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The Valley Association of REALTORS® is a professional organization dedicated to promoting excellence in real estate business practices. Our primary service area consists of Ansonia, Beacon Falls, Derby, Oxford, Seymour and Shelton, Connecticut, though our growing member base includes many agents and affiliates from outside this area.

Our mission is to enhance our members' ability to conduct business professionally, ethically and competently and promote the image of REALTORS® as knowledgeable practitioners essential to the real estate transaction. Through our educational and informational endeavors, we foster career advancement, real estate best practices and enforcement of the Code of Ethics distributed by the National Association of REALTORS®.

 

  • Effective May 1, 2014, all buys of older properties ("pre-FIRM) will see a premium rate reduction under the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act of 2014. Instead of jumping to "full cost" for flood insurance, buyers will assume the seller's Oct-2013 rate for a pre-FIRM property.

    NAR prevailed upon FEMA to implement this provision seven months early.  FEMA also extended the rate relief so all pre-FIRM properties. (including the second homes and businesses) will begin paying Oct-2013 rates when they purchase or renew their flood insurance after May 1, including:

    • ALL buyers of a pre-FIRM property, not just those whose seller has an existing policy;
    • ALL recent owners who apply for a new flood insurance policy on a pre-FIRM property;
    • ALL recent owners who reinstate an old pre-FIRM policy that previously lapsed for any reason;
    • ALL recent owners who renew a policy on a pre-FIRM property brought or newly insured after the 2012 Biggert-Waters law.

     

     

    While expediting the rate relief, FEMA must still issue refunds to all those who paid more than their Oct-2013 rate. NAR will continue working with FEMA and Congress to quickly issue these refunds to anyone overcharged for flood insurance under Biggert-Waters.

     

     

    NAR Flood Insurance Resources on the Web:

    NAR Flood Insurance Webpage

    FEMA Bulletin W-14014 (dated April 15th):

    FEMA Bulletin W-14016 (dated April 24th):

    NAR Implementation Survey:

    NAR Frequently Asked Flood Insurance Questions:

    NAR Legal guidance on what to tell clients:

     

  • You’ll have access to a wide array of services as a REALTOR® member of the Valley Association of REALTOR®.

    STAFF: A well-trained professional staff is here to assist you. VAR is pledged to serve and support its Members by being the primary provider of valuable services in a cost effective and timely manner.

    POSITIVE IMAGE: We distribute news release and get involved with community service programs in order to present a positive image of REALTORS® to the public.

    INFORMATION: We provide our members with a monthly online newsletter publication.  An easy way to stay informed with the latest MLS technology, ethics, market trends, government relations issues, and VAR news and social events.

    EDUCATION: We offer many education opportunities including Continuing Education through our own Real Estate School – Valley Academy of Real Estate (VARE).  Learn new skills and knowledge.

    MEMBER BENEFITS PROGRAM: Take advantage of a variety of discounts on products and services offered thru CAR(insert link) and NAR(insert link) benefit programs.

    WEBSITE: Visit www.varct.com. (insert link to website) Information is available for homebuyers and sellers, members-only side provides an easy access to MLS System, forms, association events, links to municipal website, and much more.

    LOCATION: VAR is conveniently located just off Rte. 8 in Derby.  Plenty of parking in the back!

  • The Valley Association of Realtors is a service center for CTMLS and CMLS.  We provide membership applications for both CTMLS and CMLS.  Lockboxes and key service (CMLS only) and login support for both systems. We are also the service center for CT CCIM Connecticut Chapter for commercial real estate. We run and maintain the Valley Academy of Real Estate for continuing education.

  • 2017 Officers

    President- Rosalie Averill
    President Elect- Kanayo Rupwani
    Secretary- Ellen Zern
    Treasurer- James Guarrera

                     
    2019- 3 year Directors

    Sandy Faulkner
    Wayne Chmura

    Anne Augustine                                     

     2018 - 2 Year Directors
    Nancy Collins                            
    Evelyn Kinney

    Theresa Ryan-D'Amaro                             

    2017- 1 Year Directors

    Bryan Atherton

    Cliff Burns

    Chris Bacoulis                         

    Immediate Past President Michael Frascatore

 

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