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REALTOR® and Affiliate Members of FAAR Collect Over 18,000 Boxes of Cereal

REALTOR® and Affiliate Members of FAAR Collect Over 18,000 Boxes of Cereal

Every year REALTOR® and Affiliate members of the Fredericksburg Area Association of REALTORS® reach out to their spheres on behalf of the annual FAAR cereal drive. Not only does participation in the drive help our community by providing food for those in need, but many members find it an easy way to reconnect with past clients and even acquire business without a sales pitch. 

I listed 2 homes yesterday. The reason they chose me? They’d heard of me, but my involvement in the cereal drive was why chose me. They had a REALTOR® friend too!”

I was surprised at the response from the post cards. I send out something to my SOI every month. After the post cards went out, I heard from people I hardly ever hear from. I am a true believer and what a great cause! “

It’s been another amazing year for cereal collection! Thanks to the outstanding efforts of REALTOR® and Affiliate members, we are proud to announce the total raised —

18,567 boxes

 

Prize Winners

Most cereal collected by a REALTOR office — Long and Foster Fredericksburg (4,692 boxes)

Most cereal per agent — Cropper Home Sales (1,850 boxes)

Most cereal collected by an Affiliate office – Movement Mortgage (1,088 boxes)

Most improved — Coldwell Banker Elite Stafford (968 boxes)

 

Participants

1st Runner Up for cereal collected by a REALTOR Office – 1st Choice Better Homes & Land (4,296 boxes)

Aquia Realty

At Your Service Realty

Berkshire Hathway Home Services Pen Fed Fredericksburg

Berkshire Hathway Home Services Pen Fed King George

Berkshire Hathway Home Services Pen Fed Stafford

Century 21 New Millennium Fredericksburg

Century 21 Redwood Fredericksburg

Century 21 Redwood Locust Grove

Coldwell Banker Elite Downtown

CTI Real Estate

Exit Elite

eXp Realty

Keller Williams Capital Properties

Summit Mortgage

The Title Professionals

Topside Federal Credit Union

Ulta Realty

United Real Estate Premier

2022 REALTOR Cereal Drive Returns this October

2022 REALTOR Cereal Drive Returns this October

The REALTOR® Cereal Drive is back!

2021 was an epic year for the annual REALTOR® cereal drive. Help us reach the 2022 goal of 18,000 boxes, all of which go to the local area food banks. Use the cereal drive as a way to reconnect with your sphere and look for REALTOR®-branded marketing pieces (post-card and flyer) to enhance efforts of collecting cereal from clients and customers.

Let us know if your office plans to participate by emailing Barbara Castillo with your office and contact information by September 23rd.

Collected cereal can be dropped off at the October 27th 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!

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#MemberMonday Meet #Realtor Brooke Sumners

#MemberMonday Meet #Realtor Brooke Sumners

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
Brooke Sumners

Hometown
Stafford

Current Location
Locust Grove

Title
Real Estate Agent/Realtor at ULTA Realty

Why do you love working in real estate?
Real estate has been my passion for as long as I can remember. From the architecture of all of the different style homes to the character, decoration, history etc. I always knew that I wanted to be involved in real estate one way or another. Now I get to help families close a chapter in their lives or begin a new one and help them along the way make their dreams come true.

What are you most proud of in your career?
I think the thing that I’ve become the most proud of in my career is that my kids have seen that no matter how long it takes you to get where you want to be that anything is possible if you set your mind to it and want it enough. Most recently, my oldest son graduated high school and for his graduation gift he wanted to take the real estate course to become an agent himself! This makes my heart happy!

Do you have a special cause or volunteer your time?
The Toys for Tots program is very near and dear to me. I have worked at the Foundation for over 11 years and each year I am more grateful to be a part of such a great charity that helps give back to their communities and most importantly the children in those communities, our future!

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#MemberMonday Meet REALTOR® & Broker David Cropper

#MemberMonday Meet REALTOR® & Broker David Cropper

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
David Cropper

Hometown
Fredericksburg

Current Location
Fredericksburg

Title
Broker Owner

Why do you love working in real estate?
I see real estate as a way to build wealth and security. I consider myself a coach and mentor, and I see a family setting down roots, and buying their first home, it makes me proud to do what I do.
Real Estate is not just a transaction, buying or selling a home is a story, and I strive to be a hero in that story.

What are you most proud of in your career?
I am very honored to be able to become a broker and start my own brokerage, in doing so I am now able to coach and mentor the agents who work with me and see them succeed in their professional careers.

Do you have a special cause or volunteer your time? 
Cropper Home Sales LLC. is built on community service. All my agents are encouraged to volunteer. I am proud to be the current president of the Realtor Foundation, Helping those in our community get into and retain housing. I am also a member of the Lions Club, assisting in eye care and hearing aids for low-income families.

Fun Fact
I am an animal advocate and have 5 cats and a dog, through my volunteer work have been know to ride a motorcycle dressed in a cat suit to raise money

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#Member Monday Meet REALTOR® Dalal Abilmona

#Member Monday Meet REALTOR® Dalal Abilmona

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
Dalal Abilmona

Hometown
Fredericksburg , VA

Current Location
Fredericksburg , VA

Title
REALTOR®

Number of Years in the Industry
10

Why do you love working in real estate?
I get to meet new people every day and help them make life changing decisions. No two days are ever the same and we have the freedom to work from anywhere. I can work from home, my car, the coffee shop, or even the beach in Bali?! My most favorite reason for working in real estate is creating lifelong friendships!

What are you most proud of in your career?
Getting Buyers and Sellers through complex situations and seeing them smile at the end!

Do you have a special cause or volunteer your time? 
I volunteer for the Spotsylvania County Sheriff’s Department. I love sharing my time in our local community and helping with public events. Two charities near and dear to my heart I support are Wounded Warriors and St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

Fun Fact
I am bilingual. My great grandfather was in the third class group on the Titanic and was a survivor. My aunt,(Elsie Belman), became the first female limousine driver in Washington D.C., and later started her own local Limousine company and chauffeured some pretty big stars.

Tina Keene Exit Elite Realty
#Member Monday Meet REALTOR® Chasity Richardson

#Member Monday Meet REALTOR® Chasity Richardson

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
Chasity Richardson

Hometown
Wildwood NJ

Current Location
Stafford

Title
REALTOR®

Why do you love working in real estate?
I am very passionate about helping people. Real Estate helped me find an area to specialize in! I help people solve housing problems, and I love it!

Favorite Work Story
Walking into the Century 21 Redwood office and seeing the Relentless Agent Book. I knew it was the place for me.

What are you most proud of in your career?
I am proud about being able to use my commission to help my own children get through college without Student Loans and help others by helping with book scholarships.

Do you have a special cause or volunteer your time? Tell us about it here!
I love donating to college book scholarships, as paying for books is a major barriers to success for disadvantaged students.

Tina Keene Exit Elite Realty
FAAR Community Service Committee’s Charity Share-a-thon

FAAR Community Service Committee’s Charity Share-a-thon

Show the love and help bring awareness to your favorite charity for free!

Nominate a charity for recognition, then explore the various charities REALTORS® and Affiliate members support here! 

#MemberMonday Meet REALTOR® Adarsh Parbadia

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
Adarsh Parbadia

Hometown
Stafford

Current Location
Fredericksburg

Title
Realtor®, Christmarr Properties

Number of Years in the Industry
2

Why do you love working in real estate?
My family has been in real estate my entire life. My father and uncle run a construction company so I have had a chance to see the entire real estate process from development, building, to closing. To me it is incredible to see how many moving parts there are and all the individuals involved. We all make a living just on a portion of the timeline. From builder, to contractors, to lenders, to settlement companies, and so many more. But what I love the most (from being on the residential side) is you get to be a part of the purchasing journey for your clients. They have worked years to get to this point and you get the chance to make it happen for them.

Favorite Work Story
My favorite story happened this year. I joined the Young Professionals Network this year and got to meet some incredible people from REALTORS® to the team at the Association. Myself being the listing agent I got to work with the current chair of YPN who represented the buyers. It was the first time I worked across the table with an agent I knew. Needless to say, the transaction went very smoothly and both parties are very happy.

What are you most proud of in your career?
It was probably my first transaction which was a rental property. It was also my first listing and was in North Stafford. I probably called my broker every day to make sure I was doing and saying the right thing. But that transaction gave me the confidence on the next ones. And that even if you jumping into a new industry, product type, or area there is always a way to figure it out.

Fun Fact
Went to my first Washington Nationals game earlier this year.

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FAAR hosts annual cereal drive

FAAR hosts annual cereal drive

FAAR members were definitely up for the challenge and then some!!!  Thank you to everyone who participated and helped us not only reach our goal, but blow it out of the water!!!  FAAR members collected a nearly unbelievable 31,032 boxes of cereal!  Check out the official press release below for all the details. 

The Fredericksburg Area Association of REALTORS® (FAAR) hosted its annual Cereal Drive to benefit the Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank and other food pantries throughout the area.  This year proved to be another record-breaker with FAAR members collecting a whopping 31,032 boxes of cereal, blowing previous cereal drive totals out of the water.

Realtors® from across the region collect cereal from their clients, family, and friends and a friendly competition inspires each office to beat their prior year totals. FAAR would like to recognize the amazing efforts of this year’s Cereal Drive participants.

  • Most Cereal Collected: 1st Choice Better Homes and Land (10,872 boxes)
  • Most Cereal Per Agent: Cropper Home Sales (1,115 boxes)
  • Most Improved: Century 21 Redwood (from 28 to 971 boxes)
  • Affiliate Office: Universal Title-Fredericksburg (1,364 boxes)

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 10 meals, that’s over 310,000 meals in our region. Cereal was also delivered to food pantries in Westmoreland County and Louisa County.

 

Thank you to all of these participants for their involvement and collection efforts!

 

Century 21 Redwood Locust Grove
1st Choice Better Homes and Land
Avery Hess
Coldwell Banker Elite King George
Century 21 New Millennium Fredericksburg
Century 21 Redwood Fredericksburg
Coldwell Banker Elite Bragg Road
Coldwell Banker Elite Downtown
Cropper Home Sales
CTI Real Estate
Exit Elite
Keller Williams Capital Properties
Long and Foster Fredericksburg
MacDoc
Remax-Gillies team
The Title Professionals
Topside Federal Credit Union
Ulta Realty
United Real Estate Premier
Universal Title

 

 

Listen to how your efforts continue to make a difference!

 

 

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