Long and Foster Real Estate Agent April Shaver’s love for this county serves her clients well
Long and Foster Realtor and Warrenton native April Shaver has always been a hometown girl. After growing up here and attending PB Smith Elementary School, Warrenton Middle School, and Fauquier High School, she never had any desire, as some small-town kids do, to leave as a young adult.
Right out of school she went to work at Long and Foster Real Estate in Haymarket as a receptionist. Obtaining her real estate license in 2004, she worked as a licensed assistant to two Top Producing Teams to learn their keys to success, and she has been selling real estate on her own for the last five years after moving to the Warrenton office in 2007. She never considered another real estate company in all those years. “Everyone was just so great there, right from the beginning. Other realtors mentored me. I’ve always been the youngest, and everyone has always taken me under their wing to help me grow. It always felt like home. The company offers great resources, and there never was a reason to leave.”
Add to that a desire to stay and raise her family in her hometown. She says, “I like the hometown feel, the community, and the way people interact and treat one another. Warrenton has some beautiful architecture, too, and Old Town is quaint and charming. It’s a mix, a little bit of city and a lot of country. There are so many things right in our backyard — it’s easy to get to both the city and the mountains.” With that kind of love for Fauquier, it’s not surprising that most of her business is from this county.
Looking back, April says, “I’ve always had an interest in houses and architecture from very early on, and my dad was really influential in developing that. When I was growing up, on Sundays after church he would drive us through Old Town and his favorite neighborhoods to look at houses, so I got to know the area and the types of real estate we had here really well. He especially loved the detailed brickwork and landscaping of Creighton’s homes in North Waterloo. We went on many farm tours through the years as well. He instilled in me a pride for homeownership, attention to detail and hard work that has shaped my life.”
An avid equestrian, April has been riding since the age of six when her father introduced her to horses on a farm adjoining their home. Now the owner of two warmblood horses that she boards at a nearby farm in Hume, she competes mostly locally in Hunter/Jumper shows. It’s not all training and competition, though; she does a lot of trail riding to relax and enjoy her horses. “When I was growing up. I knew I wanted to be either a horse trainer or a real estate agent. Now I get to mesh the two,” she says.
Now living in Lake Whippoorwill with her husband, active six-year-old son, three dogs, and a cat, April is always striving for harmony in life. “I try to find balance between my family and son, my clients, and my horses,” she says. “For me, there is a connection between horses and houses. I think it’s appreciation, a sense of pride, and an overall strive for excellence in both my business and my riding. Whether it’s transforming a house into a home, a horse into a partner, or helping a friend find their perfect home, it’s all very invigorating for me.”
What’s coming up for April? “My plan is to continue raising my son, growing my business, and maybe someday live on my own horse farm here in Fauquier. That’s my long-term dream,” she says.