Home Equity Builders Inc.
NARI of Metro DC
Member since 1995
Jeff Rainey believes he’s made the
best out of his NARI experience
over the last decade and a half as
he worked his way up through the ranks of his
local and national leadership roles.
The greatest benefit, he says, came from the
people he met with whom he shared experiences
and the different perspectives he was able to
incorporate into his design/build firm, Home
Equity Builders Inc.
As it stands today, Rainey’s smaller firm is
known for historic preservation, especially around
the Fairfax, Va., area where his company has
worked on public historical landmarks.
Rainey has always been attracted to historical
preservation work because he feels it brings the
greatest challenge in remodeling projects. He says
preserving older structures requires the highest
level quality work.
He describes himself as a results-oriented
person, who enjoys watching his projects as they
progress. And of course, the final product is the
ultimate reward for Rainey because he enjoys
showing his children and one day, his children’s
children, all the things he helped to restore.
Other passions have come to light in the last
year that keep Rainey busy for much of the summer
and beyond. One passion came as a result of a recent
Lyme disease diagnosis. It was suggested to Rainey
that he adopt an organic diet to avoid harmful
chemicals used on store-bought vegetables, which
could negatively impact his condition.
He now maintains a quarter acre growing
area and a four season greenhouse made out of
plastic for growing throughout the winter. He also
freezes and jars vegetables for usage beyond the
The heavy dependence on his crop for food
turned what was once a childhood hobby into a
necessity. One of Rainey’s neighbors growing up
was a bee keeper, who taught him how to
maintain the farm while he was away. He always
enjoyed looking after the bees and
decided now was a perfect time to start
a farm of his own, as bees are a natural
pollinator. He purchased bees for the
first time this year and started to watch
them build their hive. Rainey says he
plans to jar honey but must wait until
next year to allow the bees to make enough honey
to get through the winter.
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