FAAR Instructors

Enhancing your real estate experience

David Cropper

David Cropper, ABR, MRP is the Broker/Owner of Cropper Home Sales LLC and is a certified Moseley Instructor actively pursuing the GRI designation. David’s commitment to continuous education allows him to provide exceptional coaching and mentorship to agents and clients alike, while also being passionate about animal rescues e.g., Fredericksburg SPCA and OperationHood.org and giving back to the community. In addition to his real estate responsibilities, David serves as the President of the Realtors Foundation and is also a proud member of the Lions club. Prior to practicing real estate, David owned an Insurance Agency with multiple locations and a dedicated team.

Deb Ellis

Deb has been in the local market since 2004.  She is active in the community as she co-founded the Owen Lea Foundation and volunteers hours of service to local non-profits.  She is passionate about education and raising the standards in the industry.  Deb serves as the VP of Residential Services and she works to support and mentor agents and brokers.  She desires to see the same in all agents and as a member of the board she works to have a positive impact.

Reviews about Deb:

Deb is a great instructor with a lot of knowledge.  Enjoyed this class and will look for Deb as an instructor again.  High energy and passion for material.  Love her.

Michele Freemyers

Michele is a Fredericksburg resident and has been an active participant at the Fredericksburg Area Association of Realtors.  She is one of the founding members of Ekko Title, LLC and the law firm of Leggett, Simon, Freemyers and Lyon, PLC (“LSFL”) which was established in 2008.  Michele continues her law practice which focuses on real estate, title insurance, and real estate contracts as well as other matters related to residential real estate settlements.  She frequently serves as a real estate instructor and has authored many class outlines and educational materials.

Reviews about Michele:

Michele is the best instructor – Always enjoy her classes.  Excellent instructor and great enthusiasm.  Very patient with questions.  Michele Freemyers is lively, witty, and well informed.  Hands down the best instructor.

Kevin McGrath

Kevin McGrath is a passionate and dedicated Managing Broker in the Fredericksburg, VA area that is known for his exceptional real estate education and coaching skills. With over 19 years of Real Estate experience, Kevin makes each transaction as smooth and stress-free as possible for his clients. Kevin began his career in Real Estate in 2003, and since then has joined Long & Foster Realtors®, where he has been able to provide numerous clients with his knowledge, expertise, and unparalleled passion for the field. In addition to helping clients buy and sell homes, Kevin is also highly skilled as a listing agent, buyer’s agent, and in teaching. Kevin will be sure to exceed your Real Estate expectations. 

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Matthew Rathbun

Matthew Rathbun is a veteran instructor with a unique blend of geekiness, humor and an in-depth knowledge regarding the practice of real estate. Matthew is an active agent and the Executive Vice President of a large firm.  Matthew is a licensed broker in Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia and has served on various committees and leadership roles at the local, state and National Association of REALTORS®.  Matthew has been the honored recipient of many awards, including the Virginia Realtors Instructor of the Year award, the REBI National Instructor of the Year and the CRS National Instructor of the Year.

Reviews about Matthew:

Very informative with great ideas and suggestions.  Well spoken with tons of knowledge.  Great ability to communicate and able to provide real life examples.

Sarah Stelmok

Sarah is a graduate of North Carolina State University who moved to Fredericksburg, VA and quickly fell in love with the area.  Transitioning from a career in special education to a career in real estate allowed for Sarah to continue her passion for education by training REALTORS® throughout the state and country.  Sarah’s efforts to enhance professionalism in the real estate community were recognized when she was awarded FAAR’s REALTOR® Code of Ethics Award.

Reviews about Sarah:

Sarah is very experienced and informative. Engaging personality. Funny and patient with questions.  Outstanding instructor with vast knowledge.  Great presentation, preparation, and empathy.  Sarah is such a natural presenter and has a wealth of knowledge.

Rebecca Straley

Rebecca is a real estate entrepreneur with decades of experience as a REALTOR®, broker, appraiser, and auctioneer.  She seeks to bring our clients to the market and to increase the productivity and professionalism of the REALTOR®.  Rebecca has many awards under her belt and strives to lead by building relationships. 

Reviews about Rebecca:

Very knowledgeable and interactive with the class. Rebecca is very welcoming and eager to answer all questions. Rebecca is wonderful!

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