Look­ing for a home or of­fice? It’s all about new be­gin­nings

Rappahannock News - - BIZ BIO - By Anita L. Sher­man

Born in Ken­tucky, for the past 30 years, Loni Colvin has called Fauquier County home. Cel­e­brat­ing a 16-year an­niver­sary in Au­gust, Colvin is at the helm of a thriv­ing real es­tate busi­ness. Hori­zon Real Es­tate, Inc., in­cludes of­fices in War­ren­ton and Front Royal. In ad­di­tion, there is Hori­zon Chest Bay bro­ker­age in Hartville, Hori­zon Real Es­tate School in War­ren­ton and Sun­shine Ti­tle and Set­tle­ment in Front Royal.

“We have a lot to of­fer,” says Colvin of her staff and agents. “I am blessed... they are the best... it’s awe­some.”

Earn­ing her real es­tate li­cense in 2000 from Mose­ley Real Es­tate Schools, in­struct­ing others to do the same is another facet of her busi­ness that Colvin en­joys. A part of Mose­ley, Hori­zon Real Es­tate School of­fers classes for those seek­ing a new busi­ness ca­reer or those need­ing a re­fresher done in a com­fort­able and invit­ing set­ting.

Colvin’s bub­bly per­son­al­ity, pos­i­tive at­ti­tude and uplifting spirit no doubt re­flect the char­ac­ter of her com­pany. It’s roots are tied to her faith and fam­ily.

“When we were com­ing up with a im­age... I wanted sun­shine and a sense of new be­gin­nings,” says Colvin of their logo which has a sun­burst and wavy col­or­ful lines that speak to a hori­zon where earth and sky meet and dis­cov­er­ies await.

It’s that sense of new ad­ven­ture that Colvin wants to cap­ture in their ap­proach to the buy­ing, sell­ing and rent­ing of real es­tate be it res­i­den­tial or com­mer­cial.

“We have all ages... but whether it’s a young cou­ple look­ing for their first home or a re­tir­ing cou­ple look­ing for a dif­fer­ent place... you are start­ing fresh and it’s a new be­gin­ning,” says Colvin. “We’re not a big cor­po­rate com­pany... we’re smaller and more like fam­ily.”

And it’s fam­ily that speaks to her heart.

With pic­tures of her hus­band, chil­dren, grand­chil­dren and two Yorkies smiling at her from all di­rec­tions in her of­fice, Colvin beams with pride in her fam­ily, their sup­port and the com­bined love that fuels her en­ergy and gen­er­ates cre­ativ­ity in her busi­ness. Ac­tive in her church, Colvin is also pres­i­dent of the Jef­fer­son­ton Com­mu­nity Cen­ter. Her mis­sion is to stay as in­volved in her com­mu­nity as pos­si­ble. To that end you may see their 14-foot mov­ing van avail­able to as­sist whether it’s pass­ing out items at com­mu­nity events or help­ing with the lo­gis­tics of a move.

“I want to give back be­cause of all the sup­port that we have re­ceived over the years,” says Colvin who also en­joys read­ing, sewing and jewelry mak­ing.

Study­ing the pieces to cre­ate that per­fect neck­lace no doubt par­al­lels con­nect­ing the dots in her busi­ness ven­tures.

“I’m busy... very busy,” says Colvin be­tween her pro­fes­sional and per­sonal ac­tiv­i­ties.

A woman of faith, Colvin smiles con­fi­dently that her life and any chal­lenges she faces are in the hands of a power higher than her own. That knowl­edge is em­pow­er­ing.

“I try to flow eas­ily,” she laughs and states un­abashedly that she and her hus­band start and end each day pray­ing to­gether.

One of Colvin’s next ven­tures is to open an of­fice in Culpeper, an area that she be­lieves is ripe for another real es­tate group.

“I love hear­ing the sto­ries,” smiles Colvin. “Ev­ery­one has them... whether it’s from our stu­dents in the school and where they are with their lives or where they want to be... their dreams... it’s all about new be­gin­nings, new hori­zons... and that’s where we want to help.”

BY ANITA L. SHER­MAN

Lon Colvin is a broker/co-owner of Hori­zon Real Es­tate, Inc. with of­fices in War­ren­ton and Front Royal.

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