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Chatham Bridge, baseball stadium, new parks…there is a lot going on in the City!

There is a ton going on in the City of Fredericksburg as attendees as the most recent real estate roundtable learned.  There is lots of commercial and residential development with projects like Liberty Place and Telegraph Hill.  The baseball stadium is on track to open for the Fred Nats first game on April 23.  The Chatham Bridge is being closed for reconstruction and a huge marketing campaign is kicking off to get people ready for the detours.  Check out the presentation by the City on the Chatham Bridge and how it might impact you and your clients.

#MemberMonday Meet REALTOR® Danielle Kitzmiller

The Fredericksburg Area Association of REALTORS® Member Spotlight feature allows members of the community to get to know each other before working with each other in a transaction. Each member answers a series of questions to reveal more about themselves as people.  It is FAAR’s hope that learning about an individual may spark connections that blossom via email, phone conversations or in-person meetings at events and classes.

Name
Danielle Kitzmiller

Hometown
Swindon, United Kingdom

Current Location
Stafford

Title
REALTOR® with Holt for Homes

Number of Years in the Industry
3

Why do you love working in real estate?
This industry really ticks all the boxes for me. I am a bubbly easy going people person, who loves to share in the excitement of finding new homes for my clients. I realized a long time ago I was not cut out for the monotony of a 9-5 office job and so this career field works perfect. My husband and I often used to tour open houses for fun, so how great that now I get to do it as a job!

Favorite Work Story 
last year I was videoing a home for an out of state client, when stepped out the back door outside and very nearly stood on a snake, the choice words that came out of my mouth as I was trying to avoid swearing in my english accent were interesting. I decided to go ahead send the video to my client (since I had no intention of going back to redo!) of which they found extremely amusing. It worked out well though, as they posted all over social media how totally committed their realtor was, which was very appreciated! They didn’t buy that house though!!

What are you most proud of in your career?
I’m am most proud of being able to successfully balance being a full time REALTOR® with also running a mobile dog grooming business as well as being a mother to two young boys. It can mean very long hours at times, but I love it

Do you have a special cause or volunteer your time?
I am all about the military clients. I am a spouse of a retired air force member as well as being an air force brat, so I know all too well the stresses that go along with pcs’ing. I offer a rebate program to my military clients (as well as others) as a thank you for your service and for choosing me!

Fun Fact
Currently in the process of interviewing to be an agent on House Hunters!

#MemberMonday Meet REALTOR® AJ Lall

The Fredericksburg Area Association of REALTORS® Member Spotlight feature allows members of the community to get to know each other before working with each other in a transaction. Each member answers a series of questions to reveal more about themselves as people.  It is FAAR’s hope that learning about an individual may spark connections that blossom via email, phone conversations or in-person meetings at events and classes.

Name
AJ Lall

Hometown
Queens, NY

Current Location
Woodbridge, VA

Title
Associate Broker, Give Back Team of Coldwell Banker Elite

Number of Years in the Industry
5

Why do you love working in realestate?
Real Estate has been more than a profession, it’s my passion and purpose. I am grateful for the opportunity to guide someone through the largest investment they will make in a lifetime.

What are you most proud of in your career?
I am grateful not only for the fact that I am able to help someone through the largest investment of their lifetime but after each closing I am also able to give back to my to my community in which I live, work, play in, to include numerous charities.

Do you have a special cause or volunteer your time?
You will find me volunteering in the Community with Fundraising Events along with giving resources and even making contributions to local charities. Give Back Team and I will donate back to the charity of our clients’ choice after closings.

Fun Fact
I am huge car fanatic and prior to Real Estate I hosted car shows to raise money for members within the community and many local and national charities.

Managing Brokers Network: More than a Meeting

Managing Brokers Network: More than a Meeting

by Matthew Rathbun, 2020 Managing Brokers Network Chair

For over 100 years, the real estate industry has been a collection of individuals who have been at times collaborators and at times adversaries. The forward motion of the industry has been perpetuated by those who show up to be collaborators. It is when industry leaders meet together to discuss the problems at hand and to try and find a resolution to those problems in a unified manner. The FAAR Managing Broker Network is designed to allow leaders from each brokerage to meet together just a few times a year, so that we may learn together and share ways in with the Association, the MLS, and other entities can improve.

This year we are holding one MBN meeting each quarter and are designing those meetings to ensure that they are positive learning opportunities and also a way to provide feedback for our Association leadership on what the organization can do to help us all succeed. These meetings provide a unique opportunity to get to know your fellow brokers. The time invested in these meetings are minimal, but the return on investment large. Knowing your fellow broker before conflicts exist will make it easier to resolve, learning about new regulations and forms will make delivering value to your agents that much easier and providing feedback to the Association may help shape FAAR in the future to provider greater value to your and your agents.

I hope that all of those in leadership will take advantage of these meetings and the closed Facebook group to help all of us find a greater path forward in this industry.

Are you a problem solver? FAAR seeks mediators and ombudsmen

Are you a problem solver? FAAR seeks mediators and ombudsmen

By Pat Breme, RCE, CIPS
Chief Executive Officer

If people often comment that you are leveled, have a calm exterior and get particular satisfaction resolving conflicts, then FAAR needs you. So often formal complaints are avoided when a member of the public or even another agent works with a FAAR Ombudsman. Trained in conflict resolution, an Ombudsman steps in and communications the issues to both sides in a conflict. Through back and forth conversations, the Ombudsman often navigates to a resolution. Sometimes a resolution doesn’t happen and a formal complaint is filed but at least the option is available.

Mediation is offered when the Grievance Committee moves a complaint or a request to arbitrate on for a hearing. If the parties agree to sit down together, the mediator creates an environment where the parties can talk, face-to-face, and perhaps find a solution to the issue, avoiding a hearing.

In both cases, the Ombudsman and the mediator must keep a cool head and not take sides. The activity is not for everyone but for those who enjoy the process of conflict resolution and find satisfaction in assisting people work through problems, it is very rewarding.

Virginia REALTORS® is offering a class on March 24 from 1- 5 pm at the headquarters in Richmond. If you fit the description and are willing to serve in either capacity please contact me, pbreme@faarmembers.com, to register for the class or to get more information.

FAAR will cover the cost of the training and mileage to the Virginia REALTORS® headquarters.

February 2020 Newsletter is here!

February 2020 Newsletter is here!

Your one stop shop for FAAR information in one place—Learn what local REALTORS® have accomplished recently, read the update on the General Assembly, and get excited for our free March is for Members activities! But that’s not all!

This edition includes

  • 2019 Year in Review
  • Message from the 2020 FAAR President, Drew Fristoe
  • Thank you to RPAC investors
  • Instructors Wanted
  • C2EX endorsed FAAR members
  • An update on the General Assembly
  • Yearly CE/PL and Designation/Certification Schedule

and more!

Don’t like reading on screens? Visit FAAR to pick up a print copy or request an office visit and we’ll bring them to you!

Thanks for reading!

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#MemberMonday Meet REALTOR® Janny Sims

The Fredericksburg Area Association of REALTORS® Member Spotlight feature allows members of the community to get to know each other before working with each other in a transaction. Each member answers a series of questions to reveal more about themselves as people.  It is FAAR’s hope that learning about an individual may spark connections that blossom via email, phone conversations or in-person meetings at events and classes.

Name
Janny Sims

Hometown
Cleveland, Ohio

Current Location
Fredericksburg

Title
REALTOR® at Long and Foster

Number of Years in the Industry
3

Why do you love working in real estate?
It doesn’t feel like a job. I love it! When you get rid of any ego, it’s about the family/ people you are working with, whether buying or selling, and helping them get to their next destination. It’s a very gratifying feeling knowing that you have helped in this big decision, and they trust you to do it!

Favorite Work Story 
My first listing.
It was a unique property, which is typically a little bit harder sell. The owner knew I was brand new, and had the confidence in me to list the property. After 9 months, they decided to go with another agent to list their home. I knew that I had given 110%, but understood their frustration. After another 9 months with the new agent, the home still did not sell. I called the owner and told her it killed me that I did not sell their home, and please give me another try. They did, and the house sold! That was a great feeling!

What are you most proud of in your career?
I realize that I love a challenge, but most appreciate that my clients trust me.

Do you have a special cause or volunteer your time? 
Loisann’s Hope House, no family goes homeless! I have been involved with this organization for about 10 years and am on The Board of Director’s. It’s amazing to me how we don’t realize how homelessness is right in our backyard. I was actually selling a home two years ago, and they had a renter in an apartment on The property. One day I met the renter, who I was told lost everything, and the church was paying the rent money. I knew the man, and his two sons, they went to school with my son a few years back. I had no idea, no one did. That was a huge eye opener! There are many many people we can help.

Fun Fact
Years ago I was a hairdresser, and I assisted the artist who did all the hair on the mannequins at The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. That was amazing!

FAAR has a podcast!

Introducing FAAR Louder, your official Association podcast!  These bimonthly sessions will feature elected officials, hot topics, and news you can use.  We are working to launch the podcast on your favorite apps but in the meantime, take a listen here.  

FAAR Louder: How the General Assembly Impacts YOUR Business

#MemberMonday Meet REALTOR® Michael Brannon

The Fredericksburg Area Association of REALTORS® Member Spotlight feature allows members of the community to get to know each other before working with each other in a transaction. Each member answers a series of questions to reveal more about themselves as people.  It is FAAR’s hope that learning about an individual may spark connections that blossom via email, phone conversations or in-person meetings at events and classes.

Name
Michael Brannon

Hometown
Daytona Beach, Florida

Current Location
Woodbridge

Title
REALTOR® at Coldwell Banker Elite Stafford

Number of Years in the Industry
4

Why do you love working in real estate?
I love to see that special smile on someone’s face when they get the keys to their new home or when they turn over the keys so that they can move on to the next chapter of their lives. I also enjoy the marketing aspects of real estate, creating new ways to reach out to people, as well as pushing the limit of what is expected. Additionally, the “Details” – the curb appeal, the layouts and designs, and the architecture – I love classic buildings, especially in Big Cities. I wouldn’t want to live there, but visiting is okay.

What are you most proud of in your career?
I spent a lot of my life living in rentals. I’m proud that I get to help people realize the joys of owning a home, gain a stronger connection to the community and a place that provides a stable environment for their families – sooner rather than later!

Do you have a special cause or volunteer your time?
I have the privilege of working with members of the Communication and Technology Committee as the Vice-Chairperson and I excited about the year ahead. I also serve as a member of the Northern Virginia Veterans Association of Real Estate Professionals (VAREP) where we work to increase sustainable homeownership, financial-literacy education, VA loan awareness and economic opportunity for active-duty military and Veterans. I also spend time as a Food Rescue Hero with the ACTS Prince William Food Rescue program where we help to end hunger by delivering potentially wasted food from donors to those in need.

Fun Fact
I never met an egg I didn’t like.

Press Releases

January Posts Big Gains in Local Real Estate Market

January kicked 2020 off to a swift start in the local real estate market echoing sentiments heard from Realtors® across the region that the spring market is starting earlier and earlier in recent years.  Sold dollar volume was up 38% year-over-year, going from...

Median sales price up, inventory down at end of Q4 2019

The Virginia Realtors® released the 2019 4th quarter homes sales report highlighting a strong economy, robust real estate market, and shrinking inventory.  Access the full report and share it with your sphere!

2019 Was a Great Year for Local Real Estate Market

The 2019 real estate market posted significant gains in total sold dollar volume and units sold, experienced modest price appreciation, and saw seriously increased competition with low inventory and very low days on market.  The year closed out with a total sold...

NAR Real Estate Forecast: Slower Growth, Price Gains to Continue

From the National Association of Realtors Real Estate Forecast Summit on December 11, 2019.... Slower Growth, Price Gains to Continue“Real estate is on firm ground with little chance of price declines,” says NAR’s Chief Economist Lawrence Yun. “However, in...

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