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#MemberMonday Meet Tammy Reid

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.

Tammy Reid


Current Location

Business Development Associate at Embrace Home Loans

Number of Years in the Industry

Why do you love working in real estate?
In all honesty, helping people with the biggest “memory making” investment of their life is a true passion. Memories start in a home and helping people get into their dream home or first time home to make lasting memories in either is what makes it all worthwhile! Not to mention, the best friendships I have ever made are with my fellow real estate and mortgage colleagues.

Favorite Work Story 
We have a lot of favorites here at Embrace. We love what we do!
If I had to pick just one, it would be the day Rusty Cowper joined our team and remembering how excited we were to make that announcement!

What are you most proud of in your career?
First, getting my LO license. Test taking is not my favorite thing. Having the courage to do that was a lot!
I would have to say the awards I have won and been completely surprised each time.
FAAR Affiliate of the Year
FABA Associate of the year two times
FABA Chair of the Year
FABA Rookie of the Year
To name a few.

Do you have a special cause or volunteer your time? 
First Priority: volunteering whenever I can to watch my granddaughter Hazel Rose!
Food Bank
516 Project
Lifepoint Church

Fun Fact
Private Investigator 🙂

2018 Candlelight Tour: Guide a Historic Home Tour in Fredericksburg

2018 Candlelight Tour: Guide a Historic Home Tour in Fredericksburg

Light the way

Meet, greet, and get festive with historic Fredericksburg homes

Make connections this holiday season

Don’t miss this opportunity to be the tour guide for one of Fredericksburg’s finest historic homes on this annual tour presented by the Historic Fredericksburg Foundation Inc. (HFFI). Enjoy meeting new people and showing off a home professionally decorated for the holidays in downtown Fredericksburg.

Preview meeting

Thursday, December 6, 2018, 10 – 11 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 if you have signed up to host for the Candlelight Tour at this time

Tour hours

Saturday and Sunday, December 8th and 9th, from 11 AM to 5 PM and Saturday evening from 6 – 8 PM.


We are hosting the Candlelight Tour at 804 Prince Edward St, Fredericksburg, VA 22401.


House guides receive all of the information available for their hosting scripts. 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.

Additional Information

Click the host a tour button above or below to sign up. Look for additional information about the Candlelight Tour at



Light the way

Meet, greet, and get festive with historic Fredericksburg homes

2018 REALTOR® Cereal Drive Results

2018 REALTOR® Cereal Drive Results

We still have cereal pouring in but give yourself a huge pat on the back if you participated this year! We’re estimating the final total to be around 15,000 boxes all going to local area food banks and residents in need.

Who won?

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



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

2018 Young Professionals Network Pub Crawl Photos are Here

2018 Young Professionals Network Pub Crawl Photos are Here

Skylines and good times! The 7th Annual YPN Pub Crawl took us to Castiglia’s Sky Bar and Jay’s Downtown Sports Lounge. Proceeds benefited local teachers and students through the Adopt-a-Classroom Program—your generous donations were able to raise $870 for local classrooms! Thank you to everyone who came and especially to our sponsors. In the meantime, check out the photos here!

2018 PAR for FAAR Foundation Golf Tournament Photos

What a fabulous day out at Augustine Golf Course in Stafford—Thank you to all of our attendees and sponsors who helped make the 3rd annual Par for FAAR Foundation Golf Tournament a resounding success! More details coming soon on the total amount raised. In the meantime, look how much fun we had!

Thank you Sponsors

Bayfield Home Loans
Alcova Mortgage
Winning Image Salon
Highland Title & Escrow
Century 21 Redwood Realty
Priority Financial
Price Rich and Associates
Harry’s Ale House
James Photography Group
Poet’s Walk
Assurance Financial
SunTrust Mortgage
Affordable Home Loans
Universal Title
Professional Plumbing Solutions
Joshua Lawrence SalonXtreme Heating
Century 21 Redwood Realty
Donna Chandler
Carole Riddle
First County Mortgage
Bay County Settlements
Dannex Construction
Atlantic Coast Mortgage
Greater Fredericksburg Habitat for Humanity
Sona Homes
Lisa Ross with C21 Redwood
Fredericksburg Area Rentals and Property Management
Berens Realty Group
Century 21 Redwood Realty

Wheelbarrow of Cheer | Fredericksburg Realtors® Foundation 
Tom Brady Signed Football | Sue Pash 
Augustine Membership | David Weider
Golf Foursome | Augustine Golf Course
Golf Foursome at River Creek | Geoff Brandquist
Wedding Fireworks Package | Southern Exposure Pyrotechnics
Washington Capitals Tickets | Kevin Daniels
Washington Capitals Tickets | Richard Wallace
Washington Wizards Tickets | Richard Wallace
Stephen Strasburg Baseball | Washington Nationals
Nick Sundberg Photo | Washington Redskins 
Markieff Morris Photo | Washington Wizards
Brett Connolly Photo | Washington Capitals 
Al Bumbry Photo | The Card Cellar
Frank Howard Photo | The Card Cellar
Wine Picnic Basket | Sue Pash
Local Goodies Basket | Olde Virginia Gourmet
Tower of Virginia Peanuts | Olde Virginia Gourmet
Crab Bottle Cap Art | Ed Schiavoni
Lobster Bottle Cap Art | Ed Schiavoni
Golf Basket | Della Robb
Designer Handbag and Scarf | Lady Legacy
Wine Gift Basket | City Vino
Growler and Gift Card | Fredericksburg Brew Exchange
Art on Canvas | Raelyn Marketing Promotions

How much cereal can local REALTORS® collect?

How much cereal can local REALTORS® collect?

The REALTOR® Cereal Drive is back!

2017 was a phenomenal year for the annual REALTOR® cereal drive. Help us reach the 2018 goal of 18,500 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 25th.

Collected cereal can be dropped off at the October 25th 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. More details TBA.

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2017 Participants

Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Select
Century 21 Redwood – Locust Grove
Nest Realty Group – Fredericksburg
1st Choice Better Homes and Land
CTI Real Estate
Alcova Mortgage
United Real Estate Premier
Century 21 Redwood – Fredericksburg
Long and Foster Fredericksburg
Century 21 Battlefield
Century 21 New Millennium Fredericksburg
Coldwell Banker Elite Downtown
REMAX Legacy
Ulta Realty
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
Movement Mortgage

2017 Winners

Affiliate Office
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

Most Improved
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

Giving a Foundation grant is about much more than just money….

Correction to this story:  Mike has some of the items needed for the whole-house generator to be functional but not all.  He still needs $3,000 additional financial help to make it happen so please help spread the word and let’s get this project across the finish line!  Contributions to Mike’s project can be made to the 516 Project at, just denote “Mike Witt” when making a contribution.

The Fredericksburg Realtors® Foundation has granted out nearly $20,000 this year and that’s a lot of money for us!  It’s easy to see this process as purely administrative.  We consider a grant, get the check cut, work with the recipient and Governors to schedule a day to present the check, write out the big check, and make sure everyone is reminded about the date.  We certainly are keenly aware that our money is helping someone, but rarely do we get an intimate look at that individual’s life.

We recently got that look and it was a powerful reminder of the good work that we are doing through the generosity of our members.  Earlier this summer, we awarded $2,500 to the 516 Project to help them install a whole-house generator at the home of Mike Witt.  Some of you may remember his story.  During his work at his tree cutting service, Mike fell out of a tree and sustained extensive injuries.  He is now confined to a wheelchair and relies on near-constant care of from paid providers, friends, and volunteers to complete everyday tasks.

The addition of the generator is a huge quality of life improvement for Mike.  Now Mike will not have to worry about heat or cold impacting him when he loses electricity.  He will be able to see in his room, and his food will not go bad in his refrigerator.  He can stay in his home for extended periods of outage and his caregivers know that his home will be safe and secure in the event of bad weather.

Foundation Governors Mary Beth Rich, Carol Sondrini, and Randy Walther along with FAAR staff member Kim McClellan and her son Jack, and FAAR member and Mike’s good friend, Ann Black, were on hand to visit with Mike.  His friend Jake Walther and his dog, Cash, also stopped by for a visit.  Jack entertained Mike’s dog, Laica, and Cash for hours throwing the ball while the adults shared stories and laughed together.  It was a true privilege to be a part of Mike’s day and see the impact that the generosity of our members has on a member of our community.

Brrr, it’s cold out there! Ok, not really….

But hey, it’s under 90 degrees so it’s a hint that maybe fall is in air!  A turn to cooler weather means starting to think about end-of-year FAAR activities and one of our biggest will be here before you know it…Secret Santa!  Start gathering your team of little elves and remember to sign up by November 9, 2018.

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