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RVAR Celebrates 100 Years

   Founded in Roanoke on April 27, 1921, the Roanoke Valley Association of REALTORS® is entering its 100th year of leading, informing and serving its members.

Since its inception, the Roanoke Valley Association of REALTORS® has aimed to protect the private property rights of those within the Roanoke Valley, advocating not only for the rights of real estate professionals but homebuyers, sellers and renters as well. Serving more than 1,400 members and 300 affiliates in residential and commercial real estate, the Association has established itself as the region’s authority on industry insights and a prominent advocate for key issues facing Valley residents and businesses, including equal housing opportunities, historic preservation, broadband access and economic development.

In recognition of its history and century of accomplishments, a website has been created at to commemorate its centennial year through video storytelling.

As we celebrate together, as an Association and as a community, we’re excited to share stories of this organization that have shaped the last century, while looking forward to accomplishing many great things together over the next 100 years.

Whitlow Named Good Neighbor Award Recipient

RVAR has honored Janie Whitlow, of The Real Estate Group, with the 2020 RVAR Good Neighbor Award for her work with the Community Christmas Store of the Roanoke Valley.

Whitlow is one of the founders of the Community Christmas Store and has served many roles with the organization over the years. Her hard work and dedication have been instrumental in the growth of the CCS. After starting in the town of Salem, Whitlow has overseen the growth of the CCS to a regional powerhouse serving the needs of the less fortunate.

Along with the award the RVAR donated $1,000.00 to the Community Christmas Store of the Roanoke Valley in Whitlow’s honor.

Whitlow is a former RVAR President.

The RVAR Good Neighbor Award recognizes a local REALTOR® who gives of his or her time to an organization that improves the quality of life in the Greater Roanoke Valley.

Kingery Named REALTOR® of the Year

 RVAR has honored Billy Kingery, of Mountain to Lake Realty, with the 2020 REALTOR® of the Year award.

Kingery has been a REALTOR® since 1990, serving in various volunteer capacities for RVAR including service on RVAR's Board of Directors and longtime service on RVAR’s Governmental Affairs Committee. He is well known for his many civic and community service activities, including currently serving on Carilion Hospital’s Board of Directors.

The REALTOR® of the Year award is RVAR's highest honor, recognizing a local REALTOR® who demonstrates outstanding REALTOR® spirit, business accomplishments and community involvement.     

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