About Me

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I am a tireless advocate for my clients and work hard to educate and guide them during one of the biggest financial transactions of their lives. It is important to me to meet the needs of each individual client, to take the time to get to know them and to help my clients make the decisions that are in their best interest. People usually don’t buy and sell houses several times a year, or even several times in a decade, and this process is not a transparent one, especially with ever-changing market conditions.

I became an agent because I found that a lot of friends looked to me for help when it came time for them to buy a home. They trusted my judgment and knew that I cared about them. I would help them out the best I could, explaining things that their agents didn’t take the time to do, but I didn’t have all the right tools and complete knowledge base, so I went back and got properly trained for it.

Although I have a Master’s degree in public health, my old job traveling and working in international health and development was strangely unsatisfying. Because of the immensity of the problem, I never felt that my individual contributions made much of a difference – very different than working in real estate!

What my clients will get out of their experience with me is someone who will work hard for them every day after we decide to work together, someone who will put their minds at rest and someone who will make this process as smooth and worry-free as possible. Whether my clients are buying or selling an efficiency or a million dollar home, I give the same care, hard work and attention to detail in every transaction.

In people’s lives, they have accountants, lawyers and financial advisors who they can call on to help them with the problems in their lives, but many don’t feel like they have a realtor that they can regularly call upon for advice or help. My clients know that they can come to me throughout their lives with any real estate need – long after they have bought or sold their home.

Feel free to contact me whenever you have any additional needs or questions. I’m quite easy to get into touch with – just email me (I’m very accessible on my iPhone wherever I might be), or give me a call on my cell phone (202) 780-5885!

To check me out live – see my video!

Personal

  • Born in northern California, raised in Alexandria, VA; moved to DC in 1998; married in 2001 to Richard, have one son, Simon, born in September 2009 and a daughter, Wren, in July 2011; have two brothers, two sisters-in-law, three nephews, one niece, an unofficial step-mom and -dad; daughter of a Montessori school teacher and a retired Air Force and commercial pilot.
  • Have lived in a detached house in Cleveland Park (NW DC) since 2008 and own rental properties in DC. Lived in both a condo and then a townhouse in Dupont Circle for about 10 years prior and in an apartment in Foggy Bottom for a year before that.  Have extensive and varied experience in home renovation.  Have designed 6 kitchens!
  • Left high school after my junior year to attended Florida Tech for my first year in college (1992), then transferred to The College of William and Mary.  Graduated from W&M in 1995 with an undergraduate degree in international development. Lived abroad for five months in Guadalajara, Mexico (1993) and five months in Bogota, Colombia (1995), attending the La Universidad de Guadalajara and La Universidad de los Andes, respectively.  Attended George Washington University and earned an Master of Public Health (MPH) in Epidemiology in 1999.
  • Interests and hobbies include traveling, scuba diving (rescue diver), Latin dancing, gardening, cooking and sewing (albeit with very little talent).
  • Speak English and Spanish fluently.

Real estate designations

  • ABR | Accredited Buyer’s Representative
  • SRS | Seller Representative Specialist
  • GRI | Graduate Real Estate Institute graduate – only 10% of real estate agents have gone through so much education
  • REALTOR | dedicated to a higher level of service and representation
  • GREEN | the National Association of Realtor’s eco-designation for advanced eco-sustainability training

Awards

Since rating agents in 2015, I have been named Top Selling Agent by Washingtonian Magazine every year, and in 2016, I was also named a Best 101 Agents in the whole region.  I am also in the top 1% of all agents in the DC metro area.

Previous Work

  • Worked in international health and development from 1996-2005 for various international organizations, including John Snow (MotherCare Project), PAHO (Pan American Health Organization) and Macro International (a USAID contractor) and have contracted for Glaxo SmithKline as an epidemiologist in hepatitis A related research. Worked in Bolivia, Peru, the Dominican Republic, Cuba, Nicaragua, Uganda and Ghana.
  • Switched to real estate in 2004, have many happy clients and have never looked back! Have always been a big believer in, and frequent practitioner of, investing in real estate as taught practically from birth by dad and my agent relatives in California. Real estate has been a long time love – I’ve read the real estate pages since I was in grammar school – I work hard because it doesn’t feel like work!
  • Worked for Long & Foster as an agent almost 10 years from April 2004-November 2013.  Moved to LRRE in 2013 and acquired by Compass in 2015 and love it!