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®.
When: Wednesday, December 17, 4:00-6:00pm
Where: SVAR Headquarters
Cost: FREE! Call or email SVAR to register.
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SVAR looked to the past while preparing for the future Dec. 4 during its installation of 2015 officers and directors at the Union Train Station in Old Towne Petersburg. David Patsel, a broker with Napier REALTORS® ERA, was installed as president of the association, which is dedicated to promoting excellence in real estate business practices and advocating on behalf of the interests of private property owners. In his acceptance speech, the Colonial Heights resident outlined his goals for SVAR for the year, including improved communication through technology; more educational offerings and coursework; better public awareness of the value of a REALTOR®; and, with the association's newly established Community Service Committee, increased community outreach. Patsel, who launched his real-estate career 10 years ago after working in the restaurant business for more than two decades, also explained his selection of the historic train depot for the SVAR ceremony. The landmark, he said, was the site of a "shoulder-to-shoulder" property auction – the first industry event that he attended after earning his license auction – and helped inspire his "fever" for real estate. "This building is a part of Olde Towne Petersburg that we want to preserve and carry on for generations to come. That is how I see our association, which was founded in 1951," Patsel added. "The future looks bright for SVAR. The market is improving, and SVAR is again growing." Patsel was sworn in by 1997 SVAR president and mentor Libby Gatewood, also of Napier REALTORS® ERA, and pinned by wife Monica Patsel before the ceremonial passing of the gavel. Gatewood also installed the rest of SVAR's 2015 board: immediate past president, John W. Brockwell, Weichert Realty, Brockwell & Portwood; president-elect, Ron Hardy, 1st Choice Realty Group; treasurer, Johana Story, RE/MAX Commonwealth; and directors Brett Harris of Harris & Associates, Larry Lewis of Napier REALTORS® ERA, Steve Overgard of RE/MAX Commonwealth, Carmen Martin of Ford Agency Inc. and Doug Compton of Tennek Realty. Congrats, all!
Oh, the drama! (Literally!) SVAR came together recently for murder, mystery and mayhem (and a little CSI-type sleuthing) during the association's interactive Murder Mystery Dinner at Swift Creek Mill Theatre in South Chesterfield. Guests enjoyed a specially-written script for the occasion, a meal and the cameradie of trying to figure out "whodunnit" during the Nov. 21. The cast featured members Butch Fulcher as Thomas Whittingham, Mary Ann White as Alexandria Whittingham, Melinda Sexton as Claudia Lewis, Scott Whittle as Richard Widdle, Stephanie Stables as Sophia Redman, Cathie Gray as Paula Collin, Eileen Knode as Detective Briggs, special guest Vickie Zevgolis as Elizabeth Mann, and our emcee Kathie Braswell. Enjoy the photos!