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Coming Up

What's Happening At WAAR

The Executive Offices will be closed on Thursday, November 23rd and Friday, November 24th in Observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday! 

 

May the good things of life
be yours in abundance,
not only at Thanksgiving
but throughout the coming year

 

 

Yes, A Few Things Happened in 2017....

 

WAAR Staff, leadership and committee members were just a "little bit" busy this year. In case you missed any of the happenings, here's a quick rundown on what transpired this year:

Extensive broker outreach, with

  • personal visits to all the major brokers,
  • a WMLS Broker Day event,
  • a new design for a broker e-newsletter,
  • two broker surveys, and
  • a WMLS broker “think tank” meeting to garner input
  • New member outreach with

  • Regular e-mail communications launched, focusing on areas where new members might benefit from WAAR services;
  • introduction of VLA graduates to speak to new members at orientation and encourage their involvement and professional growth;
  • new member section of website launched;
  • greatly enhanced social media communication resulting in higher engagement and “reach” to members and those who follow our page;
  • launched use of video communications to members through social media and new educational video programs to support WMLS products;
  • new agent “success kit” acquired from Realtor.com and Top Producer branded to WAAR and posted on new member web page;
  • Strong financials on both sides of the organization, with expenses under budget for both

  • Revamped AMP partner program, resulting in 159% of budget reached ($28,825 against an $18,100 budget)
  • Numerous Public Policy “wins” with

  • personal meetings with all jurisdictional county officials and city chamber;
  • speakers from the City of Williamsburg at two committee meetings and one membership meeting;
  • membership tour of the Williamsburg Stryker Center;
  • approval to move forward with NAR grant request to fund a City of Williamsburg housing market analysis and to update the James City County 2015 housing analysis;
  • presentation to members of the James City County study results;
  • appointments to the JCC Workforce Housing Task Force as stakeholders in future comprehensive review of county housing policy;
  • public recognition of WAAR’s role in the Greater Williamsburg Housing Symposium on Nov. 15 and the Williamsburg Community Health Foundation report on housing released in Fall 2017;
  • spokesperson on behalf of WAAR in support of Williamsburg Shopping Center redevelopment;
  • coordinated joint lunch with VPAR and Congressman Wittman and participation at other events hosted by WAAR’s Congressional delegation
  • direct contact and input to our Congressional delegation on the National Flood Insurance Program expiration
  • distribution to all county and city officials of NAR information, including “On Common Ground” NAR Buyer and Seller reports, and monthly sales statistics
  • solicited input into the Ft. Eustis Joint Land Use Study and ongoing communication with the planning manager for the region
  • provided suggestion for clarification of Code of Virginia on Property Owners Associations to state association which was subsequently adopted into the 2018 VR Legislative Agenda
  • participation in state and national REALTOR Day on the Hill events, and state candidate interview forum
  • hosted candidate interviews for JCC Board of Supervisors and endorsed one candidate with follow-up RPAC donation and independent expenditure campaign funding
  • RPAC Triple Crown achieved in 2016, plus certain achievement in 2017 with increased revenues and participation over last year;

  • personal major investment to demonstrate staff support of RPAC;
  • two highly successful RPAC events for all members and major investors;
  • new RPAC brochure customized to Williamsburg in progress
  • Outreach in the community ramped up with

  • $5,000 NAR grant and $1,500 VR grant to provide benches throughout the community and advertising of Community Day activities resulting in excellent media coverage and higher profile for the association;
  • enhanced media relations with growing coverage of WAAR events and home sales statistics (i.e. Virginia Gazette article on seniors housing in place, article on member involvement at the House of Mercy, etc);
  • numerous volunteer work in community including
  • holiday gift bags for needy children,
  • diaper drive for House of Mercy (with publication by WAAR on national news website still leading the site’s list for activities in our state at http://homeownershipmatters.realtor/states/virginia/);
  • blood bank donation drive, and
  • WAAR coordination of Realtor and staff participation in Salvation Army bell-ringing throughout community in December
  • Launch of two new WMLS ancillary products, ShowingTime and Homesnap; plus,

  • RAD “Roundup” to lower costs associated with these products (which are phasing out due to cell tower failures)
  • Networking opportunities for members with

  • Successful golf tournament coordinated by the Special Events Committee
  • Christmas social
  • Fall social
  • General membership meeting
  • Affiliate networking, sponsorship and marketing opportunities, including

  • AMP Program membership and sponsorships
  • Two Speaker Series events
  • Technology Forum
  • Golf Tournament
  • 3 videos featuring event sponsors
  • Social media posts
  • Numerous educational activities for members throughout the year, including

  • Realtor safety promotion through NAR webinar promotions and education events for members
  • Two Speaker Series events
  • Technology Forum
  • GRI classes
  • Broker licensure
  • CE and PL classes
  • Matrix classes for new users
  • New member orientations
  • Surveys:

  • Special Events
  • WMLS Products
  • Tech Products/Courses
  • Education Needs
  • MLS & Lockbox
  • Professional Standards Enforcement

  • Conducted two (2) Ethics Hearings
  • Conducted one (1) Appeal
  • Leadership Development

  • Conducted a leadership segment at each of the new member orientation programs using WAAR Leadership Academy graduates (this is also listed above)
  • Conducted candidate interviews for leadership positions
  • Participated in VAR and NAR leadership programs
  • Communication & Technology

  • Provided real estate statistical reports to local and state media
  • Researched and transitioned to icloud storage for member records and back-ups
  • Conducted ongoing electronic notifications to all members alerting them of their license expiration and upcoming CE/PL classes.
  • Implemented multiple enhancements to the MLS database software
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