Community ServiceOur effort to improve local community living.
2017 Cereal Drive Office Contest
Realtor® Office Collecting the Most Cereal
Wins Primavera Office Lunch
Affiliate Office Collecting Most Cereal
Wins Panera Office Breakfast
Most Cereal Per Agent
Wins Krispy Kreme Office Breakfast
Most Improved Realtor® Office
Wins Panera Office Breakfast
In mid-2016, FAAR members and leadership returned from a conference energized about what great work other associations throughout the country had accomplished with a National Association of Realtors® (NAR) Smart Growth grant. This grant is available to help local associations partner with local governments and other stakeholders to plan for the population of tomorrow.
FAAR engaged with the local Chamber of Commerce, Fredericksburg Regional Alliance, local governments, and other stakeholders to scope out a regional study. FAAR applied for and received nearly $20,000 in grants from the NAR Smart Growth program and the Virginia Realtors® Issue Mobilization Fund to conduct the study. The studies provide a baseline housing assessment of each locality in our service territory to include the City of Fredericksburg, and the counties of Caroline, King George, Spotsylvania, and Stafford. The studies also include projections for how much housing will be needed in each jurisdiction over the next 15 years.
This is forwarded from a FAAR Broker in the King George area.
Please read the following, and feel free to pass it on to the greater FAAR membership, however you feel it should be presented. I know these sort of incidents do happen, and are broadcast by the association. I trust you will share it as you feel appropriate. Feel free to edit and shorten as necessary.
We had an incident at our office yesterday that I feel we should share with our fellow Realtors. At 4 pm yesterday afternoon, we had a walk-in inquiring about homes for sale in the area. The female agent on duty happened to be solo in the office at the time, a rarer thing during our open business hours. Our facility is in a shopping complex of like business units. At that time of day, there’s people milling about, getting their pizzas at Domino’s, dropping their kids off at The Dance Studio, the Veterinarians, etc. Most businesses are fully open and there’s plenty of parking lot traffic. The following occurred in broad daylight:
The ‘prospect’ asked questions about properties, described what he and his wife were looking for, took a business card, and initiated arrangements to see houses this weekend, and generally behaved as one would expect a prospect to. This was all at our front reception desk, which as you know is immediately within our all glass front. He asked if he could use our restroom, which he did, returned to the front desk, asked for some lender cards, which our agent retrieved from some racks we have just around the corner. He followed her there, which she felt a little uncomfortable with, but they went back to the front desk and he left. Presumably the whole guise of being a buyer was intended to give him opportunity to scope out the office and see if she was alone.
About a minute later he came back in and was acting very odd, nervous, and she knew something was up. He made some comment about he and his wife were ‘swingers’ and maybe she would like to join them, and that we wanted to show our her something. She said “no, I don’t want to see anything, go away” (she thought it might be a gun, thank goodness it wasn’t at least), then he exposed himself. As they were standing near the front door, our agent shoved him literally right out the front door (which was simply her reflex under stress), and he left running down the street. Fortunately, he never touched her in any way and she wasn’t injured.
Our agent immediately called 911. The Sheriff’s Department sent over a Deputy who took a report.
Description of the perpetrator: Black male approximately 5′ 7″, bald, stalky with muscular build about 30-35 yrs old. He was wearing black polyester sport shorts, grey or light green T-shirt.
We are so thankful that it wasn’t more serious, but this incident should also serve to remind all of us who work in this profession that we cannot let our guards down, and should be diligent in ensuring our own safety. There are many resources for doing so, and I encourage everyone to take some time to look into how you can protect yourself from being a victim.
Members and friends of the Fredericksburg Realtors® Foundation gathered on Thursday night to paint rocks in support of the charity. Wait, what? Paint rocks? Oh, yes! The rock craze has officially swept through the region with kids begging parents to go on hikes to find rocks, people snapping pics of their favorite rocks and posting them to Facebook, and people spending hours painting the perfect rock to hide. The rocks can be found all over the region and bring a smile to the finder’s face!
The Foundation raised over $200 at this fundraiser which provided 3 rocks, painting supplies, and refreshments for those in attendance. Keep your eyes peeled for some of these great rocks around town!
Thank you to all the REALTORS® and Affiliates who participate in community service projects throughout the year and to those who shared their projects with us! REALTORS® are engaged in the community in lots of different ways and we are proud to highlight the efforts of our members. Take a look at all the great submissions received last week! Lastly, we would also like to give a special thank you to those REALTORS® and Affiliates who serve on the FAAR Community Service Committee – your commitment and dedication does not go unnoticed.
2017 is flying by! These committees have been hard at work the last six months to continue to bring you the best services and benefits in the business. See a group that interests you? Learn more about the groups below at faarmembers.com/committees.
Education | Professional Development Committee
The committee has guided the FAAR Academy class schedule, to include a diverse line-up of classes for March is For Members, Summer Lawyer Series, and FAAR EXPO. They will begin planning the 2018 class schedule next month.
Public Policy | RPAC Committee
The Committee has been hard at work engaging on continued sign issues with local elected officials, developing a 2018 Legislative Agenda, and interviewing candidates for the 2018 election cycle.
Communication and Technology Committee
The new FAARmembers.com website will launch in June and will be responsive, ADA accessible, and include an avenue for feedback/improvements to the site. The new RAMCO database will allow members to manage their news preferences and how they receive information.
There was an organized effort last fall to increase the number of award applications, comments Chair Bonnie Ramey. The marketing push was successful because the number of award applications increased. This year for the spring awards cycle, a record number of Rookie of the Year, as well as Manager of the Year, applications were submitted.
Community Service Committee
This group has had a very busy year, including homeless shelter dinners, Ride Virginia, and clothes for a cause. Be on the look-out for Cereal Drive details coming soon!
Three very successful events have been held so far in 2017 (Bowling Mixer, Bingo and Awards). There are five more events for 2017 so make sure and save the following dates: Renovation Open House July 14th, Family Fun Day July 22nd, FAAR Expo September 13th, Halloween Mixer October 26th, and Installation of 2018 President Kevin McGrath and his Leadership Team December 7th.
Young Professionals Network (YPN)
The Committee has completed their first fund raiser of the year (school supplies at the Bingo Mixer) and are working on the second one, The Annual Pub Crawl. scheduled for October 14th. They are also trying a new networking time on the evening of orientation to get new members involved.
Property Management Working Group
The Committee has held several successful roundtable discussions and one class. The roundtables give property managers a forum to discuss issues they are facing and share best practices.
Currently, in the building stages. Contact Barbara Castillo for more information
Fredericksburg Realtors® Foundation
The Foundation has raised approximately $5,000 so far this year and is working with several charities to submit grant requests for suitable projects. Their biggest fundraising is a golf tournament scheduled for October 13th so mark your calendar!
Town Hall Revamp Task Force
Chair Kevin McGrath and his group have overhauled the meeting format to focus on issues/challenges that agents face in today’s market. A lively discussion will be generated by the audience and a panel of experts. The new format begins with the June 14 event.
Strategic Planning Task Force
The Association will hold a strat planning session in the fall. In preparation, a membership survey and a focus night are planned to determine the concerns/issues of the members that should be part of future planning for FAAR.
The Meet Up Networking group is bridging new and experienced members together in a fun, engaging format. Out of the box events include playing Jeopardy, Family Feud or unique networking like tubing the Rappahannock and Scavenger Hunts in downtown Fredericksburg.
Women’s Council of Realtors® (WCR)
The Women’s Council of Fredericksburg has had the pleasure of supporting the following non-profits; Habitat for Humanity, Loisann’s Hope House, The 514 Construction Ministry, Mental Health America-Fredericksburg and the Rappahannock United Way. During monthly meetings, WCR has hosted a photography panel, a home staging showcase, and a regional transportation forum.
Ombudsman | Grievance | Professional Standards
There was one failed effort in the Ombudsman program, The Grievance Committee, chaired by Dave Moberly, reviewed one ethics complaint which was resolved before a hearing. The Committee also reviewed a request for arbitration and a counter request involving the same transaction. Members of the Professional Standards Committee, chaired by Lynn Lenahan, held a hearing and the non-prevailing party requested a procedural review.
The group, chaired by Christine Singhass, will review leadership applications this month and after interviews will formulate a slate for September election. The Board of Directors will approve the slate at its July meeting.
Leadership Development Committee (LDC)
Chaired by 2016 President Christine Singhass , LDC is tasked with seeking out and nurturing members to take on leadership role in the Association, The group will identify recruiters, prepare a “why lead” marketing piece, host at least one meet & greet event and look for advice from graduates of the Virginia Leadership Academy.
The Fredericksburg Area Association of REALTORS® (FAAR) hosted its annual Cereal Drive to benefit the Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank and other food pantries throughout the area. 2016 proved a record-breaking year with FAAR members collecting 14,248 boxes of cereal. Realtors® from across the region collect cereal from their clients, family, and friends and a friendly competition inspires each office to beat their prior year totals.
FAAR would like to recognize the amazing efforts of this year’s Cereal Drive participants.
• Most overall boxes: 1st Choice Better Homes and Land (4,400 boxes collected)
• Most boxes per capita: Nest Realty (2,213 boxes collected for 170 boxes per agent)
• Most improved: Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Select Realty (1,017 boxes collected compared to 4 boxes last year)
• Most boxes from an affiliate: Alcova Mortgage (500 boxes collected)
FAAR would also like to recognize those individuals who worked especially hard to ensure a successful Cereal Drive. Chip Taylor and Century 21 Battlefield collected 1,502 boxes of cereal while Michelle Wilson and Barbara Cornwell of Century 21 New Millennium spearheaded their office’s collection of 2,247 boxes of cereal.
This annual event has long supported the local food pantries and provides countless meals for the 34,000 residents served by the 69 food pantries throughout the Fredericksburg region. Cereal was also delivered to food pantries in Westmoreland County and Louisa County.