Community Service

Our effort to improve local community living.

FAAR receives $4,500 for Orange County Park Project

FAAR will use a $4,500 Placemaking grant from the National Association of Realtors® (NAR) to help transform an unused space in the Town of Orange into a vibrant, public destination for community use and enjoyment. 

The grant was designed by NAR to ensure local Realtor® Associations are partnering with neighboring organizations to plan, organize, implement and maintain Lighter, Quicker, Cheaper placemaking in their communities.  

FAAR will contribute these funds to help support the creation a pocket park along the Church Street corridor in the Town of Orange.  This corridor was home to a thriving Black commercial district through the 1970s which was significantly impacted by a bypass transportation project.  The park will feature a series of interpretive markets recounting the history and people of the business district, with seating, landscaping, and statuary.  The park will not only serve as a gathering spot for reflection and inspiration, but also as a catalyst for preservation-based economic development.  FAAR is partnering with the Orange Downtown Alliance, a certified-Main Street program.  

Artist rendering of the proposed project

Member Monday – Meet REALTOR and Affiliate Laura Pate Rodier

Member Monday – Meet REALTOR and Affiliate Laura Pate Rodier

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.

Laura Pate Rodier

Fayetteville, NC

Current Location
Stafford, VA

Marketing Director at The Title Professionals and Realtor® with Holt for Homes Realty

Number of Years in the Industry

Why do you love working in real estate?
Working in real estate affords me the opportunity to meet so many people! After five years in the business in the Fredericksburg area, I have extensive personal and professional networks of people. I run into someone I know every time I go anywhere. My daughter often tells me before we leave the house, “Mom, put on your lipstick because you know you will see someone you know because you know everybody.” She’s not wrong!

Favorite Work Story
Well, I am fairly certain that the over 200-year-old building that I work in is haunted. Ask me about it when you see me!

What are you most proud of in your career?
I am proud that I work for two organizations that prioritize community service. The Title Professionals supports a different local charity every quarter and donates time in addition to money. Holt for Homes faithfully plays Santa every year through FAAR’s Secret Santa initiative and is currently collecting food for the Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank. I suppose it is only logical that I take over chairing the FAAR Community Service Committee for this year!

Do you have a special cause or volunteer your time? 
I lost my mother to breast cancer 23 years ago, so I am a multi-year supporter/participant of the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer, a 2 day 39 mile walk to raise money and awareness. I also volunteer at my church in various ways, including meal deliveries, youth events, and anything involving the choir, of which I am a member.

Fun Fact
I love to paint! Watercolor portraits are my specialty, but I have painted almost everything. My friends are encouraging me to write and illustrate a book about the adventures of my dog, Bean the Corgi, and I am considering it!

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A humble thank you to the women who have impacted their world and influenced mine

A humble thank you to the women who have impacted their world and influenced mine

Pat Breme, RCE, CIPS
Chief Executive Officer

To honor Women’s History Month, I offer these reflections. Over a lifetime you meet people who influence your values and viewpoints and often shape your choices.

I graduated from college in 1968 when women’s rights were the core of a very vocal, in-your-face movement. The rebel rousers were Betty Freidan, Gloria Steinem and Shirley Chisholm.

Freidan rocked the country with her book The Feminine Mystique, where she described the plight of college educated women who felt trapped and unfulfilled because career opportunities were largely limited to nursing, teaching or secretarial work.

The message of Friedan, who organized NOW (National Organization for Women), was expanded by others, Gloria Steinem and Germaine Greer who believed that political inequality has personal implications regarding sexuality, birth control, abortion, roles in marriage, housework and childcare.

Then there was Shirley Chisholm, the first black woman to be elected to Congress. She was a fierce spokesperson for woman’s rights. Her autobiography Unbossed and Unbought perfectly captured her feisty attitude.

Some of the milestones of the movement were outlawing gender discrimination in education and college sports, obtaining financial credit, and banning discrimination against pregnant women in the workforce. There were many who marched for equality in wages and equal opportunities for placement and promotions in business.

Over the past 30 years, there have been significant accomplishments. Rape crisis centers and health centers and women’s shelters providing specialized services came into existence.

We stand on the shoulders of women’s liberation advocates, as well as modern day trailblazers like Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey, Ellen DeGeneres and others.

The movements of today are MeToo, addressing sexual assault and harassment in the workplace, and the Time’s Up, which focuses on creating economic opportunities, safety and income equality for women in the workplace.  Young women are finding a voice of their own in groups they identify with- color, sexual preference, gender preference, career choices, or other options.

However, in this country we can’t claim success unless we are also helping suppressed women around the world. In some countries, there has been no progress. Women are not educated; they are chattel of their husbands.

I stand on the shoulders of those women in association management who have elevated the position of executive secretary to CEO through hard work and showing value.

I stand on the shoulders of many FAAR women Presidents who have influenced me and taught me to be a servant leader, the value of collaboration, the advantage of listening before speaking and viewing situations from another’s point of view.  

They shaped my thinking and ultimately shaped my style of management. Of the many who impacted my career, I comment on four who were significant role models for me…

Melanie Thompson, who can with precision, analyze an issue and cut through the nonsense

Suzy Stone, understands that volunteerism is the essence of being a servant leader

Sherry Bailey, always demonstrates the upmost composure in the most difficult situations

Gayle Elliott, she taught to take the time to have conversations with unlikely people


In my personal life, I must add-

My mother, she taught me to stand up for myself

My sister Barbara, whose sheer determination created successful businesses

My fourth-grade teacher, she taught me coordination in fashion

My daughters-in-laws and girlfriends, envelop me in love and keep me humble

Thank you to all FAAR women from 1957 to the present who have succeed in their careers, nurtured families and made a difference in the community. Lastly, but never least, I am grateful for the staff of seven women who I work with every day. They are servant leaders. They are innovative, collaborative and are perfect examples of the power of women in business. 

The 2021 February FAARside Newsletter is ready for you!

The 2021 February FAARside Newsletter is ready for you!

It’s here, FAAR members! Your copy of the February Newsletter, the FAARside is ready for your review! Crack open a copy to learn about what’s going on at the Association including a letter from the President, 2020 accomplishments, and more!

This edition includes

  • 2021 Legislative Agenda
  • How to maximize your FAAR membership
  • An update on Stafford County Downzoning
  • Zoom tips
  • Fredericksburg REALTORS Foundation Annual Report
  • FAAR’s March is for Members sneak peak
  • 2021 Bright MLS Training Schedule

and more!

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February realtor newsletter cover page with tiled grid of FAAAR member headshots and see the diversity scholarship on page 17
2020 Realtor Cereal Collection Drive Results

2020 Realtor Cereal Collection Drive Results

REALTORS® and Affiliates did a tremendous job of seeking out cereal this year! YOU CRUSHED the goal of 16,000 boxes and ended up collecting 28,022 boxes of shelf-stable food for our community.

Who won?

Affiliate collecting the most boxes – 4-way tie!

Tim Liddy with Charden – 200 boxes
Donna Schmidt with 2-10 Home Buyers Warranty – 200 boxes
Tony Bolding with Alcova Mortgage – 200 boxes
Katie Williams – First American Home Warranty – 200 boxes

Most Cereal Per Agent

1st Choice Better Homes and Land – 10,118 boxes total

Most Improved

Long and Foster – from 3,361 boxes in 2019 to 7,256 boxes in 2020

Runner-ups Most Cereal

Century 21 New Millennium – from 2,772 boxes in 2019 to 3,699 boxes in 2020
Weichert Realtors – from 527 boxes in 2019 to 3,303 boxes in 2020
United Real Estate Premier – from 806 boxes in 2019 to 1,554 boxes in 2020

Honorable Mention

Hometown Realty – first time participating and collected 325 boxes!

Grand Prize

1st Choice Better Homes and Land – 10,118 boxes!


Thank you also to these cereal collectors!

CTI Real Estate

Berkshire Hathaway Home Services

Century 21 Redwood

Universal Title

Coldwell Banker Elite King George/Colonial Beach

Topside Federal Credit Union


How about a BONUS for your landlords???

Do you represent landlords throughout the region?  Do you have some available properties?  Then you’ll want to check out this program from our local non-profit partners that will house homeless families AND get your landlords a signing bonus!  Read on for more details…

From Micah Ministries, administrator of the Stable Homes Partnership which serves Empowerhouse, Loisann’s Hope House, Micah and the Thurman Brisben Center

Recent CARES Act funding has presented an immediate opportunity for the Fredericksburg region to permanently re-house those experiencing homelessness. With your help, the majority of those currently staying in the community’s emergency shelters could be housed by Christmas. Our goal is to get 95 households housed in the next 90 days.

LANDLORDS: DOUBLE your rent for the first month!
Landlords have an extraordinary opportunity to join homeless services in ending homelessness in the Fredericksburg region! Sign a lease with a household experiencing homelessness between October 1 and Christmas Eve (December 24) and receive a signing bonus in addition to the regular security deposit and the first month’s rent. Your signing bonus will equal one month of rent. It is free and is our way of saying thank you for doing your part to end homelessness in the Fredericksburg region.

Make a house a HOME this Christmas!
Micah congregations have developed a system to collect donated furniture and household items. They will then distribute them to those who need it. Drop off gently used sofas, beds, tables, chairs, dressers and other household essentials at 1212 Lafayette Blvd., Tuesday through Thursday from 9am to 1pm or complete our online donation form to arrange a pick-up.

Want to get involved in the program?  Call 540-760-3310 to connect with the Community Housing Locator.  

Virginia REALTORS® Announces 2020 Good Neighbor Award Recipients

Virginia REALTORS® Announces 2020 Good Neighbor Award Recipients

RICHMOND, Va. (October 1, 2020) – Virginia REALTORS® celebrates its 2020 awardees. The association conducted its annual awards ceremony through its first-ever virtual awards show on September 30, 2020. The ceremony recognized excellence in various areas of real estate, along with notable community contributions. These awardees were selected by a committee of peers as standouts among an association of 35,000 members.


The Virginia REALTORS® Good Neighbor Award recognizes REALTOR® members who make a positive impact on their community and gifts the organization through which they volunteer time and talents. This annual award seeks to highlight, inspire, and perpetuate the individual contributions within the real estate industry toward improving the lives of citizens in Virginia.


Each winner will receive a $500 award, which will go to the to the 501(c)(3) non-profit/charity with which the Virginia REALTOR® Good Neighbor is involved.


The Virginia REALTORS® 2020 Good Neighbor Awardees are:


  • Sarah Moorman of the Northern Virginia Association of REALTORS®, volunteering on behalf of Generosity Feeds
  • Jim Napier of the Richmond Association of REALTORS®, volunteering on behalf of the Massey Cancer Center at Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Chip Taylor of the Fredericksburg Area Association of REALTORS®, volunteering on behalf of Fredericksburg Virginia Main Street
  • Patricia “Trish” Snyder of the Massanutten Association of REALTORS®, volunteering on behalf of the Virginia Cooperative Extension, and
  • Linda Wolf of the Northern Virginia Association of REALTORS®, volunteering on behalf of Mission M-4, in partnership with the Walter Reed Society.


To see the entire list of this year’s winners, click here.

For headshots of award winners, please contact Robin Spensieri at

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About Virginia REALTORS®

Virginia REALTORS® (previously known as the Virginia Association of REALTORS®) is one of the largest professional trade associations in Virginia, representing 35,000 REALTORS® engaged in the residential and commercial real estate business. Virginia REALTORS® serves as an advocate for homeownership and homeowners and represents the interests of property owners in the Commonwealth of Virginia. For more information, visit or follow Virginia REALTORS® on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

Virginia REALTORS® is celebrating its 100-year anniversary in 2020.

NOTE: The term REALTOR® is a registered collective membership mark that identifies a real estate professional who is a member of the National Association of REALTORS® and subscribes to its strict Code of Ethics. Top of Form

Contact: Robin Spensieri, Vice President of Communications & Media Relations
Telephone: 404.433.6015


#MemberMonday | Meet REALTOR® Jennifer Hennessy

#MemberMonday | Meet REALTOR® Jennifer Hennessy

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.

Jennifer Hennessy 

Pittsburgh, PA 

Current Location 
Stafford, VA 

Principal Broker/REALTOR®, The Bacon Group Inc.

Number of Years in the Industry 

Why do you love working in real estate? 
I love working with people to make their dreams of home ownership come true. My co-workers say that I have never met a stranger! I’m very data driven so I enjoy looking at comps and working with buyers and sellers to see all important factors for such a huge decision. 

Favorite Work Story
I love animals of all species, they just catch my attention and hold on to my heart. Sandy and I were showing a house in NOVA and the owner had 3 dogs, a giant talking bird, and cages with snakes ect. Sandy and the buyers were like “nope” we are out of here. And before I knew it they were all gone and in their cars, I was standing on the front porch with a dog in each arm and one leaning against me and yelling “Oh so none of you want to see the rest of the house? ” That was a big no for them! 

What are you most proud of in your career? 
Any time a buyer or seller walks away very happy, makes me very proud. Also, studying and passing my broker’s exam. 

Do you have a special cause or volunteer your time?
Special Education and especially children with Autism. I was an Autism Teacher for 15 years and now to stay involved I volunteer as a parent advocate. I also love helping the animal shelters with donations and cancer organizations. 

Fun Fact 
I have way to many hobbies!!! 


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#Member Monday | Meet REALTOR® Monica O’Donnell

#Member Monday | Meet REALTOR® Monica O’Donnell

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.

Monica O’Donnell

Maracaibo, Venezuela

Current Location 
Fredericksburg, VA

REALTOR®,  Long and Foster

Number of Years in the Industry
1st time in 2005. Now Active for 2 months

Why do you love working in real estate? 
I have been an entrepreneur for 18 years and own a local business in the City of Fredericksburg for the last 13 years.
I love to interact with people, and Real Estate allows me to do that.

What are you most proud of in your career? 
Came as immigrant 21 years ago, without speaking word of english, at age 30, and to be able to be financially independent and become an entrepreneur in just 3 years after arriving, I have definitely reached the American Dream.

Do you have a special cause or volunteer your time?
I’m active member of Saint Mary’s Catholic church, I serve as lector jointly with my son who is an Altar Server, and assistant in RICA for adults in spanish, also I’m the president of a nonprofit organization SINOVA, being the main purpose to Network the spanish community in their different needs as legal, education and health.

Fun Fact 
I still have a strong accent when I speak, and I love when some people are not paying attention when I speak and say to me “I don’t speak Spanish” and I replied “I’m speaking English” is funny to see their faces. LOL


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 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 ( 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


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!

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