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#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!

Read the FAARside newsletter for real estate updates and more!

Read the FAARside newsletter for real estate updates and more!

Your copy of the August Newsletter, the FAARside is here! Crack open a copy for updates on local real estate and so much more!

Inside you will find

  • Farewell message from retiring CEO, Pat Breme
  • 2022 Leadership candidate bios
  • Message from the 2021 FAAR President, Carrie Danko
  • Thank you to RPAC investors
  • An update on short term rentals in Spotsylvania County
  • Information on the revamped Professional Honor Role application

and more!

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2021 REALTOR Cereal Drive — Connect with past clients, friends, and the community

2021 REALTOR Cereal Drive — Connect with past clients, friends, and the community

Go coo-coo for cereal collection!

2020 was an unprecedented year for cereal collection. Let’s keep the cereal flowing in an effort to reach 18,000 boxes in 2021, all of which go to the local area food banks! 

Use the cereal drive as a touchpoint.

The cereal drive is a fantastic way to reconnect with your sphere— Look for REALTOR®-branded marketing pieces here or at the FAAR office(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 26th.

Final cereal counts will be announced at 10/28 mixer.

Collected cereal can be dropped off at the October 28th 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 10/28 Halloween Mixer where we will announce the winners. Scroll down to see who participated in last year’s cereal drive!

 

 

Cereal Drive Office Contest Sign Up

Yes.. I want my office to participate in the annual FAAR Cereal Drive.

Key items to remember:

 

October 1-28- Collect cereal!  Let Barbara Castillo (bcastillo@faarmembers.com) know if you need postcards.

October 26- If you have more that 250 boxes, just let Barbara know and she will arrange pick up.

October 27- if you had your cereal picked up — PLEASE CONTACT BARBARA WITH BOX COUNT

October 28- 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 28th, 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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

2020 Participants

Affiliate collecting the most boxes – 4-way tie!

Tim Liddy with Charden – 200 boxes
Donna Schmidt with 2-10 Home Buyers Warranty – 200 boxes
Tony Bolding with Alcova Mortgage – 200 boxes
Katie Williams – First American Home Warranty – 200 boxes

Most Cereal Per Agent

1st Choice Better Homes and Land – 10,118 boxes total

Most Improved

Long and Foster – from 3,361 boxes in 2019 to 7,256 boxes in 2020

Runner-ups Most Cereal

Century 21 New Millennium – from 2,772 boxes in 2019 to 3,699 boxes in 2020
Weichert Realtors – from 527 boxes in 2019 to 3,303 boxes in 2020
United Real Estate Premier – from 806 boxes in 2019 to 1,554 boxes in 2020

Honorable Mention

Hometown Realty – first time participating and collected 325 boxes!

Grand Prize

1st Choice Better Homes and Land – 10,118 boxes!

Thank you also to these cereal collectors!

CTI Real Estate

Berkshire Hathaway Home Services

Century 21 Redwood

Universal Title

Coldwell Banker Elite King George/Colonial Beach

Topside Federal Credit Union

Regarday

#MemberMonday Meet Senior Mortgage Originator Gene Newman

#MemberMonday Meet Senior Mortgage Originator Gene Newman

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
Gene Newman

Hometown
Lake Anna

Current location
Lake Anna

Title
Senior loan officer/ mortgages

Number of years in the industry
25

Why do you love working in real estate?
I work for Fulton Mortgage which is a division of Fulton Bank and do all kinds of loans including single close construction loans in the greater Fredericksburg/Richmond area. I have a wonderful assistant named Kristy Hite.

What are you most proud of in your career?
Communication and returning phone calls is the key!

Do you have a special cause or volunteer your time? 
Lake Anna Business Partnership

gene newman fulton bank senior mortgage originator

FAAR receives $4,500 for Orange County Park Project

FAAR will use a $4,500 Placemaking grant from the National Association of Realtors® (NAR) to help transform an unused space in the Town of Orange into a vibrant, public destination for community use and enjoyment. 

The grant was designed by NAR to ensure local Realtor® Associations are partnering with neighboring organizations to plan, organize, implement and maintain Lighter, Quicker, Cheaper placemaking in their communities.  

FAAR will contribute these funds to help support the creation a pocket park along the Church Street corridor in the Town of Orange.  This corridor was home to a thriving Black commercial district through the 1970s which was significantly impacted by a bypass transportation project.  The park will feature a series of interpretive markets recounting the history and people of the business district, with seating, landscaping, and statuary.  The park will not only serve as a gathering spot for reflection and inspiration, but also as a catalyst for preservation-based economic development.  FAAR is partnering with the Orange Downtown Alliance, a certified-Main Street program.  

Artist rendering of the proposed project

Member Monday – Meet REALTOR and Affiliate Laura Pate Rodier

Member Monday – Meet REALTOR and Affiliate Laura Pate Rodier

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
Laura Pate Rodier

Hometown
Fayetteville, NC

Current Location
Stafford, VA

Title
Marketing Director at The Title Professionals and Realtor® with Holt for Homes Realty

Number of Years in the Industry
5

Why do you love working in real estate?
Working in real estate affords me the opportunity to meet so many people! After five years in the business in the Fredericksburg area, I have extensive personal and professional networks of people. I run into someone I know every time I go anywhere. My daughter often tells me before we leave the house, “Mom, put on your lipstick because you know you will see someone you know because you know everybody.” She’s not wrong!

Favorite Work Story
Well, I am fairly certain that the over 200-year-old building that I work in is haunted. Ask me about it when you see me!

What are you most proud of in your career?
I am proud that I work for two organizations that prioritize community service. The Title Professionals supports a different local charity every quarter and donates time in addition to money. Holt for Homes faithfully plays Santa every year through FAAR’s Secret Santa initiative and is currently collecting food for the Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank. I suppose it is only logical that I take over chairing the FAAR Community Service Committee for this year!

Do you have a special cause or volunteer your time? 
I lost my mother to breast cancer 23 years ago, so I am a multi-year supporter/participant of the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer, a 2 day 39 mile walk to raise money and awareness. I also volunteer at my church in various ways, including meal deliveries, youth events, and anything involving the choir, of which I am a member.

Fun Fact
I love to paint! Watercolor portraits are my specialty, but I have painted almost everything. My friends are encouraging me to write and illustrate a book about the adventures of my dog, Bean the Corgi, and I am considering it!

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A humble thank you to the women who have impacted their world and influenced mine

A humble thank you to the women who have impacted their world and influenced mine

Pat Breme, RCE, CIPS
Chief Executive Officer

To honor Women’s History Month, I offer these reflections. Over a lifetime you meet people who influence your values and viewpoints and often shape your choices.

I graduated from college in 1968 when women’s rights were the core of a very vocal, in-your-face movement. The rebel rousers were Betty Freidan, Gloria Steinem and Shirley Chisholm.

Freidan rocked the country with her book The Feminine Mystique, where she described the plight of college educated women who felt trapped and unfulfilled because career opportunities were largely limited to nursing, teaching or secretarial work.

The message of Friedan, who organized NOW (National Organization for Women), was expanded by others, Gloria Steinem and Germaine Greer who believed that political inequality has personal implications regarding sexuality, birth control, abortion, roles in marriage, housework and childcare.

Then there was Shirley Chisholm, the first black woman to be elected to Congress. She was a fierce spokesperson for woman’s rights. Her autobiography Unbossed and Unbought perfectly captured her feisty attitude.

Some of the milestones of the movement were outlawing gender discrimination in education and college sports, obtaining financial credit, and banning discrimination against pregnant women in the workforce. There were many who marched for equality in wages and equal opportunities for placement and promotions in business.

Over the past 30 years, there have been significant accomplishments. Rape crisis centers and health centers and women’s shelters providing specialized services came into existence.

We stand on the shoulders of women’s liberation advocates, as well as modern day trailblazers like Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey, Ellen DeGeneres and others.

The movements of today are MeToo, addressing sexual assault and harassment in the workplace, and the Time’s Up, which focuses on creating economic opportunities, safety and income equality for women in the workplace.  Young women are finding a voice of their own in groups they identify with- color, sexual preference, gender preference, career choices, or other options.

However, in this country we can’t claim success unless we are also helping suppressed women around the world. In some countries, there has been no progress. Women are not educated; they are chattel of their husbands.

I stand on the shoulders of those women in association management who have elevated the position of executive secretary to CEO through hard work and showing value.

I stand on the shoulders of many FAAR women Presidents who have influenced me and taught me to be a servant leader, the value of collaboration, the advantage of listening before speaking and viewing situations from another’s point of view.  

They shaped my thinking and ultimately shaped my style of management. Of the many who impacted my career, I comment on four who were significant role models for me…

Melanie Thompson, who can with precision, analyze an issue and cut through the nonsense

Suzy Stone, understands that volunteerism is the essence of being a servant leader

Sherry Bailey, always demonstrates the upmost composure in the most difficult situations

Gayle Elliott, she taught to take the time to have conversations with unlikely people

 

In my personal life, I must add-

My mother, she taught me to stand up for myself

My sister Barbara, whose sheer determination created successful businesses

My fourth-grade teacher, she taught me coordination in fashion

My daughters-in-laws and girlfriends, envelop me in love and keep me humble

Thank you to all FAAR women from 1957 to the present who have succeed in their careers, nurtured families and made a difference in the community. Lastly, but never least, I am grateful for the staff of seven women who I work with every day. They are servant leaders. They are innovative, collaborative and are perfect examples of the power of women in business. 

The 2021 February FAARside Newsletter is ready for you!

The 2021 February FAARside Newsletter is ready for you!

It’s here, FAAR members! Your copy of the February Newsletter, the FAARside is ready for your review! Crack open a copy to learn about what’s going on at the Association including a letter from the President, 2020 accomplishments, and more!

This edition includes

  • 2021 Legislative Agenda
  • How to maximize your FAAR membership
  • An update on Stafford County Downzoning
  • Zoom tips
  • Fredericksburg REALTORS Foundation Annual Report
  • FAAR’s March is for Members sneak peak
  • 2021 Bright MLS Training Schedule

and more!

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February realtor newsletter cover page with tiled grid of FAAAR member headshots and see the diversity scholarship on page 17

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