Community Service

Our effort to improve local community living.

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.

Download the square graphic for sharing here!

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!

Tina Keene Exit Elite Realty
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
2020 Realtor Cereal Collection Drive Results

2020 Realtor Cereal Collection Drive Results

REALTORS® and Affiliates did a tremendous job of seeking out cereal this year! YOU CRUSHED the goal of 16,000 boxes and ended up collecting 28,022 boxes of shelf-stable food for our community.

Who won?

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

How about a BONUS for your landlords???

Do you represent landlords throughout the region?  Do you have some available properties?  Then you’ll want to check out this program from our local non-profit partners that will house homeless families AND get your landlords a signing bonus!  Read on for more details…

From Micah Ministries, administrator of the Stable Homes Partnership which serves Empowerhouse, Loisann’s Hope House, Micah and the Thurman Brisben Center

Recent CARES Act funding has presented an immediate opportunity for the Fredericksburg region to permanently re-house those experiencing homelessness. With your help, the majority of those currently staying in the community’s emergency shelters could be housed by Christmas. Our goal is to get 95 households housed in the next 90 days.

LANDLORDS: DOUBLE your rent for the first month!
Landlords have an extraordinary opportunity to join homeless services in ending homelessness in the Fredericksburg region! Sign a lease with a household experiencing homelessness between October 1 and Christmas Eve (December 24) and receive a signing bonus in addition to the regular security deposit and the first month’s rent. Your signing bonus will equal one month of rent. It is free and is our way of saying thank you for doing your part to end homelessness in the Fredericksburg region.

Make a house a HOME this Christmas!
Micah congregations have developed a system to collect donated furniture and household items. They will then distribute them to those who need it. Drop off gently used sofas, beds, tables, chairs, dressers and other household essentials at 1212 Lafayette Blvd., Tuesday through Thursday from 9am to 1pm or complete our online donation form to arrange a pick-up.

Want to get involved in the program?  Call 540-760-3310 to connect with the Community Housing Locator.  

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