Community Service

Our effort to improve local community living.
#Member Monday | Meet REALTOR® Ruby Brabo

#Member Monday | Meet REALTOR® Ruby Brabo

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.

Ruby Brabo

Baton Rouge, LA

Current Location
King George & Stafford

REALTOR®, Long & Foster Fredericksburg

Number of Years in the Industry
1 month

Why do you love working in real estate?
As a former local elected official, I enjoyed meeting all kinds of people and helping to solve issues. Real estate allows me to continue to meet all kinds of people and help them in a different way.

What are you most proud of in your career?
Being so new, at this point I am just excited about the new opportunity I have chosen to pursue.

Do you have a special cause or volunteer your time? 
I support the Dahlgren Heritage Railroad Trail whenever possible. It is one of the greatest assets of King George County for outdoor recreation.

Fun Fact
I serve on the Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center Board of Trustees and the Virginia Rural Center Board of Directors. I enjoy running, biking and hiking.

ruby brabo realtor
#Member Monday | Meet REALTOR Anne Corbin

#Member Monday | Meet REALTOR Anne Corbin

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.

Anne Corbin

Unionville VA

Current Location
Mineral VA

REALTOR® with Long and Foster

Number of Years in the Industry

Why do you love working in real estate?
I enjoy assisting people with their real estate needs. The flexibility I have with this job enables me to successfully juggle the demands of wife, mom, grandmother and daughter.

Favorite Work Story  
I met Mr & Mrs. H when they looked at a log cabin in Madison. They passed on this REO but found another they wanted to buy. Using an escalation clause, we won the bid! BUT, there was pending litigation causing a cloud on the title. We ultimately voided the contract. The property sat vacant for 2 years. Another client contacted me to tour the property and I grabbed one of the flyers from the table. This client wasn’t interested so I mailed the flyer to Mr & Mrs H, who replied “you’re a temptress!” They chose to view the house again and, after a few trials & tribulations, including a bat in the house, we were able to successfully close on their dream log home!

What are you most proud of in your career?
I have worked hard to beat my personal goals each year and strive to keep in touch continuously with previous clients. I want them to know I am always here for them and any others they know that might need a good agent in the area.

Do you have a special cause or volunteer your time?
I am a member of the Belmont Club of Women and served the past two years as Secretary and Treasurer. We raise money to donate as scholarships and to charitable organizations including food banks.

Fun Fact
I am a first time grandmother (he’s 3 months old) and I am blessed that my daughter and her husband chose to move from SC to VA in May. I have “lived” with my grandson since he came home from the hospital.

2021 REALTOR Dues Announcement – Dues available for payment August 1st

Dues Announcement: 


2021 Dues for REALTORS® will be open for payment August 1st.

Pay by September 30th to avoid the $25 late fee.


What if I miss the September 30th dues deadline?

Submit your dues payment and late fee by December 31st to keep your membership active and avoid the $275 reapplication fee.

Your dues bill notice will come via email—you will not receive a paper bill.

Login at to pay your dues for FAAR, VR, and NAR.

REALTOR® Dues for 2021 ($705)

NAR dues ($185)
Virginia Realtors dues ($175)
FAAR dues ($315)
RPAC Fair Share ($30)
Total = $675 + $30 (optional RPAC)
total realtor dues are split out into NAR, VR, FAAR, and RPAC sums

 Take advantage of your member benefits

 See what member benefits are offered at all 3 levels of the REALTOR® Organization

Drop Box

For your convenience, there is a drop box located across from the main entrance in the parking lot labeled FAAR Drop Box. Dues payments may be dropped in the this box. It is checked first thing in the morning during regular business hours.


After payment, you can find your receipt under the “My Order History” page of your account.

AFFILIATES: Dues for Affiliates will open for payment September 1st.

Do not pay this invoice if you plan to be an AMP in 2020. Ready to boost your marketing in our AMP program? Please let Lori in Membership know at
Affiliates can disregard the tax information displayed during the dues payment process as that only applies to REALTOR® members.

How Community Service Can Help Grow Your Business

How Community Service Can Help Grow Your Business

Last Sunday July 12, a group of REALTORS® and other community members gathered at Hurkamp park for a community beautification project. We sat down with the organizer of the event Chip Taylor of Long and Foster to talk about why community service is so important and how it contributes to your business. 

Listen to the full podcast here

Why Community Service Is Important


When asked why he felt community service was so vital Chip replied, “I think in any

community you’ve got those amazing rock stars that are helping homeless, helping school children, or whatever the charity is, but they can only do so much. There is a real need everywhere and they need volunteers. Some people get burnt out after a while some people have to do different things so there’s just a constant need for people to help out and do their part as much as they possibly can.”


Throughout Fredericksburg and the surrounding areas there are countless charities and organizations constantly searching for volunteers. Our community really wouldn’t be the same without some of these groups. The sad truth is that a very small amount of our population is doing the majority of the work. Every day our community is being transformed for the better based on the work of the few.


Why REALTORS® Should Be Active In Community Service


Often times REALTORS® are told they should be involved but it is not always clear why. When we posed this question to Mr. Taylor, he had this to say, “ It is important for realtors to be involved. I think that realtors are uniquely positioned as professionals to be involved in their community in many ways. We are the first people that are meeting people who are moving into this area. We are introducing them to our home, to our downtown, to everything around here and I do think that we need to be good stewards of the community so that when we are telling people why they should live here, we should be an active part of why they should live here.”


He continued ot share how he was able to cultivate continual relationships with his clients based off of his community involvement. “It’s just become a big thing for me. I’ve incorporated it into my business so my clients all know that when September/October arrives when I’m calling them or if I’m emailing them, they are already buying cereal to get ready for it. I’ve got some clients that have kids that are saving their allowances and going shopping for cereals so it’s really become a big thing. Last year we collected 3,375 boxes of cereal just for King George and we were able to fill every single pantry in King George and even some in Colonial Beach.”

How To Get Started Today

  • Community Service Committee
  • FAAR’s Cereal Drive
  • Join a Love Scrub
  • Pick up trash in your community
  • Volunteer at a local organization 
  • Starting a digital food drive
The June FAARside Newsletter is ready for you!

The June FAARside Newsletter is ready for you!

Your copy of the February Newsletter, the FAARside is here! Crack open a copy to learn about what’s going on at the Association including a letter from the President, how REALTORS are giving back, our 2019 award winners, and more!

This edition includes

  • FAAR activities in the height of Covid-19
  • How you can override bias in your business
  • New laws going into effect
  • Covid & Real Estate: Where have we been and where are we going?
  • Our affiliate marketing partners (AMPs)

and more!

Right click here or the cover image to the right and click “Save as” to download

Fredericksburg REALTORS Foundation donates $2,500 to Mary’s Shelter

COVID is keeping us from doing in-person check presentations, but this blast from the past shows that we have a long history of support!

The Foundation approved a $2,500 grant for an emergency bathroom renovation at Mary’s Shelter.  At any given time, Mary’s Shelter provides housing for up to 18 women and their children in need of safe refuge.  In addition to the homes they own, they also offer financial assistance to women in our community so that they can avoid homelessness.  The shelter has been in operation for 14 years.  

Mary’s Shelter has expanded their services because the needs are so great, while their donations have shrunk due to the pandemic.  One of their homes experienced a very ill-timed bathroom leak, necessitating the move out of two families from units that were impacted.  It is vital that Mary’s Shelter repairs the water damage and the leaky bathroom to get folks back into these units, and that’s where the Foundation’s money comes in. 

While the Foundation was so pleased to give the $2,500 in funding, it falls far short of the $7,000 needed to repair the bathroom.  If you are interested in learning more about Mary’s Shelter or donating to their operation, please visit  

Do you have a passion for helping?? The Thurman Brisben Center needs you!

Can you help you the residents of the Thurman Brisben Center?  The shelter is trying to find stable, long-term housing for many clients right now and they are looking to the Realtor® community for some volunteers to help with that effort.  Do you have a passion for helping under-served communities and know your way around the area rental market?  Then you could be the perfect fit!  Contact Kim Lally or David Cooper with the shelter for more details.

Thurman Brisben Fast Facts:

  • Only about 1% of Brisben clients are served by local housing programs, leaving the rest to be “self-resolvers” and figure it out on their own.
  • In April 2020, over 60% of residents moved into temporary housing including about 20% into hotels.
  • 43% of people entering the shelter have been housed there before.
  • Thurman Brisben does not receive any funding to help with re-housing (rent subsidies, security deposit assistance, etc) and they have only two case managers who are trying to assist a large number of people move into stable, long-term housing.  This is where YOU can play a part!

The Fredericksburg Realtors Foundation Celebrates 30 Years of Service with the Launch of the $20 for 2020 Campaign

We hope our launch video filmed back in February brings you a moment of joy as we try to provide for the less fortunate this year. Thank you for your support.

A History of Giving

In the past 3 years, REALTORS® gave back over $50,000 to local housing-related organizations and charities through the Fredericksburg REALTORS® Foundation.

We could not do this without your support. There is no doubt, we are currently in a period of change that is affecting many. The need has always been great, but now it is even greater. That’s why the Foundation is launching the $20 for 2020 campaign now.

This Year is Different

Since January 1, the Foundation has granted out over $10,000 to local charities to help with the crushing demand they’ve experienced caused by COVID-19. That leaves us with just $5,000 left and grants coming in every week. Help us be able to say YES to these cries for help!

We know there are many worthy charities in our community, but why not join forces with 1,700 of your fellow Realtors® in support of the Foundation? We are the face of REALTOR® giving in the Fredericksburg region.

We encourage each of you to commit to donating $20 in 2020 so the Foundation can continue to meet the emergency grant requests coming in from local charities.

To make a donation or learn more about the Foundation visit or follow the Foundation on Facebook for updates!

Previously supported organizations include

Happy Hour for a Good Cause – Thursday April 30th, 2020 from 4-5 PM

Join the Foundation Governors for a kickoff Happy Hour from your own living room! Join the meeting at

Thank you from the Fredericksburg REALTORS® Foundation Governors


Anne Overington, Century 21 Redwood Realty |

Debbie Irwin, BHHS Select Realty |

Carrie Danko, 1st Choice Better Homes and Land |

Shannon Mauro, United Real Estate Premier |

Jennifer Doughty, CTI Real Estate |

Erin Witt, CMS Mortgage Solutions |

Randy Walther, Nest Realty |

Abby Fitzsimmons, Coldwell Banker Elite |

Carol Sondrini, Coldwell Banker Elite |

David Cropper, Weichert Realtors |

Pam Godfrey, Universal Title |

Want to educate your kids (or yourself!) on budgeting and finances? NSWC has you covered!

Guest blog from FAAR Affiliate Marketing Partner NSWC Federal Credit Union, check out all the cool stuff they are doing these next two days!!!

We have a variety of financial education Zoom meetings available no matter what stage you are in. We’ll be going over savings and budgets for the school age groups, and scams that are going on now and how to avoid them and protect yourself. Please feel free to share to your co-workers, friends, family and more.

Elementary School Age Students– 4/23 9am Lauren Polen is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 814 7344 1125
Password: 028682

Middle School Aged Students– 4/23 1pm Lauren Polen is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 879 2473 3290
Password: 002652

High School Aged Students  – 4/24 11am Lauren Polen is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 824 7354 0107
Password: 016777

Adults- 4/24 1pm Lauren Polen is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 832 6422 0986
Password: 001734

Celebrate Service Month 2020

Celebrate Service Month 2020

FAAR is proud to introduce our Celebrate Service Month! Let us highlight your community programs and recognize your service. You can now fill out our Celebrate Service Month form to share how you, your office, or your team like to serve our community. You can even recruit new volunteers by raising awareness of your program! In May we’ll be highlighting projects and agents throughout the area.

Fill out the form below to submit your organization for recognition! Throughout the month of May, we will be sharing member charities across social media.

Realtors® Celebrate Service Month 2020

Use this form to share your office and individual community service projects with us so we can curate and share with the world!
  • Office name of submitting individual
  • Please list all offices/individuals involved in description section.
  • Please list the details about your project so we can share it with the world!
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

We are excited to be able to share all the great charities in our community! Make sure you follow our FaceBook page and Instagram to see the exciting charities that get highlighted.

Did you know FAAR has a charitable organization that helps with housing needs in our area? Check out!

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