Community Service

Our effort to improve local community living.
#MemberMonday Meet #Realtor Brooke Sumners

#MemberMonday Meet #Realtor Brooke Sumners

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
Brooke Sumners

Hometown
Stafford

Current Location
Locust Grove

Title
Real Estate Agent/Realtor

Why do you love working in real estate?
Real estate has been my passion for as long as I can remember. From the architecture of all of the different style homes to the character, decoration, history etc. I always knew that I wanted to be involved in real estate one way or another. Now I get to help families close a chapter in their lives or begin a new one and help them along the way make their dreams come true.

What are you most proud of in your career?
I think the thing that I’ve become the most proud of in my career is that my kids have seen that no matter how long it takes you to get where you want to be that anything is possible if you set your mind to it and want it enough. Most recently, my oldest son graduated high school and for his graduation gift he wanted to take the real estate course to become an agent himself! This makes my heart happy!

Do you have a special cause or volunteer your time?
The Toys for Tots program is very near and dear to me. I have worked at the Foundation for over 11 years and each year I am more grateful to be a part of such a great charity that helps give back to their communities and most importantly the children in those communities, our future!

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#MemberMonday Meet REALTOR® & Broker David Cropper

#MemberMonday Meet REALTOR® & Broker David Cropper

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
David Cropper

Hometown
Fredericksburg

Current Location
Fredericksburg

Title
Broker Owner

Why do you love working in real estate?
I see real estate as a way to build wealth and security. I consider myself a coach and mentor, and I see a family setting down roots, and buying their first home, it makes me proud to do what I do.
Real Estate is not just a transaction, buying or selling a home is a story, and I strive to be a hero in that story.

What are you most proud of in your career?
I am very honored to be able to become a broker and start my own brokerage, in doing so I am now able to coach and mentor the agents who work with me and see them succeed in their professional careers.

Do you have a special cause or volunteer your time? 
Cropper Home Sales LLC. is built on community service. All my agents are encouraged to volunteer. I am proud to be the current president of the Realtor Foundation, Helping those in our community get into and retain housing. I am also a member of the Lions Club, assisting in eye care and hearing aids for low-income families.

Fun Fact
I am an animal advocate and have 5 cats and a dog, through my volunteer work have been know to ride a motorcycle dressed in a cat suit to raise money

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#Member Monday Meet REALTOR® Dalal Abilmona

#Member Monday Meet REALTOR® Dalal Abilmona

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
Dalal Abilmona

Hometown
Fredericksburg , VA

Current Location
Fredericksburg , VA

Title
REALTOR®

Number of Years in the Industry
10

Why do you love working in real estate?
I get to meet new people every day and help them make life changing decisions. No two days are ever the same and we have the freedom to work from anywhere. I can work from home, my car, the coffee shop, or even the beach in Bali?! My most favorite reason for working in real estate is creating lifelong friendships!

What are you most proud of in your career?
Getting Buyers and Sellers through complex situations and seeing them smile at the end!

Do you have a special cause or volunteer your time? 
I volunteer for the Spotsylvania County Sheriff’s Department. I love sharing my time in our local community and helping with public events. Two charities near and dear to my heart I support are Wounded Warriors and St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

Fun Fact
I am bilingual. My great grandfather was in the third class group on the Titanic and was a survivor. My aunt,(Elsie Belman), became the first female limousine driver in Washington D.C., and later started her own local Limousine company and chauffeured some pretty big stars.

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#Member Monday Meet REALTOR® Chasity Richardson

#Member Monday Meet REALTOR® Chasity Richardson

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
Chasity Richardson

Hometown
Wildwood NJ

Current Location
Stafford

Title
REALTOR®

Why do you love working in real estate?
I am very passionate about helping people. Real Estate helped me find an area to specialize in! I help people solve housing problems, and I love it!

Favorite Work Story
Walking into the Century 21 Redwood office and seeing the Relentless Agent Book. I knew it was the place for me.

What are you most proud of in your career?
I am proud about being able to use my commission to help my own children get through college without Student Loans and help others by helping with book scholarships.

Do you have a special cause or volunteer your time? Tell us about it here!
I love donating to college book scholarships, as paying for books is a major barriers to success for disadvantaged students.

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FAAR Community Service Committee’s Charity Share-a-thon

FAAR Community Service Committee’s Charity Share-a-thon

Show the love and help bring awareness to your favorite charity for free!

Nominate a charity for recognition, then explore the various charities REALTORS® and Affiliate members support here! 

#MemberMonday Meet REALTOR® Adarsh Parbadia

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
Adarsh Parbadia

Hometown
Stafford

Current Location
Fredericksburg

Title
Realtor®, Christmarr Properties

Number of Years in the Industry
2

Why do you love working in real estate?
My family has been in real estate my entire life. My father and uncle run a construction company so I have had a chance to see the entire real estate process from development, building, to closing. To me it is incredible to see how many moving parts there are and all the individuals involved. We all make a living just on a portion of the timeline. From builder, to contractors, to lenders, to settlement companies, and so many more. But what I love the most (from being on the residential side) is you get to be a part of the purchasing journey for your clients. They have worked years to get to this point and you get the chance to make it happen for them.

Favorite Work Story
My favorite story happened this year. I joined the Young Professionals Network this year and got to meet some incredible people from REALTORS® to the team at the Association. Myself being the listing agent I got to work with the current chair of YPN who represented the buyers. It was the first time I worked across the table with an agent I knew. Needless to say, the transaction went very smoothly and both parties are very happy.

What are you most proud of in your career?
It was probably my first transaction which was a rental property. It was also my first listing and was in North Stafford. I probably called my broker every day to make sure I was doing and saying the right thing. But that transaction gave me the confidence on the next ones. And that even if you jumping into a new industry, product type, or area there is always a way to figure it out.

Fun Fact
Went to my first Washington Nationals game earlier this year.

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FAAR hosts annual cereal drive

FAAR hosts annual cereal drive

FAAR members were definitely up for the challenge and then some!!!  Thank you to everyone who participated and helped us not only reach our goal, but blow it out of the water!!!  FAAR members collected a nearly unbelievable 31,032 boxes of cereal!  Check out the official press release below for all the details. 

The Fredericksburg Area Association of REALTORS® (FAAR) hosted its annual Cereal Drive to benefit the Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank and other food pantries throughout the area.  This year proved to be another record-breaker with FAAR members collecting a whopping 31,032 boxes of cereal, blowing previous cereal drive totals out of the water.

Realtors® from across the region collect cereal from their clients, family, and friends and a friendly competition inspires each office to beat their prior year totals. FAAR would like to recognize the amazing efforts of this year’s Cereal Drive participants.

  • Most Cereal Collected: 1st Choice Better Homes and Land (10,872 boxes)
  • Most Cereal Per Agent: Cropper Home Sales (1,115 boxes)
  • Most Improved: Century 21 Redwood (from 28 to 971 boxes)
  • Affiliate Office: Universal Title-Fredericksburg (1,364 boxes)

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 10 meals, that’s over 310,000 meals in our region. Cereal was also delivered to food pantries in Westmoreland County and Louisa County.

 

Thank you to all of these participants for their involvement and collection efforts!

 

Century 21 Redwood Locust Grove
1st Choice Better Homes and Land
Avery Hess
Coldwell Banker Elite King George
Century 21 New Millennium Fredericksburg
Century 21 Redwood Fredericksburg
Coldwell Banker Elite Bragg Road
Coldwell Banker Elite Downtown
Cropper Home Sales
CTI Real Estate
Exit Elite
Keller Williams Capital Properties
Long and Foster Fredericksburg
MacDoc
Remax-Gillies team
The Title Professionals
Topside Federal Credit Union
Ulta Realty
United Real Estate Premier
Universal Title

 

 

Listen to how your efforts continue to make a difference!

 

 

#MemberMonday Meet Affiliate Dena Cooke

#MemberMonday Meet Affiliate Dena Cooke

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
Dena Cooke

Hometown
Fredericksburg VA

Current Location
Fredericksburg, VA

Title
Loan Officer with Embrace Home Loans

Number of Years in the Industry
2 1/2 years

Why do you love working in real estate?
My passion is helping others! I love to assist clients in the entire process of purchasing their new home. Helping to educate them and just support them during what can be such an emotional process. There’s nothing better than seeing the smiles and joy when they get those keys in hand. Especially first time home buyers.

Favorite Work Story
I had a first time home buyer who was told he couldn’t purchase a home and needed to rent at least another year. He called me and after working around a few hurdles we got him approved. Not only did he close on his first home a week ago, he told me that he is the first person in his entire family to own a home and he can now show his kids that if he can do it, they can too! He cried after closing and jumped around with the Sold sign in his new front yard. THE BEST!!!

What are you most proud of in your career?
I haven’t been a loan officer for many years like most, but I am proud of how many clients I have helped in a short period of time and just to see those smiles is the most rewarding for me.

Do you have a special cause or volunteer your time? 
Beauty for Ashes is a place I volunteer and donate to on a monthly basis. They provide a safe and stable environment for women with life-controlling problems. It’s a home that offers help, hope and healing to both mother and child. They offer a Christian faith-based curriculum, life skills training, life applications, Church and community involvement lead to mental, emotional, social, physical, and spiritual wholeness. I have met some of the most amazing women who have completely changed their lives and their children’s future from their time at BFA.

Fun Fact
Before working as a loan officer I worked at our family business, Childress Heating & A/C, Inc. from the time I was in high school until just a few years ago. Our first office was a guest bedroom at the house I grew up in and went from there to now a large recognized business in the area. My Dad’s motto was always customer satisfaction which is why that is such a passion of mine as well. I have been married for 16 years to my husband Miles who still works for the family business and we have two boys, Nathan who is 14 and Ian who is 8.

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The Foundation Dues Raffle is back!

GOT DUES???

Want to win your 2022 FAAR Realtors dues??  Enter the Foundation dues raffle!

Head over to the Foundation’s page and click the “donate” button.  Make your $20 investment between now and September 15th at 11:00pm and you’ll be entered to win the FULL 2022 REALTOR DUES!!!  The more you invest, the more chances you have to win.  That’s a $680 value, so buy your tickets today!  Winner will be announced after the morning education session on Wednesday, September 15.  Thanks for your support of the Fredericksburg Realtors Foundation!

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