Town Hall with Henrico County Public Schools

2018-12-06T13:31:35-05:00December 6th, 2018|

Monday, January 14, 2019 | 8AM - 9:30AM 8975 Three Chopt Rd., Richmond, VA 23229 Join the Richmond Association of REALTORS® in the Atrium for a Town Hall with Dr. Amy Cashwell, Henrico County Public Schools’ (HCPS) Superintendent. Coffee and light breakfast will be provided. Dr. Cashwell, members of her staff, and representatives from the Henrico School Board will be in attendance to discuss HCPS’ future, school construction, and answer any questions you might have. For more information and to RSVP, email

EMD Best Practices

2018-12-04T10:06:37-05:00December 3rd, 2018|

Must I provide a copy of the buyers EMD check when submitting an offer to purchase a property? We have been experiencing an uptick in calls concerning earnest money deposits and verification that the escrow agent has received EMD funds. Listing agents are demanding copies of EMD checks from buyer agents and in some cases, refusing to present offers if a copy of the EMD check is not provided. Virginia law does not require a licensee to provide a copy of an EMD check to another licensee. Further, a copy of a check only proves that a check has been written [...]

Executive Order 25

2018-11-16T11:01:34-05:00November 16th, 2018|

Governor Northam unveiled Executive Order 25 at the annual Governor’s Housing Conference. The order establishes affordable housing priorities aimed at addressing Virginia’s unmet housing needs. By taking a cross-departmental approach, senior administrators in the Northam Administration will identify and implement actions enabling the development of quality, affordable housing with the goal of strengthening communities and fostering economic growth. Policy goals will encompass three primary areas: Increasing the supply of permanent supportive housing Addressing the shortage of quality affordable housing Reducing the eviction rate across the Commonwealth Partnering with subject matter experts and stakeholder groups, including state and local REALTOR® associations, are [...]

New Laws Effective January 1, 2019

2018-11-16T12:24:47-05:00November 16th, 2018|

Teams Legislation (Click for more information) The legislation defines a Real Estate Team as “any individual, or business entity, who for compensation or valuable consideration is employed either directly or indirectly by, or affiliated as an independent contractor with, a real estate broker, to sell or offer to sell, or to buy or offer to buy, or to negotiate the purchase, sale or exchange of real estate […].” As of January 1, 2019, all Real Estate Teams must be registered with DPOR and have a business entity salesperson license.  This allows consumers and other members of the general public to search on-line [...]

Gov’t Affairs Out and About

2018-11-09T09:41:00-05:00November 9th, 2018|

Last week, Elizabeth Hancock Greenfield and Joh Gehlbach took multiple trips down to Chesterfield for consultations with county staff and to attend public meetings. Topics of discussion included the county’s sign ordinance, accessory dwelling unit ordinances, and the Midlothian Special Area Plan. The Board of Supervisors reviewed the Bikeways & Trails Plan, and the Planning Department held its quarterly developer's meeting which were both attended by Government Affairs staff. In Henrico, the Board of Supervisors presented their legislative priorities for the 2019 General Assembly Session. They hope to revisit proffer legislation from 2016 and restore state funding of schools to pre-recession [...]

REALTOR Town Hall: Chesterfield

2018-10-25T12:58:04-04:00September 28th, 2018|

Chesterfield County School Board hosted a REALTOR® Town Hall on Wednesday, September 19 at the Chesterfield Career and Technical Center. The open forum discussion with Tim Bullis, Executive Director of Communications and Community Engagement, covered topics including; redistricting, school construction plans, and tools for Realtors. “Chesterfield is the 70th largest county in the country with over sixty thousand students,” explained John Erbach, Chairmen of Chesterfield County School Board. “This year, we’ve purchased new elementary and middle school prototypes. We weighed the pros and cons of renovating vs. rebuilding—it just makes more sense from a cost and safety perspective to replace outdated [...]

Richmond 300: A Guide for Growth

2018-09-20T20:53:02-04:00September 20th, 2018|

In this episode of Selling Richmond, Laura and Joh are joined by Mark Olinger, Richmond's Planning Director. The group discusses Richmond's revamp of its master plan: Richmond 300. The plan will lay the framework for growth in the City of Richmond over the next 20 years. Realtors are invited to share their vision and ideas at the open house across the city during the month of September. Visit to find out more and get involved.

Richmond’s Housing Gap: Seniors

2018-05-23T20:55:09-04:00May 17th, 2018|

In this episode of Selling Richmond, Joh is joined by Jovan Burton, a Research Associate at Richmond Association of REALTORS® to talk about his work on Senior Housing. This episode covers the coming "Gray Wave," Richmond's existing senior housing gap, and what the region can do to assist our seniors as they age.

Henrico: The 2028 Edition

2018-04-12T19:31:44-04:00April 9th, 2018|

This month Joh and Laura sit down with Henrico Supervisor Courtney Lynch. The group covers Courtney's vision for Henrico in 2028, transportation, growth, and how local governments can become more agile.

Public Health Week: The Power of Home from Monday, April 2 through Friday, April 6

2018-04-02T13:03:48-04:00March 29th, 2018|

A home is more than just a place to live; it’s a haven where you feel a sense of belonging. To create a culture of health in Richmond where every person has a chance to thrive, we need sustainable, affordable, diverse and inclusive communities. Housing is one of the most efficient ways to improve health. Where we live and who we live alongside determines whether we have access to good jobs, reliable transportation, quality schools, grocery stores that offer fresh produce, and space for recreation and community. Richmond City Health District is on a mission to expose and address the root [...]