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Free Parking & Admission to 42nd Blue Ridge Home Builders Association Home & Garden Festival, Recommended Donation to Albemarle Housing Improvement Program 

The 42nd Annual Blue Ridge Home Builders Association (BRHBA) Home & Garden Festival will be held at the John Paul Jones arena on March 28 - 29, 2015 from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. This event will host over 75 vendors specializing in home products and services, including local builders, painters, designers, suppliers, landscapers, and financial institutions. As an added bonus, this event will also offer hourly door prizes, family-friendly activities and local food and beverage vendors.
AHIP CAAR BRHBA Safe at Home 
While parking and admission for this year's event are free, attendees are highly encouraged to make a donation to the Albemarle Housing Improvement Program (AHIP). Donation of $20 and more will be entered into a prize drawing for a 40" Sony HDV courtesy of Crutchfield. Donations will keep local seniors, neighbors and children Safe at Home by assisting with critical home repairs and rehabs. To help raise public awareness about the hazardous and unsafe living conditions some local families face on a daily basis and how AHIP's programs help protect their health, safety and assets, the event will showcase before and after examples of major home repairs recently completed by AHIP.

BRHBA and the Charlottesville Area Association of REALTORS® (CAAR) have been long-time partners with AHIP and have supported its Safe at Home mission through numerous fundraising events and volunteer activities. During the two-day Home & Garden Festival, there will be over 35 CAAR REALTOR® members volunteering to greet attendees and collect donations.

"CAAR has been a huge supporter and advocate of AHIP's mission over the years, and we love to take an active role in keeping our community Safe at Home. You can find CAAR REALTORS volunteering their time in events like the Home & Garden Festival, swinging a hammer or painting for an AHIP sponsored home, or giving a direct donation," said CAAR President Anita Dunbar. 

Charlottesville Area Association of REALTORS® Meet with Local Officials 

The Charlottesville Area Association of REALTORS® (CAAR) met at the Commonwealth Reserve on Wednesday, February 25th with elected and appointed officials from the City of Charlottesville as well as the counties of Albemarle, Fluvanna and Greene. The Local Leadership Luncheon, coordinated by CAAR's Public Affairs Group, provided an informal setting to discuss each locality's different challenges.

"These meetings provide us an opportunity to better understand our officials and what sort of short and long-term challenges they may be facing. I believe that everyone in attendance was able to share and learn how each City Hall action can intentionally, or unintentionally, impact the regional real estate market," said CAAR President Anita Dunbar.

Greene County Supervisor Jim Frydl said, "I appreciate being invited. While our table's discussion centered on real estate, we also touched on education, commercial activity and water supply issues; all of which are critical to Greene County's continued economic development." 

About CAAR

The Charlottesville Area Association of REALTORS® serves more than 1,000 real estate professionals and affiliate members throughout the City of Charlottesville and the counties of Albemarle, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa and Nelson. Widely recognized as the leading voice for real estate in Central Virginia since 1925, CAAR members bring professionalism and high ethical standards to every business transaction. The Association advocates for the protection of private property rights and provides tools and technology for members to achieve expertise in serving the needs of customers and clients. The CAAR membership is committed to enriching the region’s neighborhoods by engaging in a variety of educational programs as well as community service events each year.

Vision - The REALTOR® is indispensable to every real estate decision.

Mission - To support our REALTOR® members to be professional, ethical and successful.