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2018 Community Service Day Waiver

2018 Community Service Day Waiver

2018 Community Service Day Waiver

I understand that this event is being done on a voluntary basis through the Fredericksburg Area Association of Realtors® (FAAR) and in partnership with the 516 Project, Inc. I hereby acknowledge that working on the 516 Project, Inc. home repair program involves some risk of personal injury and/or death. I hereby acknowledge that FAAR and 516 Project, Inc. has made no representations about the conditions of the premises on which I will be working or the activities in which I choose to engage. I hereby release and hold harmless FAAR and 516 Project, Inc., its officers and directors and others working on this project, including the homeowners where I will volunteer, from any and all liability which might result from my working on this project. I hereby acknowledge that I assume the risk of any injury which might occur as the result of working on this project. This also includes the transportation to and from the assigned work location. I hereby acknowledge that my photo / video may be taken during activities involved with my volunteer work with FAAR and 516 Project, Inc. I understand and allow these images / videos be used by FAAR and/or the 516 Project, Inc. in print and/or digital media at the discretion of both organizations.
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  • Please indicate your preferred size for the FREE Community Service Day commemorative t-shirt!

#MemberMonday | Meet Mark Forror

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
Mark Forror

Hometown
Bay Village, OH

Current Location
Fredericksburg, VA

Title
Associate Broker with Exit Elite Realty

Number of Years in the Industry
14

Why do you love working in real estate?
I like to help people who have not been afforded the opportunity to buy a home to own their own home.

Favorite Work Story 
I once showed a house that, unbeknownst to me, had two killer attack dogs inside. I heard something moving around inside, so I cracked the door about four inches. A Doberman attack dog fit its head through the crack and nearly bit my nose off.

What are you most proud of in your career?
I have been able to prevent several slumlords from operating in Fredericksburg, with the help of Fredericksburg City government. I also stopped a real estate pricing scam in the City of Fredericksburg.

Do you have a special cause or volunteer your time? 
Fredericksburg Food Bank
Peace Corps of the United States Memorial Project

Fun Fact
I was a screenwriter in Hollywood for nearly a decade.

I once flew an aerobatic routine in a TF-51D Mustang fighter plane—the only time in my life I ever wore a parachute!

FAAR Announces Community Service Day!

FAAR Community Service Day

Saturday, May 19, 2018

9:00am-3:00pm

2 shifts, both include lunch!

“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” -Winston Churchill

Looking for a way to give back in the community?  FAAR is partnering with FABA and the 516 Project on an ambitious community service project that aims to deploy 5 teams of Realtors®, affiliates, and builders in each of the jurisdictions that FAAR serves to make a lasting difference in a needy homeowner’s life.

The 516 Project will help screen applicants and coordinate logistics at build sites, they have that down to a science.  We will provide the hard work and good cheer that we’re known for, all while giving a hand up to a neighbor in need.  FAAR will provide lunch, water, and all instruction on the job site.

So gather your friends, neighbors, and colleagues!  Teams are welcome and the day is split into shifts.  Sign up for one shift or do the whole day, whatever works for you.  All participants must be 16 years or older.

Thank you to our Sponsors!

#MemberMonday | Meet Kenny Franklin

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
Kenny Franklin

Hometown
Stafford County

Current Location
Stafford County

Title
​REALTOR®, ABR®, AHWD, e-PRO®, SFR, MRP with Next Home Elite Plus

Number of Years in the Industry
As a REALTOR® – 12

Why do you love working in real estate?
I love architecture, local history, interacting with people and solving challenges. I would say these are pluses for working in the real estate industry.

Favorite Work Story 
How much space do I have??? Too many stories to pick one. But… there is a story about working with one of Kenny White’s buyers and the home owner was home in her hot tub. I’ll let Kenny tell the rest of the story.

What are you most proud of in your career?
Being I’m a 2nd generation REALTOR®, 2nd generation Home Inspector and the 3rd generation in construction… carrying on the skills and work ethics that I was taught growing up working in my father’s construction company and 2 hardware stores.

Do you have a special cause or volunteer your time? 
I have been a sound tech for over 25 years and volunteer at my church, Stafford Crossing Community Church. I also go on national & international church mission trips building homes, repairing homes and building relationships. I’ve built/repaired homes in Jamaica, Honduras, Mississippi, Virginia, West Virginia, Navajo Reservation and Long Island. I’ve done relational work in Mumbai, India.

Fun Fact
In high school, I lived across the street from Betty Jasmund in Aquia Harbour.
I’m a licensed home inspector and a certified Radon testing tech. I’ve owned/operated a home inspection business for 29 years. I’ve performed over 10,000 home inspections and over 2,500 Radon tests through the years. I know a thing or two about houses because I’ve seen a thing or two.

Fredericksburg REALTORS® Foundation Awards $1,200 Grant

The Fredericksburg REALTORS® Foundation provided a $1,200 emergency housing assistance grant to Mental Health America of Fredericksburg (MHA).  The grant was used to repair the home of a client of the organization participating in their Senior Visitors Program.  The emergency repairs will allow the client to remain in their home.

The MHA client is currently receiving medical care and will soon be discharged to continue convalescing at home.  Without the repairs provided through the Foundation’s grant funding, the client would not have been allowed to return home.  The mission of the Foundation is to help individuals and families stay in their homes and achieve stable housing.

The Foundation provides grants to non-profits addressing local housing needs through a simple grant application.  More information can be found at www.faarmembers.com/foundation/

Hope House Initiative | Item Drive

The Community Service Committee has partnered with Loisann’s Hope House to provide certain basic items during the January – March collection drive.  Please consider helping this local charity by collecting the items listed and dropping them off at FAAR before March 31st. Thank you for your contributions!

Popcorn & Politics | Annual Chamber Legislative Reception on 11/29

Please join sponsor Embrace Homes Loans for this year’s Politics and Popcorn put on the by Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce!  This event is your opportunity to meet and interact with the state delegation that represents our region.   The panel of Legislators will answer questions that members submit in advance as well as take questions from the audience.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

3:00pm to 5:00pm

Gari Melchers’ Belmont, Stafford County

$20 for Chamber Members

$30 for General Public

Register here:  http://members.fredericksburgchamber.org/events/details/popcorn-politics-6487

Sign up to be a Candlelight Tour House Guide this December!

Sign up to be a Candlelight Tour House Guide this December!

Don’t miss this opportunity to be the tour guide for one of Fredericksburg’s finest historic homes on this once a year tour presented by the Historic Fredericksburg Foundation. Inc. (HFFI).  Tour hours are Saturday and Sunday, December 9th and 10th, from 11 am to 5pm and Saturday evening from 6 – 8 pm.  The house guides receive hosting scripts containing all the information available. This will include information about the decorations and the house history/ architecture. This information is just as important as the items contained in the home and is necessary to not only meet the expectations of our guests, but also to make sure our decorators get all the credit and attention they deserve. Finding willing decorators can be a challenge some years and we have found that “making it worth it” needs to be done through a variety of methods. Promotion of them through our website and Facebook is one way, but ensuring that visitors hear about aspects of the decor, as well as hear the decorator’s name, is important.  

We are hosting the Candlelight Tour at 1200 Washington Avenue, Fredericksburg, VA 22401.

Thursday, December 7th from 10:00 am-11:00 am we will have our Preview and Run Down meeting for the house we are presenting.

You will also have a chance to get discounted tickets for the Candlelight Tour at this time

Sign up to host a tour at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040c45aaae2ea31-2017

Record-breaking year for Cereal Drive—Over 18,000 boxes collected!

Record-breaking year for Cereal Drive—Over 18,000 boxes collected!

Thank you to all of our participants in this year’s record-breaking cereal drive! The final total was 18,067 boxes collected! Distributed across multiple food banks in the region, the cereal from this annual cereal drive is making a difference in the lives of families struggling with hunger in our community. Assuming each box can provide at least 3 meals, that’s over 50,000 meals in our region. Thank you for continuing to work with FAAR to make this annual event a success!

WINNERS

Affiliate Office
Alcova Mortgage, 576 boxes

Most Cereal Per Agent
Century 21 Battlefield King George, 2203 boxes

Runner up, Most Improved
Century 21 Redwood Stafford, from 87 to 700 boxes

Most Improved
United Real Estate Premier, from 0 to 2808 boxes

Runner up, Most Cereal Collected
Century 21 New Millennium Fredericksburg, 2923 boxes

Grand Prize, Most Cereal Collected
1st Choice Better Homes and Land  5019 boxes

 

PARTICIPANTS

Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Select
Century 21 Redwood – Locust Grove
Nest Realty Group – Fredericksburg
1st Choice Better Homes and Land
CTI Real Estate
Alcova Mortgage
United Real Estate Premier
Century 21 Redwood – Fredericksburg
Long and Foster Fredericksburg
Century 21 Battlefield
Century 21 New Millennium Fredericksburg
Coldwell Banker Elite Downtown
REMAX Legacy
FAAR
Ulta Realty
Century 21 Redwood – Stafford
Coldwell Banker Elite – Stafford
Virginia CU Realty
Embrace Home Loans
Keller Williams Realty –  Stafford
Keller Williams Realty – Fredericksburg
Holt for Homes
Movement Mortgage

 

Put a smile on a member’s face! Nominate for a FAAR award today!

Put a smile on a member’s face! Nominate for a FAAR award today!

“There is someone in your REALTOR® life who is perfect for one of the FAAR awards.”

Awards Update

Chair Bonnie Ramey is happy to report that Spring award applications were up and we are hoping that the fall awards season has similar increases. Some of the forms were tweaked to be easier to fill out. “There are members out there who are deserving and cumbersome forms should not be a deterrent to giving recognition to them.” She and Vice Chair Corey Green urge members and brokers to take the time to review the various recognitions. “There is someone in your REALTOR® life who is perfect for one of the FAAR awards.” The managing broker community is urged to recognize the achievements of their agents by promoting nominations or nominating someone from the office. Application deadline is October 31, 2017.

Fall Awards 

Nomination forms are for Raising the Bar, the Good Neighbor, Affiliate of the Year and the new Spirit Award. Cindy LeBrun was the first recipient in 2016 because she exemplifies the criteria, a cheerleader for FAAR, who steps up to volunteer for events and activities with little fanfare but someone you always count on to be helpful with any task requested. Hall of Fame, Silver Circle and REALTOR® Emeritus are selected by date of membership and Hall of Fame by the Awards Committee or by the Board of Director.

Nominate a member for one of these awards at faarmembers.com/awards.

 

Realtors® Celebrate Service Week

Use this form to share your office and individual community service projects with us so we can curate and share with the world!
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