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

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.

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

“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.”

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