Office Holiday Closure Note: The CAAR office will be closed Monday, May 27 in observance of Memorial Day. Regular business operations resume at 8:30 am on Tuesday, May 28 - Enjoy the holiday!
Like us on Facebook!
Real Estate Community Campaigning to Keep Seniors Safe at Home
Volunteers Needed for June 4 - 5 Project to Remove Ivy, Paint Home of Senior Resident in City
The clock is ticking on the 90-day effort by CAAR, Blue Ridge Home Builders Association and Albemarle Housing Improvement Program to raise $30,000 toward keeping our senior neighbors aging safely in their homes. Seniors Safe at Home is back for its second year to raise awareness throughout the community of the critical need to help 200 senior citizens make emergency repairs to their homes who don't have the resources to do it themselves. Anyone can help for free by visiting the Seniors Safe at Home Facebook page and liking it and sharing content with their network.
To take your support to the next level, make a donation to the new FundRazr crowdfunding site. The platform tracks progress, so we have real-time updates of how close we are getting to our goal. Because of last year’s supporters, 92 senior citizens received help from AHIP, from building handicap access ramps and new roofs to installing zero-step bathtubs and new HVAC and plumbing systems. Thanks to campaign sponsors Better Living, Pape & Company Inc. Real Estate Consultants and Appraisers and Wells Fargo. Thank you to the many other generous donors. Now we ask everyone else to join in making a difference in the lives of our senior community. Get involved today!
William Brown, an 86-year-old resident of the 10th and Page neighborhood, needs our help. Since his wife died a few years ago, Brown has not been able to keep up with repairs which now total nearly $90,000. AHIP has organized a project on Tuesday, June 4 and Wednesday, June 5 to remove ivy that has taken over his home and then put a fresh coat of paint on the exterior. A maximum of 20 volunteers is needed each day, and you are welcome to sign up for a half day, either 9 am - noon or 1 - 4 pm. Email Katie Davenport to sign up.
Congratulations to CAAR Good Neighbor Award Honoree Kay Sands
Sands Recognized for Work on Seniors Safe at Home
On Thursday, April 18 in conjunction with the CAAR Spring Education Conference, Kay Sands was announced as this month's recipient of the Good Neighbor Award. Sands made big strides in getting the new Seniors Safe at Home campaign off the ground in 2012. She quickly became a chief advocate, attending weekly planning meetings and reaching out to various community groups and personal contacts for donations. The second year of the partnership with CAAR, AHIP and BRHBA is no different—Sands has already raised $1,600 toward the $30,000 goal through an event with her church group. Read more.
Consider nominating yourself or a colleague. Recipients receive a $100 donation to his or her charity. Complete and submit this nomination form by Friday, May 31.
CAAR Releases 2013 First Quarter Market Report
CAAR publishes its regional report of home sales for January, February and March 2013 and highlights include: overall sales in Greater Charlottesville were up and median days on market improved, both compared to this time last year. The City of Charlottesville had second highest annual gain in median sale price in 1st Quarter. Read complete analysis here.
Get Forms, Client Brochure to Comply with New VA Agency Laws
New legislative provisions to Virginia Residential Standard Agency to enhance the agency relationship disclosure requirements between licensees and those they represent now are in effect. Below are tools that REALTORS® in Virginia need to understand and comply with the new laws.
- Download the new disclosure forms at VAR's Standard Forms Center.
- Access videos, legal hotline archives, state course calendar at VAR's Agency Center.
- Print the CAAR brochure defining the brokerage relationship and agreement and types of services and benefits.
- Watch CAAR's weekly newsletter for announcements of 2013 in-house classes being offered bi-monthly.
CAAR is here to help. Call 434-817-2227 with any questions.
CAAR 2013 Underwriter Sponsors
These Affiliated firms are recognized as our 2013 major event and education supporters. We greatfully acknowledge their continued support and the sponsorship efforts of all our affiliate members. To view a list of CAAR affiliate members please click on Affiliate Real Estate Services under Buyers & Sellers at the top of this page.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How do I join CAAR as a primary REALTOR® member?
How can I join as an MLS only participant?
How do I contact CAAR tech support for MLS inquiries?
How can I check my continuing education credits?
I have an issue with my lockbox key, who do I contact?
How do I cooperate my key to work with another Board to open their lockboxes?
What is an affiliate member? How do I join as an affiliate member?
Where do I go to read about REALTOR member benefits from NAR, VAR and CAAR?
Answers to Frequently Asked Questions:
How do I join CAAR as a primary REALTOR® member? You will need to submit the following: (Forms listed below are linked for easy download and print).
of your license
MLS Registration Form
Display (leased key from CAAR) or eKey (for Smartphones) Lease Agreement, signed by you and broker, if interested in having a lockbox key.
New Member Orientation Form
2013 Rate Sheet
For Fee structure questions contact Tiffany Vann at 434.817.2398 or email@example.com.
How can I join as an MLS only participant? Your firm/Broker must join, and you must be a primary REALTOR® member with another association to be an MLS only participant with CAAR. You will need to have the following: (Forms are linked for easy download and print). All CAAR MLS participants are required to take the MLS Rules and Regulations class within 6 months of joining our MLS. This course is offered online to anyone who lives 50+ miles from the CAAR office. The online class is $10 and does not come with license renewal credit. All other participants who live within 50 miles must take it at the CAAR Board. The class is free in-house and offers 2 hours related CE / PL credits.
For fee information contact: Tiffany Vann at 434.817.2398 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How do I contact CAAR tech support for MLS inquiries? That's simple, you can reach our tech support department at 434.260.1045 or by email at email@example.com.
How can I check my continuing education credits? Start by going to the DPOR website at www.dpor.virginia.gov, then type in your license number and click Search License. Once you get to the next screen, click on View Continuing Education Hours (you will see this in blue). If you need support on signing up for classes call CAAR at 434.817.2399 or on the caar.com website go to Register for Classes to see what we offer online.
I have an issue with my lockbox key, who do I contact? The best and first option is to contact Supra tech support at 1.877.699.6787 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. For authorization or update codes simply login to the KimWeb site and choose one of the options from the menu. CAAR staff can also assist in generating that information for you.
How do I cooperate my key to work with another Board to open their lockboxes? We do cooperate Supra keys with other local associations and CAAR staff will be happy to assist you. You will most likely need a letter in good standing from us then contact the association you are interested in cooperating with to find out their procedure.
What is an affiliate member? How do I join as an affiliate member? An affiliate member is someone whose business is real estate related such as: Lenders, marketing firms, painters, home stagers, inspectors, moving companies, etc... If you are not sure if you fall in an affiliate catagory please contact us for help. To join as an affiliate, please fill out and submit the Affiliate Member Application. Dues are pro-rated according to the quarter in which you join. For single and group membership, check the Affiliate Dues Sheet to see which rate would apply. To learn more about what our Affiliate Value Proposition read our Affilite Get Connected Information and Q&A sheet.
Click here for Affiliate Membership Application
Click here for Rate Sheet (rate is pro-rated by quarter) The dues you pay when you join carry your membership from that point through the remainder of the calender year.
Where do I go to read about REALTOR member benefits from NAR and VAR? NAR and VAR both have some wonderful and affordable advantages that all REALTORS should use! As part of your membership you pay dues to both of these organizations, as well as CAAR, and all three have some great tools for you to use in your business.
For a list of REALTOR benefits from the National Assoc. of REALTORS visit the NAR website (CLICK HERE). For a list of REALTOR benefits from the Virginia Assoc. of REALTORS visit the VAR website (CLICK HERE). Through VAR's Member Service Partners Program, special discounts are offered on the products and services you need most.
You will need your NRDS # to log in to get these services. If you do not know your number contact CAAR and staff will be happy to assist you.
What kind of member benefits do I receive from CAAR? As a REALTOR member your local Board offers you many discounts and opportunities to advance your knowledge and networking.
Education: Education is the name of the game at CAAR! We offer in house and online courses to suit your needs! You can also take advantage of our Sweet Sixteen program that lets you take all 16 of your renewal credit hours in a two day period! Other education opportunities are offered throughout the year.
The CAAR Real Estate Weekly: REW offers member discounts on advertising for both REALTOR and Affiliate members t hat include the Weekly publication, Fine Properties and the CAAR.com website.
Master Groups and Project Teams: Be a bigger part of the picture. Sign up to be on one of CAAR's five Master Groups: Professional Development, Public Affairs, Communications, Operations or Technology. Annually a volunteer form goes out to the membership to sign up and play a role in the changes that shape your local Association. Project team's are another way to volunteer your services on a less frequent, but none the less important way, to tackle individual issues. Affiliates also qualify as Group volunteers!
General Membership Meetings: Join us each month (except July & Aug) for a continental breakfast and great networking with your peers and affiliate members. We will feature a monthly guest speaker and GMM sponsor!
Volunteerism: CAAR plays many roles in the community to offer support for various causes, such as: Habitat for Humanity, Blood Drive and the CAAR Work Force Housing Fund .
CAAR Education Conference and Marketplace: This is an affiliate member driven event! Enjoy CE/PL classes along with a an exciting affiliate marketplace! Visit with them during the day and learn how they can help you through their products and services. You will come away with tons of information and in many cases prizes and other goodies from this all day event!
Want to know more? Contact CAAR staff to learn more at 434.817.2227!