Community Service

Our effort to improve local community living.

The Fredericksburg Realtors Foundation grants over $15,000 so far in 2018

The Foundation has granted $16,200 so far in 2018 and has more applications waiting in the wings.  So who has benefited from the money that our FAAR members and friends so generously donated?  Check out the photos below to see the worthy organizations we support!

Take a ride on the FREE Downtown Trolley!

From now until the end of August, people will be able to ride the Trolley Tours of Fredericksburg shuttle from 6pm – 10pm every Friday and Saturday (with the exception of First Fridays).  The shuttle runs on a 20-minute loop of Downtown Fredericksburg with 6 stops on the route.  Fredericksburg will evaluate whether to continue offering the service upon conclusion.  For any questions, please call (540) 373-1776.

FAAR paints a house!

On Wednesday, June 13, FAAR painted a house in the Mayfield neighborhood that was prepped by volunteers on FAAR’s May 19 Community Service Day.  FAAR partnered with the 516 Project and Rebuilding Together to complete this project and had five FAAR volunteers on the project.  Professional painter, Kevin Holley, of Colonial Painting provided the expert guidance and supervision!  Thanks to Sue Pash, Joan and Thomas Diaz-Mendez, and Kim Richards for their hard work and good humor on this sunny, beautiful day!

6 projects, 50 volunteers…how FAAR gives back!

6 projects, 50 volunteers…how FAAR gives back!

The Fredericksburg Area Association of REALTORS® (FAAR) hosted six community service projects throughout the Fredericksburg area on Saturday, May 19, 2018.  FAAR volunteers prepared a home for exterior painting, painted the entire interior of another home, and cleaned up yards at four other locations.  The projects took place in the City of Fredericksburg and the counties of King George, Spotsylvania, and Stafford.

To support the work being done on Saturday, the Fredericksburg Realtors® Foundation contributed $1,500 to the effort to help purchase materials.  The Foundation is a 501©3 non-profit organization that serves as the charitable giving arm of FAAR.

FAAR partnered with the 516 Project, a local non-profit that performs home maintenance and home repair projects for those in need, to perform the work on the six projects.  The 516 Project undertook their spring workday on Saturday, complete with over 100 volunteers and 14 projects completed

2018 Community Service Day Waiver

2018 Community Service Day Waiver

2018 Community Service Day Waiver

I understand that this event is being done on a voluntary basis through the Fredericksburg Area Association of Realtors® (FAAR) and in partnership with the 516 Project, Inc. I hereby acknowledge that working on the 516 Project, Inc. home repair program involves some risk of personal injury and/or death. I hereby acknowledge that FAAR and 516 Project, Inc. has made no representations about the conditions of the premises on which I will be working or the activities in which I choose to engage. I hereby release and hold harmless FAAR and 516 Project, Inc., its officers and directors and others working on this project, including the homeowners where I will volunteer, from any and all liability which might result from my working on this project. I hereby acknowledge that I assume the risk of any injury which might occur as the result of working on this project. This also includes the transportation to and from the assigned work location. I hereby acknowledge that my photo / video may be taken during activities involved with my volunteer work with FAAR and 516 Project, Inc. I understand and allow these images / videos be used by FAAR and/or the 516 Project, Inc. in print and/or digital media at the discretion of both organizations.
  • Do you have any prior building or construction experience?
  • If you answered yes in the previous question, please indicate the types of construction skills you possess.
  • Please indicate your preferred size for the FREE Community Service Day commemorative t-shirt provided by the 516 Project!

#MemberMonday | Meet Mark Forror

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
Mark Forror

Hometown
Bay Village, OH

Current Location
Fredericksburg, VA

Title
Associate Broker with Exit Elite Realty

Number of Years in the Industry
14

Why do you love working in real estate?
I like to help people who have not been afforded the opportunity to buy a home to own their own home.

Favorite Work Story 
I once showed a house that, unbeknownst to me, had two killer attack dogs inside. I heard something moving around inside, so I cracked the door about four inches. A Doberman attack dog fit its head through the crack and nearly bit my nose off.

What are you most proud of in your career?
I have been able to prevent several slumlords from operating in Fredericksburg, with the help of Fredericksburg City government. I also stopped a real estate pricing scam in the City of Fredericksburg.

Do you have a special cause or volunteer your time? 
Fredericksburg Food Bank
Peace Corps of the United States Memorial Project

Fun Fact
I was a screenwriter in Hollywood for nearly a decade.

I once flew an aerobatic routine in a TF-51D Mustang fighter plane—the only time in my life I ever wore a parachute!

FAAR Announces Community Service Day!

FAAR Community Service Day

Saturday, May 19, 2018

9:00am-3:00pm

2 shifts, both include lunch!

“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” -Winston Churchill

Looking for a way to give back in the community?  FAAR is partnering with FABA and the 516 Project on an ambitious community service project that aims to deploy 5 teams of Realtors®, affiliates, and builders in each of the jurisdictions that FAAR serves to make a lasting difference in a needy homeowner’s life.

The 516 Project will help screen applicants and coordinate logistics at build sites, they have that down to a science.  We will provide the hard work and good cheer that we’re known for, all while giving a hand up to a neighbor in need.  FAAR will provide lunch, water, and all instruction on the job site.

So gather your friends, neighbors, and colleagues!  Teams are welcome and the day is split into shifts.  Sign up for one shift or do the whole day, whatever works for you.  All participants must be 16 years or older.

Thank you to our Sponsors!

#MemberMonday | Meet Kenny Franklin

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
Kenny Franklin

Hometown
Stafford County

Current Location
Stafford County

Title
​REALTOR®, ABR®, AHWD, e-PRO®, SFR, MRP with Next Home Elite Plus

Number of Years in the Industry
As a REALTOR® – 12

Why do you love working in real estate?
I love architecture, local history, interacting with people and solving challenges. I would say these are pluses for working in the real estate industry.

Favorite Work Story 
How much space do I have??? Too many stories to pick one. But… there is a story about working with one of Kenny White’s buyers and the home owner was home in her hot tub. I’ll let Kenny tell the rest of the story.

What are you most proud of in your career?
Being I’m a 2nd generation REALTOR®, 2nd generation Home Inspector and the 3rd generation in construction… carrying on the skills and work ethics that I was taught growing up working in my father’s construction company and 2 hardware stores.

Do you have a special cause or volunteer your time? 
I have been a sound tech for over 25 years and volunteer at my church, Stafford Crossing Community Church. I also go on national & international church mission trips building homes, repairing homes and building relationships. I’ve built/repaired homes in Jamaica, Honduras, Mississippi, Virginia, West Virginia, Navajo Reservation and Long Island. I’ve done relational work in Mumbai, India.

Fun Fact
In high school, I lived across the street from Betty Jasmund in Aquia Harbour.
I’m a licensed home inspector and a certified Radon testing tech. I’ve owned/operated a home inspection business for 29 years. I’ve performed over 10,000 home inspections and over 2,500 Radon tests through the years. I know a thing or two about houses because I’ve seen a thing or two.

Fredericksburg REALTORS® Foundation Awards $1,200 Grant

The Fredericksburg REALTORS® Foundation provided a $1,200 emergency housing assistance grant to Mental Health America of Fredericksburg (MHA).  The grant was used to repair the home of a client of the organization participating in their Senior Visitors Program.  The emergency repairs will allow the client to remain in their home.

The MHA client is currently receiving medical care and will soon be discharged to continue convalescing at home.  Without the repairs provided through the Foundation’s grant funding, the client would not have been allowed to return home.  The mission of the Foundation is to help individuals and families stay in their homes and achieve stable housing.

The Foundation provides grants to non-profits addressing local housing needs through a simple grant application.  More information can be found at www.faarmembers.com/foundation/

Realtors® Celebrate Service Week

Use this form to share your office and individual community service projects with us so we can curate and share with the world!
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