From its inception in 2000, VAREI has been the professional association of, by and for Virginia home inspectors. During the fast paced legislative session of 2001,VAREI leadership sought the opinions of the membership on important issues and acted upon them. In the subsequent regulatory promulgation meetings VAREI leadership has actively advocated for Virginia inspectors. Membership in VAREI is clearly a way of protecting professional inspector interests and the interests of the public. In the future other parties may attempt to influence the home inspection industry through legislation and regulatory changes - and VAREI will be there.