Community Service

Our effort to improve local community living.

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.

#MemberMonday Meet REALTOR® Carmella Tritt

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
Carmella Tritt

Hometown
Northern Virginia

Current Location
Fredericksburg

Title
REALTOR® with Berkshire Hathaway HomeService Select Realty

Number of Years in the Industry
13.5

Why do you love working in real estate?
Nothing is more gratifying than assisting clients whether its the first time buyer or repeat clients with the biggest purchase in their lives. Being able to be there as their agent, shoulder to vent too, share happy joys and family life. Something about serving that is truly gratifying. I have been in sales my whole life and this by far is the most rewarding. Being brought up here in Virginia also helps us navigate our clients on the best location for their needs…

Tina Keene Exit Elite Realty

Favorite Work Story 
Well we have a lot at this point. I think I would need more time . I would have to get our clients to give us permission on some of the really funny ones. LOL
When I met my husband and now we work together. I get to work with my best friend : )

What are you most proud of in your career?
I’m most proud that all of our clients are now friends. And the one thing we constantly talk about is that there is not enough time to get with every one. When you get asked to their family events, out to dinner or their house. When they refer one of their friends or family members. That to me says a lot about the type of person you are and how they see you. The fact that we work with so many military families is truly a blessing.

Do you have a special cause or volunteer your time? 
We love working with young adults. Volunteering at church. We also feel a strong pull to help military families get situated when located here. Help them get started and set up. We are like their extra family.

Fun Fact
I love to cook! From scratch and if it is a challenge even better!!! Hang out with my husband and enjoy our kids! And of course our grandsons are our biggest reward : )

#MemberMonday Meet REALTOR® Tracey Farmer

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
Tracey Farmer

Hometown
Fredericksburg

Current Location
Fredericksburg

Title
REALTOR® at Century 21 Redwood

Number of Years in the Industry
16

Why do you love working in real estate?
Real estate has been quite rewarding to me personally and professionally. I love the opportunity to assist folks with one of their biggest investments but more importantly I relish the opportunity of making these relationships with folks that last and build upon for a lifetime. In addition, I have grown to love the relationships made with my colleagues industry wide.

What are you most proud of in your career?
I treasure that this one of few career’s that you somewhat control your destiny. Most of the time, the harder you work/more time put into work – the more rewarding this business can be. Again, the most rewarding to me is the relationships made along the way. Also, as an agent, you are warranted the opportunity to be aware and participate in so many ways to give back to our community (i.e. timewise as well as financially).

Do you have a special cause or volunteer your time? 
My company offers many ways to contribute to our community via “Redwood Gives Back”. I also participate with the Spotsylvania Sheriff’s Dept with the “Operation Blue Christmas” to assist with many children’s Christmas as well as the Senior Lunches for the Spotsylvania County and the Thurman Brisben Center.

Fun Fact
I love helping people!

Tina Keene Exit Elite Realty

Want to serve on the Fredericksburg Realtors Foundation?

Do you have a passion for real estate AND for giving back to the Community?  Then apply to be a Fredericksburg Realtors Foundation Governor!  We will have vacancies at the end of this year and are looking to seat several new members in January of 2020.  Governor terms run for three years and the only requirement for membership is a desire to help those in need in our community find stable housing.  

The Foundation’s mission is to steward and inspire philanthropy in connection with the real estate industry to fund local charities assisting those in need to retain and secure shelter.  In practice that means that we raise money from within our membership and from the general public that we then grant out to local housing non-profits.  We have worked with numerous charities in the region including Habitat for Humanity, Hope House, the 516 Project, Rebuilding Together, Mental Health America, and many more.  

We need your enthusiasm and energy so apply today!  All FAAR members are welcome, both Realtors and affiliates.  

Collect Cereal for Local Food Banks this October

Go coo-coo for cereal collection! 

2018 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 filling out the form below or 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! 

 

Key items to remember:

 

October 1-24- Collect cereal!  Let Barbara Castillo (bcastillo@faarmembers.com) know if you need postcards.

October 21- If you have more that 250 boxes, just let Barbara know and she will arrange pick up.

October 23- if you had your cereal picked up — PLEASE CONTACT BARBARA WITH BOX COUNT

October 24- Drop off cereal (less than 250 boxes) to the FAAR Halloween Mixer at Wilderness Run Winery.  Cereal can be dropped between 4-7 PM

October 24th, 7:15 PM   Winners and totals announced!

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 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.

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