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#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!

Unwanted wheelchair ramps? We need ’em!

Are you selling a home that has a wheelchair ramp that the next owners don’t need or don’t want?  Then the 516 Project wants to hear from you!  They are accepting donations of metal or aluminum ramps and lifts in good condition to use on their service projects.  Please note that they cannot accept wooden, permanent structures nor can they accept interior wheelchair lifts used for staircases.  If you are interested in learning more, please email info@516project.org.  

The fruits of your funds…

It’s not everyday that we get to see the tangible outcome that our funds help support so the Fredericksburg Realtors® Foundation is so excited to share this story.  In August of 2019, the Foundation granted $1,500 to SAWs Virginia, a relatively new charity to the Fredericksburg landscape that builds wheelchair ramps for those in need.  Here is the true story of what those raffle funds you all contribute go towards…

Our grant built a wheelchair ramp for a woman who has been disabled for many years with degenerative disk disease and neuropathy.  Her husband is also medically disabled.  They rent a single floor home, but have a set of several steps leading into the house.  She could not exit her home without the assistance of medical transport but this wheelchair ramp changes everything.  Thank you, FAAR members, for your continued support of the Fredericksburg Realtors® Foundation, stories like these are why we do what we do!

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® Terin Merriman

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
Terin Merriman

Hometown
Alexandria, Virginia

Current Location
Stafford, Virginia

Title
Realtor® at Coldwell Banker Elite

Number of Years in the Industry
3 Years

Why do you love working in real estate?
My passion for real estate is more than a paycheck. It’s the thrill of negotiating a deal and guiding my clients through 1 of the biggest milestones & investments of their life. I love gaining all of the new knowledge and experience that each unique transaction provides. Real estate is ever-changing and never fails to captivate me.

What are you most proud of in your career?
A moment in my career that I am most proud of is surpassing my goal and selling over $1 million dollars worth of real estate in my first year of being licensed.

Do you have a special cause or volunteer your time? 
I have a huge soft spot for animals. After adopting my own pup, Henry Theodore, from the Stafford Animal Shelter I really seen first hand what tough transitions homeless animals go through. I often donate to my local animal shelters and SPCAs across the U.S. helping not just domesticated animals but wildlife as well.

Fun Fact
Most of the employees at my local Target know me by name.

#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!

Do you have a favorite local housing charity?

Do you have a local housing charity that you work with and would like to see considered for funding from the Fredericksburg Realtors® Foundation?  Then we want to hear from you!  We work with lots of local non-profits, but we know there are even more and we love the opportunity to get to know new folks doing great things in our region.  Submit the charity’s information below and we will reach out to see if the organization would be a good fit for our funds.

Nominate your favorite housing charity!

Do you work with a local charity doing great work related to housing? Then provide us with their information and the Fredericksburg Realtors Foundation will reach out and see if there is a way for us to help them.

#MemberMonday Meet REALTOR® Melissa Longton

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
Melissa Longton

Hometown
Saratoga NY

Current Location
Stafford Va

Title
Real estate agent on the Give Back Team of Coldwell Banker Elite

Number of Years in the Industry
2

Why do you love working in real estate?
I love the challenge of completing a deal to the very best of my ability. When I have exceeded my clients expectations and get a great review it makes it all worth it. I have met some amazing people.

What are you most proud of in your career?
I am most proud of the goals I have set for myself as a new agent. I love challenging myself and learning new things everyday.

Do you have a special cause or volunteer your time?
I’m on the Give Back Team of Coldwell Banker Elite in Stafford. We do lots of community support for local charities. In addition to volunteering our time we donate a portion of all commissions to a charity of our clients choice.

Fun Fact
Never ever underestimate the importance of having fun. #GBTFAVORITEAGENT

Fredericksburg Realtors Foundation Awards 2 Grants

The Foundation was very thankful last week to be able to deliver not one but TWO checks for local charities that assist our citizens with housing needs.  The Foundation granted $2,500 to Rappahannock United Way to continue assisting with their eviction diversion program.  The program assists those in danger of eviction with catching up on back-rent and paying off any fees so that they can stay in stable shelter.

SAWs of Virginia, which stands for Servants at Work, Inc, is a newcomer to this area and is already doing amazing work.  They build inexpensive, durable wheelchair ramps to help free those housebound with disabilities or mobility issues.  The Foundation awarded the group $1,500 to continue building more ramps throughout our region. 

FAAR Cereal Drive Success

Each year, the Fredericksburg Area Association of Realtors® (FAAR) collects cereal to donate to area food banks. This year, FAAR members collected over 17,000 boxes of cereal. FAAR would like to recognize the members and volunteers who worked so hard to collect so much cereal for those in need.

Affiliate collecting the most boxes: Sandra and Phillip Blake with MBH Settlement with 156 boxes

Grand Prize: 1st Choice Better Homes and Land with 5,214 boxes

Most Improved: Long and Foster, Fredericksburg with 3,861 boxes

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, and Holt for Homes.

FAAR would like thank everyone who participated and all of those who donated cereal. According to estimates from the Food Bank, we have stocked their shelves and those of other food pantries for nearly three weeks.

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