Real Estate News

  • October 31, 2023

    Update in Case of Burnett v. NAR et al.

    After an 11-day trial in the case of Burnett v. NAR et al, the eight-person jury in a Kansas City, Mo., federal courtroom, came back today, October 31, 2023 and found NAR and the other corporate defendants liable in the case. Read about this decision here.
  • October 26, 2023

    Updated: Timeline of the Broker Compensation Dispute

    Learn the history of the Broker Compensation Dispute.
  • October 26, 2023

    Legal Hotline Question of the Month: What can I do to prevent or avoid fraud in my transactions?

    Legal Hotline Question of the Month: What can I do to prevent or avoid fraud in my transactions?
  • October 26, 2023

    The Ethics Complaint Process at NVAR: How to File an Ethics Complaint

    Learn about the ethics complaint process at NVAR!
  • October 26, 2023

    The Realtor® Code of Ethics in Action: Article 16 and Going Behind the Sign

    Article 16 addresses the existing space between the fierce competition by brokers prior to the creation of an exclusive representation agreement, and the cooperation required of Realtors® after such an agreement is signed.
  • October 26, 2023

    NVAR Hosts Missing Middle Media Briefing

    Since the Arlington Missing Middle plan went into effect in July, Arlington Co. has issued several Missing Middle permits with more pending. NVAR, in collaboration with GMU's Center for Regional Analysis, held a virtual briefing discussing this issue.
  • October 24, 2023

    Congratulations to RE/MAX Gateway, 2023 Brokerage Spirit Award Winner!

    NVAR CARES members and staff recently presented the 2023 Brokerage Spirit Award to RE/MAX Gateway in Chantilly, VA. The brokerage decided to donate to the Children’s Miracle Network. Ryan McLaughlin, the CEO of NVAR, presented the award to Scott MacDonald, Principal Broker of RE/MAX Gateway.
  • Organizing Your Client
    October 19, 2023

    Five Fall Home Decor Tips

    Autumn is a season of crisp air and falling leaves coupled with a feeling of magic. As days grow shorter and temperatures get cooler, it is the perfect time to transform your home into a special place that celebrates the beauty of fall. From pumpkins to sweet scents, here are five options to decorate your home this autumn.
  • October 13, 2023

    Thank You for Coming to REALTOR® UNITE!

    NVAR's Annual Convention & Expo returned on 10.10.23 to the Northern Virginia Community College Annandale Campus. REALTOR ® UNITE: Celebrate "R" World," celebrated diversity in the real estate industry and the region.
  • October 13, 2023

    REALTOR® UNITE: Cultural Marketplace Recap

    REALTOR® UNITE showcased a spectacular Cultural Marketplace, celebrating the rich tapestry of cultures that make up the real estate community.
  • October 13, 2023

    REALTOR® UNITE: Thank You Exhibitors & Expo Hall

    We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to our 2023 REALTOR® UNITE exhibitors!
  • UNITE Keynote Speakers
    October 12, 2023

    Keynote Speakers at UNITE: A Huge Success!

    One of the standout features of UNITE was the dynamic trio of keynote speakers: David Childers, Dr. Larry Sabato, and Taniya Nayak.
  • DXC On-The-Go
    October 05, 2023

    Learn About DXC On-The-Go!

    The Digital Experience Center (also known as the DXC), is a rentable space at the NVAR Headquarters designed specifically for creating content to use promote your business. It is a FREE member benefit included in your dues.
  • UNITE Keynote Speakers
    October 04, 2023

    Join Us at REALTOR® UNITE for these SHOWSTOPPING Speakers!

    We are only 6 days away from REALTOR® UNITE: Celebrate R World - It will be on Tuesday, Oct 10th, 2023 at the Northen Virginia Community College, Annandale Campus.
  • September 20, 2023

    Now Announcing: 2023 REALTOR® UNITE OPENING KEYNOTE SPEAKER, David Childers

  • September 14, 2023

    Virginia REALTORS® Member Benefits Refresh

    Do you know about the benefits that come with being a Virginia REALTORS® member? You have access to complimentary resources that can help YOU conduct your business.
  • September 08, 2023

    NVAR Hosts COBRA Self-Defense Class

    NVAR members gathered to participate in an educational COBRA Self-Defense class on Wednesday, September 6, at NVAR Fairfax.
  • September 05, 2023

    Announcing REALTOR® UNITE Convention & Expo! 10.10.2023

    Registration is NOW OPEN for REALTOR® UNITE! Join us Tuesday, October 10 at the Northern Virginia Community College, Annandale Campus for the largest Realtor® Conference in the region!
  • August 28, 2023

    September 2023 Class Lineup

    Join us in September for a wide array of classes! From Continuing Education to Post Licensing, Certifications/Designations and much more!
  • August 16, 2023

    NVAR Leaders Elected to Virginia REALTORS® Board of Directors

    NVAR members Reggie Copeland, Derrick Swaak and Mary Ann Burstein have been elected to the 2024 Virginia REALTORS® Board of Directors. These dedicated volunteers will serve three-year terms on the Board starting in December of 2023.
  • August 15, 2023

    REALTORS® Relief Foundation Announces $1.5 Million Relief Grant for Victims of Maui Wildfires

    The REALTORS® Relief Foundation announced $1.5 million in disaster relief aid has been made available to Hawaii REALTORS® in support of the REALTORS® Association of Maui after fires recently devastated communities on the Hawaiian island of Maui. Funds will be made available to the public to assist with disaster victims' housing payments as relief and recovery efforts continue.
  • August 15, 2023

    Join NVAR for these August Classes!

    This education blog highlights classes during the month of August. Click on the images to be directed to the class page.
  • August 11, 2023

    Committee Applications Announcement

    Apply today! Spark your involvement and find your match to support the real estate community and become a leader!
  • August 10, 2023

    Reserve Your Expo Booth

    Don’t wait to reserve your space at REALTOR® UNITE, the 2023 NVAR Convention & Expo! Booth spaces are selling out quickly!
  • August 08, 2023

    Join Us for NVAR's Exciting August/September 2023 Event Lineup!

    Mark Your Calendars: Exciting August/September Upcoming Events by NVAR! Elevate your professional journey with NVAR's curated lineup of events. Each experience is designed to empower, educate, and celebrate your role in the real estate community. Secure your spot today and embark on a path of growth and success!
  • August 04, 2023

    Bright MLS’s Update to the Cooperative Compensation Fields: The Ethical Point of View

    The requirement for REALTORS® to cooperate with other real estate professionals is a foundational principle of the Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice of the National Association of REALTORS®.
  • August 01, 2023

    Getting to Know Bright MLS - Strategic Partner Spotlight Series

    NVAR Staff recently had the opportunity to interview Meagan Longerbeam, Customer Success Manager for the NVAR Region at Bright MLS. Read NVAR's takeaways from our conversation with Meagan!
  • July 31, 2023

    The Realtor® Code of Ethics in Action: Article 1

    Article 1 of the Code of Ethics says, "Realtors® protect and promote the interests of their client. This obligation to the client primarily, but it does not relieve the Realtors® of their obligation to treat all parties honestly."
  • July 31, 2023

    What You Should Know: The NVAR Citation System

    The NVAR Citation System can address violations such as unauthorized access and advertising issues. The Citation System allows for a respondent to accept responsibility for the violation by paying a designated fine and attending appropriate educational courses. For more information, check out the NVAR Citation System here: NVAR Citation System
  • July 31, 2023

    Legal Hotline Question of the Month

    Legal Hotline Question of the Week: It’s lease renewal season! Can I use a lease addendum to renew a lease?
  • July 31, 2023

    Legal Reminder: New Statement of Tenant Rights and Responsibilites

    REMINDER: A new Statement of Tenant Rights and Responsibilities under the Virginia Residential Landlord and Tenant Act is available for all leases as of July 1, 2023. Landlords must provide this form to any prospective tenant for both parties to sign along with the lease. If your forms provider does not have the current version of the Statement, please find both the English and Spanish versions at the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development.
  • July 28, 2023

    NVAR Ethics Complaints by the Numbers (2018 to 2023)*

    What conclusions can NVAR members draw from these numbers? One trend that stands out is that NVAR has received fewer complaints – especially in the first six months of 2023. Is the current real estate market causing this drop? Are Realtors® more professional? Meaning, are there fewer issues to report? Is there not enough awareness about the available dispute resolution processes? Feedback from NVAR’s volunteer leaders tells us that fewer complaints are likely a result of a combination of these factors.
  • July 28, 2023

    Key Passing: Collegiality or a Security Risk?

    Imagine the following scenario: You have just completed a showing with your clients. As you exit the property, a person representing themselves as “Randy the Realtor®” approaches and informs you that he has the next showing appointment. Randy then asks if you wouldn’t mind handing him the key to save him the trouble of opening the lockbox. What should you do?
  • July 24, 2023

    1 Day Left: Get 20% Off at Your REALTOR® Store!

    Today is the final day to enjoy 20% off select products during the 2023 Summer Sale. Access discounted resources to grow your business and stay ahead of market trends!
  • July 12, 2023

    New Look Coming to Historic Fairfax

    Commercial development has updated much of Fairfax County’s landscape during the past 50 years, but “Old Town,” the heart of Fairfax City with its historic charm, has remained largely unchanged. Attempting to guide the future of Old Town, city officials adopted the “Old Town Small Area Plan” in June 2020, expanding on the historic downtown’s unique historical character to create an attractive, walkable, cultural destination. If plans currently being considered by city officials are adopted, they may bring a new look to old town.
  • July 06, 2023

    Mixed Result for Realtor® Champions in 2023 Primary Elections

    With the 2023 Virginia Primaries in the rear-view, it is time to take a look at how the off-year election results impacted your Realtor® supported candidates across Northern Virginia.
  • July 06, 2023

    2024 NVAR Dues Renewal Opens August 1!

    As a reminder the NVAR Annual Dues Renewal portal for 2024 will open on Tuesday, August 1st, 2023, and will stay open until Saturday, September 30th, 2023. During this time, you are invited to log-in to your member dashboard and pay your 2024 Dues.
  • June 30, 2023

    Exploring the Leadership Institute's Field Trip to Virginia Realtors®

    The 2023 Leadership Institute Class of NVAR (Northern Virginia Association of Realtors®) embarked on an exciting field trip. As the first Field Trip of 2023, this journey took us to the Glen Allen Office of Virginia Realtors®. The trip was filled with enlightening experiences, including an awe-inspiring office tour, volunteering opportunities, and engaging discussions with VAR leaders and key staff members who shared valuable insights about the advantages of Virginia REALTORS® membership.
  • June 28, 2023

    New Laws 2023 – What You Need to Know for July 1

    During the 2023 General Assembly Session your lobbying team from NVAR and the Virginia Realtors® along with your Public Policy Committees stayed extremely busy and proactive to be the voice of real estate in Richmond. The Statewide Realtor® Agenda passed with unanimous support with a total final passage of 1,415 “yes” votes and 0 no “votes”! We did have one bill continued to study, but stay tuned for more action on Short-Term Rentals in the future.
  • June 16, 2023

    What REALTORS® Should Know About the Virginia Resale Disclosure Act for HOAs and Condos

    Everything you need to know about the new requirements for requesting and delivering resale certificates for homeowners' associations and condominiums, coming July 1, 2023.
  • June 14, 2023

    The 2023 Election: Get Out the Vote, Shape the Future of Northern Virginia

    2023 is a major election year in Northern Virginia and across the Commonwealth. Learn more about how to get your vote out and shape the future.
  • June 05, 2023

    NVAR Region 2023 Residential Real Estate Market Forecast Mid-Year Update

    NVAR), in conjunction with the Center for Regional Analysis at George Mason University (GMU-CRA), issues a consensus forecast for the NVAR region’s housing market.
  • June 02, 2023

    Industry Experts Discuss AI at NVAR’s Second Annual Evolution Tech Showcase

    At the second annual NVAR Evolution Tech Showcase, hosted by the Technology Advisory Group, Products and Services Advisory Group and New Member Advisory Group, Realtors ® had the opportunity to hear from experts in the industry on how to better advance their everyday business with AI and other emerging technologies.
  • May 02, 2023

    U.S. Senator Mark Warner Visits NVAR for Realtor® Town Hall

    This April, NVAR had the privilege of hosting Mark Warner, U.S. Senator and former Governor of Virginia, at our Fairfax headquarters for a Realtor® Town Hall. Senator Warner discussed his priorities in Congress, including housing supply, infrastructure, transportation and economic development.
  • April 27, 2023

    The Shared Dream of Home Ownership – Fair Housing Tips for Realtors®

    In honor of National Fair Housing Month, the Professionalism and Ethics Advisory Group has compiled some helpful tips and suggestions that are easy to implement for your own business.
  • April 07, 2023


    NVAR is releasing guidance for Realtors® and settlement service providers to understand and familiarize themselves when forming joint ventures by outlining the two main federal laws that apply to joint ventures and how they look in practice.
  • April 06, 2023

    Troubleshooting Information for the SentriGuard Lockbox

    Here are three troubleshooting tips when working with the new SentriGuard Lockbox!