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April is Fair Housing Month

April, 2016 marks the 48th anniversary of the 1968 landmark Fair Housing Act. The Fair Housing Act prohibited housing discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status or handicap. Every April, REALTORS® celebrate Fair Housing Month to reaffirm their continuing commitment to fair and equitable treatment and a professional level of service for all in their search for real property.

Additional fair housing respurces are available from the National Association of REALTORS®

RVAR Endorses Candidates in Roanoke City & Salem
RVAR's Board of Directors has endorsed candidates in the upcoming elections for Roanoke City and Salem City Council races. Candidates in both jurisdictions participated in interviews with questions focused on economic development and regional cooperation, top priorities facing the two Cities, assets and challenges, area growth and their vision. Roanoke has 6 candidates running for three seats and Salem has four candidates vying for three seats. Each Council candidate will receive a $1,000 RPAC contribution to their individual campaigns.

The Board of Directors also endorsed Roanoke City Mayoral candidate, Sherman Lea.  Mr. Lea, who also participated in the interview process, is running unopposed.  Mr. Lea will receive a $500 RPAC contribution to his campaign, since he is running unopposed.

Roanoke City Mayor & Council Endorsed Candidates:

Sherman Lea         

Sherman Lea -               Mayoral Candidate   

  Michele DykstraMichelle Dykstra

 John Garland          John Garland

 Anita Price         Anita Price


Salem City Council Endorsed Candidates:

Mark Henrickson

 Mark Henrickson

Jane Johnson

        Jane Johnson

Bill Jones

         Bill Jones

Special thanks to RVAR's Governmental Affairs Committee and the members of the interview panels for their efforts to conduct interviews for these contested races.

If you live in either of these two Cities, please remember to vote on Tuesday, May 3rd!

FTC and NAR Warn of Email Scam for Mortgage Closing Costs

The Federal Trade Commission and National Association of REALTORS® have issued alerts focused on hackers who have been breaking into some consumers' and real estate professionals' email accounts to get information about upcoming real estate transactions. After figuring out the closing dates, the hacker sends an email to the buyer, posing as the real estate professional or title company. The bogus email says there has been a last minute change to the wiring instructions, and tells the buyer to wire closing costs to a different account. But it's the scammer's account. If the buyer takes the bait, their bank account could be cleared out in a matter of minutes. Often, that's money the buyer will never see again.

Click here for NAR guidance on how to protect REALTORS® and their clients.


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