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Recent news, business resources and press releases.

Q2 is here for you!

The 2nd Quarter Homes Sales Report is here!

Check out all the great information, charts, graphs, and narrative explanations.  You can use any and all of this data in your communications with clients.  So look super sharp at your next listing or buying presentation and take some of this expert data with you!

Sample Ballot and Candidate Petitions for 2020 Leadership

Sample Ballot and Candidate Petitions for 2020 Leadership

“Additional candidates for the offices to be filled may be placed in nomination by signed petition of at least twenty percent* of the REALTOR® members. The petition shall be filed with the Secretary (Chief Executive Officer) by August 20, 2019. The Secretary (Chief Executive Officer) shall send notice of such additional nominations to all REALTOR® members before the election.” (As of 8/1/19 there 1709 REALTOR® members. 358 names are needed to complete the petition requirement and be sent to FAAR by August 20, 2019)

Sample Ballot

 Slate of Candidates- 2020 Leadership

Election September 25, 2019

FAAR offers electronic voting and the ballot will be sent in an email to each REALTOR® member on Tuesday, September 3. Those who want to vote in-person can do so by going to the Election table in the Lobby of the Expo at the September 12 Expo from 9 am to 1 pm.

Election results will be announced at 3:15 pm at the Expo on September 25.

 

Candidates for 2019 Election for the Year 2020

President                          Arlene Mason, Coldwell Banker Elite, Fredericksburg           

President-Elect              Carrie Danko, 1st Choice Better Homes & Land      

Vice President                Pam Kuper, Century 21 New Millennium

Secretary                         Carol Sondrini, Coldwell Banker Elite, Massaponax

Treasurer                          Deb Ellis, Coldwell Banker Elite (two-year term)                         

Immediate                      Drew Fristoe, Coldwell Banker Elite, Massaponax
Past President

 

Directors-  Eight candidates for five positions. Select up to five.

__ Clay Murray, Pathway Realty

__ Pam Black-Lemon, Dockside Realty

__ Tammy Berfield, Long & Foster Inc.

__ Randy Walther, Nest Realty

__ Kelly Bradshaw Walker, Coldwell Banker Elite, Stafford

__ Lynn Lenahan, 1st Choice Better Homes & Land

__ Sandy Pearce, Pathway Realty

__ Kardin Wykoff Lillis, Weichert Realtors

 

Two candidates for 1 affiliate position. Select one.

__ Donna Schmidt, American Home Shield

__ Sherrie Shaw, Universal Title

#MemberMonday Meet REALTOR Joan Diaz-Mendez

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
Joan Diaz-Mendez

Hometown
New York City

Current Location
Fredericksburg, VA

Title
REALTOR® with Coldwell Banker Elite

Number of Years in the Industry
3

Why do you love working in real estate?
I absolutely love working with clients to help them reach their goals! I feel the experience is super satisfying and that moment of giving the high five, “Yes, we did it!” is priceless.

What are you most proud of in your career?
I’m proud to have been able to transition from Florida Real Estate to Virginia Real Estate successfully.

Do you have a special cause or volunteer your time?
I am on the board of the Fredericksburg Area Museum and I help them with Marketing. I also help the King George Little League with fundraising.

Fun Fact
I’m a yoga instructor.

Fearless FAAR Members Undaunted By Record Heat: Exclusive Photo Evidence Here

Fearless FAAR Members Undaunted By Record Heat: Exclusive Photo Evidence Here

On Saturday July 20th 40 members and their families braved record setting temperatures to come out to FAAR Family Fun Night.  The highlight of the night was FAAR President Drew Fristoe throwing out the ceremonial first pitch, which he rocked.  

One of the attendees, Brandon Anderson, was the lucky winner of the PNat’s 50/50 auction.  He donated his proceeds back to their charity and was given a nice bag of swag.  There were four raffle prize winners that were all given $25 Gift Cards to Logan’s Roadhouse that were sponsored by Universal Title of Stafford and Universal Title of Fredericksburg.  The winners were Drew Fristoe, Rick Pearce, Jerry Heflin and Joan Hailstalk. 

The Family Fun Night Sponsors went way over the top with generosity.  In addition to being Kids Sweet Frog Sponsor, Affordable Home Loans had Family Bags that included USB Fans and Cooling cloth to help survive the heat.  While K. Hovnanian Homes who was Venue Sponsor, also provided seat cushions for attendees to use at future events.  In addition to the three mentioned sponsors, the evenings additional generous sponsors included MBH Settlement Group and PermaTreat Pest Control. 

FAAR to host candidate interviews for local elected office

Each election cycle, members of the FAAR Public Policy Committee invite candidates running for local office to interview for potential Association endorsement.  An endorsement can mean a press release stating support for the candidate and it can also mean a contribution of RPAC funds to help assist the candidate’s race for election.  

This year’s candidate interviews will take place on Tuesday, August 6 beginning at 8:00am at the Association offices. 

All members are welcome to attend and observe the interviews, but only members of the Public Policy Committee are permitted to conduct the interviews. 

The full schedule of interviews is listed below, please email Kim McClellan if you plan to attend so we can ensure we have enough seats.  

Tuesday, August 6, 2019
Interviews take place in the FAAR Board Room on the 1st floor 

8:00am  Jeff Sili, incumbent Caroline County Supervisor in the Bowling Green District
8:30am  Scott Mayausky, incumbent Commissioner of the Revenue in Stafford County
9:00am  Mark Bissoon, incumbent Commissioner of the Revenue in Caroline County
9:30am  Crystal Vanuch, running in the open Stafford County Board of Supervisors Rock Hill District
10:00am  Raymond Bell, running in the open Spotsylvania County Board of Supervisors Livingston District 
11:00am  Gwen Bell, running in the open Stafford County Board of Supervisors Rock Hill District

Calling all Parade of Homes judges!

YOU be the judge!

Tour area new construction and pick the prestigious Realtors Choice Award winner!

Realtor judges will tour area homes and vote for the best home for the value. Each driver will be supplied with the list of homes to be visited in advance and will be responsible for mapping out the best route.

Judging will take place on Thursday, September 26. A continental breakfast, lunch allowance, and gas card for the driver will be provided.

Parade of Homes Judging Application

#MemberMonday Meet Broker Dan Lesher

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
Dan Lesher

Hometown
Pendleton, Indiana

Current Location
Fredericksburg

Title
Broker at Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Select Realty

Number of Years in the Industry
22

Why do you love working in real estate?
As an agent I always enjoyed helping people make wise real estate decisions and the satisfaction of putting a smile on their face regardless if they were a buying or selling. As a broker my passion is always in helping an agent grow their business so they are able to achieve their individual goals.

What are you most proud of in your career?
Starting my own company at the start of the housing crash and building it into one of the top 50 companies in the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices network due to a core of great agents who believe in my vision and work hard day in and day out to be better than the day before.

Do you have a special cause or volunteer your time?
Anything related to children but, The Sunshine Kids is the cause my family and I are most passionate about. It’s an amazing organization that helps children with cancer. Anyone looking for a great organization to get involved with should check it out.

Fun Fact
I owned a 1600 seat theatre in my hometown from 98-02 that held regular live concerts such as George Carlin, Merle Haggard and others.

Infographics to use and share

Infographics to use and share

We love to give credit where it’s due and let’s be honest, these infographics are amazing!

Florida REALTORS® have created some stellar resources for you to use in your business utilizing publicly available data from NAR, NAHB, and more. 

Download these PDF infographics and use them with clients or in your marketing products, such as newsletters, blogs or websites. 

Look for a new graphic every month at the Florida REALTORS® website

Wait, there's more!

Click to download all the infographics as a single pdf.

2020 REALTOR Dues Announcement

2020 REALTOR Dues Announcement

2020 REALTOR® Dues opens for payment on 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 re-application fee.

 

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

 

Login at faarmembers.com/myaccount to pay your dues for FAAR, VR, and NAR.

After payment, you can find your receipt under the “My Order History” page of your account.
 
REALTOR® Dues for 2020
NAR dues  ($185)
Virginia Realtors dues increase  ($170)
FAAR will not be increasing REALTOR® dues for 2020. ($315)
RPAC Fair Share ($30)

AFFILIATES: Dues for Affiliates will also open for payment August 1st. 
Do not pay this invoice if you plan to be an AMP in 2020.
Please let Lori know at lhillardwehr@faarmembers.com and she will forward to Julie.
Please disregard the tax information displayed during the dues payment process as that only applies to the REALTORS.

 

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.
 

FAAR has A Downtown Affair tickets!!!!

Tickets sold out for this year’s A Downtown Affair in just hours!!!  But wait….FAAR HAS FOUR TICKETS!!!! 

Do you want the chance to attend this amazing, 6-course dinner under the stars on Caroline Street?  Well, you can! 

These tickets are a $300 value but FAAR is raffling them off for RPAC for just $50 for a 2-pack.  That’s just $25 per person when the tickets cost $150!  

To stay kosher with all of the RPAC contribution laws, this is a two-step process…you must do both steps are you are not eligible to win.  But we’ll make it easy!

  1. Click here and fill out the quick survey.
  2. Once you’re done, the survey will redirect you to the secure online investment page for RPAC.  Make your $50 investment and you’re done!
  3. The winner will be picked on Friday, August 2, 2019.  

A Downtown Affair, brought to you by Fredericksburg Virginia Main Street 
Saturday, October 6, 2019
4:00pm 
600 block of Caroline Street

Want to know more about A Downtown Affair?  Visit the 2019 event page and get all the details.  

Check out the photos below from the 2018 event!

Contributions to Virginia REALTORS® RPAC are voluntary and are used for political purposes; they are not deductible for federal or state income tax purposes. Members may contribute more or less than the suggested amount and may refuse to contribute without reprisal.  The National Association of REALTORS® or any of its state associations or local boards will not favor or disfavor any member because of the amount contributed.  NAR has established state Federal RPAC Disbursement Allocations based on anticipated National RPAC needs.  Thirty percent of all Major Investor contributions are sent to NAR to be applied to the Federal RPAC Disbursement Allocation and are charged against the limits under 52 U.S.C. 30116 with the remaining seventy percent maintained for state and local usage.  Decisions regarding Virginia REALTORS® RPAC contributions to meet the Federal RPAC Disbursement Allocation will be made throughout the fundraising year.

Press Releases

April Brings Strong Start to the Spring Selling Season

The lackluster first quarter start to the 2019 real estate market gave way to a stronger April, notes FAAR Board of Director Phillip Blake.  “Lower interest rates have helped push buyers off the fence and into the market, with some consumers choosing to...

March Sees Increasing Sales, Decreasing Prices

The start of spring usually ushers in the high season for the local real estate market.  March numbers did not disappoint, providing a strong foundation for the market that will hopefully continue into April and beyond.  “The spring market is in full...

FAAR Holds Annual Awards Event

The Fredericksburg Area Association of REALTORS® (FAAR) held its annual Awards Gala on April 10, 2019 at the Fredericksburg Country Club.  Approximately 130 members were in attendance for the festivities, which included an awards ceremony and fundraiser....

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