First Choice Realtors strongly believes in protecting the public's interest by abiding by our strict code of ethics. We also believe in providing our clients with trained, professional REALTORS® that are all members of the National Association of Realtors. Our agents are dedicated to their clients and stay current through training and continuing education.
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First Choice Realtors began as a local, independent realtor serving Ohio, Marshall, and Wetzel counties in West Virginia in May 1997 with Broker, Kevin McGilton, Nancy Brocht, and Jenny Seibert as co-owners, along with four other Realtors. First Choice Realtors also became members of the Wheeling Area Chamber of Commerce. A Grand Opening and ribbon cutting was held in July 1997 at their new office located in Ohio County at 2179 National Road in Elm Grove.
In an effort to serve our Marshall and Wetzel County clients and agents better, in January 2004, First Choice Realtors opened an office in Marshall County. A Grand Opening was held at the new office located at 1000 Second Street, Moundsville, WV. With the addition of this office, First Choice Realtors expanded to two office locations with a total of fourteen Realtors that served Ohio, Marshall & Wetzel counties.
In November of 2004, co-owners Kevin McGilton and Jenny Seibert welcomed Kim Hughes as their new co-owner at First Choice. Hughes brought 13+ years of banking experience to the business having worked for a large financial corporation specializing in credit, finance, and accounting, as well as her ABR (Buyer's Representative) and GRI (Graduate of Realtors Institute) designations.
September of 2008 proved to be an exciting time at First Choice Realtors. Alongside many local business owners, the Wellsburg mayor, city council members, chamber members, several newspapers, family and friends, First Choice took a leap of faith and opened a third office location at 845 Commerce Street, Wellsburg, WV. in Brooke County. Two of First Choice Realtors newest agents, Mary Fran Kowalo and Cindy McLean, along with office manager, Kristine Roberts, began serving client's real estate needs in the Brooke and Hancock County area. With this addition, First Choice Realtors and its nineteen Realtors now conveniently serve the real estate needs of the entire Northern Panhandle. First Choice also employs two office managers, one bookkeeper, and an advertising agent. In 2008, Marshall County Chamber of Commerce and Wellsburg Chamber of Commerce welcomed First Choice Realtors as business members.
First Choice Realtors believes in going the extra mile to help customers and clients by serving their real estate needs with integrity, hard work, and friendliness. We also believe in being active in the communities we serve. Below are a few examples of our support and involvement over the years.
Since 1998, First Choice Realtors & Bridge Street Middle School have been "Partners in Education" supporting their yearly Steak Fry and adopting a family of the school each Christmas.
From 2003 to 2006, First Choice Realtors sponsored the First Choice Boy's Colt Baseball Team in Moundsville, WV.
Everyone loves a circus! In March 2007, First Choice became a sponsor of the Osiris Shrine Circus held in Wheeling, WV.
Since 2007, First Choice has been a sponsor of the West Liberty Lions Variety Show in West Liberty, WV. A supporter of local athlete, First Choice has been a ballfield banner sponsor of the John Marshall High School baseball team, and a sponsor of a First Choice girl's pigtail softball team in Marshall County.
Oglebayfest is a local festival held each year October at Oglebay Park Resort. In October 2007, First Choice was proud to be a gold sponsor of the Horse Hitch-Class at the Ohio County Fair held during Oglebayfest.
Braving the cold, owners, and several First Choice Realtors participated in the Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade for their first time in 2007.
Wellsburg is a family-oriented town and one of the favorite annual festivals held is the Wellsburg Applefest. As of way of introducing themselves to the community, First Choice supports the festival by having a booth in October of 2008.
As 2008 wound down, the owners of First Choice Realtors, along with agents, Shirley Dvorcek, Dee Funari, Mary Fran Kowalo, Cindy McLean, Mechelle Robinson & Jill Zavolta, once again showed their support and became Platinum Sponsors of the Horse Hitch-Class at the Ohio County Fair during Oglebayfest in October held at Oglebay Park & Resort, Wheeling, WV.
First Choice Realtors closed the year as Fantasy of Lights Christmas parade participants, but this year surprised parade goers with a beautiful horse-drawn Cinderella Carriage with Miss Bailey Roberts serving as Cinderella, along with bundled-up agents wearing "First Choice is Santa's Choice" sweatshirts.