In the only contested election for a major office in the National Association of Home Builders, Fred Napolitano of Virginia Beach, Va., was elected vice president and secretary of the 100,000-member association at the recent Las Vegas convention. Elected without opposition were Vandal Gravlee, Birmingham, president; Merrill Butler, Irvine, Calif., first vice president, and Herman J. Smith, Fort Worth, Tex., treasurer.

Richard R. Thaxton has joined the National Association of Realtors as staff vice president for political affairs. Based in the NAR Chicago office, Thaxton will establish a new department for "political education" of the group's 680,000 members. Thaxton, 37, formerly was director of campaign services for the Republican Governors Association.

Al Yahanda has been named director of mortgage processing and customer relations for Edw. R. Carr & Associates, a large construction firm in Northern Virginia. Yahanda formerly was with Cameron Brown, a mortgage banking company.

Walter L. Mess, senior vice president of the Donald H. Richardson Co., has been elected president of the Mortgage Bankers Association of Metropolitan Washington. Other officers are H. Franklin Green III, J. Richard Leon and Francis J. Kane.

Albert E. Crandall, former controller and assistant to the president of King Pontiac Inc., has been named corporate treasurer of Colquitt-Carruthers Inc., an area-wide real estate firm with 32 offices. Earlier Crandall had been finance director of the Urban Land Institute here.

Robert McGrath, of Carriage House Realtors, has been given the Executives Club leadership award of the Northern Virginia Board of Realtors.

Robert O'Toole, a loan guaranty officer with the Veterans Administration, will discuss VA financing of condominium apartments and town houses at a meeting of the area chapter of the Community Associations Institute Feb. 13 at the Key Bridge Marriott.

James C. Cleveland has been named marketing vice president of Reston Land Corp., replacing Lee C. Shur, who left to become head of sales for ITT's Palm Coast development in Florida. Cleveland had been with Gulf Reston, which recently sold its undeveloped land to RLC, a subsidiary of Mobil Land Development Corp.

Robert R. Parks will speak Feb. 22 to a meeting of the Institute of Real Estate Management at the Golden Ox restaurant. He will discuss insurance of investment properties.