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August Newsletter Now Available: Walk a Mile in My Shoes, Sample Ballot, Candidate Bios, and more!

August Newsletter Now Available: Walk a Mile in My Shoes, Sample Ballot, Candidate Bios, and more!

Your copy of the FAAR Newsletter, the FAARside is here! Crack open a copy to learn about what’s going on at the Association including a letter from the President, the candidate bios for 2021 Leadership, and more!

This edition includes

  • Sample Leadership Ballot
  • Walk a Mile in My Shoes by Sha Williams-Hinnant, Chair of the Diversity Committee
  • Fair Housing Resources
  • Are you ready for some Golf? A message from Anne Overington, Foundation President
  • Affiliate Marketing Partners

and more!

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Let’s Crush Hunger with the 2020 REALTOR Cereal Drive

Go coo-coo for cereal collection!

2019 was a FANTASTIC year for the annual REALTOR® cereal drive. Help us reach the 2020 goal of 18,000 boxes, all of which go to the local area food banks.

Use the cereal drive as a touch point.

The cereal drive is a fantastic way to reconnect with your sphere— Look for REALTOR®-branded marketing pieces (post-card and flyer) to enhance efforts of collecting cereal from clients and friends.

Tell us if you’re participating.

Let us know if your office plans to participate by filling out the form below or emailing Mackenzie Rathbun with your office and contact information by September 26th. 

 

Cereal Drop Off & Cash Donations

Collected cereal can be dropped off at FAAR between 9AM and 5PM on 10/29 and 10/30 or for large pick-ups, the Fredericksburg food van can be scheduled to pick up from your location. Please email MacKenzie at mrathbun@faarmembers.com with your final box tally by October 30th. If you, or someone donating on your office’s behalf,  selects to donate money directly to the food bank we would just need a receipt to have it counted as part of your final total. Each dollar donated to local food banks is equal to two boxes of cereal! 

Cereal Drive Results

Results of the cereal collection will be announced November 2nd. Scroll down to see who participated in last year’s cereal drive!

 

 

 

 

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2020 Realtor Cereal Drive

Sign up here to be included in communications regarding the annual cereal drive that lasts throughout the month of October!

Key items to remember:

 

October 1-29—Collect cereal!  Let MacKenzie Rathbun (mrathbun@faarmembers.com) know if you need postcards.

October 29—If you have more than 250 boxes, just let MacKenzie know and she will arrange pick up. if you had your cereal picked up — PLEASE CONTACT MACKENZIE WITH BOX COUNT

October 29 & 30— Drop off cereal (less than 250 boxes) to FAAR.  Cereal can be dropped between 9 AM and 5 PM

Please feel free to reach out with any questions, and please post lots of fun pics and video on your cereal gathering and displays of cereal on social media to get all FAAR members excited about this very worthwhile cause!

 

 

 

Who participated in 2019?

Affiliate collecting the most Boxes

Sandra and Phillip Blake with MBH Settlement with 156 boxes

Most Improved

Long and Foster – from 2,308 boxes in 2018 to 3,861 boxes

Grand Prize

1st Choice Better Homes and Land – 5,214 boxes

All Participants

 1st Choice Better Homes and Land

Century 21 New Millennium

Long and Foster Fredericksburg

Coldwell Banker Elite Stafford

United Real Estate Premier

Century 21 Redwood-Locust Grove

Lake Anna Realty

Coldwell Banker Elite Massaponax

Nest Realty

Coldwell Banker Elite Spotsylvania

MBH Settlement

The Gillies Team with RE/MAX Real Estate Connections

Century 21 Redwood Fredericksburg

Keller Williams Fredericksburg

Coldwell Banker Elite Fredericksburg

Spring Arbor

RE/MAX Legacy

FAAR

The Title Professionals

Century 21 Redwood Stafford

Virginia CU Realty

Exit Elite Realty

Exit Realty Group

Weichert Realtors

Atlantic Coast Mortgage

RE/MAX Supercenter

Coldwell Banker Elite King George

Keller Williams Capital Properites

CTI Real Estate

Holt for Homes

 

Thank you all!

Stafford County Downzoning: What YOU need to know

What’s happening?

The Stafford County Board of Supervisors is anticipated to consider downzoning properties in the A-1 zoning category.  Under current regulations, landowners are permitted to subdivide their acreage into minimum lot sizes of 1 home per 3 acres.  The Board is looking to significantly increase that minimum lot size with the potential to change it to as much as 1 home per 10 acres.

For example, if you own 25 acres in the A-1 zoning category, you can subdivide that land into 8 lots right now.  If downzoning went into effect at a 10-acre minimum, you would only get 2 lots.

Why should I be concerned?

FAAR is a staunch defender of private property rights and commends Stafford County for its long history of cultivating a culture that encourages strong economic growth through reasonable zoning restrictions.  Discussions of downzoning thousands of properties throughout the County runs counter to that long history.

FAAR is specifically concerned about what impact downzoning will have on the value of rural properties and property owners’ ability to do as they see fit with their land.  Many rural landowners have developed long-term retirement plans that involved the value of their properties under current uses and acreage rules.  Efforts to downzone could erase decades worth of wealth creation that cannot be recovered.  In addition, many landowners intended to utilize family subdivisions to provide a legacy for their children and grandchildren, which they may not be able to realize if their land is unilaterally downzoned.

Background Information

In 2019, Stafford County conducted a series of public meetings centered around the topic of “healthy growth” and reducing new home construction in rural areas.  This Healthy Growth Initiative brought together stakeholders from across the county to discuss challenges with growth and development and find ways to channel growth into Targeted Growth Areas while not impacting taxation.  A consultant to the County collected public input and put forward a series of potential strategies for the County to consider.

At a retreat for the Board of Supervisors in early 2020, the Board directed the staff to look at the impact on development of three options for downzoning in the rural areas outside of the Urban Services Area:

  1. No change, retain 3 acres per dwelling unit
  2. Increase to a minimum lot size of 1 home per 6 acres
  3. Increase to a minimum lot size of 1 home per 10 acres

There was discussion as part of the Healthy Growth Initiative that downzoning coupled with an expansion of a Transfer of Development Rights (TDR) program would keep rural landowners whole financially by allowing them to transfer their current development rights to receiving areas in other parts of the county within the Urban Services Area.  But the Board expressed concern about expanding TDR since construction in the receiving area would be by-right and not subject to Board approval and not have proffers associated with it.  At this point, it’s not clear if TDR will go hand-in-hand with downzoning, leading to fears that downzoning would happen first and then TDR to follow so that landowners would in fact lose their development rights and be financially impacted.

Get Involved

Any downzoning changes will require a vote by the Board of Supervisors and will also require public hearings to gather input from those most impacted.  If you are concerned about what downzoning will do to the value of your property, you will have the chance for your voice to be heard.

Stafford Board of Supervisors Actions

The Stafford County Board of Supervisors will host a joint public hearing on downzoning on Thursday, October 29 at 6:30pm at Colonial Forge High School.   This is the meeting where the decision will be made so mark your calendars!

From the Stafford County website:  
The joint public hearing will be held on Thursday, October 29, 2020, at 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium of Colonial Forge High School, 550 Courthouse Road, Stafford, Virginia.  All parties are invited to appear and state their views. The auditorium will accommodate 65 individuals with minimal overflow seating in the cafeteria next to the auditorium. In-person speakers will receive a number and will listen for their number to be called up. The meeting will adhere to all required Coronavirus protocols such as social distancing and face coverings. Public hearing comments are also being accepted online by visiting www.staffordcountyva.gov/publichearings; please provide comments before 4:30 p.m. on October 28. The meeting will be streamed online via www.staffordcountyva.gov and viewable on Facebook Live and cable access channels. The proposed amendments and Q&As are also available online at https://staffordcountyva.gov/2181/Healthy-Growth-Initiative.
UPDATE ON BOARD ACTION TAKEN ON OCTOBER 29, 2020:  The Board voted 4-3 to defer action on a 10-acre downzoning until their Tuesday, December 15 meeting to allow more time for staff and Supervisors to work out a compromise that will be less onerous for rural landowners.  FAAR will be a strong voice to protect family subdivisions and the value of rural land, especially for those with smaller parcels.  

Downzoning on the agenda for Tuesday, September 1, 2020 at 3:00pm!  The Stafford Board of Supervisors will consider moving ahead with a joint public hearing with the Planning Commission to consider downzoning.  Access the Board agenda by clicking here.
UPDATE ON BOARD ACTIONS TAKEN ON SEPTEMBER 1:  The Board approved on a 5-2 vote moving ahead with a joint public hearing with the Planning Commission.  The approach they adopted proposes a unilateral downzoning of all A-1 land to a minimum lot size of 10 acres per parcel, up from 3 acres per parcel.  The Board has the authority to adopt a lower minimum lot size, but cannot go any higher than 10 acres and cannot consider any alternative proposals.  The next step is for the County staff to select a date, secure an alternate location to accommodate physical distancing, ensure the Planning Commission can have a quorum present, and provide a 30-day notice to property owners.  It is anticipated this meeting will take place in mid-October and will be held as a stand-alone meeting with no other Board business being conducted.  Watch the Board discussion from the meeting by clicking here.

If you are opposed to downzoning, use FAAR’s sample letter below to send a message to the Board of Supervisors alerting them to your concerns.

Downzoning Resources

Stafford Board Member Contact Information

Want to get involved and let your voice be heard?  Then use our sample letter to the right and send your elected officials an email!  Simply copy and paste the text into your email message and be sure to fill out the red text with specific information.  

Supervisor Meg Bohmke, Falmouth District
mbohmke@staffordcountyva.gov

Supervisor Tom Coen, George Washington District
tcoen@staffordcountyva.gov

Supervisor Cindy Shelton, Aquia Distsrict
cindyshelton@staffordcountyva.gov

Supervisor Mark Dudenhefer, Garrisonville District
mdudenhefer@staffordcountyva.gov

Supervisor Tinesha Allen, Griffis-Widewater District
tallen@staffordcountyva.gov

Supervisor Gary Snellings, Hartwood District
gsnellings@staffordcountyva.gov

Supervisor Crystal Vanuch, Rock Hill District
cvanuch@staffordcountyva.gov

Fredericksburg Area Real Estate Market Continues to Sizzle

The local real estate market continues to sizzle fueled by plummeting inventory and skyrocketing demand as many prospective buyers look for more space, more yard, and more in-home amenities like pools and playscapes.  Total sold dollar volume was up over 30% from last year, coming in at approximately $320.4 million this July compared to $245.6 million last July.  The region’s median price increased for the 16th straight month, soaring nearly 8% year-over-year going from $324,900 in July of 2019 to $349,900 in July of this year.  Units sold also increased significantly, rising over 18% with 849 homes sold this July compared to 719 last year. 

“As we continue to navigate these unprecedented times, most buyers and sellers are adjusting and accepting social distancing and adhering to the COVID-19 CDC guidelines,” comments FAAR Board Member Cindy LeBrun.  “Some sellers are pricing to get multiple offers with buyers not asking for closing costs or forgoing the home inspection which could be a mistake later down the line.  Buyers are now realizing that they need to move quickly to get pre-approved with a lender to be able to make their offer stronger to the seller.  The historically low mortgage rates have been a game changer and most lenders predict the low rates continuing through December, which should keep the housing market busy.”

Two of the region’s localities approached the $400,000 median price mark in July, adding even more fuel to the regional sales price increase.  The City of Fredericksburg saw a 16% rise in median price from last year, settling at $394,900 while Stafford County just missed hitting $400,000 with an 8% median price increase to $399,000.  Every jurisdiction in the FAAR footprint saw significant increases in units sold but Caroline County led the pack with a whopping 71% increase, going from 42 homes sold last July to 72 this July.  Caroline’s affordability and wide-open spaces are proving attractive to many prospective buyers. 

Days on market, the time it takes from when a listing enters the market until it receives a ratified contract and is removed from active status on the multiple listing service, fell over 9% with houses averaging just 30 days on the market in July 2020 compared to 33 days in July 2019. 

The region’s supply issues continue to frustrate buyers as the market saw another huge drop in active listings compared to last year at the same time.  The region closed out July with just 740 homes on the market, an astonishing 57% decrease from last July.  New listings provided a glimmer of hope that sellers are feeling a little comfortable listing their homes with July posting only a single digit loss in new listings compared to the previous year.  The market had been experiencing double digit decreases in new listings each month since the start of the pandemic.  New pendings were up nearly 20% indicating that this trend of a very active market is set to continue for the rest of the summer.

Women’s Council of Realtors Economic Roundtable

On Tuesday, August 10, 2020, the Women’s Council of Realtors® hosted an economic roundtable with officials from all six jurisdictions in the FAAR footprint.  The wide ranging discussion touched on aid to small businesses impacted by the coronavirus, new prospects that continue to demonstrate strong interest in our region, new housing projects under constructions, and broadband deployment.  Catch the entire conversation by clicking on the image above.  Want to contact one of the speakers directly?  Use the information below to reach out with your questions.

Fredericksburg Regional Economic Development Contacts

Gary Wilson
Caroline County
Director
Economic Development
gwilson@co.caroline.va.us

Bill Freehling
City of Fredericksburg
Director
Economic Development & Tourism
bfreehling@fredericksburgva.gov

Nick Minor
King George County
Director
Economic Development & Tourism
nminor@co.kinggeorge.state.va.us

Rose Deal
Orange County
Project Manager
Economic Development
rdeal@orangecountyva.gov

Debbie Sanders
Spotsylvania County
Interim Director
Economic Development & Tourism
dsanders@spotsylvania.va.us

John Holden
Stafford County
Director
Economic Development & Tourism
jholden@staffordcountyva.gov

#Member Monday | Meet REALTOR Anne Corbin

#Member Monday | Meet REALTOR Anne Corbin

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
Anne Corbin

Hometown
Unionville VA

Current Location
Mineral VA

Title
REALTOR® with Long and Foster

Number of Years in the Industry
7

Why do you love working in real estate?
I enjoy assisting people with their real estate needs. The flexibility I have with this job enables me to successfully juggle the demands of wife, mom, grandmother and daughter.

Favorite Work Story  
I met Mr & Mrs. H when they looked at a log cabin in Madison. They passed on this REO but found another they wanted to buy. Using an escalation clause, we won the bid! BUT, there was pending litigation causing a cloud on the title. We ultimately voided the contract. The property sat vacant for 2 years. Another client contacted me to tour the property and I grabbed one of the flyers from the table. This client wasn’t interested so I mailed the flyer to Mr & Mrs H, who replied “you’re a temptress!” They chose to view the house again and, after a few trials & tribulations, including a bat in the house, we were able to successfully close on their dream log home!

What are you most proud of in your career?
I have worked hard to beat my personal goals each year and strive to keep in touch continuously with previous clients. I want them to know I am always here for them and any others they know that might need a good agent in the area.

Do you have a special cause or volunteer your time?
I am a member of the Belmont Club of Women and served the past two years as Secretary and Treasurer. We raise money to donate as scholarships and to charitable organizations including food banks.

Fun Fact
I am a first time grandmother (he’s 3 months old) and I am blessed that my daughter and her husband chose to move from SC to VA in May. I have “lived” with my grandson since he came home from the hospital.

Discrimination and bias have absolutely no place in housing

FAAR applauds the strong stance the National Association of Realtors® is taking on fighting discrimination and bias in the housing industry and echoes NAR President Vince Malta’s recent comments on HUD’s proposed changes that weaken the disparate impact rule.

“NAR is disappointed that HUD is retreating on its decades-long policy requiring that communities receiving taxpayer money address discrimination and segregation.  We previously communicated that disapproval to the industry and to the public , and our stance remains unchanged. Our commitment to fair housing and the property rights of all is unwavering. Discrimination and bias have absolutely no place in housing.  We will continue to push all policymakers in Washington to ensure that the federal government promotes equality and eliminates discrimination in the housing market, for the benefit of all.”

Big story from Q2 real estate statistics? There are no homes! Check out the full report…

It’s clear that real estate has weathered the COVID-19 pandemic storm very well up to this point.  Some Realtors® are having the best year of their career, but how long can the hot market last?    Mortgage rates are expected to stay low and there is a glimmer of hope on the medical horizon with active vaccine trials underway.  But virus hot spots continue to rage in parts of the country and fears about a resurgence are always at the back of people’s minds.  Despite the significant increase in prices and plummeting days on market, would-be sellers continue to hold back.  The area is seeing barely a month supply of homes meaning many, many frustrated buyers.  The second quarter of 2020 ended strong for real estate but the perpetual question of what does the future hold remains a focus of all associated with the industry.

Access the full report below and share with your clients and customers.  Questions or feedback about the report?  Send Kim McClellan an email.

#Member Monday | Meet Broker Lauren Tate

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
Lauren Tate

Hometown
Ridgefield, CT

Current Location
Spotsylvania, VA

Title
Executive Vice President, Broker, Real Estate Coach at Century 21 Redwood Realty

Number of Years in the Industry
30

Why do you love working in real estate?
My passion is helping Realtors achieve the success they desire in their real estate career. It goes way beyond just telling an agent how to succeed rather getting in the trenches with the agent, working side by side and showing them how, with action steps, hands on one on one training and learning at their pace. Watching an agent’s confidence grow within themselves is one of the most rewarding experiences and is why I choose to be in my role.

Favorite Work Story 
Turning the “I can’t into I can and succeeded”

What are you most proud of in your career?
Making a significant impact with those who desire to have a sustainable career in real estate

Do you have a special cause or volunteer your time?
My biggest investment of time is dedicated mostly to developing agents before, during and after work hours. I look for opportunities where I can give back to my community through my church, Salem Baptist Church, Back To School drives, Cereal Drive for the Fredericksburg Area Food Bank, FXBG Love Scrub, Christmas for the Adults and Children with the Thurman Brisben Center, Feed The Gap – Spotsylvania County, VA.

Fun Fact
Love spending time with my family and best friend. I do treasure alone time either walking the battlefield or organizing my home. My favorite place is the beach!

Sample Ballot for the 2021 Leadership Slate of Candidates

Sample Ballot for the 2021 Leadership Slate of Candidates

Voting is now open for the 2021 FAAR Board of Directors

All FAAR members are invited to vote at https://vote.electionrunner.com/election/tS2mD

To vote you will use your NRDS Number as your Voter ID and your email as your Voter Key

View the recording of the Meet the Candidates Event here

 

Review the Sample Ballot-

2020 Election Slate for the 2021 FAAR Board of Director announced

At its July 21 meeting, the Board of Directors blessed the 2020 slate of candidates as recommended by the Nominating Committee chaired by Linda Fosdick, Dockside Realty. The official ballot will be sent electronically to members on August 14. The final day to vote is September 16. Balloting closes at noon. The results of the election will be announced at a zoom meeting at 2 pm on September 16.

Become acquainted with the candidates. The Sample Ballot is linked. New for this year, a Meet the Candidate zoom event scheduled for mid- August. Candidates have the opportunity to film a campaign video and create their own marketing flyer assisted by the FAAR staff. Their biographical information will appear in the August issue of FAARSide.

Be a responsible member, learn what each candidate has to offer and then VOTE August 14- September 16 at noon.

 

New this year—

  • Meet the Candidates event mid- August. Watch the recording here!
  • Individual video produced at FAAR for each candidate for viewing by the entire membership
  • Annual review- Read the candidates bios in the August edition of the FAARSide

 

Sample Ballot

Slate of Candidates- 2021 Leadership

Electronic Balloting begins August 14, ends September 16 at noon

FAAR offers electronic voting. The ballot will be sent in an email to each REALTOR® member on August 14. Members will have a little over 4 weeks to vote. The balloting closes September 16 at noon. Since there is no Expo this year, the results of the balloting will be announced during a zoom general membership meeting on September 16 at 2 pm.  The results will be communicated to the entire membership soon after this announcement.

                       

President                  Carrie Danko, 1st Choice Better Homes & Land

President-Elect        Deb Ellis, Coldwell Banker Elite                      

Vice President          Carol Sondrini, Coldwell Banker Elite

Secretary                  Randy Walther, Nest Realty                       

Treasurer                  Kelly Walker, Coldwell Banker Elite  (Two-year term)                     

 Immediate Past President  Drew Fristoe, Coldwell Banker Elite

 

Directors- Four candidates for three positions. Select up to three..

 

__ Pia Contreras- Sanchez, Prime Realty

__ Dawn Josemans, Coldwell Banker Elite

__ Kardin Lillis, Weichert, Realtors

__ Lauren Tate, Century 21 Redwood

 

Two candidates for 1 affiliate position. Select one.

 

__ Scott Hine, Assurance Financial Group

__ Donna Schmidt, 2-10 Home Buyers Warranty

 

Returning Directors-

Clay Murray, Pathway Realty

Sandy Pearce, Pathway Realty

Lynn Lenahan, 1st Choice Better Homes & Land

 

 

 

Press Releases

Fredericksburg Area Real Estate Market Continues to Sizzle

The local real estate market continues to sizzle fueled by plummeting inventory and skyrocketing demand as many prospective buyers look for more space, more yard, and more in-home amenities like pools and playscapes.  Total sold dollar volume was up over 30% from last...

Summer Selling Season is in Full Swing

Real estate market continues to power on despite ongoing pandemic The summer selling season is in full swing in the Fredericksburg area with June real estate statistics blowing 2019 out of the water.  Total sold dollar volume increased by 42% fueled by a nearly 8%...

Fredericksburg REALTORS Foundation donates $2,500 to Mary’s Shelter

COVID is keeping us from doing in-person check presentations, but this blast from the past shows that we have a long history of support!The Foundation approved a $2,500 grant for an emergency bathroom renovation at Mary's Shelter.  At any given time, Mary's Shelter...

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