The Southside Virginia Association of REALTORS® is a professional organization dedicated to promoting excellence in real estate business practices and advocating on behalf of the interests of private property owners.
Our mission is to be the voice for real estate in Southside Virginia and enhance our members' ability to be respected professionals. Through our educational and informational endeavors we foster career advancement, real estate best practices, and enforcement of the Code of Ethics promulgated by the National Association of REALTORS®.
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SVAR members are a competitive lot not only in the real estate market, but on the corn-hole competition field, too—especially when their efforts benefit grassroots issues mobilization to benefit homeowners. The association held its annual Members' Picnic, a Western-themed event, July 16 at Home Builders Pavilion in Petersburg with state legislators Sen. Steve Martin (R.-11th District) and Del. Riley Ingram (R.-62nd District) in attendance. Several Home Builders Association of Southside Virginia members joined the evening of networking, camaraderie and competition, too. Congrats to corn-hole tourney winners President-Elect David Patsel and Scott Whittle, with all tournament entry fees donated to the REALTORS® Political Action Committee in their names. Congrats, too, to Buck-A-Roo raffle winner Mary Anne White and Real Estate Book half-page ad winner Troy Gibbs. Thank you to sponsors: Platinum Sponsors, Virginia Commonwealth Bank and Central Virginia Regional MLS; Silver Sponsors, Dodson Property Management and Wells Fargo Home Mortgage; Meal Sponsors, Presidential Mortgage and Bank of Southside Virginia; Beverage Sponsors, Bank of McKenney and Hayes Inspections; Ice-Cream Sponsor, Colonial Farm Credit; and Buck-A-Roo Sponsor, The Real Estate Book. Thank you to Bobby Perkins for cooking up the great grub. SVAR also thanks its Home Builders Association of Southside Virginia attendees; deejay Joyce Camden for "spinning" the country music; and bartender Tammy Rivenbark for keeping us quenched. A big thank you to President Brockwell for leading the festivities, and to Mack Strickland for overseeing the cornhole competition. And, of course, thanks to "Y'ALL" for coming out!
SVAR welcomed a fellow REALTOR® with a cause on July 9. Drake Van de Castle, a Crozet resident and member of the Charlottesville Area Association of REALTORS®, is pedaling across Virginia on a month-long Bike for Seniors campaign. He's raising awareness of, and donations for, senior citizens who need financial assistance when they can't afford necessary home repairs. Van de Castle also seeks to heighten awareness among REALTOR® associations and housing nonprofits along his 1,000-mile journey, which began July 1 in Chincoteague and will end July 31 in Bristol. See full press release.