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The evolution of Beth Medved Waller’s real estate funded non-profit projects

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Since the beginning of Waller’s real estate career, she has made it her intention to use the abundance that being a Realtor affords her to give back to those in need, both locally and globally. Waller started What Matters, her real-estate funded non-profit, in 2018 when she began to bring others into her non-profit initiatives. To date, Beth has focused on donating to programs that mattered to her heart. She has received support from her community to build a school in a remote village in Uganda called the Front Royal Light Up Academy as well as to create Open House, a community meeting and networking center, now sponsored by the Daily Grind and Royal Comfort Shoe Center.

“I’ve always been passionate about giving back to what I care about – sponsoring local blood drives, helping children in Uganda receive education, giving scholarships to local high school students, etc. and am so grateful for all the support I’ve received from people who may or may not be passionate about the same things. Now, in an effort to pay that support forward, I am focusing on creating replicable fundraising programs that help me support what matters to other’s hearts.”

One of these programs is the What Matters Real Estate Partners concept. While Waller has always donated a large portion of her commissions to her own non-profit passions, she decided to commit to donating an additional 5% of her commission to the non-profit of her client’s choice.

“I’ve always recognized that my non-profit work is made possible by my clients and community that have supported my real estate business the last decade and a half. During these trying times, I am more dedicated than ever to continue to support my local and global community both as a Realtor and as a non-profit fundraiser,” Waller said. Waller has inspired other Realtors to follow her lead and is currently working with Anne Fish, a Realtor in Teton County, WY, to also pioneer the 5% client giveback concept in her community, with the hope that others will join them as well.


Like many others, Waller has embraced these COVID times as an opportunity to reevaluate her own life, business and philanthropic efforts while seeking new ways to serve her clients and community with a greater impact aligned with these times.  She has hired Mitchell Smith (of Expressed by Mitchell) to enhance her client’s exposure including their online marketing, videos, etc. and continues to work with Bridget Rosensteel (her trusted virtual transaction coordinator) to ensure that she can continue to give her real estate clients the level of individualized attention they deserve. Because Beth spends so much time at the homes of her clients, she realized that rather than sponsoring a non-profit center at her real estate office, it was better to close her Cloud Street office location, work more remotely and provide support to nonprofits in alternative ways. She has also hired Liz Gibbs, a social impact business consultant, to help develop and expand both new real estate programs and non-profit initiatives, including microloan and education sponsorship programs in Uganda.

While Waller’s main focus is currently on her real estate business and the new What Matters Real Estate Partners fundraising program, she continues to be involved with Rotary as President of the Rotary Club of the Northern Shenandoah Valley.  She’s also currently working with the Warren Coalition and Warren County Middle School to launch the HALO Read program to provide reading materials to the youth in our community and abroad (more at warrencoalition.org/halo-read-sponsorship).

If you or someone you know wants to use your home as a fundraising mechanism for your favorite nonprofit, while benefiting from the expertise of a long-time award-winning Realtor, please be in touch! Waller can be reached at 540.671.6145 or at beth@whatmattersw2.com.  Learn more about her What Matters Initiatives and real estate sales and consulting at www.whatmattersw2.com. Beth Medved Waller is licensed in Virginia and is Associate Broker at Keller Williams Solutions.

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Real Estate and Community News (July/August 2022) with Jen Avery, REALTOR

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House of Hope

Check out Facebook page to read about a great mentor and resident story.

Humane Society of Warren County


Waggin’ for Dragons

August 6, 2022 – River Access at the Front Royal Golf Course

We brought in over $19,000 for the Humane Society, Chamber of Commerce, and United Way.  Rugged Terrain Crossfit WON the boat race bringing home the trophy!  The Rotary River Rats won Team Spirit and Most Funds Raised awards.

Chamber of Commerce

After Hours will be hosted by City National Bank this month on August 23.  Come out at 5:30pm to enjoy networking, snacks, and maybe a little live music by House of Hope resident Ed McCurdy!

REAL ESTATE

Warren County Market Report for July 2022 with Jen Avery, REALTOR

Watch this video for a quick summary of Warren County real estate for July 2022. There has been a jump in listings.

In general summary:

1. New Listings are UP 17.2%

2.  New Pending DOWN  -19.63%

3.  Closed sales are DOWN -19.2%

4.  Average Median Sold  $320,000

5.  Average Days on Market 23

*If you would like a copy of this report emailed to you, please send request to jenaveryrealtor@gmail.com.

Resource: July 2022  Market Stats by ShowingTime
Bright MLS: Statistics calculated August 2022.

Jennifer Avery, REALTOR® “Your Happy Home Expert!”
BPOR, SRS, CNE, E-Pro Certified | Licensed in VA
jenaveryrealtor@gmail.com | 540-683-0790 | www.jenaveryrealtor.com
CRUM REALTY, INC| 318 S Loudoun St, Winchester VA 22601 | 540-662-0400
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5 reasons you may be struggling to get home insurance

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Insuring your home gives you peace of mind and may be required by your mortgage lender. However, sometimes insurance companies are reluctant to cover your property. Here are five of the most common reasons.

1. Claims history. Your personal claims history has a major impact on your home’s insurability. For instance, the more claims you’ve made in any of your homes, the less likely an insurance company will want to take on the risk of insuring you.

2. Criminal record. Did you know that having a criminal record can jeopardize your eligibility for home insurance? This is especially true if the crime is relatively recent and involves property damage.

3. Poor home condition. The condition of your home can impact its insurability. For example, insurers don’t like to take a risk on homes that have foundation issues, bad plumbing, old electrical systems, or inadequate insulation. You may also be denied home insurance if your property is in an area with a lot of crime.


4. Old home. Older homes are often more difficult to insure. This is especially true if the house is over 25 years old and hasn’t been updated.

5. Vacant home. Homes that sit vacant for an extended period are at a greater risk for theft, vandalism, and water infiltration. Therefore, some insurance companies don’t offer coverage for these properties.

If you’re having trouble insuring your property, contact an insurance broker. They can analyze your situation and recommend solutions.

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Virginia’s housing market sees sharpest drop in sales since May 2020 

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According to the June 2022 Virginia Home Sales Report released by Virginia REALTORS®, there were 13,324 homes sold in Virginia in June 2022. This is 3,208 fewer sales than last June, a slowdown of more than 19%. This is the sharpest drop in Virginia’s housing market since the beginning of the pandemic.

Sales activity edged up slightly between May and June, up slightly over 2%, which is much lower than a typical May-to-June jump in sales. “The slowdown we’re seeing in sales is due to more buyers pressing ‘pause’ on their home search,” says Virginia REALTORS® 2022 President Denise Ramey. “The lack of inventory paired with the rise in interest rates have created a more challenging environment for home buyers.”

Even as the market slows, many localities across the commonwealth are still experiencing an increase in home prices. Statewide, the median sales price in Virginia in June was $397,315, nearly a 7% price gain over the same time last year.

“Buyers have limited options to choose from right now, and the low inventory levels are putting upward pressure on prices,” says Virginia REALTORS® Chief Economist Ryan Price. “There are still more buyers in the market than there are active listings. This supply shortage will likely keep prices rising, but as the market continues to cool, we expect price growth will ease in the coming months.”


The Virginia Home Sales Report is published by Virginia REALTORS®Click here to view the full June 2022 Virginia Home Sales Report.

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3 reasons to buy an intergenerational home

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Intergenerational homes can take many forms, from a building where each person has their own unit to a large residence with shared common spaces. The idea is to bring together more than one generation under the same roof. Here are three reasons why this concept has been gaining in popularity.

1. Care for elderly parents
Many people are increasingly questioning the standard model within western society in which seniors live apart from their families. Stories of loneliness, neglect, and even abuse have prompted more people to take their elderly parents or grandparents under their wings.

2. Assist with everyday life
Living with your parents or grandparents comes with responsibilities. However, it also offers significant benefits. Young families can benefit from the experience of their elders, both in terms of practical knowledge and life lessons. Grandparents can also participate in the family dynamic by babysitting and helping with daily chores.

3. Ease family finances
As real estate prices continue to rise, intergenerational homes are an appealing option for young families who want to own their own place. In fact, cohabitation can be financially beneficial for both parties. For example, the mortgage payments and other expenses like groceries and transportation can be shared.


Of course, opting for this type of shared living arrangement can also lead to conflict. It’s therefore essential to think it through and establish rules to govern daily life.

Are you interested in buying an intergenerational home? Contact a real estate broker to discuss the possibilities.

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Real Estate and Community News (June/July 2022) with Jen Avery, REALTOR

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COMMUNITY NEWS:

House of Hope

  • 2 Rotary Grants Awarded:
    • $1,500 Rotary Club of Front Royal – Computer systems to be installed and built for the men at the House of Hope.
    • $500 Rotary club of Warren County – Graduation Baskets for the men at the House of Hope to include: Air Mattress, Sheets, Pillow, Laundry Basket.
    • As an extra bonus, the following items have been donated by local businesses and individuals:
      Free Scoop of Ice Cream (C&C Frozen Treats), Free Coffee (Daily Grind), 2 Movie Tickets (Royal Cinemas), Free Haircut (Mattie the Barber at Blake & Co), Bracelet (Beth Waller/SPACE & What Matters), Inspirational Cards, Taxi Ride (Front Royal Taxi), Golden Ticket (I Want Candy). Thank you to all of the local businesses who are donating these passes to help brighten the men’s day after graduation!

Humane Society of Warren County

  • Waggin’ for Dragons
    • August 6, 2022 – River Access at the Front Royal Golf Course
    • Please join us in supporting three local non profits again this year at the Waggin for Dragons boat race on Saturday, August 6!
    • Fierce competition is shaping up.  Come join in the fun!!  There is space for you to organize your own boat or join one of the existing boats.  You don’t have to be an expert to have a good time.  There is coaching and practice!
    • Do explore teams and donate to your favorite: hswcevents.org/campaign/waggin-for-dragons

REAL ESTATE:

Warren County Market Report for July 2022 with Jen Avery, REALTOR

Watch this video for a quick summary of Warren County real estate for July 2022.


In general summary:

  1. New Listings are DOWN  -20.8%
  2. New Pending DOWN  -19.5%
  3. Closed sales are DOWN -26%
  4. Average Median Sold  $363,000
  5. Average Days on Market 16

*If you would like a copy of this report emailed to you, please send request to jenaveryrealtor@gmail.com.

Resource: June 2022 Market Stats by ShowingTime
Bright MLS: Statistics calculated June 2022.

Jennifer Avery, REALTOR® “Your Happy Home Expert!”
BPOR, SRS, CNE, E-Pro Certified | Licensed in VA
jenaveryrealtor@gmail.com | 540-683-0790 | www.jenaveryrealtor.com
CRUM REALTY, INC| 318 S Loudoun St, Winchester VA 22601 | 540-662-0400

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3 golden rules for painting your house before selling it

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Repainting your home can increase its selling price. However, before you get out the rollers and brushes, here are three rules to keep in mind to optimize your investment.

1. Consider the entire property. Don’t forget to redo the outside of your home if the paint is peeling or faded. After all, this is what potential buyers will see first. You may also want to touch up the paint on your patio, fence, and shed.

2. Use neutral shades. Although you may love your yellow kitchen because it gives your home a Tuscan feel, remember that everyone has different tastes. Play it safe and stick to neutral shades that appeal to most people.

3. Be prepared. Don’t rush your paint job. Make sure you have enough time to complete the work before your house goes on the market. A sloppy paint job could deter potential buyers instead of drawing them in.


If you’re considering hiring painting professionals, do some research to gauge the quality of their work and consider how the additional cost could affect the return on your investment.

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National Honeybee Day @ Sky Meadows State Park
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Front Royal Wednesday Night Bingo @ Front Royal Volunteer Fire Deptartment
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Appalachian Chamber Music Festival @ Middleburg Community Center
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