local investment, and building neighborhoods of opportunity and choice.  The organization has targeted particular areas of the city for revitalization and are excited to fulfill their mission in our city.  To learn more about the organization and keep track of their progress, keep an eye on their website here!

Thank you both for speaking to our membership at this month’s enrichment meeting!

2018 DRRAR Golf Tournament

Our annual golf tournament will take place on June 7th (rain date of June 14th) at Tuscarora Country Club in Danville, VA.  As in the past, the tournament will be an 18-hole Captain’s Choice format.  Dinner will be provided by Tuscarora Golf Club after the tournament; awards and prizes will follow.

The are two sponsorship levels available for organizations/companies to show support:

–  $400 Primary Sponsorship – Includes a 4-person team, hole sponsorship, and dinner by Tuscarora Country Club.

–  $100 Hole Sponsorship

The deadline to sign up is June 1st.  Click here to view and download the brochure and sign up sheet.  Brochures are also available at the DRRAR office or from any member of the Golf committee.  To sign up, please return the completed form along with payment to the DRRAR office.  Make checks payable to DRRAR.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Ramsey Yeatts at (434) 250-5689 or the DRRAR office at (434) 792-2851.

DRRAR is proud to donate a portion of the proceeds to God’s Storehouse, the Salvation Army, the Boys & Girls Club, United Way,  Habitat for Humanity, and the Pittsylvania County Food Bank.

We hope to see you there!

DRRAR Golf Tournament Sign Up Sheet

8-Hour Mandatory CE Class

When:  April 10th, 2018
Where:  Danville Golf Club
Cost:  $60/per person (includes lunch)

RSVP by April 6th on Navica* or by calling or emailing the DRRAR office.

 


Mandatory subjects to be covered are:

Ethics and Standards of Conduct
Fair Housing
Legal Updates with Flood Content
Real Estate Agency
Real Estate Contracts

The above CE subjects are mandated by the Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation (DPOR).  Click here to look up your license and see if you have a CE credit hour deficits in any of these subjects.  If so, our class is a great way to earn your missing CE credits!

*To RSVP and pay online using Navica, navigate to the Navica home page > click “register for association event” link above the calendar > cycle to April 10th date > click “John Dickinson Class April 10, 2018” on calendar > register through window that pops up.

If you prefer to pay using cash or check, please remit payment to our office before the 10th.  Please make checks payable to DRRAR.

Hope to see you there!

 

March Enrichment Meeting

Thank you to all who attended March’s enrichment meeting at the Danville Golf Club!

Telly TuckerTelly Tucker, Director of Economic Development for the City of Danville, spoke to our membership on March 22nd.  Telly spoke about how Danville is investing in the River District by developing a walkable community of condo living, restaurants, and parks.  Visible progress in the River District can be observed today!

Danville is also currently interested in attracting a variety of businesses to diversify our workforce and create a balance in economics and employment related to it.  Being as Danville is situated near multiple big-name companies such as IKEA, ABB, and Goodyear (to name a few), we have a perfect opportunity to provide a streamlined workforce to all of these industries using programs like the Precision Machining program of Danville Community College (DCC).

Telly also spoke about how Danville is committed to investing in our youth by way of institutions like the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research.  Using their Precision Machining facility in conjunction with dual credit hours for high school students and higher education DCC programs, Danville has a unique opportunity to provide a streamlined workforce trained using the most up-to-date equipment in a realistic setting that mimics those of companies like Rolls-Royce in Petersburg, VA.  Most students are able to complete the program by age 20 with no student debt and in many cases, multiple great-paying job offers!

We are excited to see the growth in our area continue and see Telly’s work continue to do great things for our region!  Thank you for speaking with our membership, Telly!

 

February Enrichment Meeting

Thank you to all who attended our February member enrichment meeting at the Danville Golf Club on the 22nd! 

Kyle Slosek speaker photo

Kyle Slosek, a Senior Cybersecurity Consultant specializing in Ethical Hacking and Penetration Testing with Leidos Cyber, Inc., spoke to our membership about password best practices and online safety.  Since REALTORS® are constantly in possession of sensitive information, it is imperative that they practice sound password practices and consider tips for better online safety.  Thanks, Kyle, for your very enlightening presentation!

Remember the following tips when considering your passwords:

  • Use long passwords (at least 12 characters)
  • Use a variety of characters – uppercase letters, lowercase letters, numbers, and special characters
  • Consider passphrases instead of passwords
  • Make your passwords unique – do NOT reuse passwords across your accounts!
  • Use the PAO (person – action – object) method
  • Use two-factor authentication, when available
  • Ensure your security question answers are not public information – stick to questions like “what’s your favorite food” or “what’s your favorite movie”

To view Kyle’s slides from his presentation, click here.

www.kyleslosek.com

Virginia REALTORS 2018 Economic & Advocacy Summit

2018 DRRAR President, Donna Gibson; Virginia House of Delegates 14th District Representative, Danny Marshall; and DRRAR Association Executive, Erica Sturkie

February 13th – 15th was a fun time for REALTORS® and their local association staff in Richmond!  DRRAR was well represented at this year’s Virginia REALTORS® Economic and Advocacy Summit.  Our 2018 President, Donna Gibson, and the Association Executive, Erica Sturkie, attended on behalf of DRRAR and met the Lieutenant Governor and several legislators representing the Danville/Pittsylvania County area and surrounding regions. 

Special guest speakers included Dr. Lawrence Yun, Ph.D., Chief Economist from the National Association of REALTORS®.  His very enlightening presentation covered Economic & Real Estate Outlook for 2018, which covered President Trump’s Tax Reform and how it is predicted to affect the housing market in the future.  He also touched on data trends in the housing market pertaining to first-time home ownership, home sales, mortgage rates, etc.  Click here to see Dr. Yun’s slides from his presentation on February 14th, 2018.

The other guest speaker, Stephen Moret, President & CEO at Virginia Economic Development Partnership, spoke about the business state of Virginia by discussing where we’ve been, where we are now, and where the new administration wants to go.  Click here to see Mr. Moret’s slides from his presentation on February 14th, 2018.

2015, 2016, and 2017 RPAC Triple Crown trophies

Finally, DRRAR took home another RPAC Triple Crown trophy this year!  For the third year running, we have met or exceeded all three of our RPAC goals set forth by Virginia REALTORS®.  Congratulations to all of our membership who made this wonderful achievement possible!