Shaheen, Ruth, Martin & Fonville - Northern Neck Book

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We are Scott Shaheen, Scott Ruth, John Martin and Mahood Fonville, founding brokers of SRMF. With decades of experience working for national realty companies, we banded together to form a firm that reflects the values of our community.


Much like the start-ups thriving in Central and Eastern Virginia, SRMF values good hard work and rewards collaboration and innovation. We are always looking for smarter ways to do things, and because we are an independent company, we have the agility and courage to try them.


The South is home to big front porches and folks who “never knew a stranger.” It’s this sense of neighborhood and belonging that drives us every day. Whether it’s a quaint cottage, waterfront lot, or a sprawling historic estate, we want to invite people into our community and make them feel at home here.


Like our fellow Virginian, George Washington, we can never tell a lie. Here you won’t find any of the tricks that give real estate a bad name because we treat people the way we like to be treated. The golden rule isn’t just something we talk about... it’s a standard we live by.


All four founding brokers, and the majority of our agents have ties to Central and Eastern Virginia. We know the neighborhoods, the schools, the businesses, the best spot for date night cocktails, and the best course to take clients for 18 holes. We have a deep connection to our area, and if we do our jobs right, all of our clients will, too.


SRMF was founded to bring modern real estate to Central and Eastern Virginia. We provide unmatched service and thoughtful leadership for our clients and agents. We give our agents the support, education, and tools they need to do their best and to love what they do. Above all, our values and professionalism make our clients and agents alike feel at home with SRMF.


We will create the most deeply connected, forward-thinking real estate team in Virginia. A team who will surprise people with how smooth and exciting buying or selling a home can be. A team whose resourcefulness and integrity will redefine real estate by making it personal and local again.


We will work hard every single day to connect the right people to the right homes for their lifestyles. In doing so, we will create thriving communities with deep roots.



We have decades of real estate experience and deep roots in the region.


We believe in honesty and integrity.


We’re hardworking and committed.

RESPECTFUL We treat everyone the way we’d like to be treated.


We believe in making the most of each day.


We constantly learn, grow, and find creative ways to do our jobs even better.


We’re there for our clients and agents on a daily basis.

If we haven’t met you in person yet, we hope to soon. While we love the business of real estate, it’s the privilege of connecting people to lifestyles that drives us every day. It’s finding the right house in the right neighborhood, and then introducing you to the people we know on the block. Or picking the perfect weekend house, and then showing you the locals’ favorite fishing spots. It’s selling the home that’s packed with so many memories, or buying the one that’s primed for new ones. It’s time real estate got back to the basics. It’s time real estate got back to the people. And that’s why we are here.

S A true industry veteran with over 30 years of real estate experience in Central Virginia, Scott Shaheen is leading a movement: to redefine real estate in Richmond and beyond. After having served as a Senior Vice President of the largest privately-owned real estate firm in the country, Scott understands the importance of local expertise and personal relationships between broker, agent and client. Scott is regularly named among the top in his field for sales and management, and earned numerous industry awards and accolades. In 2002, he was named Top 40 Under 40 from Inside Business, and in 2008, he was elected to lead local real estate professionals as the President of the Richmond Association of Realtors. Scott, helped found Shaheen, Ruth, Martin & Fonville Real Estate as the answer to modern real estate. Together they focus on using technology, marketing, and networking to create an unmatched experience for their agents and clients alike. Scott values people, and does everything in his power to help them reach their personal goals.


Owner and Managing Broker

As a graduate of St. Christopher’s School and Radford University, Scott is a true leader and role model in the Richmond community. He serves on a committee at the Country Club of Virginia, drives the bus from retirement homes to church for St. Stephens Episcopal Church on Sundays, and supports a wide range of charitable organizations throughout the year. He has two grown sons and lives with his wife, Paige, in the City of Richmond with their dog, Saint.


Licensed in 2002 and a managing broker since 2005, Scott Ruth is an expert in the complexities of the real estate industry. Whether it’s reducing liability, problem solving, or navigating intricate processes and transactions, Scott works side-by-side with agents and clients to achieve the best possible outcomes. Over the course of his career, Scott has had the opportunity to be a part of greater Richmond’s transformation. He has seen the redevelopment of historic places, new life in rural areas, and been a leader within the city itself. Every year since 2007, Scott has been named as a top-producing selling broker with the CVRMLS. A former President of the Richmond Association of Realtors, Scott was awarded Realtor of the Year in 2015 by the group. And as an owner of SRMF, Scott works hard to get back to the basics of real estate services. His passion is hiring and training agents with the highest standards of professionalism - good people who he can help exceed client expectations and stay ahead of the power curve when it comes to technology, marketing, and networking.


Owner and Managing Broker

Scott grew up in Richmond and graduated from The Collegiate School before receiving a BS in Business Administration from the College of Charleston. He lives with his wife Jennifer, their four children who attend The Collegiate School, and their yellow lab, Sully.


With two decades of real estate experience, John Martin has proven to be a top broker in the region, with the highest honors in production locally and nationally selling over $125,000,000 in the last 5 years alone. John has a deep knowledge of Virginia real estate, and he has successfully filled the gap between the Richmond, Williamsburg, Peninsula, Northern Neck, and Middle Peninsula markets. He understands properties of all price points; from luxury to waterfront, from Governor’s Land to Goochland, from Henrico to Kingsmill on the James to Yorktown to Hampton to the historic Fan District of Richmond.


Owner and Managing Broker

REAL Trends named John to their “Best Realtors in America” list for his yearly sales volume, and he has achieved countless Broker Management accolades for agent production, retention, and management. John is a proud owner of Shaheen, Ruth, Martin & Fonville Real Estate, and he splits time between offices in Richmond and Williamsburg. As a founder and leader in the firm, John is firmly committed to staying on top of technology, marketing, branding, and market knowledge. He believes character is everything, and that his own professional experience leads to better experiences for his clients and agents. John is a graduate of Hampton Roads Academy in Newport News and Hampden-Sydney College in Farmville. He and his wife Holly, also a licensed Realtor with the firm, have three amazing children.


For over 25 years, Mahood Fonville has been a leader in metro Richmond and Wintergreen real estate. Hundreds of clients have counted on him for exceptional results when buying or selling homes. These strong relationships come out of Mahood’s understanding of how important home transitions are in people’s lives. He makes his client’s objectives his own and works tirelessly to achieve them. Mahood has consistently been at the top of his profession in both transactions and volume, and he has devoted decades to training and managing agents. He credits his family for the know-how and drive that has defined him as a broker. The Fonvilles helped start the largest privately owned real estate company in Richmond up until 1998, and they passed generations of experience down to him. Mahood co-founded SRMF with three colleagues who wanted to get back to the basics of real estate, working as close partners with their agents and clients to understand the nuances of the market. Mahood teams up with his wife, Walker, who specializes in staging, and design.


Owner and Managing Broker

Mahood is a Richmond native and graduate of The Collegiate School and Hampden-Sydney College, where he received a BS in Managerial Economics. He lives with Walker and their four children. They all love to spend their free time in the mountains or at the beach.

CONTACT US 804.288.2100 4503 Irvington Road Irvington, VA 22480

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This is not a commitment to lend.


“Your home purchase is the most important purchase of your life. It's important to me too.” As a seasoned professional in the mortgage lending industry, Jennifer White has the knowledge and expertise to help clients structure a loan to fit their exact needs. As a Loan Officer, she takes the time to educate her clients on the mortgage process, so they can make the best financial decision possible.


Vice President/Mortgage Loan Officer NMLS #195058

This is not a commitment to lend.

Jennifer consistently earns a spot on the annual TowneBank Mortgage Chairman’s Club and has previously been awarded a Top Producer by Virginia Housing. TowneBank Mortgage offers Conventional, FHA, VA, Virginia Housing, Construction/Perm, and Renovation mortgages. Jennifer and her team work hard to make sure that every client has a great experience. Jennifer earned her Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from James Madison University. Born and raised in Richmond, she plays an active role in her community.

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