Beth Medved Waller, former broker of Team Waller Real Estate and current Associate Broker of her Front Royal “Mega Agent” office of KW-Solutions, Keller Williams Realty (based in Northern Virginia), had a monumental 2017 in both her real estate and self-proclaimed “video reporter” careers. She ended the year with a prestigious national ranking for her community video work with Jennifer Avery of Jenspiration, LLC and regained her position as top selling residential Realtor in the Warren County resale home market.
“I was encouraged to open up my own real estate company for a decade, and I resisted because I couldn’t imagine enjoying being behind a desk instead of meeting strangers and opening their closets at listing appointments on a daily basis, “she laughed. “It turns out, I was right,” says Waller of her August 2015 decision to leave Weichert, Realtors and open up a boutique real estate brokerage on Cloud Street in downtown Front Royal. “I was surrounded by fantastic community support and amazing people at Team Waller, and we were dominating the market with only 5 active agents. But I couldn’t get used to seeing a sign with my name on it in a yard of a home I’d never been in,” she recounted.
“When I traded my long-time role as the number one listing agent in Warren County for Broker/Owner of Team Waller, it was as if a part of my heart stopped beating, and I couldn’t adjust to not listing properties myself,” added a choked up Waller. “I hired business consultants, a CEO, a Business Manager, therapists, and literally traveled all over the world attending entrepreneurial and self-development seminars. I tried everything I could think of to adjust to my role as the owner of a fast-growing real estate company. Nothing worked. Because I missed doing what I love, which is listing properties and working directly with clients. And to make matters worse, I didn’t have the time or funds to invest in my volunteer work since owning a startup real estate company absorbed my hours and income. So basically I was paralyzed, unable to do my two favorite things—list homes and be a leader in the nonprofit world,” Beth explained.
“My 2017 new year’s resolutions were to fire myself as a broker and become a listing agent again and to find time to do more videos and What Matters Initiatives. I’m glad last year was the first year I actually followed through with my resolutions,” she smiles as she recalls her newfound appreciation for being on the “front lines” listing properties again and on the “front lines” giving back to her local and global communities through her new not-for-profit company, What Matters.
“I don’t regret opening Team Waller and will always be thankful for the agents, clients, and community support that made it possible. But I’m thrilled to have finally gotten my real estate business to a place where I can work to live, not just live to work. I also have a new appreciation for listing properties after my absence, and a renewed passion for the real estate industry that has given me a career that is now able to fund my dream of expanded nonprofit work,” says a glowing Waller. Currently, Waller is working under the Manassas, VA brokerage of Keller Williams Realty and listing homes herself with the support of Jennifer Avery’s consulting company, Jenspiration. Jen helps with marketing and is co-founder of What Matters and the video creator for What Matters Initiatives. “Partnering with Keller Williams and the support staff, Bridget Rosensteel (who helps behind the scenes on every transaction) has been the answer to a decade of prayers. KW provides amazing resources and a connection to the Northern Virginia market I’ve always longed for. Keller Williams enabled me to close on nearly 50 properties last year and still have time to get back into the nonprofit arena.”
In 2017, Beth officially launched a philanthropic company, What Matters, named after her favorite song with lyrics that have always reminded her that “What Matters is your Heart.” The song encourages following dreams and passions, so she created a company that combines all of hers: Real Estate, Fundraising, Outreach and Community. From providing a free community meeting space on Main Street to hosting a non-profit center at her real estate office on Cloud Street, from sponsoring a $5,000 match campaign (that sent $10k to support children in Africa) to spending thousands per month producing community videos to promote causes and events, Waller is so thankful for her clients and community for making What Matters possible. “I’ll never forget the time Jen took the iPad from me and filmed me on my first guided house tour in 2015. Little did we know then that moment marked the launch of a path that would lead us to following our dreams: Jen’s of inspiring/supporting/promoting and mine of spreading the word about amazing causes and people.”
Thanks to Jen’s self-taught video expertise, last month Beth was named a “Top 10 Video Influencer in the Real Estate Industry” by Bomb Bomb’s “Top 50 Real Estate Video Influencers” project presented by Tom Ferry. Tom is the #1 ranked Real Estate Educator, a best-selling author and international speaker whose charisma and personality have captivated audiences around the world, both online and on stage. “Ranking in the top 10 or being honorably mentioned is a tribute to the pioneering spirit and impressive accomplishments of these agents and teams,” says Steve Pacinelli, Chief Marketing Officer for Bomb Bomb. The company watched more than 5,000 videos to determine the winners.
When asked what she forecasts for 2018, Beth beams with excitement, “I plan to continue listing around one house per week, doing at least two What Matters videos per week and am in the process of obtaining 501-c3 nonprofit status. I have so many ideas floating through my head involving real estate and philanthropy and am excited to see which ones make it out of my mind and into the world in 2018!” For more information visit www.whatmattersw2.com or search Beth Medved Waller on Facebook Beth@whatmattersw2.com or 540-671-6145
EDA requesting Development Proposals for Royal Lane property
Request for Proposals Sought for Royal Lane—A 36 Apartment Unit Development The WCEDA is pleased to announce the release for sale or request for proposals for the development of a thirty-six-unit apartment complex to be developed and built on Royal Lane within the Town of Front Royal. EDA Administration and the Asset Management Committee are presenting two acquisition and development options to qualified individuals or firms seeking to develop and build the first new apartment complex in Front Royal in over twenty years.
The primary mission and goal of the WCEDA is to provide a thriving climate for economic development opportunities within the entire community. Providing a mechanism for offering a market-based apartment complex, designed for the workforce community, is a necessitating factor for the overall economic health and maintaining sustainable and smart growth for the region. Communities thrive with the appropriate mix and balance of industry, service, education, sound government, and safe, affordable housing. Newly constructed apartments will provide additional housing options and fill a void in the current market structure.
Asset Committee Chairman Greg Harold recently presented and consulted with Mayor Eugene Tewalt and Vice Mayor William Sealock on the EDA’s continued ambitions in developing this project for its highest and best use. Town Council’s recent action in reducing System Development Charges and the granting of a Special Use Permit for this location will provide long term benefits to the community. The reduced fee structure along with Council’s recognition that the in-town housing stock for new apartment complexes and land parcels for multifamily developments are nearly non-existent will provide a new opportunity with the EDA’s partnership and leadership.
Committee Chairman Harold would like to convey to the community that while “workforce housing” is a popular buzz word amongst development and municipal circles, previous EDA leadership unintentionally mischaracterized such labels due to their inexperience and lack of true understanding of such housing structures. Workforce Housing initiatives are routinely sponsored and administered through local or regional Housing Development Authorities, secular and non-secular non-profits, or housing trusts that have clearly defined parameters that have been codified in town code or zoning ordinances; neither of which is present in Front Royal’s guiding documents.
What was once previously represented as housing designed for teachers, firefighters, nurses, and government administration staff, will not be the only community stewards eligible for residency.
All working individuals and families that find themselves beyond subsidized housing thresholds may find an opportunity in the development of this nature. By virtue of it being a private-public partnership and not seeking state or federal housing dollars, it will be a workforce housing project in the truest sense; regardless of professional affiliation. Other distinguishing attributes of this newly re-tooled project is the EDA’s ambition and commitment of being a facilitator in this transaction and operating with a high level of transparency in devising an RFP process where the investment community can competitively participate and present options and successful models with measurable results.
The WCEDA looks forward to engaging with all interested investors and developers in helping realize this project for the Town of Front Royal and the community at large. Request for development packages can be obtained at the 400 Kendrick Lane office or through Doug Parsons at Dparsons@wceda.com. Mr. Parsons can also be reached at 540-635-2182 Ext.2 for additional information.
Existing site engineering plans can be purchased through the WCEDA. Please contact Doug Parsons for further information.
Town Talk: A conversation with Vicki Davies, St. Luke Community Clinic
In this Town Talk, our publisher Mike McCool speaks with Vicki Davies, Executive Director, St. Luke Community Clinic in Front Royal. The clinic services the residents of Front Royal/Warren County.
As a Warren County/Front Royal Resident and do not have health insurance:
- if you are a single person making $38,280 or less per year,
- if you are a family of 2 and your total household income is $51,720 or less per year,
- if you are a family of 3 and your total household income is $65,160 or less per year,
- if you are a family of 4 and your total household income is $78,600 or less per year,
For more information on new patient screening requirements call: (540) 636-4325. St. Luke Community Clinic, 316 North Royal Avenue, Front Royal, Virginia.
Please support the online auction the Clinic is holding, starting September 12, 2020, at 7 am and will end on September 26, 2020, at 6 pm.
Visit the event page of the Clinic here for auction information –https://saintlukeclinic.org/events/
Special thanks to the sponsors of the auction: Southern States, Winchester Ciderworks, Advanced Auto, Photography from Barbara Moore, Blue Wing Frog, Custom Golf Club from Bobby Chestnut, Field and Main, Ferguson Enterprises, Frontier Culture Museum, Glen Manor, Dr. Stoners and Griffin Tavern.
St. Luke Community Clinic
316 North Royal Avenue
Front Royal, VA 22630
Town Talk is a series on the Royal Examiner where we will introduce you to local entrepreneurs, businesses, non-profit leaders, and political figures who influence Warren County. Topics will be varied but hopefully interesting. If you have an idea, topic, or want to hear from someone in our community, let us know. Send your request to news@RoyalExaminer.com
Warren County Public Schools seeking car drivers and school bus aides
Are you looking for a part time job? Do you like working with children? Do you want to be off when your kids are off? This may be the job for you! Warren County Public Schools is looking for car drivers and school bus aides. No experience necessary – we will train you.
Car drivers transport students between assigned stops and schools according to specified routes and time schedules, maintain order during trip, and adhere to safety rules when loading and unloading.
School bus aides oversee students over scheduled routes to and from schools and ensure the safety of students during transport, loading, and unloading from buses.
Apply online HERE, or apply in person at Warren County Public Schools (210 Commerce Avenue | Front Royal, VA 22630).
People Inc. receives additional funding for rent and mortgage relief program
WOODSTOCK, VA – People Incorporated has received additional funding for the rent and mortgage relief program serving residents of Clarke County, Frederick County, Page County, Shenandoah County, Warren County and the City of Winchester who have been financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Additional funding will allow People Inc. to continue to serve residents who are in danger of eviction from their homes,” said Kyle Sensabaugh, director of housing services. “We want anyone in need of assistance to contact us – we’re here to help you remain in your home during this uncertain time.”
The agency received over $200,000 in additional funding from the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development to continue to serve residents across the region.
As of Wednesday, People Inc. has served 86 households in the region with over $183,000 in assistance to help them avoid eviction or foreclosure on their homes.
The agency received its initial funding to implement the program in 17 Virginia cities and counties in June. Over $422,000 has been paid to landlords and lenders across the total service area to help residents since that time.
The program will pay the current month’s rent or mortgage payments and any past due payments since April 2020 for residents impacted by the pandemic. Residents who have already received assistance and are in further need may also reapply. Landlords who accept payments through the relief program must agree not to evict the tenant for non-payment.
Residents interested in applying for assistance should call the agency hotline at 833-437-0114.
Novice race callers set to announce at the upcoming Shenandoah Downs harness season in Woodstock
Shenandoah Downs will open its fifth annual season of harness racing this Friday (September 18) at the Shenandoah County Fairgrounds with a ten-race card beginning at 2:00 PM. Horses, trainers, and racing personnel have been shipping onto the property all week preparing for the five-week stand.
Ten racing enthusiasts are also preparing to work the meet in a unique position. They will each call a complete card of racing, though none have any experience in the announcer’s booth.
A month ago, the track sought out harness fans via social media who wanted to pursue this opportunity in an actual live race setting at an extended meet. Within several days, all ten announcing slots were filled. The fans selected have little or no announcing experience but showed a passion for harness racing.
Since the upcoming season will be conducted without spectators due to COVID-related precautions — and the track had only offered on-site wagering — the potential viewing audience is limited. At one time, track officials decided to go without an announcer but at a future planning meeting, decided to switch gears and opt for this unusual route.
“Those factors allowed us to offer first-time callers a chance to spend an entire afternoon on the microphone and behind the binoculars,” said Shenandoah’s Darrell Wood. “These ten fans will get a chance to announce for several hours and will get to interact with judges, the chart caller and television crew. This should create a fun experience and a nice memory for everyone.”
Races, and the first-time announcer’s calls, will be streamed live via the track’s website at shenandoahdowns.com so fans can follow the action.
Racing fan Micahel Langer, who grew up in Freehold, New Jersey, and has attended the Little Brown Jug for 40 years, will call Friday’s opener. The 64-year-old has been a fan of the Grand Circuit for decades and follows races from Canada to New Zealand.
Richmond, Virginia based Doug Gurney will tackle Saturday’s 13 race card in which 131 horses initially entered. The program will showcase Virginia Breeder’s three-year-old prep and elimination races. Gurney is a fan of both thoroughbred and harness races and was a trackside fixture at Colonial Downs from day one in 1997.
The second weekend will feature lifelong racing fan Steven Rice, a cold storage inventory technician who has visited 40 tracks, and Brad Hinton, a local enthusiast who works at Finish Line Plumbing.
The third weekend could be the most interesting. 12-year-old Woodstock resident Morgan Marston will call the Friday card and 10-year-old Dylan Dougherty will invade from Pennsylvania to call the $300,000 Virginia Breeder’s Day of Champions program. Both youngsters have been tutored by legendary race caller Roger Huston who put Marston on air occasionally during the past several Shenandoah County Fair meets. Dougherty called 25 races — in a paid position — at the Meadville, Pennsylvania Fair this summer.
Shenandoah Downs regular Danny Ortts, who has also attended Shenandoah County Fair festivities his whole life, will kick off the fourth weekend. Jeff Jenkins, another local who used to drive at Rosecroft Raceway, will finish the weekend in the crow’s nest on October 10.
The final weekend features thoroughbred fan Nick Hahn of Greene County, Virginia on October 16. Hahn has hosted the weekly “Off to the Races” radio show in Richmond for over 20 years and is a regular writer for “The Racing Biz”. Marty Sendek, a former military officer, and retired attorney will bring the meet to its conclusion on October 17. Sendek estimates he has watched 20,000 races in his lifetime.
In-person voting starts September 18
RICHMOND, VA — The Virginia Department of Elections announces that in-person voting begins Friday, September 18, 2020. Also, absentee ballots will be sent to all voters who have requested a ballot by mail.
Voters no longer need a reason to vote absentee. Any registered voter may request an absentee ballot, either in-person or by mail. Voters can request a mailed ballot online at elections.virginia.gov/voterInformation. They can also find a vote-by-mail ballot form at elections.virginia.gov/forms. Or they can contact their local voter registration office and ask them to mail them an application. Contact information for local registrars can be found at www.elections.virginia.gov/localGR.
The last day to request an absentee ballot is Friday, October 23, 2020 at 5pm. Absentee ballots returned by mail must be postmarked by Election Day, November 3, 2020 and received by the local voter registration office by noon on Friday, November 6, 2020. Voters can also drop off their marked and sealed ballots at a drop off location at their local voter registration office or polling place up to 7 p.m. on Election Day.
Early in-person voting ends October 31, 2020. Voters do not have to fill out an application to vote in person. Voters can simply go to their general registrar’s office or satellite voting location, show ID and cast a ballot. More information about what IDs are considered acceptable can be found at elections.virginia.gov/vote.
Because of the anticipated high volume of mail-in votes, The Department of Elections is urging all those who wish to vote by mail to request and return their ballots as soon as possible. Voters can track the status of their ballot applications online at www.elections.virginia.gov/voterInformation. They can also call their local registrar’s office to determine the status of their application.
If you believe you may not safely have a witness present while completing the absentee ballot for the November 3, 2020 Election, you are not required to have a witness present. Also, if you are blind or have low vision or have impaired manual dexterity, you have the option of voting an absentee ballot using an electronic ballot marking tool.
Voters with questions about absentee, mail-in and in-person voting or any aspect of the November 3, 2020 election may call the Virginia Department of Elections at (800) 552-9745, email the department at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit our website at elections.virginia.gov. Voters are also encouraged to follow us on Twitter at @vaElect, Facebook at @VirginiaELECT and Instagram at @va_election.