Community Service

Our effort to improve local community living.

ProjectLINK Honors FAAR for Secret Santa Partnership

On Tuesday, February 19, 2019, Rappahannock Area Community Services Board Executive Director Jane Yaun presented 2019 FAAR President Drew Fristoe with a certificate of recognition for FAAR’s nearly 30-year Secret Santa partnership.  This program features FAAR members adopting families and providing toys, clothes, and gift cards for thosein need.  Over the past 10 years, FAAR has helped 322 families, including 589 children. 

ProjectLINK assists pregnant and mothering women struggling with substance abuse issues with intensive case management, home visits, parenting guidance, and substance abuse recovery. 

#MemberMonday Meet Mac Church

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
Mac Church

Hometown
Virginia Beach, VA

Current Location
Spotsylvania, VA

Title
Sr. Mortgage Originator at Atlantic Coast Mortgage

Number of Years in the Industry
14

Why do you love working in real estate?
I love helping buyers accomplish their dream of homeownership

Favorite work story
Helping a single mother who was pregnant, overcome credit obstacles, get her qualified, and helped her get her loan while she delivered her baby (I had to get all of her conditions for her, since she was in the hospital, so I achieved that by getting her banking, investment, accountant and account information, printing all of her documents, assisting her with letters of explanation and taking documents to the hospital to be signed. We closed on time, with her baby in her arms)

What are you most proud of in your career?
Being able to survive and flourish, even in the volatility of the economic and housing markets

Do you have a special cause or volunteer your time?
YES. I am co-chair of the ASK FOUNDATION’s Drive to Survive Charity Golf Tournament for children with cancer. I also work with Empowerhouse, Thurman Brisben Center, Mental Health of America and support MDA, Alzheimer’s, Suicide prevention and the Fredericksburg Food Bank

Fun Fact
I moved to Hollywood in the early 90s to try and be an actor. I had a children’s musical that I wrote, produced in Norfolk VA in 1989.

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2019 February FAARside Newsletter is here!

2019 February FAARside Newsletter is here!

Your copy of the February 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, 2018 accomplishments, the Virginia REALTORS® legislative agenda, links to Fall photos, and more!

This edition includes

  • How REALTORS® gave back over $30,000 to local charities in 2018
  • How you can raise the professionalism bar with the C2EX 
  • The March is for Members Free Events & Classes Schedule
  • “Recognizing the Leader in you!” Introducing Leadership Tribute Coins

and more!

Right click here or the cover image to the right and click “Save as” to download

#MemberMonday Meet Lisa Dario

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
Lisa Dario

Hometown
Fredericksburg

Current Location
Fredericksburg

Title
REALTOR® at Coldwell Banker Elite

Number of Years in the Industry
6 years

Why do you love working in real estate?
Being a REALTOR® is truly my dream job! I’m obsessed with looking at homes with my clients. It is so rewarding being part of one of the most important decisions of their lives.

Favorite work story
I’m not sure this is a true work story….but because I’m a REALTOR® I was able to film an episode of “Beach Front Bargain Hunt” on HGTV!

What are you most proud of in your career?
Every time my phone rings and the voice on the other end says—you helped my friend/family member and they said I have to call you!

Do you have a special cause or volunteer your time?
I have hosted “Walk-A-Mile in Her Shoes” for the past 4 years to raise awareness/money for Empowerhouse and Survivors of Domestic Violence. Over 200 men, women and children walk in high heels from the downtown VRE to the Inn at the Olde Silk Mill. The community has embraced the event beyond my expectations!!

Fun Fact
I LOVE 90’s Rap!! When it’s playing (anywhere…literally) I will sing until I lose my voice…haha!!

#MemberMonday Meet Tammy Reid

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
Tammy Reid

Hometown
Fredericksburg

Current Location
Fredericksburg

Title
Business Development Associate at Embrace Home Loans

Number of Years in the Industry
25

Why do you love working in real estate?
In all honesty, helping people with the biggest “memory making” investment of their life is a true passion. Memories start in a home and helping people get into their dream home or first time home to make lasting memories in either is what makes it all worthwhile! Not to mention, the best friendships I have ever made are with my fellow real estate and mortgage colleagues.

Favorite Work Story 
We have a lot of favorites here at Embrace. We love what we do!
If I had to pick just one, it would be the day Rusty Cowper joined our team and remembering how excited we were to make that announcement!

What are you most proud of in your career?
First, getting my LO license. Test taking is not my favorite thing. Having the courage to do that was a lot!
I would have to say the awards I have won and been completely surprised each time.
FAAR Affiliate of the Year
FABA Associate of the year two times
FABA Chair of the Year
FABA Rookie of the Year
To name a few.

Do you have a special cause or volunteer your time? 
First Priority: volunteering whenever I can to watch my granddaughter Hazel Rose!
Food Bank
516 Project
Lifepoint Church

Fun Fact
Private Investigator 🙂

2018 Candlelight Tour: Guide a Historic Home Tour in Fredericksburg

2018 Candlelight Tour: Guide a Historic Home Tour in Fredericksburg

Light the way

Meet, greet, and get festive with historic Fredericksburg homes

Make connections this holiday season

Don’t miss this opportunity to be the tour guide for one of Fredericksburg’s finest historic homes on this annual tour presented by the Historic Fredericksburg Foundation Inc. (HFFI). Enjoy meeting new people and showing off a home professionally decorated for the holidays in downtown Fredericksburg.

Preview meeting

Thursday, December 6, 2018, 10 – 11 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 if you have signed up to host for the Candlelight Tour at this time

Tour hours

Saturday and Sunday, December 8th and 9th, from 11 AM to 5 PM and Saturday evening from 6 – 8 PM.

Address

We are hosting the Candlelight Tour at 804 Prince Edward St, Fredericksburg, VA 22401.

Details

House guides receive all of the information available for their hosting scripts. 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.

Additional Information

Click the host a tour button above or below to sign up. Look for additional information about the Candlelight Tour at hffi.org/holiday-candlelight-tour/

 

 

Light the way

Meet, greet, and get festive with historic Fredericksburg homes

2018 REALTOR® Cereal Drive Results

2018 REALTOR® Cereal Drive Results

We still have cereal pouring in but give yourself a huge pat on the back if you participated this year! We’re estimating the final total to be around 15,000 boxes all going to local area food banks and residents in need.

Who won?

Affiliate collecting the most Boxes

 Mac Church with Atlantic Coast – 486 boxes

Most Cereal Per Agent

1st Choice Better Homes and Land – 206 boxes per agent

Most Improved

Long and Foster – from 210 boxes in 2017 to 2,308 boxes in 2018

Runner-up Most Cereal

Century 21 New Millennium – 2,772 boxes

Grand Prize

1st Choice Better Homes and Land – 4,162 boxes

 

Participants

1st Choice Better Homes & Land

Century 21 New Millennium

Long and Foster Fredericksburg

Coldwell Banker Elite Stafford

United Real Estate Premier

Nest Realty Fredericksburg

Mac Church with Atlantic Coast Mortgage

Century 21 Redwood Locust Grove

Keller Williams Fredericksburg

Spring Arbor Senior Living

Century 21 Redwood Fredericksburg

Keller Williams Capital

Holt for Homes

CTI Real Estate

Coldwell Banker Elite Massaponax

Title Professionals

Virginia Credit Union Realty

The Gillies Team

Mike Lee with Summit Mortgage

2018 Young Professionals Network Pub Crawl Photos are Here

2018 Young Professionals Network Pub Crawl Photos are Here

Skylines and good times! The 7th Annual YPN Pub Crawl took us to Castiglia’s Sky Bar and Jay’s Downtown Sports Lounge. Proceeds benefited local teachers and students through the Adopt-a-Classroom Program—your generous donations were able to raise $870 for local classrooms! Thank you to everyone who came and especially to our sponsors. In the meantime, check out the photos here!

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