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Councils & Committees

HRRA has several councils, committees, advisory groups and action teams. Each fulfills a special function, hosts educational or networking events, or  serves the needs of HRRA and its members in some way. Volunteer members are the heart and soul of HRRA, and your involvement with these groups ensures success for all REALTORS®!

Look through the list below to find a group that interests you. All are welcome!

Our Affiliate members provide services and products that are invaluable to our REALTOR® members and the general public. This council meets to discuss how Affiliate Members can reach the REALTOR® members and home buyers/sellers with their marketing messages. Become an Affiliate member of HRRA and reach more than 4,300 REALTORS and other industry pros across Hampton Roads! Members meet the 2nd Friday of each month at 9:30 a.m. at HRRA Headquarters. 

Affiliates Council 2019 Leadership

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Chair: Kelley Carter
Vice Chair: Hunter Clarke
HRRA Staff: Cindy Matthews

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Formed to address the needs of real estate appraisers, the Appraisers Council’s main focus is to provide education opportunities for HRRA members. Programs focus on education and regulatory matters. Education classes are held throughout the year for members.

Appraisers Council 2019 Leadership

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Chair: Brooks Sinnen
Vice Chair: vacant
HRRA Staff: Cindy Matthews

This council represents REALTORS® who specialize in selling, leasing and managing commercial real estate. Members include appraisers, attorneys, title companies, lenders, developers, and other entities associated with commercial sales and leasing.

Commercial Alliance 2019 Leadership

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Chair: Robert L. Waring III
HRRA Staff: Cindy Matthews

View current year  Sales & Leasing Award Winners 

Download the 2019 Commercial Awards Application (PDF)

Works directly with the Community Association Institute and Virginia’s Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation to assist condo communities in the education of their boards. The group also keeps REALTORS® up to date on condominium law. Members meet the 3rd Thursday of every other month at 1 p.m. at HRRA Headquarters.

Common Interest Community Forum 2019 Leadership

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Co-Chairs: Julie Ulrich and Jennifer Ireland
HRRA Staff: Steve Vegh

Designed to allow REALTORS® to participate in the public policy process at the local, state and national levels, Government Affairs protects the professional interests of all Hampton Roads REALTORS®. Our primary goals are to protect private property rights, promote economic development, and maintain a pro-business environment conducive to the practice of real estate.

Government Affairs 2019 Leadership

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Chairman

Carl Johansen 757-339-1892

HRRA Staff
Steven Vegh

Vice Chairs

Vice Chairs

Sherri Thaxton 757-407-1492

Vice Chairs : Chesapeake

Tom Thrasher 757-547-5115
Jimmy Jackson 757-434-7129

Vice Chairs : Suffolk

Vacant

Vice Chairs : Norfolk

Louis Eisenberg 757-572-7244

Vice Chairs : Smithfield

Margaret Richardson 757-539-2111

Vice Chairs : Portsmouth

Dora Lee Taylor 757-456-1733
Gary Bunting 757-488-4600

Vice Chairs : Virginia Beach

Linda Harrison 757-749-6586
Kay Flohre 757-463-1212

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The Grievance Committee is tasked with providing a preliminary review and screening of ethics complaints and arbitration requests which are filed with the Association.

Members must meet the following criteria: REALTOR® membership is current and active; the member has received updated training in the Code of Ethics; the member has attended a Professional Standards Training Seminar within the past two years; and the member has no pending Code of Ethics charges. Any Grievance Committee member found in violation of the Code of Ethics shall be dismissed from the Committee for the remainder of their term.

Members meet via conference call throughout the year as needed to review complaints.

If you are interested in joining the Grievance Committee, complete the application and return it to Cathy Crossfield.

Grievance Committee 2019 Leadership

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Chair: Sherry Snyder
Vice Chair: Ralph Seutter
Staff: Cathy Crossfield

IAG’s focus is education for local businesses, government entities, the military, consumers, and HRRA’s  REALTORS® and Affiliates. Meetings are open to any HRRA member who is interested in working with foreign nationals, both locally and abroad.

IAG provides informational seminars related to doing business with local foreign nationals, offering educational sessions on multiple international-focused topics, and be a resource to the community.

International Advisory Group 2019 Leadership

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Chair: Lila Olson
Co Chairs: Sandra Burton, Jaime Nichols and Dawn Miller
HRRA Staff: Mel Fournier

The I am one® Advisory Group are the stewards of HRRA’s signature public awareness campaign. (You can learn more at iamone.com.)

I am one® Advisory Group 2019 Leadership

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Chair : Cristina Wray
Vice Chair: Megan Morris

HRRA Staff: Victoria Hecht


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HRRA “I am one®”/REALTOR® difference video

HRRA "I am one®"/REALTOR® difference

Here at HRRA we’ve been working on a project that you can add to your toolkit as a real estate licensee and “I am one®”-proud REALTOR® member of the National Association of REALTORS®. HRRA's new "I am one®”/REALTOR® difference video may be downloaded for use in your personal marketing, shown at sales meetings and in listing presentations, posted on office websites and more. Featuring seasoned and newer REALTOR® members of HRRA, the video showcases REALTOR® professionalism and ethics; the REALTOR® advocacy role in fighting for the rights of property owners; REALTOR® service to community and the client; and, of course, REALTOR® pride, among other things.The term "REALTOR®" is a registered collective membership mark that identifies a real estate professional who is an active member of the National Association of REALTORS®. Proclaim your REALTOR® pride. Start by downloading this video for your use and sharing today.

Posted by Hampton Roads REALTORS Association on Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Our main goal is to foster growth in the new construction arena through networking, education, and social events throughout the area. The New Homes Council is a wonderful arena to voice suggestions for the new construction industry within Hampton Roads and to elect to affect change on a local level.

New Homes Council 2019 Leadership

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Chair: Jenny Lovell
Vice Chairs: Colby Raymond and Carolette Reisner
HRRA Staff: Cindy Matthews

This Council meets to discuss issues of vital concern to brokers, owners and sales managers.

Owners/Managers Council 2019 Leadership

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Chair: Robert Rogers
Vice Chairs: Danita Hayes and Amy Rhodes
Staff: Cathy Crossfield

This council provides a venue where area property managers can join together to discuss property management issues.

Property Management & Leasing Council 2019 Leadership

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Chair: Traci Lewis Van Camp
Vice Chairs: Jan Rucinski and Lee Halyard
HRRA Staff: Cindy Matthews

This popular group discusses housing trends, legal issues and forms, bringing in area attorneys to speak and answer questions. 

REALTOR®/Lawyer 2019 Leadership

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Chair: Linda Harrison
Vice Chairs: Rosalind Levy, Stephen Do, and Stacey Braithwaite
HRRA Staff: Steve Vegh

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The Resale Council meets to plan special programs for REALTORS® specializing in resale. They are also the driving force behind HRRA’s “REALTORS® Have a Heart” community volunteer efforts.

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Resale Council 2019 Leadership

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Chair: Alexandra Serrano
Vice Chairs: Jessica Riegel and Katie Burke
Staff: Cathy Crossfield

Resources

YPN serves active, career-minded real estate professionals who want to serve the community, educate themselves on the latest technology and industry practices, and network with fellow REALTORS®.

Young Professionals Network (YPN) 2019 Leadership

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Chair: Emil Nazaryan
Vice Chairs: Christina Strobel, Alicia Ford, Cosette Lambourne, and Jason Houser
Staff: Brooke Doty

HRRA’s YPN group was the first in the state of Virginia among only six other local and state YPN chapters. Created from NAR’s REALTOR® magazine annual issue of “30 under 30”, NAR has recognized the need to reach out to younger real estate professionals who want to stay on top of the latest tools and resources. Check the HRRA Events Calendar for all upcoming events with YPN.

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Legal Implications of Texting & Compliance with Advertising

Our March 15, 2018 Education Session featured Albert Hartley of The Hartley Law Group and Cosette Lambourne of Keller Williams Coastal Virginia.

Modern technology makes person-to-person communication easier and more frequent. Thus, transactions are gaining speed. On-demand communication is convenient but not always best when employed to engage in real estate negotiations. Real estate professionals risk clarity when modern technology is employed in place of good old fashioned paper and pen. Watch lawyer Albert Hartley of The Hartley Law Group and Cosette Lambourne, CEO of Keller Williams Coastal Virginia, discuss these relevant and salient points.

 

 

In this video, Albert Hartley covers the distinction between communication and information, why texting is a legal liability, and rules to follow so that transactions are completed properly. (Note: For the discussion of communication vs. information, fast forward to the 6:30 mark.)

 

 

In this video, Cosette Lambourne discusses the Code of Virginia’s Advertising by Licensees and the importance of compliance for agents. She also shares real-life examples of agent texts gone awry.

 

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