Community Service

Our effort to improve local community living.

Collect Cereal for Local Food Banks this October

Go coo-coo for cereal collection! 

2019 was another great year for the annual REALTOR® cereal drive. Help us reach the 2019 goal of 16,000 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 emailing Barbara Castillo with your office and contact information by September 25th.

Final cereal counts will be announced at 10/24 mixer.

Collected cereal can be dropped off at the October 24th Halloween Mixer at Wilderness Run Winery from 5-7 PM or for large pick-ups, the Fredericksburg food van can be scheduled to pick up from your location. Please email Barbara bcastillo@faarmembers.com with your final box tally sometime before the 10/24 Halloween Mixer where we will announce the winners. Scroll down to see who participated in last year’s cereal drive! 

 

 

2019 Realtor Cereal Drive

Sign up here to be included in communications regarding the annual cereal drive that lasts throughout the month of October!

Marketing Flyer

Spread the word with this letter-sized flyer. It’s…..GRRRRReat! 

 

Square Graphic

This square image is oh so share-able! Use it on social or in your emails! 

 

Who participated in 2018?

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

All 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

#MemberMonday Meet REALTOR® Lisa Wright

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 Wright

Hometown
Reisterstown, MD

Current Location
Spotsylvania, VA

Title
REALTOR® at C21 Redwood Fredericksburg – “I have your back in buying and selling”!!

Number of Years in the Industry
24

Why do you love working in real estate?
I think our home is our sanctuary and one of the most important financial decisions in our lives. I love assisting people with that process whether downsizing, upsizing, second home, first home etc. It is huge to them and therefore huge to me! My mom was in real estate many years in MD and VA and also a great mortgage lady! She perfected business by doing it from the heart instead of the pocket book and treated every client like she would have treated her own daughter. I will work my business the same! Best interest in the forefront always!

Tina Keene Exit Elite Realty

Favorite Work Story
In the beginning of my working years a high school friend reached out for help for his daughter who had never owned a home. She was struggling financially. She was a tomboy at heart and wanted some hunting land and a small starter home. We finally put together the perfect lending scenario and found the perfect place. It was “lost” in a bidding war. But a few months later that all fell through and we nose dived right back into a great contract with a great outcome! She became a first time homeowner and is still in that home but with many changes and upgrades. The smile on her face was magical!

What are you most proud of in your career?
I was licensed in 1995. I was working a full time career in law enforcement after a short career as a Spanish teacher in Stafford. I ended up retiring as a Captain and am very proud of those 30 years of accomplishments. I worked real estate at best part time but stayed in love with the profession. Now I am most proud to focus (though not solely) on our first responders who sacrifice so much for us on a daily basis (police, fire, rescue, dispatcher, military) on their home buying and selling needs. Our bonding quote is “I have your back” while in the line of duty. I’m extending that mentality to my real estate sales career. I will have their back in their buying and selling need as well as any client I am fortunate to serve!

Do you have a special cause or volunteer your time? 
I volunteer at local fraternals such at Eagles and Elks. I also volunteer as a reader/usher and chalice bearer at Christ Episcopal Church. Additionally I am in the process of recruit and training with Hospice. Having recently lost my mom who was my greatest influence and joy in life and knowing what this fine organization does for the sick as well as extended family I feel it is my time to give back.

Fun Fact
I am a photographer (Wright Eye Photography) and I love anything beach – sand, surf, sun, sailing, water skiing, boating and more!

#MemberMonday Meet REALTOR® Crystal Scott

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
Crystal Scott

Hometown
Fredericksburg

Current Location
Spotsylvania County

Title
REALTOR with Keller Williams Realty

Number of Years in the Industry
1

Why do you love working in real estate?
I love helping people achieve their dreams and reach their goals. I’ve worked with a lot of first time home buyers who thought home Ownership wasn’t possible or too stressful. I guide them through the process and we get through it together. At the end, handing my clients the keys to their new home is priceless. It gets me every single time. It’s why I love what I do.

What are you most proud of in your career?
I’m most proud that I never sacrifice my integrity or respect in this industry. I’m always upfront and honest with my clients. I give all my clients 100% regardless if it’s a sale or rental. People are people and having a home to call their own is what it is all about.

Do you have a special cause or volunteer your time?
I give to various charities such as St Judes, back to school drives, hold a free yearly Easter egg hunt for the community, and volunteer at Thurman Brisbane Homeless Shelter.

Fun Fact
I’ve been a Registered Nurse in the Surgical/Trauma ICU at Mary Washington Hospital for over 10 years.

I ride a Motorcycle.

Tina Keene Exit Elite Realty

FAAR Signals Strong Support for Broadband Deployment

The Fredericksburg Area Association of REALTORS® (FAAR) recently authored a letter of support for a Stafford County grant intended to expand broadband in unserved parts of the County. 

2019 FAAR President Drew Fristoe stated, “As 2019 President of the 1,500 member Fredericksburg Area Association of REALTORS® (FAAR) and an active agent throughout our region, I can personally attest to the critical importance that broadband holds in our society today. When prospective buyers enter a home, they expect high speed internet just like they expect lights and water. Broadband is an essential utility in the eyes of the public and the lack of access to high speed internet can significantly impact the desirability of a property.”

The letter was in support of a Virginia Telecommunications Initiative (VATI) grant that Stafford County is submitting through the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development.  This specific grant provides funds to subsidize construction costs and provide last-mile services to unserved areas of the state. 

#MemberMonday Meet REALTOR Joan Diaz-Mendez

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
Joan Diaz-Mendez

Hometown
New York City

Current Location
Fredericksburg, VA

Title
REALTOR® with Coldwell Banker Elite

Number of Years in the Industry
3

Why do you love working in real estate?
I absolutely love working with clients to help them reach their goals! I feel the experience is super satisfying and that moment of giving the high five, “Yes, we did it!” is priceless.

What are you most proud of in your career?
I’m proud to have been able to transition from Florida Real Estate to Virginia Real Estate successfully.

Do you have a special cause or volunteer your time?
I am on the board of the Fredericksburg Area Museum and I help them with Marketing. I also help the King George Little League with fundraising.

Fun Fact
I’m a yoga instructor.

#MemberMonday Meet Broker Dan Lesher

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
Dan Lesher

Hometown
Pendleton, Indiana

Current Location
Fredericksburg

Title
Broker at Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Select Realty

Number of Years in the Industry
22

Why do you love working in real estate?
As an agent I always enjoyed helping people make wise real estate decisions and the satisfaction of putting a smile on their face regardless if they were a buying or selling. As a broker my passion is always in helping an agent grow their business so they are able to achieve their individual goals.

What are you most proud of in your career?
Starting my own company at the start of the housing crash and building it into one of the top 50 companies in the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices network due to a core of great agents who believe in my vision and work hard day in and day out to be better than the day before.

Do you have a special cause or volunteer your time?
Anything related to children but, The Sunshine Kids is the cause my family and I are most passionate about. It’s an amazing organization that helps children with cancer. Anyone looking for a great organization to get involved with should check it out.

Fun Fact
I owned a 1600 seat theatre in my hometown from 98-02 that held regular live concerts such as George Carlin, Merle Haggard and others.

#Member Monday Meet Rebecca Canter

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
Rebecca Canter

Hometown
Fredericksburg, VA

Current Location
Fredericksburg, VA

Title
Loan Officer at New Dominion Financial

Number of Years in the Industry
20

Why do you love working in real estate?
I love being able to see the look on a homebuyer’s face when I tell them that their home loan application has been approved! Even if I can’t approve them initially, I work closely with my clients to help improve their situations so that they are able to obtain financing. That is even more rewarding!

What are you most proud of in your career?
My drive and determination to continue learning everyday!

Do you have a special cause or volunteer your time?
I like spending time senior citizens. Just lending an ear or a hug if they need it!

Fun Fact
I used to live on the Outer Banks, NC and I remodeled the interior design of many oceanfront mansions!

FAAR Partners with Local Housing Non-Profits to Expand Affordable Housing Opportunities

FAAR Partners with Local Housing Non-Profits to Expand Affordable Housing Opportunities

By Kim McClellan, RCE, Public Policy Director

On any given day, 200 adults and children are homeless in our community.  Homelessness is often a root cause of many other issues such as poor health, trouble in school, and lack of employment. 

 

No one can feel stable without a place to call home

The Fredericksburg Area Association of REALTORS® (FAAR) has partnered with local housing non-profits to help expand affordable housing opportunities through the launch of the Stable Homes Partnership. 

FAAR began working last year with housing non-profits through the Continuum of Care (CoC), a federally-mandated local planning body that coordinates housing and services for homeless families and individuals

Under the CoC umbrella, FAAR partnered with Micah Ecumenical Ministries, Loisann’s Hope House, Empowerhouse, and the Thurman Brisben Center to create a marketing and recruitment plan to expand the pool of property owners’ in the region willing to rent to families and individuals facing housing challenges. 

The partner organizations assist tenants with rent and security deposits, while also providing case management and regular property inspections to smooth the path for long-term stability and success.  Property owners engaged in the program have access to a ready pool of quality tenants paying fair market rent, reducing costly downtime advertising and showing their properties

FAAR and the CoC agencies hosted two public information sessions on this program at the end of March.  These informational meetings featured an overview of the program and panel discussions with both property owners and case managers involved in the program. 

The program administrators aim to expand their pool of landlords by following up with the attendees of those meetings

#MemberMonday Meet Affiliate Kent Schrader

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
Kent Schrader

Hometown
Fredericksburg

Current Location
Fredericksburg (Spotsy)

Title
Mortgage Loan Officer at Assurance Financial

Number of Years in the Industry
39 in lending

Why do you love working in real estate?
Everyone needs a place to live, and to work. Real estate affects everyone. I thoroughly enjoy helping people and getting them into new homes is exciting! There are so many aspects of real estate – legal, financial, and physical – all of which interact in unique ways with each transaction. I’ve said for years that ‘part of me’ always wanted to be a detective. Being a lender is the closest thing I could think of to being a detective where I don’t have to be shot at!

Favorite Work Story 
One comes to mind. As the 2008 recession was ending, I had a business client who owned his house plus several commercial properties and a business. He wanted to refinance as rates had fallen but had difficulty due to cross-collaterization of some of his debt and lenders that wouldn’t budge. Finally at just the right time, I was able to develop a plan to complete four refinances. While we completed the process over several years, I had changed employers twice, but between the three companies, we completed everything and the client was able to reduce his monthly debt payment by almost $10,000.

What are you most proud of in your career?
I’ve worked in many types of lending, from car loans and personal loans to indirect lending, commercial lending, commercial real estate, construction, and of course mortgage. I have financed a number of the hotels and churches in the area. Early in my career, however, I was fortunate to learn about win-win outcomes. Somehow I also figured out that to be the most successful in lending, the most important thing is to always make the customer a winner first. This means looking at each transaction to accomplish what’s best for the client rather than what’s best for me. It is the “other-focused” approach to people that I believe is actually the most important in any career.

Do you have a special cause or volunteer your time? 
The most important cause in my life has been helping disadvantaged children. Last year my wife and I finally “retired” from doing foster care in our home after 20 years. During those years we cared for several dozen children for varying lengths of time, from a couple days to a few months to life (adoption). Foster care taught us so much about raising kids, about people, about ourselves, and about life in general. We learned how huge the need is for positive influences in our kids’ lives. We learned that the most important job in the world is parenting. It has been a tremendous blessing in our lives.

Fun Fact
Lending is not exciting or fun for most people, and I accept that. But somebody’s got to do it and I love it. Once JM High School had a career day and I was invited to speak about my job. I was really looking forward to it until I arrived and found out the schedule. My talk was to be sandwiched in between a prison guard and an airplane pilot. So I figured my hour would be nap time. (Actually it turned out pretty good.)

Tina Keene Exit Elite Realty
NAR Seeking REALTORS®  Who Give Back for Good Neighbor Awards

NAR Seeking REALTORS® Who Give Back for Good Neighbor Awards

Five winners will receive $10,000 for their nonprofit

The National Association of REALTORS® seeks nominations for the 20th annual Good Neighbor Awards, which recognizes REALTORS® who’ve made an extraordinary impact on their communities through volunteer work.

Five winners will be announced in the November/December issue of REALTOR® magazine and at the 2019 REALTORS® Conference & Expo in San Francisco. The winners will receive a $10,000 grant for their community cause, national publicity, and travel expenses to the convention where they will be honored.

“This year, we celebrate the twentieth year of the Good Neighbor Awards,” said NAR President John Smaby, a second-generation REALTOR® from Edina, Minnesota and broker at Edina Realty. “We are incredibly proud of the good work of nearly 200 Good Neighbor Award recipients in the U.S. and across the globe through their dedicated volunteer service since this program launched in 2000.”

The 2018 winners were Omayra Borges, Reality Realty, San Juan, Puerto Rico, cofounder of Fundacion Mochileando 100x35; Chet Choman, Colorado Realty and Land Co., Alamosa, Colorado., cofounder of La Puente Home; Jeremy Lichtenstein, RE/MAX Realty Services, Bethesda, Maryland., founder of Kids In Need Distributors (KIND); Joy Nelson, Haugan Nelson Realty, Watertown, South Dakota, founder of Joy Ranch; and Elias Thomas, III, EXIT Key Real Estate, Shapleigh, Maine, leader of a Rotary International project to build dams in rural India.

Previous Good Neighbor Award winners say their charity benefits from the grant money and the increased public exposure. “The Good Neighbor Award legitimized Heart 2 Home and put a national focus on what we were doing locally,” said 2009 Good Neighbor Award winner Greg Adamson. “Having Good Neighbor behind us made everything easier from fundraising to media relations. It’s amazing how the exposure of the Good Neighbor Award has opened doors for us that never would have been opened otherwise!”

2018 Good Neighbor Award winner Joy Nelson says that her charity continues to benefit from the media exposure that resulted from winning the Good Neighbor Award. “The incredible exposure the Joy Ranch received through the Good Neighbor Awards Program has brought people all over the nation to inquire more about the ranch,” says Nelson. “People now understand all the quality of life issues that we address and it motivates me to work harder to help even more.”

The Good Neighbor Awards are generously supported by primary sponsor realtor.com and Wells Fargo Home Lending.

Good Neighbor Award entries must be received by May 10, 2019. For more details and an entry form, go to nar.realtor/gna or call 800-874-6500.

Recognize a REALTOR®

Click here for the entry form and more details

Pin It on Pinterest