Community ServiceOur effort to improve local community living.
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/.
The Community Service Committee has partnered with Loisann’s Hope House to provide certain basic items during the January – March collection drive. Please consider helping this local charity by collecting the items listed and dropping them off at FAAR before March 31st. Thank you for your contributions!
Please join sponsor Embrace Homes Loans for this year’s Politics and Popcorn put on the by Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce! This event is your opportunity to meet and interact with the state delegation that represents our region. The panel of Legislators will answer questions that members submit in advance as well as take questions from the audience.
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
3:00pm to 5:00pm
Gari Melchers’ Belmont, Stafford County
$20 for Chamber Members
$30 for General Public
Don’t miss this opportunity to be the tour guide for one of Fredericksburg’s finest historic homes on this once a year tour presented by the Historic Fredericksburg Foundation. Inc. (HFFI). Tour hours are Saturday and Sunday, December 9th and 10th, from 11 am to 5pm and Saturday evening from 6 – 8 pm. The house guides receive hosting scripts containing all the information available. This will include information about the decorations and the house history/ architecture. This information is just as important as the items contained in the home and is necessary to not only meet the expectations of our guests, but also to make sure our decorators get all the credit and attention they deserve. Finding willing decorators can be a challenge some years and we have found that “making it worth it” needs to be done through a variety of methods. Promotion of them through our website and Facebook is one way, but ensuring that visitors hear about aspects of the decor, as well as hear the decorator’s name, is important.
We are hosting the Candlelight Tour at 1200 Washington Avenue, Fredericksburg, VA 22401.
Thursday, December 7th from 10:00 am-11:00 am we will have our Preview and Run Down meeting for the house we are presenting.
You will also have a chance to get discounted tickets for the Candlelight Tour at this time
Sign up to host a tour at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040c45aaae2ea31-2017
Thank you to all of our participants in this year’s record-breaking cereal drive! The final total was 18,067 boxes collected! 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 3 meals, that’s over 50,000 meals in our region. Thank you for continuing to work with FAAR to make this annual event a success!
Alcova Mortgage, 576 boxes
Most Cereal Per Agent
Century 21 Battlefield King George, 2203 boxes
Runner up, Most Improved
Century 21 Redwood Stafford, from 87 to 700 boxes
United Real Estate Premier, from 0 to 2808 boxes
Runner up, Most Cereal Collected
Century 21 New Millennium Fredericksburg, 2923 boxes
Grand Prize, Most Cereal Collected
1st Choice Better Homes and Land 5019 boxes
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Select
Century 21 Redwood – Locust Grove
Nest Realty Group – Fredericksburg
1st Choice Better Homes and Land
CTI Real Estate
United Real Estate Premier
Century 21 Redwood – Fredericksburg
Long and Foster Fredericksburg
Century 21 Battlefield
Century 21 New Millennium Fredericksburg
Coldwell Banker Elite Downtown
Century 21 Redwood – Stafford
Coldwell Banker Elite – Stafford
Virginia CU Realty
Embrace Home Loans
Keller Williams Realty – Stafford
Keller Williams Realty – Fredericksburg
Holt for Homes
“There is someone in your REALTOR® life who is perfect for one of the FAAR awards.”
Chair Bonnie Ramey is happy to report that Spring award applications were up and we are hoping that the fall awards season has similar increases. Some of the forms were tweaked to be easier to fill out. “There are members out there who are deserving and cumbersome forms should not be a deterrent to giving recognition to them.” She and Vice Chair Corey Green urge members and brokers to take the time to review the various recognitions. “There is someone in your REALTOR® life who is perfect for one of the FAAR awards.” The managing broker community is urged to recognize the achievements of their agents by promoting nominations or nominating someone from the office. Application deadline is October 31, 2017.
Nomination forms are for Raising the Bar, the Good Neighbor, Affiliate of the Year and the new Spirit Award. Cindy LeBrun was the first recipient in 2016 because she exemplifies the criteria, a cheerleader for FAAR, who steps up to volunteer for events and activities with little fanfare but someone you always count on to be helpful with any task requested. Hall of Fame, Silver Circle and REALTOR® Emeritus are selected by date of membership and Hall of Fame by the Awards Committee or by the Board of Director.
Nominate a member for one of these awards at faarmembers.com/awards.
From VDOT press release….
I-95 EXPRESS LANES SOUTHERN TERMINUS EXTENSION IN STAFFORD COUNTY OPENING TUESDAY, OCT. 31
New two-mile expansion adds new Express Lanes entrance and exit ramps south of Exit 143 at Garrisonville Road
FREDERICKSBURG – A project to extend Interstate 95 Express Lanes by two miles in Stafford County, adding new northbound and southbound ramps, will open to traffic ahead of schedule on Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017. The $50 million project extends Express Lanes beyond the flyover ramp where they end today, just north of Route 610 (Garrisonville Road). The new southbound ramp will open to traffic on the afternoon of Tuesday, Oct. 31. The new northbound ramp will open early Wednesday, Nov. 1.
What Drivers Need to Know
The extension will operate under the same rules and reversal schedule as the current 95 Express Lanes. When the extension opens, I-95 northbound traffic will be able to enter Express Lanes earlier at a new left entrance before the Garrisonville Road overpass. Southbound Express Lanes traffic heading to Fredericksburg will be able to continue past Garrisonville and merge about one mile south of the Garrisonville Road exit. All drivers need an E-ZPass to use the Express Lanes. Carpools need an E-ZPass Flex and three or more people in the vehicle to travel toll-free.
Construction on the extension began in July 2016. The project’s design-build team is Branch Civil, Inc., and Whitman, Requardt & Associates. The project is a joint investment by the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) and Transurban. Transurban operates the existing 29-mile Express Lanes facility that opened in December 2014, and will be responsible for maintenance and operations of the two-mile extension. Around 146,000 vehicles a day travel I-95 near Garrisonville Road.
Over 40 generous golfers got their swing on at this year’s annual golf tournament at Augustine Golf Club on Friday, October 13, 2017. We’d like to give a special thank you to our supporters and sponsors for making the tournament a grand success despite overcast skies! Stay tuned as we tally our final numbers on dollar amount raised, but please take a moment to view the pictures from this fabulous day!
On Tuesday, September 5, 2017, the FAAR Board of Directors approved a $1,500 contribution to the Realtors® Relief Fund to assist storm victims impacted by Hurricane Harvey. The Fund was established to provide needy victims of disasters and their families assistance with housing-related needs arising out of disasters. The funds can be used for affected relief and rescue workers as well. The Foundation may elect to provide assistance primarily to victims who are members of the National Association of Realtors®.
If you are interested in donating to the Realtors® Relief Fund, you may click here to access the secure online portal. There are many local and national charities and businesses collecting Hurricane Harvey relief funds, Charity Navigator is a good place to research charities and learn more about their services.
Realtors® Celebrate Service Week
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