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Cricket Bedford

Realtor at Thomas & Talbot Real Estate

I started in the real estate business in 2001 with the encouragement of my good friend and fellow colleague John Coles. I had called upon John to help sell a portion of a 300+ farm at the time just North of Upperville. I had grown up on this farm and in an odd twist was able to buy it later in my life. Anchoring it was a magnificent brick Georgian home circa 1851 that started my love of old homes. I had grown up in this house as a child and now 'held its reins' as an adult. I learned a lot through its careful renovations. My business acumen had come from an advertising sales background but had taken time off to have children. Anxious to get back to work and with the prompting from John, I was able to join this amazing group of agents at Thomas & Talbot Real Estate. Under the guidance of both John Coles and most importantly the company owner, Mr. Philip Thomas, I was able to grow my business quickly. By 2005, I was a top producer in our local real estate association, GPAAR, with annual sales over $10 million. Today, I am one of the top three producers in my company that includes my mentor - John Coles. In fact, last year I was the #1 residential sales agent in the Middleburg area and was amongst the elite Top 200 Producers in all of Northern Virginia. I am one of those lucky people who feels my success comes from the fact that I simply love my job. I am born and raised in the area and therefore selling my ‘home town area’ to others is very easy. I have watched both Loudoun and Fauquier counties grow and change. But because of like-minded people who moved to this area earlier on to farm, raise horses and fox hunt, this land has been uniquely protected. But there is always more work to be done to continue to balance keeping open spaces available while providing smart growth. This special area in Northern Virginia will continue to attract people who love the outdoors and seek a peaceful place to retire or raise a family. I say to them, come on in …my door is always open.